Watch the Naruto shippuden it’s still synonymous with a lot of fun, adrenaline and a few tears. But you can save a lot of time by avoiding fillers (non-canonical episodes) to accompany the original story of the manga, conceived by Masashi Kishimoto.
Naruto shippuden, the teen stage anime saga of the ninja from the hidden village of the leaf, ended in 2017 with 500 episodes, but with several fillers in the list (episodes produced so that print releases can follow TV).
First-time viewers may still want to have the full experience of all the episodes, but whoever wants to recall the best fights and scenes may be irritated by the side stories. After all, of the 500 episodes in total, 205 chapters of Naruto shippuden are fillers, about 41% of the saga.
To help you on that journey, we’ve performed a full review that shows all filler episodes of Naruto shippuden that you can quietly jump if you like, without fear of getting lost in the story.
Filler episodes of Naruto shippuden
It is normal that the original story is much more attractive than the fillers, which, in addition to not being idealized by the creator of Naruto, do not advance the plot. However, of course we can take advantage of many of the stories. That’s why we’ve separated the list of filler episodes from Naruto Shippuden with little details, in case you want to give some of them a chance — and discover some of the characters’ secrets.
- “Beasts! Alive Again!” (episode 28) — Sakura and Naruto join Yamato in pursuit of Orochimaru
- Bow: Twelve Ninja Guardians (episodes 57-71) — Naruto needs to find secret grave robbers who guard the bodies of the 12 Guardian Ninja group
- Arc: Apparition of the Three-Tails (episodes 91 to 112) — Teams Kakashi, Kurenai, and Guren must battle and seal the Sanbi
- Arc: Six-Tails Release (episodes 144 to 151) — The new Team 7 meets Hotaru, a girl with a forbidden jutsu
- Bow: The Quest for the Room’s Legacy! (episodes 170 and 171) — Sakura, Naruto, Chouji, Ino and Shikamaru go in search of the Fourth Hokage’s legacy
- Arch of the Past: The Place of Konoha (episodes 176 to 196) — Iruka recalls Naruto’s time at the Ninja Academy, with other memories from the characters’ past.
- Arc: Paradise Life on a Boat (episodes 223 to 242) — Naruto and his friends face a ghost ship
- Episodes “Encounter” (257), “Rivals” (258), “Crack” (259) e “Farewell” (260) — As a child, Naruto confronts the Third Hokage about why he is an orphan
- “Sakura’s Path” (episode 271) — An Omake (special manga content, but not canonical) focused on Sakura and her temporary amnesia
- “White Zetsu Trap” to “The Allied Force of Mothers!” (episodes 279 to 281) — Focused on discoveries about white Zetsu and fighting Deidara — episodes 280 and 281 were directed by Kishimoto
- “Jinin Akebino da Kabutowari!” to “The Swords of Lightning: Ringo Ameyuri!” (episodes 284 to 294) + Bow: Power (episode 295) — Two small bows: Bee and Naruto depart from Turtle Island, and Chikara, one of the most praised filler bows by the public
- “Ghosts of the Past” to “Run, Omoi!” (episodes 303 to 320) — Various fights against the dead brought to life by the Impure Reincarnation of Kabuto
- “Creepy Shadows” through “Team Seven” (episodes 347 to 361) — Arc focused on the story of Kakashi, with details about his passage through ANBU and the choice of who would be the Fourth Hokage
- “Extra Edition: Instructions for Capturing the Nine Tails” (episode 376) and “Extra Edition: Naruto vs Naruto Robot” (episode 377) — Naruto faces a robot copy created by Orochimaru
- “My First Friend” (episode 388), “The Beloved Big Sister” (episode 389) e “The Decision of Hanabi” (episode 390) — Highlight for the ties between sisters Hinata and Hanabi as a child
- “The New Chunin Exams” to “Hope for the Future” (episodes 394 to 413) — Focused on new Chunin exams
- “The Minato Team Formation” (episode 416) and “You’re My Support” (episode 417) — Kakashi’s past from the perspective of Obito before the time they were trained by Minato
- “Those Who Shall Inherit” (episode 422) and “Naruto’s Rival” (episode 423) — Konohamaru begins to learn the Rasengan technique from Naruto
- “Inside the World of Dreams” to “Rival” (episodes 427 to 450) — Ten Ten and other characters are trapped in the Infinite Nightmare Realm
- “The Ninja Creed” to “The Successor” (episodes 464 to 468) + “A Special Mission” (episode 469) — Stories focused on Hagoromo and his time + S rank mission from Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura
- “Naruto and Hinata” (episode 480), “Sasuke and Sakura” (episode 481), “Gaara and Shikamaru” (episode 482) e “Jiraiya and Kakashi” (episode 483) — They tell details of the childhood of several important characters
Semicanonic episodes of Naruto shippuden
Fillers are non-canonical episodes because they don’t follow the original work, which is the manga. But what about the semicanonicals? These are episodes that, despite the majority of the story being taken from the manga, also have excerpts and scenes focused on an exclusive and “apart” plot. It’s important not to skip these chapters, as you might end up missing a thing or two — even if it’s just Naruto sitting on the swing.
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how to watch Naruto shippuden
Naruto shippuden is certainly one of the most important animes in pop culture, essential on any recommendation list, along with Dragon Ball e One Piece. If you’re watching the show for the first time or have plenty of time, it might be worth taking a chance and seeing all 500 episodes. After all, it is Naruto!
However, it is important to note that, if you have a more busy routine, it is better to evaluate the episodes following our filler episode tips or, just like those who are already watching a second time, skip all the fillers and be happy.
Naruto shippuden complete is available in Brazil on Crunchyroll and has parts in the Netflix catalog, dubbing in Brazilian Portuguese.