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As someone who enjoys anime and manga, I had never watched Naruto, until recently. I remember watching the show's ads when I was a kid and I'd heard about the show, but I never watched it partly because it's long and they have prolonged it by including many repeated scenes. Due to the lockdown, I had the time I needed and so, I watched the show.
In simple terms, Naruto revolves around the story of a boy (named Naruto) in a small village who is shunned by everyone because he harbors a beast inside him. The story starts off small and gets interesting later where the plot expands (obviously). It's a story where villains have more fans than heroes and every character has something to teach you.
What I love most about Naruto —the series and the boy himself— is his unwavering belief in himself. While the author tries to paint him as a stupid kid who is stubborn, I feel that Naruto has one of the most important traits that so many kids don't have these days: self-belief.
There are dialogues and hefty lines because let's face it, it's a story. But, if you break it down to the bare minimum, you're left with this: Naruto always, always believes in himself. Even when he's hated by his own people and he's so lonely because he doesn't have a family or friends, he never feels sorry for himself or never doubts himself.
Of course, he feels sad and he cries to express his emotions, but even at his lowest point, he never stops believing in himself. That unwavering belief always baffles me. I think it is something we all need to learn.
There's also a fine line between that self-belief and plain ego. We are so blind that we see egoistic people as those with a lot of self-belief, which is far from the truth. Egotistical people are hollow husks. Only with a lot of reflection and awareness does self-belief arise. That along with hard work, because nothing beats hard work.