Naruto Shippūden | Complete guide to the seasons

The second phase of Naruto brings a whole new dynamic to anime: teenagers. The characters we have followed since the Chunin Exam are older and more powerful. It is in Naruto Shippuden that we see ninjas reach their full potential and face challenges that have put the entire shinobi world in jeopardy.

Follow our complete guide to all 20 seasons of Naruto Shippuden !

First Season (2007)

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The beginning of Naruto Shippuden marks Naruto’s return to Konoha. This season, Gaara becomes Kage of the sand village and is kidnapped by the Akatsuki. Naruto and Team 7, now made up of Sai, are on a mission to rescue the shinobi.

Main kills:

Gaara (who revives)

Sasori

Chiyo

Season Two (2007-2008)

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Team 7 is tasked with hunting down Sasuke, who is in Orochimaru’s lair. Naruto ends up dueling his old friend and discovers that he is much more powerful. Sai reveals that he had orders to try to kill Sasuke, but gives up on the idea when he sees Naruto’s friendship with the Uchiha clansman.

Despite the various fights, no character ends up getting killed off this season.

Third season (2008)

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This new anime arc is, for the most part, filler, meaning it is not set in the original manga story and was produced solely for animation. These events do not interfere with the main plot of the series.

Naruto spends much of the season training after realizing that his friend and rival Sasuke is stronger. He spends the season developing his own techniques, following Kakashi’s suggestion. The season ends when the Konoha ninja meets Hidan and Kakuzu, two members of Akatsuki. The shinobi prepare to face them.

Fourth season (2008-2009)

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Marked by the battles against the Akatsuki duo, the fourth season begins with Asuma’s death at the hands of Hidan and Kakuzu. The Konoha ninjas face off against Hidan and Kakuzu, who are extremely powerful. During the fierce confrontation, Naruto manages to use his new technique: Wind Release: Rasenshuriken . The blow weakens Hidan and allows Shikamaru to avenge Asuma.

The two teams triumphantly return to Konoha, where they discover that Kurenai is pregnant with Asuma’s child.

Main kills:

Assume

Hidan

Kakuzu

Fifth Season (2009)

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Back in Konoha after the battle against the Akatsuki, Naruto realizes that he must not use his Rasenshuriken again: despite dealing massive damage to the recipient, the technique ends up causing injury to the sender as well.

Meanwhile, Orochimaru sees his body lose strength. As Kabuto leaves to find a remedy for his master, Sasuke attacks and kills him, absorbing all of his former captor’s knowledge. Sasuke then assembles a team to search for Itachi, whom he attempts to kill using his newly acquired powers. Deidara fights Sasuke and ends up attempting a suicide jutsu to defeat the Uchiha clansman, but fails.

Main kills:

Orochimaru (who is resurrected)

Deidara

Sixth Season (2009-2010)

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Sasuke finds Itachi and the Uchiha brothers finally face off, with Sasuke triumphing. Before dying, the older brother gives Sasuke the Mangekyo. Madara reveals to Sasuke that Itachi murdered his family at the behest of the village councillors. So the focus of the season goes to Jiraya.

Senin tells Tsunade that she is going to the rain village to gather information on the Akatsuki. However, as soon as he arrives at the village, Jiraya is detected by Pain. The senin loses the fight, but before he dies, Jiraiya sends a secret message to Konoha, informing him of Pain’s plans. The season ends with Sasuke, who, along with his team, battles Killer Bee to try and capture the Eight-Tailed Jinchuuriki.

Main kills:

Itachi

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Season Seven (2010)

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Naruto and Shikamaru reveal the meaning of the letter sent by Jiraya: it said “The original is none of the 6”. Afterwards, Naruto leaves Konoha to train in Senjutsu. While training, Pain meets Konan and Tobi and announces that he will invade Konoha.

The Akatsuki leader attacks using his Six Paths, making it difficult to defend the village and leaving many victims. The invaders search for Naruto in an attempt to capture the Jinchuuriki from him. The ninjas resist, dividing into teams to try to stop Pain.

In the midst of the confrontation, Tsunade finally realizes the meaning of Jiraya’s message and discovers the key to stopping Pain. Pain’s true identity was Nagato, who was far from controlling the six bodies with his chakra. Naruto finally begins to fight Pain.

During the confrontation, Hinata saves Naruto’s life and reveals her love for the ninja, which ends up releasing all 8 tails from her Jinchuuriki. The spirit of her father, Minato, appears and reseals the demon in Naruto, who regains consciousness and manages to defeat Pain.

Naruto finds Nagato, who reveals his past to the young man and tells him his true intentions. Nagato ends up sacrificing herself to restore the lives of all the villagers killed or injured in her attack on Konoha. Naruto returns to the village a hero, but is shocked to learn that Tsunade is in a coma and that Danzou will be the new Hokage.

