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    Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    As a person deeply passionate about human history and political science, I have observed certain things in Naruto which appear grounded in reality. This is my theory on the parallels between Naruto and the world we live in, do give me your views.

    1. The Early Shinobi World

    With reference to Hashirama's flashbacks, the early shinobi world was fraught with conflicts between the various clans.
    This situation is similar to the ancient times when nation states were not yet established across the globe and fighting occurred between small ethnic groups.

    2. Countries

    The countries/hidden villages in Naruto comprise shinobi from different clans. There was hope that the formation of the hidden villages would bring about greater peace. However, the villages continued to fight. The nation states and political entities we have in our world also comprise different peoples and were often formed on the basis of an "imagined community". One thing remains constant in the history of the Shinobi world and the real world: conflict. Evidently, countries continued to go to war with each other over territory, ideology, resources etc.

    3. Akatsuki

    The Akatsuki comprises shinobi marginalised by the mainstream shinobi world. Yahiko, Konan and Nagato were all victims of the 3rd great shinobi war fought between the big countries. They have suffered and witnessed the brutality of war and sought to achieve "justice" in the shinobi world. The other members of the Akatsuki were all victims of the cruel Shinobi system. Akatsuki became an organisation which seeks to achieve peace through violent and extreme measures.

    When we draw parallels with our world, Akatsuki is representative of terrorists and extremists, who are ultimately reacting to certain social and political injustice in the world and resort to violence to achieve their aims. Take for example, the Middle East Conflict. The many wars fought between Israel and the Arab nations over Palestine have clearly led to various problems such as displacing Palestinians from their homes and the harsh occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. What was originally a conflict between states gradually evolved into a conflict which involved non-state actors/religious fundamentalist groups like the Hamas and Hezbollah which emerged as a result of the suffering caused by the protraction of the conflict. These groups seek to destroy Israel to end the conflict.

    4. The role of Madara and Obito

    Yet, the members of Akatsuki are but people, who initially genuinely wanted peace, but were swayed by Obito to adopt a more radical stance.

    Obito himself can be considered a victim of the harsh Shinobi world and wished for world peace. However, he was corrupted by Madara who in my opinion is the symbol of evil in our world. Then, Obito went on to influence the other distraught individuals like Nagato, thereby forming Akatsuki. Akatsuki was a therefore, a product of the chaotic Shinobi world which has caused death and suffering, guided by evil.

    In our world, the resentment towards those that have brought suffering has led to people supporting leaders who are driven by the desire to use violence to destroy the aggressors to achieve real peace.

    5. Shinobi Alliance

    In response to the Akatsuki's threats to peace and security, the give great nations formed the Shinobi Alliance, which also includes the neutral Samurai group. This alliance is similar to the United Nations, where countries all over the world organise themselves to deal with various problems of the world, one of which is the issue of global peace and security.

    In essence, many of the roles played in Naruto are similar to the real world.
    Countries/Shinobi Villages = Nation states
    Akatsuki = Terrorist organisations
    Akatsuki Members (Nagato, Konan etc.) = Victims of social and political injustice
    Obito = Victims of social and political injustice & Leaders of terrorist organisations
    Madara = Evil
    Shinobi Alliance = Regional/International Organisations like the UN to counter terrorist threats
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Are the Bijuus the WMDs?
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    You could probably compare every anime to reality

    We just talk about inner power/chi/chakra whatever you wanna call it but we dont actually use it to summon dragons...
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Kishi's warped perception of reality? Seems legit.

    No, it's actually quite legit. I'm sure that's how Kishis sees everything.

    Although the structure of the actual world that Kishi built is very realistic to a certain degree, the characterizations is where the differences lie.
     
         
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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Quote Originally Posted by Okami the butcher View Post
    Are the Bijuus the WMDs?
    Yes they are! I totally missed them out!
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    the moon is based the moon
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Who is sage of six paths ? don't tell me USA is konaha .
     
         
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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    whenever i see animes its just like these are another form of reality but in a different way
    we all resemble to some anime characters in one way or other
    its not important to have a tailed beast inside it resembles to the tough times and miseries
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Quote Originally Posted by kishiuzumaki View Post
    Who is sage of six paths ? don't tell me USA is konaha .
    Sage of the six paths is probably God (from a religious perspective). It's hard to say which country is similar to which village though.
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Quote Originally Posted by kishiuzumaki View Post
    Who is sage of six paths ? don't tell me USA is konaha .
    Japan is kirigakhure i guess
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    I agree with your logic.
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Good job man, nicely done
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    I agree as well
     
         

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    Re: Naruto is Largely Based on Reality

    Very perspective and I quite agree with you, then what's Naruto?
     
         

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