It has been two and a half years since Naruto Uzumaki left Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, for intense training following events which fueled his desire to be stronger. Now Akatsuki, the mysterious organization of elite rogue ninja, is closing in on their grand plan which may threaten the safety of the entire shinobi world.
Although Naruto is older and sinister events loom on the horizon, he has changed little in personality—still rambunctious and childish—though he is now far more confident and possesses an even greater determination to protect his friends and home. Come whatever may, Naruto will carry on with the fight for what is important to him, even at the expense of his own body, in the continuation of the saga about the boy who wishes to become Hokage.
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Even though Naruto was filled with filler shit, I still highly enjoyed it. I mean come on guys, It's Naruto. I even enjoyed some of the filler shit within the fillery shittiness. Naruto is definitely better overall compared to Shippuden since the first one used actual ninja tactics, but this one had some high points that made it memorable as well.
Excluding the filler, Naruto had a pretty nice story. Following Naruto from being alone and nobody paying attention to him to connecting every village together and being acknowledged as great. You can see the paths they take reflect in our every day lives.
Naruto never gave up and eventually achieved his goals and Sasuke strayed off the right path and got into some deep shit with bad people. It's sort of like when the nerd who was bullied in the past becomes the boss of that bully in the present. Sasuke now understands that Naruto can be strong while not sacrificing his dignity/friends unlike what he did. I did lower it due to filler though.
There are some episodes that have amazing animation/art, but from what I can remember, Shippuden had a lot of badly animated/drawn scenes. Well, that's to be of expected of a long running shounen. Not every long runner shounen can be consistently good each week besides a few exceptions like Hunter x Hunter 2011 and Gintama.
Naruto always had amazing sound, this includes Shipudden as well. From the openings to the endings to the osts. I even get shivers when I get a full blast of nostalgia when they play some of the old Naruto sounds.
This one is pretty complicated. Naruto has a lot of good villains, side characters, and etc, but they have bad ones for all those as well. I like characters like Rock Lee, Naruto, Jiraiya, Shikamaru, Gaara, Itachi, Obito, Pain, etc, etc, etc. There's too much to list lol. A lot of characters get pushed to the back seat thanks to main characters getting some Saiyan power level shit. I really wished they kept the characters as strategic ninjas like back in the first Naruto. A lot of characters get underdeveloped thanks to this. Hell, I sometimes forget Sakura is a main character due to how little she contributes in comparison to the two other main characters. Madara got too powerful that the author didn't even know how to kill him off properly which made him create a more powerful opponent called Kaguya? kinda bad writing in that part, and Kaguya didn't even last that long.
Despite all the things I mentioned above. Naruto is still highly entertaining. From character interactions to comedic timing to straight up battles. Naruto is one of those animes where I find it enjoyable no matter what because I've been following Naruto on his journey for years. It's like you went on the journey with him and it makes you proud when he accomplishes his goals one step at a time against all odds.
Naruto is one of the most popular animes of all time with it's worldwide appeal. You may love it or hate it, but it definitely did something right to gather the support of millions upon millions of fans. I'm definitely going to continue on to Boruto just to see if it's like Naruto or Shippuden or a completely brand new anime of it's own. Anyways, It's been a long journey for us fans of Naruto. For those who haven't watched, there's a long but beautiful journey ahead for you guys.
The Naruto franchise is one of the most hyped and popular series in the anime world. After 10 years, 500 episodes and a bunch of movies the moneymaker Naruto franchise is finally put to rest.
Naruto was one of my favorite shows as a kid, it was better than anything else on TV and I still remember rushing home from school to catch Naruto on TV, good times. After the original series “Naruto” ended, I was thrilled about the sequel show, “Shippuuden”, that was about to start airing but little did I know what a disappointment it was going to be.
Story: 3/10 (Cannon: 6/10
& Filler: 1/10)
Naruto Shippuuden is a continuation of the original therefore the concept of the story remains unchanged but the execution and pacing are a different situation.
Naruto Shippuuden follows Naruto Uzumaki as he aspires to become Hokage and at the same time tries to bring back his friend, Sasuke, but the story is much more complex than before, now we have Akatsuki hunting down all the Jinchuuriki, Sasuke seeking revenge for his clan , Naruto's struggle against the Kyuubi, Danzo's plot to take over Konoha, the 4th great Ninja War, Madara attempting to end the world and so much more. Yeah, the story gets way more complex but not for the better.
