It's popularity on Cartoon Network was so great that, for a time, the network aired reruns of the show even when Toonami wasn't on, alongside their Cartoon Cartoon shows. A rarity for most other anime running on Toonami.
By the end of the original Toonami, it was one of three shows airing on the block and the only one that wasn't a rerun.
On the revived Toonami on Adult Swim, the original Naruto was given uncut reruns starting in late 2012. Not much of a problem. In late 2013, it was announced that the show would be leaving and its sequel show, Naruto Shippuden, would be taking its place. However, when the production crew behind Toonami revealed the January 4th lineup, it turns out that not only would Shippuden be airing, but the original would stay, rerunning the first 52 episodes at a later timeslotnote the production crew stated that this is because Viz gave them a choice of either continuing the original Naruto, or picking up Shippuden and rerunning the original Naruto.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Tobi didn't say "Tobi is a good boy," Zetsu did. As well, a translation error by Sleepy Fans has Sasuke claiming that he wants to kill all five Kages, instead of just Danzo.
The actual line Itachi says when asked by Sasuke about slaughtering the entire Uchiha clan is "to test the limits of my abilities", not "To measure my abilities."
Cash Cow Franchise: There's just something about ninjas that managed to get this manga to sell over 200 million copies and become the third best selling manga of all time. With 700 chapters, an anime with nearly 700 episodes in total counting Part 1 and Shippuden, 11 movies, several OVAs and video games, a spin-off manga, a play, several novels, and a Spin-Offspringanime, Naruto really has proven its popularity as a cash cow.
Sakura's Voice Actress: With the latest developments, Sakura has... Kishimoto: That chick is detestable for using Naruto's good will, but, well that's just how I'd think to write a realistic girl. You hear all the time that Sakura is a detestable person, but that's what seems to be the intention.
In this 2014 Fuji TV Kobayashi interview, Kishimoto reveals that he thought Sakura would appeal to female fans, but he was surprised when she actually became hated. He acknowledges that a lot of people, including young girls, hate Sakura, and it's gotten to the point where he now continues on regretting her character as well. He also explains that the reason why Sakura's parents have never appeared in any canon work is specifically because of her haters—Sakura is that unpopular that even if he expanded on her character by making her parents canon, she would still be hated and both she and her parents would be on the sidelines anyways, so he saw no point in canonizing them. As time went on, it was too late for Kishimoto to drop Sakura, so he tried to increase her popularity by making her more physically beautiful without changing her characterization, but in the end it had no effect because no one noticed. Finally, he states that Sakura was "always a pain to draw."
In the aforementioned 2015 Viz Shonen Jump podcast, Kishimoto states that Sakura is not his favorite female character, because she's really violent and "kind of a hard woman."
Kishimoto explains that the Chunin exam was mandated by his editor because introducing each of the teams one-by-one would take too long. His editing team also told him to disrupt the tournament with Orochimaru, the villain that became the threat for many years.
Kishimoto shares that the anime team forced him to create Sakura's Love Letter scene in Chapters 539 and 540 so that they could create a filler arc from it. No such filler arc came to fruition in the end. Kishimoto admits that since he didn't know what to write, given his own admission that he's terrible at writing romance, he had to put something to appease the anime team, so he halfheartedly created the scene.
During mid-2014, persistent rumors circulated about how Kishimoto had stated that the manga would end in 2014; in truth, he did say that the manga was nearing completion and was in its final arc, but didn't put forward a concrete deadline. This is a very peculiar example in that the manga did end in 2014 after all, so anyone who believed the rumor was Right for the Wrong Reasons.
