Hi! I just read your text about how Kishimoto always intended for Narusasu to happen. When the manga ended, for me, I did not felt rage like many others did. I did feel disappointed, but most importantly I felt, I guess pity. Pity for Kishimoto as a writer and creator of a world/story. Many, MANY years ago, there was a rumor going around, about how Shueisha did not approve of the... way the story of Naruto was going to take, nor of the planned ending. It was also said that(continue II)
(Continue from I) It was said that Shueisha obligated him to make
changes to the story and planned ending for the sake of
commercialization. Even if that was never really confirmed (of course
that is not something Shueisha or the mangaka would admit), thereafter I
started noticing things in the story that really didn’t have any reason
to be there other than what looked like PLAN B. I always understood
this plan B was let’s try to turn this as straight as possible or we get
in trouble (continue)
(Continue from II) I feel that most of the story stayed close to the original plan, which is why the last ark is mostly about Naruto’s and Sasuke’s relationship and even the very final battle is a battle of feelings more than power. Because… that was the plan. So reading the epilogue made me feel pity for Kishimoto, because sometimes even if you are the creator of the story, you sadly cannot do what you really want. I always wondered, in another open-minded world, how would Naruto really end.
Okay so I think I forgot to answer you for months ? I’m like… really sorry ?
(I just completelyyyy forgot these asks in the middle of other messages)
So, first, I think it’s completely possible because, as far as we know, editors have a lot of power on mangakas. They can pressure them to keep their manga waaay after they wanted to end it, because as long as it’s successful, you’re not supposed to end it. That’s how most mangas end like shit >< (Because it’s already in decline, because that’s kinda the only way you earn the right to close your story.)(Except if you’re really convincing ? I don’t know, it seems hard to be in control, especially with Shueisha)
Now did they even force him to cancel his plans or did he do that himself ? That I couldn’t say. In fact, I do believe the author of SNK when he says he thought about killing everyone off, and then thought back because he got a lot of fans, and he didn’t want to do that now.
But for Naruto, I’m a lot more suspicious. Because even for the LAST chapter (the 698 one, m’not talking about the bullshit), he wanted to make them hold hands. And he didn’t get the right. He said it was “to make it more graphic” that he blew up their arms but I don’t believe this excuse.
Same, he repeatedly put hints. Like Naruto confessing he trained more on the reverse harem than on the rasengan. While he never met a female villain really strong before. So what was it for ?
By making Sasuke ask THREE TIMES, “why are you doing that for me ?”, by making him ask “what is a friend to you ?” and making Naruto answer “I can’t explain it” and then tell us how they’re empathizing SO DAMN MUCH for this long ?
Because he made Kurama say “Don’t kill Naruto, or you’re gonna really regret it”, and as I already said, it wasn’t a threat. Because, they told us in the beginning of the manga that Kurama helped Naruto because if Naruto died, he would die as well. Which means that Sasuke would regret it all on his own. Bitterly.
Because he made them both give up on their dreams for each other (even if not really, they were willing to.)
Because he made Sasuke say he didn’t love Sakura veryyy late in the serie. Because he didn’t know how to explain how they got together. (And when you play with characters for 15 years, you goddamn well know those things, so I’m sure that’s because it wasn’t his choice.)(He even showed it by making us doubt Sakura was even the mother, by telling us that they never kissed.)
Nothing. Nothing makes sense towards that ending. Either he’s a freaking bad writer, and I can’t really imagine a really bad writer having that much readers, either he was forced to fuck up his early development.
Well, I also have another theory for the “Long-last peace” and finally, nothing… (I mean, all the peace depends on Naruto, once he’ll die, I’m really not convinced it’s going to last.) Which is…. maybe he grew up in those fifteen years. And lost his ideals.
-and thought it was a good idea to do the same to his fans- -Which I don’t think it was-