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5 Reasons Why Naruto Manga Does NOT Inspire Anymore

Updated on June 19, 2013

The "Inspirational" Manga, Naruto

Naruto manga and anime are huge amongst anime and manga fans. It is popular amongst kids and teens, and even young adults throughout the world. The one thing that makes it so popular is the story that everyone can relate to one way or another, and also be inspired from. The author's imaginations were surreal when put into Naruto manga and episodes.

However, it has been 10 years since the first chapter of Naruto manga was first published in Japan. It has been 10 years Naruto has been inspiring kids and teens throughout the world, and many fans have felt that Naruto manga now isn't the same like it used to be 10 years ago. What Naruto did best was to inspire, however, as of now, Naruto manga has begun to sink. It no longer inspires its fans the way it used to.

These are the reasons why Naruto manga has stopped inspiring;

One of Naruto manga volumes cover

Naruto manga Volume 47 cover
Naruto manga Volume 47 cover

1. Naruto used to inspire without trying. Now it seems like it tries too hard "to inspire" out of something that is not inspiring at all, like begging Raikage to stop hunting for Sasuke because "he is my best 'BFF' friend".

2. Naruto used to have very strong side story that backs up every fight scene. This story, which usually synched together with corresponding fight scenes, usually is told as the fight itself goes on, and both ends together in a dramatic way that touches our heart, like Gaara/Naruto fight, Gaara/Lee fight, Sakura/Chiyo/Sasori fight. It can be said that almost all fights that took place in the manga was backed up with strong side story. This is not the case now. Everyone just go and fight, Kisame/Hachibi, Sasuke/Hachibi for instance.

3. Uzumaki Naruto, the character, used to be someone who keeps on moving forward no matter how hopeless it may seem. Now he seems like someone who lingers too much with what happened in his past. As Chris Gardner, the writer of the book and associate producer of the movie "Pursuit of Happyness" said, you have to come to terms with your past and face it, but if you cling too much to it, you'll lose the chance to move forward. Sasuke used to be like this. Sasuke rejected the chance to have a good life in Konoha because he couldn't forget about his past. But now the table has turned. Sasuke has moved on once Itachi died, but at the same time, Naruto couldn't even let go of his past with Sasuke and Team 7.

4. Uzumaki Naruto, the character, used to cry when he needed to, when the story required him to. And we, the readers usually cried along with him. Now, he cries all the time and all we do is roll our eyes.

5. Uzumaki Naruto used to be a little hero in our heart one way or another. Now, he's none other than a lame kid who whines too much, cries too much, and bended on his knees until his face reaches the ground to ask someone to forgive his best "BFF" friend Sasuke.

My Advice

If you are new to Naruto, my advice is to just read or watch Naruto Part 1 and enjoy those good moments when Naruto was an interesting, genuine manga and anime.

If you used to follow Naruto manga and anime religiously like me, probably you agree that Naruto Part 1 BEFORE Shippuuden is still THE best. I don't mind reading or watching Naruto before Shippuuden over and over again. In fact, I think Naruto manga Part 1 (before Shippuuden) is the only part worth collecting for people like us.

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      Jakeobo 2 years ago

      "Bory, you're wrong, it's not what you should call "consistency" at all. A character, just like real life's human being, should be allowed to grow. As a human, we grow, we learn from mistakes. People who refuse to grow are NOT heroes. Naruto himself used to be such a hero, a stubborn kid with extreme determination, a kid that defies the odds to make it." ummm naruto as shown through the shippuden series has grown the MOST as a shinobi in the leaf village. He had the MOST desire to grow so he could defeat and brink back the steroided up Sasuke and he STILL has the most determination and the guts to NEVER give up. he has never strayed from his ninpo way.

      "It won't make sense if you go all the way to "save" your one friend by risking the lives of the people in the whole village or other people in that matter too." he NEVER risked the lives of his village to save Sasuke. in the original series he went off with shiku chobi neji and kiba. but they ALL volunteered to go off on the mission.

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      Gilbert 2 years ago

      I agree with you completely. The thing that screwed up the show the most was all the bringing the dead back to life. How can life be valued if it's so easy to die and then out of nowhere come back to life.

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      lol 2 years ago

      @pope lol yea, the moment his father was revealed i thought immediately about that fight and narutos speech about fighting destiny, ut naruto was wrong ,neji was right you cant fight destiny

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      Pope 2 years ago

      Part 1 Neji (before defeated by Retard/Naruto) was correct about lineage things - because we discover in Shippuden that not only he is son of 4 Hokage (yondaime hokage - Minato) but he is transengent of Ashura Ootsotsuki the son of Rikodou Sennin (Hagoromo Ootsotsuki) who believied (both of them) in peace through understanding (idoticy) .

      Sasuke is transengent of Indra Ootsotsuki, who now wants to become hokage while killing other kages in IT. And yes Indra wanted peace through power (right way to me).

      Ashura is the forefather of Senju and Indra is forefather of Uchiha.

      This means that lineage line doesn´t matter is a lie.