Unfortunately what was a simple straight-forward and fairly enjoyable plot, soon got covered with pointless subplots that turned the show into a mess, a complete wreck filled with plot armor and plot conveniences. We still have Naruto aspiring to become Hokage while trying to bring back Sasuke but those story-lines get smothered with useless boring subplots and endless filler episodes (not that the main plot was good). That combination ruined my enjoyment of this show.
On to the next flaw. The pacing of the show is just unbelievably bad, with dragged out scenes that put you to bed, important moments that are rushed and not properly explained, hundreds of filler episodes interrupting important and hyped-up fighting scenes and a lot more is wrong with the pacing/execution.
What bothered me the most, as it did many others, were the filler episodes, particularly the ones during the 4th great ninja war that were inserted in the most intense fighting moments. Naruto going full power against his opponent, what an epic scene…why not insert about 20 filler episodes?
This series has so many twists that you stop caring mid-way. The main antagonist got replaced 3 times because the writers fked up and made them too OP for Naruto to defeat… so the next logical step is to introduce someone twice as powerful. Referring to Obito who was replaced by the stronger Madara who was replaced by the stronger Kaguya, what a mess...
While Naruto Shippuuden is a shonen show that follows the generic path of “get beaten> yell/scream> rise up> win> repeat” and employs cliche themes such as “the power of friendship conquers all”, despite all of that, I never cringed while watching it and these flaws never stopped me from enjoying the show.
Sure, it can get a bit annoying to see Naruto rehabilitate every “evil” guy he meets and turning them into his friends but it ain't that bad.
To be fair, Naruto Shippuuden does have amazing fight scenes that get you hyped, sad moments that bring tears to your eyes, artistic scenes that inspire the viewer, lighthearted scenes that put a smile on your face... In this area, Naruto did great and exceeded my expectations.
The characters are generic, cliche and many are one-dimensional or have very little development but that doesn't stop them from being likeable and unique in their own way.
I will talk about the characters I consider important to the series.
Characters worth remembering are: Jiraiya, Tsunade, Kakashi, Madara.
Naruto is a young ninja who had a harsh childhood during which he faced many difficulties and sad moments. The difficulties he experienced as a child traumatized him and made him the way he is, a cheerful and friendly guy who would do anything to protect those he cares for. Naruto’s dream is to become Hokage but he will not be blinded by that dream and even if it means straying away from it, Naruto will offer his help to whomever is in need, he will put everything on the line to save those he considers friends, no matter the circumstances and that is the quintessence of his personality.
Even though it is not evident, throughout the series Naruto’s character slowly changes and matures after facing and overcoming the obstacles in his path.
Sasuke is the “last” of the Uchiha clan after its bloody demise at the hands of his older brother, Itachi. His only goal in life is to avenge the death of his clan and seek revenge on Itachi, not caring about others or the consequences of his actions. Sasuke’s character is stagnant and does not develop until late in the series, he is the “rival” that makes Naruto strive to be better and stronger.
Itachi was arguably one of the greatest shonen villains until the writers reduced him to a generic, plain good guy.
Itachi is the "prodigy" child of the Uchiha clan, a skilled shinobi and a good brother until one dark night when he murders every member in the clan except for his younger brother. His character was intriguing and a great addition to the series but ended in miserable failure as the writers decided to rehabilitate him after his death.
Obito, another victim of the “power of friendship” theme. He has lost everything, his dream of becoming Hokage is gone, his loved one is dead, his friend betrayed him, his body is ruined therefore he decides it is best to destroy the world and yet he is easily turned into a good guy by our great hero, Naruto.
Kurama/Nine-Tails is one of the nine tailed beasts. Centuries of being regarded as a mindless monster and sought after as a tool for war caused Kurama to hate humans. After being sealed into Naruto Uzumaki, Kurama attempts to maintain its negative opinions about the world, but with Naruto's insistence on treating it with respect, the fox overturns its hatred and willingly strives to use its power for the world's salvation.
Kurama's development is quite inspiring and a model we should all follow, with the racism, sexism, homophobism, etc. that is happening in the contemporan society.
The art and animation was originally good, fluent with nice colors but it went downhill and resulted in the overall animation&art being bad.
In order to save money, the studio decided to use lots and lots of flashbacks, entire minutes of already aired scenes from previous episodes, still facial expressions, pointless starring, etc.
Although the show started airing in 2007 and ended 10 years later, not many good changes had been made to the animation.
