2012 has been a great year for the Naruto Shippuden anime. We’ve had 36 canon episodes and only 4 fillers, which is excellent! However, the time of story-following fun may be over for 2012. TV Tokyo, the TV station which airs Naruto in Japan, has announced there will be a 6 episode special arc – Chikara (Power) – beginning November 22. The reason for this special arc? To celebrate over 500 anime episodes of Naruto! To date, there have been 220 episodes of the original Naruto series and 283 episodes of Naruto Shippuden. There will be a few more episodes of the anime between now and November, making the total count of Naruto anime episodes an upwards of 503 episodes.
There isn’t any other information about the filler arc, but TV Tokyo has released an image featuring Naruto, Kabuto, Deidara, Hidan, Sakura, Yamato, Sai, and a few generic characters. Check it out below!
Thanks Stefanos Koyl for the heads up!