I know people are going to complain. But I don’t care. I LOVE NARUTO! I don’t care. Most people see it on the cartoon network in english, which really makes it worse. In japanese it’s very good. The battles are epic, The characters are great. In fact some of my favorite characters in anime are in this series. GAARA! He is my favorite character for sure. I also really like Kakashi. Sure it centers around the brat naruto. But I love misfits, I was a misfit growing up. Much like naruto, so i can relate to it. Sure this is uber emo. But I love sad depressing stories and violence and epic supernatural martial arts battles. It can be campy and funny in the same manner that Kenshin was. But I don’t care, in fact I think that is why I like it so much. It goes from being light hearted and silly, to super depressing, angry, and super evil. The original Naruto, follows the story when naruto is still a kid.
But Naruto Shippûden deals with the cast as they become teenagers. This is where it gets way more serious and dark. Gaara. poor gaara. Seriously. This gets really good, The Fight between Naruto and Orochimaru is very cool.
I recommend these highly. But don’t buy it, its so over priced, you can find streams of it online by clicking here for naruto. And Here for Naruto Shippûden. This is TV in japan, paid for by advertisers.