During the fandom meltdown surrounding the resolution of the series' Romance Arcs, several "translations" of Word of God were strategically circulated that were so out of touch with the original source that they had to have been deliberately engineered to cause grief, facilitate denial and mislead impressionable minds. Those consisted of a myriad in-universe and out-of-universe disheartening "true" reasons that the Official Couple got together - it was only because one of them felt sorry for the other and settled for her as a consolation prize; it only happened because of Executive Meddling and the author caving in to fan demands; the TRUE love standing in its way was there and mutual, but it never got to materialize merely due to some tragic misunderstanding, or ill-conceived and needless martyrdom on the part of the characters - the author failed to follow through on it on a vindictive whim, or because his hand was forced. Compared to all of this, the truth is ridiculously banal; the Official Couple got together in the usual way that fictional couples do — because the author decided, from the early stages of the manga, that it would be great if they were to fall in love, so they did. No reservations, no cynical "yeah, but"s about it. Some of the "true" alternate explanations were just fabricated whole-cloth; others were "inspired" by actual Word of God that had little resemblance to them, and instead described considerations that are much less scandalous and are par-for-the-course for the occasion, e.g. "I threw in some nuggets towards one pairing just to throw their fans off, but I never thought about making that pairing official, because I already decided on the Official Couple at an early stage."
Kishimoto's involvement with the production of the non-canon movie Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja, which is heavily loaded with Naruto/Sakura Ship Teasing, made a lot of their shipping fans to claim that the author was giving an explicit endorsement of the pairing and that it was meant to be the official one; in reality, Kishimoto was only involved with the characters' designs and story draft, while the actual script of the movie was done by Yuka Miyata, who was infamous for her Naruto/Sakura-teasing scene additions to the anime filler that didn't exist in the manga (although she stopped doing this and even left the anime after the manga ended and the anime continued to drag on, for obvious reasons).
When the series was reaching its end, quite a few fans claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed that in the ending Naruto would have a son named Shinachiku, based on an interview made during the promotion of the aforementioned Road To Ninja movie; in reality during the interview Kishimoto when asked if Naruto would have a child how would he call him, he jokingly answered that probably Shinachiku. The real names for Naruto's children turned out to be Boruto and Himawari.
A few of their shippers claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed in an interview that Naruto and Sakura's relationship was based upon his and his wife's; in reality during the interview when asked if his relationship was more similar to Naruto/Hinata than Sasuke/Sakura, he answers "it might not actually be like either", then when comparing Hinata to his wife he describes the latter as "strong", then it's the interviewer who suggests that Sakura could be more similar to Kishi's wife personality-wise (Naruto's relationship and dynamics with Sakura were not even mentioned).
Some fans claimed that Kishimoto wanted to reboot the series after he finished it. In reality, according to this 2016 Jump Festa interview, the one who actually said that was his assistant, Mikio Ikemoto. Kishimoto has consistently said that he's happy with Naruto and the way he finished it, and Ikemoto stated that he loved the idea of making a sequel rather than a reboot, so after Kishimoto endorsed him to Shueisha, he began writing the Boruto manga under Kishimoto's supervision.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Naruto is the son of the Fourth Hokage, which is something that's a common fact for the entire audience. How people in-universe haven't realized this when it's so obvious is still left unanswered.
Tobi being Obito had been a fan theory circulating for years, until it was proven right in Chapter 599.
Zetsu being involved in Obito's survival had also been guessed several years before due to this.
Almost somewhat of a subversion though. Tobi being Obito was considered by many fans to be so obvious they disregarded the idea outright as way too obvious for the author to do.
Another theory that had been pretty popular for quite a while and also confirmed to be true was Naruto and Hashirama being reincarnations of the Younger Son while Sasuke and Madara being reincarnations of the Elder Son.
The first and fourth OVAs of the original anime have never seen an official release in America.
Narutimate Accel 2, what would have been known as Ultimate Ninja 5, has been confirmed to be out in the UK, but will not be coming out in the USA (or so says tens of thousands of forum-ers and a semi-official statement, versus a scant few hundred clinging to false hope).
Because of the "Quality" of their edits in the first few seasons, Jetix UK never did air the later Seasons of Naruto or anything of Naruto Shippuden.
