Naruto is one of the longest shonen series, celebrated for its intricate world building and for redefining the Ninja archetype. For its fifteen-year run, there’s no doubt that the series has left a big impression in the anime community.
Fans expected that the long-running series to eventually come to an end, but Masashi Kishimoto surprised us again with a new series Boruto.
For fans who dropped the series midway, Boruto tells the story of Naruto’s son and the second generation of Konoha. Its fanbase is still active and, with the new Boruto anime series still on air, the Naruto fandom is not done with the Narutoverse.
The shocking first chapter instantly hooked readers, as they sought to find out what really happened in Konoha. Boruto is yet another gateway for younger fans who discovered the manga series midway.
However, not every fan knows every finite detail in the Narutoverse and even longtime fans might have missed or misjudged a few details about the franchise. Given that Naruto has over 700 chapters, there are a few things that fans probably never thought about while following the manga and anime series.
Here are the 15 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Naruto.
Manga readers and fans probably know this fact after chapter 367, when Jiraiya and Tsunade talked about Naruto’s parents. However, the manga never actually revealed Naruto’s lineage to Konoha.
Konoha merely believed that the Fourth had sacrificed his life to Kurama, who was inside of Naruto, and thus never really knew that Naruto was his son. (However, it is painfully obvious. After all, Kushina married the Fourth Hokage and they were expecting a baby. A shinobi should be able to put two and two together.)
However, when the Nine-Tails escaped, Hiruzen went to extreme lengths to protect Naruto’s identity from Minato’s enemies. Thus only a few people know about his parents and are forced to keep it a secret.
Even Naruto didn’t learn about his father’s identity until he was about to release the Nine-Tails and Minato revealed himself.
When Naruto became the Seventh Hokage, it’s no secret that he’s Minato’s son.
Many fans have believe that the titular character has never killed anyone in the series. However, for a story that is centered on Shinobi Wars, it's only natural that Naruto has actually killed before.
During Kazekage’s Rescue Mission, Naruto encountered Yura who was already a sacrificial pawn for Pain. Naruto kills him with his Big Ball of Rasengan. His corpse is uncovered in the aftermath.
Prior to the arc, Yura served as a trusted advisor under the Kazekage, and acknowledged Gaara’s selection as the next Kage. However, it was later revealed that he was a sleeper agent under Sasori’s command.
Once Yura was awakened by the Akatsuki, he slaughtered the Sand Village guards to allow the Akatsuki beyond the gate. Yura is the only person who Naruto has canonically killed, which comes as a bit of a surprise when you think about the other shinobi, such as Kakashi.
The Sharingan eye carries a deadly arsenal of ninjutsu. The Uchiha Clan is known for utilizing the Sharingan eye, which is feared by many. Sharingan users like Sasuke can disrupt the senses and create illusions for their enemies.
It’s also important to note that Sasuke is the reincarnation of Indra, which gives him an extra boost in power. The Sharingan can even influence the Nine-Tails, which is another reason why the clans are afraid of the Uchiha. Sharingan is assumed to be the ultimate hax and is viewed as being impossible to fight against, especially if it’s an experience Uchiha.
However, experienced ninja can easily counteract against this power. Genjutsu can be disrupted by an opponent’s chakra. For example, an opponent can inflict self pain to bring themselves back into reality. Opponents who expect to bee trapped in a Genjutsu can also create barriers to prevent it.
Naruto finished in 2014 and people expected that the decade-long series would end just like Bleach and Fairy Tail. After 700+ chapters and 72 volumes, readers would expect Kishimoto to just end it. The author proved us wrong and created a second series called Boruto, which follows the titular protagonist and his adventures.
Like any other big franchises, there’s a fear that Boruto wouldn’t live up to its predecessor-- both in storytelling and in the fandom-- but the new series stands on its own. Boruto adds more to the universe, and main characters are much better than their parents.
Sarada, Sakura and Sasuke’s kid, is part of Boruto’s team and happens to be Boruto’s love interest. Their romance storyline is subdued compared to the original Team 7’s love triangle and doesn’t hamper the real plotline. In fact, both Boruto and Sarada are mature enough that they would put their petty ideas aside when they’re on a mission.
The new generation didn’t have to live through hellish life compared to their parents because of the current Hokage efforts to create peace; however, because of this setting, the story would focus on singular topics and greater threats that intend to threaten peace.
One of the common misconceptions of Naruto is that the story arc and series suffered a lot for its recycled themes. Each story arc is the same: the villain tries to annihilate the shinobi world, we learn about the villain’s past life, and Naruto tries to talk them out of revenge.
