Naruto Shippuden is an immensely popular Japanese anime series adapted from Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. (Anime is a style of animation originating in Japan, characterized by colorful drawings and illustrations featuring themes intended for an adult audience.)
Naruto Shippuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto manga. It continues the same storyline after a pause of two and a half years in the fictional Naruto universe. Naruto series is directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo.
Naruto series has a large number of characters, most of them are ninjas. They are initially trained at the Ninja Academy, where the story begins. After their graduation, they split up into squads of three and become Genin, rookie ninja. Each squad is assigned an experienced sensei, master ninja. These core squads form the foundation for interactions of characters with each other later in the series. In this setup, characters are chosen for missions according to their team’s strength and complementary skills.
In the Naruto world, countries operate as separate political entities ruled by feudal landlords. There are five shinobi countries in the world of Naruto Shippuden which are the most powerful. They are known as the “Five Great Shinobi Nations” whose names are:
- Land of Earth
- Land of Fire
- Land of Lightning
- Land of Water
- Land of Wind
Within these countries there are hidden villages or settlements housing ninja warriors capable of using supernatural abilities in combat. The leaders of the hidden villages hold equal status with the leaders of their respective countries. These villages are hidden within a country and train shinobi (Japanese term for ninja) to protect the country. Shinobi act both as ninjas-for-hire and as a military force for their country.
The main character in the Naruto manga series is Naruto Uzumaki. He is a boisterous, hyperactive, unpredictable adolescent ninja who constantly seeks for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja acknowledged as the leader of the entire village.
The main story follows Naruto and his friends’ personal growth throughout the series. Naruto befriends two comrades, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, who form a three-person team under an experienced sensei named Kakashi Hatake. Naruto also befriends other characters that he meets throughout the series. They learn new abilities, get to know each other and other villagers, and experience a coming-of-age journey as Naruto dreams of becoming the Hokage of Konohagakure.
Naruto Episodes and Movies
There are about 272 Naruto episodes, 3 Naruto movies and 6 Naruto Shippuden movies.
The titles of Naruto movies are:
- Naruto Movie 3 – Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
- Naruto Movie 2 – Legend of the Stone of Gelel
- Naruto Movie 1 – Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
The titles of Naruto Shippuden movies are:
- Naruto Shippuden: The Movie
- Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Bonds
- Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire
- Naruto Shippuden :The Movie: The Lost Tower
- Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Blood Prison
- Naruto Shippuden: The Movie: Road to Ninja
The extremely popular Naruto series and movies have been distributed in many countries and has a large following worldwide.