In the Mexican Spanish dub, Besides voicing Hayate Gekko, Irwin Daayán also voices Kurama of all characters. Keep in mind in Mexico, he's normally type-casted on voicing pretty boys or Hot-Blooded heroes, and while not the first time voicing characters with deep voices (like Mugen or Tetsu Hayami), maybe it's one the few times he voiced a villainous role, at first.
Promoted Fanboy: Key animator Chengxi Huang revealed in this 2017 Wave Motion Cannon interview that he's been a fan of Naruto since he was in middle school, and he was happy to become a part of the anime team in 2014, beginning with his inaugural 2nd Key Animation work for Neji's death scene in Shippuden Episode 364. He also revealed that he wanted Naruto and Hinata to become a couple since the Chunin Exams arc in Part I, and he was happy when they became an Official Couple in the manga's epilogue.
Recast as a Regular: Wataru Takagi was first heard as Iruka's Rain ninja disguise in a filler section of the Chūnin Exams long before he would become the voice of Tobi in Shippūden. Naoya Uchida also voiced Suien in the Waterfall Village OVA before being cast as Tobi's Madara Uchiha voice plus the actual Madara.
Kenyuu Horiuchi appeared briefly as Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage, in Part I before he became equally recognizable as Pain in Part II. Things became full circle when Tobirama came back again in a bigger role long after Pain's death in the anime.
Plus Nagato's main body's actor, Junpei Morita, was previously Hōki in the Ultimate Weapon filler arc; the final of the pre-Shippūden fillers.
Yutaka Aoyama was the voice of the Elder Moya Brother in the infamous "Kakashi's True Face" filler before being cast in the role of Sasori's Hiruko guise.
Both Masaki Terasoma and Katsuhiko Kawamoto, Hidan and Deidara respectively, were the voices of Renga and Ruiga from the Land of Vegetables filler arc beforehand. Jiga's actor, Tadahisa Saizen, also voiced Kagerō's male guise and Tsurugi before being cast as Ao.
Nobuo Tobita appeared as Ebisu in only the second episode of the anime before being cast as both Black and White Zetsu.
All of Taka's actors appeared in inconsequential roles before being appearing as their respective characters:
Takashi Kondo voiced a ninja chef and a samurai bodyguard in Part I before Suigetsu.
Kanako Tojō was the initial voice for sand kunoichi Maki in early Shippūden before voicing Karin. Karin's second actress, Toa Yukinari, also voiced Akane and Nagato's mom Fusō before she replaced Tojō.
Shuhei Sakaguchi was the voice of Straight Man Kiyoyasu Kagetsu in "Laughing Shino" before voicing Jūgo.
Sai's actor Satoshi Hino briefly appeared as filler character Akio in the Shinobazu arc late into Part I. Also, Rikiya Koyama earlier appeared in the Star Village filler arc as Hotarubi before being cast as Yamato.
Keiko Nemoto first appeared as lady ANBU Yūgao Uzuki before becoming better known as Shizune's voice.
Hisao Egawa previously played Fukusuke Hikyakuya in the Land of Tea filler, plus Kongō in the third movie, before voicing the one and only Killer Bee in Shippūden. Gyūki's actor, Masaki Aizawa, also appeared earlier in the Land of Rice Fields arc as ninja-turned-gangster Hanzaki Fūma.
Toshiyuki Morikawa previously voiced Kimimaro in the Sasuke Retrieval arc before becoming the voice of the Fourth Hokage himself, Minato Namikaze.
Misumi Tsurugi's actor from the Chūnin Exams, Kunihiro Kawamoto, returned later in Shippūden as Cloud ninja cuckoolander Omoi. Darui's actor Ryota Takeuchi also voiced a Leaf ANBU in the Three-Tails filler arc beforehand.
Tomomichi Nishimura voiced minor character Hachidai in the Curry of Life filler arc before becoming Ōnoki, the Third Tsuchikage's, voice. His bodyguard Akatsuchi's voice, Kenta Miyake, previously voiced Jirōbō of the Sound Ninja Four.
Katsumi Cho voiced an elder of the Hyūga clan in Part I and would later voice the Land of Iron's general Mifune in Shippūden.
