Hey guys! I have been debating watching Naruto for ages (like literally a year), but I am already stuck on episode six. After hearing so many bitter comments about filler episodes and other things I wonder if Naruto is still worth watching.
Filler Episodes, also known as non-cannon work. According to Anime Filler List, there are 91 filler episodes out of the total 220 episodes in the original Naruto Series. That comes out to be around 41% filler. Most all of the filler episodes happen after the first 100 episodes. Naruto Shippuden also has an impressive number of fillers. According to Anime Filler List, 188 out of the 441 reported episodes contain a large amount of filler, which is 43% of the series.
Now that the facts are here, I have a question for all of you: Is it worth it? I have heard an incredible amount of distain for these episodes, as well as some praise for certain arcs that succeeded in entertaining the audience and developing certain characters. Personally, I tend to not care about fillers very much as long as they don’t affects the overall feel of the anime.
Personally, I find the various filler memes online to be pretty funny, although I wonder how much filler hate really influences those.
Another problem I have heard about this series is the apparent drop in animation quality. I don’t think I can add too much to this since I have not watched very much of the series. From the gifs I have seen floating around the internet, there does seem to be some bizarre and half-assed animation occurring, especially in Shippuden. The use of CGI in anime these days is something that doesn’t necessarily take away from the anime. I don’t usually mind CGI but the gifs I have seen greatly stray from the animation style of Naruto, and that is what pisses me off.
Copious amounts of flashbacks also seem to piss off people a fair amount. I’ve watched about only 6 episodes and the amount of flashbacks in that period of time has indeed been a little it annoying. Flashbacks only truly piss me off when they take up time that could be better spent in an episode, or if we have already seen the same flashback way too many times. If the flashbacks serve a purpose, like they do in the series Concrete Revolutio, then I enjoy them, as they can deepen a plot and characters.
Well here are my quick notes/thoughts about Naruto. I will probably end up watching this eventually but we shall see… Share your thoughts!