One of the most popular anime series ever, Naruto is based on a manga series of the same title written by Masashi Kishimoto.
“Naruto” originally aired from 2002 to 2007 and was then followed by “Naruto Shippuden”, which raised many questions, including the meaning of the title.
Read on to find out what Shippuden stands for and what Rasengan is!
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden Connection
“Naruto” is the first installment of the Naruto anime series, which consists of 3 parts in total, as it is followed by “Naruto Shippuden” and “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations”.
It has a total of 220 episodes and aired on TV from 2002 to 2007.
It follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja on his way to become the next Hokage, who is the leader of a village.
Naruto also always has friends Sasuke and Sakura with him as well as his leader Kakashi who trains him on his path to become a Hokage and helps him master his Jutsu.
“Naruto Shippuden” picks up where the story of “Naruto” ended, and Naruto Uzumaki is no longer a boy, he is not a teenager fighting the infamous Akatsuki group.
This sequel series aired from 2007 to 2017, with a total of 500 episodes, which follows Naruto as he masters his Rasengan.
What is Shippuden in the title “Naruto Shippuden”?
Shippuden from the anime title “Naruto Shippuden” is a compound noun made from two Japanese words “Shippu”, which means swift wind or hurricane, and “den”, which can be translated as a legend, myth or chronicles.
Therefore, Shippuden can be translated into “Hurricane Chronicles”, which makes sense given that Naruto Uzumaki uses wind as his Jutsu element to activate Rasengan (explained later).
Aside from Naruto’s mastery of his Jutsu, “Shippuden” also has some hidden meanings.
For example, it represents Naruto’s rapid growth and character arc throughout the anime series as he begins his Hokage journey at age 12.
What is a Rasengan?
The aforementioned skill that Naruto has mastered, called “Rasengan”, is a special form of mystical martial arts called Jutsu.
Jutsu, which ninjas use in battle, is channeled through their chakra and uses an element such as air, water, fire and earth.
The element of Naruto is air, and when he forms his Jutsu, called Rasengan, with his hands, he controls the air.
Naruto Movies and Sequels
After “Naruto” and “Naruto Shippuden” ended in 2017, Kishimoto decided the story shouldn’t have ended there, so he released the manga sequel “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations”.
Spoiler alert: Boruto revolves around Naruto’s son Boruto Uzumaki as he follows his father’s path to become a ninja.
“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” anime has 240 episodes so far and is still being animated.
Apart from the anime series Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and Boruto, 3 movies have been released so far.
The first movie “Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower” was released in 2010, followed by “Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison” in 2011 and “Naruto: Road to Ninja” the following year.
Naruto manga sales
Kishimoto’s Naruto manga ranks fourth in sales, with a total of 250 million sales.
The manga “Naruto” anime series it is based on was first published in 1999.
The 3 manga series that have sold more copies than Naruto are “One Piece” with nearly 500 million, “Golgo 13” and “Dragon Ball”.
If you haven’t seen Naruto yet, read this article to find out where you can find all episodes of Naruto Shippuden†