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News WTF Wednesday: Darkness March 17, 2010
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Welcome everyone to the Anime Vice's Naruto Manga Roundtable! Whoo, are you ready to hear some of our folks' thoughts on the manga series and its ending? Our speakers are ...

  • Dream - Battle Mod, Ani Crap Reviewer, and a fan who has seen over a hundred different anime series
  • Taichokage - Toriko Wiki Expert, Shonen Connoisseur of all sorts, and Hall of Famer
  • Katmic - Claymore, Magi, and Seven Deadly Sin Reviewer
  • UsaChanMan - Lover of Romance, Shonen, and Shoujo genre and a closet nerd writer/artist

Questions were written by me.

Which character is the most memorable?

UsaChanMan:
Of all the Naruto characters, Jiraiya was the most memorable character for me. I feel that he played such a big role in Naruto's life, and quite arguably, one can say that he was one of the key characters that made him into the ninja he is. From training Naruto to harness the Kyuubi's chakra, to teaching him the Rasengan and finally, inspiring him to become a sage - he truly was both Naruto's greatest teacher and the closest thing to a father figure he had.
Dream:

Nagato/ Pain in my case. Unlike many of the major Naruto villains who only got their back story told just as they were about to die, the series devoted time to focus on how his character came to be and what led him to be part of Akatsuki and desire to gather the Jinchuriki.

Taichokage:
Hard to say really. I guess for me it would be Orochimaru. He was the longest lasting villain in the series and the earliest major one.
Katmic:
Gaara- He has one of the most complete stories in the entire series alongside Neji; Neji's death was timed perfectly because his story had ended back in the first part of the series. Even after his impressive storyline in Part 1, Gaara remained rather prominent in the series and his battles against the former kages were among the more impressive.

Where did the manga series perform well?

Dream:
It's high point came during the middle of its run when Akatsuki became more active. Unlike Orochimaru who was the apparent villain before the title's timeskip, the Akatsuki were a more convincing threat since their plans affected many of the major characters and involved the many ninja countries. Their presence led to some major characters in the series to be killed off that offered a more serious edge to the story compared to its earlier chapters.
Taichokage:
Part one. I even liked the majority of part 2. Where it fell starkly for me was the early stage of the 4th Great Ninja War. I remember the last good arc and great fight to me was the Kisame Arc (if you can call it that). Love the villain and the final fight between he and Guy was amazing.
Katmic:

The first part was of Naruto was one of the best, which is why i am looking forward to the new series. Kishimoto clearly shines when it comes to working with kids. It's with the adult elements that he seems to falter. The first part of shippuden was pretty well paced in reintroducing the characters and all the changes they had gone through over the years even while giving a spotlight to lesser known characters like InoChikaCho, the Sand Siblings, Itachi and the rest of the Akatsuki and even Tsunade. This trend culminated in the Pain Arc, the best and most coherent arc to date.

The Second portion of Shippuden faltered, starting with the Five Kage Summit Arc on wards; certainly the series shined with the 'Taming the Nine Tails' mini arc, in between the Summit and War arcs, but other than that, the second part of Naruto Shippuden was Hit or Miss.

To my own surprise, I would Disagree with about the beginning of the Great Ninja war. A few months ago i would have downgraded it as one of the worst sections of the Naruto series; rewatching it, however, completely changed my perception, making me realize that what i thought failed to deliver, and what i was quick to complain about was the lack of action, at least to the level that i expected. And this is the advantage of watching the anime over the manga. Watching over a few weeks what manga readers would have read over a period of months to a year provides an understanding manga readers simply do not enjoy.

Certainly Madara rocked the second part of the war. But the first part of the war has a level of depth that most of the series hasn't seen in quite a while; from Gaara to Mifune to that sand shinobi no one remembers, the first part is actually the most memorable of the war, packing whole years worth of character development into a select few moments. Gaara vs the former kazakage could have been a storm of sandy battles, and i personally would have preferred that approach. But the action wasn't essential to achieving Kishimoto's purpose for unleashing Edo Tensei, which was to bring character plots and storylines to a solid and final close even while raising new questions.

It is easy to dismiss the Mifune vs Salamander clash as one of the worst clashes of the war, only to realize that it might not have provided the awesome samura/shinobi clash we wanted, but it was filled with fairly interesting back story and depth regarding human determination, the regrets that emerge from failing to reach one's ambitions and the strength they can eventually generate.

Admittedly Kishimoto squandered even this opportunity, choosing to ignore most of his undead shinobi; none the less the complaint has about the second part of the war, the unfortunate focus upon Naruto and Sasuke, he has to admit Kishimoto tries to deal with in the first part before the pair arrives on the battlefield, by basically spreading the action around. Again, this perspective comes from watching that entire portion of the war as a whole.

What are its flaws?

Dream:

The series started going downhill following Pein's defeat and never really recovered with the really lazy means employed to undo much of the drama that affected Konohagakure when Pein appeared in the village. It dragged really badly in the Great Shinobi War arc with Madara being a pretty overpowered character, power upgrades galore being milked and a poor attempt at introducing a "true" final villain in the form of Kaguya.

But I think the biggest criticism I have towards the series is that it got too focused on Naruto and Sasuke for later chapters. The other Konoha ninja we were introduced to at the start of the series got little focus as the plot progressed further after the timeskip and the series did a poor and unconvincing job at trying to make it seem like Sakura was as important to things in the series as Naruto and Sasuke when her character development grinded to a halt long before the Great Shinobi War arc started.

