For those of you who don’t know, Naruto is a Japanese anime. I’d heard good things about in high school, but back then I was too superior to watch “cartoons” over acting that conveyed true emotion. Boy was I wrong.
I have to give Rich credit for this share. We were hitting a wall trying to find a common ground between action-packed gaming (all him) and tv shows that focused on relationships (all me). Stumbling through Planet Earth, we watched other show clips on Youtube to find something we’d both like.
It’s been four months, we’re knee deep in the plot of Naruto and I don’t want it to end at all. All it all started with the “Naruto vs. Neji” clip on Youtube.
I didn’t have any prior knowledge of the characters or why the kids were battling. But I picked up quickly through the backstory infused battle these ordinary kids were passion-fueled to become Japan’s future top ninjas in their village. I was hooked.
Despite having seen over half the story arcs in the long run series, Rich didn’t ruin any surprises from the start. He let me have all my first feels and boy were there many. Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of the incredible two part series (and spinoffs!), has done a wonderful job of incorporating the awkwardness of growing up, sheer stubborn will, impulsive influences and much more to reveal characters true form and growth. There are shocking sequences that makes the viewers resonate with the villains leaving watchers sad at their role departure. And Naruto – the title character – is silly and stupid and annoying and persistent and determined and a believer and pure of heart all the while wrestling his demon. That’s what makes him so lovable. He’s the rawest persona of all of us.
Watch it. Follow Naruto’s boyhood and then his young adulthood in Naruto Shippuden. It doesn’t matter how old you are – there are lessons to be learned and the torch of hope to keep burning. The ninja skills are jaw dropping, the character quips hilarious, and the friends that come out of it welcome us viewers into the fold.
Sometimes the most obvious thing to binge is the least expected one to. Take it from me, I also just started watching The Magicians two days ago. I don’t like gore and horror, but the show is addicting in a darkly fascinating way. I think Naruto is better – because it reminds me heroes lie in all of us with hard work and determination – and because I can sleep at night after watching it 😛
The first three seasons of Naruto are on Netflix, the fourth season of Naruto and first two seasons of Naruto Shippuden are on Hulu. For all dubbed episodes for free, watch on narutospot. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
However old you are, always let your kid self out to dream and play sometimes 🙂