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#644617 The Future of Heaven & Earth.

Posted by Smiter on 06 November 2014 - 01:24 PM

By now, you have most likely read the final two chapters of the Naruto manga.


I'm sure we're all feeling really confused and disappointed in the ending, particularly about how badly Kishimoto butchered his own story and characters.


But I would like to say that I will keep Heaven and Earth running for as long as people want to post here.  :smile:   It really hurts to see the manga end in that way, but many of us have great memories here, and we all met new friends here.  :happy:


To everyone who is staying, and everyone who is leaving, thank you all so much for your support and for being part of H&E for the past ten years!  You have all made this a special place, and you will always have a place in my heart.


Thank you!

#652930 Going Forward: A New Pledge for Heaven & Earth

Posted by tricksie on 09 November 2014 - 12:00 PM

Since we are already starting to see posts telling other members to 'get over it,' let's get one thing clear about Heaven & Earth, from this point forward:


No one on this site will be criticized for the length or outpouring of their grief.


Got it? If you badger or harangue or insist for people to 'get over it' or 'just calm down,' no matter how well intentioned your tone, YOU WILL BE TREATED AS A TROLL AND BANNED. 


This is a haven for NS shippers and will continue to be. If you cannot be supportive during this time, then you can choose not to respond. This site is not your personal forum to criticize others and how they handle their grief.


The NS ship didn't die. There are plenty more NS comments and theories, fan arts and fictons to come. H&E will be here to support all of it.


And unfortunately, though the manga ended, the Naruto story isn't over yet. It's still going, just in other forms. H&E will be here as we wade through the rest of the anime and the movie and the New Era Project, whatever that may be. 


Going forward, let's all pledge to keep this site as a haven for NS shippers, and work together to limit criticizing, non-supportive posts. This is not a sunken ship. It is battered, but it still floats. A botched ending after 698 chapters of develpoment doesn't erase all the NS moments, parallels and foreshadowing that came before. 


Now more than ever, let's make this site a haven, a safe place in the storm for NS shippers. Let's all work together to make sure it stays that way. Please sound out if you feel the same!

#658327 The Last: Naruto the Movie: Thread 2 aka The Last retcon: Hinata-sama the movie

Posted by KnS on 12 November 2014 - 06:41 AM

In your honest opinion, do you think Kishi sold out and gave in to NH/SS? Cause now that you mentioned the fact that it was a strategic move by Kishi for Sakura to have thought of Sasuke when questioned by her fodder admirer, it seems to me he didn't sell out and that this was the course of action he had in mind all along. 


Here's what I can't get past.


Let's assume that as NS shippers we totally misinterpreted a number of Sakura's moments as regards Naruto.  


+ The fact that Naruto instinctively knew what Sakura wanted to hear about her forehead meant nothing.


+ Although Naruto was nearly killed by Gaara while fighting to save Sakura's life, Gaara found it a life-changing experience but Sakura was left unmoved and unimpressed.


+ Yamato didn't mean that Sakura felt true love for Naruto.


+ Despite her vow to not make anymore mistakes or keep getting things wrong, Sakura's confession to Naruto was nothing more than a manipulative half-truth to coax him out of danger.


+ Sakura wasn't talking about Naruto when she told the Lover-nin that she already had someone.


+ Instead of showing any concern or indication that Naruto was misleading himself thinking she was his girlfriend, Sakura hits him in the head in a comedic way -- even though she knows from Sai and her own observation during the confession that Naruto loved her.


+ The fact that Naruto acknowledged her strength and desire to fight as Team 7 while Sasuke offered nothing, Naruto's support of her achievement didn't really matter to her.


+ Despite Sakura's passionate identification with Naruto and his dream, she did not see herself as part of what he loved or what made him strong.


+ Despite indicating to Sai that she didn't trust Sasuke's motives when he returned, and admitting that her feelings for Sasuke were pathetic, Sakura did not hesitate to abandon Naruto's feelings for her when Sasuke made a sudden reversal at the end.



Okay.  So we were wrong about all of that.  Got it.  Likewise:



+ Although we never knew it, Sasuke was in love with or interested in Sakura all along.


+ When he originally left Konoha, saying she was annoying and then saying "thank you" really meant he loved her.


