Welcome everyone to the Naruto Gaiden review. It will be short and sweet with no spoilers. Naruto Gaiden is a short series, 10 chapters long. It takes place on the Naruto timeline after the Naruto the Last Movie and before Boruto the Last Movie. You don't have to watch the Naruto the Last film before reading this short series. This series is pretty much standalone and has no mention of what happens in that film. It's pretty much confined to the main cast which you see below.
Despite what the full title says (Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring), it has nothing to do with Naruto or Boruto. Instead, it focuses on Sarada Uchiha. I'll start off with bad stuff first and then the good stuff last.
Here's our main cast:
A lot of folks who read the main series and its epilogue found it underwhelming and a bit of inconclusive with the relationships along with new family members established. For those who wanted to read Naruto Gaiden to get more information, you're going to be a bit disappointed. However, one of the questions that most had will be answered in this short series, is Sarada related to Sakura and Sasuke? That was one of the biggest issues because Sarada doesn't bear much resemblance to Sakura. It left a lot of folks questions and controversy after reading last chapter of the main series.
That is one of the main reasons folks had read Naruto Gaiden. It's one of the biggest discussion wise when folks converse with each other during the series.
I won't spoil anyone. The reason for me to mention that first is that it's part of the double edged sword which can be bad or good for fans who haven't tried this series.
Now for the bad stuff. Naruto Gaiden doesn't feature a lot of characters. It's confined to a small cast which is probably for the best. You will get merely fan service, seeing a few characters who didn't appear in the last chapter. Just tidbits of conversation. The fights in the series don't involved the same intensity like the main series. For those who love overpowered characters and lots of action, you won't see that. It's a bit downsized in terms of combat. As for the climax battle, it's a bit anti-climatic. For the drama, it messes with you honestly especially with the major revelation in Sarada's search for her true heritage.
For the good stuff, if you wanted to see a strong heroine, look no further. Sarada is a fresh new face to the franchise and the whole Weekly Shonen Jump. There are other female protagonists in Shonen Jump but not a lot. Honestly, I had a hard time finding the good stuff. My experience with Naruto Gaiden is a bit mixed bag. I can say this Naruto Gaiden is a stand alone series about a young girl and her family drama. She searches for her identity and struggles to find her place as a shinobi because she is lacking a strong bond with her family. This is her journey.
In conclusion, I would still recommend this series to any fans of the series whether you are burned out by Naruto or not. It's still a refreshing read, a bit different from main series. It will clear one question.
Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy the series, and I hope this review convinces you to read it.
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