Kenjiro Tsuda appeared in a late filler episode as all-around jerkass Shin'emon during Part I before being cast definitively as Aoba Yamashiro in Shippūden.note Aoba was originally voiced by Itachi and Raidō's actors in his Part I cameos.
Long before voicing Shiho, Shiho Hisajima provided the voice of Uroko Kurama in the Kurama Clan filler arc from Part I.
Ikuo Nishikawa first appeared in Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow as Sandayu Asada before being cast as frog sage Fukasaku. Yoji Ueda was the voice of Rain genin Mubi before he played Gamakichi and Atsushi Ono appeared as Gozu in the Three-Tails arc plus some extras in earlier episodes before voicing Gamaken. Gamamaru's actor, Mitsuo Senda, had previously voiced a villain, Shinayakana, in a standalone filler in Part I.
Haruhi Terada voiced Tsunade's childhood self in flashbacks and Karenbana in Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, before appearing as Rin Nohara, who'd be pivotal to Tobi's motivation in the series.
Long before Hanabi Hyūga became important, her actress Kiyomi Asai voiced Ageha, a poor girl from the Land of Waves whom Sakura gave food to.
The Second Mizukage's actor, Hideyuki Umezu, had previously voiced Amachi in the Land of the Sea filler arc.
Recycled Script: Noticeable in Part I. Canonically, Team 7 leaving Konoha on a low-ranked mission only to get pulled into something with much higher stakes happened one time in the Land of Waves arc. In the anime filler and Non Serial Movies, however, it happened every other Tuesday, thanks to it being the go-to plotline for numerous filler arcs and the first three movies.
The Simpsons: At the end of a segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXV", there is a montage of multiple alternate Simpsons families dressed as other animated characters, one being a family dressed as anime characters with Bart as Naruto.
In Ensign Sue Must Die one of the Mary Sues unleashed into the multiverse is a Ninja Sue destined for the Narutoverse, and later a brainwashed Naruto is seen among the Sue Army.
Naruto kept his Japanese voice actress even when he grew into an adult. His English voice actress also voices Naruto into adulthood.
Yuri Lowenthal voices Sasuke even in pre-series flashbacks in the dub. Sasuke already had a low voice for a 12-year old at the start so it's not too jarring, plus he sounds young enough in the flashbacks. He also voices Sasuke as an adult using virtually the same tone he did when Sasuke was twelve.
Star-Making Role: Most of the Los Angeles-based voice actors can, due to the massive popularity of Naruto in the US, claim their role as their best-known. The main exception is Kyle Hebert who is still best known as Gohan. Yuri Lowenthal in particular got really popular after voicing Sasuke.
During 660 he had Madara extract Kurama from Naruto. This was during the holiday week, but for Americans, it came on CHRISTMAS. And then we had to wait three weeks for the next chapter.
On chapter 674, Kishi released 13 pages before the chapter came out. We find out, he pulled a huge wham chapter in the 4 pages remaining. In which Madara steals Kakashi's Sharingan and enters Obito's alternative world with an exhausted Obito and Sakura alone with him. And it was a double issue, so we had to wait 2 weeks for the next chapter.
Kakashi's real face has been a matter of debate for years: what is under that mask? It's never shown, not even on his likeness on the Hokage monument. The tie-in story "Book of Wind" (Chapter 700.2) finally reveals it and it's the one Pakkun suggested in "Kakashi's Real Face Is Finally Unveiled" manga omake (Chapter 420.5). Kishimoto, a troll? Perish the thought!
Kishimoto's early concept (and the series pilot) live in a completely different continuity from the series as we know it today. Originally,
While still involving jutsu, Naruto took place in an Urban Fantasy setting, including modern fashion and technology, and there was no trace of a "hidden village" to speak of. The pilot featured a gun, a motorcycle and a murder investigation by the regular, Muggle police.
