Naruto was my childhood. Okay, maybe that statement’s stretching it a bit considering I’m not even in my twenties yet. Still, the fond memories of me binge-watching episodes at the cafeteria, library, and even mid-lecture will probably follow me for awhile longer. It was my very first shounen after all; a time where I escaped from my daily routine to join Team 7 on their various escapades, mimicking their hand signs (I’d honestly still make them if I remembered any), and just having fun with it. I don’t recall when I first realized Naruto’s childhood was a reflection on loneliness, nor did I care for it until much later in the series. To the me only a few years ago, Naruto wasn’t a character-driven journey. It was all about the fights, the special abilities, and the strategies revolving around them.
What made a shounen a shounen.
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Favorite Shounen Anime?”