Naruto Shippuden

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Rambunctious ninja returns, slightly older, in anime sequel.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 123 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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 w... Continue reading
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 tha... Continue reading
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 cor... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFAILure September 17, 2011

AWESOME!!!

these 6 yr olds dont no wat their talking about...losers.... theyre just babied by their overprotective parents. who cares if it has blood....wimps!i watched na... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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