Most of the opening themes and ending themes are decent and the OST is fairly good. The voice actors did a good job interpreting the characters but not an outstanding end result. I couldn’t find a song I loved but nor could I find a song I hated so I guess the sound department is fine.
I highly enjoyed the canon episodes even some of the filler episodes but the overwhelming number of shit filler episodes and flashbacks ruined my enjoyment of this series. Not much to say about it…
Naruto Shippuuden had its good moments that made it shine but it was quickly clouded by the huge amount of filler episodes, flashbacks, inapt characters, subplots, etc.
I will certainly remember Naruto for the rest of my life, it is a show I grew up with and it holds a special place in my heart.
As advice to the people who have't watched it yet: skip some of the fillers, a great experience awaits you!
Naruto Shippuuden! The series that would never end finally ends! After ten years, five-hundred episodes and several movie tie-ins, this milked cow is finally laid down to rest, resulting in one of the worst shounen anime adaptations ever made. While I did enjoy myself with the series and certainly found myself even liking it for the first two-hundred episodes or so, the insane amount of filler, padding, and the actrious final three or four arcs made me despise this show by the end, and all of the characters and narrative. The filler in this anime is such a goddamn problem that it destroys the entire
anime, and at this point, if you did want to get into Naruto, I would recommend reading the manga, or skipping over the filler because, for the most part, the filler is absolutely abysmal and is rarely interesting or adds onto the overall world of the series. Since this review is going to spend a long time detailing all of my problems with the story, I will address the animation and music now. While I still prefer the original soundtrack of Naruto, Shippuuden is still great. The action pumps you up and there is a great variety in songs and moods to fit each moment and scene. The animation is a different story however. The anime is very inconsistent, and that is to be expected with a show with over five-hundred episode; at its best it could be movie quality, it’s worst, trashy nineties OVA.
Shippuuden is the direct continuation of the original series, set two years after the events that transpired in the original in which Naruto has trained to hone his skills and jutsu. Upon returning to the village, he fights off against the Akatsuki, a group of powerful, rogue ninja who want to collect all of the tailed beasts to create the ten tails and rule the world, while trying to save his gay lover, I mean best friend, Sasuke. Now, I want to clarify first of all that I enjoyed the first season very much (excluding the fillers, that is). It was fun, the battles were original and creative, and the characters went through great development; it captured the hard life of a ninja perfectly and the cruel world in which they live in. Shippuuden was also pretty good for a little while in the beginning of the series, albeit not as interesting or engaging as the previous story arcs of the show.
One good thing about the sequel is that Shippuuden is a lot darker and more mature than the original series, now with the Akatsuki clan running amok and killing many of the tailed beasts. There is this constant sense of looming danger and tension in the series and the Akatsuki were easily the best thing about part two. All of them are interesting, have unique abilities, and for the most part, are allowed to shine in their own respective battles. Hell, there are even a few character deaths which took me by surprise, which added onto the steaks and tension of the show. The first one hundred episodes of content (minus the fillers) are pretty great although I did have some problems, most notably being Naruto and Sasuke themselves.
Naruto in part two is annoying, whiny and irritating, and his constant journey to save Sasuke feels boring and unreal since Saskue becomes a complete dick head, hell bent on destroying the entire village. Sasuke starts off wanting to kill his brother, and after the worst plot twist in the series where we learn his evil brother was in fact a good guy, which I’ve always hated, all he wants after that is to destroy the village and everyone in it, and his character fluctuates so much throughout part two that it becomes hard to keep track of. Both of their respective story arcs hit brick walls by the end of the Pain arc, and hardly develop at all past that, just in their power levels. Speaking of the Pain arc, the conclusion to that very same story arc was so bad that I lost all hope in the series. After a great fight in which much of the main cast die, Naruto has a friendship speech with the villain in which after, he brings back all of the people in the village who died! Fucking kill me! This removed all of the tension from the series and was such a cheap way to bring back characters that I began to hate the series from that point onwards. Combine that with characters who did receive some screen time in part one, now being pushed to the sideline with no development, aside from Shikamaru, but even after his own arc, he is pushed to the side to make way for the yellow-haired cunt. In addition, Naruto’s character is ruined after we learn he is the child of destiny and was destined to save the world since he was born. This meant all of his hard work was for nothing, and is such a giant “FUCK YOU!” from the author, that after this point, I hated the series.