+ The times Sasuke tried to kill Sakura or was not interested in saving her because he deemed her inconsequential, it really meant that he loved her so much that he preferred she died so he could be hated.


+ When Sasuke was trying to kill Naruto as his "only friend," he wasn't mentioning Sakura because she meant so much more to him than a friend because he was in love with her.


+ At the end, Sasuke instinctively knew to focus his attention on Sakura's forehead after all, and reveal that he always loved her.  


So our interpretations of SS were completely wrong the whole time.  Okay.  I suppose it is technically arguable that all of those moments were misread by NS fans, and actually supported SS and we simply didn't see it because of our shipping blinders.




But I submit that NS fans were persuaded by the main theme of the story to view NS as likely to succeed.  It wasn't so much that we ignored the possibility of SS, but why on Earth would we expect that at the end of the story Naruto's feelings and nindo would actually not mean anything?  That in the end, the hero's reward for his hard work, determination, and selfless love for his friend and girl would be rejection and heartbreak?


Naruto was in love with Sakura for the entire manga.  Hinata may have loved him, but he never returned her feelings.  He never even thought of her in a potentially romantic light once.  We as NS fans weren't blind to Naruto's feelings for Hinata; such feelings were never there.  


As I said on the other thread, the existence of this upcoming movie is a cheap, insulting retcon to explain how he falls in love with Hinata.  If it's necessary to show him falling in love with Hinata in a movie, it means he was never interested in her in the manga.  It means his love for Sakura existed until the last chapter, and was not only rejected in a disgusting manner but was never even addressed again.


I don't accept that NS fans were idiots with poor reading comprehension skills.  In a story bearing the hero's name as its title, and the hero therein is consistently characterized by his difficult past, his need to be loved and accepted, his determination, dedication to righteousness, his devotion to saving Sasuke, and his love for Sakura, it wasn't crazy to think Naruto would be the one to succeed in love.


Instead, Naruto is the only one who lost and ends up settling.  It makes me sick.

#625977 The Last: Naruto the Movie: Thread 2 aka The Last retcon: Hinata-sama the movie

Posted by Sakura_Haru on 02 November 2014 - 05:09 AM

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I was really confused about this NH suddenly happening just as all of you, so as a script/literature student for almost a year, and learning all about foreshadowing, character development, and plot treatment, I decided I should talk to someone who knew more than me.


I exposed this case (about NH in the last movie) to my professor, who has been a successful screen writer for 27 years, and his answer was.

"Well, if you want to get two characters together, you have to put them through a lot of situations, and make them feel everything, both sides, so you can explain why the bond is so strong. You can’t put two characters together which development is so poor, not even if the 3, or 4 moments they have had together are really meaningful. That’s only valid if you are writing a short film cause you don’t have a lot of time, but if the story is as long as you’re telling me, then you have no excuse. You have had plenty of time to put those character through more moments, and make a successful development. If you really intent to make this two characters end up together, then you should have give them more screen time"


the I asked him about the other character (Sakura) what was her case and he answered.


" It means he really didn’t think it through, and he has wasted years of paper and ink developing this relationship for absolutely nothing. Why would you spend so much time developing a relationship if you really didn’t mean it? As a story maker you have to keep in mind that you have to make things clear for the viewers, because if you don’t, things like this happen. It’s like a new trend in marketing to leave a really open plot so the viewers can make their own conclusions, and watch just cause they want to know if they’re right, and they do this without even consulting the writer. That is called comercial script, and it’s ruining the industry, darling. But if in the end you tell me this girl who has been with the main character all the time, and it’s clearly the main female character, is not ending up with him, you’re telling me the writer of this story hasn’t been able to keep his story in line. He practically took a side character out of nowhere, and created a relationship that through the story was not even foreshadow. It’s bad writing"


I explain about Hinata’s love for Naruto. 


"And have the main character acknowledge this love?"

I told him about Pein Arc, and her confession. he asked me to see the pages of the manga, and I showed them to him.

