Excitement filled the air last week when Netflix announced that on May 1, the entire catalog of Naruto and Naruto: Shippūden would be available for streaming. Fans eagerly awaited the day and now, it has finally arrived. However, there seems to be a bit of confusion over whether the promised “complete” series is actually complete.
Upon searching the platform’s menus, the 220 episodes of the original series can be easily found – they were already available before, and now, they have returned to Netflix. The issue arises when searching for Naruto: Shippūden, which consists of 500 episodes that concluded in 2017. Chapter 19 of season 10, entitled “Two Destinations,” is missing, and season 10 itself has 26 episodes, which means that the complete series is not exactly complete in Netflix’s catalog.
It’s unclear whether the missing 285 episodes of Naruto: Shippūden will be added to Netflix at a later date, or if the “complete” series promised by the platform’s social media will not be fulfilled. While the original series can be considered complete, Naruto’s journey cannot be fully experienced without reaching the end of Naruto: Shippūden.
One potential solution would have been to cut the filler episodes, but we’ll have to wait and see if Netflix adds the remainder of Naruto: Shippūden to its catalog to deliver the “proper ninja experience” to its subscribers. In the meantime, fans can still enjoy the first 435 episodes, or newcomers can finally dive into one of the most successful anime series in history.