OWLS Disruptors Blog Tour: Naruto

Grimms ❤

New year, new venture! I’m so excited for our first OWLS Blog Tour! If you are unfamiliar with our OWLS community group please check out my post Raise Your Voices For OWLS. The gist of it though is I’m lucky enough to be president of an amazing group called OWLS founded by our VP Kausus at OtakuGamerZone.

It’s a group that helps promote acceptance within the anime community regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Basically we’re like the Santa of the anime world lol we just want peace and goodwill toward men ❤

Throughout the year the members of OWLS will be hosting blog tours. We will write about a topic and showcase it on our blogs. Not only will the topic discuss anime but also it will link back towards issues and concerns that we face in our everyday lives. I think it’s really amazing that we can use a form of media we all enjoy to relate to each other and discuss topics that would otherwise be difficult.

However in order to promote acceptance we must find away to face these topics and build bridges of understanding between each other. I hope that you will all find our first Blog Tour: Disruptors to be an enjoyable read and thought provoking. If you get a chance don’t forget to check out Matthew’s Blog Tour Post from Jan. 2nd. He discusses disrupters from the standpoint of Bleach.

I would also like to include our Disruptors Blog Tour Schedule for this month. You may notice a lot of familiar names or you might see some names that you aren’t familiar with. Either way I guarantee you will want to check out their takes on this topic! Like the Disruptors Blog Tour Reign ON!

“Disruptors” Blog Tour Schedule

January

2: Matthew Castillo (Matt-in-the-Hat)

6: Katrina Sade (Grimmgirl)

9: Venus (Japanime Talks)

13: Arria Cross (Fujinsei)

16: LynLyn (Just Something About LynLyn)

20: crimson613 (Crimson Blogs at Night)

23: Naja B. (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)

25: Pink-chan (Pinky’s Palace)

27: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

30: Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)

 

Now that we have the formalities out of the way I would like to take a closer look at this topic and it’s meaning.

“To disrupt” has a negative denotation, but rather than looking at the verb in a negative light, we are going to use the verb in a positive way. It’s like the word, “protest” which has positive and negative connotations depending on the perspective of the person.

Disruptors: An individual or a group disturbing a system or social norms/conventions that they believe is destroying what is morally right.

Can we disrupt a system or social norm/convention positively? I believe we can. Currently I live in America and right now we are going through a lot of political turmoil. Our next president has been determined to be Donald Trump (a man with no political background and who won by the electoral college NOT the popular vote), hate crimes are on the raise, police brutality has risen, the brutalization of woman and the normalization of rape continues to soar, and some people may say that our system is broken.

I’m not going to sugarcoat what’s happening in our country right now. The facts are the facts. I’m also not going to pretend like what is happening in my country isn’t something that has happened in other countries (or worse). I recognize that what is happening right now isn’t beneficial to anyone.

In response to these crises we have seen an upshot of political activism in my country in the form of protests and boycotts. People who are trying to raise awareness and create change within a system that others may see as broken. As crazy as this sounds these acts of disruptors give me hope.

In fact as I was considering this blog topic and my countries current standing I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite anime shows. That’s right… Naruto.

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You might be wondering what on EARTH a show like Naruto has to do with disruptors, protesters, and all the political upheaval I discussed above. If you are unfamiliar with the show you might even be thinking, “….Ummmm isn’t that a kids’ show?”

Yes, you may have started out watching that show as a kid on Cartoon Network or something but you have to admit even in its early stages Naruto was dealing with some pretty heavy themes. Those themes continue to grow and become more serious as the show goes on and I feel it offers us a lot on the theme of disruptors.

If you are familiar with the show and I were to ask you who the biggest disruptor of the show is I think you would be tempted to say someone like Sasuke, Orochimaru, Obito, or Madara. I admit that those characters are disruptive but they have nothing on the main disruptor. Do you know whom I’m talking about?

Naruto of course!

That’s right. In my eyes the biggest disruptor (and my favorite disruptor) is Naruto himself. As much as some of the characters like to give Naruto grief, he isn’t an idiot. He recognizes that the system that is currently ruling his world isn’t perfect. As he gets older he learns more and more about the cruelties of his world.

He learns about Neji and his fate that is tied to the head family of his clan whether he wants to be or not. He learns about himself and Gaara who turned into vessels for demons and then treated as outcasts. He learns about Sasuke and Itachi and what really happened to the Uchia Clan.

Not only does he learn about a lot of deception and atrocities within his own community and abroad but he also hears from other people and listens to their stories. He comes to understand how ones upbringing influences our later choices. All of this information is thrown at him and the members of his life and each of them react to it differently.

What I love about Naruto is that through everything he is able to cling to his optimism. He recognizes that terrible things have happened under the current system but he also recognizes that beautiful things have happened to. That there are still people alive who truly want to help others and believe in their form of government.

Instead of trying to overthrow the entire system like some members of the show he decides to change the system from the inside. His ability to speak to others and change hearts continues to be his greatest strength. It is the ability that is able to turn Naruto into the true leader his world needs.

His determination and persistence reminds me of leaders this country has had in the past that were able to use their ability to change hearts and show the power of love to create change in their governments. I have faith that in this current time of anxiety we will produce leaders within our protests and activism whom will use their words not to fuel hate but to spread love.

It’s not just Naruto in this show that demonstrates this ability but also the people around him who help to shape him into this type of person. People like Jiraiya and Kakashi are prime examples of this. They have both seen and done things they regret or aren’t proud of but they still cling to the ideal that humanity can someday reach a point of peace.

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I recognize that Naruto helps to fight a war but he’s not starting one. He’s defending his friends from one. On top of that Naruto’s ultimate goal of trying to find away for shinobi to live in peace with each other remains a priority for him.

People often ask why enjoy anime so much and it is because of shows like Naruto. It gives me hope that people can come together in times of crisis and that there are leaders in our world who will hold out a hand to their enemies like Naruto has done for so many of his.

Shows like this also remind me of the type of person on want to be. I look up to the type of people who can still manage to find the good in others even in the ugliest of times. That is something I strive to maintain myself. I’m not perfect and it’s hard but when I see characters or real life people who are able to adhere to this standard it gives me hope that I can to.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that it has given you a lot to think about. Do you feel that disruptors can have a positive meaning? Do you believe it is possible to change a system from within?

Let me know in the comments below. Also please remember that this is a forum for open discussion but hating on each other isn’t tolerated. There is a big difference between debating something with someone and arguing with some. Please to the line and keep things running smoothly.

One of my big goals with this blog and with OWLS is to create a space where people can discuss topics openly without being shamed for their opinions. No matter which side of the fence you fall on we can all discuss things civilly. Remember when all else fails sometimes you just have to agree to disagree ❤

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Thanks for reading Grimms! I look forward to the conversations this post will hopefully spark!

P.S.

Don’t forget to check out Japanime Talks post on January 9, 2017! She will be discussing Claymore and disruptors.:) I hope everyone gets a chance to check it out. For more updates on posts don’t forget to follow our official Twitter page @OWLSblogger ❤

 

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50 thoughts on “OWLS Disruptors Blog Tour: Naruto

  1. I really enjoyed this post Kat. I think this is should be read by everyone. I agree about Naruto. Naruto puts himself in these situations because he’s not doing it for himself but he is doing it because he cares.Even if he’s young, he can shout the things that needs to be heard while the adults and classmates are silent. Maybe, if applied in the US, if we have a leader that actually cares about us and willing to be in the frontline, maybe we can actually make a difference. A leader is someone that leads in front of the pack, not someone that stands on top and controls everyone. If Donal Trump doesn’t take things seriously in his role of new President, he could end up being Madara or Danzo.

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    1. I knew a fellow Naruto fan like you would like this 😊 I agree 100% it is very easy to become a leader like Danzig or Madera if you are putting yourself ahead of others. It’s important to make sure what ever you do doesn’t benefit just yourself or one group of people but that it is the best option for everyone 💕

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      1. As a fan, I knew I was going to love your post. I remember people saying Trump is going to be the next Hitler or Benedict Arnold; not very inspirational. If we had a leader like the first Hokage, we wouldn’t have to worry about hate. We need to remember that we should love one another like brother and sisters. 👫

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      2. We need to start a new Naruto for President campaign! We went about this the wrong way. But seriously that’s what scares me about Trump is the way he doesn’t tolerate other opinions. You can disagree with someone without hating them.

