Here’s some things that are very, very preliminary thoughts in terms my thoughts on Naruto, Kishimoto, and Blackness in the manga and anime. A lot of them center on tropes, which will factor into my analysis of Naruto, especially now that I know there’s an entire village of Black ninja.
(Which makes me really want to read the manga even more y’all!)
Anyways, here’s some of my thoughts.
I really wanna get back into Naruto. And I really want to write papers about it.
So I’m going to.
But why? Why a series that hasn’t really ended, but has shifted the focus to a son? Why a series that, like Megatokyo –another favorite comic series that I’m re-reading soon to critically look at its problems while appreciating a bit of nostalgia– has gone on forever and has been rather hated at times by fan culture? Why a series notorious for Dragon Ball-esque fights that take episodes to resolve?
Why? Well, because I have these really stellar memories of The First Wave of Naruto in America, back when the dub first aired. It’s all crystal clear.
Really though, it’s the product of six years of education in both Fulton, Missouri’s Westminster College where I received a BA in History, Minor in Asian Studies and Saint Louis’ University of Missouri-St. Louis where I received my MA in History and Museum Studies.
The impetus for the creation for this academic blog came one day while I was sitting in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan, waiting for my next bus to take me to my Tuesday school visit. Recently, all of my best ideas come when I’m waiting at a bus stop in Japan: must be the white noise. In that moment though, it was calling my mother, a daily ritual that I eagerly indulge, always mindful of the 14 – 15 hour difference, depending on Daylight Savings.
Of course, in this moment of academic brilliance –epiphany, good idea-ing- I said the sentence that made me make this blog:
“I want to write again. Like, write academic papers.”