Wait wait wait....so, let me get this straight.
Kishimoto can't write women correctly, has no idea what happens to the tailed beasts, has no clue why Sasuke and Sakura a couple, couldn't figure out how to have Madara be defeated, and is now saying that he has trouble writing the Pain Arc cause he had no idea how he wanted to end it.....BUT we are told to believe that Naruto and Hinata was decided even before the manga ever started being written and that NS being a red herring was all on purpose and planned?
I can't even anymore. The only thing that is believably true about Naruto planning is Kishimoto purposely made Sasuke and Naruto have a rivalry that would last the entire manga until the end. Everything else clearly shows that he either had no idea what he was doing or someone else made a decision for him.
I'm done. I don't get why the American fanbase stills thinks all of the NH stuff was on purpose meanwhile everything else Kishimoto didn't have a clue.
After that Kobiyashi interview, that came more of a blow to me than the ending. Discovering just how little of the story was his idea really shook me, it felt like he was just the artist and the editors, for better or for worse, were the real writers.
I don't want to call Kishimoto dumb or something worse, but it's genuinely scary how devoid the actual Naruto is of his own ideas, and how haphazard the planning process was.
It also explains why we've heard diddly-squat from his new sci-fi manga. I recall shortly after Naruto ended, the web said what's next for Kishimoto was a sci-fi manga. I can't say I was looking forward to it, but I was at least intrigued. To this day, not a word of it. It's always coming back to Naruto and Boruto. I genuinely believe he met with a bunch of editors, turned in his ideas, and they're running away in fear after realizing he's not the author they thought he was. While the actual writer of the Boruto manga says otherwise, I've a feeling he's taking cues from Kishimoto on some elements of his sci-fi story he wanted to make.
It's also funny how HIro Mishima, after finishing Fairy Tail, also announced a sci-fi story. About a year and a half later, we not only got that, but several Fairy Tail spin-offs as well. It seriously makes me question what's been happening with Kishimoto behind the scenes.
You're right — there's nothing at all wrong with it. Staying home to raise other humans is its own job! lol
In fact, I completely support that for real life moms and dads as well as fictional ones, as long as that's their choice. But in the case with Naruto, it feels like the characters gave up so much of their motivation to become mothers, without a single word or foreshadowing that they may one day return to the other professions they worked so hard on. This is their fate, as written by Kishimoto, and they have to be happy with it. Despite the fact that the female characters never once indicated they wanted to give up everything they worked for over the last 500+ chapters to stay home and be homemakers...uh, and at age 22.
But the fate of women in Naruto is murky at best. Even way back in the series Kurama is seen as sidelined, never to regain her pre-baby power. And she's told by her father that women carry on the family roles, etc., or something. I get it that there's a lot of Japanese culture in these choices — it's a huuuuuge problem that women are expected to leave the workforce to have a child and that it's uncommon for men to share a household role in cooking, cleaning — and I get that Kishimoto was writing to that cultural norm.
But Naruto is not present day Japan. And having to watch as Kishimoto destroys his characters with some preachy get-back-to-traditional-roles undertone to his ending is just a slap in the face to all his readers.
Being a homemaker is fine. But it's not the ending that Hinata or Sakura were headed to. And to end it that way goes completely against the whole universe. Here's why:
1. Hinata's role as clan leader came at the cost every other Hyuuga's power — Her role in the series was to overcome obstacles to take the helm of her clan. Neji's power was docked to let Hinata move ahead, as was every other man and woman in their clan who showed any prowess or skill greater than hers. In fact, you could probably argue that Neji ended up dying because of it. How much farther could he have gone without the cage seal? Could he have saved himself? Maybe. All we know is that him and all the other Hyuuga family members operate at half power...just for their Hinata-sama.
Hinata gives it all up to become a wife only. No longer a nin. No longer clan head. She threw away the sacrifice of every other member of her clan. This is why she should not be a homemaker. Not because there's something wrong with it, but because she already accepted the bargain that everybody else is held back so she can move ahead. The ending is completely at odds with her whole purpose in the story.
2. Women retiring at age 20-25 to have kids would cause a massive power vacuum in Konoha. — Seriously. This is a fighting manga set in feudal Japan-style universe. Where is the apprentice to the third sage (who is a sage-level nin and top medic in her own right)? Eh, she went off to dust the Uchiha curios. Where is the head of the most powerful clan in Konoha? Eh, she went home to knit sweaters. Where is the inheritor or the mind-control jutsu? Eh, she went home to run her family's flower shop.
Yeah...I'm thinking that Konoha would be wiped off the map within a year by other villages that DON'T require their most skilled nins to retire after childbirth.
I 100% support women and men staying home to care for children. But in this series it is just so out of place. It says more about Kishi's backwards views than it does about what was happening in his own series. But, as we all know now, apparently he wasn't reading his own manga.
You make a good point I haven't thought of before. Yes, in Japanese culture it is still very much the norm for women to stay at home and raise the children while the men work and support them, but in the long run it wouldn't make sense in the Naruto world. These are villages made up of NINJA. which would require everyone on reserve and in top physical condition. What's more, real-life ninja villages existed outside of the national economy, so they pretty much needed EVERYONE to work. Naruto's ninja villages should also function the same way. In addition to the standard kunoichi, Konoha's big three females (Sakura, Ino, and HInata) each had unique abilites. No military leader in their right mind would just let these once in a generation practitioners go. We're also talking about a world where children are sent out to battle before they even become teenagers, sometimes even younger. So what's the point of the women staying in the kitchen then?
I remember WAY in the beginning of Naruto, Iruka mentioned his PARENTS died fighting the Kyuubi. Granted, it was vague exactly HOW that went down, but unless Iruka was the adopted son of a gay couple, his MOTHER AND FATHER went to fight the Kyuubi.
Even in Boruto, Sakura still has her medic skills, and her strength, so she's been practicing at least and even had time to teach Sarada. So there really is no excuse for her to be off the field, especially when it seems Sasuke isn't paying the bills.
Yeah, kishimoto is a complete phony. He also thought drawing sakura pretty might help her grow into popularity, Making a dog human hokage, tried to make sai likable but failed and made him bland, and tryed to write things to gain more popoularity rather than just telling a good quality story.
So in short kishimoto is like a self insert of naruto, Both are selfish, only cares about gaining acknowledgement, childish, and is pretty dumb in a not good way.
Kishimoto seemed to think of everything only on a superficial level. He brought in the theme of peace in Naruto not because these were ideas he himself believed in, but because he thought the tropes of shonen demanded it. All of Naruto's major enemies have been foils of himself, because Kishimoto thought if that archetype worked before, it should always. He decided to focus on making Sakura prettier instead of a badass because he thinks looks are the only things readers care about...and because a 4 year old girl said she wouldn't look up to her. He stuck with Sai's Sheldon-esque personality because he thought no one would care to see actual character development.
Now, I know all writers have to do things to keep if not increase the popularity of their franchise, but there has to be an intrinsic desire to tell a good story behind it, and Kishimoto showed none of that. He just wanted a story to make him money.