Naruto 698

Nov. 1st, 2014 09:29 pm
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Okay, so this isn't really a chapter review so much as...thoughts.

Because I was reading this chapter, right, and I got to the last page and my jaw dropped in shock (you know what I'm talking about). My sister was sitting next to me and she was like, "What happened?"

So I show her the page and just watch her face go from concern to horror. And then she just looks at me and says again, stunned, "What happened?" And...see, my sister doesn't read Naruto. Has never read Naruto. She watched a handful of the early anime that I forced her into, knows a lot of the plot and characters just from me rambling about them over the years. So I was kinda surprised that she cared at all, but she did, because when you're stuck with me going on and on about these characters for so long I guess you kinda get invested against your will.

It just really got me thinking about how freaking long this stupid manga has been in my life, you know? It was probably my first major fandom, one of my first hardcore obsessions, and even when I wasn't keeping up with every chapter it was still there. Like, background radiation of my life. I made so many friends through it, and apparently my eternal OTP came from it. Naruto was always lurking in the back of my mind somewhere.

It's going to be really strange when that's not there anymore.

(On an actual chapter-specific note, though, can I say how wonderful it was to see Sasuke smile? Really smile? Because it's literally been years since he did that, and it was so great to see again.)

Date: 2014-11-02 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akatsuki210.livejournal.com
I feel the same way! I've been reading and/or watching Naruto for 12-13 years now, which adds up to about 1/3-1/2 of my life. It's been a *long* time. Naruto was the series that got me into manga/anime to begin with, and I've also made friends through it. And it got me into writing fanfic, which in turn got me into writing original fic. So it's had a really big impact.

About the chapter, I LOVED seeing Sasuke use "usuratonkachi" again--it was really a callback to the early days of his and Naruto's friendship/rivalry.

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