The worst character out of them all is Sakura. Now, I don't think she is useless in this series. Hell, she has a pretty okay fight against one of the Akaitsuki members and wins, which is something I can appreciate, it's just that her character goes fucking nowhere. She stays so stagnant and boring, whilst crying about Saskue. And holy shit does her love for Saskue feel forced as hell. It makes no sense why she loves him to this extent, especially after the bastard almost killed her and threatened to destroy the entire village, killing everyone she loved and had known. Back in the original I could kind of excuse her crush on account that she was a young child, but now it's laughably pathetic and doesn't even make any fucking sense.
And thus brings us to ninja war arc and everything that came after. These final arcs were awful. All of the clever tactics and strategies the characters had are now gone, in favour of who could pull off the most landscape reducing jutsu, and Naruto and Sasuke become so powerful, to the point they rival gods, even going as far as having them both die and then re-birth as an act of destiny. What I always hated was that all of the characters that died before; characters that I liked and had well completed arcs were brought back to life since the author was too lazy to create new ones. This ruined many of the original arcs these characters went through, and I found this, for the most part, to be completely boring since they just repeat what happened previously. Sure, there is some development and growth with the characters, but it's hardly substantial enough to raise the bar.
These final arcs are so full of ass-pulls, random power-ups and last for so fucking long that I can’t stand the idea of watching them again. The final fight between Naruto and Sasuke was pretty impressive and I’m glad it wasn't stuffed with filler but it’s not enough to save the whole series. The “final” villain Madara was the only thing I liked about the final arc but even then, he was replaced by the true final villain who was fucking terrible, since the author had no idea how to end the series nor of how to get rid of such a powerful enemy. Kaguya was such a terrible final villain, only being relevant for about ten episodes or so. The biggest problem is that she came out of nowhere. There was no build-up like Madara. Madara felt justified to be the final villain because of the build-up and the pay off with him was pretty good, but Kaguya was boring, dull and had no narrative steaks or intrigue behind her character at all. She was truly the worst final villain I've ever seen.
I could go on and on about every little thing, but I’ve covered everything that pisses me off the most so I’ll leave it at that. I do enjoy Naruto, despite the shit, I had fun, but if you want to get into the series, just read the manga.
I'm 25 years old now. By the time when I was presented to Naruto I was 13 years old.
So do you imagine how much this anime has marked me? Not only Shippuuden but the entire Naruto franchise?
For me Naruto is far from being the best anime ever but is certainly a shonen that everyone on anime community knows about, hated, loved, dropped, jumped fillers, watched the fillers, watched only a few episodes, criticize or whatever. When it comes about Naruto one thing is unanimous: Naruto is an anime of a generation.
First of all, I want you to know that I read the manga. It
ended with a magical number of 700 chapters. The Shippuuden anime ended with a magical number of 500 episodes.
They love magical numbers I guess.
So how should I start this?
Basically, Naruto Shippuuden has 2 major arcs in my opinion. Each of them has a lot of subplots. The first arc is “Akastuki”. The second arc is “The Fourth Shinobi World War”
For me Naruto should have never reached the second arc. And I’m not talking here only about the anime. I think Masashi Kishimoto should have ended his story in the “Pain’s Invasion”, the subplot that ended “Akatsuki” arc. Why I think that? It’s simple. And I have three reasons.
Definitely, the first and main reason it's because by the end of “Pain's Invasion”. Something great happened in Naruto's life. He wanted to be recognized as someone important. He defeated a great villain and was consecrated as a hero by all those who once has hated him. It would have been a great end indeed!
But at the end of the Pain’s Invasion we still have a lot of “plot” that is not solved. Like for example:
- What would happen to Sasuke?
- What is the purpose of capturing the bijuus?
- The story behind Naruto's birth.
- The world must attain a state of peace without war between the ninja villages.
The “The Fourth Shinobi World War arc” came to solve all these issues.
So people will say: I don’t get it. Right above you said “this should have ended in the Pain’s Invasion”. YES. Don’t get me wrong. What I wanted was that all these problems had already been solved when the story reach the "Pain’s Invasion". And then we all would be ready for the great finale.
Why you think that? Because of the second reason:
Pain is a villain way more exciting for a final boss than Madara (One of the most overpowered characters to ever exist) and Kaguya (The only solution Kishimoto found to defeat the most overpowered character to ever exist is to create another overpowered character to ever exist, more powerful than the previous one).
The main villain on Naruto Shippuuden is a problem after Pain's defeat.
Naruto replaced the main villain for 5 times in it's entire franchise I guess. The first one was Orochimaru, the second was Akatsuki and its leader Pain. And then things went downhill.
