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New Filler Arc Announced For The “Naruto” Anime Tells The Story of The Chunin Exams


I’m sure you’re more than aware but there was indeed a time in the “Naruto” universe where our hero simply wasn’t around. It was an angsty time for young Naruto and Sasuke who both left the village after a mighty battle wherein which the boys taught each other a true lesson about power and emotion. Sasuke left to do his own thing, joining Orochimaru who promised him a level of power that no one else could provide, with the goal that he would one day return to the Hidden Leaf Village and burn it to the ground.

Naruto, on the other hand, left with one of the other legendary Sannin Jiraiya who spent two years training our hero to be the man he is today. Two similar paths that are also worlds apart: A fantastic metaphor for the relationship that these two young boys shared together.

Just because the two characters left the village they grew up in, doesn’t mean that nothing happened while they were gone. Actually, according to this announcement, a great deal happened when they were gone and just because the events were never detailed to Naruto upon his return doesn’t mean the people involved didn’t go through it. Announced just today is a new “Naruto” Anime arc titled “Chunin Exam Arc” which is set to air in January of 2015.


Blue Section: Leaf Village Ninja, Red Section: Grass Village Ninja, Green Section: Sand Village Ninja


This arc will cover the Chunin Exams, if you couldn’t already tell, which were held in the Hidden Sand Village and will feature some of the series’ most loved characters like Rock-Lee, Hinata, Kiba, Neji, Choji and the rest of the characters that don’t entirely get enough screen time when Naruto is around. Appearing alongside these characters are a whole bunch of originals who’re also participating in the Chunin Exams, one of which happens to be another Jinchuriki much like Naruto.

Fu, who hosts the massive power of the Seven Tails, will play a pivotal part in the new arc alongside the main cast from the Hidden Leaf Village. Like any “Naruto” arc, what we’ll be seeing wont JUST be the exams. Oh no, there’s evil on the horizon and even though we don’t quite know what that evil is right now you can bet it’s going to interrupt the celebrations of an Ninja exam period just like the last time.

Some people have begun speculating that, due to the inclusion of a Jinchuriki, the Akatsuki are going to be heavily involved as the antagonists of the arc but that has yet to have been confirmed so, as of right now, it’s just a big guess. Either way, news of this arc has already split the “Naruto” fandom with half liking the idea and the other half absolutely hating it. I’m not sure why though.

Honestly, and this is coming from a man who was over “Naruto” years ago…I’m kind of interested in what it has to offer. Not having the titular character included in an arc like this means the other characters will get some time to shine I’m quite curious to see just how they’ll do with a bit of extra added responsibility on their shoulders. I’m also a huge fan of exam storylines so this is right up my alley. The only question is; can a second Chunin Exam arc be done as wonderfully as the first Chunin Exam arc? I, for one, hope so very much.



  1. DJO says

    i whish naruto pass this exam and also i watched an ova about a chunin exam

    • SomeRandomGuy64 says

      naruto can’t pass the exam since it’s filler

  2. sakon says

    when the real story will back ? chunin exams arc will take how many episode ?

    • violet says

      thats what i came here for
      when will the current filler arc end and the series goes back to the canon episodes, its not like i hate watching the fillers its just that at the moment im just too excited and cant wait for the canon episodes to resume I WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!! THE suspense kills me everyday and week as i wait for the canon episodes>>!! *__*

      • Frank Inglese says

        Unfortunately there’s no word on just how many episodes this’ll go for but seeing as it’s Naruto…it could really be any number.

  3. joe says

    Fuck these fillers it’s been what like 2 months of fillers stop them already

    • Frank Inglese says

      Naruto has always had a problem with fillers but as far as they go this seems like one of the better ones. I’ve watched about six episodes of it and, for the most part, it isn’t that bad at all. It’s very remniscent of the first Chunin Exam Arc but, obviously, it’s no where near as good. I think it’s worth a watch if you’re into early Naruto and not so much Shippuden.

  4. Noah says

    The current canon arc has had at least 4 different filler arcs in it, it’s really retarded. Naruto Shippuden wasn’t really that bad before, it had maybe a filler or two in between big events, but this is just absolutely idiotic.

  5. Aurichu says

    What I don’t get is why they are making more fillers when the manga is over and naruto the last movie is already out… There’s no point on fillers what so ever? For money? Maybe tho I feel like fillers just drive fans away (looking at you bleach) I just want the anime to be over Dx

    • Frank Inglese says

      It’s definitely for money and, I suppose, longevity…as if the series isn’t long enough.

      The problem is that they don’t want to let go of “Naruto”. It’s probably Studio Pierrot’s biggest money maker so they’ll do anything they can to keep it alive.

  6. anonymo says

    Just because the manga is over, doesnt mean the show has to end. Even with the allied shinobi forces, conflict wont end, tht would just be the same thing madara is trying to achieve. The story holds an unlimitd amount of spinoffs. For example the avatar series where they did the next avatar, aangs children ect. Prequels sequels, characters only mentioned. Personally i would like to see something on kakashis dad. So im in agreement, end the fillers, run the story till ur beating a dead horse dragonball gt style

    • ppvsonicspy says

      How would ending conflict by allying with eachother and understanding one another acomplish madara’s objective? Do you even know anything about naruto? Madara is trying to force a world with no conflict with an ilusion onto everyone, even if they don’t want it, and will do anything to achive his goal. The allied shinobi forces is trying to end conflict by uniting everyone’s strengths and to make everyone get allong and understand eachother, and obviously there are going to be people who disagre but they are not forcing it on them….Where and how are they achieving what madara wants again?

  7. The Last – Naruto the Movie is a sluggish animated feature that only offers the big milestone fans have been clamoring for between Naruto and Hinata. This feels like it stretches out a thin concept and over complicates it just to make it work.

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