Best Episodes of Naruto Shippuden in Each Season (according to IMDb)

Best Episodes of Naruto Shippuden in Each Season
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In this article, you will find the best Episodes (according to the IMDb notes) of Naruto Shippuden, which tell the story of a ninja community about to enter an intense war.

There are a lot of great episodes in Naruto Shippuden, but some stand out above the rest. Here are the best episodes of each season, in my opinion.

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Best Episodes of Naruto Shippuden

1st Season (2007)

Puppet Fight Ten Against One Hundred

Episode 26 | Puppet Fight: Ten Against One Hundred

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IMDB Score: 8.6

This episode focuses on the battle between Sasori and Sakura, a struggle filled with epic moments! Here we had the chance to see Sasori rebuilding her body and releasing her elite puppets in the scene where the excellent puppet battle began!

2nd Season (2007 – 2008)

Orochimaru Versus Jinchuuriki

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Episode 42 | Orochimaru Versus Jinchuuriki

IMDB Rating: 8.3

Seeing Orochimaru fighting Naruto alone makes this episode a fan favorite. In his four-tailed form, Naruto attacks Orochimaru and destroys the surrounding landscape. Most of Orochimaru’s attacks are ineffective against Naruto, and he is in a very delicate position.

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3rd Season (2008)

Wind Release: Rasenshuriken

Episode 55 | Wind Release: Rasenshuriken

IMDB Rating: 7.6

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As the name implies, in this episode, we see Naruto discover his natural element – the wind. This happens when the protagonist of the anime trains with Kakashi. It’s also in Episode 55 that we see that Naruto’s training won’t have to be that long, with him demonstrating his full potential!

Season 4 (2008)

When You Curse Someone, You Dig Your Own Grave

Episode 87 | When You Curse Someone, You Dig Your Own Grave

IMDB Score: 8.7

In Season 4, Episode 87, we get a chance to see Naruto and Team Kakashi arrive in time to help Team Asuma. Kakashi orders Sakura and Sai to help Shikamaru, who is fighting alone.

5th Season (2008 – 2009)

The Price of Power

Episode 89 | The Price of Power

IMDB Rating: 7.6

The title “The Price of Power” couldn’t describe this episode better, where we see Naruto using his new Jutsu to defeat Kakuzu. We also see Tsunade welcoming the teams home and ordering teams Asuma and Yamato to take a break.

6th Season (2009 – 2010)

The end

Episode 138 | The end

IMDB Score: 9.1

This was certainly an episode that made viewers very nervous! At the battle’s climax, Itachi and Sasuke run out of chakra. However, in a completely surprising move, Itachi reveals that everything he had done up until that point was just to protect his brother (and the Leaf Village itself).

7th Season (2010)

Master and Pupil

Episode 151 | Master and Pupil

IMDB Rating: 6.5

In what is a somewhat controversial season among fans (due to its very dubious quality level), in the episode “Master and Pupil,” we see Naruto having a strange nightmare several days after failing to bring Sasuke back home. Even after he woke up, fragments of that nightmare kept popping up in his mind.

Season 8 (2010)

Planetary Destruction

Episode 167 | Planetary Destruction

IMDB Score: 9.2

This is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable episodes of Naruto Shippuden! This is where we can see the protagonist completely lose control, releasing his Nine-Tails chakra to face the fearsome Pain!

9th Season (2010 – 2011)

Iruka, the Beginning Teacher

Episode 176 | Iruka, the Beginning Teacher

IMDB Rating: 6.8

Naruto Shippuden It’s a slightly inconsistent anime, with some seasons receiving fierce criticism from fans, and this is one of them. However, in episode 176, we see The Village hidden in the leaves left in ruins after Pain’s attack. While cleaning up the remains of the Ninja Academy, Iruka finds a memory of Naruto’s early years there.

Season 10 (2011)

Danzo Shimura

Episode 211 | Danzo Shimura

IMDB Rating: 8.4

This is where we see Danzo’s strange Jutsu in action! Despite Karin trying to analyze him, Madara recognizes him as Izanagi – the forbidden visual Jutsu of the Uchiha! This technique allows its user to control the space between fantasy and reality.

