This is a list of episodes
for the anime series Naruto
, part of the Naruto
media franchise. The episodes were directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The episodes have been released in North America by Viz Media. They are based on the Naruto
manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, incorporating twenty-seven volumes of the source material over 130 episodes. The remaining 90 episodes are filler, utilizing plot elements not seen in the original manga.
The 220 episodes that constitute the series were aired between October 3, 2002 and February 8, 2007 on TV Tokyo in Japan. The English adaptation of the anime began airing on September 10, 2005 on Cartoon Network's Toonami. On September 20, 2008, Cartoon Network ended its Toonami block, but the channel will continue airing the Naruto episodes. For how long they will play new episodes is unknown. Episodes also aired on YTV's Bionix and Jetix UK programming blocks.
The series centers on the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young, excitable ninja of Konohagakure. He is accompanied by fellow ninja Sasuke Uchiha, the taciturn last member of the Uchiha clan; Sakura Haruno, an intelligent and fiery kunoichi; and Kakashi Hatake, the Jōnin sensei of the three. Throughout the series, Naruto encounters numerous foes, including the Sunagakure ninja Gaara, the S-class criminal Orochimaru, and the mysterious criminal organization Akatsuki.