*Before you go on, here’s a spoiler alert. We’re discussing the latest chapter of the Naruto manga.
If you’ve been watching anime for a long time, you know there are certain rules to every sub category. For example, if it’s a romantic comedy highschool anime, they’re going to the beach at some point. When it comes to fighting animes, characters get new forms. The classic example is Dragonball Z. When Gokou reaches a ceiling to his power, he breaks through it and his hair turns yellow. Super Saiyan! It’s a way to keep things exciting and when I say ‘exciting’, I mean like:
me: what’s up
friend: YOU READ THE LATEST NARUTO!?!?!?!?
me: nah, why?
me: don’t spoil it
friend: HOLY SHIT!! F:DSJGKSDJGSGJLFJG’… GO READ IT NOWWWWW
(15 minutes later)
friend: YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHAAH CRAZY RIGHT!?
me: NARUTO IS A FUCKIN’ NUT!
It’s fun, especially when these series literally go on for years. Like, Naruto? That’s like my little brother, man. I started reading the manga and watching the anime when I was in high school. it’s been more than ten years now! Introducing a new form every few years keeps things interesting for the fans. It gives us something to look forward to when he’s training for it, and then when he reaches it, it’s just all these new areas to explore; a brand new look, a fresh set of power moves, even the weaknesses that come with it are always interesting. The device also enables the villain to be that much more badass and seemingly unbeatable. This bad guy is stronger, faster, and better in every way. There is strong evidence that suggests nobody can defeat him, not even our beloved hero! Until…
me: what now?
friend: YOU READ THE LATEST NARUTO?!!?!?!!
friend: FUCKINNNNNNNNNNN CRAAAAAZZZYY
me: okay, whatever man. i’m doing work
(15 minutes later)
friend: I TOLD YOU, SON!!
me: I DIDN’T THINK HE COULD BE STOPPPPPPPEDDDDDDD!!
So, all in all. It’s a very good thing. But what happens when you start rolling out the new forms on a weekly basis. I mean, it’s nowhere near that frequent but it feels like it right now for Naruto. Just as I was finally getting used to the chakra hands thing he had going on for the last couple of weeks.
What is going on bro? I know that’s like a real classic bawse look to have (I’ve seen in those kind of jackets in other animes, usually on motorcycle gang leader) but it also looks like some shit from TRON. I’m not too mad at the new whiskers though. But it turns out, that’s not even Naruto, I don’t think. It’s all kind of confusing, really.
I don’t know if you can see what’s going on but Naruto is talking to the new form Naruto that is actually Kurama? Also, they’re riding in the cockpit of what would be Kurama’s frame made out of chakra. Aiight Kishimoto, you wilin’ now. It’s just all too much. Too frequent and too many things going on. Given the situation, I see the necessity to take drastic measures. He’s fighting a whole squad of tailed beasts! But you can’t just cop new jeeps for every bump in the road. Sometimes, you gotta just get creative and give a mufucka some “legendary” sweep kick. I’m serious. Put some sparkles around the leg area, dress the foot in some flames, and have the characters on the sidelines giving their surprise reactions until somebody breaks it down for everybody watching. You don’t see Luffy changing up every two months. He got that gear shit and now the haki. Actually, the latter isn’t even a new form.
This feeling also has to stem from the fact that there’s no major struggle here. Usually, the new form is most effective when we see the character either taking the trashing of a lifetime or you see the character watching helplessly as his friends get torn new ones. First comes anger, then tears, and finally, boom, some bad guy’s head rolls and just as the dust clears, you see the hero glaring at the villain (and he thought shit was all good). One of my favorite examples of this is in DBZ, during the Cell arc. Remember Gohan? Man, oh man. Even in Naruto, the greatest new form moment might be the first time he goes fox mode against Haku. Classic.
Keep heading down this path and I can foresee some major corniness.
Random thought that’s been bothering me. Where is Kurama when Naruto is having himself a wank? Does he have to sit through those too?