Would you prefer the manga as theorized ten years ago?
Back when Americans first started noticing Naruto (before the anime, I believe) there was a prevalent theory:
Essentially, people expected Itachi and Minato to eventually be enemies of one another, and Konoha as well.
was the shadow Akatsuki Leader. A Big Bad.
would betray Akatsuki upon defeating Sasuke and awakening a stronger Dōjutsu. Another Big Bad.
was a rogue agent that even Akatsuki feared (basically, a beefed up Orochimaru)
would get the Sharingan and be pretty beastly.
We suspected Itachi to truly be evil, seeking to test his limits.
We hypothesized that Minato had been mentally twisted up in sealing Kurama (thought to be an incarnation of pure evil.)
Itachi's goal was to kill his master, Shisui. Minato wanted to unite the world against him, like Ozymandias.
Shisui, or "the third Mangekyō user," was a bit of a wildcard.
This follows the themse of hard work spelled out in part one (that Kishimoto has abandoned.)
would have to reject
his cursed bloodline (or have his eyes ripped out) and use raw skills.
would have Kurama
ripped out of him, and rely on raw skill.
Minato & Itachi are genius counterparts compared to Naruto and Sasuke.
It was theorized to be set up as a bigger, badder version of Lee vs Neji.
So Neji, Sakura, Lee, etc. would all become more like Chōji is now (Mid Kage-ish.)
Nagato, Obito, Madara, Hashirama, etc.
would never have been introduced.
We imagined the author focusing on developing
the Konoha 12 as the plot unfolded.
My question is would you have preferred the fanbase's estimation of the plot?
Or what Kishimoto actually decided to do with it? (Obito, Madara, and even Nagato coming out of nowhere.)