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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 26

Day 26: Best Anime Fight

Once again, fight scenes are usually restricted to the shonen genre – something that I don’t really watch all too much. For this, I am choosing something much more recent but still probably the best fight scene I have seen thus far.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Episode 6

REACTION – In this episode, we continue where we left off after Boruto’s teacher snaps and tries to attack him and his friends. Boruto and the others are under the impression that their teacher is furious of their recent behavior and asks for forgiveness – but that doesn’t really convince their teacher.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 6

Day 6: Anime I want to see but haven’t yet

If you have been following closely with my articles, you will notice that most of the anime series that I write about cover the school, slice-of-life, fantasy, romance, and the lighthearted genres.

I have no liking to shounen, gore, intense action and what have you.

The thing that I do not like about shounen is that it is too straight-forward for me. An anime series has to have some sort of deep emotion and story for me to be hooked in it. Unless if you mention Fairy Tail, where I got hooked on it because of its entertainment value.

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One anime, that is shounen, is something that I would like to see fully but I have not done so. Probably because it’s three-hundred episodes long and I am not a fan of binge watching. I would like to watch the entire Naruto franchise.

Naruto has always been a must for every person who watches anime – same goes for One Piece, Bleach and other mainstream series. But there’s something special about Naruto and why I picked it for this article. Mainly because the scope of its popularity and how it has evolved over its run.

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I have heard people talking about how Naruto was their childhood and as they grew, so did the series with them.

Granted, I can’t be able to do this since I am way behind but I want to experience and know why people liked Naruto so much. Sure, the entertainment value is a given but I heard about the emotions, the backstories and things that give this series some sort of depth.

I have tried to watch Naruto before but I only ended up in the first three episodes and got lazy to finish the entire franchise.

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But I hope I get the chance and ample time to watch it fully and hopefully experience what the majority of the community has felt while watching this anime series.

The new series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, could be a placeholder since I am a millennial but I want to understand the references mentioned in this series which is heavily taken from the main Naruto franchise.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Episode 1-5

REACTION & FIRST LOOK – The Naruto franchise has had a very long run and its main character’s story, Naruto, has come to a desirable end. However, after the main series finished, a new one was announced which focused on Naruto’s son, Boruto.

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Ever since I have watched the second season of Fairy Tail, the shounen genre has lost its appeal for me. The structure of a shounen anime has become quite stale which comprises: a main character who’s a rookie but pulls through every situation, has a down moment in every arc, comes through the down moment, and takes down the bad guy.

Because of this ever-repeating structure, I have gone away from watching anime series in the shounen series but I was always curious about the Naruto franchise. How did it become popular? Why is it popular?

After watching the first five episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, I was re-awoken to the charm of the shounen genre: its simplicity. Unlike most of the anime that I’ve watched recently, shounen entertains its audience because of simple plot line and that, in itself, is something to praise for.

What I like about this new addition to the Naruto franchise is that Boruto does not require its viewers to have prior knowledge of Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and all other seasons and films which pertain to Naruto’s storyline.

Boruto focuses on a different perspective and that is on Naruto’s son, Boruto. How he undergoes that same progression which Naruto went through. He enters Ninja Academy, creates trouble, and all that.

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Although most Naruto fans would not watch this new series since it is basically a repetition of what they’ve seen in the main franchise, for a new viewer like me, I am quite entertained by Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

I hope to watch the whole Naruto franchise since it may provide a new perspective of entertainment while I watch this new series. It’s not the best but it has its charms.

An interest in anime

PERSONAL ENTRY – When I was five years old, I had an uncle who was obsessed with the Naruto anime series. Every time my mother left me in his care, we’d spend most of the idle time watching a few episodes of it. I remember him talking excitedly about everything that was happening in an episode, whether it was a fight, a conversation or something that caught his attention.

Even my mother and I had some times when she’d pull out her collection of Voltron episodes. It was a fun time seeing these different robots fighting other robots – the action, the lights, the clashes. They were all something new for me.

I could say that my love for anime is sort of hereditary because of my uncle and my mother who both loved anime during their childhood and teenage years.

The first series that I’ve followed, each episode, was the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was a time where science fiction piqued my interest. The thought of futuristic technology and concepts were so exciting to me. Every episode I’d wonder about the reasons for each scene in an episode. Pretty deep thinking for a seven year old.

The concept where your classmate was, in fact, god and you had to keep her entertained and if not, she’ll destroy the world? That sold me right in.

Another favorite anime series of mine would be Shakugan no Shana. It awakened my love for fantasy and adventure as Shana would go on to be an achieve Flame Haze – one that would make a difference for her world. How one human can be play a great role in a conflict between greater opposing forces than himself.

I was fascinated by the terms: the Reiji Maigo, the magic used, the different weapons – it filled me with awe and enjoyment.

Fast forward to recent years, I have somewhat limited my viewing of certain anime series. Instead of viewing it for the sheer thrill and excitement, I now delve even deeper. Character developments, story developments and twists, complex concepts and settings – I guess this is what happens when you learn more as you grow.

Nowadays, anime series have been more prevalent on re-occurring themes. Most spend less time on depth and are to shallow for me to enjoy. Instead of the usual twenty-five or more episodes in a season, we’ve now gone to common twelve-episode cour.

A lot of things have changed in the anime industry and people as a whole to have caused these things. It’s stretched itself to even foreign audiences other than Japan.

It’s a sense of happiness yet there’s a feeling of uncertainty – how anime has become bigger than people have expected.

Despite the new tropes and ideas, I still do hope we get to see more Haruhi’s, more Shakugan no Shana’s, more Naruto’s, more Voltron’s – where the entertainment value matters on the audience’s relation to the anime series rather than flashy CGI and the sorts.

Miandro