The Most Tear-Jerking Naruto Moments (Pt. 1)
Leave it to shounen mangakas to create stories that make you cry like the characters in the series itself xD After going through the Naruto series once again, I’ve had some tear-jerking moments, and I thought it’d be fun to list the most memorable, emotional moments in the series. So here we go!
1. Iruka-Sensei Accepting Naruto
This is the very first episode of the Naruto anime series! Naruto was hated and isolated by the villagers because he was the Kyuubi’s Jinchuriki. Since Iruka’s parents were killed during the Kyuubi’s attack on Konoha 16 years ago (Naruto time), Iruka also held ill feelings toward Naruto. But that all changed when Iruka said this:
Yeah… the monster fox would do that… but Naruto is different. I’ve acknowledged him as… one of my excellent students. He may not be the hardest worker… and he is clumsy and no one accepts him… but he already knows what it is to feel pain inside your heart. He isn’t the monster fox. He is a member of the Konohagakure. He’s Naruto Uzumaki!
Iruka is the first person who acknowledges Naruto, and I think this was not only an emotional, life-changing moment for Naruto, but it was for me as well. Have you ever wanted to be accepted by someone? Have you ever wanted to be loved or know love? Well. I think many of us can relate to the feelings Naruto had in this particular scene. Naruto made it clear from that point on that he was going to follow the path that was right for him and continue on it, never giving up. It’s all thanks to Iruka who helped Naruto make that decision. And Iruka has been with Naruto ever since.