I recently started watching Naruto (I'm only 51 episodes in), and I was wondering if I had to watch Naruto before watching Shippuden. Ninja-themed anime isn't really my favorite, but Shippuden really appealed to me for some reason, and so I started watching Naruto because it seemed natural to watch before Shippuden.

However, I have seen a few of the Naruto movies, and I've seen clips from Shippuden, and it seems like I could just skip Naruto and watch Shippuden because of the many flashbacks that they use.

I might just watch Naruto before Shippuden anyway, but I was just curious. Do I have to watch Naruto before Naruto Shippuden?

  • Bad Idea to skip it because it is basically and continuing of it, and the flashbacks are things they don't even show in the first show naruto. I guess you could skip a few episodes in Naruto to get closer to watching shippuden, but I seriously DONT reccomend it!
    – user15619
    Jul 11, 2015 at 16:01

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You don't really have to watch the first part of Naruto before the Shippuden part, but I strongly recommend you to watch it.

There are several reasons of why you should watch the first part (or at least read the manga):

- Character development:

You will start by following the characters since their first days in the academy, and you will start to watch them grow every episode, you will know their life, their personalities, love some, and hate some, you will understand them and how they feel toward each other, and witness every single piece of event that made them arrive to what they are in the Shipudden part.

- Grow in strength:

Starting by the first Naruto part will make you start by seeing the beginners ninja techniques, you will start by seeing that creating a clone is a huge achievement ! And after long episodes and long days of training/fighting, you will start to see the development of each ones techniques and feel the value of it even if it's still small, and that's the most important part in every anime: character development, precisely for this part: the growth in strength (physical and mental). By starting with Shippuden you will start already by large techniques, strong characters, big fights.. and that's not that cool as a start.

- The Story:

Of course if you skip a part of the anime, you will skip a part of the story, precisely the childhood of the famous characters (and it was the fun part of the story, since Shippuden is a part of war).

There are several other points that you can miss by skipping the first part, but as I said first, it's not that you can't watch Shippuden directly, it's that it's better for you to grow with the characters since their first days.

There are many people who wish to lose their Naruto-memory so they can watch it again, you still didn't watch it ! don't waste this chance : )

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    And the evolution of Sasuke's Sharingan, Naruto and the Kyuubi, Team 7 and so much more.
    – Rahul
    Nov 27, 2013 at 4:31
  • the final fight between sasuke and orochimaru takes place in naruto or shippuden?
    – user2581
    Nov 27, 2013 at 5:25
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    @rps, I think in Shippuden.
    – Mark
    Nov 27, 2013 at 6:01
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    after Sasuke's and Naruto's fight the rest of the first part of Naruto seems to be just filler, there's probably only 3 arcs which from what i've seen have any sort of relevance to Shippuden, the arc with the girl who becomes a mermaid who is one of Orochimaru's experiments where we find out what happened between Anko and Orochimaru, the arc where Naruto joins Hinata's team to find that bug and the final Arc where Gara is targeted by those Weapon Hunters, though i've only seen just up the 3 Tails so i've no idea how much more the filler relates
    – Memor-X
    Nov 27, 2013 at 21:21

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