So, I've been back into Naruto (not that it was ever not a part of me) and I have to say reliving the memories and nostalgia is one of hardest and best feelings. It's like, those characters are the ones I went through growing up with. I was 11 when I first started reading and watching Naruto- nearly the same age as Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura when the series picks up. They were kids like me, and like me had their own issues to deal with. It was one of those shows that made a kid feel like they could actually make a difference if they tried hard enough. They didn't need an adult around all the time to figure things out, and since my little brother and I were often alone, it taught me that sometimes I needed to step up and overcome my own issues with my own strength.
That show made me feel complete. Strong, even. Heh, as a kid, Naruto was the world I escaped to. In my mind, my best childhood friends were team 7- and still are. Kakashi sensei taught me valuable lessons. It was like I could train to be a shinobi right along with them. And when I lost my aunt, great grandmother and grandmother, Sasuke past taught me that when we lose someone it doesn't me we have to lose our strength. He proved that you could be vulnerable and strong at the same time. Carry on with the memory and honor of our lost loved ones on our shoulders. It made me strong, helped me stop my tears.
Years have gone by since those first days with my team, but I'll always remember it like yesterday. This show is that important to me, honestly. Call me a weeabo, call me an otaku, I don't care. I know what I am, and I know that this show will never not be a part of who I am today. That's why when I see the newest filler arc, "Kakashi: Shadow of the ANBU" I feel a great sense joy and sadness at the same time. Seeing flash backs to when everything started, getting to see my friends as the children I remember them as breaks my heart in such a good way. Those are the people who shaped me, and getting to see what shaped them is just as important to me. So many complain about filler arcs, how they just want the canon back on track, but for me it's these arcs that I look forward to. Of course I am anxious to see how this will all come to an end. I want to know what Kishi has in store for us.
But, even still, seeing my friends as the kids that they are in my memories makes me smile. I loved the Konoha history arc, and this new one. Call me a sucker for nostalgia.
You wouldn't be wrong.