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Naruto! Improvements?
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I believe even if your not into anime you've watched or at the very least you've heard the name of a show called Naruto before. I was watching Naruto long long ago when it first started coming on and it wasnt my first anime but was definitely in the top 5 first anime ive ever watched. Now with that being said Im no Naruto fanboy but I can say I do enjoy the show when it sticks to the story line.

So the question I want to ask you is what improvements would you personally make to the anime to make it better?

Personally of course, I think if Naruto stuck to the main story line and avoided all the filler I believe it would be an amazing show to watch! I still enjoy it but because of how many episodes there are I find it hard to keep watching with the show dragging on for so long. I think Naruto's best qualitys are in its fighting animation and my personal favorite the Naruto Movie: Road to Ninja ( Which had an amazing and touching story line in my own opinion).

No anime is perfect thats why Im asking what would you improve in one of the animes big 3?

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more hinata less sakura
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an ending
a story that doesn't draw itself out for 600+ episodes
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less friendship more just be a freaking hokage already we know you're gonna do it due to

*drum roll*

protagonist effect
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We need more of that oomph (Madara's entrance), and less ughh (fillers).
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500 less episodes!
Posted 10/30/13
My specialty in writing is dialogue writing.


So I'm ultra sensitive to bad dialogues and monologue. The dialogues in the Naruto series are really cheesy and they don't have a nice flow. I would definitely rewrite all of their dialogues and especially Naruto's monologues.
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Posted 10/30/13

aidenraine wrote:

an ending
a story that doesn't draw itself out for 600+ episodes


Pretty much this.

The fillers are getting absurd now imo and the war is just dragging out with the the repetitive dialogue, themes, etc. Even some of the back stories are getting to be a bore since most of them connects together in some way like a loop. The only back stories I'm interested now still are the Uchiha brothers so the fact that they did expand more on that caught my attention recently.

However, they should just get through this anime already in terms of the Fourth Shinobi World War arc. The refreshing feeling I got from the earlier arcs like the Chunin Exams and some of the later arcs from season 1 seems to have been dimensioning. I actually have no idea how they will end this show. I'm guessing maybe a grand out climax between Madara Uchiha vs the original main characters or Sasuke vs Naruto in their final encounter.

To improve this show as it is right now though, they need to just adapt the manga as it is without adding in unnecessary dialogues or stretching it out as it has been so far. I don't mind some additional scenes for the battles but the story itself has been dragging way TOO long.
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Well as someone watching Naruto right now, i would say its only problem(so far) is the repetitive dialogue and excess flashbacks.

I can't count how many times they went back to Gaara saying lines like " Why did i continue to exist?" or "My hatred is stronger than yours!"

Other than that and the impending fillers soon to come its a solid, cool and plain enjoyable series.
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GoldTStar wrote:

Well as someone watching Naruto right now, i would say its only problem(so far) is the repetitive dialogue and excess flashbacks.

I can't count how many times they went back to Gaara saying lines like " Why did i continue to exist?" or "My hatred is stronger than yours!"

Other than that and the impending fillers soon to come its a solid, cool and plain enjoyable series.


I love your optimism.
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How about A DIFFERENT ANIMATION STUDIO?

Look at Madhouse! They're rocking HunterXHunter and Hajime no Ippo.

Did they fail? No. They haven't failed. The fights are better animated, the filler is nonexistent, the attention to detail is great, and when the show catches the manga, THEY JUST STOP MAKING THE SHOW FOR A WHILE.

Really, that's all people want.
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more minato
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Like others have said they need to stick to the storyline and forget the fillers, we all know this wont happen though.

Naruto is a big anime an they are going to do whatever they can to keep it going for as long as they can.

When Madara came back it was pretty epic and they need to have more moments like this. Focus on the uchiha bros more, everyone loves itachi. When you dedicate an episode to Kabuto's childhood I really feel like I wasted 23 minutes of my life .

All in all they need more epic battles like when Madara pops up, I haven't been excited about watching a fight in Naruto for awhile.

Let's face it, if anyone has played Naruto storm 3 then they know in the story mode the cinematic battles are way more epic then they ever were in the show. I know if the writers and animators for the show really wanted to they could put the effort to make some awesome scenes
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Well, THIS I can go on and on about... To make everything better starts with Kishimoto as a writer. To put it simply, he is crap. Since the war has started just going by manga standpoint, it is both paced horribly, has mostly crappy fights, faux drama, and completely iditotic "twists" that make the series seem no better than an above average fanfiction. The fact that the anime has shitty animation and even shittier fillers probably makes this even worse, though.