Taichokage:
Kishimoto forgot or neglected far too many cornerstone characters for far too long. You could tell he was trying to force their relevance towards the end but it was too late. In some cases like Rock Lee I don't feel that Kishimoto even tried very much. Everyone was waiting for the 8th Gate to happen. I think Lee is one of the few prominent characters that did not scratch the surface of surpassing his master. It could have been Lee's chance to shine since part one had it been he that entered the 8th Gate not Might Guy. Lee is just a prominent example though. This applies to many formerly notable characters.

Even more than that however is Kishimoto's unreal failure to follow the logic that he established within his own story. The last year of Naruto had more plot holes than probably the prior 10 combined. I could make a whole blog on this but I don't wan't to hate on a series that I won't deny has some sentimental value for me.

The main issue with Naruto for me is that I think Kishimoto really was trying to cater to a younger audience from the get-go got a bit darker when he realized there was an older demographic that appreciated his work, then went full circle at the very end. An everyone lived happily ever after minus Neji Hyuga, all the dead aside from him forgotten, all the villains still alive are either forgiven (Sasuke) or not elaborated on (Orochimaru and Taka), and the romance is skipped completely and just cuts too the end results. Very childish in my opinion. However, it was not without it's pros. I would not have stuck with it for years had it been all faults. I have dropped series' before and Naruto is not among them. I caught up over 6 years ago and first saw it over 9 years ago. It was not for nothing that I saw it through to the end. I also think that a marathon of Naruto would be more enjoyable. The dragged out parts will not seem very dragged and the plot holes are easier to miss.

Katmic:

Manga readers are always quick to complain about the so called Talk no Jutsu as the series' primary failing; and i have always defended the series in this arena. This is mostly because even the most surprising villain transformations are never as 'out of the blue' as people make them out to be. There is no so called BS on the part of the plot because previous revelations and character developments always provide a rational explanation for the change.

Pain was never more than an Obito puppet, merely twisted by his own grief but never truly evil.

Obito was, well, crazy; listen to him speak long enough and you will realize that his monologues display some disturbing levels of denial. None the less, even explaining away some of these elements doesn't change the fact that Naruto has waaaay too much talking. I personally find the Jubito elements of Naruto's Talk no Jutsu to be the series' lowest point, a waste of a villain and an anti-climatic end to a very messy battle. Sometimes, even if it makes sense, a story works better when fists do the talking, like Naruto vs Sasuke part 1.

The unnecessary focus upon Naruto and Sasuke, basically the failure to capitalize on its large cast, is the only arena in which One Piece, at least in my eyes, supersedes Naruto. An interesting issue to note to though is the fact that, had Kishimoto made this war about all the rookies and peripheral shinobi, rather than just Naruto and Sasuke, it might have run longer than four years, albeit a more entertaining four years. Then again maybe not.

I would however dispute with other Naruto fans about the abundance of logical flaws; Kishimoto does ignore his own rules in some case, but these instances are very rare if one takes the entire Naruto series into consideration and what Kishimito stated or showed can and can't happen. Again, the insight of an anime viewer.

For Naruto, should it end early? Which arc?

Taichokage:
I felt it would have been fine even up to the the final arc. The issue is the Great War Arc took well over 4 years to wrap up. It could easily have been done in 2-3. I would have personally shaved about 18 months off. The pacing of 2013 and early 2014 in particular were nothing short of a snails pace. Unbelievable re-telling of events we already knew or had seen. It was the only period since I caught up to Naruto that I considered dropping it.
Dream:

They should have wrapped things up with the Great Shinobi War arc much earlier and then devoted time to properly wrap up ongoing developments with characters, the latter they didn't even bother addressing thanks to the lazy "what are they doing now"-style ending.

Katmic:
The First Naruto/Sasuke fight could have been a great enough place to end. Once it hit shippuden the series couldn't have ended early though. There were way too many loose plots to close and questions to answer. The War arc could have been shorter by a year. In utilizing his entire cast rather than stretching Naruto's presence, Kishimoto could have allowed for more memorable battles to emerge even while wrapping up most of his plots at a faster pace. This as opposed to focusing on a single large never ending battle. I wouldn't say that the last fights were dragged out, because they actually kept things fresh with each new chapter. Things were changing, new strategies were being tried. This wasn't just Ichigo throwing Getsuga tenshou over and over again. But i can see how some people might have found it tiresome.

How does Naruto distinguish from its fellow Shonen series?

Dream:
I wouldn't say it sticks out too greatly from other long-running shounen titles I've seen. It has a gimmick that appeals to its target audience and employs the typical cliches and character types used for it. Seemed to work well enough for it to be as popular as it was the past 15 years.
Katmic:

I am going to suggest something controversial and say that Naruto isn't as cheesy as One Piece and maybe those elements of depth in its Story lines have transcended through to new shonen series. Calling One Piece cheesy isn't negative in itself. The reason so many people compare One Piece to Fairy tail is because they share the spirit of adventure. However Fairy Tail takes those elements to the extreme and comes off as very cheesy with its nakama elements.

One piece maintains the perfect balance in its presentation of an action shonen series; yet, to an extent it is just an anime, mostly rooting its plots in basic action and entertainment. Naruto can get tiresome with all its talk about the will of fire and friendship (and Naruto's endless speeches about Sasuke). Yet the series has always presented a more philosophical message to its audience, with interactions between many of its characters providing a lot of insight into humanity as a species, the concept of death, sacrifice and grief. It was shonen at its heart, and yet Kishimoto would often speak with an adult, very grounded voice, with the shortest lines of dialogue often speaking mountains. Not to offend anyone, but when i think of One Piece, i see Luffy shouting or crying at the top of his lungs in an exaggerated manner, running after meat and fighting to become the strongest. Sure his spirit to explore makes One Piece a joy to watch.

