. I absolutely LOVE the Naruto series! Whether you read the manga, watched the show, or both... you know that there was a type of magic that was infused into it. I began watching the show as an adult, and fell in love with it. This past weekend, I was with some friends at a local IHOP at 2am, and we started talking about Naruto... and a bunch of people from other tables overheard us, and started chiming in saying, "Hey, are you guys talking about Naruto?!?!" Within minutes, basically everybody in the restaurant started having a group conversation about Naruto!!! Then, our waitress came from out the back, and was eager to join in on the Naruto talk! I can't think of another series... that is no longer even running... and, could get so many strangers talking about it like that. Kids love it, teens love it, adults love it, I started watching it on Netflix with my adult brother, and we were hooked after the Haku/Zabuza saga. Then, I showed it to my two adult sisters, and they got hooked, then they got their boyfriends hooked, I got my girlfriend hooked, I got a whole bunch of other friends into it, and before I knew it... every pay period I was dropping money into Amazon to buy new box sets of the show, that we all watch together... I even got my 60 y/o dad watching the show (on his own)!?!?!? He just texted me to ask me if he can borrow some more box sets of Shippuden (he just saw it where Sasuke killed Orochimaru) (Mom is totally immune). I just think its CRAZY how amazing the show is, and how much of an effect it has had... I mean look at this site for example!!! The QUESTION I have is... WHY?!?!?! I mean the characters are kind of ridiculous, the story has plot holes the size of Konoha, the fight scenes are great... but, too few and far between, and really... isn't all that different from other animes... but, I can't think of a single anime that has had as big of an effect! What is special about Naruto??? What makes it different/better???