This also includes the side characters introduced in the new plotline. It’s easy to assume that Kishimoto rehashed the same theme over and over because he ran out of ideas, but it’s quite the opposite.
The theme of Naruto is friendship bonds and, while the series does suffer a repetitive tone of kids with terrible past lives, every one of their stories is different, and none of the arcs are the same.
For example, Zabuza was once a respected shinobi before he became a freelance assassin. Pain was an orphan who learned the six paths under Jiraiya and believed himself to be the next Sage of the Six Paths. After Yahiko's death, Pain decided to enforce world peace through violent means.
Madara Uchiha agreed to peace with Harashima, but it wasn’t enough to condone his brother’s death in the war. Every villain had different motivations, and their conflict with the heroes complicates the situation.
Kishimoto openly admitted a few times that he’s bad at romantic scenes, and Naruto fan-shippers would attest that Kishimoto can’t write a love scene. However, it’s not that he’s completely inept in writing romance, but rather he’s too embarrassed to draw unnecessary love scenes.
Kishimoto opened up, stating that he’s terrible at drawing them: “Although I wanted to write about the romances of Naruto and his friends in the manga series, it was too difficult. I am not good at writing romances because I feel embarrassed when trying to do so.”
Kishimoto has admitted he’s terrible at writing them, but not every one of these romances is at George Lucas level of dialogue. Tsunade and Dan’s storyline, for example, had romantic moments, but it also served to reveal more about Tsunade and her hesitation on becoming the next Hokage.
The same goes for Naruto’s parents, arguably one best pairing in the fandom. Kishimoto could have avoided writing their romance story altogether. However, he still drew them, showing the audience what they saw in each other. Kishimoto is capable if the romance is plot driven but straight up P.D.A is not his thing.
The battles are the same and the characters suffer the same gimmicks that we've already seen-- or do they? Most of the fight scenes are still unique with new power ups for each characters in question.
Kishimoto kept the series alive with new powers, Sharingan skills, and heighten Rinnegan abilities. The Chunin tournament arc, for example, laid the foundation for new characters, and Kishimoto adds onto their skills in the Fourth Shinobi War. Rock Lee unlocks the Taijutsu gates, Gaara's impenetrable sand armor can block blows that Sasuke's Susanoo can't, and even Sakura mastered Strength of a Hundred Seals.
If there are instances that they do repeat, it's most akin to their ancestors. Case in point, Harashima Senju and Uchiha Madara's battle is framed again in Sasuke and Naruto's fight in the last arc.
Heck, even Sasuke and Naruto's fights alone are different by default. Compared to the Post-Chunin Exam and the final fight, they know more of their fighting skills and learned a few new things from their encounters. Every battle provides something new.
Nagato (aka Pain) is first revealed as the leader of the Akatsuki clan, but the real leader is Yakito. Pain is actually the second leader. Like Nagato, Yahiko was an orphan boy who watched over a group of orphans whose parents died from the Second Shinobi War.
Yahiko accepted Nagato for who he was, and together with Konan, they formed the Akatsuki, a secret group driven to spread peace. Jiraiya taught the trio basic ninjutsu and they used their newfound abilities to create a world without wars.
Their exploits caught Hanzo’s attention, however, who thought that their ideals posed a threat to his rule. With Konoha’s ANBU forces, Hanzo nearly wiped out the Akatsuki but Nagato and Konan survived.
It’s later revealed by Tobi in the anime that he staged all of this just so he could use Nagato’s influence for his ultimate plan. The Akatsuki had a number of leaders after Pain, and Tobi became the leader after Nagato’s death. In Boruto, Shin Uchiha assumed the lead role of the Akatsuki.
The sequel sets an interesting dynamic between parent and child, where the child picks up a few things from their parents. Apples don’t fall too far from the tree. However, for the case of Boruto, he is nothing like Naruto despite that both of them have a penchant for pulling pranks.
For one, Boruto would never say what he feels out loud, whereas Naruto expresses his feelings openly. While everyone expects Boruto to follow in his father’s footsteps as the next Hokage, Boruto refuses this role and prefers to be a shinobi like Sasuke.
Kishimoto acknowledges their differences in the Shonen Jump Festival interview, stating that Boruto is more refined than his father: "Naruto moves without thinking… he’s kind of a rascal. [Boruto] is crafty. He’s more mature in knowing how the world works."
This is seen repeatedly. Initially, Boruto resents that Naruto is the Hokage, a title that killed his grandfather and ruined their family. He goes out of his way to gain quick victories, which is something that Naruto never did as a kid. Unlike his father’s lonely childhood, Boruto has a family and is able to make friends with ease.
