Before I make any full posts in this series, I wanted to give a general idea of what I want to talk about. This will also help me gather my thoughts and refine what I had previously posted.
When the men and woman in Naruto are discussed, two areas normally receive focus. What is often brought up is the disparity in power, skills, and abilities, but that is secondary to some readers. Personally, I do care about the powers to some degree, but I care more about character development. I and many others have found that lacking in the females.
Often, when someone complains about the treatment of the females in Naruto, arguments ensue. One thing that is inevitably said is that there were males mishandled in the manga, too. That is true and those complaining about the ladies also acknowledge this. However, there is also a contention that the guys’ mistreatment is somehow different.
Of course, I don’t have to list all the male characters in Naruto, even those who played important parts in various arcs. That would take me some effort, and there are over 400 characters in the story anyway. And the males outnumber the females 4 to 1 by my rough estimates. This isn’t necessarily a complaint.
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