Konoha Crush

A complete Naruto re-watch podcast, hosted by Velvet and Gwen. 720 episodes, 11 movies, and a commitment to the beautiful idea that all of it is worth our time.

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4 days ago

The action continues apace this week, and we've got all the details in a nice and breezy episode. Kiba is on the run, Naruto is getting his ass kicked, and Shikamaru makes a convincing argument that he might never have been cool. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 121-123

Sunday Nov 27, 2022

The show quickly tires of this ‘one fight at a time’ bullshit and decides to make everything else start happening all at once. In addition to three parallel fights, we see the advent of a new coolest guy, some further glimpses into orochimaru’s operations, and some… investigation into the Inuzuka clan’s jutsu. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 118-120

Sunday Nov 20, 2022

In one corner: a teenage prodigy who only just recently learned how to not be a huge tool to everybody. In the other: Orochimaru's rudest gamer. Join us as we talk about fights desperate to find an emotional throughline, have our first brush with belief systems based on a twelve year old kicking your ass one time, and wonder what's up with spiders. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 115-117

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

It's Choji's time to shine! His big moment! His only big moment in the entire thing, I'm pretty sure. Will this be a big win for everybody's favorite kind and sweet boy? Or will we be left cold, wishing the show took the character as seriously as we're willing to? Covered this week: Naruto episodes 113 and 114

Sunday Oct 30, 2022

Sasuke's gone, and Shikamaru assembles his team to pursue him! It's time for hopping through trees. It's time for some guys we definitely know about to get the shit kicked out of them. It's time for Sasuke dies (real) (not clickbait). Join us as we talk about grabbing some Sakura disrespect for the road, peer pressure, and the inability of any battle plan to hold up in the face of shonen arc structure. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 110-112

Sunday Oct 23, 2022

After stacking the poll in favor of shows we might enjoy more, we pivot from Sword Art Online to Ascendance of a Bookworm. Gone are all the gamer trappings, and in their place we find a much more subdued story of a girl aiming to reclaim her ideal life in a new world where she's obstructed by both structures of class and a potentially life threatening, debilitating illness. While watching just one season (adapting 3 of the 29 currently published light novel volumes) means we don't necessarily reach a resolution of that conflict, we have a productive time unraveling the variably compelling fantasies presented by the show and celebrating the fact that we've got actual characters, that we like, this time. What more could you want? After stacking the poll in favor of shows we might enjoy more, we pivot from Sword Art Online to Ascendance of a Bookworm. Gone are all the gamer trappings, and in their place we find a much more subdued story of a girl aiming to reclaim her ideal life in a new world where she's obstructed by both structures of class and a potentially life threatening, debilitating illness. While watching just one season (adapting 3 of the 29 currently published light novel volumes) means we don't necessarily reach a resolution of that conflict, we have a productive time unraveling the variably compelling fantasies presented by the show and celebrating the fact that we've got actual characters, that we like, this time. What more could you want?

Sunday Oct 16, 2022

After a brief detour to discuss the Naruto anime’s 20th anniversary, we’re back in the Leaf, where everyone is sad! Dads are reaching their limits, rivalries escalate to a breaking point, and Sakura, having nothing to do but worry for the last 60 episodes, isn’t about to be freed from this curse now.  Covered this week: Naruto episodes 107-109

Sunday Oct 09, 2022

Our time in the Land of Tea comes to a close! As Ruby gets entangled in dubious character parallels and underexplored villain motivations while questioning the very stakes of the arc, Gwen makes an impassioned and powerful statement about the potential for even awkward and imperfect art to move the audience. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 104-106

Sunday Oct 02, 2022

The Sasuke Retrieval Mission looms on the horizon, but before that its time to spend a couple weeks not talking about anything that happens in the manga. We take on the series most well known gag episode, and then head off to the Land of Tea to meet the torture guy’s secret brother and contemplate the moral weight the show places on child soldier hiring decisions. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 101-103

Sunday Sep 25, 2022

It's another week and we're back to the show and back to events that were in the manga! Sort of, anyway. As we return to the Leaf, the show undergoes some adventurous restructuring of the manga to focus on Rock Lee being sad (and some other stuff also). With all the setup for the next big arc kicked down the road a few weeks, the anime has room to build some all new connective tissue. How do we feel about it? Does any part of the story benefit from it? Theres a podcast you can listen to if you're really curious. Covered this week: Naruto episodes 98-100

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