I just wanted to show my fellow anime fans what you all have to look forward to this summer. Presenting the anime summer 2014 line up!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Cerulean Knight: I was wondering if anyone would get that reference. I thought I made it kind of obvious, but no one has commented on it yet. Unfortunately, I can't answer your question without giving away spoilers. You'll just have to keep reading to find out.
Slytherin's Pimp: Hinata is something of an unusual subject for me. To be honest, I don't really like Hinata. She's too meek and mouse like for my tastes. I always felt that Naruto needed someone with a strong hand to guide him and tell him off when he's being stupid. I also dislike how everyone thinks that Hinata's whole 'blushing and stuttering and passing out whenever Naruto is within ten feet of her' is cute. Personally speaking, I think it's creepy, but that's just me. Like I said, I don't like Hinata.
All that being said, Hinata isn't really a villain either. That doesn't mean she won't go through a 'rough patch' in her life as she is forced to recognize that Naruto is forever out of her grasp, but it does mean I won't prolong her suffering anymore than my story dictates.
Aloxamax: Sorry, I suppose I should have said Demons were created from the negative aspects of humanity, including negative emotions. Demons are, to put it simply, everything that has ever been wrong about humans. They are humans worst traits made manifest. I guess I just didn't explain myself very well. I'll go back in and fix that part up.
Dark Pirate King: Yes, I can tell you that Demons, Gods and Youkai are going to play a significant role in my story. I wouldn't have bothered putting it in there if it wasn't in some way important to the plot. Right now, I'm simply building my world and introducing the AU part of my story slowly over the course of the original canon timeline. After a certain point, expect the AU to take over completely.
So, Sillent mentioned how I made a lot of grammatical mistakes. I do apologize for that. Honestly, I wanted to get this chapter out on time so badly that I rushed through the process and didn't go back in to proof read my work. You guys just got your first unbeta'd chapter from me in a long time.
ShadowStar91: Yes, the woman with Orochimaru is indeed Gurren. I don't mind telling you that as it won't ruin the plot. I plan on setting her up as the antagonist for Anko and Haku in this arc while Naruto and Akane fight their own enemies.
The Distorted Shadow: Well, you know what they say: "If you're going to give Frodo Baggins a lightsaber, then you need to give Sauron the Deathstar." This is more or less running along the same lines. Naruto and Akane are completely overpowered. There is no one in canon aside from maybe Uchiha Madara, or maybe that Kaguya Otsusuki chick who Kishomoto seems to have made into the new Mary Sue villain, that can stand up to them. Thus, I am giving them more powerful opponents. Eventually, Naruto and Akane will be facing enemies that far outstrip those of any human in power.
Billy Buyo: Yes, I do plan on bringing in demons that are more on Naruto's and Akane's level. Right now I haven't because the story is only just getting started. Eventually, I plan on adding more and more demons, each one stronger then the next, who will force Naruto and Akane to really fight for their lives.
magen-luhen: If you don't like what I write you can always stop reading. I don't force you to read my stories. You also clearly don't understand how Shounen manga works. First off, Ishidate actually IS strong enough to give Kyuubi Naruto a decent fight, or at least canon Kyuubi Naruto. This guy was able to fight off Kakashi and turn his arm to stone. Yes, part of that was due to the poison Kakashi inhaled before the fight, but it does not change the facts, and Kakashi is currently stronger than my Naruto even when Naruto is using the Kyuubi's chakra to enhance his battle capabilities.
SlayerX86: First, those three chumps are stronger than you think. I know you want Naruto to be some awesome badass shinobi who can destroy all opposition sent his way (or in other words a Gary-stu), but that's not how my stories work. To start, Ishidate is a Jonin level shinobi. He may not be as strong as Kakashi, but he's still powerful. Kongo and Karenbana are both Chunin level. Now, one on one Naruto could own any of those three, Ishidate included, but three on one? No, Naruto put up a good fight, but he would not stand a chance in a three-on-one battle against them. And that's what this was. And I'm sorry you didn't like the cliff hanger, I dislike cliff hangers as well, but that was the best time to end the chapter.
Heh naruko: That's because you're looking at the details rather than the big picture. I never do anything without a damn good reason. These arcs that you're calling filler are there for a reason, they have a purpose to serve. A part of it is to help develop Naruto's character, but there's an even bigger reason for adding these chapters, which I will reveal later on in the story.