Season 11 (2011)

The Decision of the Five Kages

Episode 222 | The Decision of the Five Kages

IMDB Rating: 7.1

In Naruto Shippuden Season 11 Episode 222, the five Kage ultimately decide to keep Bee and Naruto out of the war. Meanwhile, Naruto and Yamato are taken to a remote island to begin intense training!

Season 12 (2012)

The Battle of the Yondaime

Episode 248 | The Battle of the Yondaime

IMDB Score: 9.1

The episode shows the birth of Naruto. Kushina successfully gives birth to the boy, but Tobi suddenly appears, killing Taji and Biwako before trying to stop the Fourth Hokage from restoring the seal on Kushina.

Though Minato manages to save Naruto quickly, Tobi manages to free the Nine-Tails and bring him under the control of his Sharingan! This is a super violent episode, having been censored in some parts of the world!

13th Season (2012 – 2013)

Two Suns!!

Episode 283 | Two Suns!!

IMDB Rating: 7.7

The Fourth Raikage attacks Naruto to stop the jinchūriki from falling into Madara’s hands! In a very intense scene, Raikage is unwilling to listen to Tsunade or Killer Bee’s requests to change his mind!

Season 14 (2013)

Contact! Naruto vs. Itachiv

Episode 298 | Contact! Naruto vs. Itachi

IMDB Rating: 8.4

The big meeting between Itachi and Naruto happened in episode 298 of the anime! Nagato and Itachi (resurrected by the forbidden Jutsu) encounter Naruto and Killer Bee while under Kabuto’s control. The four engaged in an incredible battle, and Itachi eventually broke free from Kabuto’s control.

15th Season (2013 – 2014)

Madara Uchiha

Episode 322 | Madara Uchiha

IMDB Score: 9.1

Episode 322 of the anime focuses solely on the character Madara Uchiha. This is where fans watch Madara being revived through Edo Tensei! After that, Kazekage Gaara and Tsuchikage Ônoki are forced to fight him!

Season 16 (2014)

Coup d'etat

Episode 358 | Coup d’etat

IMDB Rating: 8.1

After the Nine-Tails incident, many on the Leaf Council expressed their suspicion that the Uchiha Clan was genuinely responsible for this tragedy. The Uchiha are then under 24-hour surveillance by the ANBU, which causes further tensions!

17th season (2014)

Something to Fill the Hole

Episode 372 | Something to Fill the Hole

IMDB Score: 9.1

The Ten-Tails is on the verge of its final transformation and begins to form a massive tail bomb! The shinobi no longer have the strength or energy to stop him, but Sakura, Shikamaru, and the others refuse to give up. Shikamaru hatches a plan to block the Tailed Beast Ball!

18th season (2014)

Kakashi VS Obito

Episode 375 | Kakashi VS Obito

IMDB Rating: 9.3

As Naruto Shippuden approached its ending, things got substantially more epic. In episode 375, we saw Kakashi and Obito facing each other again in a super intense fight that ended up giving birth to a new evil!

19th Season (2015)

The Ultimate

Episode 401 | The Ultimate

IMDB Rating: 7.1

In this episode, Lee challenges Shira to a battle! Although the two appear to have similar speeds and attacks, Lee’s more petite body starts to give way. But to combat this, Lee decides to use his Eight Inner Gates. However, he is unable to release the First Gate!

20th Season (2015 – 2016)

Naruto and Sasuke

Episode 477 | Naruto and Sasuke

IMDB Score: 9.6

This episode is a continuation of episode 476. However, this was the grand finale of the battle between two friends, Naruto and Sasuke – considered one of the fan-favorite episodes!

21st Season (2016 – 2017)

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Episode 500 | The Message

IMDB Rating: 8.8

As you’d expect, the final episode of season 21 is the one with the best votes from the final arc of Naruto Shippuden! This is where we have the chance to finally see Hinata and Naruto getting married, closing more than a decade of episodes in this way!

These are some of the Best Episodes of Naruto Shippuden. Still, if we missed any, let us know.

Author - Rohit
I am Rohit, an author at Otakukan. I was born and raised in Banglore, India. I have always loved watching anime and reading manga. In college, I started writing my own stories and creating my own characters.