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You Better Believe it! A Recap of Pre-Shippuden Naruto

Warning: This article contains spoilers for everything up to Vol. 61 of Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. This article covers the events of Naruto up to the events of Naruto Shippuden. This is a guide for both new readers/viewers, and those who want to brush up on the older arcs!

by RilakkuLina
Jul 17, 2015 1:32 AM | 3,426 views

Did you finally decide to start watching Naruto, but are confused about the complicated storyline? Or did you take a break and forget what happened in the first couple volumes? We got your back!




THIS IS YOUR LAST SPOILER WARNING.




A Chronological History of Naruto


Long, Long Ago




    

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Rikkudou Sennin

The hero who saved the world from devastation, now revered as the
”God of ninjas”. Everything starts with him.

Thought of as both the Creator that brought peace and order to the world, as well as the Bringer of Destruction, he`s an ambiguous entity in legends.

He created one of the Three Great Eye Techniques, the Bloodline Limited Rinnegan. Also the first host of the Ten-Tailed Beast.

He has two sons; the prodigy older brother who believed in inborn talent and the use of power to keep the peace and the younger brother that believed in hard work and the use of love to keep the peace.

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(Left: younger brother Asura. Right: elder brother Indira)

It is said that the naming of Asura as Rikkudou Sennin’s successor is what caused the feud between the Uchiha and Senju clans



    

A Little Less Long Ago: Constant War




  

The Shinobi Clans, especially the Uchiha and Senju Clans, were locked in seemingly neverending combat. This is what happened before the establishment of the Ninja Villages.


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The Senju Clan of the forest, led by Hashirama Senju

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The Uchiha Clan led by Madara


70 Years Previous: The Armistice between Uchiha and Senju



In cooperation with the Land of Fire, they founded Hidden Leaf Village.

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The other countries followed suit, each establishing a shinobi village of their own.

The most powerful countries, the Land of Fire, Lightning, Water, Earth, and Wind become known as the Five Great Shinobi Countries.

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The ninja villages are as follows:
  • Land of Lightning: Hidden Cloud Village

  • Land of Water: Hidden Mist Village

  • Land of Earth: Hidden Stone Village

  • Land of Wind: Hidden Sand Village


The leaders of each village are called the Five Kage (Hokage, Raikage, Mizukage, Tsuchikage, Kazekage), and rule over every shinobi on Earth.




60 Years Previous: The First Shinobi World War



War broke out between the Five Great Shinobi Countries. It lasted two years before a peace treaty was drafted.

As a token of peace, the First Hokage (Hashirama Senju) distributed the Tailed Beasts to each country.

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At that time, Madara escapes Hidden Leaf Village, swearing to avenge his people.

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It seems that Madara had died at the Valley of the End

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During this time, the First Hokage lost his life at the Valley of the End. The second Hokage is then appointed.


Tobirama Senju (The Second Hokage)

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Hashirama’s younger brother. Skilled at Water jutsu, he can use high level skills even without the presence of water. The creator of the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation (Edo Tensei).

He created the Hidden Leaf’s Military Police Force, headed by the Uchiha Clan, as well as established the Shinobi Academy, the Anbu Black Ops, and the Chuunin examinations.

He sacrifices himself to save his team during an ambush in the Shinobi War, and was probably killed by the Kinkaku Force from Hidden Sand

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Nominated by the Second Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi becomes the Third Hokage.

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Hiruzen on the right, with a young Danzo on the left


Hiruzen Sarutobi (The Third Hokage)

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Disciple of the Second Hokage, as well as the teacher of the Legendary Three Ninja (Sannin). Rumored to be able to use every jutsu known by the Fire Village, he gained the nickname of “Professor”.

He passed the Hokageship to Hidden Leaf’s Yellow Flash for a short time before the Fourth Hokage was killed, whereupon he resumed the role.
The Third Hokage was instrumental in the development of the Hidden Leaf Village.


Around this time, Danzou established a dark organization known as Root, presiding as the leader.


Danzou Shimura

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Simultaneously the Third Hokage’s childhood friend and rival. Strongly protective of Hidden Leaf Village. Ruthless and dangerous to even the residents of Hidden Leaf, he nevertheless only acted in what he felt were his village’s best interests.




40 Years Previous: The Second Shinobi World War



The First Shinobi World War was followed by twenty years of peace. However, every country soon started using military force to expand their borders under the pretext of spreading peace, leading to the Second Great War.

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The Birth of the Sannin (Legendary Three):

Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru were given the name as praise after the battle against Hidden Rain Village’s leader Hanzo, despite having been defeated.

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During this fight, Jiraiya takes in three orphans. For three years, he trained Yahiko, Konan, and Nagato, who were to start the organization Akatsuki.

