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20th Jun 2018, 8:00 AM in Chunin Exam Arc
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RandomRex6 20th Jun 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete
One of my favorite things about this comic is the fact that I have a forum to share my feelings on Naruto with a large audience. The series has had a sizeable impact on me, from the friends I've made, the things I've grown to expect from my media, to general lessons and perspectives I've gained. And to that end, I'm glad I can talk about these things with all of you. That said, Lee is one of the most fascinating characters in this series to me, so... bear with me, I have a lot to say.

Lee is symbolic to me of being in the right place in the right time. Look at Lee within the larger narrative of Naruto, and frankly, after this, he's done. Now I know what you're thinking, "he still fights Kimimaro!" True, but it's nowhere near as memorable or impressive. With the whole Drunken Fist thing (and the three-ring circus that is the attempts to censor it in the English version) I always saw it as more of a comedic fight than a serious one. Which feels very out-of-place in the arc that was the main turning point of the story. Couple that with the fact that he then needed to be saved by the very same guy who nearly killed him a few arcs before. Lee, less than 2 years into Naruto's 15-year lifespan, has peaked.

And yet, he remains one of the most beloved characters. To the point where he got an SD spin-off, long after he was no longer ranking in the top 10 in the popularity polls. A spin-off whose anime adaptation took over the time slot previously held by Bleach when it's anime got canceled. Holy crap!

And it's all because of this fight. The Chunin Exam arc, to me, is the best arc of Naruto. New characters, new ideas, interesting fight styles. So many ideas bouncing off each other. And here, at the climax of the arc that was really starting to make Naruto a stand-out series, Lee makes the single strongest showing out of every other character, save maybe the one he's currently fighting.

Lee was in the right place at the right time. And even if he never did anything half as impressive ever again, he didn't need to. His reputation was solid from that point on. And that is really cool to me.

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ChaosStar0 20th Jun 2018, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
I agree with the Chunin Exam being the best Arc in Naruto, but I love Tournament Arcs in Anime. Most people call those Arcs the weakest, but I disagree.

I'm also waiting for someone to make a HunterxHunter Campaign Comic.
Guest 20th Jun 2018, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Why not make one yourself?
DeadpanSal 20th Jun 2018, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
https://dice-x-dice.tumblr.com/ is trying to figure it out, if their computer doesn't make it impossible.
Departure_Dave 20th Jun 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Hrm. I'd've thought something like Champions or GURPS would fit that one better.
DeadpanSal 21st Jun 2018, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Hey, is there a GURPS Campaign Comic?
Darkening 21st Jun 2018, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
I have troubles with HunterxHunter :/. I loved all the characters, but honestly, there's very few fights in the entire show that feel in any way even. Like, start the season, get curbstomped, train half the season, then the MC's either crush the person/obstacle or they fail *again* but get a pity win. It's super frustrating. There's like, 3 fights that actually felt like they had any tension about who'd win.
loyalChaos 20th Jun 2018, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
loyalChaos
Lee wasn't my favorite character because of how he seemed to dote over Sakura, and also how he was never quite good enough to accomplish ore interesting things. Even his fight against Kimimaro in the climax of the show, in comparison to Neji's fight with the spider dude, was a disappointment.
Guest 20th Jun 2018, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Well Guy got some cool moments as the series continued, so Lee got overshadowed by his sensei as well.
znsolomon 20th Jun 2018, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Well, now I know who's playing who in the Gurren Laggan arc...
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