Naruto

The plot of Naruto is told during the first 238 chapters of the manga and all 220 episodes of the Naruto anime. In the manga, before the switch to the second part of the series, otherwise known as Naruto: Shippūden, the story of Kakashi Gaiden is told.

Introduction Arc

Main article: Introduction Arc
The Introduction Arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 1 to 8 of the manga and episodes 1 to 5 of the Naruto anime. The main characters of the series were introduced during this arc. This arc is followed by the Land of Waves Arc.
Land of Waves Arc
Main article: Land of Waves Arc
The Land of Waves Arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 9 to 33 of the manga and episodes 6 to 19 of the Naruto anime. It was the first major arc of the series. This arc is preceded by the Introduction Arc and followed by the Chūnin Exam Arc.
Chūnin Exam Arc
Main article: Chūnin Exam Arc
The Chūnin Exams arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 34 to 114 of the manga and episodes 20 to 67 of the Naruto anime. It introduced many of the secondary characters of the series and the first major villain, Orochimaru, and set up the main plot for the rest of the series, with Sasuke obtaining a cursed seal from Orochimaru. It was also the largest story arc in the continuity of Naruto. This arc is preceded by the Land of Waves Arc and is followed by the Invasion of Konoha Arc.

Invasion of Konoha Arc

Main article: Invasion of Konoha Arc
The Invasion of Konoha Arc was included in Part I of the series, and comprised chapters 115 to 138 of the manga and episodes 68 to 80 of the Naruto anime. The previous arc directly led into this one. This arc covered Gaara's change of heart towards people after battling Naruto, and the death of the Third Hokage at Orochimaru's hands. This arc is preceded by the Chūnin Exam Arc and is followed by the Search for Tsunade Arc.
Search for Tsunade Arc
Main article: Search for Tsunade Arc
The Search for Tsunade Arc spans from chapters 139 to 171 of the manga and episodes 81 to 100 of the Naruto anime. The beginning of the arc is sometimes referred to as the "Return of Itachi Arc". The arc entails Naruto meeting the Akatsuki members Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki, his training to learn Rasengan, and meeting up with Tsunade. It also covers the battle between Orochimaru, Jiraiya and Tsunade. In the anime, discussion of Rock Lee's surgery takes place here instead of the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. This arc is preceded by the Invasion of Konoha Arc and is followed by the Sasuke Retrieval Arc in the manga and the Land of Tea Arc in the anime.
Sasuke Retrieval Arc
Main article: Sasuke Retrieval Arc
The Sasuke Retrieval Arc spans from chapters 172 to 238 of the manga, and episodes 107 to 135 of the Naruto anime. This arc sets the tone for Naruto: Shippūden, where Sasuke decides he is not powerful enough and leaves for Orochimaru to gain power, and his final battle at the Valley of the End against Naruto Uzumaki. It also includes Naruto's first use of his one-tailed form when the Nine-Tails grants him more power to defeat Sasuke. It is the last arc of Part I of the manga. In the anime, the arc is followed by a series of short arcs. For the anime only, this arc is preceded by the Land of Tea Arc and is followed by the Land of Rice Fields Arc, while in the manga it is only preceded by the Search for Tsunade Arc.

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Naruto: Shippūden
The plot of the second part of the manga and anime series Naruto, titled Naruto: Shippūden (疾風伝; Literally meaning "Hurricane Chronicles") in the anime and simply Part II in the manga, was set two and a half years after the present timeline in Part I. The new setting for the series began with volume 28 (chapter 245) of the manga. The anime adaptation of the manga started airing on February 15 2007, premiering with the first two episodes debuting in a one-hour special. Viz is working on a North American DVD series of Naruto: Shippūden, which was released on September 29, 2009. The US publication of the manga began in January 2008, in the US issue of Shonen Jump.[1]
The new story revolved mainly around Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno's new adventures, and their search for Sasuke Uchiha after he defected from Konoha in order to gain Orochimaru's power. The plot later includes new major characters, such as Sai and Yamato. The plot also showed a more active Akatsuki in their quest to obtain all the tailed beasts.

