Naruto Shippuden on Crunchyroll
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The ‘Naruto Shippuden’ anime series is extremely popular on Crunchyroll, with a large and dedicated fanbase devoted to watching all episodes as they were released. The anime has an extremely positive rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on the Crunchyroll streaming site, where viewers commend the series for the main characters’ compelling storylines and ability to unfold detailed plot arcs, keeping every episode just as enjoyable as the last.
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History of Naruto Shippuden
The Naruto anime series is based off the Japanese manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, first published in 1997. ‘Naruto Shippuden’, released in 2007 in Japan and worldwide in 2009, is the sequel to the original Naruto anime, and follows the storyline of the second part of the manga series. Since the manga’s release and the subsequent anime adaptations, the first of which debuted in 2002 in Japan, Naruto has gained a huge following of dedicated fans.
‘Naruto Shippuden’ follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, following the story laid out in the first anime series. Naruto was orphaned as a baby when his parents sacrificed themselves in order to save their village when the Nine-Tails, a destructive fox spirit, attacked. Naruto’s father, the leader of the Konoha and Fourth Hokage of Hidden Leaf Village, has to seal the Nine-Tails inside his newborn son in order to stop its rampage. This grants Naruto superhuman abilities, but also earns him scorn from the villagers for being host to such an evil spirit.
Twelve years later, Naruto gains recognition while training to become the next most powerful ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village, forming Team 7 with his friends. In Naruto Shippuden, Naruto is faced with an a difficult mission, as hosts of the Tailed Beasts like him are kidnapped and their spirits extracted. Naruto has to navigate the Fourth Shinobi World War between the Five Great Countries while trying to gain control of his Tailed Beast skills, and save his friends.
Naruto Uzumaki, the protagonist, is a bright and bubbly young boy, despite the tragic circumstances of his life. Though he finds himself in a fight against a literal inner demon, Naruto is a great ninja and member of Team 7.
Sasuke Uchiha is also in Team 7; a highly skilled ninja able to use fire and lightning jutsu. He is motivated by his burning revenge against Itachi, his older brother who murdered his entire clan, including his parents.
Kakashi Hatake is known as ‘The Copy Ninja’, a power stemming from his transplanted Sharingan eye. He has a mature, nonchalant personality, and is frequently looked up to for advice by his team.
Upcoming ‘Naruto Shippuden’ in the 2021 Season
Currently, all 500 episodes of ‘Naruto Shippuden’ are available to be watched on Crunchyroll. While the original anime series ended in 2017, the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki may continue in new anime spin-off series, such as ‘Naruto Shinden’ (or ‘The New Legend of Naruto’). This will take place fifteen years after ‘Naruto Shippuden’, using the Naruto Shinden novels as source material. Fans hope it will also be available on Crunchyroll to watch.