Yet in watching Naruto fight, not to become the strongest, but to find an answer to world peace, an answer that three generations of shinobi had failed to locate and which simply came down to endurance and perseverance throughout the hardships of life, made Naruto a much more somber anime, one whose will i can see emerge in new shonen, many of which are placing less emphasis on fighting and more on plot progression. Hopefully they can find a better balance than Naruto, which sacrificed waaay too much of the action in favor of talking.

As one of the HST, do you believe Naruto affects upcoming Shonen manga series in the last decade? And how so?

Katmic:

Naruto, One Piece and Bleach didn't create their respective formulas; but they popularized them and breathed new life into the shonen genre. I can see how many upcoming shonen series might pick a leaf or two from Naruto, particularly in telling the same old thing better. We knew from the first page that Naruto would become the final and greatest hero of the series. Yet Kishimoto meandered and detoured so much along Naruto's story that readers were kept on the edge of their seats about how the final story story would play out and whether Naruto would really triumph.

After all, it was until 200+ chapters later that Naruto finally acquired the power to finally stand against the lowest members of Akatsuki and even then, all he had was a truly scary attack. It would take another 100+ chapters before he came into his own, at a point where heroes from previous manga were already giants of their series.

We knew that the fox would become Naruto's final weapon; yet the way Kishimoto cast it aside and had Naruto seek out alternative sources of strength kept the mystery of this dark power hidden long enough to have readers doubt the future of this plot. IN other words it has become a thing, for new shonen manga to do the same old think but in a new way, keeping readers interested with plots that some would consider overdone. One might impute some credit to manga like Naruto that, rather than being extremely original, focused upon simply telling a good story.

Which battles were your favorite? Your least favorite?

Taichokage:

  • Kisame Hoshigaki vs Might Guy
  • Naruto in 4 tailed Kyubi mode vs Orochimaru

I'm probably forgetting something though......

My least favorite was a toss up between Obito Uchiha vs the Shinobi alliance and Kaguya Ohtsustuki vs Team 7.

Katmic:
Faves
  • -The Pain Arc Battles were all great.
  • -Itachi vs Sasuke
  • -Naruto vs Sasuke (both battles, even if the final fight was a little rushed).
  • -Jiraiya vs. Pain.
  • -The masked man vs Minato.
  • -InoChikaCho and Kakashi Vs. Hidan and Kakuzu.
  • -Taka vs Killerbee
  • -Obito vs Konan

Least Favorite

The Jubi/Jubito battles simply got too big, with too many players on the field for the fight to make any sense. Kishimoto would have been better off splitting Madara and Obito, and having the pair face off against different enemies.

Same for Story Arcs

Katmic:

The Fourth Great Ninja War. It was hit and miss

Dream:

Favorite story arc was the Pein arc since it properly explored a clash of ideologies between Pain and Naruto based on their differing tragic pasts and got us quite the big major character death with Jiraiya.

Worst story arc for me was Great Shinobi War arc. Was really dragged out and Madara was a poor excuse of a villain for the arc with how overpowered and shallow he was in terms of character.

Taichokage:
Unfortunately my least favorite was the Final Arc, the 4th Great Ninja War Arc.

My favorite is is either the Sasuke Retrieval Arc or the Pain Invasion Arc. Probably the former if I had to choose.

How do you feel about the ending?

Rushed. Was there some Editor at Shonen Jump demanding that Kishimoto end his manga at 700. Because their was a clear obsession to end at 700. The final Naruto/Sasuke fight was alright, provided equal amounts of large scale battle and hand to hand combat (which is preferred). But it could have been so much more. The series needed an entire arc to close all its loose threads. However with a third series we just might get all the answers we need.
Taichokage:
Not bad but tremendously rushed. Many of the relationships is not most of them had no basis within the context of the story. Even the main character did not have any on-panel romance or bonding with his "to be".
Dream:
A big waste of time. The Great Shinobi War arc was already dragged out enough and they did a poor job incorporating Kaguya into the title's storyline. While Naruto and Sasuke's final battle was an expected development by many for Naruto's finale, the buildup to it was horrible and the whole "what are they doing now" style final chapter is something that has been done to death in long-running shounen titles like this.

Are you a shipper? Did your dreams come true in the ending?

UsaChanMan:

I’ll admit I can be a shipper at times; however, my dreams did not come true in the end. I found it a little unrealistic that most of the girls ended up with the guys they wanted… and I did not like how the match-ups seemed to be based off of very shallow romances. I definitely did not like the Sasuke and Sakura pairing whatsoever, and the fact that Sakura still has feelings for Sasuke still baffles me to this day. As stated by a lot of Naruto fans in various forums, the Naruto couples looked like they came right out of fanfiction stories.

Despite my disappointment, I won’t pass judgement just yet, seeing that the last Naruto movie still hasn’t been released and I have a feeling a lot of loose-ends will be tied up then.

