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Arcs are based on story logic: a scene can only be part of one arc. Manga chapters contain multiple scenes and can therefore be part of more than one arc. Volumes contain multiple chapters which is why arcs often end in the middle of a volume.

What binds scenes together to form an arc can be:

  • a character
  • an event
  • a motivation and/or goal
  • a theme

An example of the first would be the Search For Tsunade arc. An arc based around an event would be the Sasuke Recovery Mission. The whole Itachi Pursuit arc is based around revenge and the goal of killing Itachi. And the combination of the Chūnin Exams arc and the Konoha Crush arc would have as theme the intersection of economics, politics, sports and war.

Manga

Part 1

Arcs (story logic, chapters) Chapters Tankōbon Arcs (story logic, volumes) Sōshūhen
Prologue (chapters 1–8) 1 Volume 1 (chapters 1–7) Prologue — Land of Waves (volumes 1–4) Sōshūhen #1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8 Volume 2 (chapters 8–17)
Land of Waves (chapters 9–33) 9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18 Volume 3 (chapters 18–27)
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28 Volume 4 (chapters 28–36)
29
30
31
32
33
Chūnin Exams (chapters 34–109, officially chapters 34–115) 34 Sōshūhen #2
35
36
37 Volume 5 (chapters 37–45) Chūnin Exams (volumes 5–13)
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46 Volume 6 (chapters 46–54)
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55 Volume 7 (chapters 55–63)
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64 Volume 8 (chapters 64–72)
65 Sōshūhen #3
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73 Volume 9 (chapters 73–81)
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82 Volume 10 (chapters 82–90)
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91 Volume 11 (chapters 91–99)
92
93
94
95
96
97
98 Sōshūhen #4
99
100 Volume 12 (chapters 100–108)
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109 Volume 13 (chapters 109–117)
Sasuke versus Gaara (chapters 110–115) 110
111
112
113
114
115—Chūnin Exams, Concluded…!!
Konoha Crush (chapters 116–138) 116—Konoha Crush…!!
117
118 Volume 14 (chapters 118–126) Konoha Crush (volumes 14–16)
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127 Volume 15 (chapters 127–135)
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136 Volume 16 (chapters 136–144)
137
138—Konoha Crush, Ended!!
Search for Tsunade (chapters 139–171) 139
140 Sōshūhen #5
141
142
143
144
145 Volume 17 (chapters 145–153) Search for Tsunade (volumes 17–19)
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154 Volume 18 (chapters 154–162)
155
156
157
158
159
160
161
162
163 Volume 19 (chapters 163–171)
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
171
Sasuke Recovery Mission (chapters 172–238) 172 Volume 20 (chapters 172–180) Sasuke Recovery Mission (volumes 20–27) Sōshūhen #6
173
174
175
176
177
178
179
180
181 Volume 21 (chapters 181–190)
182
183
184
185
186
187
188
189
190
191 Volume 22 (chapters 191–199)
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199 Sōshūhen #7
200 Volume 23 (chapters 200–208)
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209 Volume 24 (chapters 209–217)
210
211
212
213
214
215
216
217
218 Volume 25 (chapters 218–226) Sōshūhen #8
219
220
221
222
223
224
225
226
227 Volume 26 (chapters 227–235)
228
229
230
231
232
233
234
235
236—The Promise that Couldn't be Kept Volume 27 (chapters 236–244)
237—Idiot…!!
238—The Day of Departure!!
Kakashi Gaiden (chapters 239–244) 239
240
241
242
243
244

Notes:

  1. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 8-9 marking the end of the introduction/prologue arc.
  2. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 33-34 marking the end of the Land of Waves arc.
  3. While the official end of the Chūnin Exams arc is chapter 115 (and for good reasons), it's very natural to make chapter 109 the end of this arc. The hokage and kazekage have been bending the rules to prevent Sasuke from disqualification and this is the point where Sasuke appears. In fact, it's not unreasonable to start the Konoha Crush arc with the fight that was suspiciously postponed. To summarize: the arc can span either chapters 34–109; or chapters 34–110; or chapters 34–114; or chapters 34–115.
  4. While the official end of the Chūnin Exams arc is chapter 115 (and for good reasons), in reality the whole fight between Sasuke and Gaara is a gradual transitioning from one arc to another: from the metaphor for war (which the exams are) to the reality of war. In chapter 113 the Temple of Nirvana Technique is first used. In chapter 114 Team Sunagakure announces the start of the operation. But in chapter 115 snakes appear and start destroying Konoha's defensive walls, while the hokage is taken hostage and kept inside a barrier to fight Orochimaru. However, chapter 115 is also where the original plan to unleash Gaara inside Konoha fails and where a confused Sasuke is informed that the exams are over and he's told to be useful by pursuing Gaara and the others.
  5. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 138-139 marking the end of the Konoha Crush arc.
  6. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 171-172 marking the end of the Search for Tsunade arc end.
  7. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 237-238 thus making chapter 238 the epilogue of Part 1.

