Naruto as we all know is top on the list of the most popular and successful manga franchises ever. The story is centered around Naruto Uzumaki, a young shinobi ninja, whose goal is to become a superhero, who could use his powers to save his village and become the next leader of his village, a post that is usually given to the strongest ninja in the village, with a title known as Hokage. He eventually achieved his dream and was crowned the 7th Hokage in the history of his village, and he was well known as the Hero of the Hidden Leaf.
The anime has accumulated many fans globally, both those who have read only the manga and those that have only watched the anime as well, however, a huge number of the fans have read and watched both the manga and anime.
After this article, we will be bringing to you the full episode guide and also how to watch the filler episodes for the Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden series. But right now the purpose of this article is to arrange the Naruto movies in the right order it was released, just to make the movie to watch and understand.
The Right Order To Watch Naruto Movies:
- Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Was Released in 2004)
- Legend of the Stone of Gelel ( Was Released in 2005)
- Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom ( Was Released in 2006)
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie (Was Released in 2007)
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (Was Released in 2009)
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (Was Released in 2008)
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (Was Released in 2010)
- Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (Was Released in 2011)
- Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (Was Released in 2012)
- The Last: Naruto the Movie (Was Released in 2014)
Haven given you a rundown of the right order Naruto movies were released, we are now going to discuss each of them one after the order according to the order, so that you can familiarize yourself with the narrative Sequentially.
Just as we mentioned initially, Naruto was first written on paper as a manga by Masashi Kishimoto, from year 1999, the manga was serialized, and the series continued up till 2014. The manga was then converted into an anime, which was aired as a television series in Japan from 2002 to 2007, a total of 220 episodes was aired in Japan within this time frame. Another version of Naruto known as Shippuden, which was published after the original version, was first shown publicly in Japan in 2007, the premiering was concluded in 2017 with a total of 500 episodes.
Aside from the original Naruto, and the Naruto Shippuden, they also have the Naruto Pierrot which has a total of eleven movies and twelve original video animations (OVAs). Asie from movies, they also have Naruto games, Naruto light novels, and trading cards.
Looks like Naruto is not ending any time soon, as the story continues with the current Boruto, which seems like the next generation of Naruto, centered around Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki.
A Brief description of Naruto Movies
This is to give you a glimpse of what to expect. Naruto movies are not a different story altogether, they are all connected to the main Naruto franchise, except for Boruto, just like we said earlier looks like the next generation of Naruto. Boruto has also decided to adopt his own ninja and jettison his father’s own. However, this article is focused on Naruto and not Boruto.
The first three Naruto movies on the list are connected to the original Naruto anime series, while the rest belongs to Naruto: Shippuden. Our discussion will only be focused on these 10 because they belong to the original Naruto, unlike Boruto which belongs to Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki.
In this section of this article, you are going to find out the plot of each of the movies and the exact time they were released.
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
This movie was released on the 21st of August 2004. It was directed by Tensai Okamura. It has a duration of 83 minutes. Comes after episode 101.
In Summary, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura were sent on a mission by Kakashi to the land of snow to protect Yukie Fujikaze from been attacked by Doto Kazahana and his men. And in preparation for this mission, they had to go to a local cinema to watch a movie. Yukie who was later disclosed to be Koyuki Kazahana is a princess of a called Land of Snow, Doto Kazahana is Yukies uncle, and he was the one that killed Yukie’s father during a coup d’etat. He did it to overthrow Yukies father and now he is seeking to eliminate Yukie as well. This plan to capture Yukie who is now revealed as Koyuki Kazahana is supposed to happen during the production of her latest film.
On the appointed day during the shooting of the film, there was an attempt by Doto’s men to kidnap the princess, the attack was repelled by Team 7 for a while. However, her bodyguards were later overpowered and killed by Doto and his men, and the princess was apprehended and taken away. Naruto dares to rescue the princess (Koyuki), but he was also captured.
Doto collected the crystal necklace her father handed over to her before his death, thinking that is the secret key to unlock the treasure her father left behind. Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi invaded the fortress and freed Naruto and Koyuki. Doto somehow managed to run away with the princess (Koyuki).
Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
This movie was released on the 6th of August 2005. It was directed by Hirotsugu Kawasaki and has a duration of 97 minutes. It comes after episode 160.
In summary, War ensued in the night at an abandoned beach, the war was between the sand ninjas and the Galant-looking warriors. The ninja started winning the war which made the warriors to start falling back into the ocean. In the process of retreating, they fired shots of flares into the air to be able to see the warship which they have placed on the sea as a means of escape.
Team 7 was given the responsibility to safeguard the Gelel Stone, a mineral that has supernatural powers that can even make forever young. After a short battle, both Temujin and Naruto have blasted off a nearby cliff. Shikamaru and Sakura ran trying to get to the edge to see if their friend is alright, suddenly noticed a giant-looking cathedral coming in their direction in the forest, and then a room filled with pods containing human beings. He sees two people that appear to activate the pods, which seem to use the humans to place souls on each armored, soldier’s body. Inside the cathedral is a man named Master Haido. Haido gives them more information about the Gelel stone.
Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
The movie was released on the 5th of August 2006. Directed by Toshiyuki Tsuru. Duration of 95 minutes. and it comes after Naruto episode 196. Team 7 which is made up of Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake, and Sakura Haruno together with Rock Lee were given the responsibility to protect Michiru, the prince of the Land of the Moon, and his son Hikaru Tsuki. The group later got betrayed by the self-proclaimed king Shabadaba betrays on their arrival to the island. As Sakura and Lee defeat Kongō and Karenbana, Naruto and Hikaru save Michiru from falling to his death.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie
Directed by Hajime Kamegaki, this movie was released on the 4th of August 2007. It has a duration of 95 minutes.
It comes after episode 53 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime.
In summary, the story is about a demon called Mōryō, that is set out to destroy the world. However, the only obstacle to the spirit is a priestess named Shion who has the power to seal the spirit away each time it wants to rise. A certain man named Yomi offered the spirit his body, hence he invaded the shrine to get the spirit of Mōryō. He awakens the stone army that has been long-dead to lunch an attack on the world, while his 4 subordinates go after the priestess Shion to kill her.
Once again, Team 7 made up of Naruto, Sakura, Neji, and Rock Lee are sent to protect Shion. Shion predicts the death of Naruto.
Team 7 (Naruto, Sakura, Neji, and Rock Lee ) on their way to the shrine with Shion, were attacked by ninjas. Sakura was shot with an anesthetic Jutsu while she was trying to escape with Shion.
At first, it looked like was killed in the attack, but later was discovered that it was Taruho that changed into someone that looks like Shion, in order to deceive into thinking that they have killed Shion. However, Shion is still alive.
While they were approaching the place where Mōryō’s body was kept, they saw that the stone army was already there waiting. Naruto used the shadow clones to subdue the stone army, Shion runs into the temple where Mōryō’s body was to do the sealing of the spirit. Meanwhile was already inside the temple waiting, and immediately Shion came in, he attacked her together with his terracotta soldiers. Shion defeats them.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
Directed by Masahiko Murata, and released on the 1st of August 2009. It has a duration of 96 minutes. It comes after episode 121.
The story is about the speculation of a possible outbreak of a 4th Great Ninja World War, which could happen as a result of the sudden disappearance of 4 Ninjas from the land of Lightning, Earth, Water & Wind. The Land of Fire was the only one that survived it, thereby raising eyebrows whether they are the culprit. Rumors were spreading, and there was going to be an invasion of the land of fire if the real culprit is not surrendered.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
Directed by Hajime Kamegaki. The movie was released on the 2nd of August 2008. It has a duration of 93 minutes. It comes after episode 71.
Summary of the plot. Enemy ninjas from the Land of the Sky storm Konoha and launched an attack on the village, in revenge for the catastrophic attack that was on the Sky Country during the 2nd Great Ninja World War. Naruto, Sakura, and Hinata take Amaru and Doctor Shinnō back to their village, while Sai and Shino Aburame demolish the ship base belonging to the Sky ninjas.
Orochimaru body has started to depreciate, and he commands Sasuke to go find a man that can help him do the reincarnation. Now that Amaru has arrived at the already destroyed village, the village was empty and he launched a search for the surviving villagers. Doctor Shinnō was seemingly killed by a trap.
Amaru is got possessed by the Zero-Tailed monster known as Reibi, after Hinata left the team. Naruto and Sasuke confront Shinnō, revealing the giant cocoon to be the Zero-Tails and transforming into a chakra-absorbing monster. After Sasuke releases the curse mark and Naruto the fox’s chakra, they overload Shinnō with chakra, destroying him. With the fortress no longer having power, Ancor Vantian falls. While several leaf ninjas attempt to infiltrate and destroy the fortress, Amaru, Hinata, and the freed villagers prepare to leave. After Naruto destroys the remaining fortress with the Rasengan and falls through the sky, Amaru rides on the glider to save him. They then land safely on Gamabunta.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Directed by Masahiko Murata, and released on the 31st of July 2010. The movie has a duration of 85 minutes. It comes after episode 143.
In the movie, a ninja went missing, and Team 7 was given the responsibility to find him. To achieve this task, Naruto and Yamato had to travel back in a trance 20 years into the past. Mukade tries to control the Ninja world with the Ryūmyaku power, this is an ancient chakra that can only be found deep underground.
Naruto meets the queen of Loran named Sāra the moment he came back from the time travel. It was later discovered that Mukade actually went into the past 6 years before Naruto did, and changed his name to Anrokuzan, the minister of Loran, it was this minister that killed Sēramu, Sara’s mother. Naruto now saw the need to protect Sara.
