Naruto Shippuden

Common Sense Media says

Rambunctious ninja returns, slightly older, in anime sequel.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teamwork and loyalty are important, though individual acts of daring and bravery are also rewarded. People who train hard and pay close attention to their instructors will improve their skills and win respect.

Positive role models

The characters all show reverence and respect for their teachers and elders. The young ninjas in training are all eager to move up in the ranks but adhere to a strict ranking system. Characters are more fully developed than those in many other animated shows.


Plenty of animated martial arts sequences, sometimes involving swords, daggers, and other hand-to-hand weaponry, but not much blood, gore, or intense imagery.


Some mild flirting.


The characters often demonstrate their anger, astonishment, or other emotions with loud outbursts, but never with profanity.


Young fans may request Naruto merchandise; there’s plenty to choose from.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this compelling anime series about the adventures of a teenage apprentice ninja and his friends picks up two years after the popular Naruto series left off. There’s plenty of action, though it’s not excessive, and some episodes have no fight scenes at all. Nor is there any swearing or drinking, and the few hints of romance are quite tame. That said, the story is complex and heavily dependent on the previous series, making it tough for new viewers to catch on to what’s happening.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After an extensive training journey with Jiraiya, Naruto Uzumaki (voiced by Maile Flanagan) returns to the village, slightly more mature and with much improved jutsu skills. Much has changed during his long absence, and Sakura (Kate Higgins) and many other friends have been promoted ahead of him to become higher-ranked ninjas. But some things are the same, including the growing threat of the Akatsuki, and the lingering sadness caused by Sasuke’s (Yuri Lowenthal) decision to betray the team.

Is it any good?


If all of plot synopsis makes sense, then you’re the exact audience for NARUTO SHIPPUDEN. This sequel to the wildly popular anime series Naruto picks up more than two years after where that show left off, and people unfamiliar with the original will have trouble following along here.

A large part of the reason is that, unlike many animated kids’ shows, the Naruto story has a rich and evolving story and takes pains to make all of its characters fully developed people instead of generic archetypes. That gives the series depth and impact, and many fans have devoted extensive viewing hours to following along as Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, and the others develop both their relationships and their fighting skills. But it also makes it hard for newcomers to jump in. Bottom line? People who liked the original Naruto will like this series, as will those willing to invest some time to get caught up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Naruto's perseverance and determination pay off in his ninja training, and how this can apply to real-life school subjects and topics as well. Naruto sometimes breaks the rules, but always with a reason and usually to help people. Is it important to always follow the rules, or are there times when you should follow your instincts -- such as if a friend is in danger?

TV details

Cast:Dave Wittenberg, Kate Higgins, Maile Flanagan
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybioniclecomeback56 May 2, 2012

Excellent show that will make you beg for more each episode. But it's not for little kids.

First of all people should know that Naruto Shippuden is no longer airing on Disney XD, it will be airing on Adult Swim this January, just saying. ANyways back to the review. This show has such cool and realistic characters you will be saddened when one dies The only thing that bugs me about this show is the content, although nothing is particularly graphic it still can be an issue, the Disney XD dubbed version of the show cuts out most of the blood and all the swearing and occasional innuendo. The uncut English dub has mild swearing, and mild innuendo. The uncut Japanese version has strong language and is slightly more violent. Here are the specifics. Violence 4/5: Violence can be intense at times, but not graphic in either of the three versions. Characters frequently fight each other with knives, swords, and other weapons and using there jutsus (powers basically). At least two instances there has been a beheading, but it is not really shown. A character's neck is snapped. Most blood is cut from the Disney XD version. Sasuke's Amaterasu causes his eye to cry blood, his transformation from good to evil is slightly disturbing. Sex 2/5: Infrequent innuendo, mainly from Jiraiya who Naruto nicknames "pervy sage", occasional references to adult novels, but nothing is specified other than the title which is never graphic, the character Sai talks about private body parts in the Japanese version, and the uncut English dub (none of these appear in the Disney XD version). Language 3/5: Words like f**k, s**t, d**k appear in the Japanese version (which is in subtitles), the uncut English dub has minimal swearing which include d*mn, ba****d, and one use of b***h. The character Hidan is usually the one who uses these words in both versions. No bad language is used in the Disney XD version. Smoking and Drinking 1/5: Asuma Sensei smokes, but this isn't shown very often. No smoking in the Disney XD version. Message 5/5: Naruto never gives up on anything. Sasuke is an example why revenge is bad. Overall this show is great, I stick to the uncut English dub and the Disney XD version for certain episodes. Here is the rating for each version. Uncut English Dub: OK for 12+ Original Japanese Version: Iffy for 16+ Disney XD English Dub: OK for 10+ (Lasts from Episodes 1-97) Please go watch this, it will surprise you how good it actually is, even adults may take interest. Hopefully they will do the uncut English dub on Adult Swim. It's awesome! Believe it! :)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byROMAS June 24, 2011

