"Naruto Shippuden" tells the continuing story of the ninja Uzumaki Naruto as he seeks to rescue his friend Uchicha Sasuke and battle the rival ninja clan Orochimaru. Naruto also seeks to defend his home village of Konoha from the onslaught of the Akatsuki, another opposing ninja organization.
The "Naruto Shippuden" storyline is told in two media forms: as a graphic novel with a manga format and as an animated television program based on the comics. It is the second part of the Naruto series, with the events of the plot taking place two and a half years after the first chapter concluded.
The "Naruto Shippuden" animated TV show debuted in Japan on Feb. 15, 2007. Season one consisted of 32 episodes that aired weekly through October of that year. The story arc of the season, which was titled "Kazekage Rescue Mission," concerned Naruto's clan's attempt to protect the Fifth Kazekage from the Akatsuki ninja band.
The subsesquent seasons of "Naruto Shippuden," which literally translates as "Hurricane Chronicles," consist of approximately 20 to 40 episodes each. Each season follows a specific story arc that typically shows a particular mission, battle or search for a person or item. Seasons nine through 11 form a larger arc, telling the story of the Fourth Shinobi World War in three phases.