Minato, Shibi Aburame, Chōza Akimichi, and Kakashi Hatake also joined in the mission to protect Sara by embarking on a mission to capture Anrokuzan.
The moment Sāra disables Anrokuzan’s technique, Minato exposes Anrokuzan’s weak spot was exposed by Minato, and Naruto destroys it.
Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
Directed by Masahiko Murata, and released on the 27th of July 2010. It has a Running Time of 103 minutes. It comes after episode 196 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime.
The movie starts with Naruto been falsely accused of launching an attack on the Fourth Raikage and assassinate the leader of Kumogakure, and killing jōnin. This led to his arrest. He was locked up in the Hōzuki Castle, a place where criminals are kept, popularly known as “Blood Prison” located at Kusagakure. Naruto made an attempt to escape but was caught by Yamato. Tsunade removed Naruto’s forehead protector, and Mui placed the Sky Prison Control seal on him, thereby sealing his chakra. This caused him so much pain. Naruto is handed over to Maroi, who is working for Mui. Naruto was brought to the lab for a test, that was when they realized that the Naruto they have is a cloned one and that the real Naruto is hiding somewhere. The real Naruto escaped from his hiding place, but he couldn’t go far with the pain the seal caused him, hence he collapsed on the way and was recaptured.
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Directed by Hayato Date. and released on the 28th of July 2012. This movie has a Running Time of 109 minutes. It comes after episode 251 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime.
The movie started with a throwback to the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox’s Attack, and then back to the present when eight members of Akatsuki who were presumed to be dead were actually alive, fighting with Konoha shinobi. Naruto was captured in the battle. Sai rescues Naruto and cuts part of Kakuzu’s hand in the attack. Akatsuki retreats.
Naruto returns to the village with his friends. Most of his friends plan to become a jōnin. Naruto feels the absence of his father and mother.
Naruto and Sakura were confronted with a genjutsu-based reality which is contrary to the views of their friends which reflect their desires: which includes a version of Sasuke who remained in the village and Naruto’s parents, who are alive, while Sakura’s have been dead for years.
The Last: Naruto the Movie
Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi, and released on the 6th of December 2014. The movie has a Running Time of 112 minutes. It comes after episode 493 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime.
Two years after the 4th Ninja World War, with the peace and serenity enjoyed, the Sixth Hokage Kakashi Hatake observes a strange happening, that the Moon getting closer to the Earth, and there is every possibility of a collision. This strange act was caused by Toneri Otsutsuki who belongs to the descendant of Sage of Six Paths’ twin brother Hamura Otsutsuki. Toneri was trying to keep to Hamura’s promise to pay back humanity for their disobedience of Sage’s teachings.
Toneri plans to kidnap Hinata but mistakenly kidnaps her sister Hanabi in the process. The end of the movie saw Hanata and Naruto getting married, and giving birth to two children named Boruto and Himawari.
Are Naruto movies so important?
If you are a consistent fan of anime movies, you will agree with me that the materials used in making the movies are very unique. This is what we mean: for instance, though some anime franchise has a long lineup of movies, you will also notice that most of the movie does not adopt the main anime franchise story. Sometimes they get stories from outside but must be approved by the original author of the franchise.
Anime movies do not follow a particular time pattern within the franchise, they don’t follow a certain chronological order. You can randomly determine the time each movie was released by observing some characteristics present in the movie and in the anime, but hardly can you guess the exact moment. Also, the movie hardly makes reference to the parent or main anime series.
Now you may ask why we spent so much time analyzing Naruto movies. Do they really matter in the anime series?
Is it necessary to watch all the Naruto movies?
There is really nothing so much important about anime series, you can actually decide not to watch, but as usual, there is always an exception, and the Naruto series is one series that has such an exception. You might not really understand this until you start watching it.
Just like we said earlier, the movies do not always follow the original storyline. As a matter of fact, The first nine movies are standalone stories, you can choose not to watch. However, the only Naruto movie you cannot afford to skip is The Last: Naruto the Movie, as this is directly linked to the anime. Boruto: Naruto is also in the category of the ones you cannot afford to ignore.
Where can you watch Naruto movies?
You can stream Naruto movies online, though not in all countries, but certainly, you can stream it online if you are in the United States. The way it is, you cant find all the movies in a particular place. To make it easy for you, we are going to list the movies and the places you can find them.
|Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow||Netflix, Crunchyroll, Tubi|
|Legend of the Stone of Gelel||Netflix, Crunchyroll, Tubi|
|Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom||Netflix, Crunchyroll, Tubi|
|Naruto Shippuden the Movie||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire||Netflix, Crunchyroll|
|Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower||Netflix, Crunchyroll|
|Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison||Netflix, Crunchyroll|
|Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie||Crunchyroll|
|The Last: Naruto the Movie||Crunchyroll|