Katmic: Not a shipper. But Naruto and Hinata worked for me. It made the most sense. One is right to question Sakura's character and her obsession with Sasuke despite all that he did to her. Sasuke didn't actually do anything to Naruto. But, for lack of a better term, he was pretty mean to Sakura.
Dream: Was never big on shipping with this series. Romance was never Naruto's major focus and this was reflected in the lack of proper relationship developments between couples.
Taichokage: Unfortunately no. I was glad that a certain young man achieved his dream but otherwise no. I have never been a fan of major time skip endings or little ones running around at the end. That's why I dislike the manga ending of Full Metal Alchemist more than the 2003 anime version.

How do you feel about the upcoming movie?

Taichokage:
I look forward to it a good amount actually. To me it looks more promising that the manga ending and very refreshing in general.
Dream:
No different from how I feel about other movie tie-ins for long-running shounen titles. Judging from the trailer, the movie exists as both a final attempt at a cash grab for the series and to satisfy shippers of Naruto x Hinata, despite the little interaction Naruto has had with her throughout the whole series.
Katmic:
The Last in supposed to be a love story so i suppose it will be something different; considering that it will answer a number of important questions, i am looking forward to it. Specifically watching Naruto's growth. He doesn't even look like Naruto. A hair cut can't make that big of a difference.

Which was more enjoyable: anime or manga?

Taichokage:
I dropped the anime some years ago but I think perhaps the anime, filler content aside was more enjoyable. Naruto is not a dark series nor is the art it's forte so very little needed to be censored and the animation did not drop the quality of the manga art most of the time in my opinion.
Katmic:
If anyone has the option, i would advise that they simply stick with the anime. Ignoring the fillers, events do not drag as much in the anime, which covers numerous events at a go, where the manga will naturally struggle to provide as much material a week.

How did Naruto fail to become mainstream? Does Naruto represent the generation of anime and manga today?

Dream:

At least in the mainstream for America, the series came to the states just as the anime boom fizzled out thus it never got much traction to be able to attract a wider audience. Toonami in the 2000s was on its way out and this was rather obvious with its reduced lineup and attempting to kill off anime programming from the network. By the time Toonami in the 2000s folded, Naruto was at its lowest point for its first series with the large number of filler arcs that were aired following the Sasuke Retrieval arc.

But among anime/ manga fans, it still attracted a large fanbase as such where it is among one of the top 5 all-time selling manga titles to sell internationally as it has sold over 205 million issues (surpassed only by One Piece and Dragon Ball) and was one of Weekly Shounen Jump's top 3 best-selling titles. It is an easily identifiable series for many anime and manga fans of this current generation thanks to its large popularity and regardless of its quality, Naruto will likely be a remembered series for fans of this generation years from now.

Taichokage:
Naruto DID become mainstream. It was superseded by One Piece however. I personally don't think a repeat of Naruto would be as successful though. Just like I don't think a Dragonball copycat can beat Dragonball.
Katmic:
Naruto is Mainstream, to an extent. One Piece is the biggest manga in the world (no matter what people say about Attack on Titan's hype driven rise) but there are countries with anime fans that have never heard of One Piece but who cannot get enough of Naruto. Here in Africa, the only anime that is as well known as Naruto is Last Air bender/Korra, which is actually even more popular. After years of bad press (from some badly informed Anime fans) people here are only now jumping onto the One piece train (though those who loved it initially can see nothing beyond One piece). If we are talking globally, Naruto is the dragonball Z of today. It is the face of anime and manga. One piece's domination is still largely rooted in Asia.

Closing Remarks

UsaChanMan:

The Naruto franchise is very close to my heart. . It’s safe to say that Naruto was what reintroduced me to anime during my teenage years. The first manga I’ve ever read in my life was the first volume of Naruto, which I came across at my high school library. I remember being hooked instantly and marathoning Naruto episodes the night prior to my grade 10 math exam.

I definitely recommend the anime and manga, not only because of its popularity, but because of its underlying theme of never giving up on your dreams or your friends.

Taichokage:

I should close by saying.....

Thank you Kishimoto Sensei for 15 years of Naruto. I was there for most of the ride. At the end of the day, I'm glad Naruto was in my younger years up to the current time.

Katmic:

I agree with about Naruto struggling to find its identity. It is, in fact, similar to Doctor Who. Doctor who has what it takes to create some really dark and enjoyable arcs and seasons; except it always seems to catch itself halfway, remembers its young audience and chooses to gear its efforts towards pleasing the kids, which is where it fails.

Naruto could have been so much more if it had kept its trajectory of growth and transformed with its audience into something much more serious, with lasting consequences; instead Kishimoto chose to settle for something in between.

None the less it has been quite a few years of fun and excitement. There will never be anything quite like it. Even if better anime and manga emerge, they cannot replace the spirit of Kishimoto's story. We can only hope that the mangaka can learn from his mistakes and provide us a true masterpiece in his third manga series. Because that is what it is, a manga series set within the Naruto Universe. It won't be Naruto.

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Happy new year everyone and welcome to My Top Four Favorite Manga Fights Of 2012. Why Top Four? Because I different LOL! This list is about the best fights in manga I have read over this year, which is mostly Shonen titles (since they are the only action title I read LOL!). Anyway, this list is not in order (there are minor spoils).

All those are quick thoughts on the fight

1. Elfman Strauss Vs. Bacchus

The best fight in Grand Magic Games Arc, in my opinion. Elfman is one of my favorite characters in Fairy Tail (and one of the reason why I still read it LOL!). This fight was just pure awesome, it was a brawl between two men.