As one of the fan favorites in the series, Rock Lee is recognized for his Taijutsu, learning it from Might Guy, who is a master of it. Because he’s always adamant on using Ninjutsu, fans instantly believed that the reason why he only uses Taijutsu is because he can't use Ninjutsu-- or he’s terrible at it.
We learn that he failed to master Ninjutsu and Genjutsu at a young age. His friends teased him for this, but Lee refused to back down and turned to Taijutsu instead. While he devoted his time to master Taijutsu, he was never entirely devoid of any chakra.
He’s capable of ninjutsu but in a different form. Rock Lee can mold his chakra so he can walk on water and surfaces. In the anime, it’s revealed that he can use his chakra and dispel Genjutsu.
Kishimoto isn’t the main creator of the Boruto series, but he still gives the iron framework for the new mangaka. Writer Ukyō Kodachi and Illustrator Mikio Ikemoto are in charged of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, both of whom respectively were also involvement in the original manga.
Ukyo Kodachi wrote Gaara Hiden, Gaara’s light novel, and worked on Boruto: Naruto the Movie’s script with Kishimoto. Mikio Ikemoto has been Kishimoto’s assistant since the first few chapters of the manga.
After 15 years of hard work, Kishimoto at least deserves a sabbatical for creating one of the most popular manga in the 21st century. He finds it surreal that he’s now the reader of his work and no longer the creator who has to do all of the work.
Kishimoto passed the torch on to his closest colleagues who he knew would get the job done.
Technically, there are other ways a user can obtain Rinnegan. For one, the user can steal the eyes from a former Rinnegan user. This has happened a lot-- Madara implanted Rinnegan eyes on Pain without Pain being aware of his new set of eyes. After Pain’s Assault Arc, Obito stole the eyes for his own benefit.
Other means of obtaining Rinnegan include the user using Hagoromo Otsuki’s chakra. Most fans know that Rinnegan requires both Asura and Indra’s chakra. Even if they are deceased, it’s possible to obtain Rinnegan through their descendants.
Uchiha Madara, Indra’s reincarnated self, merged his DNA with Harashima Senju, Asura’s descendant, to create a new pair of Rinnegan eyes. With Kabuto’s help, they were able to create the first set of eyes but they remained inactive. Before Madara passed away, he gave his eyes to Pain, a descendant of Harashima.
It’s a long-held belief that the Nine-Tails beast is the strongest tailed beast, as their tales represent their degree of strength.
However, there is one more beast that’s more powerful than him – and that happens to be the Ten-Tails. The strength of each beast is measured by their tails, thus the Nine-tails would have half of the Ten-Tails’ strength.
The Eight-Tails beast would therefore be one-fourth of the Ten-Tails’ strength, and this pattern continues downwards. Despite the fact that he’s half of the Ten-Tails’ strength, he’s capable of destroying five fox spirits without breaking a sweat.
Hagoromo Otsuki split their chakras this way after he defeated the Ten-Tails and Kaguya. Otsuki intended to make them protectors in order to prevent another Infinite Tsukuyomi. Because of their powers, humans began to seal them and used the spirits for warfare, which made Nine-Tails become the notoriously angry demon fox.
Sakura Haruno gets a lot of bad rep for a number of reasons. For example, she fell in love with Sasuke (who tried to kill her a few of times) and she often stood on the sidelines while other shinobi, who have less screen time, contributed to the plot. While these flaws are evident, it does dismiss her character arc, which, ironically, is anything but useless.
When Sasuke left Team 7, Sakura realized that she wasn't a true shinobi like Naruto and Sasuke. After this self-awareness, Sakura spent three years training under Tsunade, studying medical ninjutsu to improve her skills as a ninja.
She becomes better and eventually matches Tsunade’s level after a few years of training, which says a lot considering how young she is. Offscreen, she has healed countless of shinobi in the war effort and thus went on to become the opposite of useless.
Another misconception that many fans have is that Naruto is too powerful and can defeat foes with a simple blow. Many manga and amine series fall into the trap of giving their protagonist way too much power, making them unstoppable. Naruto appears to suffer this same fate.
While this may somewhat be the case, most of his arc is about controlling his power and never tempting himself to break the Nine-Tails’ seal. Breaking the Fox’s seal would give him immeasurable power but he won’t be able to control his own actions.
Naruto is given immense power, which is already inside of him. However, every new arc is about him focusing on controlling the literal inner demon that lies within. His signature move, Rasengan, also requires a lot of control over chakra, and can only be done by few ninja.
All in all, Naruto’s power is innate, and each chapter focuses on him discovering his potential and controling the power within him.
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