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Just your friendly neighborhood lurker in the shadows who likes to wander under the night sky and wonder about the world's many oddities and ironies
Random Thoughts (about Naruto stuff):
--Henge: I've seen a lot of back and forth about this. Some say it's genjutsu. Some say it's ninjutsu. Some say it's only ninjutsu when Naruto does it. I'm not able to find it stated directly thus far, but if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd love that. So my curiosity comes in during the first fight with Zabuza. Naruto gets tossed to Sasuke in the form of a collapsed fuma shuriken (which then goes on to be opened up, showing he can do at least some moving parts).
If it were an illusion, I'd have expected Sasuke's arm to fall to an awkward position at the time of the catch due to the contrast between expected weight and actual weight. Also, if it were an illusion Naruto couldn't have gotten that far out over the water (couldn't water walk until quite a while later). Given the ability he'd already shown when leaping around the village, it may be possible that Naruto simply jumped it. However, it appeared very far, and if he'd done that the flight path of the shuriken should've been more awkward.
Let's try the other way and assume it was a physical metamorphosis. Sasuke noticed almost immediately, though that was the intent anyway. At no point did he express any surprise aside from the split-second "oh that's Naruto" expression. Moreover the occurance wasn't followed up on at any point later on. If it were unusual, you'd think at least Sasuke might be interested in the jutsu for versatility of use towards his quest. So far as I've been able to tell, shapechanging in itself isn't uncommon. However, Naruto takes it farther than almost anyone by going so far as to change from animal to mineral on more than one occasion.
--Sakura: So much right and so much wrong. On the one hand she does overreact to more than a few things Naruto does, but she does also steadily calm down (aside from crying just a little too much). When I then also take into account the fact that she was typecast as the "violent female lead" I think the image gets somewhat distorted by people not being able to separate manga sight gags from the characters themselves. And in fairness sometimes Naruto just has some rediculously stupid moments that we all want to hit him for. Looking at it another way, he grew up without anyone who cared enough to correct him when he did wrong. In her own way I think she fills a role he needs. The big question for me now is whether there was any sincerity in her confession. I'd like to believe that there was some, but time will tell.
--Sasuke: [Currently under re-evaluation]
--Naruto: There are things I love about him, and there are things I hate. I like his optimism in general. I adore the never-say-die attitude. Love the way he can put a smile on just about anyone's face then turn around and get deadly serious. That said, I'd like to see some more serious moments. I definitely don't want to see him plummet into hardcore brooding or any such nonsense, but it's nice to see those times when he can actually be deep and almost philosophical. To contrast, his absolute idiot moments (I sometimes call these "Goku moments") just seem overdone. It's too absolutely persistent to be an illusion in canon, but I like that take on it in fics.
--Naruto's treatment in Konoha: On the one hand, I suspect that he probably would have a life more nearly like Gaara. I could easily foresee assassination attempts and such. The fox was going to destroy the village, and its presence brought about the loss of a great hero (plus ninja and civilians I imagine). I'm mildly annoyed that it really wasn't touched on much until we see the behavior of Dark Naruto, and even then his vocalized thoughts on the matter aren't that specific beyond talk of (potentially extreme) neglect. I suspect there's some censoring going on in effort to focus on a younger target audience.
At the same time, I can't help but think that attacks would ultimately be few but significant. Old though he may have been, Sarutobi Hiruzen seemed to be more than able to get serious and put his foot down. I can't help but think that he would be the kind to take but only a small amount of crap from the village as a whole and absolutely no insubordination from his soldiers. I mean he is the kindly old man who ordered an entire clan be killed off by one of their own when his efforts at negotiation went down the toilet. Basically I favor the idea of a middle ground when it comes to gauging how much the village mistreated our protagonist. I'm sure it happened, but I fear that some stories go well into the deep end of an excessively dark extreme.
--Kushina as the second Kyuubi Jinchuuriki: Personally, I'm not able to understand why this bothers so many fans. I don't find anything contradictory or outrageous about it. I find it a bit enlightening if anything. Did it bother no one but me that the entire story began by saying that the demon fox "appeared"? I'm more annoyed that few seem to have picked up on that and been wondering. If anything this situation perfectly explains why no one saw it coming and got prepared. It explains to me how Naruto was on-hand for the event also. To be honest I don't recall seeing any story explain to my satisfaction just how Naruto went from the birth canal to the battlefield (yes, I've seen explanations in fics, but they didn't satisfy me). It was just something that we all pretty well had to take for granted up to this point. It's also nice to understand why Kushina isn't in the picture now.
--Naruto's relation to Tsunade: I like that Kishimoto's come out and officially proclaimed Naruto to be blood of Senju. Many had speculated, and now it's official. Uzumaki and Senju are related distantly, and then the First Hokage takes an Uzumaki for a wife. I like how Kushina never expresses what her relationship to Kyuubi's first host was beyond coming from the same clan. It leaves a fairly satisfying amount of flexibility both for fic writers and for Kishimoto later on. More than that, I'm glad the spiral insignia all over the Konoha ninja uniforms has finally been explained. It's even better that Konoha's leaf symbol looks like the Uzushio spiral reversed and with a few lines added. It almost makes me wonder why no one seemed to comment on Naruto's clan name in the past.
--Shadow clones and inherited memory: Frankly, I like the feature a lot. I think it's a brilliant idea. However, I loathe that we basically get told that the main character has been using hundreds of thousands of shadow clones over the span of a few years, but he was too stupid to ever notice that he would know things he probably shouldn't have known. It would be easy for me to understand if he didn't immediately get the idea of training with thousands of clones to cut down his training time. That would take a bit of creative thinking. But to not notice strangely new memories at any point over the course of several years is just stretching it too far. This basically points back to my issues with Naruto, as mentioned above. But really I think it was a cool power added as an afterthought by the writers. At least that's how it's presented.
OBITUARY FOR THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get Parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
RIP We shall remember
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