May 15, 2009

Naruto Addiction

I am really an avid fan of the anime Naruto and its sequel Naruto Shippuuden. Ever since I the day I had viewed its first episode, I had been addicted to it and I can't help but watch the succeeding episodes.

Naruto is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage. It has an anime adaptation which is what I watch.

Since the anime episodes being shown in the Philippines are old episodes and are always being replayed (maybe because they still haven't bought the new episodes yet), I started viewing the episodes I haven't watched yet in online video streaming websites. I watch the videos with English subtitles since I can't understand Nihonggo. I also watched Naruto and Naruto Shippuden OVAs ( Original Video Anaimation) and movies. The only movie I haven't watch is the Second Naruto Shippuuden Movie ( the 5th Naruto movie) and the latest one which is yet to be shown in Japan this August.

To be really updated, I began to read the Manga versions, from which the anime episodes are being based . This is because some of the episodes in the anime are not relevant to the main theme. These "filler" episodes are just being shown to give time for the manga version so that the anime will not get off-track with the main theme. It is also good to read manga because you can be way too ahead of the story line. However, it requires a lot of imagination for you just look and read the comics and drawings; unlike in the anime where you just sit back, watch and relax.

Typically, there is an anime episode and a Manga chapter being released and made available weekly. As soon as I can, I always try to get updated. I get some sort of satisfaction in Naruto. Even if some say that anime are for kids only, I am proud to say that I am a Naruto fan. A friend once commented that every person he knows who watch Naruto tend to excel in their field. I don't know what the connection is; but modesty aside, I can say that it is true for all the friends I know who are addicted to Naruto.