Timeline of Naruto Fandom

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This is a timeline for the Naruto fandom. Canon events will be populated to this list first in order to contextualize fannish events, which often revolve around the release of new material or the reveal of in-series plot twists. You may be looking for for information about the in-universe Naruto timeline.




  • August 18, 1997 — Kishimoto publishes Naruto, a one shot manga in Akamaru Jump.



  • Based on the two oneshots, Kishimoto starts publishing the Naruto manga in Weekly Shounen Jump.


  • March 3, 2000 — the first tankōbon (bound volume of Naruto chapters previously released in Weekly Shounen Jump) is published.



  • The Naruto anime begins airing in Japan.


  • January 2003 — Viz begins publishing Naruto in America their monthly anthology, Shounen Jump.
  • August 6th — Volume 1 (Chapters 1-7) is published in the US.



  • Part I concludes in Weekly Shounen Jump. In April, Volume 27 (the last volume of Part I, containing chapter 236–244) is published in Japan. In June, Volume 28 (Chapters 245–253) is published.
  • Also in April, Volume 6 (containing chapters 46—54, which cover the fight with Orochimaru and through the Sakura vs Ino fight) is published in the US.
  • September — The english dub begins airing the Naruto anime in the US and Canada.


  • The Naruto anime begins airing in the United Kingdom.


  • The Naruto anime concludes in Japan.
  • The Naruto: Shippuden anime begins airing in Japan.
  • The Naruto anime begins airing in Australia.
  • Towards the end of the year, Viz speeds up the American serialization of Naruto in Shonen Jump to catch up with the Japanese serialization. They go at the rate of 3 volumes a month and skip some content entirely.[1] This is widely regarded as awful.[2]
  • September 28 — Naruto News makes its first newsletter post.
  • October 29–November 4 — 4 Naruto books sit in USA Today's weekly bestseller list at once.[3]
  • November 13 — Viz releases the first 27 volumes of Naruto (all of Part I) in a boxed set.
  • November 20 — Naruto toys beat out Harry Potter and Pokemon toys in a list of most-searched toys.[4]



  • At the beginning of the year, Viz again speeds up the American serialization of Naruto in Shonen Jump to catch up with the Japanese serialization.
  • The Naruto anime concludes in America.
  • Naruto: Shippuden begins airing on Disney XD in America.



  • Naruto: Shippuden concludes on Disney XD in America.



  • Naruto finishes its run in Weekly Shounen Jump
  • Naruto: Shippuden airs on Adult Swim
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie premieres.


  • April 27, 2015 — The first chapter of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring is published in Weekly Shounen Jump.
  • July 6, 2015 — The tenth and final chapter of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring is published in Weekly Shounen Jump.
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie premieres.
  • The light novels Itachi Shinden, Sasuke Shinden, and the six Hiden books are published.


  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations begins in the Japanese and English editions of Weekly Shōnen Jump, illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto and written by Ukyō Kodachi.
  • Naruto News stops updating.




  1. ^ "They've gone and decided for who-knows-what reason that the Naruto manga was too far behind, so they're going to put a couple pages of summery for the next few months until January instead of actual manga, at which point, I assume, they're going to start up again with Shippuden." — LJ post Shonen Jump Digest, Kemu33.
  2. ^ Why, Viz, Why?ArchivedPage 2
  3. ^ "For the first time, volumes of the Naruto manga that were initially published in the United States in separate months have sold well enough to simultaneously place on USA Today's weekly list of the nation's top 150 best-selling books. For October 29-November 4, Naruto Volume 21, which hit bookshelves on October 2, took the #119 spot, while Volumes 22 through 24 placed in the #126, #147, and #112 positions respectively. Officially, Naruto Volumes 22, 23, and 24 were scheduled to be released on November 6, but these volumes were available in book and comic stores before that date."USA Today Booklist, October 29–November 4: 4 Naruto Books. Posted on 2007-11-08
  4. ^ "The Internet portal Lycos has released its annual list of the most popular terms related to toys and games, and the Naruto ninja franchise and the Pokémon game franchise have placed in the top three. Poker accessories, such as chips and cards, took the first spot on the 2007 Lycos 50, but they are closely followed by Naruto toys at #2 and Pokémon at #3. Harry Potter and Webkinz complete the top five. Poker-related queries account for only three percent more search activity than Naruto. This is the eighth time that Lycos has published the Top Toys List. Pokémon have appeared on it in previous years, while Yu-Gi-Oh! has not appeared on the top ten list since 2004." — Naruto Places #2 in Lycos List of Most Searched Toys
Characters Uzumaki NarutoHaruno SakuraUchiha SasukeTsunadeNara Shikamarumore
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