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.