Everyone dogs on Kakashi for reading porn in front of kids but what about Jiraiya who made a 12yr read, review and help inspire his smut?
Ooh boy Jiraiya is my biggest trash pile problematic fave in Naruto. I understand and don’t like how the narrative doesn’t fully acknowledge his flaws, much like Hiruzen, but I just really really have a big weakness for “well-meaning pile of garbage makes wrong decisions over and over, gives into his own weaknesses over and over, still keeps trying, fucks everything up and inadvertently moves the plot forward in a bad way” type characters. Especially ones that are superficially very bright and cheerful like Jiraiya is.
I mean, generally, to make an exciting plot happen you need a certain amount of bad decision making, and it’s more interesting and compelling to me personally to have a certain amount of that be made by heroic characters, and not just “oh it was the least bad decision” or “oh the person was otherwise blameless because of X Y and Z”, no, give me an absolute dumpster fire of a hero whose attempt to improve things is like this:
I know the narrative plays all of it for laughs, but the Sannin all have debilitating addictions: Tsunade has alcohol and gambling problems, Jiraiya has issues with sex and lives in a fantasy world, and as for Snakebert, uh, we’ll just skip his particular predilections because I’m having a nice evening.
Man this is getting long so I’m just going to put a cut here.