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Popular anime series has lots of fights, strong characters.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there are plenty of battle scenes in each episode, Naruto does have a mentor who helps him believe in himself.

Positive role models

Naruto works hard to achieve his goals. He can be a obnoxious at times, but he's dedicated and focused.


Strong, frequent animated violence. Physical combat between individuals, often using weapons.


Girl ninjas describe themselves as sexy; boys and girls flirt and have crushes.


Words used by kid ninjas include "screwing over." Also plenty of angry outbursts.


Plenty of tie-in merchandise is available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this popular anime series had a huge fan following long before its 2005 Cartoon Network premiere. There's lots of animated violence -- including fights, weapons use, and more -- but there are also strong examples of hard work and perseverance. Still, this is clearly a hit show that has captured the attention of young and old anime fans alike, so your kids may very well want to watch it.

What's the story?

The hugely successful anime series NARUTO follows the trials and tribulations of an orphaned adolescent boy as he progresses through the Ninja Academy. Along the way, he struggles with his own inadequacies -- both in his physical skills as a ninja and his social interactions with other academy students. As an infant, Naruto wound up carrying the spirit of the demon who attacked his village, killing many -- including Naruto's parents. The sprit's presence caused Naruto to be singled out and ostracized by the other villagers. His one friend, ninja instructor Umino Iruka, helps Naruto overcome his feelings of inadequacy and pursue formal ninja instruction.

Is it any good?


Each episode follows Naruto's psychological, physical, and social challenges. At times he's annoying, arrogant, and naïve, but his unyielding spirit to learn and succeed furthers him in his studies. It's these qualities that also make him appealing to viewers -- as demonstrated not only on television, but in DVD and video game sales as well (Naruto is quite the franchise).

Parents should expect lots of wham-bam, ninja-like battles in every episode. Violent fights break out between powers of good and evil, among kids in the academy, and even sometimes within a character's own self. In addition to the kicks, hits, and flips, sharp weapons and explosions are used to further color the battles. Plus, characters sometimes talk about "screwing" over someone and causing ultimate destruction. Female ninja students describe themselves as being "sexy" and strong. And in typical adolescent fashion, girls and boys have crushes on each other and discuss the positive physical attributes of specific classmates.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Naruto's unyielding drive to become a top ninja. He may be at the bottom of the class, but he never falters in his dedication or loses hope about himself and what he's capable of learning. How does his perseverance make kids feel about their own learning curves and challenges?

  • The Japanese language and customs included in the program may also spark a cultural discussion.

TV details

Premiere date:September 10, 2005
Cast:Johnny Yong Bosch, Maile Flanagan
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysportgamer April 9, 2008

This show is Perfectly Appropriate

First of all, I am a complete expert on everything on this show and I think people are completely exagerating on their reviews. It's is appropriate as long as the child has a brain. Nobody on this show says a bad word even once(trust me. I've seen every single episode). Sure there is blood, but very little. Only a couple drops of it at most. When Naruto transforms into the girl, you see NO NUDITY AT ALL!It is completely appropriate. There is a lot of violence, I'll admit that,but I don't see why that would be inaproppriate. As for the kiss Sasuke and Naruto share: it was an accident. One kid pushed naruto and he falls over. Besides they don't show the kiss. You just hear a smooch noise. One thing that is innapropriate is that Jiraiya, Naruto's later sensei, is a total pervert(he is proud of it,too). He constantly searches for young woman and goes crazy one he sees any. He also isn't shy to expose Naruto to it. He is also the author of an adult book that Naruto's first sensei always reads.But they never expose the readings of the book. It has a very insperational theme. The story is about a boy who had no friends or family and that was a no talent and who turned nothing into something. he is always improving, implying you can do anything if you try hard. For kids, this show is awesome. It's entertaining,sad,funny,action-filled, and it's full of suspense. Everyone should see watch this show.
Teen, 14 years old Written byGaara-Kazekage May 1, 2011

Well, I think it's clear that 'I' like the show..

Honestly, I just picked back up on watching it, (a few years back I watched it- and Gaara was 'still' my favorite character). The character development is pretty strong, they have complex emotions and some have very horrible back stories. For younger kids, the fights and the way some characters look might be a little scary- hense it being PG. A few people die here and there- blood is shown, and fights take forever at times- and believe me I hate long fight scenes. There is language at times, and the 'sexy jutsu' -(Naruto turns into a naked woman) made me almost loose my lunch. Even though these things are in the negetive lighting- and will stay there- there are so many good things about the show that I'm willing to dismiss those. The friendship/respect and loyalty the characters have for eachother is insperational. Bad characters change heart due to understanding, (like Gaara changed due to Naruto understanding him), before that, Gaara was a killing machine, keeping to his motto 'love only yourself'. Even, he is willing to kill his siblings if they stay in his way. Naruto made him see the light- those kind of transformations are something you don't always see in shows. I agree with AnimeFreak200, though. A very overrated show.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byv3ng3ful December 4, 2012

High morals.

Just because I saw the review raping common sense over Naruto criticism; parents, do not show this to your children, because the ethics it suggests require more maturity and intelligence to comprehend. I suggest at least 12+ not about violence, or swearing, but because only at that age you can understand or feel the messages and emotions in it. No one said about the principles Naruto shows, the SERIOUS morals, the CONNECTIVE LINK of population which is being replaced by your society's consumerism, your society's INDIFFERENCE, your society's INTOLERANCE and your society's individuality. Naruto shows you how to be human. I'm dissappointed to admit that but... from now on, the quality "human" will be a required teaching in schools... Well, you can show it to your young children too. I doubt they'll catch any message.. Positive message: Thousands of positive messages about family, friendship, caring about nature and animals, honoring the passed ones. Positive role models: One for EVERYONE. Just pick yours. Violence: LOTS of it. Certainly less than the violence OUTSIDE your house, in the street. Sex: Never mentioned. Language: Lots of swearing, at least in the Japanese version. Consumerism: No. Drinking, drugs, smoking: Several scenes with people drinking "sake", one important character, Asuma-sensei used to smoke a lot. Stop hypocrism, let kids see the truth about the world; sooner or later they will. You just want them to see it when you are not around. Shallow...
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking