Naruto Achieves Legendary Quality

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Endless anime Naruto’s reputation for production quality has finally been sealed with the 3870th episode.

The scene in question appears to depict some sort of battle:

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The gifs:

What he should have looked like:

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Naruto certainly earned its place in the hallowed halls of infamy.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yeah i saw it and cringed the whole episode. they totally started to make content up because they are closing in too fast to the manga. and although the animation was done on purpose, it is not an art style that i pretty much care for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 28/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Piens running animation is lol...

    all that was needed was a "meep meep" as he ran past naruto

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I kinda like the chaotic style used.

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    Comment by Michael Myers
    17:45 21/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I didn't mind it either. I didn't even notice anything wrong with it when I watched it. I can understand some people not liking it, but it definitely isn't any reason to stop watching an anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well just leave your animation jobs to gooks and shit like this happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coming from an animator's point of view it seems as though they had their C or D list animator's at work. The quality is quite terrible compare to previous episodes...and from the animations here it looks like Tex avery did pain's animation running on water...o_o; that's totally not what I had expected. That last gif of pain where he has his hands up and then goes down to punch through the ground doesn't even have any in-betweens...there's no key poses at all...most of this is straight ahead animation, which you would usually use if you were animating growing vines, roots, worms, etc... Overall, the animation is terrible and not what I enjoy about the series...granted some episodes previously have small quirks but this one takes the cake in Fail for animation.

    -Tofurobomax

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coming from another animator, you have no idea what you're talking about. What do you mean, the last gif has no inbetweens or key poses? Do you even know what those are? I don't think that this Naruto episode is the best example of this kind of more fluid, Studio 4°C-esque animation, but it's certainly not lacking in keys or inbetweens. I seriously don't even know what you meant by that, it makes no sense.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    09:56 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 14:14 is right.

    Also don't just put any name of a famed legend that is a legend for what he was worth for something that shameful. Tex Avery's animations in general are far better than most anime. Often, what you think of better animations in anime is only an illusion of more detailedly drawn pictures without as much framework.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because of this terrible animation, I've dropped the Naruto anime for good. I will, however, still read the manga, because it at least won't get so fucked up.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    11:18 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol what happened to his hair? did he dyed it or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loved the style on this one. I noticed the skewed animation, but it added more character to it - and was most probably done on purpose.

    You should watch this episode just for the flow in the story. Usually I skip ahead on most Narutard episodes, but this one was very entertaining.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree totally...this episode has a distinct style of its own

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now we can only hope that any Sonic anime looked this good...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The underpaid artists responsible for drawing this crap anime frame by frame have gone AWOL to protest. They were replaced by Otaku Schoolkids willing to draw for free. And a classic episode was born.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    naruto, i am dissapoint :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's what you deserve for watching a shit show like naruto.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "3870th episode"

    Awesome...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was kinda like lookin through Naruto's eyes during the battle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Drugs are bad for you

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    Comment by Somewhatabasher00
    22:03 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pierrot studio is going down.. all they have are the bad quality anime(s)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:46 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahahhaaahaha looney tones and billy and Mandy have better graphics to naruto XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it was alright.. think of it.. if your going to fight an 6-8 tailed kyubi,won't your face react the same way..

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's the same animation style when sasuke and naruto fought back each other back then, i also seen that animation style on yuyu hakusho

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Wishy
    16:17 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's clear that everyone is just posting without reading even one comment, it's been stated before that this kind of art is a different animation style, often used in other animes like TTGL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god, a director doing his own thing for an episode, everything is ruined forever :V

    That Naruto switches in different animation and storyboard directors for fight scenes is hardly news. The episode before this one shared staff with the fight between Sasuke and Diedara, as well as Rock Lee and Gara. And as has been pointed out already, this one shares a director/storyboarder/etc. with the fight between Naruto and Sasuke which also prompted lots of misdirected rage. As should be blindingly obvious to anyone who bothered to watch it or is capable of a modicum of critical thinking, this guy likes to emphasize motion and violence through distortion, which is hardly a mark of QUALITY any more than it would make sense to complain that Kaiba's art is terrible just because it looks weird.

    TL;DR: It looks like what it's supposed to look like, and Sankaku is hard up for anything worthwhile to post as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it looks like a bad flash on youtube <:O please tell me this isn't real...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Okay, it isn't real you faggot.

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    Comment by Mao Zedong
    23:18 04/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your an asshole

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually found this episode to be the best out of the past, oh, 100 or so. Sure it's silly, and lacks *perfect* animation quality, but considering some of you and your 2chan friends go batshit insane over minor details (See: angel beats) your expectations of anime quality for tv are stupidly high.

    Its like how some of the flashback fighting scenes in birdy decode season 2 were very simple for the TV version but got a massive overhaul for the dvd version.

    Same deal here. what, you'd prefer Shaft's way of doing things and having blank screens with words on them to replace the animations? sometimes taking up 1/3 of the entire show minus op/ed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you guys are gafs who swear they can do better.
    i don't care about DBZ. this episode was awesome.
    planetary destruction rawr.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can excellent Hinata episode then they give us this bull?

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    04:58 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is obviously intentional; rather than crappy animators it's a bizarre style of animation. It's rather amusing, nonetheless.

    Excellent article.

    Sidenote: It seems that the number of porn adds is increasing.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What happened to the preview animation style? Previews always lie!

    This is deranged animation on par to Bobobob.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just imagine the guys in the animating room. "DEADLINE IN FIVE MINUTES!!!" "OH SHIT, WE'VE GOTTA FINISH THESE FRAMES!!!"

    I can think of no other explanation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to see you guys put together an episode with that much action in a week.. Fuckin losers

    04:02 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    narutard, alot people can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "narutard, alot people can"?
    Really? I think you should work on your intelligence before putting down someone else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A week is impossible for anyone to do, fuckin loser
    use your brain for once
    introduce me to someone who can ( and prove it )
    I'd kiss my own ass
    Boo to you, loser >.<

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    Comment by Jeedwi
    03:45 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loved the episode. Haters be damned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    meh, i thought it was pretty good, i think they were trying to show how the nine tails power could distort reality of those around it(notice no one outside the fighting was affected by the severe change in graphics?,hinata too but probably because she wasnt doing anything)also the animation wasnt bad they were making it that way on purpose for the sake of the scene and whatnot so it cant be fail animation its just a win too harcore for lesser ppl^^.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obviously intentional. They distorted Pain's appearance and facial expressions to reflect that he is in fact a monster---i.e., that's a moving corpse, not a person. You really only notice this is you freeze frame. Well, have fun not enjoying yourself, which is what anime fans seem to love more than anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember when Naruto was about ninjas? Yeah... good times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This animation technique, i forgot its name, isn't meant to look good on still frames: this technique requires a lot of efforts because it's not based on "key frames and inbetweens" traditional techniques, more like on the fly hand drawn frames and only good studios are able to produce such scenes such as Gainax or Satelight, you can find for example similar scenes in Noein, Birdie the mighty decode or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

    This kind of scenes watched at normal speed (not ridiculously slow gifs or stills) brings fluidity to fast paced scenes.
    So on the contraty it is far from beeing proof of bad quality, even if naruto isn't known for its excellent animation, this episode is one of the best naruto episode in term of animation quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Toe up this bitch is fine ^

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Naruto didn't age gracefully, did it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL. Glad I stopped watching it when they started filling it with garbage.

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    08:19 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn that speed runner like sprint is godly lol xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Road Runner Pain









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