One passionate Naruto fan re-edited the entirety of the iconic shōnen anime series to make the viewing experience more enjoyable for him and his girlfriend.
In a half-hour-long video posted on YouTube, the fan, Oceaniz, details his journey to create what he titled The Ocean Cut, explaining the thought process behind his re-edit of the anime series. The cut features the anime’s English dub and doesn’t remove all the anime-original content and filler because according to Oceaniz, some of the story’s best moments are featured exclusively in the anime. Details about where other fans can watch The Ocean Cut are available in a pinned comment for the video.
“As the anime was coming out alongside the manga, it employed every trick in the book to stall for time to avoid catching up,” Oceaniz explained in the video. “Entire seasons of filler, 10-minute long flashbacks, literal hundreds of reaction shots. You name it, Naruto did it. The flashbacks, in particular, are so bad that certain scenes are shown up to, no joke, 20 different times, with only a fraction of them showing any new information.”
When constructing The Ocean Cut, the YouTuber worked to condense multiple episodes into movie-sized videos between 50 to 120 minutes long, with opening titles played once per video and endings only included if they “enriched the experience.” While his Naruto edit largely follows the original canon, Oceaniz is upfront about one major change he made to the story involving the fates of Orochimaru and Kabuto.
Masashi Kishimoto published the Naruto manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1999 to 2014, producing 72 volumes worth of content. The story follows the titular young shinobi, who dreams of becoming the leader of his village. Alongside icons like Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series of all time with over 250 million copies sold worldwide.
Pierrot and Aniplex adapted Kishimoto’s Naruto manga into an anime series of the same name, which aired its 220 episodes in Japan from 2002 to 2007. Naruto: Shippuden, the sequel series that covered the second half of the manga’s storyline, initially ran from 2007 to 2017 in Japan, producing 500 episodes.
There have been more recent developments for the multimedia franchise beyond a new fan edit of the anime series. Notably, a new set of vinyl figures merges the worlds of Sanrio and Naruto; one figurine in the set features Hello Kitty dressing up as Naruto Uzumaki and the other sees Chococat cosplaying as Sasuke Uchiha. The toys retail for $94.99 each and are expected to ship sometime late this year. Similarly, Bandai released story-accurate figures of Naruto‘s main trio. The Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura figurines are fully posable and come with a variety of accessories, allowing fans of the series to recreate some of their favorite scenes.
All of Naruto is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu.