And today we are gonna talk about, the anime which “was” once cool, but now not so much.
For people, who have not watched Naruto & Naruto Shippuden here is a brief review about the anime….
Moments prior to Naruto Uzumaki’s birth, a huge demon known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi’s rampage, the leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.
Now, Naruto is a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja still living in Konohagakure. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes.
To be honest, Naruto is the most overhyped show in existence. Everyone goes on and on and on about how great it is; and my expectations for this show was equally high. However, I was really, really let down. Really. This wasn’t the best show ever, as I had thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, the show is enjoyable, but it’s definitely not among the best shows out there. I hope Shippuden will better than this… much better.
The concept of this show isn’t that hard to follow. It’s an alternate world in which ninjas live. The ninjas fight by using various skills, andthey have this power flowing inside of them called chakra. Chakra is used to perform powerful attacks which (usually) belongs to either of the five traditional elements of earth, fire, water, air and lightning. Of course, since they are ninjas, they fight with weapons like shuriken and kunai as well as hand-to-hand combat. As expected of this kind of world, there’s evil people, having different goals and reasons behind their evil.
The story follows Naruto, one of these ninjas, as he grow as a ninja, from being a stupid little prank-playing brat to becoming a fine ninja. Along the way, he interacts with and makes friends with many fellow ninja, fighting his way towards his dream of becoming Hokage (the leader of his village).
The story isn’t nearly as good as the concept would indicate. Sure, a lot of the characters has some nice background stories, won’t complain about that, but they manage to drag out everything so much. It really annoys me. Some fights take several episodes when they could’ve been done them just as good in one or two. There’s also way too much fighting. The story goes like fight, fight, background story, fight, fight, even more fight, half an episode’s worth of resting or journeying, fight, fight, and so on. I mean, it’s cool to watch fights, but there are just way too many fights, and they drag most of them out to unnecessary lengths. The only really enjoyable fight was the one between Sasuke and Naruto right before the fillers began. Which brings up another thing…
Fillers! Agh, I normally don’t mind fillers, but Naruto had some really, really stupid ones. Sure, there was the occasional diamond among the charcoal, but that doesn’t excuse the high amount of bad fillers. I mean, just because they are fillers doesn’t mean that they have to make them bad. Several shows have actually made decent and at the same time long fillers (especially Bleach, with its 40-episode long Bount arc), but Naruto failed horribly here.
Also, I feel that Naruto is very silly at times. Silly is usually good, but not when it’s immature silly. And guess what+ Naruto is silly in an immature way. It’s so dreadfully stupid at times that I had to close my eyes, take a deep breath and wait until it got serious again. Now, it did have some good comical moments, but those were far and wide between.
Another thing I feel like releasing my rage on is the animation. It barely manages to get the description “average” to me. At its best, it’s slightly above average. However, a lot of time it’s slipshod galore with the animation. I still have many very bad memories from having to watch lots of errors in the animation, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get rid of those memories. While the amount of errors decreased as the episodes passed by, at least every second episode before the 100s had one or more moments of slipshod animation. Wonder if they ever considered firing the animators.
As a side mention, they should do something about Rock Lee – even though I’ve slightly gotten used to his horrible looks, I still feel a burn in the back of my eye every time I see him.
The music is pretty good, though. A lot of great tunes (especially the sad ones are great), and the first few OPs and EDs were pretty awesome. It has some really bad music parts too, like the tribal voice-ish song, and sometimes they could’ve used better themes during the fights. As the series progressed, the quality of the OPs and EDs decrease too.
The characters are fairly okay, I guess. Some of them are really annoying, like Naruto, because he’s so stupid. Agh, he annoys me to no end! Some other characters are annoying too, because of things like their looks (Gai and Lee), or because they are failed attempts at comical relief (at least in my eyes, you might find them funny), like the all too perverted Jiraiya.
That’s the negative about them. However, they have some really nice background stories, some which are elaborated more upon than others. Many of the characters also get fair amounts of screen time, which for some people can seem too much, whilst others will be content with it, because their favorite character from the show gets an episode for him/herself.
I also like the fact that most of them have dreams or aspirations, and motives for what they are doing and how they are acting (usually it’s tied together with their background stories). The growing relationships between them is also nice, their maturing, and how Naruto is slowly getting accepted by more and more people through hard work.
Basically, they’ve portrayed the characters very well, and not too over the top, but some of them act stupid and silly from time to time, which drags the character rating down.
