This is a bit of an issue on another forum I frequent. A few of the users there are convinced that the filler in the Naruto anime has ensured that it will never catch up to the manga. I know this is not true, but I don't have the specific data to back up my claim. I turn to you all to help me acquire this data. When the anime began airing, where exactly was the manga? I know that each episode of Naruto that was canon could eat up about 3 issues of the manga, so about how long did it take the anime series to catch up to the manga? By the time the anime hit the rescue arc I distantly recall the manga only being at around the Gaara rescue arc. Am I off, and if so, where exactly was the manga when the anime filler started? Thanks in advance for helping me out.