I watched some random bits of Naruto with friends (who haven't seen Naruto) this weekend, mainly the episode with Sasuke & Naruto vs. Haku (the ice mirror guy) from the first season.
VERY odd experience to rewatch something SO swamped in nostalgia while also watching it and going "oh wow, this is mediocre"
Like... That episode was THE first episode of Naruto I saw. And I saw it completely at random, on vacation, NO clue what the show was, when I was 9 or 10 years old. (It would be years before I even learned what show it was, and I remember being goddamn ecstatic when I did find it again because I was like "holy SHIT this is that same show as the ice mirror fight with those two ninja boys")
Like just... the execution of that episode is actually really just mediocre. The pacing is glacial (like well, all Naruto pacing). The whole "Sasuke sacrificing himself to take the hit to save Naruto, even though he hates Naruto", and Naruto being like "Why did you save me?", and Sasuke "dying" which sends Naruto into an unhinged 9-tail-fox rage... it's all just really cliche, corny, simple.
Yet at the same time, that scene was such a genuine awakening for me back forever-and-a-half ago. My tastes were SHAPED by that. My eyes were OPENED by that. 9-or-10 year old me was out of her MIND over that scene. I can't express enough how much this defined me back then.
Anyway I felt like I was watching two different scenes at once. One was a poorly-paced, 5/10 execution of some really cliche fight scene self-sacrifice. The other was the defining moment of my childhood. Still have NOT figured out how to reconcile that.
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YEAH SKDJD ranboo started guilting phil into joining by saying that he’d just start saying mean things about himself starting from the top of his head to his feet. he only got to like saying that his hair is terrible before phil joined
phil telling chat he did his best to tell ranboo to stop being hard on himself mid vod vs whatever the fuck this is, FIGHT
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techno: techno wINNSSSS IT IS UNANIMOUS
wilbur: sHUT UP technoBLADE. more like technoLAME.....i’ll kill you.
phil, trying to save everyone: inavideogamwinavideogame
wilbur, determined: no NOT in a video game
phil: oh jesus christ
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