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Naruto Feature: Hashirama Senju and His Dream

Hashirama’s Dream for the Shinobi World

Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage (Shodaime Hokage) and the legendary Wood Jutsu User, was Ashura’s reincarnation before Naruto Uzumaki. Kishimoto, Naruto’s creator, made sure that we all understood the importance of Hashirama’s character in the manga series. He was not only Ashura’s reincarnation, but Hashirama was the first shinobi to establish a system that would be the foundation of future peace between shinobi nations and villages. 

The Beginning of a New World

Hashirama Senju, a person with many similarities to Naruto Uzumaki, was an idealistic, compassionate man who wanted all wars to stop since he witnessed many children dying on the battlefield, including his younger brothers. Hashirama never gave up on his dream, unlike Madara Uchiha, and that’s what was needed to set the foundation of peace. 

Personally, I don’t think Hashirama or Madara were the only ones to dream of a world without war. I think many shinobi before and after these two wanted a world without battles and bloodshed, but they gave up on that dream, thinking it was impossible. But Hashirama changed the fate of shinobi forever by never giving up on his dream. 

Can you imagine having to be on the battlefield as a young child? Before you even turned 10 years old? And not living a full life because you died? Or witnessing so many massacres and killings at such a young age? Seeing your loved ones die and get mutilated? I can’t even… no. Just no. Even though Naruto is fiction, I can’t tell you how much it meant that Hashirama decided to create peace and a children-free warzone later in the series.

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Naruto Feature: Why I Like Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju: A Naruto Character Analysis

Hahaha… Well, Tobirama isn’t the most popular Hokage, but I gotta say, I do like him quite a bit, and he’s one of my favorite Naruto characters (besides his looks, of course xD). I hear and read a lot of negative comments about Tobirama (e.g., he was too harsh, he hated the Uchihas, etc.), so I want to share my thoughts on his character.

Here’s a little about me and what you can expect to read from this post: I know there’s a lot of heat around Tobirama, but I personally found his character amusing and noble in many ways. For me, though, I like to look past the surface and see if I can read deeper into someone’s personality and motives, even if he is a fictional character. So I prefer to not hate on characters without really understanding them. Plus, hate is such a negative emotion, so I’d like to leave it out of my system. What I’ll talk about in this post is Tobirama’s overall character, why I like him, and his flaws. 

Tobirama’s Character Analysis

Before I get into why I like Tobirama, I want to talk about his character and my thoughts on him. Ever since Tobirama was a child, he’s been the more “realistic” and composed one of the two Senju brothers. He tells it like it is, and he balances Hashirama’s overly optimistic personality. Tobirama shared the same dream as his brother and the Will of Fire (the will to protect the village, the children, and the people). 

Though he was composed most of the time, Tobirama had quite a short temper. If he believed you posed a thread to the village, he would automatically go into battle mode, which was shown when Sasuke was deciding if he wanted to protect the village or go on with his revenge. Tobirama didn’t leave any wiggle room, and he didn’t think “Oh, well, let’s see if I can change this guy’s mind and resolve this without violence” like Hashirama would. Tobirama acted on instinct, and I think that was honed when he had to fight in wars most of his life.

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A Post Dedicated to Might Gai

Naruto Character Feature: Might Guy

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I’ve been on a Naruto nostalgia trip these past couple days, and I’ve been inspired to write more Naruto-related posts here on the blog. I’ll be getting to other topics, too, but I think I’ve been holding all these thoughts in. Even though Naruto ended two years ago, I’m not ashamed to be talking about it still! 😀 

I realized that I didn’t have any great posts about Guy-sensei! After watching and reading Naruto again, I just had to make a post for Guy. He’s too awesome, and he’s one of my favorite characters in Naruto

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Naruto Plot: Kaguya’s Role

Kaguya’s Role in the Naruto Series

I’ve heard a lot of hate for Kaguya’s character.

“Who is she?!”

“Where did she even come from?!”

“What’s the point of having her here?!”

“WHO IS THIS GOD-LIKE CREATURE WHO’S UNBEATABLE!!!”

