I just hate and feel embarassed that one of my favorite Anime shows is doing something stupid like this. Like a ninja deceptively presenting himself to enemies as a bumbler who doesn’t know ninjitsu, this show lulls us into a false sense of tranquility. The animation was good considering the chibi style of it, and the story lines are very cute. The real Naruto story is getting very serious, especially now with the war coming up, so knowing they spent time drawing your favorite characters in such a light-hearted manner seems like wasted effort to me. I also act negatively towards this anime series because it’s replacing Bleach. I absolutely adore Bleach, but I think it was the right time to put the anime series on hiatus. Bleach’s anime story line was getting so close to the manga’s, it would have taken a year’s worth of filler episodes to let the manga get further ahead, which I think wouldn’t have been very entertaining. One filler arc can be enjoyable, but too many will get stale very soon, and Bleach would have needed many considering how close the anime was to reaching the manga.
As hard as it is to believe, there does some seem to be some similarly-surprising commentary in the first half. The first story was all about Rock Lee’s rivalry with Neji. Of course as fans of the original Naruto series will know, they have had a long rivalry and Lee has always come up short in his efforts to beat the genius Neji. It might have been better if the characters were chibified for about half the time instead of always, as it takes away from the serious tone of the situations at hand. From here, the show’s comedy is really incredibly simple – lots of slapstick, a fair amount of childish toilet humor, and all real potential threats are thrown out the window. But this show has a lot of potential and when more episodes come out I am positive more people will come to enjoy it. But, as of now, at only five episodes in, I can’t recommend it.
That said, since the show has been steadily improving each week. Still, for the most part we can’t deny that this is a fun series that has a reasonably good ratio of comedy hits to misses in general, and for Naruto fans with a thirst for a giggle then you can’t go far wrong with watching the series. I do tend to be a bit more critical as this is one of the most popular series ever and the producers should take that into account when making a sub-par story. As the main series continues to get more and more serious, this definitely provides a cute outlet for the younger fans that could serve as an eventual gateway to the other series.
Hopefully this trend can continue, and if it does, then it will certainly be a series I will recommend to someone who is looking for a good comedy. Although, it might be too early to tell, I hope it doesn’t go down the same route of the main series itself and run to hundreds of episodes while hammering its ideas into the ground. So, don’t say I didn’t warn you of the shows shortcomings. If you’re still interested…new episodes debut on VIZAnime and Hulu every Tuesday, two weeks after broadcast debut in Japan! Again, why make a show about mystical ninjas and then starring Rock Lee, the ninja who actually can’t use ninjutsu? The plus is that it gives a chance to focusing on stories with Rock Lee and others from the Hidden Leaf Village provides a chance for everyone to get some screen time.