I have some mixed feelings for the show, which kind of drags down on the enjoyability factor of it. Great concept, not as good story, both good and bad music, horrid animation at times, many characters with background stories, some of them great and some not-so-great; it’s hard to completely make up my mind, but I believe the ratings I have given shows my feelings towards the different aspects of the show.
Of course, even though there was things I didn’t like, I can easily see why this show is so popular as it is; it has humor that the kids may find funny, as well as lots of fights which appeal to the teenagers and adults. I personally didn’t like it that much, though.
Naruto: Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto. The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. After 2 and a half years Naruto finally returns to his village of Konoha, and sets about putting his ambitions to work, though it will not be easy, as he has amassed a few (more dangerous) enemies, in the likes of the shinobi organization Akatsuki.
Shippuden was a step-up from the original series in some ways, but it’s worse at other points, making it just so-so.
The story has become increasingly complex compared to the original series. You still have the whole deal with Naruto wanting to become Hokage, but that is very overshadowed by many new plots. You have Akatsuki who’s after all the Jinchuuriki, there’s Sasuke and his quest for revenge, Naruto’s struggle against the Kyuubi, Team 7’s quest to get back Sasuke and Danzo’s plot to take over Konoha. Yeah, there’s a lot going on, and I enjoy that a lot – a plot-rich story is always fun to watch
But – and this is a big but – there’s severe pacing problems. And by severe I mean excessively dragged out nonsense which could’ve been done in half the time… at least. The first arc took 30 episodes. It could’ve been finished in much less time, but they absolutely have to drag it out with endless nonsense fights. The Sasuke and Sai arc was fairly okay, though, but still a little slow on the pacing.
“But if they quicken the pace it, we’ll get more fillers. Oh noes!” Yeah, some people think that. However, I’d rather have them quicken the pace and have more filler than getting my viewing experience ruined by a sluggish pace. Fillers can be good, you know.
The animation in Shippuden is better. The new character deigns are great, and I find that the coloring is less dull than it was in the original series. It’s becoming more flawless too, but it still struggles with small flaws here and there. However, it’s still Naruto, and its animation has always been simple in my eyes. There are no big details to brag about, but sometimes simple works; it’s mainly a matter of getting used to (and most people watching Shippuden should’ve already watched the original series, which means that you’ve most likely gotten used to it).
The soundtrack so far in Shippuden is fairly decent. I still haven’t heard any remarkable themes, but none of them has been outright bad either, so I’m fine with it, but I wish they threw in some good themes. They do, however, fit right into the current events, which is a small plus. There’s not much to say about the OPs (openings) an EDs (endings) so far; they’ve been very average.
As of episode 58, there have been low amounts of character development, and for 58 episodes that’s not really good. The reunion of the new Team 7 and Sasuke is pretty much the only traces of any character development so far, aside maybe Sai’s interactions with the rest of the group, which is always funny to watch, and it’s interesting to see if he’ll ever learn how to properly interact with the others. The introduction of him and his actions is pretty much all that keeps my character rating on 7, because we’ve hardly seen any of the other characters, and the small amounts we’ve seen of them is nothing special, really; it’s like most of them have just faded away. I’m still hoping that some good character development and all that will come though, seeing how Naruto will probably have to struggle with the Kyubi inside of him, and not to mention getting Sasuke back; I’m hoping that it will provide us with some neat character development.
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Coming To The Boring Part Of The Anime……………
Okay, I gotta admit it. The current show is getting boring now. The alternate reality illusions are becoming a drag, which makes me wonder how long the writers are gonna keep up with it. Although, it’s not a filler to me, since the illusions are part of Madara’s work. This is insane. It felt like every exclusionary episode is a filler.
Don’t you think it’s better that everyone in the Ninja World is trapped inside a new, single world filled with peace? That’s what Madara wanted in the first place, right? To control the entire world in his own image? What’s the point of having everyone caught their own illusions? It makes no sense.
I get Madara is sucking the chakra out of them. But seriously, the heck? The illusions are waste of time. I’m beginning to think, I have to skip this sorta filler episodes and wait for better ones. But I hate to miss something out here. This is part of the Madara story arc, after all.
For some of you the show might be good, but for many the episodes are getting bored. The thing is why did they have to get trapped in the Ninja World, why couldn’t they just fight Madara and end the Naruto Shippuden Series peacefully.
And also, why can’t they stop right now and start making the Boruto Anime Series, which I am pretty sure, will make everyone hyped up. There was this rumor that, saying that the people who made the current Naruto series will not be making the upcoming Boruto Series, cause of some financial problem.
Thank you for reading……………..
I don’t know about you, guys. But this show is not doing well enough for me.
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