SirTheory’s Treatise on Life

(opinions on just about anything)

Naruto

So I’ve been a big Cartoon Network addict the past few weeks. Be it Futurama or Robot Chicken or Frisky Dingo. Mostly Adult Swim fare. So this weekend, where had no plans Friday evening, Saturday all day, or Sunday all day I planned on getting a bit of television in. However, I groaned when I found out that Cartoon Network was going to be spending all of that time (except for Adult Swim hours) in a marathon of the kid’s anime Naruto. 100 episodes spread out over 50 hours and 3 days.

I have an appreciation for anime. I’ve enjoyed Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop, as well as others that I’ve seen on Cartoon Network like Full Metal Alchemist. Naruto, while I was familiar with its existence looked more like a silly, brainless anime. There was no real appeal there for me. Yet I sat down Friday evening, bored, and turned it on. Three episodes in and I was hooked. It has the number one thing I look for in movies, books, and television: Amazing characters.

A lot of shows and books have well developed main characters (Full Metal Alchemist seems to be that way) and that is great. I love well developed main characters. However, Naruto not only does great character development of the main characters, but of the side characters as well. While Naruto appears in all the episodes, in many of the shows he is more of a peripheral character. Instead that episode will focus on one of his friends, or enemies, or someone else, and we get treated to textured flashbacks and get to know that character in a way that brings them alive.

Oh, speaking of enemies, the evil characters in this show are stunningly textured. Especially Gaara, a red-haired boy who alternates between a dead, evil stare and a fierce scowl. He is terrifyingly powerful, especially in the earlier episodes, and his character development is superb. You hate him and yet you sympathize with him and want him, as be becomes more and more pathetic as the episodes go on, to turn around.

Naruto is the spiky, yellow-haired kid. He is our hero and a kid with little talent yet high aspirations. He is loud, annoying, and doesn’t like to recognize authority. Yet he is more than that. He manages to use what he has effectively. In most of his fights he is a severe underdog because the other person has a lot more tricks up their sleeve. Through raw determination to succeed and using his brain to combine things in new, unimagined ways, Naruto will often succeed against all odds. And in such a way we see him grow from geeky kid in over his head to a real competitor.

The show isn’t for everyone as many episodes may be short on action for many viewers. Other episodes might be too gruesome for other viewers (just the fact that it is a show about kids battling each other with magic might be too much for many). But I really enjoyed the marathon, even though I didn’t get a chance to see every episode. Unfortunately, the DVDs are ridiculously expensive, even used, at this point. But hopefully in upcoming years they’ll become affordable. I’d enjoy picking them up.

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August 20, 2007 - Posted by | Television

11 Comments »

  1. I actually really want to watch Naruto now… I’ve always had the same impression of the show you had, but then others suggested it as being great.

    Have you ever seen Death Note?

    Comment by Matt Shaffer | August 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. Nope. Never even heard of it.

    Comment by sirtheory | August 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. NARUTO IS THE BEST ANIME…
    GAARA AI SHITERU……

    Comment by Suko-chan | September 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. Naruto is awsome, and adult swim, and other anime shows and books. Gaara is so Kewl.

    Comment by mamimionti | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. omg naruto rocks and all other cartoons cant match up 2 him

    Comment by joshua r | November 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for posting these pictures. i love naruto art and fan arts. I will surely visit your website again.

    Comment by naruto cursor | February 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hello i amn a student from Oasis Academy hadley and i am doing a graphic unit for btec national diploma course and i was wondering if i could use one of your images in my course work please.

    Comment by Aaron Menezes | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  8. i lyk naruto episords it was amazing…

    Comment by sriparna biswas | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  9. ohh.. i like this very much but the cartoonnetwork channel is cut the naruto animation so i dont know what to do so u tell me what i do for this

    Comment by sachin | March 2, 2011 | Reply

  10. txarrr…naruto..idol..

    peace!!!!!!!!

    the best naruto

    Comment by jakrace | June 5, 2011 | Reply

  11. i lub my naruto

    idol talaga kita

    bhe jakrace25

    Comment by jakrace | June 5, 2011 | Reply


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