The transition between the original Naruto series and Shippuden it was a significant one. Many of the characters had changed during the time jump, including including the main protagonist while training with Jiraiya to defend himself against the conspiratorial Akatsuki.

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Personalities weren’t the only things that evolved. The anime became fundamentally different in its second act, forgoing some of the elements that made its predecessor great. Identifying the aspects of the original series that Shippuden Ignored, we have a better idea of ​​the narrative and plot elements that were left behind, for better or for worse.

10 Fight scenes are not that strategic

One aspect of the original series was that the fight scenes were reliably won with intelligence. This was demonstrated in virtually every battle, but is most prominently remembered in conflicts like Naruto versus Neji or Shikamaru versus Temari.

However, ShippudenBattles are less thoughtful, usually based on direct action over strategy, and the winner is the one with the greatest martial strength. There were rarely cases where intelligence could drastically alter the course of the fight, and this was partially responsible for Shikamaru’s decline into irrelevance when the anime’s second act unfolded (outside of his victory over Hidan).

9 The merit of Taijutsu users was underestimated

Taijutsu was introduced as an alternative to ninjutsu and genjutsu. Judging by Rock Lee’s excellent performance, it was hinted that his users were a formidable force to be reckoned with. This was particularly evident through his battle against Gaara, a villain who had remained intact up to that point.

Unfortunately, his martial merits were downplayed in the second act in favor of more flashy abilities. The only significant achievement a taijutsu user achieved was through the defeat of Kisame, even using the Eight Gates, the Might Guy could not defeat Madara forever.

8 Jonin’s value went down

When the Jonin introduced themselves, it was hinted that they were as skilled as Kakashi (since they shared the same rank). However, outside of Kakashi and Might Guy, this was increasingly proven to be false in the second half of the story.

Asuma was killed by Hidan despite the help of his students (considered among the weakest of the Akatsuki), and Kurenai’s pregnancy left her unable to fight. This reflected the incompetence with which the Jonin were portrayed in Shippudenespecially since they were generally used to add legitimacy to an upcoming antagonist.

7 The message “Revenge is bad” was contradictory

In the original series, the concept of revenge was not painted flatteringly. Sasuke was his primary vehicle, and many of his allies had warned him against revenge for the destruction of his clan. Similarly, it came across as one of his biggest character flaws, especially with the way it ultimately forced him to leave the Blade.

Interestingly, it is best represented in Shippuden, where Shikamaru seeks revenge against Hidan for Asuma’s death. His decisions are less harshly criticized, muddying the original series’ moral message and making it easy to question what separates his desire for “justice” from Sasuke’s.

6 The people’s opinion of Naruto changed too soon

Naruto had a reputation for being feared among the Leafs due to the fox demon stored in his body. With each victory he scored against the enemies of Konoha, he further assuaged their fears and eventually earned their trust.

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However, the explanation of his ingratiation with Konoha is not entirely consistent. He was only able to make amends with Kurama during the second half of Shippuden and under the tutelage of Killer Bee. Furthermore, his ability to destroy his enemies should not mitigate the fears of others that he is not as dangerous as they had perceived.

5 Hard work beats natural talent

“Hard work beats natural talent” was a catchphrase coined by Might Guy and Rock Lee, although it is more evident that it applies to Sakura. Although he trained as hard as Sasuke and Naruto, his power eventually paled in comparison to theirs.

This was due to Hagoromo’s blessing and the fact that they were his reincarnated children. Both were conditions of his birth and not something that had been explicitly earned. By devaluing this message through the superior performance of the two main characters over the rest of the cast, the original Naruto The series possibly lost its biggest takeaway.

4 Itachi wasn’t the heartless villain he was initially painted with

Itachi Uchiha Massacre

Itachi Uchiha was initially the main antagonist of his younger brother, Sasuke. From time to time, he would make himself known throughout the original series, attempting to kidnap Naruto alongside Kisame and being thwarted by Jiraiya.

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Although his excuse for his actions was explained in Shippuden, are still difficult to justify considering that he committed genocide by premonition of what the Uchiha coup might entail. While he may have finally proven his noble intentions, his heinous actions to achieve them were abysmally downplayed.

3 The Rasengan became easier to launch

When Rasengan was introduced, it was supposed to be an incredibly difficult jutsu to cast and required immense precision to use properly. That is why so few knew about it, a secret that Jiraiya had deliberately kept from the malevolent forces due to their power.

However, its fundamentals were almost entirely reversed in Shippuden. Rather than becoming difficult to cast but powerful when connected, it became easier to cast and less consequential to its target. Ultimately, Naruto was able to create dozens of Rasengan at once with the help of his shadow clones, needing specific modifiers to keep them as relevant threats.

two Sasuke’s new goal after Itachi’s death made less sense

Sasuke activates the cursed seal in Naruto Anime

Sasuke’s message in the original series was easy to understand. He wanted to avenge his clan and was willing to do anything to achieve it. Though morally questionable, it was consistent motivation that made him an identifiable character.

After his brother’s death, he became even more malevolent than before despite having less reason to do so. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt that all of Konoha was responsible for the Uchiha genocide, his machinations targeted the rest of the world, victims who were not at all affiliated with his quest to “correct” the mistakes they had inflicted on him.

1 There was less attention to the rest of the cast

In the original series, a lot of attention and care was paid to Konoha 11. Each of them had the opportunity to shine and show what they were capable of, even characters like Tenten and Shino were able to prove their worth.

Unfortunately, Naruto and Sasuke occupied an enormous amount of attention in the second act to the point where many fan favorite characters would rarely (if ever) show their impressive fighting skills again. Many of them would be lucky to have only one major canon fight after the start of Shippuden.

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