Kazekage Rescue Arc
Main article: Kazekage Rescue Arc
The Kazekage Rescue Arc is from Part II of the series that spans from chapters 245 to 281 of the manga and episodes 1 to 32 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. It is the first arc of Part II. In the third databook this arc is called the "Kazekage Rescue Mission" (風影奪還任務, Kazekage Dakkan Ninmu) and in the anime DVDs it is referred to as the "Kazekage Rescue" Arc. This arc details the events of an Akatsuki raid by Deidara and Sasori on Sunagakure to find the jinchūriki of Shukaku.
Sasuke and Sai Arc
Main article: Sasuke and Sai Arc
The Sasuke and Sai Arc is from Part II of the series, and spans from chapters 282 to 310 of the manga and episodes 33 to 53 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. In the third databook, this arc is called the "Heaven and Earth Reconnaissance Mission" (天地偵察任務, Tenchi Teisatsu Ninmu). The anime DVDs for this arc call it the "Long-Awaited Reunion". This arc details Team Kakashi new members Yamato and Sai, and their reunion with the defector Sasuke Uchiha.
Hidan and Kakuzu Arc
Main article: Hidan and Kakuzu Arc
The Hidan and Kakuzu Arc is from Part II of the series, and spans from chapters 311 to 342 of the manga and episodes 72 to 89 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. In the third databook, this arc is called the "'Akatsuki' Suppression Mission" (“暁”討伐任務, "Akatsuki" Tōbatsu Ninmu). The anime DVDs for this arc call it "Immortal Devastators — Hidan and Kakuzu". This arc details the events caused by two of Akatsuki's "immortals", Hidan and Kakuzu.
Itachi Pursuit Arc
Main article: Itachi Pursuit Arc
The Itachi Pursuit Arc is from Part II of the series, and spans from chapters 343 to 402 of the manga. In the Naruto: Shippūden anime, it began with episode 113 to 118, and 121 to 143 with the two episode adaptation of Kakashi Gaiden shown in the interim. In the third databook, this arc is called the "Itachi Pursuit" (イタチ追跡, Itachi Tsuiseki) while the anime DVDs call it the "Master's Prophecy and Vengeance" chapter. Portions of this arc are sometimes considered separate arcs. Collectively, this arc details Konoha's Eight Man Squad's and Sasuke's task of finding Itachi Uchiha, as well as Jiraiya's confrontation with the S-rank organisation Akatsuki's leader Pain. This arc is preceded by the Hidan and Kakuzu Arc in the manga and the Three-Tails Arc in the anime and followed by the Invasion of Pain Arc in the manga and the Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc in the anime.
Invasion of Pain Arc
Main article: Invasion of Pain Arc
The Invasion of Pain Arc is from Part II, and spans from chapters 403 to 449 of the manga. In the Naruto: Shippūden anime, it spanned from episode 152 to episode 175. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "Two Saviors". The arc detailed Akatsuki's attempts to capture the Eight-Tails and the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. This arc is preceded by the Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc and is followed by the Konoha History Arc.
Five Kage Summit Arc
Main article: Five Kage Summit Arc
The Five Kage Summit Arc is from Part II, and spans from chapters 450 to 488 of the manga. In the Naruto: Shippūden anime, it spanned from episode 197 to 221. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "The Gathering of the Five Kage". Pain's destruction of Konoha and Killer B's supposed capture by Taka enticed the five countries to unite against the threat of Akatsuki. This arc is preceded by the Konoha History Arc and followed by the Adventures at Sea Arc.
Confining the Jinchūriki Arc
Main article: Confining the Jinchūriki Arc
The Confining the Jinchūriki Arc spans from chapters 489 to 514, and in the Naruto: Shippūden anime from episode 243 to 255. All the Five Great Shinobi Countries have formed a ninja alliance with the Land of Iron and prepare for the Fourth Shinobi World War and the final battle against Akatsuki. While Naruto trains to control the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's power. It also describes the Nine-Tails' Attack on Konoha and the beginning of the war. This arc is preceded by the Adventures at Sea Arc and is followed by the Shinobi World War Arc.
Shinobi World War Arc
Main article: Shinobi World War Arc
The Shinobi World War Arc spans from chapter 515 to current and in the anime from episode 256 to current. It covers the Fourth Shinobi World War where the Five Great Shinobi Countries all unite into the Allied Shinobi Forces to oppose Tobi and Akatsuki, all to protect the last two jinchūriki, Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B. The arc began with the war finally starting with both the Allied Shinobi Forces and Akatsuki moving out for battle. To date, this is the longest arc in the series. This arc is preceded by the Confining the Jinchūriki Arc.
Anime-Only Arcs
Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc
Main article: Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc
The Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc is the first filler arc from Part II of the series, and spans from episodes 54 to 71 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "Twelve Guardian Ninja". The arc expands upon the Twelve Guardian Ninja and Naruto's wind training through the introduction of a boy named Sora.
Three-Tails Arc
Main article: Three-Tails Arc
The Three-Tails Arc is the second filler arc from Part II of the series, and spans from episodes 90 to 112 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "The Three-Tailed Demon Turtle". It deals with the efforts of Akatsuki, Konoha, and Team Guren to capture the Three-Tails. This arc is followed by the Itachi Pursuit Arc and preceded by the Hidan and Kakuzu Arc.
Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc
Main article: Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc
The Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc is the third filler arc from Part II of the series, and spans from episodes 144 to 151 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "The Six-Tailed Unleashed". It deals with the bond between masters and students named Utakata, the jinchūriki of Six-Tails and his student Hotaru. This arc is preceded by the Itachi Pursuit Arc and followed by the Invasion of Pain Arc.
Konoha History Arc
Main article: Konoha History Arc
The Konoha History Arc is the fourth filler arc from Part II of the series, and spans from episodes 176 to 196 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "Past Arc ~The Locus of Konoha~". This arc is shown as multiple flashbacks from different characters, such as Iruka remembering the time he first met Naruto and Kakashi remembering when he was appointed as leader of Team 7 from his perspective. The first flashback takes place prior Part I while the rest all take place before the time-skip. This arc is preceded by the Invasion of Pain Arc and is followed by the Five Kage Summit Arc.
Adventures at Sea Arc
Main article: Adventures at Sea Arc
The Adventures at Sea Arc is the fifth filler arc from Part II of the series, and spans from episode 222 to 242. The anime DVDs for this arc call it "Paradise Life on a Boat". This arc shows Naruto and his team on their journey to the Land of Lightning by sea, to confine him from Akatsuki during the Fourth Shinobi World War, as well as character development for the Konoha 11. Throughout the arc, small hints are given of what is to come in the anime such as a mention of a ninja clan talented in fūinjutsu. The arc also expands on the character Aoba Yamashiro who will have a somewhat more prominent role in the upcoming arc. This arc is preceded by the Five Kage Summit Arc and is followed by the Confining the Jinchūriki Arc.