With 11 movies and an entirely new story arc under its belt, it’s no wonder that Naruto is one of the biggest anime franchises to come out of Japan. Constantly ranked among the likes of Dragon Ball and One Piece, it also holds the distinction of being among the longest running anime series in recent times. As such, you can expect there to be a lot of movies, OVAs (original video animations) and of course, the episodes that number in the high hundreds. With all of that on the plate, a newcomer can get pretty overwhelmed, so here we are, with the order to watch Naruto movies, and where to watch Naruto movies. We will also discuss when to watch the Naruto movies.
Naruto is a franchise that focuses on the titular character, full name: Naruto Uzumaki and his journey, from a young boy to becoming the hokage (leader, elder) of his village clan. This journey of his is chronicled in some 600 episodes of the anime, with several side story arcs being explored in the many movies and OVAs being released later on. So, there is a specific order to watch Naruto movies, if you want to follow the chronology of the series, which many fans of the series will actually tell you to do so. So, if you are looking to watch the movies, here is a guide on when to watch the Naruto movies in a chronological order.
So, here is a list of Naruto movies released till date, and when to watch Naruto movies in chronological order.
Naruto Movies: In Order Of Release
- Naruto Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Released in 2004)
- Naruto Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelei (Released in 2005)
- Naruto Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (Released in 2006)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 1 (Released in 2007)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds (Released in 2008)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire (Released in 2009)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower (Released in 2010)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison (Released in 2011)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja (Released in 2012)
- The Last: Naruto the Movie (Released in 2014)
As is evident by the date of release, the Naruto movies in chronological order follow the numbering sequence from 1 to 3 for the Naruto movies, and again for the Shippuden movies, which follow different story arcs altogether.
What Order to Watch Naruto Movies In?
The Naruto movies follow the same order as their release when it comes to story chronology, and as such, you can follow the same order for release if you want to stay truthful to the story matter. Provided you have already watched the 700 or so episodes of both Naruto and the Shippuden series, the movies will serve as further story extensions and arcs.
Where to Watch Naruto Movies?
Naruto movies are available for streaming at all anime streaming sites, and several of them are also available on Netflix, although this depends on the region you are in. They can also be viewed at several official anime sites, so there is really no shortage of places where these movies can be viewed.
Following is a brief overview of all the Naruto movies enlisted beforehand.
1) Naruto Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
In the first movie, Naruto and his teammates are sent by their leader to protect one of the actresses of a movie who goes by the name of Yukie. Yukie is a famed actress; however, her life is in peril at the hands of her uncle, who is believed to have murdered her father previously for treasure. However, she comes under attack, and both her and Naruto are abducted. The movie follows their efforts to save Yukie and all the while maintain a camaraderie within the team.
2) Naruto Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
The second movie is of course, as the name suggests, about a mysterious stone that a mysterious clan is seeking. The Stone of Gelei has been misplaced by a clan which was travelling beforehand and is now being sought by Master Haido to achieve world peace. There are several good fights, and Naruto especially finds a good fight in Temujin, a foe with whom he is forced to ally after they are both knocked unconscious.
3) Naruto Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
In the third movie, Naruto and the team are tasked with the protection of a king-prince duo of the Land of the Moon, which is incredibly wealthy and prosperous. During the journey back to their kingdom, they are irritated of the prince, who leads a hedonistic life and cares less for anything else. However, things take a turn for the worst when they get back to town only to discover that a greedy minister has taken over. Naruto and the team help save the day again.
4) Naruto Shippuden Movie 1
The fourth movie overall and the first of the Shippuden movies, this movie tackles a demon by the name of Moryo, who intends to take over the world to start his reign; however, he needs a body, to which the antagonist Yomi complies. There is also the appearance of a priestess Shion, who is the only one who can stop the demon from getting what it wants. The movie is full of very good fights and also shows Naruto fending off an entire army. A good start for the Shippuden series.
5) Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds
In the second Shippuden movie, the village comes under attack from ninjas that descend from the Land of the Sky, and as the team prepares to rescue the villagers and save a Dr Shinno, they realize that the attack is being spearheaded by Sasuke’s brother Orochimaru, to find a person who can get a perfect reincarnation of the body, who is Dr Shinno. The doctor ends up betraying Naruto and his team and is killed in an accident. Meanwhile, the village works together to ensure that the attack is repelled.
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6) Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire
The third movie focusses more on the relationship between Kakashi and his student Naruto, where in order to stop a great ninja war from happening, the former is sent to defeat a ninja threatening world peace. However, after Kakashi is trapped and tricked, Naruto sets out to retrieve and save his teacher, which he does. After he uses a secret technique to defeat Hiruko the antagonist, they all celebrate their victory at Mount Shumi.
7) Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower
The fourth movie sees the team fend off yet another villain hell-bent on destroying the village, and the bond between the team is tested as Naruto and the other teammates decide differently on how to tackle the challenge.
8) Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison
In Blood Prison, Naruto is falsely implicated for an attack on the village and is incarcerated within the Blood Prison. However, the ruse is soon busted open after a century-long demon possesses the son of the antagonist, and tries to wreak havoc. The day is saved, thanks to Naruto and team.
9) Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja
In Road to Ninja, Naruto has to save a weakened and left-alone Sakura, who, unbeknownst to herself, is playing an accomplice to a heinous villain who intends to absorb Naruto’s Nine Tails for himself. Despite their occasional friction, Naruto and Sakura get along fine and the latter saves the former towards the end of the story.
10) The Last: Naruto the Movie
In the final movie, a more romanticized version of the village is depicted, with many women giving gifts to Naruto. Hinata is one of them, but is soon abducted by an army of ninjas looking to allow the moon to crash into the Earth. What follows is Naruto’s attempt to rescue her, culminating in a big fight, after which they both marry and start a family.