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State of the Anime Manga Address (Naruto)

I have to say I was a latecomer to the Naruto world. I tired to watch Naruto a few years back and just didn’t enjoy it. I have come to realize that the “Americanized” dubbed version sucks. To truly enjoy the Naruto series you have to watch it subbed. Since I started watching the dubbed version I could not stop. Just to feed my lust for the show I started reading the manga and have never turned back. My Anime joy started Several years ago but Naruto was the cause of my fall to the Manga world.

Naruto

Naruto Uzumaki is one of the most interesting and well developed heroes I have seen. We have watched him closely as he has grown from a 12 year old little brat to a well rounded young adult and hero of his village. He started out just wanting to be recognized and since has become the one that everyone wants to catch up to.

The writing and story of Naruto has been very well handled. Both Anime and Manga keep you driven to find out what comes next. Even when the Anime is in filler mode it still keeps you well engaged in the story, usually taking that time to present deeper development not just of the main character but all of the main players in the series. Even if most filler is not considered “canon” it still provides some kinda insight to the characters and feels very fitting. The Manga is also exceptionally well written and drawn. I simply cant wait to get to the next chapter and see what happens.

Currently the Anime is working its way up to the war. We have a while to go but Madara has made his intentions clear. He plans to go to war to get the 8 and 9 tails he needs to fulfill his domination plans (Funny domination is EXACTLY the proper word for what he wants to do).. Sasuke is going over the deep end big time and I believe *Spoiler Highlight to see* Sakura though she loves him is going to try and come close to killing him. We will see how dark he truly has become when he tries to kill her though *Spoiler over*. The relation between Naruto and Sasuke is about to become truly strained. I think The straw that really broke Naruto’s back and made him see the light was when even Gaara basically said its time to give up on Sasuke. The fact that it looked like it literally broke Naruto’s heart says a lot. I Felt truly bad for him as its always tough when you realize that death may be the only way to save someone you care so much for.

Sasuke’s Fight with Danzo was pretty good. I still think it may have just been Danzo that sent Itachi to kill his family but reading the details of the whole ordeal on the Wiki kinda spoils it. I still want to believe though cause I’m that kinda fanboy, and I want to see something come up that gives Sasuke pause to think. Still cant wait to see the upcoming events.

Please Note the Following section will contain spoilers for people that are just watching the Anime Please skip if you do not want to know what’s coming up.

Now onto the manga. The war is now into full swing and the big guns are coming out. I wasn’t expecting Madara to show his hand so quickly actually. I now have MAD respect for Choji even if I think the “butterfly” wings are kinda sissy. I actually expected him to sis out but he manned up rather well and handled his ex teacher like a boss. Madara hitting the scene so early kinda has me thinking that we wont get to see a lot of the others throwing good smack downs now especially with Naruto and Bee hitting the scene too. I really would have like to see a few more skirmishes before we got to this point. I really want to see Madara and his gang get beat back a bit at least for now let loose and show that hes not quite ready to go this far yet and have him retreat. Its just the fanboy in me wants to know one thing sooo badly and that is. WTF does Naruto have to say about Hinata’s confession!. I mean seriously she almost got herself killed for him come on now! Beyond that though its amazing to see how much Naruto has progressed. When he took out Kisame I swear  he moved like his fathers teleport ability. The fact alone that literally Noone has been able to stop him says a lot and they really tried, it will be interesting to see what Tsunade and A have planned to stop Bee and Naruto though I doubt its going to work.

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My View of Thor

So Just finished with Thor, and I have to say, very good indeed.

Thor was not exactly My comic of choice so I wont comment on the relation to the comics and cannon of the story line. I will say it does set a nice stage for the character though. It is at its heart sort of a redemption story and somewhat predictable but it flowed rather nicely. They developed Thor well and set a nice backdrop for the future of the franchise. I look forward to seeing him again.

As for the visuals of the movie. I’d have to say they are rather well done. One of the hardest things to do when making Live action movies from comics is giving a good translation of a characters power. Now Thor is undoubtedly a god. Translating that kind of power to anything live action is going to be hard but they did an OK job of that. I only say OK but then again I have yet to see ANYTHING live action that really shows what it is like for a god to do battle. The effects they did use for Thor’s fights was done nicely but I just didn’t get that godlike feel, but to their credit it wasn’t cheesy either. I did enjoy his action scenes as a mortal though, they were a lot more believable. I will give major credit on one thing though Asgard was Rendered BEAUTIFULLY. I will prob go back and see it in 3D just for the Asgard scenes.

The Acting was Kinda Meh over all. Though Chris Hemsworth was an exceptional Thor and he drew me into the character. Anthony Hopkins was a great choice for Odin also but then again I believe Anthony is great in every part he has played. Otherwise the other characters though decently casted left no real lasting impression and only seemed to be filler.

I recommend Any comic geek to see it, and it makes a decent fantasy/action movie also.

4.5/5

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