As we approach the end of the 15 year run of Naruto, the manga that served initially as the eponymous inspiration for TAL's parent website "NarutoMania", I thought I'd make this little thread in observance of its conclusion. Purely for the sake of avoiding a long drawn out, overly sentimental lamentation on all my fond recollections and/or aneurysm inducing disappointments, I'll make this as succinct as I can. I joined Narutomania in the spring of 2006, and like most it was due in large part to the meteoric popularity of the manga. It was an ubiquitous presence throughout the incalculable numbers of Anime themed message boards online, that were of exclusively western/English speaking origin. By 2007 I was appointed as Co-Moderator(before inheriting the job in earnest) of the naruto section on NM, that as far as I could tell appeared to be primarily inhabited by semi sentient vegetables with names, avatars, and relatively functional appendages they attempted to type with, but was ostensibly stuck perpetually on capslock and "In b4 close rolfcopters!" autonomic replies. Over the years, the manga underwent a steady decline in quality but that's just par for the course. All in all I, like most people stuck with it, and still managed to derive a certain level of satisfaction regardless of the fact that it had become a mere shadow of its former self. I think over the years, we as manga readers and devourers of all things Japanese anime, fell into the trap of allowing ourselves to become too invested into something that was intended simply and unequivocally to entertain. Shounen especially, is a genre that should never be taken too seriously, nor is it generally speaking chock full of profound allegory and deep insight(and when it is, its about a cliché as Donald trump hair jokes). So I'll end it with this: I enjoyed this manga. The End. P.S Just as a heads up, if you're not going to say at the very least One thing you liked about "Naruto", don't bother posting. You can mention just one little thing, and then proceed to bash its brains in until your fingers fall off, I honestly wouldn't care. In this thread democracy is forfeit, post like a moron and I'll delete it with fascist zeal and a smile on my face. Don't like that mandate?