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      mounzer 3 years ago

      ok let me explain to you naruto is philosophy to explain the real life and how the people live and are divised it was something you could see generally but need deep thinking to understand it really now naruto became less interesting cz the way to continue this ohilosophy (like yin and yang) is disappearing slowly and will lose it's brightness cz naruto was special when reading you discover new things in the real life and become more sentimental at the same time but now naruto is only gone it's no longer the real naruto that we used to love and see ourself i him :( it's true i am sad cz naruto will end now but not like if he ended from part 1 but i always become sad cz i continue to see a little light on it that maybe kishi will see it and let it full the darkness of the new part :(

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      Rhea 3 years ago

      I totally agree with you. Before Shippuden I used to have so many emotions and cry when Naruto was sad and so many other things. Naruto actually helped me get through some hard times in my life but now I feel this series has gone downhill. I no longer connect with anyone much and sometimes I just want to slap Naruto because he's just so blinded by Sasuke. There's many more reasons how it turned to shit for me but I won't bother. I just want to say this, Naruto lost that magic (?) it used to have and now it's the same as any other anime/manga series out there. It makes me sad but I've given up on it. I'll still bother to read the last chapter though because Naruto is still kind of dear to my heart. :)

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      hyakushiki 3 years ago

      1. you're dumb, the whole point of Naruto is that he never goes back on his word or abandons his ninja way.. so yes he's gonna bow down and do what it takes to keep Sasuke alive until he can save him. That's literally just a natural thing to do. If you feel like they're trying too hard to inspire, maybe you shouldn't read a manga about the #1 GUTSIEST ninja.

      2. you're an idiot Sasuke fought Hachibi because he was Akatsuki at the time and they were trying to capture him. Hachibi fought Kisame to stop him from getting intel back to the enemy, how are these fights pointless?

      3. Sasuke moved on ? how the only reason he does anything is because of itachi and his clan. Obito even used these things from his PAST to control him. Naruto makes new bonds and lives only to protect these bonds.

      4. Uh...if all your friends were dying and all this chaotic shit was happening, and the weight of saving the whole world was on your shoulders at like 16 i think you'd cry a lot too. You want Naruto to be something he isn't. Just enjoy his personality as it is.

      5. Is really just you talking shit honestly.

      I won't say you aren't entitled to criticism, but at least make valid points.

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      Fbritannia 3 years ago

      I really like shippuden, much more than regular Naruto, however, I stopped watching after Pain, there's just no more point, to much going on, if they had expanded some things and then have Pain be the last battle, it would have been a perfect anime, I don't think is bad, I have read some of the things after Pain, but, it's not as good as it used to be. Still enjoyable none to less.

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      vj the animator 3 years ago

      Only no heart cannot understand what naruto story is...

      NARUTO IS THE BEST ANIME IN THIS SEASON

      2ND TO THE BEST AFTER DRAGON BALLS

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      Cosapocha 3 years ago

      Oh man, did you see those last episodes? They are insulting...

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      nufoundglory 3 years ago from Asia

      @Nilesh: I agree! The manga right now is so repetitive. The whole ninja war thing is getting more and more lame as it progresses. Enough with all these shits already and let Naruto fight Sasuke and end the story already! Ugh.

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      Nilesh 3 years ago

      Boy the theme is getting so repetitive... every chapter ends with Naruto either: (1) saving the alliance from the Obito-special-of-the-week (2) getting even more inspired to carry on the fight (umpteen times over- "This world will not end BECAUSE I EXIST" ..."This world will not end because NARUTO DECIDES TO PRESS ON" ...jeez how many times does he have to tell himself and how many times does Kishi have to tell us that "Naruto believes!!!!") or (3) someone or the other in the alliance either acknowledging (or re-acknowledging as the case may be) Naruto for his "soft and sensitive" feeling or his nindo or his growth or prowess as a shinobi.

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      Miranda 4 years ago

      yeap, idk. But I have very strong bond with my old best friend even if he changed or doesn't want to talk to me again im always there. I wont leave him alone, I can comprehend Naruto's feeling u.u

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Ismarys: Yeah, yeah, of course just because an author doesn't keep up with what his fans from another side of the world have to say, we all can't have our own opinions about his works. Very legit. So let's all just swallow whatever's being thrown at us and tell people we love every bit of it when we don't. Of course we can't voice out our opinions on the INTERNET too. Thanks, Ismarys! (*roll eyes*)

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      Ismarys 4 years ago

      Honestly, whatever comes up in Naruto, I am happy to go along with it. It's not my story, who am I to complain about it? It's not like my complaints will change anything. Kishimoto, in an interview, said that he doesn't even barely, (yes, doesn't even barely) hear any comments from America because he's not here. Just like we don't hear any news or entertainment from Japan. I love Naruto part I and Naruto part II has brought so much more. I'm extremely happy with both parts and can't wait to see how it keeps going.

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      MichaelBenson-MB 4 years ago from Kent, Kent, United Kingdom

      To be honest, its our fault as the readers and watchers of Naruto that have driven kishimoto to make naruto as it is today... Everyone one was saying that we need more fights, more fights... this lead to special double episodes... in an event this made the anime catch up with the manga wayyyy to fast.. this lead to fillers.. (well he could have been more creative with the fillers and make them more relevant to the manga and the storyline), but that's another argument in itself;

      Guys we need to know how these things work, in order to make a good anime, the manga needs to take charge and the anime needs to strictly follow it... back when Naruto was just "Naruto", we hardly had as much fillers...

      Solution... Make the fillers more frilling and relevant to manga... then people would complain about them... this is still the Number one manga and anime in the world people

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      Bob 4 years ago

      Naruto is getting progressively worse since they started the 3rd ninja war, terribly lazy animation screenplay attempts at so called fight scenes e.g. one or 2 strikes and a group lightning bomb and suddenly yay... 2000 zetsu are miraculously dispatched by omoi and a bunch of kids.

      I don't mind fillers but they don't even bother to put any thought or purpose into it. What ever studio and director is creating the present Naruto drivel right now needs to be dragged out and shot.

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      Johntoreno07 4 years ago

      Well you're right.. i can't lie to myself it has happened with every anime i love.

