What Naruto taught me

I remember since I had about 11/12 years when they were many animes airing on TV the likes of Naruto, Death note, Darker than black, One piece, Dragon ball etc … for me at the time it was just cartoons like the ones that aired on children’s channels and the ones I saw earlier when I was even younger like Pokemon, Digimon, Shaman king, Yu-gi-oh and on and on.

But it took me a while to actually understand what I was watching and for such a “cartoon” to attract my attention, at the time (about 2008) Naruto had premiered on the Portuguese TV but it was only at his second broadcast of the first season that it called my attention, the key moment was definitely when I was zapping through the channels and stopped right in the middle of the Team 7 against Zabuza arc.

What Naruto taught me

It wasn’t normal for me to see a “cartoon” with children fighting battles to the death so intensely. And that left me interested to see what Naruto had to show me. From then on, I only remember being excited for the new episodes every day of the week, almost religiously. Each episode that passed became more and more fan of Naruto and quickly became a routine, finish school and immediately run home to get the episode on time.

What Naruto taught me

So this one is a famous meme. The reporter is asking Bolt how did it become so fast and his answer: “So I basically finished school at 12 am and naruto aired at 12:05”

One of the things I will always remember is the will to never give up and Naruto’s courage regardless of the situation he was in, even though it comes from someone who has never had fatherly love and who is mostly hated by his own village, it was pretty much a common shonen anime cliché, but at the time it was a new thing to me and these are the kind of attitudes that grow with the people who watch him and consequently end up influencing our personality.

What Naruto taught me

Talking more about classic Naruto, it has always touched me Naruto’s way of being (or his “ninja way”), the famous “ninja way” of never going back on his word, which demonstrates such a determination that even becomes contagious. One of the characters that have influenced me the most to this day is undoubtedly Rock Lee. For any child who thinks he has no talent and is not good at anything, in particular, Rock Lee serves as inspiration for showing that with determination and effort they can beat anyone with “natural talent.”

What Naruto taught me

In shippuden undoubtedly it was a perfect transition for those who grew up with the classic, shippuden gave me the feeling that I was growing with Naruto (like a brother). No doubt that in this series the story took a more mature course although, of course, it never lost those funny and humorous moments as a result of Naruto’s own unique personality.

Soon in the first great arc where was the rescue of Gaara, the subject between relations between nations was approached. How the new generation can change the mistakes of past generations and build a future where it can exist peace between both nations that were previously at conflict.

What Naruto taught me

In the arc of the capture of bijuus by akatsuki, we had the first major loss in the plot that was the Asuma. His death consequently caused a heavy and mature environment, where I have to refer to episode 82 (directed by one of my favorite directors, Toshiyuki Tsuru), which in my point of view was one of the best-directed episodes of any anime, making anyone who has seen a feeling of heaviness and sadness. From this arc I took the first lesson that I follow to this day, the so-called “king of konoha”, when one asks this question it is obvious that the most rational response would be the hokage, but behind this expression it brings a deeper meaning behind it that is “the children of konoha village”, meaning that they are the future of konoha and will be the present. A reflection that we can easily bring to real life, where we can apply the same way, today we can be the present but also we have to think about the future new generation because they’re going to be the ones that will rule this world and maybe change it to better.


Later we had the emotional confrontation between brothers (Sasuke and Itachi), I do not want to linger this arc too much because we all already know what happened and, this is not a review. I’ll definitely take Itachi sacrifice for the rest of life as a reference. He didn’t even thought about his as a person or had some kind of selfish thought, he just sacrificed himself for his village and his brother. Like many people in the real world, and here I can refer to all the amazing mothers and fathers who sacrifice their own dreams and wishes for the sake of their children.


Now I have to talk about the arc that personally is the most special for me, the Pain arc. There is undoubtedly a strong reference here to the wars that have taken place in the past and which still happen today. Nagato without a doubt is one of the most credible and realest, probably the best in the series, Nagato like many innocent children, in this case I can refer to the innocent citizens who are currently in Syria without any support from the government itself or anyone else who can get them out of that horrible setting for anyone, especially a child. Nagato was as Naruto, fighting for his own peace and justice. Although he was having evil actions, his reasons weren’t less truthful than Naruto’s.