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The Second Great War ends, but border skirmishes between the Five Great Countries and smaller countries continue.




20 Years Previous: The Third Shinobi World War



Eventually the border skirmishes escalate to the point of another world war. This becomes an unprecedented war of attrition.

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The war swings in the Fire Kingdom’s favor after the battle at Kannabi Bridge. In order to slow the momentum of Hidden Stone, a group consisting of two jōnin (including Hidden Leaf’s Yellow Flash) and two chūnin were sent to destroy the bridge that was used to supply the Land of Earth’s supply lines. This is depicted in “Kakashi Chronicles,” Naruto Vol. 27.

Kakashi receives his Sharingan from Obito at this time.

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The dying Obito was helped by Madara, an old man by now. (Remember the part where he died? Yeah. He didn't.)

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During the later stages of the war, Kabuto Yakushi arrives in Hidden Leaf. Kabuto’s childhood is shown in Vol. 61.

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The Third Shinobi World War ends. Hidden Leaf and Hidden Sand establish a treaty.

Minato Namikaze is appointed as the Fourth Hokage, defeating Orochimaru, who hadn’t been so much as nominated.


Minato Namikaze (The Fourth Hokage)

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Said to have been peerless in the village in terms of ability and popularity. A blonde, good looking youth that, according to teacher Jiraiya, even the previous Hokage and Legendary Three regarded with respect.

His wife Kushina was from Hidden Eddy Village (Uzushiogakure). Together they had a son named Naruto Uzumaki. The name came from the main character of Jiraiya’s novel, The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi.


Orochimaru

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Hiruzen Sarutobi’s student. Talented from childhood, there were great hopes for his future. Has a brutal temper, but is charismatic towards his underlings. He was kicked out of Hidden Leaf after it was discovered that he was studying forbidden jutsu.


16 Years Previous: Nine-tails Attacks the Hidden Leaf



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Controlled by Tobi (Masked Madara), the Kyuubi attacks the Hidden Leaf Village.

The Fourth Hokage dies after saving the village from destruction. Naruto’s mother Kushina also dies after being separated from the Nine-tails sealed within her. Naruto becomes the new host of the Nine-tailed beast.

This story is covered in Vol. 54.

Upon the Fourth Hokage’s death, the Third Hokage (Hiruzen Sarutobi) resumes his post.

After the Kyuubi incident, the Uchiha clan starts to be monitored by Anbu operatives.

Around this time, multiple disappearances of shinobi occur.

The Third Hokage discovers Orochimaru’s illegal experiments, and Orochimaru escapes Hidden Leaf.

Itachi Uchiha massacres the entire Uchiha clan except for his younger brother Sasuke. He leaves Hidden Leaf and joins Akatsuki.

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Everything After This Point Occurs During the Manga’s Timeline



The Hidden Village achieves peace, once again under the Third Hokage.
Naruto graduates the Ninja Academy without incident, and becomes a genin, taking part in various missions.


Mission in the Land of Waves

The story of Zabuza and Haku’s deaths. Sasuke’s Sharingan awakens, and Naruto discovers the tremendous power of the nine-tails sealed within him.
Vol. 1-4

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Volumes 5-13 describe the Chūnin Exams.

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The preliminary test is a written exam. Shinobi are required to take part either with their team of 3, or not at all.

At the same time as the exams, Orochimaru begins Operation: Destroy Konoha.


Konoha Crush

The second round of the Chūnin Exams take place in the Forest of Death.

The third round of the examinations consists of a 1 on 1 fight which ends only in surrender, faint, or death. Winners advance to the finals.

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The third round is halted after the battle between Gaara and Sasuke due to an emergency.


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Using Edo Tensei, Orochimaru summons the First and Second Hokage in Vol. 14-16.

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The Third Hokage is killed in battle, and Tsunade is appointed the Fifth Hokage.

The showdown of the Three Legends.

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During this time, Naruto masters his first Rasengan.


Sasuke’s Rescue Arc

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Sasuke leaves the Hidden Leaf in search of Orochimaru.

Shikamaru goes on his first mission as a newly appointed chūnin.
This arc is extremely popular! It is depicted in Vol. 21-27.

Naruto leaves Hidden Leaf on a training journey with Jiraiya. They don’t return for two and a half years.

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During the 2.5 years, Sasuke had also been training along with Orochimaru.


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Akatsuki starts their activities. The missing shinobi from the previous incidents are discovered to have been in Akatsuki the entire time.


Which brings us to...


Naruto Part 2 (Shippuden)

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Congrats! You've made it through the first series, and you're ready to embark on new and even more exciting adventure!

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