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Aug 2, 2012 12:51 PM

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I want to watch Naruto but all my friends say shippuden is way better. but it's a sequel.. so should I just skip naruto (First one) and start shippuden or will I miss out on the story and other stuff? :S
 
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Aug 2, 2012 12:52 PM

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You'll miss out on the story since Shippuden picks up where Naruto left off.

Watch Naruto first.
 
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Aug 2, 2012 1:03 PM

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What does it matter if the Shippuden is better? It's all the same story and regardless of what part is better most people start stories from the beginning.

 
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Aug 2, 2012 1:05 PM

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Not sure what's worse, thinking skipping the first season of something would be fine, or people thinking Shippuden is better. Just watch the first season otherwise you are just jumping into a rather long story right in the middle of it. Hardly the ideal way to enjoy something
 
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Aug 2, 2012 1:11 PM

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Indeed, the sequel is better, but still you should watch the prequel first (Naruto)..
 
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Aug 2, 2012 1:42 PM

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I dare say you have to watch it.

Many story elements, characters and big chunk of character development is done in Naruto. Shippuuden just continued the story. Good luck
 
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Aug 2, 2012 1:44 PM

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Watch it, the plot is quite important, and here is a list which has episodes you can skip, nothing important, saves a lot of time as well, and watch the last episode which is 220, important to the story.
Naruto (1-220)
Episode: 026 (recap show)
Episode: 097
Episode: 101-106
Episode: 137-140
Episode: 143-219
 
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Aug 7, 2012 12:38 AM

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For me, the Classic Naruto is better than Shippuden....
 
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Aug 7, 2012 10:22 AM

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Well i guess its everyone's opinion but personally i think the original series stayed more true to the manga, with consistent animation and not near as much pacing issues. On the other hand shipuuden's animation is some times inconsistent at times and pacing in the story even during canon arcs, a bit to many flash backs, and recaps, poor quality character designs, etc. Then of course their are times where the animation is just fluid and really solid, you wonder why some times the animators get lazy during some episodes. Thankfully that does not really happen in the original series though.

But over all its a fantastic franchise and yes naturally start with the first one. I don't even know why you would even ask that question to begin with.
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Aug 7, 2012 10:29 AM

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Karpman said:
Watch it, the plot is quite important, and here is a list which has episodes you can skip, nothing important, saves a lot of time as well, and watch the last episode which is 220, important to the story.
Naruto (1-220)
Episode: 026 (recap show)
Episode: 097
Episode: 101-106
Episode: 137-140
Episode: 143-219


Episode 97 is pretty hilarious though i wouldn't skip it. Really their is hardly no filler in naruto, the only filler arc is the land of tea arc witch is episodes 101-106. But 101 you just can't miss, that has to be the best filler episode in the whole series :P

Also 220 is important, its half filler half manga, it details the final parts of the actual story before shippuuden. Other wise will you will be left in the dark just jumping to shipuuden. But as far episodes 135 to 219, yeah its pretty much all filer with the acception of episodes 141 and 142.

Here is an extremely useful guide that me and Zanzabar kind of constructed.

http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=350747
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Aug 10, 2012 2:34 AM

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Definitely watch Naruto first and then shippuden.
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Aug 10, 2012 10:18 AM

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that's like asking if you should watch gintama before gintama', they are the same thing
 
Aug 10, 2012 10:52 AM

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Karpman said:
Watch it, the plot is quite important, and here is a list which has episodes you can skip, nothing important, saves a lot of time as well, and watch the last episode which is 220, important to the story.
Naruto (1-220)
Episode: 026 (recap show)
Episode: 097
Episode: 101-106
Episode: 137-140
Episode: 143-219


Is the episode where Mizuki returns (bad guy from episode 1) filler? Isn't episode 134 the last canon one until the final scene of 220? :O

 
Aug 10, 2012 4:27 PM

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Naruto shippuden shows what happens after two years of training. If you don't know what was before it would just seem weird
 
Aug 10, 2012 6:05 PM

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In most cases I would say watch the prequel first, but there are so many flashback to the first series it's insane, so really it depends on you. Thats an extra 150 or so episodes and if you dont have the time for that but still wanna be able to talk naruto with your friends you could probably skip the first season, plus they could fill in any blanks for you.
 
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WyattEarp said:

In most cases I would say watch the prequel first, but there are so many flashback to the first series it's insane, so really it depends on you. Thats an extra 150 or so episodes and if you dont have the time for that but still wanna be able to talk naruto with your friends you could probably skip the first season, plus they could fill in any blanks for you.


Enough flashbacks to recount all 220 episodes, I think not. Almost all of the flashbacks in Shippuden are of from the same scenes.


Naruto has the start of Naruto's ninja career, it is also where he does a lot of his growing, and where you meet a lot of the main good guys and bad guys that will stay throughout Shippuden. Therefore I advise you to watch Naruto first or else you wouldn't even think that Naruto Shippuden is a good series let alone understand it. If you figure out how much episodes you can watch a day, you can estimate how long it will take you to finish the series so that you can get to Shippuden faster.
 
Aug 10, 2012 6:54 PM

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A few months ago, I also decided to start watching Naruto and like you, I could not decide whether or not to watch the first Naruto or start at Naruto Shippuden.

220 episodes seemed like too many to watch before even starting Shippuden (Which is currently on around 270ish episodes itself..) but, Naruto is one of those anime that people have a hard time to stop watching and before you know it, you've already watched 100 or so episodes.

So, I think its a good idea to watch the first Naruto before starting Shippuden.
 
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IntroverTurtle said:
WyattEarp said:

In most cases I would say watch the prequel first, but there are so many flashback to the first series it's insane, so really it depends on you. Thats an extra 150 or so episodes and if you dont have the time for that but still wanna be able to talk naruto with your friends you could probably skip the first season, plus they could fill in any blanks for you.


