25 Fans Share Their Hot Takes About The 'Naruto' Series

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Vote up the hot takes that actually make a good point.

Naruto is one of the most well-known and beloved shonen anime series to date. The series has close to 15 years of air time, over 700 episodes, and a spinoff-sequel. It's no surprise that it has its fair share of criticisms and mixed opinions regarding the story and characters.

Do you think Danzo gets too much hate? Is Itachi completely overrated in the fandom? Would it have been better if these takes were teleported into Kamui's dimension? If you're looking for some hot takes, you're in for a treat!

Here are some of the spiciest takes from Naruto fans. Let everyone know which hot takes you think are valid!


  • 1
    406 VOTES

    Shikamaru Is The Real Best Friend

    From Redditor u/JurassicNublar:

    Shikamaru was Naruto’s true best friend…Sasuke was just a relatable teammate.

  • 2
    336 VOTES

    Female Characters Were Underutilized

    From Redditor u/smtownvi:

    Just about every female character was undersold/underutilized. Tsunade was a very strong character, but I usually see her being voted the weakest hokage…Sakura gets shiested because of her obsession with Sasuke - I wished she was written to be strong for herself instead of pining over Sasuke. Ino, Tenten, and Hinata didn't get to show their powers very much, and with Hinata, everything she did was for Naruto, again not herself. She had Byakugan, she could have been more powerful than she was portrayed…

  • 3
    309 VOTES

    The Real Plot Of Naruto

    From Redditor u/SHEETAAA:

    The main plot was retrieving Sasuke, not becoming Hokage or stopping the aliens.

  • 4
    240 VOTES

    Naruto's Wind Release Potential

    From Redditor u/JSpade82:

    Kakashi and Jiraiya were incredible shinobi, but failed [to teach Naruto] other jutsu to fight with…especially after they learn he is a wind type…[they] don't train him to use any wind-based jutsu. [If Naruto had a] mastery of the Shadow Clone jutsu combined with [an] even beginner-level wind jutsu, he [would've] finished a lot of fights sooner.