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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Episodes

7 days ago

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.

Sunday Sep 18, 2022

Television anime? Thats bullshit! Its time to go to the theater as Naruto and the rest of Team 7 head off to the Land of Snow for an exciting new adventure full of extremely tenuous distinctions between good and bad kings, yelling at a girl until she completes her government ordered Naruto side-character arc, and, crucially, sick ass ninja shit. 

Sunday Sep 11, 2022

We are granted a reprieve from our suffering as the action comes to a close and we return to a more normal level of 'totally fine'. After being (partially) freed from our burden of complaining, we talk about big animal battle strategies and punching guys really hard, as well as come to some conclusions about Shizune and the importance of making your own fun.

Sunday Sep 04, 2022

Maybe fight scenes aren't good. Maybe Naruto isn't good. Maybe nothing is good. Did you ever think about that.

Sunday Aug 28, 2022

After weeks of being talked about and a few short scenes of her own, its finally time for Tsunade to take center stage! What drives her? What events made her into the person she is today? How will she respond when pushed into a corner by a difficult choice? I sure fuckin wish we had more interesting answers to any of these questions.

Sunday Aug 21, 2022

By taking on a lighter, 2 episode load this week, we're able to bring you what is basically a normal length episode of the podcast. Join us for a wide ranging discussion mostly about these episodes as we talk about ninja education (again), Tsunade's reputation, and exploiting dad-based weaknesses.

Sunday Aug 14, 2022

The stakes start off high this week in a hallway where Sasuke is about to have the second worst day of his life and Jiraiya is about to use his first worst jutsu, before we unwind in our much lighter third episode. Even when nobody else is having fun, we have plenty to talk about as we try to figure out what we're supposed to make of Itachi, welcome back a significant director after a 40 episode absence, and contemplate comedy mean guy behavior.

Sunday Aug 07, 2022

The aftermath of a big fight reveals that there are two kinds of people in this world: guys who can be normal about it and guys who can't be normal about it at all. We check in on the main boys of the show to learn which they are, but ultimately we're just glad everybody can get a bit of downtime to- ah fuck. We've just received word that a cooler and more badass evil guy than anybody has ever seen before has entered the village.

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

61 episodes of Naruto later, we're out on the other side of the longest arc we'll see for quite some time. A conclusion of this scale means that the show is swinging as hard as it can to get us to feel as much as it can about everything that happens in these episodes. Success is another matter entirely. Join us as we put a bow on this one and talk about sentimentality laden lectures, sad anime boys talking to each other, and mourn the passing of a dear friend: the soul of Orochimaru's arms.

Sunday Jul 24, 2022

25 episodes! We ring in this meager milestone by talking about Gaara, and then talking about Gaara, and then talking about Gaara some more. Its a real banner week for that sad, sad boy who loves to murder. 

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