January 02, 2003

Naruto Again

naruto.jpgI just got through episode 13 of Naruto and I am really enjoying this show. I'd seen a bit of it in the Shonen Jump preview issue, but it just didn't quite do anything for me. Based on that I hadn't really been that interested in downloading this show. It's got two things that appeal to me: ninjas and a sense of humor.

Naruto is the story of a young ninja. At the very beginning he hasn't passed the test to be a ninja, and as the show goes on he becomes a full fledged (though entry level) ninja. The show follows the adventures of him and two other new ninjas. The show easily slips from bits of humor to fairly serious fight scenes, reminding me a little of shows like Kenshin. And though we're only at episode 13, I get the feeling that this is going to be one of those long running shows.

All the characters in this show are really fun. From Naruto, to the two other members of his team, to their current instructor. The show is also quite creative. Ninjas all have techniques they learn. There's one to shape change. There's one to swap your body with an inanimate object (someone goes to stab you and after doing so they discover they stabbed a log). And the cool part is seeing the characters learn to use these together to outsmart the bad guys they run into (though at times it makes your head spin a little).

If you're looking for something fun to watch with lots of action, I definitely recommend this show (for the 2nd time I think :)). Also, this is one of the stories that will be showing up in Shonen Jump with issue 2, though I've already heard depressing things about the translation. (Bleh.)

Posted by snooze at January 2, 2003 12:44 AM


it's a sad sad world when the scanlations i find on the net are better done than the "professionally liscenced" manga translations.

translating manga really is simple. don't flip while faithfull translating the dialogue. leave the sfx alone and translate with a small aside, so simple, so easy, and yet so hard to do for so many.

hands down, tokyopop is the worst when it comes to raping manga titles. they're either right on target or not even on the field. more oft then not, they're not even in the same state.

oh well, more money for me and my anime ^_^
now point me to those scanlations :3 (and if i like it, i'll buy the r2 tanks. the r1s can kiss my butt. kodansha's bilinguals are better done that domestic stuff.)

Posted by: k-chan at January 2, 2003 01:28 AM

I saw naruto 01! It's totally a shonen anime, isn't it!

Posted by: izumi at January 4, 2003 11:33 PM

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