I don’t quite remember, but I might have thought those things, too. So I can understand where people are coming from, but I thought more deeply about Kaguya’s role and what Kishimoto was trying to do when he put her in the series. (I don’t know if anyone has come up with something like this, so just my little disclaimer.)

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Naruto Characters: Kakashi’s Character Growth

Kakashi Character Analysis

Ah… even though Naruto has ended, I sometimes revisit the series and watch or read my favorite parts. I can’t help it! I still have some attachment to the series. Although a lot of parts aren’t to my liking, I still liked the series overall. Especially the characters.

During a break today, I was watching Naruto Shippuden (the episodes with Kakashi and Obito fighting), and I was inspired to write this post because 1) I love Kakashi’s character growth (considering what he’s been through) and 2) I love Kakashi as a character (he’s so cool! /kyaaaa). 

Kakashi’s Childhood

Kakashi was known as a child prodigy and his father was an elite Konoha shinobi. Kakashi grew up with an elitist attitude, and he was quite sassy. I mean, just like at him here when he was just a kid about to enter the academy:

Lol... look at Kakashi putting his hands on his hips xD
Lol… look at Kakashi putting his hands on his hips xD

Then his father committed suicide because he was treated poorly by the villagers, and Kakashi changed. He became bitter and emotionless. He believed that the mission comes first, even if it means your comrades die because you choose the mission over them. However, Kakashi once again goes through a transformation when he decides to believe in Obito’s belief that comrades come first. 

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Was Obito Uchiha’s Character Necessary in Naruto?

Obito Uchiha’s Character Analysis

Can you believe that it’s been a year since the Naruto manga ended? Wow, that went by so fast! It certainly hasn’t felt like a year, but that’s probably because I’ve been thinking about Naruto off and on and re-watching Naruto Shippuden from time to time.

Obito Uchiha as a kid.

Main Points Discussed in This Blog Post:

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1. Why Obito Uchiha’s Existence Was Significant in the Series 

2. Why I Believe He Wasn’t Necessary to the Series

3. The Possible Reasons for Kishimoto “Reviving” Obito

4. What Could Be an Alternative?

I was recently talking to some of folks about the Naruto series as well as the characters, such as Obito Uchiha, and I wanted to write about Obito. I wondered if his character was truly necessary to the series because he did appear… out of nowhere. We all thought he died in a war, but he’s been alive and kicking and hanging out with Madara xD

Why Obito Uchiha’s Existence Was Significant in the Series

Kakashi and Obito as kids.
Kakashi and Obito as kids.

I liked Obito Uchiha a lot as a character, but only when he was a kid. His death in the war was honorable and admirable, and his idiocy attracted me, too. because he was funny. (Even when he was Tobi, I enjoyed it bwahaha) His death was significant because he helped Kakashi grow and mature, realizing what was truly important as a shinobi. Kakashi is the man he is today because of Obito, and I love that about Obito’s character. I think it would have meant so much more if Obito had not come back to the series.

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Naruto BFFS #3: Itachi and Shisui

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They make a good friend pair. :)

After just watching the new Naruto Shippuden episode (Naruto Shippuden episode 358 here), I was really touched by Itachi and Shisui’s friendship. I was also moved by how emotional and gentle both of them were. I’m sad that they’re gone.. well, I’m not completely sure if Shisui is gone; it just shows him falling in the river in the anime, and it didn’t show if he died in the manga either. Anyway, that’s another story.

Itachi trying to catch a falling Shisui
Itachi trying to catch a falling Shisui

So, even though it was a filler in a way, I think it’s very accurate to what Kisimoto has in mind for the whole back story with Itachi, Shisui, Kakashi, and Yamato. It was nice to see how caring both Itachi and Shisui are, and I can’t even imagine what it’d be like if shinobi were real in this world. It just seems so painful, especially for Itachi. My goodness. It was an emotional episode. Itachi and Shisui are good best friends. Continue reading Naruto BFFS #3: Itachi and Shisui