The Naruto Journey!
I'd like to hear from the folks who have been following Naruto since day 1, as well as anyone really who is up to date with the anime and manga.
What do you guys think of the overall development of the story so far?
Is it still heading into the direction from where it started or has the focus of the series shifted over the years?
Has anyone managed to summon a toad by now?
I managed to summon a turtle. It does not have any special powers. It is just a turtle.
Its name is Sebastian.
~darkus~~ I came back for you, baby!!! <3
Naruto came out in 1999 in Japan.. that was when I was in first grade...
Kudos to anyone who has been following it since day one, but that'd be pretty hard unless you lived in Japan.
To answer your question, I don't really think about the overall development of the story so far. I just read each chapter and move on. >.>" Because I don't like thinking.
Well, I guess I'll be the first person to actually answer the prompt.
I do think the focus of the story has changed over the years. In the beginning, there was much more long-term plot foreshadowing and planting of seeds for the larger plot, while now we're more distracted by immediate plot to see the big picture plot-wise and theme-wise.
Naruto was actually the main character earlier, while now we've had so many side-character based chapters that he's practically a side character now too. The whole culture aspect of the manga has also been growing smaller and smaller so more focus has been put on the short-term plots. and long-term developments have been muted. So I would say the overall quality has been diminished a bit.
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Ura, you still owe us a thread.
I Remember when Naruto first came out..
it was the talk of the town in Highervoltage.net
how cool it was to be in a semi-feudal/modern ninja village/world and stuff.
^so you were around since then? must've been quite some time ago.
i think that in some ways, the older chapters were more lighthearted and all...some of them may be right about the quality getting worse, but i think that at least there seems to be a long-term and big-picture sort of thing with the storyline since early in the story. and now the plot is advancing towards the climax, so that's a good thing.
compared to how the series was originally intended to be (with him being an ACTUAL ninetails fox pup) i like how it iz now.
^for those who havent read the pilot. Although this version of naruto seems darker
"He is now declaring his words to the WORLD!"
^Dude, pilot =/= to what the manga is supposed to be. The pilot was just an advertisement to get serialized. They rarely follow the actual plot of the planned manga (Bleach being one of the exceptions).
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^really now? i always thought the pilot was a sort of rough draft of the concept...i always pictured kishi's producers telling him how crappy it was and how he should scrap it.
that said, i'm glad he decided to do away with the alcohol and the guns. guns in naruto just seem...like cheating. how many ninjas can avoid bullets, i wonder?