0 Jordinio 0: Considering your last review, I'm not surprised you didn't like this chapter. I have my reasons for what I did. For one thing, Naruto can't use his Yokai right now. That transformation you saw? It was a singular event that happened under incredible duress. He doesn't have any control over it right now. And I'm not sure how you can say I skipped most of it. While I didn't give you a 20,000+ word fight, I wrote quite a bit. And the reason the genjutsu cast on him was not dispelled will be revealed in the next chapter, if you have not already read it.
Also, that is NOT the way it works in canon. In canon Naruto sucks at genjutsu and neither he nor the Kyuubi have any luck dispelling them. I don't know where you got that idea, except from maybe mixing up all the fanfiction you read with canon, but we have never seen anything that would indicate the Kyuubi's chakra can dispel a genjutsu.
Aetemus: You have to understand Jiraiya's position right now. Yes, Jiraiya is an awesome ninja, and in normal circumstances he would have never let himself get poisoned like that. The problem is right now Jiraiya isn't really thinking straight. He's depressed and worried because Naruto isn't taking the news of his heritage or the fact that Jiraiya is his godfather very well. Point in fact, Naruto has been ignoring Jiraiya for most of the arc. It's because Jiraiya is distracted by his thoughts of how to fix his relationship with Naruto that he allowed himself to get poisoned. It doesn't help that the poison is tasteless and odorless. Do not forget, Kakashi got poisoned in canon this way, and while he's not as strong as Jiraiya he is much smarter than Jiraiya.
You would think so, but no, Naruto is not more compatible with Kyuubi's chakra. The reasons shall be explained in the next chapter.
A few people have expressed some displeasure at my use of side arcs and movies for my more recent chapters.
I can understand why they would not like that, since the side arcs really don't have much to do with the main story. At the same time, I've never been the type to leave something out if I felt it was important. And Naruto's development as a character is very important.
One of the things that needs to be understood is that it's the arcs themselves that is important, but how Naruto is developing. These chapters are there in order to show Naruto growing into himself. I suppose you could consider them the 'coming of age' arcs. They're all about character development as opposed to story plot.
If this does not please you, well, there is very little I can do about that. You can either grin and bare it, or you can stop reading.
With that being said, since I am sure some of you are curious to know where I am going with these arcs, I will give you a spoiler.
I am sure some of you have noticed Naruto's growing reluctance with women from the Cursed Warrior arc. This is due to his growing concerns over his immortality. After all, what's the point of falling in love and getting married if the woman you are with is just going to die several decades later? One of the reasons for having these 'training period' arcs is to help Naruto get over himself and allow girls like Yugito and Tenten into his life without angsting over his immortality like a certain blond-haired, blue-eyed cynic in one of my other stories.
There will be three arcs to this 'training period'. The Cursed Warrior's arc, The Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, and Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow. These three arcs have been put here mainly so that Naruto's character can be further developed in the direction I want him to go.
So, a few people are wondering about my Shifts in Life story and where I plan on taking it. Most are asking whether or not I have anymore filler chapters like my Bird Arc.
To be honest, I do not even consider the Bird Arc a 'filler' chapter like most people would. While the story only moves a little bit in this arc, it was necessary for my plot to move forward. Two important things happened in this arc.
The first was the moment between Naruto and Toki. More specifically it was the moment after Naruto ran out on Toki. I won't go into details about why this is important, other than that it will help you understand what Naruto's relationships with females is going to be like.
The second was Jiraiya informing Naruto about his parents. This is incredibly important due to how it will effect Naruto's development later on in life. Will he forgive Jiraiya? Will he be angry at him? What kind of reaction will he have towards this new information? And how will this effect his growth as a person? A lot of character development is going to come from this.
Now, for those who are curious to know. Yes, there will be two more 'filler' arcs after this. Both are important to Naruto's character and will cover the entire 'three year training' period. I plan on doing this with several time skips.
The next arc is actually going to be based around the Guardians of the Crescent Moon movie. I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin anything. Suffice to say, this chapter will cover Naruto's response to learning about his parents and how it effects his growth.
The third arc will happen after a large time skip. Naruto will be nearing the end of his training and will be nearing 15 years of age. This arc will be the Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow arc starring Princess Koyuki. This arc will be important in show casing Naruto's growing skill, as well as revealing more on Naruto's psyche when it comes to intimate relationships.