      DBGT a crappy incompetent fu*k that shouldn't have existed

      Digimon 02 A clusterfu*k of a sequel barely having anything good

      and then comes shippuden my bane of naruto love.

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      ruffy!!! 4 years ago

      I think naruto is the best ANIME/MANGA in the world right now

      bleach is getting good

      i realy have become bored with one piece lately i even sometimes it exist

      it marineford was the shit but the rest is crap coming from a true one piece fan

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      MainStun 4 years ago

      Agreed!!!!!!!!!!! FFS the manga was flawless long ago... This current plot-holes, plot no jutsu AKA Asspulls are colossal. It is painful too keep reading since I just can't drop it because of the so many years of following it. ):

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      Q-head9901 4 years ago

      I don't hate Naruto but my only complaint is this: why haven't Kishimoto named the series SASUKE instead of Naruto? Seriously. Anyone who read chapter 632 and up knows what I'm talking about. I have no doubts in my mind that Sasuke will not only become Hokage, he will take Naruto's love interest, Sakura, as his wife.... so where does this leave Naruto?

      It's not a bad thing but what's the point to Naruto the character if he spends the entire series trying to rescue Sasuke only for Sasuke to ignore him and then rescue himself?

      ???

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      Someone 4 years ago

      I love Naruto as it is the only anime I could EVER relate to, yeah shippudden is kinda meh. but you gotta understand that Sasuke was someone Uzumaki Naruto could relate with. And it teaches us that we should not only never give up, but we must also never forget the ones close to us. Naruto grew up with out parents. He was always disliked and he does stuff to get attention, Sasuke was like his first friend ever. Respect the fact how the character of Naruto is. simply said , he is like Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach. they both don't give up and would protect their friend and family till the end.

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      mil 4 years ago

      naruto is so good this week,

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      Tse123 4 years ago

      I found Naruto have a poor story line and it is not inspirational at all. Some of the characters are so overacting.

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      houdish 4 years ago

      @nufoundglory i know that it was written three years ago that's why i didn't insult anybody or anything and just said that. Of course i knew that it was written 3 years ago and that they didn't know that i am just making a statement.

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      houdish 4 years ago

      oh and to all people who are complaining about the fillers being too long and boring and to all of you who said that they shouldn't put any fillers and just put on the main parts of the stories in episodes, don't forget that the anime didn't start just 3 or 4 years ago it started a long time ago, they can't just put the real storyline in episodes right away because the anime would catch up with the manga and they would have to put it on hiatus to wait for a few chapters to come out and the continue. if they hadn't done those 100 fillers episodes before shippuden, we would have caught up with the manga a loooong time ago. so don't complain about what you have because we all agree that this is an epic story that we will never forget and there is no reason to talk about the bad points of a manga that is has been the most popular for years now. Sure there are a few things that everyone don't like but if they weren't there we wouldn't have the same feeling that we get from Naruto.

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @houdish, This article was written THREE YEARS AGO (see the date on the FIRST comment). The war hadn't occurred yet at the time this was written, so some of what you said isn't relevant. To discuss the CURRENT Naruto manga and how it sucks, check what I wrote RECENTLY here instead: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Naruto-Manga-Su...

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      houdish 4 years ago

      Nice point of view, i agree with the facts that the fights don't have a back story but we also have to take into consideration that most of those fights without backstories are here because they are the ones that provoke the war. so it's logical that they don't have a backstory because they are mainly here to weaken the others or to make them take bad decisions. for exemple like you said sasuke/hahibi : sasuke was working for the akatsuki so that they could get the 8 tails to complete their plans. and sasuke/raikage. i forgot why he fought him but it had an effect on the story and on the war. So although you think it got worse, i, on the contrary, think that he changed his way of writing the story so that it could match the war. if he had continued on with the backstory, the war wouldn't have made that much sense since the backstories mainly revolve around naruto or his friends and not the safety of the ninja world.

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      Ghosst 4 years ago

      Inspiring, no. Exciting, most definitely yes! Perhaps it was because I was sucked in early on, but the latest manga chapters have been real page-turners.

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      YoMan 4 years ago

      Good point. And with all the fillers going on right now I guess we all need to understand money making is more important to them than having a good quality anime. To keep the same quality we had at the begining they would need to hold the animation months. You can't ask Kishimoto to have the same inspiration at manga 600+. It's still very good and the product doesn't need to be sold anymore... everyone watch it anyways.

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      iLoveNaruto 4 years ago

      Hmmm I don't really agree with you. I mean, I think Naruto has matured, and learned the way of ninja, intead of the silly and immature Naruto before.

      Yes i do agree with you on the fights part, but I think Naruto has changed for the better, not the worse.

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      hello 4 years ago

      Naruto seems to have something akin to Stockholm syndrome, in regards to Sasuke. It seems that the cleanest ending for the series would be Naruto Becoming a matter and "saving" the world. It also seems that that ending would go with the changed my gols and ideals that made up who i am Sauske fulfilling Narutos dream.

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      Odd 4 years ago

      I think that when he begs its showing his maturity...maybe becoming more humble? But I gotta say, I never liked it.

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      DerpHerpies 4 years ago

      I have to agree with you. They definitely had everything nicely planned at first. But then they started risking the anime by adding fillers and prolonging it too far. And yes, it definitely is not inspiring anymore. I remember actually enjoying the fillers because I liked learning more about the character's personal lives and stories, etc. But now they just piss me off. I don't understand why they could have just made a solid 100 good quality episodes instead of stretching it so much. I think that they would have done a better job that way.

