When thinking of my favorite fighter anime, I immediately thought of Naruto. I remember discovering it in 7th grade after seeing a wall scroll of Team 7 in my brother’s room. I was intrigued by the characters so I decided to watch it. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked. I normally gravitate towards shojo titles but I enjoyed the action scenes along with romantic, drama and comedic elements. There’s something for everyone. In my case, I related so much to Sakura Haruno. I could relate to being boy-crazy and having a Type A personality. Every preteen is a bit annoying to an extent. Every girl has their own Inner Sakura.
Another favorite part of the show was watching Naruto grow from being the class clown into eventually becoming a strong and compassionate leader for Konoha. A lesson I learned from the show is that you have to work hard to achieve your goals even if everyone and everything is against you. Naruto was able to overcome his demons with the help of Team 7, Jiraiya-sensei and many others. Having a rival motivated him to do even better; Sasuke is the cool and angsty counterpart to Naruto’s goofy and wild persona. My new life goal was to become a kunoichi and a fighting dreamer.
My favorite arc of the show has to be the Chunin Exam. There was adventure, excitement and danger at every turn. However, I hate Orochimaru so much. He started leading Sasuke over to the dark side. I feel like there was a lot of great character development during this arc. Team 7 had to grow up really fast! I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in the Forest of Death. I was genuinely scared for them.
From the beginning of the show, I shipped NaruHina and SasuSaku. I still feel that way today. I could relate to Hinata in how she watched Naruto from afar. I did that with my first crush too. Even though Sasuke thought Sakura was annoying, you could see his feelings of fondness towards her later on. If anything, I wished NaruHina had happened earlier! But…Naruto is a dense idiot! Plus, he had other ninja mission tasks on his mind, so it’s understandable.
The only thing I don’t like is the fact that so many great characters die! It kills my heart so much. I’ve cried many tears over this show. I won’t mention these individuals but there’s so much pain throughout the show. Many characters grow up with one or less parents and they often lose significant others or beloved friends. But, they live in a world where death is more common because of villain ninja.
This anime has so many fond memories. If you haven’t seen Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, I highly recommend watching it! What’s your favorite part of Naruto? Do you have a favorite fighter anime? Let me know by commenting below. Have a good day!