What separates Naruto from the rest?
Naruto is part of the Big Three anime of all time along with One Piece and Bleach.
The Pain arc from Naruto Shippuden is the best anime arc of all time.
Naruto and Sasuke vs Momoshiki is the No1 fight in the history of anime.
If these accolades aren’t enough for you guys to understand, why Naruto is such a big deal? Here are 12 reasons that answer the question, what separates Naruto from the rest?
1. Isn’t afraid of killing popular characters
The show has witnessed the deaths of many popular characters including the likes of Jiraiya, Itachi, Pain/ Yahiko, Obito, Neji and Minato who died in the very first episode of the series.
It’s quite brave of Masashi Kishimoto( the creator of Naruto manga) to kill most of his popular characters. When a character becomes popular, its creator becomes sceptical about killing that character afraid of how the fans might react.
2. Widely loved Antagonists
3. Shows us how a character without inborn talent achieves his dream
Rock Lee aspires to become a shinobi without knowing any Ninjutsu. Lee isn’t part of any clan that bestows him with any special abilities or power that are passed on from one generation to another like Uchiha’s and Hyuga’s.
4. Naruto teaches us that circumstances can’t define the path you take in life
Naruto and Gaara faced similar challenges while growing up. They both were despised by others who treated them as outcasts.
Despite all the discrimination faced by Naruto, he chooses to look on the path filled with light to strive toward earning people’s acknowledgement without holding any grudge against anyone.
5. Stupendous storyline
I watched the whole series of 720 episodes in one go that tells you how engaging the storyline might be.
6. Backstory of every side character
Usually, the storyline of any anime is centred around the main characters cause they are the highlight of the show. Naruto is no different, he is indeed the highlight of the show but so are its side characters.
Kishimoto has so beautifully written the backstories of all the characters. It includes the likes of Kakashi, the chronicles of Itachi, Might Guy, Yahiko and so on. The anime has individual arcs featuring the backstories of these characters.
He has even given backstories of all its villains including every member of the Akatsuki, Madara, Orochimaru, Kaguya and Nagato.
7. Analytical fight scenes
Analytical fight scenes means interpreting your opponent’s moves and then analysing their movements to find out their counter measurements.
Naruto excels at analytical fight scenes. Decoding jutsus i.e
- How does it work
- It’s limitations
- It’s counter-attacks
One of the best examples of an analytical fight would be Shikamaru vs Hidan where we saw the birth of Shikamaru- the genius.
8. Unique character design
Naruto has the most unique character design. It has all types of characters:
- Cold edgy characters like Sasuke
- Knucklehead ninjas like Naruto
- Cool and strong characters like Kakashi
- Genius not smart, characters like Shikamaru
9. Depicts bonds that can’t be broken
Obito and Kakashi– Not-so-good friends turned bitter enemies and again redeemed as friends.
10. Addictive Openings
Each opening of Naruto is truly legendary. It started from season 1 and never looked back since then. It kept delivering great op after great op till the last season. You can’t stop yourself from singing when you hear it.
11. Creative Animation
12. Epic/ Unmatched English dub
English dubs of Pain, Madara, Sasuke, Naruto, Obito, Kakashi and Guy are top-notch. Be it having a strong and intense voice like Pain or a cold edgy voice like Sasuke. Naruto’s dub sets the bar for all animes to reach when it comes to dubbing in English.
Even after 5 years since its ending, it is still one of the most talked about anime. Its popularity knows no bounds and it’s not coming down anytime soon.