2. Itachi & Sasuke Vs. Kabuto Yakushi

I dislike Sasuke so much, but this fight was pretty good. I like how they was using teamwork on Kabuto, and how Kabuto was like two steps ahead of them (it was a good fight until the end)

3. Monkey D. Luffy Vs. Caesar Clown

Caesar Clown is a great villain, he is so evilly jerky. Every time Luffy punch CC it feel so good. (also love all the faces he made doing the fights)

4. Franken Stein & Marie Mjolnir Vs. Justin Law

I like this fight, it just Stein going crazy and all out on Law

And those are my very short thoughts about my favorites fights of this year. What are your favorites manga fights for this year?

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For some odd reason lately I've felt compelled to spend a lot more time on YouTube recently. And a good bit of that time has been checking out AMVs. It takes a good bit of time and dedication to make them-though some work better than others. As some of you might know, I'm a hard rock and metal fan when it comes to music. So what I've done is search for some hard-hitting AMVs where the music goes really well with the scenes put together. Hope you all enjoy.

Gundam 00 Featuring "Fading Away" by Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter is a band I've been growing into and this is a song I really like. What makes the band a little different is they are Christian metal. Those aren't usually associated together but there are a number of bands like them. I have seen very little of Gundam 00 but when I came across this AMV it just seemed to work. The lyrics play their part but the editing fuses well with the sound.

Sasuke Featuring "Not Ready to Die" by Avenged Sevenfold

A7X is another band I enjoy. This song was originally made for the Call of the Dead DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops but upon seeing this I was surprised how well it turned out. This AMV contains footage from Naruto far beyond where I've watched. However, the content provided with the song does pretty well with the fight scenes and the telling of how Sasuke isn't going to quit until he does whatever it is he wants to do.

Seras Victoria Featuring "In Waves" by Trivium

Trivium is a band I've only just got into since I'm trying to delve deeper into the harder center of metal. The song only came out last year I think but I'm glad someone used it. That being said, the scenes used work quite well since most of what you see is enemy waves coming. Maybe the lyrics don't quite match up you can't really say the intro isn't pretty cool.

Black Lagoon Featuring "Public Enemy No. 1" by Megadeth

I admit I'm not a big Megadeth fan but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the older crews of metal. This AMV features scenes from all parts of Black Lagoon and I find the editing really good. Not to mention just how suiting the song is considering the scenes used and knowledge of all the happenings in the series. In the world of Black Lagoon there is certainly no shortage of heinous characters.

Seras Victoria Featuring "Waking the Demon" by Bullet For My Valentine

Ok, yes, it seems pretty shotty of me to put another Hellsing Ultimate AMV in here but trust me. Bullet is one of my favorite bands, and though this isn't their heaviest song, it is very suiting the scenes pieced together here. I also like the flashes of negative that go along with the drums. Vampires have demons, too, wouldn't you say?

Bleach Featuring "This War is Ours (The Guillotine II)" by Escape the Fate

Escape the Fate is more metalcore/screamo but I like the Guillotine trilogy the band has done. And I know many of you are disgusted I brought in a Bleach AMV considering there are so damn many of them (along with DBZ and Naruto) that it isn't even funny. But this one is a quick combination of many fight scenes and I found the editing to be pretty good.

Conclusion

So that's what I have for you Vicers. I hope to find more well done AMVs to songs I like but I try to keep away from ones made of the Big Four (I haven't found any I like yet for Fairy Tail). When you look for AMVs is there something in particular you want to find? I prefer searching by band name instead of by anime and I have been happy to find so many people like metal and anime enough to put them together.

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I have been thinking about   Naruto  and how much I hate it and then I realized why I hate it's because the two main characters (Naruto and Sasuke) are Gary Stu's. I mean the manga should be about  Rock Lee  he is a true underdog a ninja cursed with no ninjutsu having to fight demons and people with Bullshit Eyes that can make ramen, copy moves, make fire, summon a samurai, slow down time, teleport, see through things, evolve, drive cars, control space and time, play basketball, and mind control people. 

  Lee has learned how to open the first five of eight chakra gates , a feat that is difficult for even the most talented ninja.  Lee is only allowed to use them in life  or  death situations or when protecting someone he loves unlike Naruto’s clones and Sasuke eyes. The gates are basically natural steroids it’s kind of like Goku’s kaio ken all it does is boost his natural skills. Lee also has the ability to use Drunken Fist which is him using another fighting style to whoop ass.

People often say Sasuke has it easy because he was born an Uchiha, a clan that is famous because of the sharingan; but the same people  say this forget that Naruto also has a powerfull lineage, that grants him powerfull skills. Naruto doesn't have a sharingan, but the reason he have such an enormous amount of chakra is because he is a Uzumaki. But then again Sasuke did have a family for awhile so I'm guessing the only reason he is a so called genius is because he had help from his family. No wait they died right so he was all alone to but it was clearly shown that the only reason he was so good before his eyes showed up was because of how hard he was training to kill his brother. I wonder how bad ass Rock Lee would have been at 12 if he was training to kill his brother and was treated with respect by everyone just because of his last name.

"Lots of chakra! Big deal!". It is a big deal. Every tecnique Naruto have is based on this ridiculous amount of Uzumaki chakra he has. Shadow clones? Only possible because of big amount of chakra. Rasengan? If you remember correctly, Naruto is not as skilled with a rasengan as Jiraya and Minato were; he can't use it alone, he needs a clone. Do you think that he could spare a shadow clone at each rasengan he makes if he hadn't such an amount of Uzumaki chakra? But wait doesn't Sasuke have a move that is just as powerful as his Shadow Clones that only he can do yes he does and its called the ass pull black fire that burns every thing and makes me cry blood.