What Naruto taught me

In this arc in the final confrontation between Pain (Nagato) against Naruto, for the first time, I saw Naruto without an answer to a question, Naruto who always had an answer for everything, even if a spontaneously stupid answer. Naruto could not answer Nagato’s question:

 “We both have the same goal. We want the peace that Jiraiya so much talked about. You and I aren’t so different. We are both fighting for our own justice. The justice I have applied against Konoha is exactly the same as what you are trying to do against me. Everyone feels the pain of loss equally. We both know this pain. You are working for your justice and I for mine. We are just ordinary people driven to take revenge in the name of justice. But if revenge is called justice, then justice begets even more vengeance. And it becomes a chain of hate. Living within him, aware of the past, predicting the future. That’s what it means to know the story. We can’t help but know that people could not understand each other. The world of ninjas is governed by hatred. To create peace, will you face this hatred?”

Naruto looked reflective and unresponsive, just like me at the time. How would Naruto, a person with a happy and fun personality bear the hatred of the whole world? Later Naruto found the answer to himself, with a little help from Minato, Naruto decided that no matter how much hatred he acted he would carry it on his own, it was this determination that made Nagato cast all his hopes into Naruto to establish the peace in the World, something that for me doesn’t truly exist because as long as there are humans in the world there will be no peace.

It was here that maybe I took Naruto’s biggest lesson and nowadays I take it with me and it’s part of my personality, Naruto could have simply killed Nagato and the village would be “saved”, but of course it would bring more hatred and revenge (probably Konan would become enemy of the village and carried that hatred through her entire life), and as Madara quoted:

“In this world, wherever there is light, there is also darkness. As long as the concept of winners exists, they must also exist defeated. The selfish desire to protect peace causes wars and hatred is born to protect love. When a man learns to love, he has to bear the risk of hatred.”

Perhaps with this thought, Madara gave up looking for the true peace because he thought it was impossible to achieve, so the only way for him was a world of illusion where everyone accomplished their dreams, without wars, without sadness, without pain … On the same path also Obito that gave up the world from the moment he lost Rin.

“There is no hope! The concept of hope is nothing more than giving up, a word that has no true meaning. There is no peace in this world, this is the reality. And the reality is like this great river, no matter how much a person tries to stop it, reality will swallow them whole and mercilessly … but there is a way to escape from this suffering… ” Obito

What I took from this lesson was that you can’t see a person only her dark side, before judging we should try to understand his reasons and motives to why they act like that. So I try my best to get along with everyone even if It can be a person who acts like a “villain” there is always the side that we do not know.

I could be here writing all day long, that way that Naruto shape my personality as a person and a human being has no measure. I’ll truly be thankful for the rest of my life to Masashi Kishimoto, who created this amazing story that touched the heart and shapes people’s personality and way of thinking like no other.


What Naruto taught me

More remarkable Naruto quotes:

” Those who break the rules are scum, true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.” Kakashi

” If you do not like your fate, do not accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.” Naruto

“Those who forgive themselves and are able to accept their true nature … These are the strongest!” Itachi

“If you believe in your dreams, I will prove to you, that you can achieve it only by working hard!” Rock Lee

“The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives, but how he dies. It isn’t what they do in life, but what they achieved before dying proves their worth.” Jiraiya

“Forgive yourself for what you can not do if you want to know who you are, you have to look at your true self and recognize what you see ” Itachi

“I do not stop, I do not run, I never go back on my word, this is my Ninja Way.” Naruto

“If I cannot use my arms, I’ll use my legs. If I can’t use my legs, I’ll use my head. If I can’t use my head, I’ll stare at you fixedly. And if I’m blind, then I’ll scream until I destroy you.” Naruto

“Just because you face adversities and difficulties, this is no reason to give up this world. A person, willing to throw away all the memories of his friends and companions, will never find peace of mind. If you persevere and endure, someone will be there to support you. Knowing what is right and choosing to ignore it is an act of cowardice.” Kakashi


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