The Last Naruto Episode

“Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is the story of a young and orphaned boy who carried an ancient curse inside himself. He was hated and resented by everyone in his village. He was clumsy, he had no talents, and was considered a fool by his peers. But this fool had a dream. He wanted to prove them all wrong. He wanted to be recognized by everyone. His dream was to become the Hokage. This is the tale of the hyperactive knucklehead ninja, Uzumaki Naruto.

I just finished watching the last Naruto Shippuden episode on Crunchyroll and just got so emotional watching it all end. Naruto grows up and moves forward to the next stage of his life by finally marrying Hinata! I’m so glad that he was able to get through all his hardships and adversity, shed the burden of his past behind him, find out Hinata has loved and supported the whole time and find happiness with her!

The last episode was all about setting up his wedding. What made it most fitting was the episode focused on the relationship between Iruka and Naruto. They took it all the way back to the very beginnings of the Naruto series where I first fell in love with the show. Konohamaru is making a film as a wedding gift and he needs Iruka to say a few words in front of the camera, but Iruka is having a tough time figuring out what to say! Should his words come from him being as his teacher or as his friend? I think that’s as much as I’ll share about it in case you want to see the episode yourself. I’ve been a big shonen junkie when it comes to watching anime but now I’m becoming a big fan of the slice of life genre, so these last Naruto episodes are all very welcome from me.

One more last vague detail; there was a moment that absolutely put me in tears and it mainly comes from how much I loved watching Naruto when growing up, being invested in the characters for so long.

Yes I know, the fillers were annoying and yes the overall narrative was painfully slow, but the show always had something special about it. Every character you came across shared their own story that touched your heart.

The main message in my eyes was always clear: the path to true power and happiness comes from cherishing your bonds with others and working hard together to achieve your dreams. Naruto always lived by that mantra throughout his ninja adventures and I think the creator, Masashi Kishimoto, wrote that as a powerful message for the show. Also, the action sequences and ninja battles were AWESOME!

Thank you for the last 15 years Naruto. It’s the end of an era, and I feel like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend.

My proper send off will be sharing one of my favourite inspirational quotes from the show:

“If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it to the way you want it to be!”

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