      @amiontop , I gotta totes agree with what you said. And "He becomes irrational and weak when it comes to Sasuke." part. I wouldn't want him any other way either. Obviously Naruto's perspective would have to change and him become falling apart is the most logical, realistic way. If he was thinking the same way he was thinking after 5 years, that already says something's wrong. I am a hardcore Naruto fan and am working on making a manga myself atm so I see why Kishimoto did what he did now. Making an anime or manga is more difficult than it looks, And I gotta give Kishi my respect for making it this far.

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      dtninja831 4 years ago

      Interesting article man, it's tough to just be outright honest with how you feel about the manga/anime and how it has progressed. I respect that. I have to agree with you on the Naruto thing. Being a huge fan myself I will say the Fourth Great Ninja War is a wreck in terms of plot and it has many flaws. There no doubt about that. Naruto used to be a character you could look up to right but you're right at times he backed down, begging people. That was odd to me.

      I will say this, when reading or watching part 2, to truly get what Naruto is doing you have to look back at part 1, probably some of the most memorable moments. You put it very nicely here.

      However, I disagree with you on the interest factor on the war. I like the fact that Kishimoto brought back characters like Itachi, Gara's father, he's showing us as readers that this war is not about a deathmatch or even peace. It's all about dealing with our own inner struggles and overcoming them. Just as Naruto was able to do.

      The Tobi reveal was a little disappointing. However, the new chapters are brilliant both in creation and imagination. The stories behind the 1st Hokage and Madara were probably some of the most interesting I've read in awhile. However, the main reason we watch is to see what happens in the end. Kishimoto may not be perfect but he makes us think. I guess that's why I like to read. Anyways great article,

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @yoo mama

      What are you smoking, buddy?

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      yoo mama 4 years ago

      yoo naruto inspiring dud reg naruto he was starting out shipp naruto huge change, powerful then minato, older so we our selfs rate, sage mode 9 tail mode, bijju mode get out of here yo smoke some dank breathe re watch again think im watching so kick ass naruto shit for thrsday night USA HELL yeah MoFo WHY ASKIN ALL DEM QUESTIONS on why naruto is not in spiring get yo shit pack yo stuff leave my keys got to go im out holla

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      ***SPOILER AHEAD***

      @Goku7861000

      To me what makes Naruto part 1 superior than Shippuuden is because of how well the characters were being developed, how well-constructed each arc was, how well-crafted the side stories were, and how effective the dialogues were (short but effective, unlike how it is today; long, dragging, cliché, not enough meat, i.e. Naruto meeting Sasuke just after Sasuke's fight with Danzou).

      It's true Shippuuden demonstrates a much mature plot and story, but the presentation just sucks. The earlier part of Shippuuden was still good, up to a point of Sasuke/Deidara fight. Things just went downhill after that arc. Everything after that just so not convincing (i.e Nagato's sudden change of heart after meeting Naruto).

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      Goku7861000 4 years ago

      I disagree. To be honest part one was some childish thing about team 7 and chunin exams. It got interesting after sasuke left and it made me become inspired because of naruto and his ninja way. I am literally greatful with this masterpiece and hope it never ends. We see naruto shippuden develop more and shows us a whole new world outside of konoha, the akatsuki, madara, sage of six paths etc. it got even better, much better then the other two in my opinion

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      Mary 4 years ago

      Oops I forgot to say this 21 hours ago thanks for anyone who reads my comment and thanks again for reading this as well! Thanks naruto for your inspiration!

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      OK, Res, I understand, but if your friend is smart he/she would have checked all the comments people left here, because there are about the same amount of people who disagreed with me as well as those who did agree with me. That alone should tell your friend that there's something good going on with the manga and that it's definitely worth checking out.

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      Res 4 years ago

      But I still love naruto to the fullest, I look forward to the new chapter every week, for me it isn't a chore, I love it

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      Res 4 years ago

      Understandably so, I get why you wrote this article, I just got kind of upset because I spent all night trying to convince my friend to read it, then he sends me this link

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      Sure, they should develop their own opinions, just grab the manga and read it. Or better still, check out other people's opinions, and then come up with their own to decide whether or not they should read the manga past what I recommended. I'm just providing them with a base, the rest is completely up to them.

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      @http://nufoundglory.hubpages.com/ 4 years ago

      Guess what, I didn't search that, I recommended naruto to a friend and he found this, and guess what, I agree with you on some levels, but I disagree with you on telling new readers to only read part 1, if opinions are so important to you let new readers develop their own

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Mary

      Thanks for voicing out your opinion.

      @Res

      Guess what, nobody forced you to search for "Naruto manga sucks" on Google. Guess what, the Internet is a place where you'd find a lot of people with different opinions. And guess what, if you want to recommend the manga to "new readers" go ahead, they don't necessarily need to read what I wrote here. It's the Internet, everyone's free to voice out their opinion, I happen to love the Internet *shrug*

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      Mary 4 years ago

      Different opinion for some people for naruto shippuden I don't see your perspective but for me I kind of like naruto shippuden and think it's still inspirational to me and well it's like the bible(well not really but you probably get my point) people view it differently. That is all I wanted to get out

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      Res 4 years ago

      Guess what, Kishi isn't forcing you to read the manga, if u don't like it anymore, don't read it, don't tell new readers not to read before they get a chance, I happen to really enjoy the story

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      amiontop 4 years ago

      I agree with you. I love Naruto and been watching for like 10 years? Part 1 was amazing, the events were detailed and unique. The characters were easy to relate to. But Part 2 characters like the Kages, and Obito, I don't even care about them. Tobi is like the worst villain ever, his motive was so lame. and how could he possibly fight on the same par with the 4th Hokage (while he was very young)? Not to mention the boring War, I know the idea behind it, its great and all, but the approach to depict it is too mainstream. Naruto also needs to stop blabbering about friendship, we know well enough how he feels!

