Are Naruto Movies Canon?

If you’re a fan of the anime series Naruto, you may be wondering if the movies are considered canon. We’ll explore this question and give you our thoughts on the matter.

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The answer to this question depends on who you ask. For some fans, the movies are a canon part of the story and for others, they are not. The movies are not mentioned in the original anime or manga, so they are not considered canon by everyone.

What is Canon?

The term “canon” is used a lot in fan circles, but what does it actually mean? In simple terms, canon is the material that is considered to be officially part of the story. This can include things like the original books, comics, and TV show, as well as any spin-off material that has been approved by the creator. For example, in the Harry Potter world, the books are canon, but the movies are not. This is because J.K. Rowling was not involved in their creation and therefore they are not considered to be part of the official story.

The First Naruto Movie

The first Naruto movie, titled simply Naruto the Movie, was released in Japanese theaters on August 21, 2004. The movie was directed by Hayato Date and written by Junki Takegami. Naruto the Movie is not considered canon by Studio Pierrot or Viz Media.

The Last: Naruto the Movie

The Last: Naruto the Movie is a 2014 Japanese animated film based on Masashi Kishimoto’s shōnen manga series. The film is written by Kishimoto and directed by Tsunade’s younger brother Nawaki and his team. Set two years after the events of the manga series, the film focuses on the experience of Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga as they try to find a way to save their village from a meteorite.

The Last: Naruto the Movie was released in Japan on December 6, 2014. In North America, it was released on February 20, 2015, distributed by Viz Media. Upon release, critics praised The Last for its animation and fights, but criticized its story and characters.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie is not considered canon by most of the Naruto fandom. The movie was made by Studio Pierrot, which also made the canon anime series, but Boruto was not overseen by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto. While the movie does feature some fan-favorite characters and has an interesting story, it ultimately falls outside of the accepted continuity of the Naruto universe.

Canonicity of the Naruto Movies

While the Naruto movies are not considered canon by studio executives, they are considered canon by Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto. This means that the events that occur in the movies did happen in the Naruto universe, but they are not necessarily key to understanding the story. For example, the first Naruto movie, “The Lost Tower,” takes place during an arc in which Naruto is searching for a lost scroll. The movie does not advance the plot of the series, but it does provide some extra information about one of the characters.

The Importance of Canon

Canon is a word that gets thrown around a lot in discussion forums and by fans of various franchises, but what does it really mean? In basic terms, canon is the material considered to be official within a particular continuity. It’s the backbone of the story and everything else is built around it.

For example, in the Harry Potter series, the books are considered canon and the movies are considered to be secondary canon. This means that while the events of the movies are generally accepted as part of the overall story, there may be some discrepancies between the two. The books are always going to be considered the authoritative source.

The same can be said for Naruto. The anime is generally considered to be secondary canon because it often diverges from the source material (the manga). This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, it just means that they occupy different levels within the overall story.

Movies are generally not considered canon unless they’re specifically made by the author or creators of a franchise. For Naruto, this would mean that only movies written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto would be considered canon. To date, there have been two such films: “The Last: Naruto The Movie” and “Boruto: Naruto The Movie”.

While these films are technically canonical, they’re not essential to understanding the overall story. They exist outside of the regular continuity and can be enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the series.

So, in short, yes – “The Last: Naruto The Movie” and “Boruto: Naruto The Movie” are both canonical films within the Naruto franchise.

What the Naruto Movies Add to the Canon

The Naruto movies are a great addition to the series for any fan. They provide additional insights into the characters’ motivations and backstories, as well as offer new perspectives on the major plot points of the series. However, it’s important to note that not all of the information in the movies is considered canon.

Here is a list of what is considered canon in the Naruto movies:
-The film takes place between episodes 208 and 209 of the TV series
-The first Naruto movie, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, introduces Koyuki Kazahana, a kunoichi from Snow Country who becomes an important figure in Naruto’s life.
-In The Last: Naruto the Movie, which is set after the events of the TV series, Naruto and Sakura are appointed as joint leaders of a new generation of Konoha ninja tasked with protecting the village while Boruto, Sasuke and Sarada train to become strong ninja like their parents.
-Boruto: Naruto the Movie is considered non-canon as it contradicts several key plot points from the TV series, including Hinata and Neji’s death.

The Future of the Naruto Movies

Since the release of the first Naruto movie in 2004, there have been a total of eleven movies released in the franchise. Most of these movies were released in Japanese theatres with English subtitles, but three of them were dubbed and released in English-speaking countries. The most recent Naruto movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, was released in Japan in August 2015, and received a limited release in select theatres in North America on October 10, 2015.

The movies are generally stand-alone stories that take place outside of the continuity of the TV series, but there are some exceptions. The fourth movie, Legend of the Stone of Gelel, takes place between episodes 161 and 162 of the TV anime. Movie six, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, is an alternate universe story that takes place during the time period between episodes 310 and 321 of the TV anime. And finally, Boruto: Naruto the Movie is a sequel to both the TV anime series and The Last: Naruto the Movie.

With eleven movies already released, and Boruto: Naruto the Movie grossing over $8 million dollars worldwide, it seems likely that we will see more Naruto movies in the future.


Though the answer may seem intuitive at first, it’s actually a little more complicated than a simple yes or no. In order to make a decision, we must first understand what canon means in the context of Naruto.

Canon, in regards to Naruto, refers to the events and characters that are considered part of the “official” story. That is to say, if something appears in the original manga or anime series, it is considered canon. The movies, on the other hand, are not part of the original story and exist outside of the canon.

With that being said, it is ultimately up to the individual viewer to decide whether or not they consider the movies to be canon. Some people may choose to watch and enjoy them as stand-alone stories, while others may only watch those that directly tie into the main plot of the series. There is no right or wrong answer, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

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