Naruto is one of the most important manga and anime of all time. Masashi Kishimoto's work is part of the childhood and adolescence of millions of people born between the nineties and the 2000s, but it is its quality that has allowed it to transcend and continue to be an example within the shonen genre; both in the manga and anime world. Now, the Naruto anime has a considerable amount of filler; as does Naruto Shippuden. The purpose of this article is to help you identify what is canon and what is not. In this way, you will be able to discern whether or not it is worth watching those chapters or arcs that are not part of the original story of the manga.
If we add Naruto and Naruto Shippuden together, we find more than 275 filler episodes out of the 720 that make up the anime. In other words, almost 40%. So, for those of you lucky enough to be entering Konoha for the first time, or for those of you who feel like going back and forgetting Boruto, we leave you with a list that includes all the filler episodes of the anime. Will you join us?
Naruto: all filler episodes
The first part of Naruto consists of 220 episodes, of which 91 are filler episodes (more than 40%). Luckily, most of the "non-canon" episodes pile up in the final stretch, where there are more than 70 in a row, making it quite easy to dodge them.
Naruto Shippuden: all filler episodes
Naruto Shippuden, set two and a half years after Naruto, has twice as many episodes, 500, and twice as many filler episodes, with 188 episodes (38% of the total). They are much more complicated to avoid, because there are several so-called "mixed" episodes that include filler and the occasional canon scene. In general, we recommend avoiding the mixed ones. The canon scenes do not justify their viewing because they last only a few seconds and are remembered via flashback at the beginning of the next episode that is purely canon. But there is a caveat. The last 20 episodes, considered mixed, are worth watching even with their ups and downs, as they serve as an emotional farewell, help you connect with Boruto and contain more Kishimoto material than the rest. With these considerations, you should avoid "just" the following ones: