Leadup to Tri Week 43- Naruto

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The first natural breaking point is a bit in... 19 episodes.

Naruto!


Subbed and dubbed on Hulu for free- http://www.hulu.com/naruto


With the leadup likely ending soon makes sense I would go to a shonen mack daddy that is still running... anime-wise at least.

Decided this would make a good choice for 3 reasons.

1- The manga officially had it's last volume come out in the USA this week.
2- I got to see an early screening of Boruto yesterday.
3- I'm currently obsessed with an expensive Naruto manga bundle I can't buy. I may or may not have made a hissing noise at the monitor at some point.


The anime can drag (and it loves it's recaps), but it's easy to see why it's such a popular franchise. It mixes action, comedy, and good character writing really well.

While the first 19 episodes doesn't quite do detailed introductions for the wider cast (minus short appearances) you'll get flashes of all the various characters who become important later, along with a good start to the story. It's not hard to see how it's past 650 episodes so far, and in the home stretch, but at this point, it's largely introducing the primary trio along with their teacher. Not much of a need to explain because most people have an idea what Naruto is, and if not, the show itself does a pretty good job of explaining things to you as it needs to.


As for Digimon connections... so many it's hard to know where to start, and damn near impossible to finish...
The most obvious connection on the Japanese side is Naruto himself. Voiced by the actress who played both Gomamon in Adventure and Takuya in Frontier.
On the dub side, the most obvious would be that both Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Jeff Nimoy have directed some of the dub, with Nimoy writing some also (the dub has so many Digimon people involved with it it'll honestly make your head spin.)


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Here's an embed of the first OP to Naruto. This will bring back some memories for older anime fans who might not have seen this for over a decade at this point.
 

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Something I like about the stiry of Naruto is, there's almost no pure evil villain. Almost all of them initially had a good intention.
 

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I could say a lot about Naruto.

The fillers can be hard to get through.
Kishimoto may not know what he was writing.
He did say he can't write girls so that's why Sakura was horribly done for almost the whole manga except for the last fight for a while.
The shipping was bad but the people who still hold on to it are hilarious. Unlike Adventure shippers.
Hinata was always best girl.
Sasuke was a tool and I said a couple of mean things about him on Twitter.
At least Sakura got him but I always liked Lee/Sakura.
Chouji really surprised us all at the end. His daughter is cute.

But it's still a great anime. Much like Bleach and One Piece. I was happy to see how it ended but maybe not that it ended.
 

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At least Sakura got him but I always liked Lee/Sakura.
Chouji really surprised us all at the end. His daughter is cute.
Speaking of whom, did Lee marry Tenten or not? Those two like someone who'll keep single forever.
Glad that I'm not the only man who finds ChouChou cute.
 

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I stopped reading the manga during the war arc when the battles were dragging on and on and there were zombies all over. Does the story get more interesting after that?

As for the anime, I enjoyed watching the first season, especially the tactical battles and tournament. I've been watching the Shippuden dub on Toonami, as well.
 
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Speaking of whom, did Lee marry Tenten or not? Those two like someone who'll keep single forever.
Glad that I'm not the only man who finds ChouChou cute.
Lee has a son. Named Metal Lee. I like to think he did marry Tenten.
Cute like Hinata's daughter. Just not as much.
 
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