      I stopped reading the manga for a few months then caught up. Tbh, I like Sasuke and just want to see what will happen to him. At least the few very recent chapters were satisfactory.

      As you said, Naruto cant let go of Sasuke. He becomes irrational and weak when it comes to Sasuke. But I wouldn't want him to be any other way. that's also a main point in the manga. Kishi spent so much time on Naruto and Sasuke and make me feel like there is romance between the two. However, he recently promoted Naruto and Hinata as if it will be canon in the end. Really, this story needs to be stronger than that.

      I know the excitement is dieing down, but bear with it until 2014 . It's still a well made manga though. For example, compared to Fairy Tail, Naruto is still much better in character development. Kishi has my respect for that

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Cosapocha

      I couldn't agree more. You hit the nail when you said the "magic" of Naruto has lost so long ago. I bet many fans feel that way about Naruto now. Maybe it's because we've followed the manga/story for a very long time and are so used to the "magic" now? I don't know. What I know is, when I read Naruto now, I no longer feel inspired like I used to feel.

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      Cosapocha 4 years ago

      First thing: Sorry about my english. Now you can keep reading.

      I started to read your post and thought: "Geez, it was written 2 years ago, it's probably closed" but... Surprise! It's still on! Man, you really made a great debate.

      Im completely agree with you, I get here by writing on google "naruto every time worse". I cant say anymore than you already did, but there is one thing that I find absolutely annoying: the ridiculous cursi talk about "the bounds are important" "I love my friends" bla bla bla...

      I mean, as a manga gets older, their readers get older too, and the mangaka should notice it.

      But what is happening is even worse! Because Naruto is more and more sensitive, and as you say: "tries too hard to inspire", and the effect is the opposite.

      A character who is original and funny at the beggining became the classic cliché of "the-guy-who-wants-to-get-stronger- and-protect-his -friends". The same thing happened in Bleach, DBZ and almost EVERY FUCKING SHONEN (and that's why im not reading new mangas anymore, except Gantz, Gantz is amazing).

      Congrats for the post, and a big "shut the fuck up" to all those irrational people (read "irrational" as an eufemism) who don't realize that we re reading the manga just to see how it ends, and that the magic of Naruto was lost loooooooooooong ago. I mean, how could they justify the terrible narration, the catastrophic dialogues and the empty characters who appear and dissapear in the history?

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      natsu 4 years ago

      Dude this is completely based off of your own opinion, and nobody cares.

      P.S. - the whole fucking story is built on the fact that Naruto doesn't want to break his bond with Sasuke, so that part of your argument is invalid...

      P.S.S. - Naruto part 1 was almost completely filler/fuck around episodes after about 130 - 190 until the last 30 episodes...so far there has only been "maybe" 50 filler/fuck around episodes in shippuden out of 309...

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      Kakashi 4 years ago

      Could not agree more with this article. Shippuden is bereft of any creativity. I really miss part one :/

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      Thanks, yendo, but reading the manga has now become like a chore to me these days. Right now I'm at the part where *SPOILER* Naruto, Killerbee, Kakashi, and Guy are fighting Madara and Obito. Reading the manga is a tedious thing to do now, so I think I may probably wait until the anime catches up...

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      yendo 4 years ago

      Well right now in the manga Naruto is gonna be big again for the Uchiha fanboys like myself. You will have to read chapters 620-627 to see what happens,HINT: something happens to Sasuke and the hokages show up.

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      dont get it 4 years ago

      iam 22 years old and iam a one piece fan since 2002 !!!

      so some friends of mine getting on my nerves with watching naruto

      so i started watching naruto one year ago

      and made the whole series in 4 weeks until the end of the sasuke vs 5 kage thing

      and i have to say i never ever whatched any filler episode i skipped all of them

      AND IT WAS F*CKING AWESOME !!!

      nowadays i read the manga and iam up to date there aswell

      ok its true the ninja war is not that good (don't like this extreme use of edo tensei) but in my opinion shipudden is a lot better than the first part of naruto

      which has it great sides too (gaara vs lee / jiraya tsunade vs oro / third VS oro / ...) but damn shipuuden had a lot more emotions

      when i think of asumas and jirayas dead (where a cried like a kid)

      sasuke vs itachi, naruto vs pain and so on

      there were so many much greater fights more emotions

      it was more EPIC !!!

      maybe its because u all have to go through that filler thing since a long time

      if iam honest it pisses me really off and i stopped whatching the anime

      so i wait like a half year and watch only the real episodes

      and the manga has some great moments at the war this times so this will be even better in the anime (fights and emotional scenes are much better there than in the manga)

      naruto is still awesome and i would

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      MeAgain 4 years ago

      hmmm... maybe if you overlook the filler episodes and read the latest chapters or watch the latest episodes you'll think otherwise... especially exceptional episodes during the war... I almost cried in the episode where Gaara has to fight his father...

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      Iva 4 years ago

      Soo not true

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      Martin 4 years ago

      I agree with your points totally! In every movie, he gets stupider and stupider and whines and in the end they all never give up and world peace and love :).

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      Emomikey 4 years ago

      look i have followed naruto since day one and it hasn't lost its touch its still dramatic and naruto has his crying moments but their nesasary. he cant let go of the past cause it haunts him as a promise he couldnt keep member its his ninja way to keep going so author ur such adumb ass.