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      3. Me too, I truly believe in the people though. The thing we need to remember in America is that we the people have a voice as well. As long as we stay strong no matter who our leader is we can always create a country of peace and love ❤

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  2. Excellent post, Kat! Very positive. Indeed, it may not seem like it but Naruto is a “disruptor” of the positive kind. I like how you pointed out that instead of disrupting or destroying the system by rebelling like Sasuke and the others did, he changed the system from within. An excellent observation. And yes, this is also a “disruptive” behaviour because it catalyzed change. I think that “disruptor” is something that promotes change, whether it’s for the better or for worse, depends on how the agents and the reactors deal with it. Once again, excellent post, Kat! Well done! Great way to end our first week of our blog tour. Cheers!

    P.S. Can’t wait for our Feb tour.

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    1. This is seriously one of my main reasons for loving Naruto as much as I do. The fact that Naruto and the others are able to change his world for the better is really inspiring. I agree for better or worse a disrupter is going to change things so as a society we always have to be vigilant about which way we are turning the tides.

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      1. I agree. Although Naruto is not my most favourite series ever–that honour belongs to ONE PIECE—I do hold it in high esteem. That war was intense. It’s definitely a disruptor of the most intense kind, with Naruto leading the charge. Once again, great post, President Kat.

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  3. I’m so excited for this OWLS movement, i love reading posts about diversity, impact, and all that good stuff 👌
    Excellent post using Naruto, actually making me like Naruto more for those things you mentioned.
    I firmly we can change things from within, but not one single person can do it, it has to spread and unite. Only a lot of people can change reality.
    I hope you and everyone else currently in America stay safe and don’t give up, also hope things don’t get worse than they already 😦
    Looking forward to more OWLS posts and the tour for February too, ofc!

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    1. Thank you so much. I will always love the Naruto show for this very reason. I’m not sure how far you were able to get through Naruto but I agree I love how Naruto maybe the catalyst but they make it very clear throughout the show that it is everyone working together that is creating the change and solidifying the movement. When Gaara makes his speech to the troops in Shippuden I cry every time because he discusses how even though they are all different they are working towards a common goal for the good of everyone and he needs all of their help to move forward. It is so powerful. I’m so glad we were able to start this group and that you’re joining too!
      Next month is going to be AMAZING 😀
      I’m very hopeful that even though we are faced with a lot of challenges in America right now I believe that we will be able to pull together. ❤

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      1. I watched some 50 episodes, i believe, but did read a HUge chunk of the manga, before the ressurection arc, if i believe from what I was told.
        Aww, you crying over it makes it so special, i love how much you cherish Naruto 💖💖
        I’ll definitely follow OWLS ride, as close as i can 🙏
        All my best wishes and luck to you, and everyone feeling fearful for their lifes, not only in America but in the whole world 🙏

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  4. Cracking post Kat 😀 Awesome work loved reading your whole thoughts and you used Naruto a great example of a disruptor I was pondering if someone would use this series XD it stands for a lot 🙂

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    1. As soon as I heard the first topic for the blog tour I knew I was going to use Naruto for mine. Hahaha it helped a lot that I was already rewatching the series so I was in full Naruto mode from the get go.

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  5. Wow, I didn’t realize Naruto was so . . . smart . . . is that the right word? Haha, but anyway, you struck a chord with me when you mentioned that he wasn’t trying to start a war, but that he was defending his friends from being involved in one. It takes guts to go against the flow in “that” kind of way.

    Great job with your post, a strong follow-up to Matt’s and a great start for the OWLS! I’m not sure why I wasn’t following before this, but I am now!

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    1. Haha thanks!
      I know exactly what you mean with Naruto. When I originally started the show I was not expecting it to deal with such intense themes. It continues to grow this way throughout the series which is really good. This is one of my main reasons for loving the show as much as I do. I love that Naruto is not a violent type. He doesn’t fight for himself, or just because he enjoys the pain he inflicts, but because he really wants to protect the people he cares about. Throughout the show he tries to come up with away to create a peaceful society without the need for violence, since he begins to understand that violence leaves everyone in pain. On top of that I love that he is willing to forgive his enemies and see things from their point of few. He is able to understand that many people are fighting in order to protect their homes and their families and friends. In the end you may be on opposite sides but you are ultimately fighting for the same thing.
      Hahaha I could go on and on! I love this show ❤

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  6. You’re right. Naruto remaining positive and hopeful in the face of hatred and crimes serves as an example for us all during these trying times. The day when people can truly understand each other will surely happen one day.

    Thanks for sharing!

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