A 3-part show about the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Shinobi World Wars
Many fans have a love-hate relationship with Boruto: The Next Generation. Despite that, the Boruto Manga and Anime are still very popular in Asia and the rest of the world. One problem many ‘older’ fans have with the new series is its more childish tone. You can argue that it’s better for the series because they’re reaching a new audience, but we believe the show should never drift away from its essence. That’s what made them successful after all. However, we can expect a different style now that Kishimoto will return as a writer.
With the current state of the Boruto it’s difficult to go back to that feeling the original Naruto had. True Ninja fights are difficult to make with the much higher power levels of the show, and the tense feeling of the world is hard to create when all Hidden Villages are at peace.
What we believe can bring back all that’s needed is a 3-part show about the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Shinobi World Wars. It will be difficult to pull this off and create a great show, but we believe it’s possible because of the reasons below.
THE GOOD PARTS
There are many elements that can make a story about all the Shinobi World Wars very interesting to watch. The complexity and depth of the Naruto universe give us a lot of opportunities, we will list our favorite parts below.
We’re already in love with the characters
Many characters that we love to see on screen play a huge role in these two wars, but played minor roles in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Think about characters like Minato, Tobirama, Hiruzen, Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru. This show could be a chance for us to know more about them and take a closer look at the lives they’d lived. It’s also a great opportunity to show some of the mysteries surrounding these characters. Take for example Orocihmaru’s live in Konoha, Tobirama’s death and Hiruzen’s strength in his prime.
Having a great main character is essential for any great show, but it takes time to bond with your audience and make them fall in love. It would be easier with these characters to create this bond because we’re already interested in them.
Many great villains to choose from
One of the things that make Naruto such a great show are the amazing villains like Pain, Orochimari, Tobi/Obito and Madara. So if you want to create a good Naruto show you must have great villains. Luckily, the wars have great characters that can serve as compelling villains.
Our choice would be to give Danzō a large role as a villain. He has everything, powerful, cunning, has a strong conviction to protect Konoha and will use any method he deems necessary. And of course, everyone already hates him so he’s the perfect villain for the 2nd and 3rd world war. Characters like Kinkaku & Ginkaku, Hanzō, Kakuzu
Beloved characters fight each other as enemies
In the current Boruto world everyone is friends and there’s peace between villages. But in these are times of war, everyone is an enemy. This creates conflicts between characters we love which is perfect for a great story. Think about conflicts between A, Killer B and Minato, or the Tsuchikage Ōnoki and Chiyo being huge enemies for Konoha.
It would also be interesting to see the Hidden Leaf from a different side, who says they are the good guys in these wars? Which atrocities did they commit, and how far are they willing to go when they’re backed into a corner?
Opportunity to explore the world more
Much of the period before the start of Naruto remains unknown. Sure, we know the main events that took place, but the details of this period were never clearly explained. What caused the different wars, which role did the characters, kage, and feudal lords play?
We can also see more mysterious characters in action. Take Fugaku Uchiha, Sakumo Hatake and the Third Kazekage and young Hiruzen Sarutobi for example. They were all known to be very powerful, but we never really saw them in action.
THE BAD PARTS
Creating a good prequel is a very difficult thing to do, specially in a complex world with many different characters and rules like Naruto. A show about the past World Wars will of course bring some challenges as well.
We already know the outcome
It’s hard to be invested in a story when you already know the outcome. Sure, we all want to know what happened, and want to see all characters in action, but are we willing to watch/read a few years worth of episodes/chapters? Some fans, including us, definitely will. But the show has to be written extremely well for us to stay interested.
Lack of a main character
Boruto has something this show could never have, and that is the presence of the biggest characters: Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura. The only possible important character to appear is Kakashi, but he plays a minor role in the war and his time in the war has already been explained in full detail. Thus, we have a problem, who is/are the main character(s)?
We suggest that each part has its own main character, but who will it be? And will they create new characters from different villages or will they stick with the already existing characters? These are all questions that have to be answered in order to create a good story.
Must be consistent with Naruto and Naruto Shippuden
Theres is little to no room for error when you’re creating this story. There are countless quotes and facts shown in the Naruto shows, so there can’t be any inconsistencies. Unless it makes sense of course, many events in history are told differently a few years after they happen. Some secrets may be covered up with different stories, some events could be dramatized for political reasons, and some villages may have different stories for the same events.