Of course, my first anime review had to be one of the G.O.A.Ts. I feel like it’s kind of lame to review an anime that so many people have already reviewed. However, I feel like most reviews for Naruto might be over-hyped and that’s what I’m here to give you the straight facts.
Is Naruto a good anime? Hell yes. Is Naruto one of my favorites? How could it not be? Does Naruto live up to the hype? Ehhhhhh.
Naruto starts off slow but in a good way; it lets you get to know the characters while also seeing some action. Which lets you know what type of anime it is straight from the jump. The chemistry between Naruto and Sasuke is dope and it really does help make some arcs better.
The chemistry between Naruto and Sakura is kind of lame, to be honest. It’s funny at times but most times it seems really annoying and not entertaining at all. One of the few things about Naruto that I feel everyone can agree is bad is Sakura.
Sakura herself isn’t really that bad. I understand that not every ninja is going to be hella dope like Kakashi but when you’re on an all-star team with Naruto and Sasuke, while being led by Kakashi you’d assume she’d at least be better. I feel like Sakura wouldn’t even be that bad if she at least had a good story arch (which she doesn’t).
Unlike Naruto and Sasuke who have both experienced losses, can relate to each other and have an interesting story arch’s, Sakura has nothing. Even her moments of courage are lame and don’t do anything to push the plot at all.
Another bad thing about Naruto is the filler episodes, it was cool in the beginning but at one point it starts to get bothersome. There are so many fillers in between the arch where Sasuke went with Orochimaru. It gets to the point where it feels like they just forgot about Sasuke in general. You get to episode 196 and still don’t hear anything about Sasuke and the show is almost over.
The good thing about Naruto is Naruto himself. Naruto’s whole back story is compelling beginning to end and the arches where they focus specifically on Naruto make you feel for him. The only thing about Naruto is the talk no Jutsu which is a fan-made Jutsu.
Talk no Jutsu means that Naruto can talk to any villain and turn them into a good guy again and to be honest I understand why some people think he has that power. I’m aware that he’s fought multiple people who he hasn’t been able to talk out of being evil. Still, you can’t pretend he hasn’t used talk no Jutsu more than at least 10 times. Almost every arch feels like some villain is getting taught a lesson. Even Might Guy used talk no Jutsu before.
Around the chunin exams arc, you might also feel like they’re not focusing on Naruto as much anymore. I remember thinking, “Am I watching Naruto or Sasuke?” Don’t worry though it focuses on Naruto again at one point.
Fight wise Naruto has great fights, Naruto, Sasuke, Rock Lee, and Jaraiya all have super cool fights and I recommend paying attention when you see any of those characters about to get serious. Jutsu wise Naruto doesn’t really have that many cool jutsus; it feels like most of the characters use the same jutsus and nothing else (I’m looking at you Kiba). Even most of the villains only use one or two jutsus that they have to figure out to be able to get past them.
Story-wise Naruto is really good if you get past all the fillers but even the fillers can be fun too. I actually enjoyed the filler where they tried to see Kakashi’s mouth. The show really knows how to put you on an emotional roller coaster and make you feel for the characters. I’m not going to spoil anything but the episode where Naruto was chasing Sasuke while he was in the barrel and all his teammates were fighting the villains 1v1 had me in tears.
I think Naruto is a really good anime to start on if you’ve never watched an anime before and most people will generally enjoy it not just weebs. Naruto is a great anime and I give it a 9/10 and recommend that any beginners looking for anime to get into should definitely give it a try.