"But then this confession was not mention again. When you write about several characters, you have to give each of them a resolution, or else it will  be unfinished. This girls confessions was sudden, and it was not mention again, so in my experience this is just to help the character get its resolution. If to the main character, or to the main plot this confession is supposed to be a game changer, or something important, then it should have been mention again. I can see the main female is there again, and as you can see, or at least what it seems is that the girl is uncomfortable. Sometimes we have to take side characters to do things like this, so main characters can realise their own truth. And it’s use really often. You see a lot of movies about someone who doesn’t realise he or she is in love with their best friend until the best friend is with someone else. So having this confession, and the only person to acknowledge that moment is the other girl, then the confession is only important to those girls. As i told you before, the side character needs its resolution about those feelings, and the main character needs to realise some things that are link to the confession".


I explained that since then, Naruto and Hinata have a couple of moments, and I showed them to him as well.


"Okey, I can see your concern. As stories develop sometimes we create characters that we wish we would have seen more of. But as much as I watched about this character, the conclusion of every interaction they have (naruto and hinata) is the girl thinking the same thing. We never see him thinking about her, or about what she has done. In the case of the other girl (Sakura) we have both of them thinking about each other constantly. In this cases the side character (hinata) will have her own resolution thanks to the impact the main character have had on her, and the other two (sakura and naruto) are more likely to have a resolution together. You can decode this just by who they keep in their thoughts. The main character has been in love with the other girl (sakura) for the whole story, and it is constantly showed. You never get a hint that he is changing his mind, so it would not be logical for him to change his mind in the blink of an eye, and he’s the main character, he gets what he wants. In this kind of stories, he works his ass off, he gets what he wants, and the other characters learn from him"


So I asked him what about the movie and I tell him everything that is going on and he told me.


"Then it means that in the main story the writer couldn’t really find a right way to give this character her resolution, so he created the perfect situation for her to have it. If this story is linked to the main one, then it will has no sense with her ending up with the main character. By the plot of this side story, I can tell that what you will mainly see is the final impact the main character has had on her, and the writer will be able to develop her story successfully, but as I see it, and talking with my own experience, her resolution will not be ending by the side of the main character. She will go through her own personal journey, she will finally give him the scarf as a sign of that chapter of her life ending because she will know new things about herself"

I thanked him, and as I was leaving his office he said to me. 


"Remember that stories have to make more sense than real life. So, if you want two people to end up together, you have to constantly show how that bond gets stronger. In stories nothing just happens, so I highly doubt he will love the other girl out of nowhere, not after the writer has spend 15 years invested on the other relationship, it will be kind of crushing. Can you imagine it? Spending so much time with the one you love going through the same things, and suddenly having to forget him because someone else loves you?" 

"No, sir"

"Yeah. Keep me updated, you have made me curious"

"Course I will"

So yeah, Im keeping my high hopes, or else I will be pretty disappointed. I don’t want to end up feeling disappointed.

#596219 The Last: Naruto the Movie: Thread 1

Posted by LadyGT on 06 October 2014 - 08:39 AM

(I made a sketch)

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#646138 Chapters 699 And 700 The End

Posted by James S Cassidy on 06 November 2014 - 07:22 PM

The real ending:

Sasuke: Hey, Naruto...you still awake?"
Sasuke turns to see Naruto not saying anything.
Sasuke: "Naruto?"

Naruto finds himself in a black void.
Naruto: "Where am I?"
Nothing seems to be around and walks up to a lonely campfire in the middle. He sits down and runs his fingers through his hair and only now noticing that his missing hand is back. He smiles, closes his eyes, and relaxes.
Naruto: "So...this is it, huh?" He sighs. "I have no regrets. Life wasn't so bad. I made some great friends and it was actually kind of fun. Well, maybe I do regret one thing...I regret not being able to tell her how I felt..."
Disembodied voice: "So go and tell her, honey."
Naruto: "Huh? Who's there?"
Minato and Kushina appear standing side by side smiling.
Naruto: "Mom? Dad?"
Kushina: smiling "Don't give up so easily. I told you to find a girl like your mother and you know who that is...so tell her."
Minato: "Son, listen to your mother who is probably smarter than both of us..."
Kushina: "Probably?" Kushina gives Minato the look
Minato: "Okay okay, you are smarter."
Naruto laughs and smiles at his parents
Naruto: "Mom...dad....thank you."
Black void fades