Naruto (the character) was actually a reincarnation of the nine-tailed fox, rather than having had the fox sealed in him (throughout the pilot chapter, a cover story is perpetuated where Naruto is the fox's son). Also, the beast was sealed away not by the 4th Hokage, but by "9 powerful men," of which only one survived - a grumpy old man of high standing which Naruto refers to as "chief," and is obviously a precursor of the third Hokage.
The cast was very different. Most of the important characters from the pilot never appear in the series proper, and vice-versa. The closest we have to an exception to this is early concept art, which featured Ichiraku from the Ramen shop; the above-mentioned character very similar to the 3rd Hokage; Kakashi (sans his lazy eye); Iruka (sans his ponytail or scar); Hinata (wearing a modern dress and wristwatch); Ibiki and Anko. It is not known which other characters were planned originally, but it is explicitly known that many were not. In the first databook interview, the author relates how he felt the story "wasn't going anywhere", so he went to his editor for help and was advised to introduce a rival for Naruto—which ultimately led to the introductions of Sasuke, Sakura (who was originally not going to be the main heroine, because she had the same level of importance as supporting characters like Kiba or Shikamaru), and the rest of the Konoha 11.
All of the Akatsuki members, notably, were originally intended to resemble monsters with little-to-no human qualities at all, and some of them (particularly Itachi and Kisame) likely only had more sympathetic qualities added with time - this is especially true of the inhuman-looking Kisame and Zetsu (who've always been that way, from what we see), and can also be seen with Kakuzu, Sasori & Hidan (who all mutilated themselves for power, in the process losing their humanity), as well as Deidara with his hands. Even Itachi, Pain and Konan have elements of this, more specifically with their abilities (Itachi with his eyes, Pain with his multiple bodies, and Konan with her ability to turn into paper).
Kishi has revealed in a recent interview that he intended to write seinen when his shounen one-shots kept failing, but his editor convinced him to try one last time before trying for seinen. This last try led to the Naruto manga.
Naruto was supposed to be a Goggles Do Nothing shonen hero, but the creator found the goggles too tough to draw consistently so he changed it to the ninja headband. The headbands would then be expanded to a cultural motif for the Ninja World and almost every character wears one.
Boruto and Himawari were supposed to have the Byakugan, but Kishimoto forgot to draw them with it when Chapter 700 came out. This was retconned in The Day Naruto Became Hokage, where we see Himawari awakening her Byakugan.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Inevitable, given the schedule constraints of writing a chapter every week and there being no way any author could plan everything ten years in advance. Unlike some other manga writers, Kishimoto rarely pauses for research, and it shows. A lot of turns of plot involve a Retcon in some capacity; a lot of apparent contradictions, plot holes and Ass Pulls make more sense when you adopt an out-of-universe perspective.
On fanfiction.net, Naruto has by far the most fanfiction pieces of ANY anime or manga (over 400,000), well over three times as many as runners-up Hetalia: Axis Powers and Inuyasha. The only property in any medium with more fanfictions is Harry Potter, making Naruto the second-most popular subject for fanfiction in the world.
To meet the 600 billion quota, she would need to produce 228,159 paper seals every second for 1 month. That's 13,689,546 paper seals every minute; 821,372,779 paper seals every hour; And 19,712,946,700 paper seals every day for one month.
In 2007, all the newspapers in the world only sell about 395 million copies per day (55 million in the U.S).
Assuming Konan's paper seals have the same dimensions as a standard playing card (63 mm x 88 mm), 600 billion paper seals would have a surface area of 3,326 kilometers squared. New York City has a surface area of 790 kilometers squared. Konan's papers could blot out the sun in New York City four times over.
A standard 52-card deck weights 94g. 11,538,461,500 decks could be made from Konan's paper: weighing at a total of 1,195,583 tons.
One ton of non-recycled office paper uses 24 trees (each tree 40 feet tall and 6-8 inches in diameter). Without ninja magic, 28,693,992 trees would have to be slaughtered.
