Naruto Coming of age
Published: Thursday 06 April, 2017
Writing in Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Play-Based Interventions Lawrence C. Rubin compliments the series saying that it is appealing on a number of levels. He sees the series as a coming-of-age story, because Naruto not only grows physically but his character grows and evolves as well. He also compliments the development of the characters stating Naruto Costumes that they make up a rich evolving cast. He feels that the storylines could connect to viewers of any age who have similar issues such as losing loved ones, trying to find a friendly connection, and so on. Cheng-Wen Huang and Arlene Archer, writers from the University of Cape Town, stated in their essay "Fluidity of Modes in the Translation of Manga: The Case of Kishimoto's Naruto" that Naruto is known as a shonen manga because the series is aimed at boys, and also because the series is characterized by moments of intense action in the story development. Omote Tomoyuki says that the series' tone is relatively dark, due to conflicts between countries in the series, further stating: "At its center are the deep grudges and shared fates among states, organizations, and people." He does not consider the series to be a cheerful manga because of the way the characters and the environment were developed. He comments that the series was a comeback for dark fantasy that slowly faded away when Shonen Jump transferred to Ultra Jump in 1987. He notes that as the series continued, Naruto was not supposed to be a comedy anymore. Norman Melchor Robles Jr. Pena notes that the early episodes of Naruto are fairly evenly split between violence and showing positive values Naruto Costumes such as friendship. He regards the transmittal of these values to be a form of "infotainment". Sheuo Hui Gan considers that beneath the action and fights, Naruto in both the manga and anime has a set of "traditional ethical values". She also compares the treatment of alienation in Naruto, where it is overcome by joining society, to the portrayal of alienation in Akira and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Yukari Fujimoto, a professor at Meiji University, states that the manga could be considered orthodox since the story's audience is aimed at boys rather than girls. She comments that the characters, even the main character himself, all have a dark past, and have to deal with important conflicts. She states that they overcome their struggles by improving their fighting skills as the series progresses. She states that the story describes how important teamwork and friendships between people are. She comments that the series has a bildungsroman theme, because the story is based on generation cycles, and the adults in the series wish for the new generation to be better than them. She criticizes how the theme was set up because she feels it is conservative for every new generation to be better than Naruto Costumes the older. She further explains how most of the characters, including the main one (who she sees as the mangas weakness), do not even respect their elders or highly notable figures who served the country they reside in.