Naruto opens his eyes barely and see someone crying above him.
Sakura: "Naruto....please....Naruto wake up..."
Naruto: "Sakura-chan?"
Sakura smiles and is crying over him. She wipes her tears and hugs him
Naruto: "Easy, Sakura-chan." Naruto looks at Sasuke who is standing up next to them. "What happened?"
Sasuke: "Well...you died and Sakura brought you back. The First Hokage gave me his powers and I transferred them to Sakura to heal you."
Sakura is in his chest and looks down at his newly reformed hand. He then holds Sakura close.
Naruto: "Sakura-chan, I never got to tell you...."
Sakura: "I know...I know..."
They embrace lovingly and hold each other tight. Sasuke smiles looking at them and remembers Karin.
Naruto: "What about..."
Sasuke: "The others? They are being released as we speak. I did it while Sakura healed you."
Naruto: "Thank you, Sasuke."
Sasuke: "No...don't thank me...It's all you."
Kakashi appears
Kakashi: "Okay, everyone seems to be waking up from the tsukuyomi. Good work, Naruto. Come on, let's go home."
Sakura and Kakashi help Naruto up and help him to walk. Sakura looks around and notices Sasuke is gone.
Sakura: "Where did Sasuke go?"
Naruto: "Sasuke is going to go find his own journey..."
Sakura looks at Naruto and he stares back
Naruto: "...and we'll be here when he gets back".

Tsunade: "Oiy, what happened?"
Shikamaru: "We were released from the Tsukuyomi."
Ino: "I had such a great dream"
Kiba: "Me too."
Shino: "Hmmm...."
Hinata: "Naruto-kun freed us."
Tsunade: "Wait, where did Orochimaru and those three others get to?"

Sasuke is seen standing over a hill watching the sunrise. Karin and the rest of Team Taka walk up next to him
Karin: "What do we do now, Sasuke?"
Sasuke thinks of Naruto and smiles
Sasuke: "Where ever the wind takes us..."
They walk off.

Some years later
Naruto is at the Hokage desk and is writing in a book. The camera moves around and we see him older and him jotting something down.
Sakura: "You're gonna be late if you don't hurry up..."
Naruto looks up to see Sakura standing in the doorway wearing a doctor's coat and pregnant.
Naruto: "I'm sorry, Sakura-chan. I lost track of time and I was just finishing up."
Sakura: "Still the same Naruto."
Naruto gets up and walks over to her. They kiss and Naruto gently holds her tummy
Sakura: "I hope our son can be as great as you."
Naruto: "How do you know it is a boy?"
Sakura: "I am his mother, I can tell"
Naruto: "I still can't believe this is all real. it feels like a dream."
Sakura: "Well, believe it."
They smile at each other
Shikamaru shows up
Shikamaru: "Kage Naruto, the rest are waiting for you. This is a pain."
Naruto: "Sorry. Shikamaru. I can't believe peace can be achieved here and now."
Sakura: "Well, then you better hurry."
Sakura places Naruto's Kage hat on his head.
Sakura: "Now get going. They are waiting for you."

Naruto leaves for the meeting and is shown sitting down at the table looking around at all the other Kages and with Gaara smiling at him.

Naruto: "Welcome...everyone.."

Scene cuts back to Naruto's desk and is shown a book that reads "Tales of a Gutsy Ninja 2."
The end.

#614060 The Last: Naruto the Movie: Thread 1

Posted by Derock on 25 October 2014 - 03:26 PM



I. am. VERY disappointed in  you guys. Really, I am.  All I'm seeing on this thread is negativity, negativity, negativity.


So for now on, this thread is now CLOSED until further notice. Whenever any new legit info out, PM any of the mods/admins for permission to add/post it in here.

#485351 The NEW NaruSaku Debate Thread

Posted by LadyGT on 06 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

Zu zu zu zuuun!!!


#717695 The Last theory: Collection of Info & co.

Posted by ns.Believe.It on 28 December 2014 - 06:39 PM

So I was thinking of how chapter 700 was more of an advertisement to part three rather than a conclusion to the series. A Reboot, but it shouldn't excuse Kishi of the awful way he handled it.


Right of the bat 700 started off in questionable fashion with Bolt seeking the attention of his classmates by loudly proclaiming about an amazing prank he's planned. While the intention was probably to establish 'Like Father, like son' , the execution raises eyebrows and the ramifications are awful.  