Another thing I wanted to mention was the strength of current ninja from ninja of yesteryear.
A number of people commented on how I was being unreasonable in saying that ninja of the past would kick the ass of Naruto's generation of ninja. When I wrote this, I did not mean to say that every ninja was more powerful than ninja of this era. I was merely stating that a number of the ninja back then are more powerful than the ninja now.
While beings like Madara and Hashirama are the epitome of shinobi prowess, there are other ninja from back than and around that time who are also much stronger than many of the current generation. Ninja like the Kingin Kyodai, The third Raikage, Mu, Hanzo the Salamander and so on. These ninja were were exemplars of their kind. Hanzo in particular had been said to be one of the strongest ninja of all time, able to defeat all three Sannin during the Second Shinobi War. Hell, he was the one who gave them the title Sannin. The Third was known for going toe to toe with Gyuki and matching him! Fighting and matching the strength of a Bijuu! Not many people can claim that, and I doubt any of this generations ninja could do that, sans maybe Naruto now that he's working with Kurama.
And lets not forget the Second Hokage. We just recently learned that Minato's Hiraishin was actually created by Tobirama and not Minato, and the Second even went a step further by creating the 'flying thunder god slash' which utilized kenjutsu to inflict devastating wounds.
This is why I wrote that. Compared to these monsters, normal shinobi of Naruto's era are much weaker.
So yeah, for those of you who keep watch over my profile or have Shifts in Life in my favorites, then you'll know by now that I posted chapter forty.
You've probably read it by this point and realized I've made a lot more mistakes than usual. I'll be honest here, I got lazy. When I finished my chapter I just wanted to post it had be done with it. Normally, whenever I finish a chapter, I reread it three times. I didn't do that here and just posted the moment it was done, so there are probably a lot more mistakes than their normally would be.
I'll probably reread the chapter some time today after I get off work and repost it with the corrections.
The Big Mistake:
I think I'm beginning to see why most people stick to one category when it comes to writing stories (crossovers not included). I made another mistake similar to the one I made in Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin, only this time, instead of calling Harry, Naruto I called Naruto, Harry.
This is beginning to become a serious problem. I hope I don't do this too many more times.
To Mugen Sonzai: In a review mentioned that Kyuubi's personality feels different in this chapter than she used to in previous chapters. I won't deny there is some truth to that, but it's not really a matter of her personality changing so much as it is her getting comfortable enough to be herself.
When Kyuubi and Naruto first met, Kyuubi was trying very hard to be cordial and accommodating without being groveling because her life was no inexplicably tied to his own thanks to Orochimaru. As time went on, Kyuubi began to get more and more comfortable in Naruto's presence, so her personality began going back to her 'base personality' as it were. She's not really trying to accommodate him. She's still cordial, but she's beginning to reform back to her more arrogant and haughty personality.
Not a lot of questions. This chapter didn't get very many reviews. Granted, it's only been up for a few hours, but still...
Anyways, that's really all I have to say at this time. Maybe my next post will be longer.
DemonFiccer: I don't think anyone liked it when I decided to wipe Kumo off the face of the Elemental Nations, but then, the destruction of Kumogakure would not have had as big an impact on people if they didn't care. That's really the whole reason I wiped the hidden village out. I wanted to create some tension and drama, as well as give the Main Characters something to grieve about and some emotional hardships they will need to overcome. I guess you could say it was done for the sake of character development.
As for me changing A's name to E, I honestly have no excuse for that. I think it was just a slip of my fingers.
Firetemplar415: It's not so much that I am adding yuri as I am showing you how the girl's (Yugito and Mei) act in Naruto's absence. I believe it's important to see how they would act around each other when Naruto isn't there, otherwise Mei and Yugito, who are very important characters in this story. I don't want them to become background characters whose only purpose is to let Naruto stuff his phallus in their every orifice like a good deal of other fanfictions tend to do.
Why kill off Bee? Because the heroes have had it to easy so far. Anime logic dictates that when too many good things happen, something equally bad needs to happen in order to give the story a sense of suspense. It's no fun to read something that's all fluffy bunnies and rainbows.