Part 2

Slightly different take on the arcs in terms of naming schemes and making the name fit the content.

  • Akatsuki Attacks, Part 1: Deidara and Sasori — Kazekage Rescue Mission
  • Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission (Sasuke and Sai ...or... Sai and Yamato)
  • Akatsuki Attacks, Part 2: Hidan and Kakuzu — Akatsuki Suppression Mission
  • Itachi Pursuit Mission, Part 1
  • Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant
  • Itachi Pursuit Mission, Part 2: Fated Battle Between Brothers
  • Akatsuki Attacks, Part 3: Team Taka versus the Eight-Tails' Jinchūriki
  • Akatsuki Attacks, Part 4: Konan and Pain versus Konoha — Pain's Assault
  • Five Kage Summit
  • Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown
  • Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation
  • Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax
  • Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki
  • Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes
Arcs (story logic, chapters) Chapters Volumes Arcs (story logic, volumes)
Kazekage Rescue Mission (chapters 245–281) 245 Volume 28 (chapters 245–253)
246
247
248
249
250
251
252
253
254 Volume 29 (chapters 254–262)
255
256
257
258
259
260
261
262
263 Volume 30 (chapters 263–271)
264
265
266
267
268
269
270
271
272 Volume 31 (chapters 272–280)
273
274
275
276
277
278
279
280
281 Volume 32 (chapters 281–289)
Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission (chapters 282–310) 282
283
284
285
286
287
288
289
290 Volume 33 (chapters 290–299)
291
292
293
294
295
296
297
298
299
300 Volume 34 (chapters 300–309)
301
302
303
304
305
306
307
308
309
310 Volume 35 (chapters 310–319)
Akatsuki Suppression Mission (chapters 311–-342) 311
312
313
314
315
316
317
318
319
320 Volume 36 (chapters 320–329)
321
322
323
324
325
326
327
328
329
330 Volume 37 (chapters 330–339)
331
332
333
334
335
336
337
338
339
340 Volume 38 (chapters 340–349)
341
342
Itachi Pursuit Mission, Part 1 (chapters 343–367) 343
344
345
346
347
348
349
350 Volume 39 (chapters 350–359)
351
352
353
354
355
356
357
358
359
360 Volume 40 (chapters 360–369)
361
362
363
364
365
366
367
Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant (chapters 368–383) 368
369
370 Volume 41 (chapters 370–379)
371
372
373
374
375
376
377
378
379
380 Volume 42 (chapters 380–389)
381
382
383
Itachi Pursuit Mission, Part 2: Fated Battle Between Brothers (chapters 384–402; officially chapters 384–412) 384
385
386
387
388
389
390 Volume 43 (chapters 390–402)
391
392
393
394
395
396
397
398
399
400
401
402
Akatsuki Attacks, Part 3: Team Taka versus the Eight-Tails' Jinchūriki (chapters 403–418) 403 Volume 44 (chapters 403–412)
404
405
406
407
408
409
410
411
412
413 Volume 45 (chapters 413–422)
414
415
416
417
418
Pain's Assault (chapters 419–450; officially chapters 413–453) 419
420
421
422
423 Volume 46 (chapters 423–432)
424
425
426
427
428
429
430
431
432
433 Volume 47 (chapters 433–442)
434
435
436
437
438
439
440
441
442
443 Volume 48 (chapters 443–453)
444
445
446
447
448
449
450
Five Kage Summit, Part 2 (chapters 451–488; officially chapters 454–483) 451
452
453
454 Volume 49 (chapters 454–463)
455
456
457
458
459
460
461
462
463
464 Volume 50 (chapters 464–473)
465
466
467
468
469
470
471
472
473
474 Volume 51 (chapters 474–483)
475
476
477
478
479
480
481
482
483
484 Volume 52 (chapters 484–494)
485
486
487
488
Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown (chapters 489–515; officially chapters 484--515) 489
490
491
492
493
494
495 Volume 53 (chapters 495–504)
496
497
498
499
500
501
502
503
504
505 Volume 54 (chapters 505–514)
506
507
508
509
510
511
512
513
514
515 Volume 55 (chapters 515–524)
Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation (chapters 516–559) 516
517
518
519
520
521
522
523
524
525 Volume 56 (chapters 525–534)
526
527
528
529
530
531
532
533
534
535 Volume 57 (chapters 535–544)
536
537
538
539
540
541
542
543
544
545 Volume 58 (chapters 545–555)
546
547
548
549
550
551
552
553
554
555
556 Volume 59 (chapters 556–565)
557
558
559
Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax (chapters 560–639) 560
561
562
563
564
565
566 Volume 60 (chapters 566–575)
567
568
569
570
571
572
573
574
575
576 Volume 61 (chapters 576–587)
577
578
579
580
581
582
583
584
585
586
587
588 Volume 62 (chapters 588–597)
589
590
591
592
593
594
595
596
597
598 Volume 63 (chapters 598–607)
599
600
601
602
603
604
605
606
607
608 Volume 64 (chapters 608–617)
609
610
611
612
613
614
615
616
617
618 Volume 65 (chapters 618–627)
619
620
621
622
623
624
625
626
627
628 Volume 66 (chapters 628–637)
629
630
631
632
633
634
635
636
637
638 Volume 67 (chapters 638–647)
639
Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki (chapters 640–677) 640
641
642
643
644
645
646
647
648 Volume 68 (chapters 648–657)
649
650
651
652
653
654
655
656
657
658 Volume 69 (chapters 658–668)
659
660
661
662
663
664
665
666
667
668
669 Volume 70 (chapters 669–679)
670
671
672
673
674
675
676
677
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes (chapters 678–699) 678
679
680 Volume 71 (chapters 680–690)
681
682
683
684
685
686
687
688
689
690
691 Volume 72 (chapters 691–700)
692
693
694
695
696
697
698
699
Epilogue 700

