I notice there's a lot of people who hate the entire Naruto series because of the ending, and I want to give my own feelings about it.
We are all NaruSaku fans, who didn't get our expected ending.
In my opinion, we can still remain "Fans of Part 1 Naruto and maybe some of Part 2 Naruto"
or "Fans of Naruto before Chapter 699"
or "Fans of Naruto before Kaguya showed up"
and completely ignore Boruto. (that's what I do.) Or do what some people do, keep developing the Shinachiku universe.
MANY regular Naruto fans (outside of the NaruSaku community,) are Naruto fans who completely ignore Boruto, and discuss the Naruto series regularly. (If you look at some other Naruto forums.) They discuss stuff like Minato Namikaze vs Itachi, who would win, etc.
(despite the fact that these two are dead.) So it's still possible to discuss a series that already ended.
Personally, I am still a Naruto fan, I just ignore anything past Danzo's death.. (I dislike SasuSaku)
For example, I ignore the fact that Neji died (basically i ignore the entire Zetsu War arc, and my headcanon of Zetsu does NOT involve Kaguya.)
Think of it this way: Many people are STILL Game of Thrones fans, but they all hate the Finale Season. They're still GoT fans but ignore the final season.
Reason it's benefitual to be a Naruto fan:
The Narutoverse is amazing, there's so many things you can do with it. Fanart, fanfiction (the reason I remain a Naruto fan rather than move forever onto another series, is because out of ALL anime fanfiction communities, NARUTO STILL REMAINS THE LARGEST)
I write stories for many anime, but they rarely pull in readers, but in Naruto fanfic, I'm always guaranteed a reader.
Anyway, out of curiosity, has anyone DRAWN a Chapter 699-700 substitute? (That ends in NaruSaku rather than NaruHina.)
If so, it's still possible to pretend that the chapters 1-698 are canon, and completely ignore the last 2 "canon" chapters and instead use the fan-chapters, and thus continue remaining a Naruto-fan. But if people say "Naruto married Hinata" - just say "Sorry, I don't discuss Boruto," or "I don't discuss Naruto after Kaguya showed up, that was a one-chapter epilogue that's irrelevant to me"
anyway, fanfic writers and artists, you can stay fans!
-toby, author of Sakura's Glasses (fanfic)
Edited by Toby, 05 June 2019 - 07:45 PM.