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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.
Well used to be is more like it. I think its getting to be time to find something to replace Bleach. Originally the only thing I had against Bleach was its filler. It was abysmal and dull. I think the series reached its peak with the end of Aizen and should be put to rest for something new. Now even in the manga its getting to be rather blasé, and the anime itself the current filler arch is just sad. I was not really a fan of their filler before but between watching Bleach and Naruto it’s a world of difference. I actually like and look forward in way to some of Naruto’s filler. The only halfway decent filler arch they had was the Bount invasion which I have to say I did enjoy to a degree but could have been a lot better.
Ichigo was developed well as a character but I think they burned him out to quickly. We still have little to no idea where Chad or Inoue get their power from exactly though we are getting some glimpses of Chads origin in the Manga but still nothing on Inoue which undoubtedly has an incredible ability. This would have been a great basis of some filler! They need to develop these supporting characters more and filler is a great way to do that.
The current anime arch for Bleach is crap. Basically some 7th seat from the R & D division has made clones of most of the key members of the Gotei 13, Separated the Spirit and living worlds, and plans to take over both. First he needs some chick with repressed memories to gain the needed power to do so. Blah Blah Blah.. I don’t care.
Back in the real world in the manga (one thing I hate is that there is NO reflection of events at all when dealing with filler) Ichigo is training with another new “secret society” (How the heck do all the groups keep themselves soo well hidden, First the Visored were never detected in 100+ years now these guys!?!?!) of sorts to gain some semblance of power back after losing complete access to his shinigami skills. What he now has is a “Fullbring” skill that he has basically developed overnight to nearly be as decent as he was with his Banki. Apparently this is the same ability that gives Chad his power also. Ichigo has already met and attacked the resident bad guy who has done “something” to Inoue, and has hospitalized Ishida. Ichigo has shown some highly impressive skills but has the typical long way to go. To be honest I don’t feel like I have anything invested in finding out more about the current story any more, it looks to be the same thing all over again with Ichigo and nothing new or interesting is really being presented. I Might just drop Bleach from this point on, there has been a lot of people pushing me towards One Piece.
OK So let me say this.. This is not a Video game Movie. I have seen a lot of reviews and Comments relating this to a VG film.. It most certainly is not. The story is all Mind Screw making the name Truly Fitting. When the end comes around it is definitely a sucker punch to the face. The Action scenes are a pure Joy and in my best description, I would equate it to a Live action Anime on par with the likes of Casshern (the ONLY movie I think that has managed to be a good Comic/Manga crossover to live action).
The Story was exceptional and manages to keep you well hooked. Its dark and gritty with a lot of tense moments. At the same time it presents a very good story that fits the theme perfectly. If your not paying attention you might get lost, but the movie still manages to tie the three worlds together rather well. Another Key to the Movie and story was the soundtrack selection which was Awesome indeed, I highly recommend picking it up/downloading it whatever.
The Visuals were top notch. Aside for a lot of beautiful women, the environments and atmosphere were very well done. It gave me the feeling , again in my best way of describing it, of an anime come to life. Cute ladies kicking ass in a world you wouldn’t want to imagine is the basic summing up. The action was well choreographed and there was none of the cheesiness one would expect. Each of the places the ladies hmm ill say work in to reach their goals are truly engaging. The portrayal of power/skill I would have to say was even better then Thor. On a purely Character to character basis I’d say BabyDoll would give Thor a run for his Money, but that’s only based on the Characters portrayals between the two movies.
The Acting was also top of the line, I don’t know any of the actresses from anything prior at least that I recognize, but they did superb jobs. Each one made you want to feel for them and made their part believable. The “Wise Man” I do recognize from Backdraft and a few others and he too played his part well. The characters that you were supposed to love were loved and the ones you should hate, you REALLY hated.
This Movie Truly lives up to its name.
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.