Oh damn I don't even know what the world war is I got up to the part where Jiraya dies .And I know what you mean about reading the manga had to get into it right after watching the Zabuza episodes.
Aww **** dude my bad. The anime is already up to the War, the episodes are online and on Hulu.
Man I was so, so sad when Jiraya died. It was how he died too. Got caught slippin. One of the epic Naruto moments though. Jiraya is double, triple OG lol
The anime goes into such more detail then the manga does so it still makes watching it fun even if I know what happens in the future. They go on side archs and add in little details that make it different.
Right now it's on a whole new level of crazy. Just insane shit happening at all times. Really seems like they are reaching the climax of the series.