Naruto is a manga that offers plenty of fun, sad and epic moments but fails to deliver other key features other manga series do. The story of Naruto is a mix of bad, good, great and frustrating moments. The first chapters were very generic and were trying to badly humor and entertain the reader. However, after the first arc many basic things were set and in a flash, Naruto became a ground of character development, good storytelling and controlled action. Later, the problems solved became once again burderns along with added problems. Plot holes emergedand the their scarce explanations led to more questions than answers. Characters that had solid development were left underdeveloped for the sake of more action and drama. In addition to the series becoming more dramatic, dull moments held the story back some chapters. Plot hole covering, especially since chapter 400 also comes with additional plot holes or doesnt make sense. I cannot deny however, that Naruto has one of the best universes ever seen in a manga. The artwork is fluid and delivers the action and emotions very well. As mentioned before, characters that were developed in the beggining are left behind underdeveloped while a handful of main characters progress towards good development. Every character has their moment, just the main ones have many more. Bottom line, if you like action-packed manga in unique worlds you can give it a shot. But, in Naruto some things happen just because they have to happen. If you can live with any crappy explanation given without questioning or hating the (ever)dramatic storytelling, Naruto is your thing.
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