Out of its 220 episodes, this series has 91 fillers, and while some are almost painful to watch, others can be seen as treats for fans, often expanding upon the ninja world and giving secondary, tertiary, and even quaternary characters a few seconds in the spotlight. Be advised: some of these episodes can get pretty weird.
Updated by Brittanie Maldonado on December 23rd, 2022: If you've watched a lot of anime, then you might be familiar with the concept of filler episodes, which tend to focus on non-canon material. Fans of Naruto know that the series is famous for having tons of filler throughout its extensive run. However, some of the filler episodes are really good, so we decided to update this list with some more filler episodes you shouldn't skip.
Those who love Team 10 shouldn't miss out on this filler episode which focuses on Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji. In this episode, we get to see Team 10 team up for an awesome new formation to fight off the idiot brothers after Naruto had to deal with them in the last episode.
This leaves Naruto free to go after Iruka, who is fighting an old childhood friend of his named Mizuki. Some people have said there are some strange inconsistencies timing-wise in this episode, but it is still worth watching.
Here is a great episode to watch for fans who like Team 8, and especially if they like Shino and Hinata. In an effort to find Sasuke, Naruto grows increasingly desperate and tries to find the rare bikochu beetle, which can supposedly track any scent. Naruto and Team 8 go on a hunt for this special beetle.
We also discover that Hinata was trying to learn a new defensive technique on her own and was getting close to mastering it. There are some sweet Naruto and Hinata moments in the episode for those who like their relationship.
The main reason to watch this fun episode of Naruto is because of the great Tsunade and Jiraiya scenes in addition to a lot of great moments for Shizune. Tsunade, Jiraiya, and Naruto take a detour to help Tsunade go pay off some of her debts that could put her Hokage title at risk.
The episode is humorous people who are big fans of Tsunade and Shizune will get some great scenes between the two of them. Shizune goes to great lengths to protect Tsunade, so shippers can eat their hearts out.
In this episode, Jiraiya takes Sakura and Naruto on a new mission to help distract them from Sasuke's absence. Luckily for the determined Naruto, Jiraiya does say that their mission will eventually bring them closer to the stray shinobi.
When Naruto and Jiraiya first met, it was easy to see how much of a pervert Jiraiya was. This episode stayed true to his character from the very beginning, as Naruto stumbles upon Jiraiya flirting with two beautiful women.
This filler had it all: a fast-paced chase scene taking place on land and on the water, a group of postmen versus Naruto's Sexy Jutsu, and most importantly, a light-hearted episode of bonding between master and student. This episode gave fans a taste of what the two years Naruto and Jiraiya spent training probably looked like.
After he falls victim to a laughing poison, Naruto takes his place, but it is revealed that the funeral was a farce organized to teach a money-hungry family a lesson about enjoying the things that money can't buy. Shino orders Naruto not to tell anyone about a song and dance he performed towards the end of this episode, but little does he know, it was all filler.
This episode does a great job of giving other characters a chance to demonstrate their own survival skills that align so perfectly with their personalities. Fans can't deny how funny it was to see Lee have a mini power trip after being called \"sensei\" for the first time.
Kakashi was always one of the most enigmatic characters in the original Naruto. It's not until Naruto Shippuden that fans were given his backstory, so when an early episode promised to expose what he was hiding under his mask, fans were just as excited as Team 7 to see what was under there.
It becomes evident from the start that this episode is a complete joke when it opens with a crow flying by while letting loose an obnoxious squawk. From aloof images of Kakashi's face with exaggerated red lips to a gimmicky trio of ninja with question marks on their headbands, this episode is nothing but a light-hearted, fun-filled episode.
This episode teetered on the edge of weird and just plain insulting, with a chubby parody of a tap-dancing Elvis as the princess's love interest along with Naruto disguised as Ino while peeing all over the place. Still, at its core, it's an episode about body positivity with a beautiful ending.
This sets up the next major arc of the series, since the thought of Naruto defeating someone that he couldn't further fuels Sasuke's desire to become stronger no matter the costs. Although this episode is filler, it comes at such as a volatile time for the Leaf Village and becomes the last mission that Team 7 will embark on together.
Mizuki was not only the first villain in Naruto, but also the first victim of Naruto's Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu. Without Mizuki, Naruto may not have even learned that technique. This episode was part of a filler arc in which Mizuki pursued his revenge against the Leaf Village with two impressively strong twins by his side.
Of course, the highlight of this episode is when Hinata used her Protective 8 Trigrams 64 Palm to ward off a swarm of bees. Just like Naruto, Hinata pushed herself to her limits during her own training in order to earn the respect of her fellow ninja, providing a glimpse of the similarities between her and her future husband.
If a filler episode involves Team Guy, chances are it'll be a good one. This episode brings the \"Kurosuki Family Removal\" filler arc to a close as Naruto, Lee, Negi, and Tenten go up against Raiga, a former ninja swordsman of the Mist. Even a drunk Rock Lee couldn't beat Raiga, who struggled to come to terms with losing the only friend that he had.
The tension practically flew off the screen as Raiga went completely berserk, tearing through an army of Naruto's Shadow Clones like an animal backed into a corner. This is truly an episode that will have fans crying with laughter one moment, before feeling sympathy for the villain the next. Even Drunken Fist Lee makes an appearance.
I have to say, after watching one dreary episode after the next following this current arc, I was starting to lose any remaining hope I had for the integrity of these fillers, especially after the dreadful episode 185, which nearly made me fall into a deep and very unpleasant coma.
Finally, after suffering for so long, we finally have an episode that is worth at least some reasonable degree of attention. I almost cried when I watched it, and believe me when I say that such tears were not evoked by any form of melodrama, so much as simply an overwhelming sense of relief.
Okay, so I will admit, that may not have been the best encouragement I could have given, but I will stick to my stance nonetheless. This episode, surprisingly, manages to deliver well enough on just about every level. It has a pleasant amount of humor, great animation, music that will evoke a sense of nostalgia and even a fair amount of action near the end.
Here is the full list of all Naruto Shippuden episodes that have aired in Japan. The titles are translated into English from the original Japanese ones. Also check out the original Naruto Episode List. 59ce067264