I don’t have too many guilty pleasures. Oh, I’m into plenty of things that the dismissive and the snooty typically look down on, sure - - I’ve just never felt especially embarrassed, nor “guilty,” for enjoying what I enjoy. That said, I’m well aware of the potential ridiculousness of a guy my age enjoying what’s essentially the kiddy version of a series that’s already rather kiddy in its own right. Still, any hesitation about returning to this most carefree escapism for episode #2 didn’t last long.
See, I’m not going to invest space here into trying to prop this show above the unabashedly juvenile diversion it actually is. If you find the humor too sophomoric to stomach, I won’t even try to persuade you otherwise. Put it this way, I was able to call Naruto and Lee tearing up each other’s love letters and them snooping for Sakura’s panties in her purse from pretty much the second the intro finished rolling. This show plots twists that are about as unpredictable as the solutions to mazes on the back of cereal boxes.
However, much like how you just can’t stop scooping Fruit Loops after you’ve had a spoonful, this show’s still effortlessly divertible, and that kind of “easy watchable” isn’t something every anime can claim - - even the sophisticated ones. So, here am I, watching and enjoying (if not necessarily learning from) Lee’s silly attempts at day game with ninjutsu tricks and curry bowls as his props. I’m a little embarrassed to like it, but certainly not ashamed.
Also, a head’s up for all you lunatics…
As this latest round of series in Watch & Learn wraps up, I’m aiming to cover more “straight over the ocean” titles like ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS. Stay tuned. We’ll see how we do when the show’s sub-titles are still cooling (so to speak.)