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Wagtail: Oh, OF COURSE I don't know how manga works. You're the only one who "KNOWS" how manga "WORKS". Cheers and applause, everyone, Wagtail KNOWS how manga WORKS!

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      Wagtail 4 years ago

      seems you don't know how mangas work. seems you haven't read enough mangas. read more and you'll understand.

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      Hanan Naqq 4 years ago

      I think both the manga and anime are still quite able to inspire a lot of people. About willpower and hard work.

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Red, I know what you're saying, and in the beginning it did feel that way to me too. I mean, sure, Shippuuden deals with a bigger problem than just "bonds" and "friends". But that's not the problem though. Masashi Kishimoto has a great plot and vision for Naruto, but the way he executes it in later part of Shippuuden is just a MESS.

      At least you can agree with me on that? Read my other article here

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Naruto-Manga-Su...

      and tell me your answer to that. I wrote it recently in more in-depth detail of how I think Shippuuden (Naruto Part 2) has turned out.

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      Red 4 years ago

      While I can certainly see where you are coming from, one aspect that I think Shippunden dives into more intensely than the original part 1 did is the idea behind the "cycle of hatred". From my point of view, the series has shifted more from Naruto centered problems to the world's problems which Naruto just so happens to try and be solving. If anything, I have enjoyed Shippuden more because I think it has a lot of broader real world questions that need to be addressed like this idea that revenge seeds the need for revenge in others, and how forgiveness or at the very least a degree of understanding, not vengeance, is what is needed to solve these problems. The question of how to break the "cycle of hatred" is something the pertains to everyone's lives, and I would like to see what sort of an answer the author decides on, since at the moment the only two articulated solutions so far are Nagato/Pain's vision of a super powerful weapon to force people into peace due to fear and Obito's vision with the "Moon's Eye Plan" essentially destroying free will. I want to see what kind of an answer Naruto, or whomever gets passed the torch, will come up with, and that is what makes Shippuden worth continuing to watch for myself at least.

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      @Sofian : I was just merely expressing my opinion. Everyone can have their own opinion, can't they?

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      donthateIlikeNaruto 4 years ago

      Im starting to become sick of all fanboys, this article just nailed it, this is exactly what I feel about the series nowdays.

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      Sofian 4 years ago

      How can u even talk this way, Naruto is the most inspiring event in my life. if you think it has lost its inspirational moments, then you sir, are horribly mistaken. Do not inject us with your weak and unwanted thoughts.

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      adiyat 4 years ago

      it sad i want to say im still a big fan jasjid it online

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      q8hornet 4 years ago

      it's all part of the plan , and naruto did let go of his past , that's wy he told sauske he's done chasing after him , once suske is ready he'll be ready to stop him but not as an enemy but a friend who he had so many memories with. what tells us here is that no matter how much people hate each other , the memories they had holds the answer to their salvation

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      LOL 4 years ago

      If you still watch Naruto and treat it like it's something to learn values/moral from or think there is some deep character development and get caught up thinking about how things should turn out ..... guess what.... you're a loser who needs to get a life (think about it because it makes sense). Just accept it - the rest of the world has.

      Either that or you're a stupid ignorant child/teenager/young adult.

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      MD 4 years ago

      I actually think it's getting better now, although I admit I sometimes find it difficult to understand...

      I like it more now because it's getting more and more mature, so it shows the characters growing up in more ways than one. More mysteries are solved, and more questions are answered. The story is unfolding on its own and any changes that are occurring and that have occurred are supposed to make the story progress even further.

      The manga is digging deeper into every character, and of course, a lot of it is supposed to be about Naruto himself. It even actually inspires me more; that's why I pay attention to it more now than before.

      I think the only complain that I have right now is the very slow progress of the story. I think the war has been going on for far too long a time.

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      Meh 4 years ago

      Not BFF, just BF.

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      JessieCouagr15 4 years ago

      I still find Naruto amazing and the story itself. Yeah, it's not that same as it was before, but if you haven't realized, his all grown up. You change over the years, sometimes its not a bad thing...things change. Yes, most of the story is going to be boring and suspenseful and a pain because the story doesn't give you details, the fact kishimoto doesn't get to the point, or because is it the fact that you don't see Naruto fight for what is right sine all he does is talk. Naruto's purpose and reponsibilty is to bring peace to the world, but in order to that he has to first find inner peace within himself because all these years he was treated like shit, so it is going to take time and needs train harder to get other people to acknowledge and recognize his potential. He also needs to know that he was loved because it's a human need which he did. How can he help others if he needs to understand and figure out himself ? How can he focus when he is still holding on his pain, it's not something that you can just forget? So, he needed to hear something positive in order to better..it always has been since Iruka first saw him as Naruto Uzumaki not the Kyubi. Otherwise, he will just loose himself just like Sasuke and the time he fought with pain. Like he said to Shikamaru's dad when he was going to talk to Pein" Nobody will lose or win .." and what example would it be if he fought with Pein insteading of communicating that would go against his purpose for bringing peace. Pein wants peace as much as Naruto. That's his purpose is to acomplish what Jiraya and Nagato wanted to get people to understand each other, realize they are not that much different, and obviously Heiwa! ( The whole purpose of the Fourth Ninja War and why we see all the other characters fight and understanding each other and getting along each other)All Naruto ever wanted was bring Sasuke back home and see each other happy and show that hey are friends, but Sasuke can't let go of his anger, revenge or his past. So he has not other choice to fight until Sasuke acknowledges him and start realizing. Like everything else in life things take time..not as fast as you hope to get to the good parts, but what kishimoto is showing is that Naruto has changed and tried to get better in order to find peace and order in the world. He's let go of his past, He has let go ever since he met his parents. The same as Sasuke it's going to take a freaking long time for him to realize what Naruto has been trying to say to him. These events happen for a reason just like in real life whether that are totally lame or not. Eventually kishimoto will come to a point.

