Logic's Insight: Naruto 1/4
Before anyone asks: I have mostly positive things to say about Shonen Jump's Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto.
While Naruto does have some pretty major problems that holds it back, I still regard it rather highly compared to most manga. Most of it's major problems comes from not going as far as it could or should in terms of character development, the setting and themes. But that doesn't make it suck.
I's still pretty good.
So you might be asking, if I like it then why am I giving it a Logic's Insight?
One, as a change to tune. I wanted to change things up a little bit by going over something that I like rather than something that I hate. I'm still going to give it an honest review and point out things that I don't like or don't work. But for once, I want to bring insight into something that I regard positively and expose how it works and doesn't work on a fundamental level.
Two, Naruto has major problems. Forums like Onemanga are ablaze with fans arguing over things like a character
Top 12 Problems with Naruto's Final ArcTop 12 Problems with Naruto's Final Arc2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I leap and roll off of the train and watch it crash off a cliff.
Things have become so stupid, convoluted and contrived that I no longer care about how the Naruto series ends. Kishimoto has demonstrated that he doesn't give a damn about story consistency and he's just going to do whatever the hell he wants regardless of if it makes sense.
It's his story, so technically he can do that. But that doesn't mean that he should.
When a writer just ignores their own set rules and starts doing whatever the hell they want, then it shows in the story and weakens it. Things like Deus Ex Machina/Diabolus Ex Machina are employed when the writer writes themselves into a corner with no other way out; Handwaves are meant to direct the audience away from plotholes so that they can "enjoy" the show; or even jump sharking just to get a cheap reaction from the audience.
There's a lot of them, but some are just symptoms of the disease or signals from noise. Stuff like Naruto disregarding Hinata's
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The Bad Stuff
Now to start with the stuff that made me write out this review.
Most of these are kind of subjective and they don't ruin the manga...I just felt like the manga would be stronger without these problems.
For now, we'll start with situations that I felt caused a lot of headache for the main character for no other reason than just because.
Problem 1) Sakura
I'll just be up front and honest about this: I don't like the character of Sakura.
But for the longest time, I wasn't quite sure as to why I didn't like her.
At first, it was because she was useless in the grand scheme of things. While that's still kind of true, I was thinking more in areas of action and skill rather than overall. But, Sakura is a different type of shinobi from Sasuke and Naruto. Within that field, she's a very good shinobi and even killed one of the most powerful and senior members of Akatsuki after countering a poison that no one had ever seen before.
It's not because she's
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Problem 7) The Importance of Sasuke
The biggest hurdle of getting connected to the Narutoverse and the series in general is Sasuke himself. He's way too emphasized in the series for poorly explained or logical reasons.
And look, it's got nothing to do with the Uchiha massacre stuff. Having his character development shaped around that one night is pretty realistic and he reacts how anyone else would've. Especially after finding out that he'd spent half of his life trying to kill one guy when it was actually someone's fault.
It's not even the fact that he spams his sharingan or that he's a jerk most of the time. Those don't help, but it's beyond that.
The problem with Sasuke is that his role has been expanded as an end-all dilemna to Naruto's goals for no other reason than that he's Sasuke. I don't mind having a secondary protagonist, but there's even times when Sasuke's situations are emphasized as more important than Naruto's.
Why? Because Sasuke is involved.
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Problem 4) Pile-Up of Things not making any sense
Nothing truly detrimental to the story's plot or story, but you'll notice a few things that don't make sense or contradict certain threads of logic.
For example, I'm not the biggest fan of Tsunade. Because I feel like there's little justification for her becoming the Fifth Hokage.
She's alright as a character and she did a decent job in the role considering the circumstances. But her character dilemna and flaws are automatically erased because "Naruto" has that influence on people.
Except that there still there honestly.
Tsunade abandoned the village during a time of war because of lingering grief over the death of her boyfriend and her little brother. So she copes with the pain by gambling her clan's/grandfather's inheritance (where else do you think she got the money to burn?) and running up a huge debt over the next twenty or so years.
That's gotta be the most selfish thing that I've ever heard.
Yet, despite being a
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With the most recent chapter, it looks like Kishimoto is pouring fuel onto the flames.
While the shipping wars of Naruto will never be a quiet ember, it seemed like things were relaxing between Sasuke choosing to turn away from the dark side and the war against the Bijuu. Hell! The thing that most fans were excited about was seeing all four previous hokage show up on the battlefield and start kicking ass.
Then Minato asked if Sakura was Naruto's girlfriend and Naruto bumbled...
Now my fellow NaruHina fans are calling for Kishi's blood since Minato gave off an initial blessing to NaruSaku and the implication that Naruto still has feelings for Sakura despite anything that Hinata feels for him or has done for him. NaruSaku fans are feeling very vindicated, only to have clash against the SakuSasu fans who've seen their ship rise out of the depths of the sunken sea.
I'm more annoyed that Kishi doesn't just nut up and outright confirm the canon pairing for Naruto. Sure, people ar
Logic's Last Word: Naruto's ConclusionLogic's Last Word: Naruto's Conclusion6 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I know that I'm pretty late to the party.
But Naruto is done.
At least the main manga is. Sure, Kishimoto will release several spin-off stories focusing on side characters and the next generation.
But the story of Naruto that began when many of us were young is now concluded for better or worst.
For the longest time, I considered writing a few last words about the series, but wondered if I actually wanted to. I'd felt as though I'd already said my piece on Naruto entirely and that there wasn't anything else to say. Even when the Final Arc kept throwing things at me to rant about, nothing stuck because I wasn't sure if it was worth it or a repeat of what I've already said before.
So why am I talking about it now? The Naruto Panel at Naka-Con helped and I even got a ticket to another convention in the summer. It also helps that I largely distanced myself from Naruto and focused on other things. I don't even plan to watch Naruto: The Last Movie though I hear that it's good in the romance
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This going to be an extended rant on one of my major points in my Insight on Naruto: http://thaeonblade.deviantart.com/art/Logic-s-Insight-Naruto-4-4-339893727
Remember what I said about minor problems building on each other until they become major problems?
Guess what? The problems have become so large that the plot has collapsed in on itself.
Read the title and you'll know exactly why.
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your lips upon my own.
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I can still hear
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I can still see
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