Where to Watch Naruto Anime Episodes Online for Free

Naruto, its sequel anime series Naruto Shippuden, and their numerous movies have all been some of the most popular anime viewed by fans old and young. The Naruto franchise’s blend of comedy, action, and drama consistently draws fans back to watch the latest anime episode or movie when it airs on TV and its DVD releases are on many anime fans’ pull list.

While the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden DVDs contain a generous amount of anime episodes per release, more and more people are discovering the convenience of legal online streaming sites that allow them to enjoy their favorite anime for a much cheaper price while still supporting the original artists and companies that produce it.

The best places to watch Naruto anime episodes online right now are Crunchyroll, Neon Alley, AnimeLab, and Hulu. All of these services feature most, if not all, of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime episodes in their original Japanese audio with English subtitles while each has a significant number of episodes in the official English audio. The Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime movies are a bit trickier to track down with most streaming services offering them on a rotational basis.

The Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and movies are also available to purchase to keep in digital format via online movie stores such as iTunes and Xbox Video (or Windows 10’s Movies & TV/Films & TV app).

Buying episodes and movies digitally may cost more than streaming but also provides the added benefit of being able to download the media onto a device for viewing later when offline.

Downloading an episode or movie can also provide a higher quality viewing experience for those on low speed internet connections as, once downloaded, the media will be available in full HD while streaming content on a slow internet connection can often cause the image resolution to decrease and even pause during playback to buffer the data.

The 6 Most Popular Anime Series that Everyone Is Watching

1.  Naruto Shippuden

Starting way back in 2002, this juggernaught of an anime franchise has recently begun to wind down with an epic finale to its second series, Naruto Shippuden in the movie, The Last: Naruto the Movie. Just because there’s no regular Naruto anime series now, doesn’t mean its completely finished though. A special movie focusing on several characters’ future children called, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, came out in 2015 and there’s a good possibility that more films and specials may be on the way.

If martial arts, magic and demons are your thing, this humorous, dramatic and action packed series may be for you.

2.  One Piece

Similar to Naruto, One Piece features a blend of action and story with a slightly more generous helping of comedy. Running continuously since its launch in 1999 and now with well over 600 anime episodes (find out how to watch all these episode for free here!) and several One Piece movies, this anime about a crazy group of pirates has attracted a loyal fan base that has continued to grow more and more every year.

3.  Fairy Tail

Ever wondered what would happen if J.K. Rowling or Enid Blyton ever wrote an anime? The result would be something like Fairy Tail (not Fairy Tale) which follows an eclectic band of magic wielding guild members on mystical adventures full of monsters, evil wizards and revelations both world-shaking and personal.

The animation may not be the best Japanese animation has to offer but Fairy Tail more than makes up for it with its contagious positive energy and massive supporting cast of original characters.

4.  Pokemon

While designed for the younger anime fan, the Pokemon anime continues to be popular with Pokemon fans of all ages, many of whom have been watching since its launch in the late 90s and others who are just discovering it for the first time.

Due to the soft reboot the series performs every few years where all but the main characters of Ash and Pikachu are replaced as they move to a new region (read more about the different seasons and regions here), the Pokemon anime is very easy to jump into and enjoy from almost any episode and the numerous Pokemon movies require very little knowledge before diving in.

5.  Dragon Ball Z

Even though this long running classic series had finished several years ago, Dragon Ball Z continues to be one of the most popular anime series regardless of generation.

Featuring a mix of martial arts, Chinese culture, comedy, and science fiction, Dragon Ball Z is a great series for almost any age group and with the recent re-release of the series on Blu-ray (check out my review of the first set here) and a brand new anime series called, Dragon Ball Super, now is a great time to dive in.

6.  Sailor Moon Crystal

Definitely one of the most famous Japanese animated series that has affected popular culture all over the world, Sailor Moon is back with a completely new anime series that follows the original Sailor Moon manga a lot more closely than the 90s anime which took quite a few creative liberties with the source material.

The new series, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (or Sailor Moon Crystal for short) is constantly one of the most watched TV shows on online streaming services such as Hulu and Crunchyroll where it streams for free (find out where and how to watch Sailor Moon Crystal here) and old and new fans are experiencing the classic characters as never before.

Everything You Need to Know About Boruto: Naruto the Movie

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Who is Boruto?

Boruto is the son of Naruto Uzumaki (the main character in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and movies) and Hinata Hyuga. He has a sister, Himawari.

What does “Boruto” Mean?

Boruto is meant to rhyme with Naruto though is actually the Japanese pronunciation of the English word, bolt when written in the Katakana Japanese lettering system. The meaning of bolt is literally that of the physical metallic object as seen from the bolt imagery used in the letter o in the movie’s logo.

There is also the possibility of a second meaning as Boruto’s grandfather and Naruto’s father was often referred to as being able to move as fast as a bolt of lightning when performing his teleportation attack and was able to power up to a Lightning Release Chakra Mode.

When is Boruto: Naruto the Movie Set?

Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set several years after the end of the main events in The Last: Naruto the Movie, though only a couple of years after the post-credits scenes in the same movie which flashed forward to Naruto and Hinata already being parents to a young Boruto and Himawari.

Is Boruto a Sequel to Naruto Shippuden?

While set after the events of the Naruto Shippuden anime series and the final movie, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie is more of a spin-off due to its focus on the next generation of characters even though older characters such as Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura still appear

Where Can I Watch Boruto: Naruto the Movie Online?

Boruto: Naruto the Movie has not yet been release digitally though a future release is extremely likely. Other Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime episodes and movies are currently available for digital download and streaming however.

Is Boruto: Naruto the Movie Available on DVD or Blu-ray?

An official DVD and Blu-ray release for Boruto: Naruto the Movie has not yet been confirmed but is almost guarenteed due to the popularity of the franchise in the West and the involvement of VIZ Media, who also distributes the Naruto DVDs and Blu-rays, in its theatrical release.

Naruto Shippuden Ending

After 15 years, the long running Naruto manga series (now in its second arc, Naruto Shippuden) is finally nearing a conclusion.

The final chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga will hit newstands in Japan in the November 10th volume of Shonen Jump Magazine with it likely to be collected in the upcoming Volume 72 of the Naruto Shippuden manga (release date TBA).

While no final airdate for the Naruto Shippuden anime has been given, it’s very unlikely it would continue long after the manga has finished and with a Naruto movie titled, Naruto: The Movie, The Last (or The Last Naruto: The Movie) due out in Japan on December 6th, it’s beginning to look like the anime will finish up in November with the movie acting as a sort of grand finale for the fan-favorite series.

For a closer look at the final Naruto movie, the teaser trailer and Naruto’s hot new hairstyle, check out the