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      Lamboslice 4 years ago

      @Ariana yah, as far as love i think he shouldn't choose sakura, all those years of rejection would make it rlly ackward, and I don't think she could ever completely and fully let go of sasuke, its actually really weird since sasuke never ever acknowledged her and even tried to kill her. And yet she doesn't relate with naruto that hes feeling the same thing except in his version he is not disregarded completely

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      Edito 4 years ago

      I used to love Naruto but now it sucks big and it just can't keep up with the other good animes like Hunter X Hunter, One Piece to name a few now a day i can watch to Naruto Shippudden Episodes in less than 5 minutes because they SUCK BIG...

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      GallantNerd 4 years ago

      Read teh whole article and about half the comments. I gotta say, I really feel for you Nufoundglory; lots of fanboys aren't even reading your article, they're just attacking you. I know how you feel as I've had it happen before as well, but that's the internet I s'pose.

      Anyway, I have to say I agree with almost all of your post. The fact is; a few arcs into Shippuden and Naruto started losing what I loved about it. I actually didn't get into Naruto until I was an adult and it had been out for many moons, so I was more into the story than meaningless fights that take forever (Looking at you Bleach and Dragonball Z!) and could really tug at my heart. Plus, the music in the anime was amazing and fit so well, some scenes got me to tear up a bit because the music just really added to the scene.

      Granted, I loved Bleach and DBZ (especially as a kid for the latter), but they didn't have the depth of Naruto. Now, Naruto itself doesn't have the depth of Naruto. It's a lot of fighting, lots of training, and then some story - it's getting more like DBZ than Naruto. Thankfully it still is one of the best stories out there, but it's definitely lost a lot of its touch. Between the new emo Naruto who levels up beyond other very strong characters in a chapter or two, the inconstancy (and now near-uselessness) the other characters powers, a story that's starting not being told as well, and some other things, I've found that Naruto is still my favorite... but it's definitely become a lot less loved.

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      naruto 4 years ago

      this manga inspires me to throw up

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      Oh Naruto... 4 years ago

      THis show... it honestly has gotten worse. I mean Naruto seems a little too dramatic. With all the critical comments on these new things i really hope the author changes it up instead of focusing on Sasuke... I honestly love the first part of Naruto because the characters were amazing! ___ honestly i hope that they kill off a big character just because it seems necessary! Sorry I'm rambling on.... Anyways they're doing something about the kazekages... i hope they keep Gaara and Mei to be honest :p

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      Skarn 4 years ago

      To the OP: So, in a nutshell, you don't like Sasuke.

      I mean, seriously, just look at your points, he's mentioned in all of them except #4, which is basically restated in 5 anyway.

      I realize this was probably made during or just after the whole Iron Country arc. Still no excuse for basically complaining and trying to be misleading. The *entire* manga has had hits and misses, not just the last couple arcs... It's still a better manga then I'll ever write, that's for sure.

      @No Anthony, actually he was referring to the OP, who was inspired to make this, thus contradicting himself before he even started writing. Heh.

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      No Anthony .... 4 years ago

      Unfortunately Anthony, YOU are the idiot if that's what you still think. Either that or your to ignorant and immature to comprehend basic facts. Also what you said, "naruto inspires every1 who watches it!", was equally as stupid as if this was true then there would have been no-one for you to call an idiot in the first place.

      Baka ......

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      Anthony 4 years ago

      Naruto is great! U are an idiot, naruto inspires every1 who watches it!

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      archie_0001 4 years ago

      I wish somebody could take over the franchise and rewrite the story from a certain point, lets say, from the end of the Pain saga, or even earlier. The world war thing is worst of all.

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      Unknown 4 years ago

      I agree with number 2 except for the part with Sakura/Chiyo/Sasori that fight was boring.

      Then again all of the fights after the timeskip just sucked It had potential in the beginning but now it's just getting worse and worse.

      Part 1 is fucking amazing the fights, the story, the crazy atmosphere when you know shit is about to go down.

      The villains in part 1 that wasn't all bad like Haku and Zabuza or later became a good guy was way better than the boring villains in part 2.

      Part 2 just screws the story up rewriting the nine tails story and he's under a genjutsu really? Just more bullshit.

      Part 2 in fighting is just really about bs powerups Naruto is getting worse as a character he has absolutely no character development at all in part 2. And people say Sasuke is worse at least the guy gets some development and his attacks isn't linear.

      I rather have that stubborn kid from part 1 who never gave up he had a lot more determination back then and actually trained hard now he's got some easy training that boost his power way too much.

      Not to mention his soapy moments during the Five Kage Summit the way he was helpless about Sasuke and had an attack was pathetic he lost all my respect that he had which he barely had to begin with since he is almost nothing without the nine tails.

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      Peter 4 years ago

      There is too many plot holes in the story line now and Kishi just seems to be making everything up along the way to try his best to make it fit.. and the Tobi being Obito climax really ruined it for me... everything has just blown way out of proportion it used to be really stable and had an explanation now it's a typical do anything you want because its an anime.

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      Daniel Hernandez 4 years ago

      stfu

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      Wiseman-01 4 years ago

      Naruto anime is soooooo boring and down right stupid these days. No don't fight it, it IS stupid. Only children with the undeveloped ability to think critically with the help of common sense find Naruto stimulating and worthy of praise.

