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There has been some discussion about the last few arcs, so I believe it is due time for a proper revision of the way we are organising the plot of the story. There has been some discussion on this subject already.

I am proposing organising the plot into separate arcs and sub-arcs, similar to what we have now. I have gone over the entire manga and made a list of arcs and sub-arcs that I believe are most logical and useful.

Part I

  • Introduction Arc (1–8)
    • Naruto Introduction (1–2)
    • Team Kakashi Introduction (3–8)
  • Land of Waves Arc (9–33)
    • Mission Introduction/Onikyōdai (9–10)
    • First Zabuza Fight (11–16)
    • Tree Climbing Training (17–21)
    • Second Zabuza Fight (22–33)
  • Chūnin Exams Arc (34–138)
    • Introduction (34–39)
    • First Exam (40–44)
    • Second Exam (45–64)
    • Preliminary Exams (65–87)
    • Interlude/Summoning Training (88–97)
    • Third Exam (98–113)
    • Konoha Crash (114–138)
  • Search for Tsunade Arc (139–171)
    • Introduction (139–143)
    • Akatsuki Encounter/Beginning the Search (144–148)
    • Rasengan Training/Finding Tsunade (149–161)
    • Sannin Confrontation (162–171)
  • Sasuke Retrieval Arc (172–238)
    • Tsunade Returns/Sasuke Leaves (172–181)
    • Jirōbō/Kidōmaru (186–198)
    • Sakon & Ukon/Tayuya/Kimimaro Introduction (199–214)
    • Kimimaro's Final Battle (215–217)
    • The Battle at the Valley of the End (218–234)
    • Epilogue (235–238)

Kakashi Gaiden (239–244)

Part II

  • Rescuing the Kazekage Arc (245–280)
    • Reintroduction (245–246)
    • Capturing the Kazekage (247–249)
    • Going to the Rescue (250–254)
    • Fighting the Fakes (255–261)
    • Fighting the Real Akatsuki (262–278)
    • Gaara Revived (279–281)
  • Meeting the Spy Arc (282–310)
    • Preparing for the Mission (281–285)
    • The Mission Proper (286–296)
    • Sai Switches Sides (297–305)
    • Reunion with Sasuke/Epilogue (306–310)
  • Hidan and Kakuzu Arc (311–342)
    • The Opening Moves (311–322)
    • The Sacrificial Piece (323–330)
    • The Endgame (331–342)
  • Itachi Pursuit Arc (343–402)
    • Orochimaru's Demise and the Rise of Hebi (343–352)
    • Starting the Pursuit (353–355)
    • Meetings and Clashes (356–364)
    • Building up to Fated Battles (365–370)
    • Teacher Versus Students (371–383)
    • Battle Between Brothers (384–394)
    • The Hawk Born from a Kite (395–402)
  • Invasion of Pain Arc (403–449)
    • New Objectives and Cracking Codes (403–407)
    • Sages and Jinchūriki, Toads and Octopi (408–418)
    • The Invasion of Pain (419–429)
    • The Sage Versus the Six Paths (430–436)
    • The Nine-Tails' Jinchūriki Versus the Deva Realm Pain (437–442)
    • Naruto Versus Nagato (443–449)
  • Preparing for the War Arc (450–486)
    • The Beginning of the Summit (450–459)
    • Interruptions (460–467)
    • Forming the Alliance and Tying up Loose Ends (468–474)
    • The End of Danzō and the Fall of Sasuke (475–481)
    • Comrades Versus Comrades (482–486)
    • Preparing for War (487–490)
    • Jinchūriki Training Part I: Of Eights and Nines (491–495)
    • Jinchūriki Training Part II: Of Mothers and Sons (496–504)
    • The End of Akatsuki: Sharks and Tigers and Angels, Oh My (505–511)
    • Final Preparations (512–516)

I know that any change to what we are using now would involve major work, but I kept true to the old arcs as much as I could. The only major changes are in the last few arcs, which I believe were organised in a terrible way. My list ends with chapter 516, where I believe a new arc has started. How this arc should be named and what sub-arcs it will have cannot be said with any certainty, so I am suggesting organising the plot developments under something like Current Developments.

I also think we should be far more careful with the coming arcs, to prevent further confusion and chaos. —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 22:32, December 1, 2010 (UTC)

I assume the points with two bullets would be the sub-sections in the arc article, correct? I've expressed approval of this some talk page else, though I must say, I'm not very fond of the title for chapters 505-511, it could drop the "oh my" in my opinion. I also think that in the future, before we can make define an arc and sub-arc like this, "current developments" should be the default title for a sub-arc. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 22:42, December 1, 2010 (UTC)

Yup, single bullet point = arc, double bullet point = sub-arc. I completely agree that we should be far more cautious with the arcs and wait until it is very clear what the arc and its sub-arcs are. I.e. usually until after the arc is finished.
I've been rather liberal in the titles, I agree. They are just there to give a general idea of the main plot of the (sub-)arc. Changing them to a more conservative title is fine by me. Also, just so you know, I based that title on a famous quote from the Wizard of Oz: "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 22:50, December 1, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with merging "Five Kage" and "Confining Jinchuriki"; I hadn't noticed that when you posted this at the other discussion. There's no satisfactory way of dividing the two, so combining is the easiest solution. I also agree with "Chunin Exam" absorbing "Konoha Invasion", though if there is to be one it's a much less forced division than 5K and ConJin. Also: while comparing your divisions to what is currently in use, I noticed 311-317 are missing.
281 is my only point of disagreement; Sai's appearance gives support for that being the start of a new arc, but the occurrences that precede him in that chapter round off the previous arc. Assuming we aren't going to split 281 into two arcs, I think the services the chapter does to Gaara's rescue overshadow the start of Sai's journey. ~SnapperTo 00:09, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
The events of the Chūnin Exams and the Konoha Crash flow over into each other without a break. They are definitely the same arc. You're right about chapter 281, it belongs to the Kazekage arc. I prefer to keep each chapter to a single arc for convenience. The missing chapters 311–317 were the result of a type. I fixed it now. —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 00:23, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Just throwing this back into the mix Forum:Arc Titles, databook named arcs. SimAnt 04:56, December 2, 2010 (UTC)

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