I'm not sure, but I'd think it'd be a mix of both. Naruto is in it's own universe.
Does anyone know when Naruto is supposed to take place? They do have movie theaters and snack foods and casinos, but i never see stuff like cars, computers, televisions, etc on there, so is it supposed to take place in the past or the modern day?
Maybe this just isn't a cartoon where the time period is straight. Like the videogame ,Tales of Symphonia. It had both ancient and futuristic elements to it but I loved it anyway. Or in Naruto's case, their villages may stick to the old ways while far off people are going by modern things like phones and cars and such.
Naruto author/creator Masashi Kishimoto actually addressed this issue in an interview in Shonen Jump:
So there you go.SJ: One thing I love about Naruto is how it's hard to tell when things take place. People wear slippers but then there are zippers in their clothes and they have telephone poles. What are the things we'll never see in Naruto - computers, guns, planes?
Kishimoto: I haven't really made up those specific rules, so there may be airplanes and some other vehicles, but absolutely no guns. Bullets fly at supersonic speeds, so there's no way that your shuriken could compete. As for computers, maybe, but they'd be low processing computers.
Kishimoto: Yeah, maybe eight-bit, definitely not sixteen-bit.
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That being said, I don't think you can quite compare the two; it sounds like what the creator of Naruto is saying is that Naruto exists in a timeline of it's own. In other words, like many fantasy/sci-fi stories, it exists in it's own universe. That universe may look a lot like the one we know; things may have the same names and behave in a similar fashion, but other things may behave very differently. Where Naruto is, is a different place from where we are. Consequently, we can't really place him in our own timeline or history.
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Semi OT, but one thing I never got from that Kishimoto interview is the gun comment. I mean we know characters like Gai or Kakashi can move faster then a gun and say Shuriken someone from behind, so why bother saying guns wouldn't put in like they'd be too "cheap" in the universe or something? Also there a gun in the original version of Naruto too so why change it for the actual Narutoverse?
I think that comment was brought up In Naruto abridged too when being confused if they were in the past or the present. I'd have to say it's just an alternate universe with it's own time line since it's got too weird a mix of technology and olden equipment at the same time to be considred taking place at any place in "our" universe. Or even any regular offshoot of said universe.
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