Notes:

  1. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 281-282 marking the end of the Kazekage Rescue Mission.
  2. There's a mini time-skip in the transition of chapter 310-311 marking the end of the Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission.
  3. There's a mini time-skip—as evidenced by Sakura's brief flashback—in the transition of chapter 342-343 marking the end of the Akatsuki Suppression Mission.
  4. Chapter 343 consist mostly of plot housekeeping: switching back and forth between Naruto and Sasuke, but also making a few time-skips to get to half a year later than the end of the Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission.
  5. The Itachi Pursuit arc starts in chapter 343 with the scene in which Sasuke attacks Orochimaru—and it should finish when Konoha ninja arrive at the scene where Itachi and Sasuke fought. It's broken into two by the Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant arc.
  6. The intention to attack the remaining jinchūriki is declared in chapter 364 during an Akatsuki gathering---at the end of which Tobi declares himself to be Uchiha Madara.
  7. The Itachi Pursuit Mission, Part 1 concludes with Itachi talking to Naruto in chapter 366 and inviting Sasuke to the Uchiha's Hideout at the end of chapter 367.
  8. The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant starts already in chapters 366 with Jiraiya reporting to Tsunade the location of the Akatsuki Leader---but it only officially starts when Jiraiya infiltrates Amegakure in chapter 368.
  9. Judging from appearances, Jiraiya took care of the Ame Orphans when they were approximately 10–12 years old. He trained them for 3 years (as per chapter 373) during a time when a ceasefire probably existed but a peace agreement definitely didn't because Jiraiya mentions the countries surrounding Amegakure weren't stabilised yet. Yet in chapter 375, it's implied that Jiraiya completed training them when they were aged 10 so he had to start training them when they were 7 years old. Yahiko died 5 years later aged 15 in the middle of the 3rd Shinobi World War. As Jiraiya is 18–19 years older than the Ame Orphans, he should be 25–26 years old when he starts training them and be 28–29 years old when he stops. Yet Minato died at age 24 when Jiraiya was anywhere between 36–39 years old (but more likely 37–38 years old) and because Minato graduated at age 10 from the Academy, Jiraiya was anywhere between 22–25 years old (but more likely 23–24 years old) when he started training Minato. In other words, Jiraiya must have been a sensei to Team Minato and the Ame Orphans simultaneously via the use of Kage Bunshin. Which makes thematic sense when you consider that Jiraiya considered both Minato and Nagato to be children of prophecy.
  10. Chapter 377 is called Sage Mode...and this is where Jiraiya's hands and feet become more toad-like and he crouches down on all four...and even uses Henge to turn into a frog/toad.
  11. Chapter 383 is the proper ending for the Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant arc, but the confrontation between Itachi and Sasuke has already begun even though it hasn't ignited yet into combat.

Note 2: What follows is an arc in which Akatsuki is on the move. It starts with Obito telling Sasuke the history of the Uchiha clan which leads to Sasuke donning Akatsuki cloaks and attacking Killer B.

Note 3: Pain's Attack start with...obviously...the chapter in which he first attacks Konoha. It ends with the scene in which Naruto is celebrated as a hero.

Note 4: The Kage Summit is effectively an arc in which the ninja world responds to these attacks by Akatsuki.

Note 5: In chapter 488 Tsunade wakes up which is a fitting ending for the Kage Summit arc.

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