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Naruto: 5 Filler Arcs You Absolutely Can't Skip (& 5 You Probably Should)

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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 20:32 PM
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The Naruto franchise has a substantial filler count, but which arcs are worth the watch? Which ones should be skipped?

The Naruto anime tallied up to 720 episodes, including both the original series and the Shipudden series. That is a massive achievement for the studios, and the endeavor ended up taking 15 years to complete, all the while staying pretty up to date with the manga. However, with that many episodes and a tight schedule meant a crazy amount of filler was involved.

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About 40 percent of the entire series was filler, and some of it was actually pretty decent. Not only did they have excellent writing and animation, but some filler arcs also added to the story with meaningful contributions. And then some filler arcs gave us ninja ostriches.

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Another series of one-off stories, this arc is a good example of bad filler. It's mostly a series of flashbacks to the original series' days. As if 140 episodes from the original series weren't bad enough, here they are again bloating Shippuden.

Weirdly enough, this filler arc has a lot of kisses in it. Sasuke and Naruto end up accidentally kissing again in a fairly funny episode. Even Kakashi has an over the mask kiss with a childhood friend of his. There is also another decent episode hidden in this arc about a cooking shinobi recalling a tale about Naruto.

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