People that say Sasuke gained a MS also forget that Naruto gained FRS. He trained for what, a couple of days? Why? Because he could make a crazy amount of shadow clones and speed his training; but why? Because he have Uzumaki chakra. Maybe not as graphic as a sharingan, but just as useful. But how did Sasuke get MS by killing a dying man yup that's real bad ass.

Rock Lee has the Reverse Lotus which he learned this move by training his ass of and its just him beating his opponent down then using his arm band to pull them back into the air for the killing blow ala spiderman or scorpion. BADASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Take out Sasuke's EMS, sharingan and Cursed Mark and he still can be a great ninja; jounin level, easily. But with his Eyes he is boring and broken.

Take out Naruto's Kyuubi and Uzumaki chakra and he would also be a great ninja; joun level, easily. But with his demon and royal family he is INVICIBLE  at least until he loses because he pusses out at the last minute.  

  Take out Rock Lee’s weights Alcohol and nunchaku and you have a man who works hard to prove himself to a society who looks down on him because he isn’t magic.

    

Get the picture? They are boring as hell they are both confused little boys that are to powerful and that makes them boring.    

  You can hate all you want but just remember its just my opinion.    

He would whoop anybody's ass if they weren't half demon or didn't have super eyes. 
He would whoop anybody's ass if they weren't half demon or didn't have super eyes. 
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This is a mini-series I thought I would start with my blogs, I'm not as active as I would like to be so I figured this would give me a more consistent activity. This "series" will be on various teams throughout the Naruto series, highlighting there past, what they have done, members, and so on. These won't be the most popular teams, some you might know, but that may actuallly help you through learning something you weren't familar with. Anyways, for the first blog I thought I might use a team that is notable, and also a fan-favorite, The Sannin. The Sannin is a group of very powerful ninja, easily Kage-level, that used to work together for a common cause, despite there very different attitudes. These three ninja's are Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Tsunade.  

Past

 
All three ninja grew up in Konoha, and were all apart of the same team when they were Genin. The team's leader was Hiruzen Sarutobi. Hiruzen was the Hokage when the series was introduced, and was a major supporter of Naruto and his dreams of becoming Hokage. So all three of the students weren't called the Sannin at the time, that would come later in there lives. However, all three showed impressive skills and talent of the ninja arts that no doubt gave Hiruzen a foreshadow of the power they would have one day.  
Hiruzen's Team
Hiruzen's Team

Later in their lives, they would fight in the Second Shinobi World War, where they faught Hanzo. Becuase he was so powerful at the time, it was difficult for any one person or army to stop him, and just three ninja's were able to challenge his power. Becuase of this, he called them Konoha's Sannin, though they are just known as the Sannin for short. That is when Jiraiya met Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko. The Sannin had mixed opinions about what to do with the children, but Jiraiya eventually came to stay with them and train them, not knowing of the destruction they would cause one day.

Done

 
Sannin And Their Summons
Sannin And Their Summons
Shortly after Hiruzen's death, which Orochimaru caused when he attempted to take control of Konoha, Jiraiya was offered the position of the Fifth Hokage. However, he quickly turned down the oppurtunity, and instead decided to go look for and offer the position to Tsunade. When they finally met, all three of the Sannin fought in a battle. Eventually, it came down to Orochimaru fleeing, Tsunade and Jiraiya were both injured, though Tsunade has her medical-nin, still being weak. Before they began to battle with their summons, Tsunade mentioned that after that day they were no longer the Sannin, even though they were still noted as that afterwords. 
 

All three used their respected summons, Orochimaru with Manda, Jiraiya with Gamabunta, and Tsunade with Katsuyu. Showing all their affinities with their respected animal, also tying into the old Chinese folklore of the Slug fearing the Toad, the Toad fearing the Snake, and the Snake fearing the Slug. This is most often presumed to show that they are more or less equal in power, but in different areas may excel than each other. Its also interesting to note that each of Team 7 have trained with one of the Sannin. Naruto trained with Jiraiya, Sakura trained with Tsunade, and Sasuke trained with Orochimaru at some point. Each bringing back abilities and traits that model their respective mentors. 
  
So that is my basic run-up of the Sannin, their isn't a whole lot of time spent on them, but I covered the major appearences of them. Note that I didn't use this blog to specify each member, but the activity when all three were together. 
Hope you enjoyed ! 
Fire Star
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Link to Battle: http://www.animevice.com/forums/battles/33/4-fav-anime-dragonball-z-v-naruto-vs-bleach-vs-one-piece/317132/

Part one: http://www.animevice.com/profile/secretzfan/anime-vice-the-battle-of-the-4-leaders-battle-the-story-begins/107-4430/

Part 2- Onward to battle


"They are the best in anime" and some of them are the most powerful warriors!"
"They are fierce, talented, and some are adventurous"
"But who is the strongest of these heroes"


Naruto



Naruto: Ha glad I got away from those guys I almost blew my cover

Suddenly Naruto gets a cold feeling in his shoulders

Naruto: Crap

Behind him he sees his old rival Sasuke

Naruto: Sasuke!!!

Sasuke: It has been a little while Naruto

Naruto:*Bites tongue*

Sasuke: Don't fear me okay I have a favor to ask of you

Naruto: What do you want?

Sasuke then grabs Naruto's shoulders

Sasuke: Just to join your little fight club

Naruto then gets a little shock

Naruto: Wait that's it

Sasuke: Nothing more why not this can be good training if my opponents are strong and powerful

Naruto: All right!!!!

