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You might think that while I love the Rock Lee spinoff, I may have ignored the main story of Naruto. However, Masashi Kishimoto pulled a wacky twist by introducing the “conductor” of the whole series. Enter the goddess, Kaguya Otsusuki, the person behind EVERYTHING. Some argue about her sudden presence so late into the end, but it tells an interesting tale about the origin of hatred.
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"This is a damn shame. The manga is bloody hilarious and deserves a lot more attention. I can only expect that the remaining chapters will be adapted, since they’ve already done an anime based on some of the chapters already. This was providing better content then what the main Naruto manga was providing…I’m dead serious.” - A user on the ending of Rock Lee’s Springtime of Youth (the manga source of Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals)
Once every so often, there comes a series that captivates fans everywhere. That series becomes so popular that it spawns multiple fan parodies. Sometimes, the official parties behind the series decides to start its own parody. Even rarer is when a parody develops notoriety to gain a place alongside the source material.
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In life, we all need goals to strive for. Yet what happens when one of your goals suddenly shifts. Do you let your mindset shift or do you decide to keep going in the direction you wanted? What if your original direction brought harm?
In Chapter 627 of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha makes arguably the biggest decision in his young life so far. When confronting the previous four Hokages of Konoha Village, he learns about the true origins of how Konoha was formed. Sasuke then decides to go from being a criminal of Konoha to becoming one of its protectors. His decision and also the past behavior of Madara Uchiha makes you think how much emphasis there needs to be made on developing teenagers with critical thinking skills.
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"I refuse…to let this happen! I am Orochimaru! I am immortal! I will not die here! Destined to discover the true meaning behind everything! Destined to take control of everything in this world!!"
Don’t worry, 2013 is your year.
With the Year of the Snake now upon us, wouldn’t you say it’s about time to take a look at Naruto’s own insane yet lovable snake himself, Orochimaru? He is a character that went from a former child prodigy to a psychopathic scientist. In some ways, Orochimaru can be similar to how adults who were gifted at a young age can go down misguided paths due to a lack of proper attention as they get older.
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Ever find it funny how a manga series that you’ve ignored for a while comes back to get your attention once again? This just happens to be the case with yours truly and NARUTO. Are ninjas really that exotic to a Westerner like myself?
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