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

4 days ago

It all comes to a head in the valley of the end, as Atsushi Wakabayashi’s best episode yet sets the stage for the conclusion of the first part of Naruto. We’ve got everything you need this week: hard hitting commentary like “Norio Matsumoto is a really good animator”, Sasuke appreciation, and some last-minute Shikamaru disrespect before we set our sights on the future.
 
Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 133-135

Sunday Jan 01, 2023

Sasuke buckles down to get sad and angry about a few more things and then this time, for real, for sure, the boys are fighting! Meanwhile, we lodge a few more complaints about Sasuke’s dad before he dies on screen again, try to discern how solidified the Itachi roadmap is, and litigate what does and does not count as “understanding your best friend”.
Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 130-132

Sunday Dec 25, 2022

We bid our farewells to Kimimaro before its time to move on to the main event: the boys are fighting! Or, well, they're building up to it. Join us for boys talking about their feelings, boys distinctly not talking about their feelings, and a surprisingly dense glimpse into whatever was going on with the Uchiha.
Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 127-129

Sunday Dec 18, 2022

We're back after a week off, and we're bringing the sand siblings with us! Gaara tries to be nice, Temari realizes she doesn't have to be, and Kankuro hangs out in the woods with a guy he's never talked to before in his life.
 
Covered this week: Naruto Episodes 124-126

Sunday Dec 04, 2022

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?

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