Main kills:

Kakashi (resurrected)

Residents of Konoha (resurrected by Nagato)

Nagato

Season Eight (2010-2011)

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With Tsunade in a coma and Danzou in the position of Hokage, a large meeting of Kages is held to formulate a strategy for dealing with Akatsuki. As the organization progresses, the village leaders come to an agreement and unite. Start the 4th. Shinobi World War.

None of the main characters die this season.

Season 9 (2011)

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Sasuke and Danzou face off, with the Uchiha clansman killing Konoha’s new Hokage. In his place, Kakashi is chosen to lead the Village during the World War. Kakashi, Naruto, and Sakura meet up with Sasuke and a battle ensues. As Kakashi is about to be named, Tsunade wakes up from her coma. The nations are preparing for the Great War.

Main kills:

Danzou

Tenth Season (2011-2012)

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Most of the season shows Naruto and the other Konoha ninjas training. Afterward, Naruto spends time with Killer Bee, better understanding his Kyuubi and learning how to use his chakra. The ninja needs to fight his inner demon, and in the process, he ends up seeing his father and his mother again. Meanwhile, the shinobi continue to prepare for war with Akatsuki, who has revived many of their members.

Main kills:

The woman

Season Eleven (2012)

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The Fourth Shinobi World War finally begins. Kabuto tests the resurrected corpses of him on the battlefield. The allied ninjas are divided into battalions, trying at all costs to protect the Jinchuurikis from the opponents and their zetsus. Naruto wants to get involved in the fight, although it is recommended that he stay away from him so as not to risk losing his Kyuubi.

Main kills:

Muta Aburame

Twelfth Season (2012-2013)

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The 4th Ninja World War intensifies. Naruto and Killer Bee finally join their friends on the battlefield. Naruto spreads the clones of him across the battlefield, managing to face the armies of Zetsus. Kabuto reveals his great secret weapon: Madara Uchiha. Details of Gaara’s past are also revealed.

This season, there are no deaths of the main characters.

Thirteenth season (2013)

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With Madara Uchiha summoned onto the battlefield, the war takes on another proportion. The Uchiha clan member summons a meteor over the battlefield. Additionally, the allied Shinobi forces must also deal with Tobi, the enigmatic masked enemy.

No main character dies this season.

Fourteenth season (2013-2014)

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Tobi reveals his true identity: he is Obito Uchiha, Kakashi’s old partner. Madara and Obito confront the allied Shinobi. Obito’s past is revealed and what led him to become bitter and hateful. Obito’s plan to bring the Ten Tails to life is in progress.

At the end of the season, Obito is injured and returns to Madara’s hideout.

None of the main characters die this season.

Fifteenth Season (2014)

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With the power of the Ten Tails, Madara and Obito attack Naruto and his friends. Neji gives his life to protect Naruto and Hinata. Sasuke learns more about his family’s past from him and decides to join the Allies to stop Madara and Obito from advancing. Team 7 meets again.

Main characters killed:

Neji Hyuuga

Sixteenth Season (2014-2015)

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Naruto shares his chakra with his allies, while Obito in the form of Juubito gives rise to the Legendary Tree. To try to stop Juubito, the ninjas put the villain in an illusion, capable of making Obito see the beauty of the world. Obito then tries to use a jutsu to resurrect all the shinobi, but his body is taken over by the Black Zetsu, who intends to reinforce Madara.

The season ends with Naruto and Sasuke badly injured and Madara even more powerful.

No main character dies this season.

Seventeenth season (2015)

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This season, the origin of the chakra is revealed through Hagoromo Otsutsuki. Madara is still unbeatable. Guy is ready to fight the villain, using all of his energy in exchange for his life. Even at his full potential, he is unable to stop Madara, but his life is saved by Naruto.

No main character dies this season.

Eighteenth season (2015-2016)

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The entire season is made up of fillers, with the exception of the last episode. Madara tries to capture Team 7 inside the dream world that she created. It is then that Black Zetsu stabs him and reveals that he did it to resurrect his mother, Kaguya Otsutsuki. The people trapped in Madara’s world were destined to become the White Zetsu. Madara has his entire body possessed by him and, in his place, Kaguya appears.

No main character dies this season.

Season Nineteen (2016)

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Kaguya transports Team 7 to another dimension, where they begin attacking Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi. Naruto manages to trick Kaguya into contacting Obito, who joins the ninjas in an attempt to stop Kaguya. Obito gives his life to try to stop the villain.

With the help of Kakashi, Naruto and Sasuke manage to seal Kaguya and thus avoid the entity’s trump card.

Main characters killed:

Obito Uchiha

Twentieth Season (2016-2017)

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The final season works as a kind of prologue to the anime and a prequel to Boruto . The episodes show the main characters preparing for Naruto and Hinata’s wedding.