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Naruto 1.8: The Oath of Pain

I was naive. I was tired and forgot the golden rule: the battle isn’t over until the bad guy is defeated. Standing there with a blade to your throat isn’t defeated, it’s an opportunity to flash another trick. 156 more words

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Naruto 1.7: The Assassin of the Mist!

That guy’s sword is about as big as Ichigo’s.

(Seriously though, the Kakashi v. Zabuza Momochi fight embodies the good and the bad in Naruto battles. 154 more words

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Naruto 1.6: A Dangerous Mission! Journey to the Land of Waves!

Finally, mission time! Naruto and co. open the episode chasing a cat! That’s, uh… well, that’s Level D mission material, I guess. Apparently being fresh from the academy (not to mention being about knee high) puts you on the lowest mission rung. 300 more words

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Naruto 1.5: You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision

Despite the obviousness of Kakashi’s ploy (I say, pretending I knew exactly what was going on the first time I watched, too), there’s something superbly satisfying about the way Kakashi teaches. 292 more words

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Naruto 1.4: Pass or Fail: Survival Test

This is our first real episode with Kakashi. Suits me just fine, as he’s one of those characters I’ve loved. He’s not THE the reason I decided to start rewatching Naruto, but he was a pretty close second. 231 more words

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Naruto 1.3: Sasuke and Sakura: Friends or Foes?

This is starting to feel like the real start of Naruto. We finally have our main trio in place. We see the inter-trio dynamics: Sasuke’s indifference to everything, Sakura’s adoration of Sasuke and indifference to Naruto, and Naruto’s adoration of Sakura and rivalry toward Sauske. 123 more words

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Naruto 1.2: My Name Is Konohamaru!

The second Naruto episode feels so, so slight. I mean, I don’t remember what kind of role Konohamaru plays in the larger Naruto scope–season 1 or otherwise–but this episode is largely pretty droll. 244 more words

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