Sasuke: Whatever then

Some sand then slowly eases around Sasuke then goes past him between were Naruto and Sasuke are standing it then get comes together and gets taller to form another friend of Naruto's Gaara.

Naruto: Huh Gaara

Gaara: Hello old friend *smiles*

Naruto: Gaara!! What are you doing here?

Naruto hugs his old friend

Gaara: You fight tournament got wind of me and I too decided to join

Naruto: Really great!!!!! We all will fight together no I gotta go find everyone else













Bleach

Renji and Ichigo were in Ichigo's room

Renji: So you want me to be one of the 8 people you pick

Ichigo:Yup pretty much

Renji: Do you even know anything else about this battle

Ichigo: I know it is going to be in Hell and I need 8 other competitors

Reni: That it

Ichigo: Yea oh and we need one of the 8 competitors to be the weakest

Renji: So who is weakest on our team maybe Orihime

Ichigo: nah Orihime is just a healer still and that ability is a rivalry according to Kisuke

Renji:So they have to be a weak fighter then

Ichigo: Yea I guess so

Renji: Your really dumb know that

Ichigo: What ya say

Renji: Wanna try me today aye Kurosaki

Renji and Ichigo heads clash. Then Rukia walks in

Rukia: What do you too think your doing?

Renji and Ichigo: What??

Rukia sighs

Rukia: Anyway Ichigo I heard that in that fight your going to be in you needed a second mate I was wondering could I..

Renji:* Interrupts * Hey what are you doing Rukia

Rukia What do you mean what am I doing??

Renji: I will of course be Ichigo's second mate

Rukia: What??

Ichigo: Guys stop arguing I have already chosen my second mate

Renji: Huh who

Ichigo: It is a surprise



















Near Hell's gates


Goku: Looks like were the first to get here

Vegeta: These opponents you keep telling me about better be good and powerful too

Goku: I hope they are too this is gonna be fun

Goku and Vegeta here something underground and feel a hand come out and grab there feet suddenly Naruto shoots out at them

Naruto: What's up

Goku: Wow that was shocking I guess

Vegeta: Who is this?

Naruto: I am your host Uzumaki, Naruto, but not only am I your host I am a competitor

Goku: Wow so I get to fight you

Naruto; Not only that but you get to fight me in this form my sage mode here I will be fighting at my full

Goku: Your fullest great

Then suddenly a giant ship went above them

Goku: Whoa

Naruto: Who is that??

Goku: Luffy!!!!!!!

The ship landed right next to the hell gate

Luffy: Ahhhh!

Goku: It is Luffy!!!

Goku: Luffy

Luffy: Goku!!!!!

Luffy and Goku hugged each other

Naruto: okay okay you too just stop it is almost time to get started

The rest of Luffy's crew comes off the ship

Zoro: So are we beginning or what?

Naruto:Were waiting on one more team

Luffy: Who??

Goku: *Looks around* Hey were is that orange spiky hair guy

Luffy: Oh yea were is he?

Goku: Spiky guy

Naruto: he is the only one missing still

Luffy: I wonder what is taking him??

The all her something begin to open and all look up to see a crack in the sky

Naruto, Luffy, and Goku sighed

The crack opened up and they saw Ichigo and his friends running out

Ichigo: AHH how did I get myself mixed up in this???

Rukia: Ichigo behind you!!!

Ichigo: Huh??

They both look up too see a gillian come out

Ichigo: Menos huh

Rukia: Be careful

Ichigo: Yea of course I will

Then Ichigo and Rukia are interrupted when a blue arrow goes by them

Ichigo: Uryuu!!

Uryuu: Fool you take to long in killing your enemy!!

Uryuu begins shooting all 1200 arrows at the gillian

Ichigo gets Rukia out the way

Ichigo: Dam Uryuu that could have killed us

Uryuu: Sorry bout that

The arrows barley harm the gillian

Uryuu: Damit

Ichigo: Fuck

Renji: I'll handle this one Bankai!!!

Renji creates a long slithering snake and shoots a blast at it's head destroying it completely

Renji: Hah got it

Then 10 more gillian come out the crack

Rukia: More of them

Ichigo: Bankai!!!

Orihime: careful Ichigo

Ichigo: It is okay Inoue

Ichigo gets in fighting stance and goes hollow

Ichigo: Getsuga Tensho!!

Ichigo destroys 3 hollows

Uryuu: Idiot there are still 7 more

Ichigo: Dam

Then a blue light is heard from behind

Ichigo: What the??

Rukia: Huh

Renji: What power

Goku: Ka!! Me!! Ha!!! Me!!! HA!!!!!

Goku shoots a big energy blast at all 7 Gillians and kills them all

Vegeta: What the hell?? You telling me you guys can't beat some weak things like that you guys are gonna be a piece of cake

The Bleach gang is in complete shock

Ichigo: Wow they really cleaned up

Rukia: Amazing

Uryuu: They took it like it wasn't nothing

Vegeta: That's because it wasn't idiots now lets go

Naruto: Right you guys!!!! Now that everyone is here I we can leave

Naruto's team appears behind Naruto

Naruto: Meet team Uzumaki!!

Sakura hits Naruto in the head

Sakura: We didn't agree on that!!

Sasuke: True it is called Team Uchiha

Naruto: *Bites lip*

Neji: Stop it you three we all agreed on Team Hyuga

Naruto: What!!!! Listen I am the leader and I say Uzumaki

Garra: Will you all stop we all said team Konoha and that's the end of it

Sasuke: Weird you said that Garra since you were never part of the leaf

Garra: It doesn't matter to me what are names are

Naruto: Lets just go in to Hell everyone have there team's rankings??