A Must See For 12+ (Not for 12- Definitely)

First of all, you should know that this show is one of the most compelling, epic piece of anime you or your child will ever get to see. Story itself is very complex and interesting, characters are very deep and interesting. The "problem" of the show is that there is too much hard language and blood, way too many death and psychological dialogue for a little child to handle. In this anime you'll see a FULLY COMPLETED REVENGE with no regrets, shown to the very last moment, also how one brother kills another, one of the most beloved characters die dramatically etc. The main issue for the series is that one of the MAIN characters (Sasuke) turns into a villain, and with the show development he goes deeper and deeper into darkness, not wishing to go back to normal life, trying to destroy his home. The positive side of the show is that it's characters are irresistable! they really would go for a good role model, they have courage, they're trying to find their place in this world and become N1 no matter how hard that is. the main premise of character Naruto is not to ever give up! and there's some serious talking about that. Though you should know that it's by far is not a fairy tail. The main character is hardly discriminated by everyone in the begining and his way up to respect is actually not an easy one. It's not a spider-man where you get super-strong overnight. It's naruto where every single thing you achieve, is achieved with hard work. All in all, I really don't think kids under 12 or 13 can understand the meaning of this show, still you can sit with your children and watch it with them, Be sure, you'll find a lot of interesting too. Well, now I've heard that Disney just censored a lot of things with this show to make it 8+ but believe me, if your child is 12-13 years old and you want to show him something truly entertaining you should really give him/her to watch uncensored version, which is way more than just spending 20 Minutes of your life on nothing. P.S: Show Has a great educational value, Masashi Kishimoto created the world of naruto, by mixing with his own ideas the legends and myths, showing us almost perfectly the culture and a lot of traditions (especially with samurai) there are details to educate you can't even notice, For example three legendary sanin are almost copied from well-known Japanase literature "the tales of jiraya gallant" and fight between orochimaru and itachi is almost exact reproduction of the legendary myth. Most of Uchiha techniques are related to ancient gods and powers. All in all there are great references to culture and history, so you can see this show as an educative one as well **SORRY FOR BAD ENGLISH, I'M FOREIGNER***
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bylexiechan December 12, 2010

Amazing...Believe It!

Ok, I am a huge Naruto fan, so I'm going to clear this up. Naruto: Shippuden on Disney XD is ok for kids about 10+. They cut out the blood (if I'm correct) and censor the language. Personally, I like the original subtitles, which I would give 14+ because of violence and strong language, I don't like watching the butchered version on Disney, but the dvds are uncut. This show has great characters, and messages (never give up, friendship ect.) Naruto does NOT always rely on violence, and he won't let his friends get hurt or become corrupted by the darkness. (It's his ninja way yeah!) If I go any further, I'd being giving spoilers! ;) (by the way, no offence, but these little kids on here reviewing have no idea what they are talking about. Just sayin'... )
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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