Post Reply Naruto, what is it all about?
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Posted 1/26/15
Ive been reading manga and watching anime for years now but ive never had any interest in Naruto.
But recently, ive heard so much about it that I reckon ill give it a go to see if the hype is justified to me.

So the question...
Can someone sort of sum it up? As in, what its about etc?

Much obliged
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I imagine this topic is going to be moved to the Naruto sub-forum, but ...

... Naruto is about the unbreakable bond of love between two young men.

It is also occasionally about diarrhea.

From time to time, ninja stuff happens.

....

(I might not be the best person to answer your question.)
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Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/26/15

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:

I imagine this topic is going to be moved to the Naruto sub-forum, but ...

Nah. But since this this does seem to have been asked for reasons for personal and informational reasons, I've gone ahead and moved it to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

Scooty-Bby wrote:

Ive been reading manga and watching anime for years now but ive never had any interest in Naruto.
But recently, ive heard so much about it that I reckon ill give it a go to see if the hype is justified to me.

So the question...
Can someone sort of sum it up? As in, what its about etc?

Much obliged :D

If all you're looking for is a summary you can find that plenty of places on the internet, including wikipedia. My very brief summary is:

Young boy in a fantasy ninja village who wants to be respected grows up and gains respect.

He does this, in spite of being a goofball, through being naturally gifted in some ways, hard work, and the power of friendship and rivalry. And of course his growth, and our entertainment, happens through him facing a variety of obstacles and outright serious enemies. We also get to learn more about other characters and see them do stuff. Lots of good characters.

The earlier part of the manga (and the Naruto anime) is fairly light in tone. In the later part of the manga and in the Naruto Shippuden anime there are still light moments but things in general get a lot more serious and complex, and antagonists get very powerful.

Both the anime and manga drag a bit in a lot of places--the result of being a popular serial that just gets pumped out for commercial reasons. Some battles go on and on chapter after chapter, episode after episode when I would have been happy to have them wrapped up much more quickly and think it would have more effective in terms of art if it had done so.

The anime in particular is plagued by a lot of filler (material not in the manga) some of which is entertaining, much of which is just dreary treading water that also breaks the tone of things.

I came late to Naruto, as an adult, but enjoyed the early episodes (aimed toward a much younger audience) a lot, binge-watching. They were good enough that I was hooked well before I hit filler, so I kept watching. I've also enjoyed Naruto Shippuden (aside from the mostly awful filler and tons of it--one bout spanned about two years I think) and feel that in spite of the escalation to more and more challenging battles, the Pein arc was by far the most compelling and it never really got me that invested or looking forward to next episode since. There have been interesting things happening, sure but the pacing has been a mess, and it's a blessing that the manga has finally ended and that the anime will be soon. I plan to watch to the end, but I have no interest in the planned spinoff/sequel/whatever.

So I'd, say give it a shot. You'll probably know pretty quickly if it is or is not something in general that you'll like and want to continue with.

However, it is flawed, so if you decide it's not for you or just get tired of it before it's over, that would be completely understandable.
Posted 1/26/15
It's about ninjas. (not the traditional ninjas, this is like fantasy ninjas where they can do magic and stuff).

They are given missions to carry out... and they improve their skills in a team of 3. At the beginning, the focus is on the Hidden Leaf Village, and slowly, dark secrets and backstories start to reveal themselves.

There are moments where the village is attacked by a former ninja (rogue ninja), then there are moments where they try to combat a greater evil ninja group (known as Akatsuki). And another rogue ninja is also in the group.


You see these ninjas grow in skills, and how they manage to defend their village. And some really cool ninja skills.
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Pretty much the ninja version of One Piece
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