Re: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Naruto Manga.
The good? I honestly can't remember why I like this series so much. The animation on some of the fights scenes in the anime is gorgeous (Bee VS. Taka, 6-tails VS. Pain (yes, I liked this style, even if it was a little wacky for the seriousness of the fight,) and of course, Naruto VS. Sasuke at the valley of the end.) I like when fights are a good mix of strategic and kinetic. Despite its many inconsistencies, I also like the world Kishimoto has made, including the many interesting techniques and locations offered.
I have to say, Naruto character designs are some of my favorite in anime. Well, some of them, at least. I prefer those designs that lean towards realism, rather than goofy (like Onoki, but eff flying characters anyway.)
The bad? I don't care about most of the characters. I feel like adding flashbacks for nearly every semi-important character could've been handled better, and it directs focus away from the more important characters. I don't like insane power-leveling, but it's a tourney shounen, so that's stupid to complain about. I think Naruto himself has become quite a dull main character as of late, but at least there are more interesting characters for him to bounce off of, so it all works out in the end. Also, they're wizards, not ninja. It's totally mislabeled! *shot*
The ugly: fillers. I stopped watching the anime years ago, and I only dip back in for the occasional fight scene, all because of the terrible, terrible fillers. I like to see anime series as more the telling of a series of connected stories, not a long-term relationship spanning hundreds of hours of quantity-over-quality work. That's just my opinion, though.