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Naruto Shippuden

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Rambunctious ninja returns, slightly older, in anime sequel.
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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.

Violence

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

Sex

Some mild flirting.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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?

QUALITY

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

Premiere date:February 15, 2007
Cast:Dave Wittenberg, Kate Higgins, Maile Flanagan
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byGubGub14 July 29, 2012

How Naruto Stands the Test

While Naruto is on his quest to become like his Role Models who protect the villiage. He faces enormous obstacles and hardships. Yet these hardships are not without friends and people close by. The greatest of these being his friend Sasuke who hates and despises everything the villiage stands for. Seeking out his ninja way of fulfilling his dream and saving his friend seem polar goals for any ninja. But Naruto through believing in his friends and the power of love and friendship, he seeks to bridge the gap and save both. (Very little and not often used references of "saki" for those who wondered about the drug. The show isn't focused on it though)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byCocktailSquid October 19, 2014

A grown up version of "Naruto"

This is much like the original "Naruto" series, showing great role models, giving positive messages, and showing the good and bad in life in a way that doesn't talk down to kids. It is more mature than the original series though, with more frightening villains that actually kill characters that you may have gotten to know/ love in the original series. It focuses mainly on fighting the Akatsuki, a criminal organization of specialized ninja; and these fights do advance to the point that the village the series is based in is attacked and people are killed (though through plot, also revived) and the village destroyed. After this point, they end up going to war. The war is shown as what it is, and characters do die. It is still told in a way that is easier for younger viewers to handle, so they can see action and drama without being too upset by it. If you are allowing this for younger or more sensitive viewers, you may want to read a bit on the Akatsuki before you let them watch (specifically Hidan, Kakuzu, & Pein). It may change what you think is appropriate, based on these characters.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byJakhongir November 2, 2010
What other families should know
Great messages