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October 3, 2002 – February 8, 2007
Naruto (ナルト, Naruto) is an anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Masashi Kishimoto. The series was directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo. The episodes have been released in North America by Viz Media. 135 episodes were based on the first volumes of the manga, while the remaining 85 episodes are exclusive to the anime. The series centers on the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young, excitable ninja of Konohagakure who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.
The 220 episodes that constitute the series were aired between October 3, 2002 and February 8, 2007 on TV Tokyo in Japan. The English adaptation of the anime began airing on September 10, 2005 on Cartoon Network's Toonami. On September 20, 2008, Cartoon Network ended its Toonami block, but the channel continued sporadically airing episodes of Naruto in the time slots originally occupied by Toonami's programming. Episode 209, airing on January 31, 2009, was the last episode to be shown. Viz has since stated that they have continued dubbing new episodes and intend to see them aired on television, although release dates and venues have not been finalized. However, the remaining episodes are on the Season 9 DVD, which was released September 22, 2009. Episodes also aired on YTV's Bionix and Jetix UK programming blocks.
- Naruto the Movie: Snow Princess' Book of Ninja Arts
- Naruto the Movie 2: Great Clash! The Illusionary Ruins at the Depths of the Earth
- Naruto the Movie 3: The Animal Riot of Crescent Moon Island