      Here's a few reasons why Naruto Anime (and the manga more than likely) sucks monkey balls:

      . Numerous pointless fights centered around minor characters and/or unneeded side-plots

      . The same boring attacks through-out fights, stupid/simplistic child-like logic during fights and confused reasoning behind fights

      . Pathetic attempts to meld convoluted themes of emotion into the plot while going into extremely lengthy explanations of these emotions/thoughts/feelings in retarded roundabout ways that make the entire thought process behind these events seem frustrating stupid as fuck

      . Over-the-top ridiculous ninjutsu bullshit (Kabuto raising from the dead virtually every known character under the sun who had previously died then controlling each one over the vast expanse of the Naruto world while being simultaneously conscious of what's happening to all the characters and able to control them/transport them/communicate with them just by thinking it .... omg wtf is this horseshit I'm watching)

      . The general tendency to draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag out 5 seconds worth of plot into a 5 minute montage of agonizing crap based on past episodes that no-one who has a 'Real Life' actually cares about anymore let alone remembers watching 5 years ago.

      Need I go on?

      In general, Naruto anime has become a pile of manure that simple wastes your monthly download quota. Do yourself a favor and download One Piece. Say NO to Internet download cruelty.

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      nufoundglory 4 years ago from Asia

      Because we're still "a fan" of Naruto, duh?

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      boku wa 4 years ago

      Naruto became shitty after the time-skip. Watch the chunnin exam again and compare it to the arcs inshippuden. And BTW One Piece is better even naruto at its peak

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      PAIN 4 years ago

      it is going down hill but still i want to know what happends at the end you know what i mean

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      PAIN 4 years ago

      anonymousir I agree and disagree with you. I for one love the flash back and i think the sakura thing is getting boring.

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      AnonymouSir 4 years ago

      I used to love Naruto anime but that was years ago. I hated Naruto because of the episodes dragging on and on. The flashbacks are also boring. Those funny scenes like Sakura hitting/punching/kicking/slapping Naruto is getting lame, It's all too repetitive!! Also about Naruto saying stupid things when it's too obvious. But what can I say? Different people different tastes in anime...

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      SaInlesS 4 years ago

      read itachi/nagato vs naruto/bee IN chapter 548 through 551, when nagato is sealed in itachi sword of totsuka, masashi kishimoto almost seem to talk trough nagato and apologizing for his bad writing at the start of part 2, lol, the story has GOTTEN a lot more intence since and i can´t seem to find any negative things i hate in naruto besides the high amount of fillers!

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      Sasuke Uchiha 4 years ago

      I think Naruto is a great show has everything in the world and changes peoples lives being very emotional is a good thing it has a great story thoo it also changed my life too even thoo I never had a purpose of living ever since I watched it the first time it change me to become very caring and loving the people u care the most in your life but there are other anime that teaches u love and everything including friendships, kindness, and the music is the best, teaching us to cry for the people u care that died sure if Naruto cries because he lost someone very important to him he cared his teacher soooo much would u cry if someone died that u know and care of course I would. true the story is little off but its still good thoo

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      naruto ken ryu 4 years ago

      hey Melloman you are right plus im tired of the show keep going on and on . see i been following the show for 7 years and the hold time they

      had nothing but flashbacks and filters but the only why i watch and read

      about the show is i like to see a good ending but like you side if they are going to ruin the ending they should stop writing the show

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      Melloman 4 years ago

      I agree with you COMPLETELY!

      Naruto has taken possibly the biggest downfall in anime history. Masashi Kishimoto seems to have put little effort into the rest of the anime.

      I understand they are in a hurry to end it due to getting back to family, or not dragging it on much longer, but if you are going to end it, either end it the correct way or stop writing the anime right there and throw in the Naruto vs Sasuke fight so we can all go home knowing we just enjoyed a great anime series.

      But pleaaaase don't give us a bunch of bull crap that ruins the ENTIRE SERIES FOR US!!!!!

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      Sasunaru 5 years ago

      Naruto loves sasuke, that's the only reason he need to chase him : ) Wouldn't you bend down on you knees to save somone you love? : O

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      naruto ken ryu 5 years ago

      i like the Naruto show but it does have a lot of crying in it like Sasuke this and Sasuke that then it goes from him to the other characters but long down the road they forgot that the show is called Naruto and not

      sasuke and the others but the only reason i say that because Naruto is hardly in it and i don't care a bout the other characters because in the begging of the show the were really mean to him they called a loser a stupid orphan that what sakura said and they what to be friends after that he save there lives and sakura is the worst of them all she only care a bout Naruto because he was there but did she care when sasuke try to kill Naruto no and that why he told her to stop lying to him when she said she love him but any i do like hinata she was the only one to try to save him from pain OK now Kakashi the only thing he has taut Naruto is tree claiming and team work and element training see it funny how all the characters had training from there clans and Naruto a sakura and ten ten i would and rock lee but he was train by gai so any my point is i like the show but like nufoundglory said they got lazy on the story

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      UnscathedNaija 5 years ago

      Question: Did Chouji GO 'AKIMICHI LEVEL THREE' WITHOUT TAKING THE RED pill or did I miss the part where he did? And totally agree with the fact that he can't let Sasuke go, even to the point of begging the Raikage. The whole scene felt irritating to me. I went online to see if there are any other grieving fans like me for this 'amazing anime' and imagine my surprise when i found out I'm so not alone.

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      yuahma 5 years ago

      I agree, also those japs always take a rest for no reason, every 3 weeks there's a break in the manga