In 1999, a serialized manga called Naruto began its publication in Weekly Shonen Jump, where it rapidly amassed a substantial fanbase and secured a prominent position in weekly sales. This success propelled it into what later became known as the ‘Big 3,’ comprising major manga and anime titles. It was only natural that the manga would receive an anime adaptation, which was divided into two series: Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden. Following the completion of these series, the original author, Masashi Kishimoto, oversaw its sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Given the extensive length of the series, spanning almost a thousand episodes and several movies, one might wonder: How old is Naruto Uzumaki? Below, we’ve compiled a chronological list of Naruto’s age across the three series.
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Naruto’s journey began with his birth on October 10th. Shortly thereafter, as an infant, he became the host for the nine-tailed fox. At the tender age of six, he enrolled in the Leaf Village Academy, where young children are trained to become ninjas. Much of the initial series revolves around a young Naruto, who was around twelve years old, shortly after graduating from the Academy. When he turned thirteen, he participated in the Chunin Exams, a process that allows young, novice genin ninjas to progress in rank and take on real ninja missions. Throughout the rest of the Naruto series, Naruto’s age remains fixed at thirteen years old.
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Naruto: Shippuden kicks off after a significant time skip, mirroring the events in the manga. As we delve into the series, we find Naruto at the age of fifteen. Despite his enduring playful nature and youthful exuberance, he’s dedicated this time to intensive training and has triumphed over formidable adversaries. One of the central story arcs of the series features the enigmatic ninja Pain as its primary antagonist, and during this arc, Naruto is recognized as being sixteen years old. A pivotal narrative arc in the series, the Fourth Great Ninja War (also known as the Fourth Shinobi World War), concludes on October 10th, marking Naruto’s seventeenth birthday.
In 2014, ‘The Last: Naruto the Movie’ hit theaters. Authored by Masashi Kishimoto himself, this film is considered canonical within the larger series. It unfolds two years after the Fourth Great Ninja War, placing Naruto at the age of nineteen. The film’s credits showcase Naruto’s wedding to Hinata, and in a post-credits scene, they’re depicted with their two children: Boruto and Himawari.
‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ focuses on a fresh cohort of young ninjas, including Boruto, as they strive to carve out their own legacies and escape the shadows of their fathers. The series unfolds fifteen years after the events of the Fourth Great Ninja War. Given that Naruto celebrated his seventeenth birthday during that period, it’s estimated that he’s around thirty-two years old at the outset of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.’ In a poignant flash-forward sequence, we catch a glimpse of an older, more mature Boruto, bearing a scar over his right eye. The flash-forward reveals Boruto’s age as sixteen, which would make his father, Naruto, approximately thirty-six years old.