Naruto & Naruto Shippuden Fillers
Naruto filler episodes are not part of the original storyline which featured in the manga series. The main purpose of fillers is to maintain a healthy gap between the anime and manga, this allows the manga artist more time to create storylines before they are adapted into the anime series.
Many fans dislike filler episodes, as most are often considered boring and pointless. Not all fillers are bad though, some of them can be quite entertaining. The manga can sometimes be limited in the amount it can show during the main storyline, fillers can help give you an insight into different characters individual experiences during that time. However, you won't miss anything from the main storyline by skipping them.
Below you will find out which episodes of the Naruto & Naruto Shippuden series are fillers.
89 filler episodes of 220 total episodes.
40% of the Naruto anime are filler episodes.
138 filler episodes of 361 total episodes.
38% of the Naruto Shippuden anime are filler episodes.
The current filler arc is likely to end in May, 2014.
The end of Naruto Shippuden fillers?
Hayato Date, the director of the Naruto Shippuden anime has stated that after the ANBU Kakashi filler arc (Episode 349-361), there will likely be no more fillers for the rest of 2014. Anything can change though!
Masashi Kishimoto has previously confirmed that the Naruto Shippuden story is in its final stage. Which means that if the manga ends in 2014 / early 2015 then there really is no need for anymore huge filler gaps at that point.