Naruto Shippuden (ナルト 疾風伝, Naruto Shippūden) is the second anime based on the manga series Naruto, created by the writer and artist Masashi Kishimoto. The series is directed by Hayato Date, with music by Yasuharu Takanashi and -yaiba-. It's a shonen action series in the tradition of Dragon Ball. It is produced by Studio Pierrot and has aired in Japan on both the TV Tokyo and Animax networks. It is mainly targeted towards a younger male audience but does have cross-gender appeal. The first episode originally aired on February 15, 2007. Crunchyroll began to simulcast the series starting with episode #91 in July 2009, it also added 8 older episode along with the latest episode every week, to build its back-catalog.