NARUTO ECLIPSES HARRY POTTER— AJIT VADAKAYIL
My 15 year old son came back after his last 10th standards CBSE exams, kicked off his shoes and was on the computer from 1300 to next day 0400 hrs. He was in excited conference with his friends on the phone all the time.
He was totally immersed in a Japanese anime superhero series by the name of NARUTO.
Totally puzzled, having come back home on leave, I asked my wife what the hell is happening.
My wife told me that some of the office mates of my 24 year elder son ( computer engineer ) are also crazy for Naruto in a similar manner.
I did some research of my own .
Well , JK Rowling might be the first billionaire author ( Harry Potter for family and kids with shallow characters ) and may have created media hype in the western world , by micro managed hijackings of Potter book laden trucks . And she may have sold 420 million books--
But the Potter series with wizards and witches and wands , has no imagination, vision and depth.
The creator of manga series Naruto-- Japanese Mashashi Kishimoto beats her hollow with a anime series with abundant action, romance and drama.
Naruto is for the thinking type teens . Instead of witches and wands there are Ninjas and Shinobis.
It has a expansive cast of characters that grow and change over time. Both heroes and villains have their limitations and signature moves. Their battles and powers are creative.
There are no slow spots with unpredictable twists and turns and finger chewing suspense. Side stories are well woven to the main plot of ninja Naruto’s quest for honour..
My 15 year old son, creates his own sub plots of Naruto , on the internet -- and he has his own world wide fan club who hangs on to very word of his-- and goes GA GA in their daily feedback-- .
By the way, Druhyus from the Saraswati river banks ( Vedic civilization 9000 BC to 4000 BC ) migrated North when the river dried up due to a tectonic shift blocking the glacial mouth at the Himalayas. These are the Druids of Harry Potter. They are Aryan Indians .