The typical thickness of a playing card is 0.25mm. If Konan were to stack up all her paper, it would have a height of 150,000 kilometers. The diameter of Jupiter is only 142,984 kilometers. It would take a stack of over 11 Planet Earths to reach 150,000 kilometers.
The total volume of the paper at 831,600 cubic meters exceeds the volume of the BP oil spill at 4.9 million barrels or 780,000 cubic meters. Konan's papers could soak up the BP oil spill.
Konan's attack produced one billion explosions per second. If the amount of energy released from one of those explosions is equal to just one gram of TNT then the amount of energy release per second is equivalent to 1 kiloton of TNT. The total amount of energy released from the 10 minute onslaught is equivalent to 600 kilotons of TNT, which translates to 0.6 megatons. To put this into perspective:
The Little Boy atomic bomb exploded on Hiroshima with an energy of about 15 kilotons of TNT.
The highest yield nuclear weapon ever detonated was Tsar Bomba, at 50 megatons.
The variable-yield B83 nuclear bombs in the current US arsenal have a maximum yield of exactly twice this estimate of Konan's total assault, at 1.2 megatons.
This chart of nuclear weapon yields suggests that this estimate of Konan's assault would carry a total yield of somewhere between the Ivy King and the B83.
Supposing four tags are the size of one book's leaf of paper, bound in sets of 200 leaves (400 pages), that's 800 tags per book. Squeeze those on to double sided bookshelves, eight shelves high, eight books per foot. Konan filled a library building, ten stories high, each story having twenty-two quarter mile long shelves. Imagine every sheet of paper in the French Bibliotheque Nationale exploding four times.
It would be simpler if Konan had some kind of doubling power where she could split paper bombs into double the number of equal sized paper bombs with a fixed input of time and chakra. If she had, starting with a single paper bomb she would only have to employ this jutsu ceiling(lg2(6,000,000,000)) = 33 times. Then again, the implications of allowing such a jutsu to operate without bound are catastrophic- even according to the highest estimate, it would only take 186 applications of the jutsu for the mass of produced paper bombs to exceed that of the observable universe.
Naruto and Gaara have a lot in common: their father is the Yondaime and their mothers died after they were born, their hobbies deal with taking care of plants (Naruto: gardening, Gaara: taking care of cactus). By Shippuden they're the same size (height and weight). Also they both want to fight Sasuke. Also if you add the Month and Day of their birthdays you get 20. They were also made Jinchuuriki when they were babies.
Word of God says this was intentional to make Gaara as the Foil to Naruto. And if that's not all, their fathers as well as the events of meeting their fathers also play out very similarly to each other.
The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Kazekage have all had some variety of telekinetic control over sand—the Third with his Iron Sands, the Fourth with his Gold Dust, and the Fifth (Gaara) being...Gaara. (It's almost like they pay attention to terrain advantage or something.)
Deidara is the only known person who was alive and fought a living Kage straight up and won, Gaara in his own village: What happened between the Third Kazekage and Sasori is unknown, The Fourth Kazekage was slain by Orochimaru in an ambush, the battle between The Third Hokage and Orochimaru was a draw at best (if because Orochimaru wasn't trying as hard as he could have), Minato defeated Tobi, but gave his life to seal Kurama inside both himself and Naruto and Danzo wasn't officially sworn in.
Mitarashi Anko is the name of two types of dango. Ain't that funny?
Chapter 615 — where Hinata successfully breaks Naruto out of his Despair Event Horizon and they subsequently have their Holding Hands moment — came out on the week of Hinata's birthday, December 27th. Fans following early leaks/scanslations got it exactly on her birthday, but that's probably a coincidence.
Each of the Sound Trio's names (Dosu, Zaku, and Kin) are each a form of onomatopoeia.
Torune Aburame's design was apparently inspired from that of American superheroes.
Naruto concluded with 700 chapters, and Naruto Gaiden ended with 10 chapters. 700 + 10 = 710. Naruto's name in goroawase can mean 7 (Na) and 10 (to). 7 + 10 = 17, which is how old Naruto is in the final arc.