Naruto – The End



Naruto, the manga written by Kishimoto Mashashi over a period of 15 years, 71 volume and 700 chapters, has finally concluded. Naruto is the story of an orphaned prankster cursed with a Nine Tails fox demon, determined to become the Hokage (leader of the Leaf village) to earn the respect and love of his village despite being ostracized and hated. It show his progress from a child to a ninja and has an awesome character developing story-line, filled with human emotions of love, hate, friendship, bitterness, death etc.

I have been reading Naruto since 1999 after my good friend RV recommended it. Those days, it took more than an hour to download the 5MB zip file weekly chapter on my dial-up connection. When I joined college, I introduced Naruto anime, with English subtitles, to a few like-minded friends and it became a hit. Dorks that we were, soon started greeting each other with random Japanese terms which evoked weird looks from others.

As we grew up, so did Naruto. Unlike other cartoons, where characters remain cute and funny, this manga took a more mature turn into revenge, violence and death while still keeping its core principle of friendship intact.

If you are not a fan of manga (Japanese comics, mostly without colour), then try the anime but skip the filler episodes.

If you are still unconvinced about Naruto’s popularity, take a look at the fandom in China.


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