NARUTO: Did Naruto’s creator dig his own grave?
Naruto was one of the “Big Three Anime”, and it has an estimate franchise price of $10 billion, due to its popularity and support from fans all over the world. After Naruto Shippuden concluded its series of Episodes on March 23, 2017. The creator, Masashi Kishimoto took a break, before returning and started airing its new series, Boruto: Naruto’s Next Generations on April 5, 2017. The new series features a new male protagonist, Boruto, Naruto’s son. However, the viewership of Boruto is not looking well as compared to Naruto and why’s that?
Naruto never gets stronger.
When watching Naruto Shippuden, the viewers of Naruto are always expecting the male protagonist, Naruto to always have the power to beat stronger enemies and rise up to the top, from the very bottom. The power level of Naruto increases after every episode. When Naruto has became Hokage, and defeated kaguya, it feels like naruto has reached the prime of its time, and therefore will not advance any further. In Boruto, we see that Naruto has not used it’s powers of being a Jinchuriki, and has in fact gotten weaker.
Naruto no longer the Protagonist.
Hard-core Naruto fans get welled up and support the MANGA/ Anime after watching Naruto go through thick and thin. In Naruto Shippuden, there are many scenes that appealed to the audiences emotions, making them want to support Naruto. By starting a new series with Boruto being the protagonist, along with showing how Boruto despises his father had made things even worse for Boruto: Naruto’s next generations.
Sudden changes of atmosphere/ vibes.
In Naruto Shipppuden, there are constant Ancient Japanese vibes where Ninjas often used olden day weapons and powers gotten from years of training in order to become stronger. In Boruto: Naruto’s Next Generations, viewers have to keep in mind that a substantial amount of time has passed, and technology is now wide spread all around.
The lack of a Rival to make Boruto stronger.
For the viewers that got past those above, and have well adapted to all the major changes between the 2 series, they have managed to put their faith and believe that Boruto might get stronger, and might eventually win/ be the successor of Naruto. However here comes the problem. Where is Boruto’s drive? Boruto lacks a rival to make him want to get stronger/ train harder. This makes the viewers worry, which lose their eagerness.
The sudden drop in Power Level.
After the Ninja war in Naruto, things have gotten peaceful, and Naruto’s Creator Masashi Kishimoto and his team have made a movie, in which he features how Naruto has discovered Hinata’s unrequited love for him. Naruto and Hinata then got married and became a happy couple. This movie sparked a fire within the female fans and the movie has thus reached viewership like never before. However, the core of Naruto’s fan base still lies within his power levels, along with how he attracts viewers with his desire to protect everyone around him.