It turns out that Pain was not the real leader of Akatsuki (in its foundation yes, he was), The one who was behind the curtain was Tobi, that was revealed to be Madara. Ops! Tobi was not Madara. Tobi was Obito, Kakashi’s childhood friend that has been controlled by Madara and pretended to be him. So now Madara is the main villain right? RIGHT?
No Madara was just a puppet for Kaguya's Plans.
When Kaguya appeared in the manga I almost dropped it. But at that time I wanted to see how it was going to end. In the anime the “Kaguya subplot” was so nonsensical and covered with unnecessary fillers, and flashbacks that I felt really, really sad.
Talking about fillers and getting back in the reasons why I thought this should have ended in Pain’s Invasion, I give you now my third and last reason: The bigger the source material is (manga in this case), greater are the chances of the animation studio wanting to profit from the franchise. How they do this?
Answer: FILLERS and FILLER-FLASHBACKS.
This is the main reason of Naruto’s franchise disgrace.
Some of them are good I have to admit. Naruto has a lot of canonical flashbacks and a lot of non-canonical flashbacks as well.
I understand what happened with Naruto. No matter how efficiently a manga is published there is always the possibility that the anime might catch up with the manga. So this is the main reason of filler episodes. It’s to avoid this kind of situation and create a gap between the manga plotline and the anime. With this formula, the studio doesn’t have to stop with the production.
The thing is: this formula is so overused in Naruto Shippuuden that sometimes I thought "YOU MUST BE KIDDING RIGHT?" specially in the “Fourth Shinobi World War arc”.
It came a time that the anime was in the middle of the “Fourth Shinobi World War arc” and the manga ended. So I thought: “So the fillers don’t have the reason to be made anymore right? RIGHT?”. In the distance I could heard the animation studio laughing on my face.
I mean, we are about to have THAT INTENSE FIGHT AGAINST MADARA, we reached the climax, the shit is getting real…. but the episode ends. And then, we have a lot of filler episodes to break the hype. THE PACING SUCKS because of this.
But why they do this? WHY?
To make money with the franchise like I said before. It’s a sad thing. But it’s true.
So here is an advice. Before start watching this series search for a guide that lists which episodes are fillers, which episodes are canonical. It will be a better ride than mine I can ensure you.
Naruto has its main characters, and A LOT of supporting characters.
Some of them are remarkable, some of them are not. They have a variety of personalities and I think this is the strongest part of this show. The way the series narrative runs to both sides equally( to the future and to the past) makes you curious about an interesting event that occurred involving some specific characters you'll like.
For Naruto and Sasuke there is a lot of development because Shippuuden focuses more in the two of them. But I miss the development of the supporting ones.
A thing that really made me sad about the characters, is their powers. At the beginning of Naruto what we know about being a shinobi is taijutsu, strategy, controlling de chackra, skills, hand seals and stuff. It was really cool.
I agree that Naruto characters progressively got stronger throughout the series, specially Naruto and Sasuke but their power-ups are insane. Later on Shippuden what you get is basically DBZ with big explosions and complete landscape obliteration, and all those “shinobi skills” is put aside.
I know that must be very hard to make a 22 minute episode every week and I’m not an animation expert. But what I saw as a viewer wasn’t good. Naruto Shippuuden was not properly animated and I don't know what happened with Studio Pierrot. It started well but things went downhill getting worse and worse throughout the anime. The animation became repetitive, poorly made in some episodes with ugly frames and bad sequences. I’m not sayin that everything about the animation is terrible. Some sequences and episodes are really well made.
But overall, when you look to all of those 500 episodes what we see is something that is far from a good animaton.
About the soundtrack I have nothing to complain so far. I think the songs are really well used in proper moments. We have a lot of OP and ED in Shippuuden and I think they’re ok.
>>> Enjoyment/ Overall
It was a fun ride overall. Honestly I prefer the manga because of all the issues that I pointed out here. But I had good and emotional moments with this. As I told you in the beginning of this long review it’s a show that I will never forget, that marked me.
So do I recommend you to watch this show? To be honest I don’t know. If you like shonen anime in general, maybe is something you’ll like, maybe you'll not. If you watched the first Naruto and want to watch this in a marathon it would be better to do this skipping the fillers, believe me.
The Naruto franchise is host to a lot of ridiculously powerful ninja that can annihilate entire landscapes with ease, and even bring people back to life. Let’s take a look at the mightiest of them in this list of the strongest Naruto characters!