Konoha Crush 54: Overcompensating Masc Phase
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
1w ago
A new arc pits Naruto and an unsupervised Team Guy against a new and dangerous sicko, and gives us cause to think about just how hard it must be to balance anime-original stories that ultimately can't matter but still need to have in the moment emotional stakes. Stories that need to tie brand new characters you'll never see again in with characters we've known for 100+ episodes without just hollowly calling back to character beats and events that the audience is already invested in. Because if it was easy then we'd kinda expect the anime team to be better at it than this.   Covered this w ..read more
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Konoha Crush 53: Bug War History
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
2w ago
Hinata's bug quest comes to an end! Can they cash the checks they wrote at the beginning of the arc? Can they wrap things up without undercutting her ability to do anything? Can they justify Naruto's presence in the arc? Listen for the answers to all these questions and more.    Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 150 + 151         ..read more
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Konoha Crush 52: Why is Naruto Here?
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
1M ago
We settle in for the first of a duo of comparatively light episodes as we step forth into a new (shorter than usual) arc. All seems promising as the show takes a strong step towards incorporating its supporting cast in a meaningful way, but a new problem looms on the horizon, threatening to derail things: the main character ..read more
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Konoha Crush 51: Explosion Dracula
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
1M ago
Naruto is back in his second movie, with ambitious ideas like gesturing at parts of the world beyond ninjas, more involved arcs for the movie only cast than last time, and trying to make Shikamaru cool! After 60 minutes of truly bad Naruto last week, we settle in for 40 minutes of pretty breezy and enjoyable theatrical animation. How long are these movies anyway. 40 minutes, right? Just 40 minutes?   Covered this week: Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel ..read more
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Konoha Crush 50: You Should Have Liked Jail More
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
1M ago
Our landmark 50th episode sees us through to the conclusion of the Mizuki arc! These may be a bad three episodes but with new revelations about Mizuki's past that adamantly refuse to complicate his character, further elaborations on the arcs thematic goals confound and frustrate, and an inability to construct a compelling fight that surpasses our lowest expectations, we have plenty to talk about. Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 145-147 ..read more
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Konoha Crush 49: Being Mean on Purpose
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
2M ago
Putting all that Fuma clan business behind us, we head back to the leave for a brand new adventure much closer to the Hidden Leaf, with a different assortment of guys and the return of an old foe - that one guy from the first episode of Naruto! Has he become a credible threat in the intervening months? Will his new associates bring an interesting texture to the coming action? Hm. Hmmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmm. Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 142-144 ..read more
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Konoha Crush 48: Sasame MVP
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
2M ago
The back half of our first arc in this new era comes with a surprising uptick in production quality, but can the story cohere to match? Don't trouble yourself with that. Instead, join us in celebrating Orochimaru's ability to be the funniest character in Naruto despite not appearing in any of these episodes. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 139-141 ..read more
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Konoha Crush 47: Getting a Bad Grade at Being a Goon
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
2M ago
After two lonely, Naruto-less months, the Konoha Crush duo returns for a bold new era of anime original Naruto action! Marvel as we pore over the few details we get about the land the Hidden Sound is (ostensibly) located in! Thrill at this week's episodes awkward attempts to tag between comedy and drama! Chill at the ominous and undefined promise of "a Sakura arc"!    Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 136-138 ..read more
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Konoha Crush 45: Sharingan... 2!!!
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
5M ago
Sasuke buckles down to get sad and angry about a few more things and then this time, for real, for sure, the boys are fighting! Meanwhile, we lodge a few more complaints about Sasuke’s dad before he dies on screen again, try to discern how solidified the Itachi roadmap is, and litigate what does and does not count as “understanding your best friend”. Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 130-132 ..read more
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Konoha Crush 44: All my Homies Hate Sasuke’s Dad
Konoha Crush
by konohacrushcast
5M ago
We bid our farewells to Kimimaro before its time to move on to the main event: the boys are fighting! Or, well, they're building up to it. Join us for boys talking about their feelings, boys distinctly not talking about their feelings, and a surprisingly dense glimpse into whatever was going on with the Uchiha. Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 127-129 ..read more
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