Everyone say yes

Naruto: Great then lets move out

Everyone watches as the gates to Hell open up

“ And with everyone starring we all move into battle










In Hell

A hot place with fire surrounding it here our battle begins”


Ichigo: Hell huh

Naruto goes up

Naruto: All captains announce your first mates

Luffy: Zoro

Naruto: Mine is.. hmmm who Garra or Sasuke.. Garra

Ichigo: Uryuu Ishida

Uryuu: Hmm

Renji: *Shocked* Uryuu

Rukia: Ishida!!

Ichigo: Yup

Rukia: I'm shocked

Renji: Why would you choose the quincy nerd what is wrong with you??

Ichigo: Nothing

Renji: Of course there is you had to have a reason to chose him over me

Rukia: Who died to make you Vice captain

Renji: Please.. I am already a vice captain thank you very much

Ichigo: Whatever!!!

Renji and Rukia: Hey you can't just leave like that!!

Ichigo: Huh listen I do have my reason for choosing Ishida

Renji: yea what are they??

Ichigo: Look Renji at who were up against maybe you do have criteria to be my vice captain as you already are one, but you only use power to fight I needed someone who could also use brains. Look we just saw that guy over there defeat 7 menos with one attack last time I checked you didn't have that type of power and you sure don't have the type of brain power to face him either

Renji: Fine maybe your right

Rukia: That is pretty reasonable I suppose

Goku: My vice captain is Vegeta

Naruto: Great we've all chosen now we can begin our all out battle

Goku: Finally

Luffy: Yes

Great gigantic towers shot out from hell's magma.

Naruto's group scattered and ran up the towers at light speed. Goku and Vegeta jumped and flew to the top along with Ichigo's group and immediately the battle began. Sasuke who was the fastest hit the top first there he visited by Uryuu

Uryuu: Your rank

Sasuke: Second mate and your a first

Uryuu: Maybe I shouldn't fight you then

Sasuke: Oh please fight me you seem familiar somehow

Uryuu: I see

Uryuu takes out his quincy cross Ginrei Kojaku and shoots a arrow at sasuke that hit his shoulders

Sasuke: Dam

Uryuu: Is that all you got because then your a waste of my time

Sasuke: Please I got something to show you

Sasuke puts up his hand into the air

Sasuke: Chidori!!!

Sasuke creates a small ball of lightning in his hand then points it Uryuu

Sasuke: Now what

Sasuke runs up to Uryuu who walks backwards

Uryuu: You can't keep up with me can you?

Sasuke gets rights in front of Uryuu's face

Sasuke: Looks like I can

Uryuu: No!!

Sasuke: Yes

Sasuke stabs Uryuu with his chidori pushing him towards the edge Sasuke then puts his hands down on the ground

Uryuu: I got to think of a plan

Sasuke shoots lighting through the surface

Uryuu: No *Jumps up*

Sasuke: Hmm

Uryuu: Licht Regen

Uryuu shoots a pool of arrows towards Sasuke only to see hi gone

Uryuu: Huh

Sasuke then creeps up behind Uryuu. Sasuke's left eye has blood rushing down from it

Uryuu: Bastard!!!

Sasuke: Not bad but you still won't win

Uryuu: Shit!!!

Sasuke: Chi..dori

Sasuke stabs Uryuu again and he falls

Uryuu: Ahhhhh!!

Uryuu falls down with blood coming down near his heart

Sasuke: Dam I tried to give you fatal blow, but look like I missed by a inch well no point of leaving you alive so I'll finish it

Sasuke walks up to Uryuu who is laying down in pain and kicks him

Sasuke:I will put you out of your misery

This time Sasuke makes his entire hand filled with lighting and allow bolts to go everywhere

Sasuke: Chidori

Sasuke strikes down Uryuu with a all mighty lighting strike

Uryuu bleeds from his mouth

Sasuke: And after your captain went through all of the thought making you a vice captain you get beat by me you were way too weak

Uryuu: Is that so

Sasuke: Your still alive no matter see I don't just a have mental power, but I have physical power too and according to my calculations your finished

Uryuu: What??

Suddenly then Uryuu's arm is sliced off

Uryuu: Ahh what is this??

Sasuke:You can do a lot when you master lightning

Uryuu: No damit I can't be finished here

Sasuke: What did they call you back there,a quincy,well then sayonara quincy

Sasuke activates sharingan as he looks at Uryuu and then Uryuu faints



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Naruto, one of the best animes so far, when u ask people what anime they have watched, naruto is always in their hmm... so... why is it soo gd ? cuz of the ninjas? sooo sooo many eps and filler -_- rather read the manga... what do you think guys? should naruto just die or other characters be axed off? if so.. which ones? :) i really wanna know cuz i have been asking my self wayy to much
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Warning* If you havent gotten up to current Naruto manga Chapter 451, then you may want to steer away from this blog.


So yeah, Danzo's decision to dismiss Sasuke as a Missing-Nin, I feel he was right to do so. I mean how long has it ben since he left the village OF HIS OWN FREE WILL to go to Orochimaru? 2 going on 3 years? I feel Tsunade should've done this, no matter how Naruto or Team 7 felt about it.

As much as I don't like Danzo being the 6th Hokage, I feel his first decision, was a good one!

What do you all think?
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