Cerulean Knight: Naruto actually does not have Fu tagged with a Hiraishin seal, though she does have one of his Kunai. No one actually has the Hiraishin seal on them, even his wives only have it on their rings. The reason for this is because when the Hiraishin seal is activated via chakra, it creates an imprint within his mind that he is constantly aware of, sort of like a buzzing in your ears that only you can hear. And since humans always have a set level of chakra circulating inside of them the seal would always be active. Could you imagine how annoying it is to have that constant hum in the back of your mind all the time? I couldn't.
SSJ3 Kyuubi Gohan: Without giving away too much information I can say that Aizen will have a role to play beyond “kameo appearance” much like all the other Kameo's I have in this story. Whether he will be good or evil I cannot say.
Leaf Ranger: Then you might as well leave now. Madara Uchiha is going to be even more powerful than Pain. I'm sorry you like stories where Naruto is the ultimate power of the world and capable of pawning everyone and their mother because he's a Jinchurikki and all that, but my story is canon compliant, meaning everything that Kishi says is real is, well, real.
jebest4781: Why would I do that? Having Naruto save the day at the last minute demeans what happened here. Besides, ever heard that old saying 'if you're going to give Frodo Baggins a lightsaber, you need to give Sauron the Death Star'? It's sort of like that. I made Naruto way more powerful than his canon counterpart, so the shit that hits the fan in my story needs to really Hit, Da, Fan.
SSJS Kyuubi Gohan: To be honest, I don't consider any of those people important. They are, at best, secondary characters. The only characters in my story that are truly important are Naruto, his girls and the main antagonists, those being Pain, Tobi and maybe Madara. The others are all secondary characters that I can kill off when I feel like it.
Karmic Acumen: Then you are going to be very depressed my friend.
Lightningblade49: I'm confused. What makes you think Naruto can revive the dead? He doesn't have the Rinnegan, therefore, he cannot revive someone who has died unless he wants to use Edo Tensei. And I'm going to tell you right now, he won't be doing that. No, Kumo and it's people are dead for good.
I didn't get many reviews for my last chapter, and no one actually asked me any questions, which means I won't be doing a Q&A for chapter 25 of Namikaze's Return. Instead, I shall talk, or write, and you shall listen... or read.
I actually do understand why most people did not enjoy these last two chapters as much as the rest of Namikaze's Return. Despite people who may think to the contrary, I do understand why people don't like it.
To the world at large, Kumo and the characters in it are secondary characters who don't really hold any true significance to them. They don't want to read about people like Samui, Karui, Omoi, Atsui, Darui and E, they want to read about Naruto. And because these two chapters were not about Naruto, they just sort of skim it over.
I get this. I really do. And I understand your dislike of these chapters.
Unfortunately, these chapters are actually needed. Much as you may hate reading this, your going to need these chapters if you want to understand the context of chapter 26, which will actually feature Naruto at the end of the chapter after the battle between Pain and E has come to an end. In particular, these last two chapters will be very important to chapter 27, which will be dealing with the fallout of the Pain's assault on Kumo.
That's why it was important to have these past two chapters posted before I showed Naruto again. I know you guys don't like reading them. I don't really like writing them. But sometimes we have to do things we don't like in order to progress further in whatever it is we are doing.
Now, before I end this small rant, I do have one thing to say to someone, and that someone is Leaf Ranger, who was complaining about Pain decimating Kumo like he did with Konoha. Apparently, he doesn't like the idea that one person can destroy an entire village of ninja.
To this guy, I will say this. You are reading a story based on a Shounen Jump manga. And since you obviously don't know what that entails, allow me to educate you.
Shounen Jump Mangas are based almost entirely on the underdog main character (or the souped up Super Sayain fighter) fighting against increasingly overwhelming and ridiculously overpowered opponents. Starting with DBZ, where enemies increase in strength proportionately to the number of episodes airing until the point where every evil villain Goku and the crew fight is capable of destroying planets to Naruto, where each time the good guys face an enemy they are even stronger and more insane than the last enemy and now Naruto is facing off against the Godlike Juubi, which was said to have actually created the Elemental Nations.
Enemies capable of destroying an entire hidden village on their own is just par for the course when it comes to Shounen Jump manga like Naruto, Fairy Tail, Bleach and One Piece. I would suggest you either suck it up or stop reading, because enemies are only going to get more and more powerful from here on out.
On a side note, now that this chapter has been finished and posted, I am going to be writing the next chapter for HPatHoS, chapter 11, so at least you guys who don't like Shounen based stories have something to look forward to.