A guide to watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes without fillers

Naruto: Shippuden has a total of 502 episodes filled with filler episodes: here is a giuide on how you can skip all the filler episodes.

Overview

Naruto, the franchise is arguably one of the most, if not the most, prolific anime manga series in the world. The anime series was released in two parts. The first was Naruto, which focussed on a young Naruto Uzumaki looking for acceptance on his way to becoming a Hokage, aired from 2002 until 2007.

The second part was Naruto: Shippuden, which aired for nine years, and in total, there are 502 episodes of Naruto: Shippuden. With a long-standing franchise like this one, there are bound to be a number of filler episodes that you can avoid watching, and still understand the main plot of the story.

What is Naruto: Shippuden?

Naruto: Shippuden is the second instalment of Naruto, The anime series is inspired by writings and drawing of the manga of the same name by Masashi Kishimoto, and premiered in 2007.

According to IMDb,  Naruto: Shippuden is about Naruto Uzumaki, who “is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.”

By the end of the series in 2017, Naruto is acknowledged as the strongest ninja in the village, along with best friend, Sasuke Uchiha.

A guide to watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes without fillers

Naruto: Shippuden ran between 2007 and 2017, and in the years of its run, it produced a total of 502 episodes. A popular trope for anime series is the use of flashbacks, whether it is an entire episode or sequences during an episode happening in real time.

The filler episodes aim to give either the central character of the episode’s backstory or to explain the animosity or cause of the rivalry, when it is the antagonist.

However, they do not drive the story forward in terms of the action. Therefore, you can skip past these episodes and still be aware of the conflict happening in real time.

Considering how many episodes there are, it might be difficult to navigate which episode to skip. Below is a table of filler episodes and those to watch to ensure you do not miss any important moments in the show,

Must-watch episodes

Filler episodes

Episode 1 – Episode 56 Episode 57 – Episode 70
Episode 70 (last 2 minutes) Episode 71
Episode 72 – Episode 89 Episode 90 – Episode 111
Episode 112 (last 10 minutes) – Episode 143 Episode 144 – Episode 151
Episode 152 – Episode 169 Episode 170 – Episode 171
Episode 172 – Episode 175  Episode 176 – Episode 196
Episode 197 – Episode 222 Episode 223 – Episode 242
Episode 243 – Episode 256 Episode 257 (half filler and half manga)
Episode 258 – Episode 260
Episode 261 – Episode 278 Episode 279 – Episode 281
Episode 282 – Episode 283 Episode 284 – Episode 295
Episode 296 – Episode 302 Episode 303 – Episode 320
Episode 321 – Episode 346 Episode 347 – Episode 361
Episode 362 – Episode 375 Episode 376 – Episode 377
Episode 378 – Episode 388 Episode 389 – Episode 390
Episode 391 – Episode 393 Episode 394 – Episode 413
Episode 414 – Episode 415 Episode 416 – Episode 417
Episode 418 Episode 419
Episode 420 – Episode 421 Episode 422 – Episode 423
Episode 424 – Episode 426 Episode 427 – Episode 457
Episode 458 -Episode 459 Episode 460 – Episode 462
Episode 463 Episode 464 – Episode 468
Episode 469 – Episode 479 Episode 480 – Episode 483
Episode 484 – Episode 502

Where can I watch Naruto: Shippuden?

The best platform for people looking to watch Naruto: Shippuden is through Hulu. Not only does the leading paid-subscription video-on-demand platform have Naruto: Shippuden, but it also has the first instalment, Naruto.

Moreover, it gives its subscribers the option to either watch the anime manga series with subtitles or with English-dubbed audio.

Amazon Prime Video subscribers also have access to the anime series, following its much-anticipated arrival in January 2022 on the leading video-on-demand streaming service.

Does Crunchyroll have Naruto: Shippuden?

For fans and aficionados of anime manga and isekai series and movies, the go-to is the popular online streaming service Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is lauded for its extensive catalogue of anime films and series.

The platform is also privy to exclusive live streaming of popular anime shows for its subscribers, and the option to watch its catalogue with either subtitles or dubbing.

Conclusion

Naruto as a franchise is credited as one of the earliest anime manga series to have had a global appeal when it first premiered in 2002. The first instalment went on for five years concluding in 2007, as the main characters entered into their adolescent years.

Naruto: Shippuden was the subsequent instalment which focussed on the coming-of-age journeys of all the characters we saw since they were children in Naruto. Naruto; Shippuden had an almost 10-year run between 2007 and 2017, marking the end of Naruto’s journey and the beginning of the next generation.