Directed by Hayato Date and developed by Studio Pierrot. Naruto: Shippuden is the sequel to the original Naruto animated series and related to the second part of the original manga series.
Naruto: Shippuden ran from 2007 up until 2017 on TV Tokyo in Japan. On January 8th, 2009 the show began being broadcast via TV Tokyo’s internet steaming platform Viz to monthly subscribers. Each episode was available with English subtitles an hour after its television release.
The anime was aired in America on Adult Swim’s Toonami on January 5th 2014, where it continues to air.
What is Naruto Shippuden?
Naruto Shippuden is a continuation of the original Naruto story and follows on from part one of the Naruto anime.
The story follows Naruto Uzumaki, the teenage ninja, and his allies over two years after the original adventures in the Hidden Leaf Village. This is lot’s of time for the young Naruto to hone his skills in order to receive recognition and respect.
While training with Jiraiya-sama, the hyperactive youngster has returned to Konoha to be reunited with his friends, and maybe take part in some hijinx, instead of his school work.
But more determined than ever, Naruto vows to become the greatest ninja anyone has seen as his hard work is put to the test against newer and stronger enemies.
The Naruto manga was developed by Masashi Kishimoto
Narruto Shippuden Plot
The Nine-Tails, a ferocious fox that represents the destruction of the ninja world, attacks Konoha, the hidden leaf village in the Land of Fire, one of the Five Great Ninja Nations. In response, Konoha’s leader and Fourth Hokage (with his wife Kushina Uzumaki) seals the beast inside Naruto’s newborn body,
Naruto is forbidden from learning anything about the Nine-Tails until 12 years later, when Mizuki, a renegade ninja, reveals the truth to him. After combatting and defeating Mizuki, Naruto earns the support of his master, Iruka Umino.
Naruto meets Sasuke Uchiha, with whom he frequently competes, and Sakura Haruno, on whom he has a crush, to develop Team 7 under an experienced sensei, the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake. Team 7 carries out missions requested by the locals in a variety of ways, ranging from doing chores to being bodyguards to executing assassinations.
After several operations, including a major one in the Land of Waves, Kakashi allows Team 7 to take a ninja exam, allowing them to advance to Chunin and undertake more difficult assignments. Orochimaru, a wanted criminal who had invaded Konoha and murdered the Third Hokage for revenge, attacks Konoha during the examinations. Jiraiya, one of the Three Legendary Ninjas who declined the position of Fifth Hokage in order to search for Tsunade with Naruto and choose her to become fifth instead.
It is also revealed that Orochimaru wants to educate Sasuke because of his powerful genetic lineage, the Sharingan. When Sasuke attempts and fails to kill his older brother Itachi, who had appeared in Konoha to kidnap Naruto, he joins Orochimaru in order to obtain the power necessary to kill Itachi.
The tale takes a turn when Sasuke leaves the village: Tsunade sends Naruto and several other ninja, including Sakura, to bring him back; however, he is unable to persuade or force him to return. Naruto and Sakura are not finished with Sasuke yet: To prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke, Naruto leaves Konoha and goes on training under Jiraiya, while Sakura becomes Tsunade’s apprentice.
Two and a half years after that, Naruto returns from his training with Jiraiya. The members of the enormous Tailed Beasts are being kidnapped by Akatsuki. Team 7 and other Leaf ninja fight against them and look for their friend Sasuke. After capturing and extracting seven of the Tailed Beasts, killing all but Gaara, who became the Kazekage, the Akatsuki succeeds in capturing and subduing him as well.
Meanwhile, Orochimaru betrays Sasuke and fights Itachi to avenge his family. When Itachi dies in combat, Sasuke learns from the Akatsuki founder Tobi that he had been ordered by Konoha’s superiors to destroy his clan to avoid a coup; he agreed on the condition that Sasuke be spared. Devastated by this news, Sasuke joins the Akatsuki in order to wreak havoc on Konoha in revenge. As several members of the Akatsuki are defeated by ninjas from Konoha, Nagato, the headquarters figurehead leader, murders Jiraiya and destroys the village while Naruto defeats him and redeems him with help from Sakura Haruno.
After Nagato’s death, Tobi, posing as Madara Uchiha (one of Konoha’s founding fathers), announces that he plans to capture all nine Tailed Beasts and use their power to create an illusion strong enough to rule over all mankind and achieve world peace. The five ninja villages’ leaders refuse to assist him and instead band together with other parties in order to fight his organization and supporters.
The Fourth Shinobi World War occurs when the Allied Shinobi Forces and Akatsuki’s zombie-like ninja forces clash. The Five Kages, attempting to keep Naruto ignorant of the war, send him to a secret island turtle off the coast of Kumogakure (Hidden Cloud Village), but he finds out and escapes with Killer Bee, the host of the Eight-Tails. Naruto—with Killer Bee’s help—becomes master of his Tailed Beast at that point, and he and they set out for battle.
Tobi’s identity is eventually exposed as Obito Uchiha, a former teammate of Kakashi who was believed to have perished. The actual Madara successfully revived Obito and has since collaborated with him. Sasuke learns the history of Konoha, including the events that led to his family’s downfall, and decides to defend it by rejoining Naruto and Sakura in order to foil Madara and Obito’s schemes.
Following Obito’s suicide, Kaguya Otsutsuki, an ancient princess who desires to subjugate the entire world, takes control of Madara’s body. Obito regains his humanity and sacrifices himself to assist Team 7 in stopping her. Once Kaguya is captured, Madara also dies. Sasuke takes advantage of the confusion and gains control of all the Tailed Beasts, revealing his objective of ending the current village system.
Naruto tries to talk Sasuke out of his scheme, but when they nearly kill one another in a last battle, Sasuke gives up and reverts. After the conflict, Kakawa becomes the Sixth Hokage and pardons Sasuke for his crimes. Years later, as Naruto marries Hinata Hyuga and rises to the rank of Seventh Hokage, he raises the next generation.
Naruto Shippuden Filler List
Below is the full Naruto Shippuden filler guide. If you’re new to the series or wanted to rewatch without having to go through the filler, then this is the place to be.
Below you can find the full episode list for Naruto Shippuden and the full filler list so you can skip to the good bits.