Enough flashbacks to recount all 220 episodes, I think not. Almost all of the flashbacks in Shippuden are of from the same scenes.


Naruto has the start of Naruto's ninja career, it is also where he does a lot of his growing, and where you meet a lot of the main good guys and bad guys that will stay throughout Shippuden. Therefore I advise you to watch Naruto first or else you wouldn't even think that Naruto Shippuden is a good series let alone understand it. If you figure out how much episodes you can watch a day, you can estimate how long it will take you to finish the series so that you can get to Shippuden faster.


This is not even debatable and should never be so. I don't care what others say. You are simply missing some of the most important elements of the show and introduction to characters as well as the story which has an overarching plot that is absolutely essential to understand all of the plot details in shippuuden. So the short answer is, YES watch the first naruto. This is really a no brainier, i mean come on.
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Aug 10, 2012 10:29 PM

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Mikasa said:
Karpman said:
Watch it, the plot is quite important, and here is a list which has episodes you can skip, nothing important, saves a lot of time as well, and watch the last episode which is 220, important to the story.
Naruto (1-220)
Episode: 026 (recap show)
Episode: 097
Episode: 101-106
Episode: 137-140
Episode: 143-219


Is the episode where Mizuki returns (bad guy from episode 1) filler? Isn't episode 134 the last canon one until the final scene of 220? :O


135 is the end of the arc but technically 142 is the last episode of any sort of canonical material, before episode 220.

If you watch 141, 142 and 220 in succession you will notice that parts of the plot are intertwined, but they are very subtle.
Modified by link9us, Aug 10, 2012 10:39 PM
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Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM

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I only watched 135 eps of the original Naruto, then moved onto Shippuuden (which I'm practically current with, only a little behind). I feel like I missed nothing important. I didn't even know that 220 had something "important" until I read this thread today. Although now I may go back to see what exactly that is.
Anyways, I'm just saying that I would be fine with recommending to someone that they watch the first 135 eps and just move on to Shippuuden. I watched all of the filler that was in those 135 eps, but I would not say it's necessary to watch that, either.
 
Aug 29, 2012 11:32 AM

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I only watched 135 eps of the original Naruto, then moved onto Shippuuden (which I'm practically current with, only a little behind). I feel like I missed nothing important. I didn't even know that 220 had something "important" until I read this thread today. Although now I may go back to see what exactly that is.
Anyways, I'm just saying that I would be fine with recommending to someone that they watch the first 135 eps and just move on to Shippuuden. I watched all of the filler that was in those 135 eps, but I would not say it's necessary to watch that, either.


If you stopped at 135, then naruto is still in the village correct? If you go directly into shippuuden, it shows naruto coming back after 2 in a half years of training. To some that really is nothing to be worried over but its a very slight plot hole. 220 shows the actual departure of naruto as he says his good buys to konoho and his friends and also raises fists in the air and as he is looking at the 4ths statue, says "please watch me" which is kind of memorable moment from the manga.

141 and 142 are actually a connection to the 2nd half of 220, where it shows after the battle with sasuske, everyone begins training with their jounin teachers and sakura's first training about medical ninjutsu begins, but that part is very very subtle and yes can definitively be skipped. But it is in the manga.


This is basically the info that you missed, really not that much



But if you have to watch any of them, 220 is the more important.
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Aug 29, 2012 11:41 AM

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Not really,it's your decision,I did the same thing kinda,i finished 210 out of 220,honestly most of the naruto episodes are just fillers,about the other ninja's life,ex tenten,lee,sakura,etc,it doesn't really focus on shippuden. But as long as you watch most of the naruto episodes,You should have a good enough understanding of Shippuden.
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JasperKazai said:
I only watched 135 eps of the original Naruto, then moved onto Shippuuden (which I'm practically current with, only a little behind). I feel like I missed nothing important. I didn't even know that 220 had something "important" until I read this thread today. Although now I may go back to see what exactly that is.
Anyways, I'm just saying that I would be fine with recommending to someone that they watch the first 135 eps and just move on to Shippuuden. I watched all of the filler that was in those 135 eps, but I would not say it's necessary to watch that, either.


You have not missed anything except 85 filler episodes and some minutes of episode 220 that are canon for the story.
People, not you, sometimes is scared to watch 200 episodes, but it's just 135, even less skipping the fillers in Karpman's list.

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Aug 30, 2012 5:44 AM

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watch the first season but stop when the mass of fillers start, unfortunately i decided to waste so much time watching them, not worth it, but then i think the last one had some original, but have a look online there are a few people with lists saying the fillers. but i agree shippunden is a lot better, but naruto is quite good as well, if you watch the first it will make you apriceate the second one a lot more, you can't really skip out on all the story
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Sep 1, 2012 10:52 AM

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Like everyone says, skip 136 to 219 if you don't want any filler and watch the last 15 or so min of 220 to get that full "resolution" of part 1 of the manga.

Personally though, i liked some of the fillers, some of the arcs were pretty decent and its the last time you get a chance to see some of the characters in action, cause once you hit shippuuden, its like some of them don't exist any more. "I am looking at you tenten."

Though i guess currently kishimoto is aiming to fix that in the most current arc.
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Sep 9, 2012 9:26 AM

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Only if you have a brain.
 
Sep 9, 2012 3:04 PM

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Would certainly help to grasp the story, you could probably skip through the fillers if you wanted.
 
Sep 9, 2012 3:30 PM

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The first part (Naruto) is important to watch imo because, well simply because that's when it all begins and the core plot from the first part will be important to know before starting with Shippuuden. Watch Naruto but skipp all the filler. No point in watching those.
 
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just skip the latest 100 episodes...
 
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