Kishi had established that Iruka and then Naruto resorted to become pranksters only as a way to seek attention, only to make people notice them. They were orphans and had no other alternative. So why would Bolt,  who has parents and a sister, do the same...? what does it tell you about Naruto and Hinata..? 


Quite simply, it was a cheap way of trying to establish the father-son similarity. But then Sarada...stalks ? Neither Sasuke nor Sakura were ever shown to stalk anybody as kids. So where does Sarada get this from..? Bolt is just like his father, Shikadai is shown to have the same lazy personality of Shikamaru... but Chouchou apparently doesn't get angry like Choji when called a 'fatty'.


Why so many inconsistencies..?  :confused:


Next we see Ino, Sai, Choji and Karui out in the field. I found it laughable that the best thing that Kishi could come up with for these families was the InoShikaChou combination again ! One generation was okay,two was pushing it but the same for even the third generation..?! So Lazy BUT even this cannot compare to the sheer laziness in which Rock-Lee was handled. The next gen kid whose name wasn't even mentioned is a carbon-copy of Gai and Lee.


Sakura wasn't spared from Kishi's evil clutches. Ino and Karui were outside with their husbands, Temari was catching-up with her brothers, Ten-Ten is working in her shop, Hinata is outside with her daughter, even Moegi is shown in the Hokage office..... but Sakura, the strongest and most-talented of all the Kunoichies, is dusting shelves and waiting for her-jackass of a husband, who has not a care in the world, to show up. 


" Naruto and Sakura mutually understood that they were not romantically interested in each other. So they had to be separated "-- Kishimoto's latest interview. Okay, so they were not in love but why should they be separated..? Sakura should be working and she should be there in the Hokage office by Naruto's side. 


But being close with Naruto would make Sakura a terrible woman I guess. She has to stay away from him and stay inside her house like a good waifu waiting for a husband who may or may not show up. Meanwhile , Sasuke can do whatever the hell he wants to. No rules bind a man like him  :twitch:  


So disgusting but none of these can compare to what followed. This has already been said countless times but that doesn't make Naruto's cold-hearted words to his son any less awful.


'' Dad, I just want you to notice me and spend time with me '' and the response..'' I know its hard for you.. but son, just learn to endure your loneliness '' . 


Kishimoto might as well have drawn a panel of him stabbing Naruto in the heart because he assassinated Naruto anyway. Why, Why on Earth would Naruto be so cold-hearted when he went through the same ? Why would he fail to understand his son when he spent so many years convincing everyone that he understood Sasuke's pain and suffering..?! 


Konohamaru reprimands Bolt but of all people, Iruka defends Naruto's actions. The same Iruka who had gone through the pain of loneliness, the same Iruka that shed tears in part 1 when he said -" I understand your pain Naruto, you feel lonely and it hurts and I could have been there for you more. I let you down. No one should have to suffer that pain ". Did Kishi forget this ? The same Iruka now says- " One day Bolt will understand " ......?!  :twitch: 


To cap it all off, when Konohamaru scolds Bolt , Naruto is shown to be thinking- ' Konohamaru, you did the same with the third in the past '


Are you kidding me now, Kishimoto ?!  Konohamaru did not trouble his grand-father because he felt lonely. He did so because he was tired of being called 'Honorable grand-son' and he wanted people to call him by his own name. Konohamaru only wanted a identity of his own. Its a complete joke that Kishi forgot this. 


Everything swept under the grand notion that Naruto is now a mature man and this is what I hate. So the matured Naruto believes that pulling pranks to seek attention is wrong and its better to just suck it up and 'endure' instead. Naruto is indirectly saying that the things he did as a child were silly ! 


Basically Kishimoto made Naruto mock his own painful childhood. He's not just mocking Naruto, he is mocking every one of us fans who sympathized with Naruto's loneliness and rooted for the kid to prove everyone wrong by becoming Hokage. Kishimoto, you hack ! Remind me again why we invested so much time following your manga...? On second thought, forget it. I don't want to hear any more bs that comes out of your mouth and tarnish the characters I loved.  

#779970 The Great Naruto Discussion Thread

Posted by tricksie on 15 March 2015 - 04:32 PM

Grrr....one more LAP....


So, I finally read that recent interview with Kishimoto, and I've decided he's a complete tool.


Passive and insecure. After many attempts he struggled on a gimmicky storyline, but he had no idea how to carry on. His only special talent seem to be in making cliffhangers. But they aren't really cliffhangers if they lead the readers nowhere and contribute nothing to the story. They are just a giant flashing sign that the author is drowning.


No wonder he's gotten as far as he has in the commercial world. He's their yes-man. He's even admitted he's not capable of writing without good guidance, and once that left, he was rudderless. So that's why he so readily sold out his characters/story for popularity contests and editor/publisher suggestions.


As for Sakura and his 'not understanding why she was so unpopular'all I have to say is WHAT A COP OUT. A writer alone determines the fate of the character, not the reader. If he wanted her to be more popular, then he could have written her with more developed and complicated storyline. He should have made her more important to the story. This is his only job.


Instead he answers the questions as if he was powerless. Even when the interviewer suggests 'it was too late to drop her (Sakura) from the storyline' Kishimoto is ambivalent instead of outraged. This bonehead interviewer acts as if it's common knowledge that Sakura was just a frivolous part of the storyline. But she was intrinsic to it. It's Hinata that was the throwaway character (only built up by the anime). But instead of defending his work or explaining it, Kishimoto just meekly agrees. 


Kishimoto doesn't even understand his own work. He seems to me very passive and malleable. 


I mean, imagine dropping Hermione in the middle of the Harry Potter series, because the fans likes Luna Lovegood better? Dropping the main female lead for a secondary character who doesn't make a real contribution to the story until the end of the series. That's what the interviewer is suggesting!! But Kishimoto says nothing.


If Kishimoto had written a better story for Sakura, showing her development along with the rest, then her reception would have been different. Had he seen her story through to it's resolution, with her changing and evolving to love the Naruto as much as he had always loved her, then fans would have loved her. There is no mysterious formula here. Naruto's the hero, the story centers around what he wants. And part of his charm is that he's always loved this girl who has been just out of his reach. And through the whole story he's steadily closed that gap. It's Kishimoto who let down the story, not the characters.


The anime drove fans to Hinata, no one's in doubt of that. The manga simply didn't feature her enough to warrant any kind of real shipping. 


But Kishimoto is the one who made Sakura's unpopularity a reality. He's the one who stopped promoting her and writing for her. He's the one who's given her an ambiguous storyline in relation to Naruto and Sasuke — loving Naruto and going overboard for him, but then crying and begging for Sasuke.


Kishimoto wrote that.


He reinforced that ridiculous popularity of a throwaway character with no story, passive behavior and big boobs


No one else did. And blaming it, even obliquely, on the popularity of fans and pretending he had no control over what he was writing shows just how much of a tool he is. Literally.


Sometimes artists are visionaries, expressing their story as only they can. But sometimes the artist is just a pen, waiting for someone else's hand to guide him. This is Kishimoto. He may have started with a vision, but he long ago let go if it and gave over control to someone else. Now he's just a tool directed by the anime team, the publishers and the businessmen above him. 


He's mystified by Sakura's lack of popularity, but he doesn't even realize that he's the one in control of it. Instead he blames it on the fans. But reading beneath the lines, he knows the story has gone wrong. That's why people are still asking about Sakura, and he's still making excuses. He knows the story has unraveled, but he's can't admit that it's his own fault because he didn't stand up for his own work.


This is exactly what Miyazaki was talking about in that article. That the otakus and fans are driving the industry instead of the other way around. And he may have had Naruto in mind when he gave that interview.


I've gone through levels of closure since the end of the manga, and this interview is just another door closed for me. After this, I don't have any sympathy for Kishimoto. Instead of protecting his story, he just handed it over to others. And the fact that he blames fans for the failure of characters is the last and loudest insult. Kishimoto is the failure here. No one else is to blame.

#692379 NaruSaku: Red herring or Canon?

Posted by RedFaction on 07 December 2014 - 04:04 AM

He's lying to himself, and I hate people who lie to themselves.

#736294 The Final Naruto Volume #72

Posted by tricksie on 19 January 2015 - 10:30 PM

I hate it.


But not just because the design is boring and uninspired. It's more than that.... The feeling it imparts is isolation.


