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Naruto – Not just nostalgia

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. Yup, I’ve gone and done it. My second manga had to be Naruto because I want to save the longest for the last. Naruto is something nearly everyone has heard of and I think I know why now. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD. Let’s go.

This story follows Uzumaki Naruto, a child in the village of Konoha who is ostracised because he has the demon fox, 9 tails sealed inside him. Years ago when the demon fox attacked Konoha, the Fourth Hokage sealed him up inside Naruto and the Third Hokage forbade anyone from speaing about it. Naruto hence spends his life as an orphan troublemaker whose only friend is his teacher Iruka. Naruto dreams to be Hokage one day to make the entire village accept him and in that process becomes a part of Team 7 which consists of Uchiha clan prodigy Sasuke, Sakura Haruno and team leader Kakashi Hatake. As Naruto works his way up to the hokage there are countless perils as the ninja world moves with the demon fox within Naruto playing a major part.

The cast is wide in Naruto and when handling such a big cast the problem is to give them all development and make them memorable. Naruto handles this fairly well because while Naruto grows quite a lot throughout the series while keeping his core principles the same, Sasuke and Sakura (no matter what the memes say) also get development combined with the rest of the large variety of cast presented to us. Naruto shows the traits of being an orphan in his antics to gain attention. There’s Konohamaru who wants his own identity seperate from his family name. Sakura who is an airhead and loves Sasuke. Uchiha Sasuke a cold hearted man who is consumed by his desire for vengeance for his clan. Kakashi Hatake, the strong and awesome teacher figure and a lot more.

The thing that drew me in towards Naruto was how emotional from the start and I don’t want to gove up spoilers but that was an amazing starting chapter. There’s some pretty art in the manga especially the dual page spreads that as just insane. There’s some pretty good humour with Naruto and Jiraya (don’t google the name, trust me you don’t want spoilers) being at the centre of it. There’s also amazing action that shows some creative ways to use ninjutsu and now just a slugfest. There’s a decent amount of world building and while it may be confusing at times, it is still good. The best thing can be the good development in the characters as I’ve mentioned before. There’s a sense of mystery at times and multiple plots move at the same time which when combined with the plot twists are amazing. There’s also good lore and power system. And of course it has its fair share of problems such as plot armour but I feel that the good outweighs the bad, of course that doesn’t mean the manga is perfect.

The way Naruto is treated at the beginning of the manga combined with the actions and ideologies of many other characters a message stands very clear, hate is easy but love is difficult and so many times in life we as humans take the easy way and just go in blindly with hate but it’s so tough to actually forgive someone once justice has been served and to accept and love them. That’s something we can all learn.

Naruto finishes at 700 chapters with an epic finale that doesn’t forget its characters and will make you emotional to say the least. Now I’ve seen so many people shit on Naruto and say it’s only good because of the “nostalgia” and I agree, Naruto has many problems but I disagree that nostalgia is what makes Naruto good rather its the simple concept and yet the complex plot within combined with its amazing cast that makes it great. I’ll be beginning Boruto soon and after that my greatest and longest manga yet, One Piece.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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