So I stumbled upon this hiatus chart on the Naruto man from when it started its run all the way to the end of it:
SO if we include the Chunin Exams and the Konoha Invasion as one arc (which it technically is) and it went on for 2 years (2000-2002).
Search for Tsunade Arc was going on for about 1/2 years (third quarter of 2002- middle of 2003)
The Sasuke Retrieval Arc at least a year and a half (mid 2003-end of 2004)
Kakashi Gaiden itself (technically apart of Part 1) was short of course (literally the end of 2004 to the beginning of 2005)
The Manga then went on break for 2 Weeks before Kishi started Part II... I'm sorry what? only two weeks? (Again This was beginning of 2005)
My Quick thoughts: Those breaks should've been longer at least a good 2 months would've been great, but only 2 weeks?
Man I know Part II (even during it's early days) had cracks that would slowly chip away overtime, but knowing this... It only further explains even more with how everything has turned out with the series. The manga was entering it's 6th year in 2005 no less.
Anyway, most of 2005 was strictly the Kazekage Rescue Arc, and near the end of the year was when The Sai and Sasuke begins.
The Sai and Sasuke arc last around the same length as the Search for Tsunade Arc if not shorter (End of 2005 - Mid 2006)
Hidan and Kakuzu arc quickly followed after it ending within the beginning of the follow year (mid-2006- beginning 2007)
This is where the story shifts over into The Pursuit Itachi Arc ending relatively in the exact same year (around mid-2007) - supposedly this was when Yahagi moved on from being Kishi's main editor of the series.
My Quick Thoughts again: Wow so ultimately 8 years of the manga's run and then Yahagi left his position after Sasuke and Itachi's fight concluded. This was 2007 as well so I personally feel the picture's getting a little more easier to interpret with the direction of the series. Does anyone the details of if Yahagi had any involvement for The Pain Arc? Because if not I'm surprised with how great it turned out despite not having him.
Speaking of the Pain Arc that is exactly the arc we tackle into immediately after Sasuke and Itachi's battle, and man did that last a while I mean woah almost a good year and a half (3/4 of 2007 - mid 2009)
Then we begin the downhill spiral of the series with the 5 Kage Summit which was (mid-2009 all the way to beginning of 2010)
Kishi manages to bring the story back up in 2010 with the Confining The Jinchuriki Arc it begins Chapter 489 to 514 (All of 2010)
Finally that brings us over to the 4 Great Ninja War Arc itself.... I think we all know any redemption the story had went downhill during this point.. The arc was from Chapter 515 to Chapter 699/700 (end of 2010- End of 2014 of course)
My Final Quick Thoughts: It's honestly very interesting to come across this chart and bascially get a full sense of how long each arc was going on for, but exactly when and where the story started taking a massive turn...
Like I said all of Part 1 is easily Amazing + to Break The Scale Status (9.5 to 10/10) which was again (1999 to 2005) SIX YEARS OF THE MANGA'S RUN
Then of course we hit the Timeskip of the series being Part II where a lot of people began having mixed opinions on the series. I will say that despite Part II not being on the same level as Part I, the first half of it was pretty good up to Pain Arc.
First Half of Part II would be like Great to Great+ (8 to 8.5/10) even with some noticeable cracks it still held up.
I think everyone is on the general consensus that Second Half just tanked massively I mean again 5 Kage Sumit Arc WTF? to the War Arc are you serious?
The only redeeming arc within the second half was the Confining Jinchuriki Arc when Naruto meets Kushina, Guy vs Kisame, and Konan vs Tobi (8.5-9/10 for that arc alone)
The Five Kage Summit was just crap story wise yeah look Sasuke vs Danzo & Bee vs Kisame were great, but coming off from The Pain Arc you're joking right.. it sets at an meh= (2/10 for me)
the war arc we all know my rating is a "Crap"+ (1.5/10) at best because there were some hidden gems there, but it's covered in like a big pile of kitten.
This just also further goes to show you that Naruto's final 4 years as a manga really was plummeting from what it was during it's first 6 Year arguably 10 years if we go all the way up to Pain Arc.
Anyway that's just my deep analysis thoughts on the matter when viewing this hiatus chart in the sense of the arcs from where they started and ended including when exactly did Part 1 end in the manga, and when Part 2 started.
The highs and lows of what was once an amazing series from Part 1 to ultimately missed opportunities with Part II as a whole.
Edited by LuckyChi7, 13 March 2019 - 06:20 AM.