This is not a happy, feel-good cover. It says nothing about Naruto finally meeting his goals. It says nothing about his happiness. It says nothing about his love of his team (or Sasuke). It does not tell a story about the character (Naruto).


Look at every other cover up until now. They are dynamic, involve multiple characters and are almost always engaging the audience. And if they're not, then the characters are fighting each other. But in almost every one, Naruto is looking at the reader.


Like the ending — where the Naruto we knew disappears while Sasuke is narrating, only to return in the epilogue as a hardened Hokage, with the hopefulness and boundless enthusiasm of his youth washed away by the burdens of adulthood — this cover reflects a Naruto that is alone in his responsibility for the village. This is his life now. And the fact that he doesn't engage the audience is a very strong statement of how much he has changed. 


A good image tells a story, without having to use any words or cutlines or cues to inform the viewer. The viewer "reads" the image. 


But there is no true story to read in this image. This is the end. Naruto has turned his back on the viewer. We can't know if he's happy or sad. Stressed or angry. We know nothing about the person he was before. We only know that he is the title that's on his back. And that he is alone in his responsibility of the village.


Think of the alternative way that the visual story of Naruto as Hokage could be told by simply having Naruto turn around:


- Naruto leaning against the balcony rail, smiling at the viewer, with the Hokage hat and cloak flung over his shoulder in a jaunty manner. The message here is that even though he's alone, he's happy and he's succeeded in his goal. He is making direct eye contact with the viewer, his number one fan, the only one who has truly been with him since the beginning. The message is "I did it! We did it!"


Or an alternative image of a more dynamic nature:


- Naruto leaning against the balcony rail, smiling at the viewer, the Hokage hat and cloak flung over his shoulder, and behind him is the whole village, with the rookies and Kakashi, Tsunade, etc. looking up at him smiling and cheering and holding signs saying congratulations. The message is that he's finally met his goal and the village is acknowledging him. 


So that's just with him standing there. But the cover could also show Naruto as Hokage in any other way:


- Naruto laughing with Tsunade at the Hokage desk, but now he's in the seat.


- Naruto with the hat on, leaning his arm on the next youngest Naruto, and then the next, with the whole line of Naruto's looking up at the oldest, the Hokage who's finally achieved his goal


- Naruto with the other Hokages, standing around him smiling, while Naruto is in the center in brightest color being acknowledged by them.


So yeah.... If you think of all the choices that Kishimoto could have made for a dynamic, rousing sentimental ending...this cover — Naruto alone with his back turned to the viewer — is not it.


My honest opinion is that the cover reflects more about Kishimoto's feelings than it does about Naruto reaching his goals or being the last volume of the series.


I think Kishimoto was ready to be finished. So he drew the quickest, easiest, most non-sentimental cover he could. He portrayed Naruto as turning his back on his fans and his youthful adventures and giving himself up to his life and duty. (The show's over. The doors are closing, everybody out.)


I think Kishimoto wrote the end to Naruto with himself in mind. Naruto is jaded and tired, putting his work responsibilities above everything else. He is so tremendously OOC, it's like you're not even reading the same character. I think Kishimoto started his time writing Naruto as youthful and hopeful, but now he's 20 years older and tired of it, and sees how different life is now instead of when he was just starting out. He's jaded. 


There are two take-aways from this cover: First is that Naruto is standing watch over his village. Second is that he's turned his back on everything else. 


It's not a positive message.


So I can't help but think that somehow it reflects Kishimoto's feelings at the end of the series. He's turning his back too. He's ready to be done with it.


Yes, the cover shows Naruto as Hokage, but there were lots of different, more positive ways to show that. The image could have imparted a range of emotions such as humor or achievement or nostalgia or camaraderie. But instead the only emotion that is shown is closure.


Naruto is alone. His duty is more important that goofing off for readers anymore. This is the end. Show's over. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

#699392 The Last: Naruto the Movie: Thread 2 aka The Last retcon: Hinata-sama the movie

Posted by James S Cassidy on 10 December 2014 - 05:09 PM

Holy Crap.

Naruto The Last is already on DVD. That was super fast


#716117 The Last theory: Collection of Info & co.

Posted by Hanabi on 26 December 2014 - 03:50 PM

merry christmas to h&e users~