First change: Naruto would have lost to Pain during the Pain Arc. This was the last time the series was any good. After the battle against Pain, everything went down the crapper and hasn't stopped. It would have been more dramatically appealing if Naruto lost that fight, and a few extra characters bit the dust to save him (namely Iruka or someone from the ever expanding roster of what feels like useless filler characters.) They would have been able to write some way to keep Kakashi alive without having the dumb ass Mass Revive, and it wasn't like Hinata died there anyway, so the only real losses would have been Shizune (who cares) and a few other characters to help Naruto escape after his body was (supposed to be) ravaged by the Nine Tails chakra (like when he went 4 Tails.)

Second Change: Do not Kill Danzo before the War. This may be the biggest offense in the series. The way they built up Danzo the entire Post-Skip, and it culminates in THAT disaster against Sasuke? Are you freaking kidding me? He finally gets all the power in the village, and he dies right after? Jesus, let us completely ignore all the potential drama that could have happened between him and the rest of the characters if he was still in control during the war's start. Or when comrades of his are brought back to life from Kabuto during the Edo Tensei, or how he would stop at nothing to keep Naruto and Bee from entering the battlefield with Speech no Jutsu hitting Not Very Effective. It would have made the entire war arc infinitely more satisfying that the tripe that is being served up right now, that is for sure.

Third Change: Better showing for Konan. Talk about a wasted character. Let us say that number one does not happen. Have Konan show up and bail Naruto out during the war. NOPE! We get a highly predictable fight that everyone knew the out come of the moment Tobi showed up.

Fourth Change: More Konoha 12 Action. Would someone besides Sakura and Shikamaru please raise their hands if they have done ANYTHING of significance? *crickets* Yeah....... Lee, Neji, Shino, Ten-Ten, and Kiba are the biggest offenders. Ino and Chouji have only really started doing anything during the war (and in Ino's case very recently in the manga), an Hinata's interactions are so sporadic that it barely feels like anything happens at all. Heck Sakura and Shikamaru only had one arc, really. They should have done more too... especially one of them which I will get into next...

Fifth Change: Sakura should have been treated with more respect. Holy shit Kishimoto, I know you seem to hate to have female characters do ANYTHING in your series by this point, but, really, talk about sabotaging a character for absolutely no reason. So, the time skip starts, and Sakura is introduced to be a mini-Tsunade prodigy that will probably surpass her master relatively soon in both strength and skill. She and Chiyo have one of the most epic fights in the series against Sasori who can probably be considered the strongest Sand Nin ever... and then we get some decent character growth in both that arc, and the following one. And then....... nothing. Absolutely nothing. Till the biggest and most forced self-implosions written for a character I have ever had the displeasure of witnessing with that seemingly faux confession to Naruto. To her credit, she did at least try to assassinate Sasuke even if she didn't go threw with it in the end, but holy cow that was painful to read... Since then she has been relegated to healing duties instead of fighting duties. Kishimoto had a 1000% backtrack on all her development. Sadly she wasn't the only female to fall from grace. Kurenai was knocked up to be written out of the plot forever, Temari hasn't really done anything since her fight with Tayuya. I could go on with the female cast...

Sixth Change and most important change....... LESS UCHIHA AND SHARINGAN BS! I am so sick and tired of this. It is the absolute worst thing about the series, really. Everything is an Uchiha circle jerk. Naruto took a back seat to Sasuke in the second half of the series to the point if he can't get his boy-toy back, he hyperventilates and passes out like a twerp. The main villains are Uchiha. The whole universe revolves around Sasuke. Itachi is continuously fapped to by multiple characters as he goes on to break the series by being a plot device, ultimately ruining his character (oh, you will all see the glory in this shitty fight against Kabuto........) Everything deals with the almighty Sharingan. EVERYTHING. So. Tired....

Ok... I think I ranted enough (not really...) but, I will stop here before this gets any more long winded. I could continue on, but there is no real point other than to say I would rewrite the entire War Arc from scratch so it doesn't blow chunks all over the place. XD
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VextHamton wrote:

So the question I want to ask you is what improvements would you personally make to the anime to make it better?


Drop the anime immediately. Turn Naruto into a series of 4 high-quality movies, ending in a movie that effectively ends the plot. Continue the series solely in the form of books, video games, OVAs, and theatrical adaptations which are great mediums for side-plots.
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