A Rare Slice of Life Look in Naruto: Naruto's Story--Family Day

A Rare Slice of Life Look
  • Mangaka : Mirei Miyamoto (story), Masashi Kishimoto (original concept)
  • Publisher : Viz Media
  • Genre : Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Published : August 2020


Everybody is familiar with Family Day. It’s that they where… Well, we are supposed to spend time with our own nice, loving family. Of course, it is also usually the time to see that long-estranged uncle we haven’t seen in third grade, as well as that aunt who always wants to know about the tiniest bit of detail. These little annoyances aside, Family Day is fun. It’s not like we have any other choice but to like it anyway. After all, it’s either eat that spaghetti with meatballs or spend the entire month grounded inside our rooms. However, we sometimes wonder. How exactly do those shinobis spend this eventful day?

Contains Spoilers

Discussion Time

In the world of shinobis where everything is always so hectic, working twenty-four hours, seven days a week isn’t really that rare of a sight. With that much workload, not everybody can actually easily adapt and cope, especially the ones living in Konohagakure’s new sector. Given that, they’ve requested our beloved Lord Seventh for some nice and lazy holiday. After some research and petition, it came out that Family Day is the most popular demand. Seeing that, Naruto was like “Ah, doesn’t seem so bad. Let’s go have that then.” And so, the Family Day was officially made in Konohagakure!

Why You Should Read Naruto: Naruto’s Story--Family Day

1. Rare Happy Naruto Scene

We in Honey’s Anime and the entire fandom is now familiar with that swing scene with some melodramatic background music. Don’t get us wrong, we do know that that holds a very special meaning both for Naruto and the entire fandom. However, replay that scene for more than a hundred times will surely get anybody oversaturated. Other than that, most of Naruto’s other family scenes are often always sad and gloomy. He’s always been painted as the ostracized orphan. So, reading something like this where he finally gets to spend, although a bit forced, some quality time with his family is quite refreshing to read.

2. Familial Love Supreme

We’re happy that Naruto and Hinata did end up and made a family together. With everything they both went true, they definitely deserve each other. Well, family and being a hokage apparently don’t bode well together. Naruto often skips going home or goes home in the dead of night. That said, he kinda gets estranged with his offsprings. That’s also one of the weird ironies the novel is trying to portray -- Naruto, who doesn’t have that great father-son/daughter relationship, approves Family Day. Nonetheless, Naruto did have a good blast spending a (mis)adventure with his family.

Why You Should Skip Naruto: Naruto’s Story--Family Day

1. Feels Like That Familiar Naruto Filler

It’s not news to us that Naruto is quite (in)famous for having these long filler arcs. Some of which are even being repeated to death. Reasonably enough, some fans are not that elated to watch/read these fillers. They just want to get right to it and get back to the storyline. Naruto: Naruto’s Story--Family Day is actually that kind of story. It’s a series of mini-stories about Naruto interacting with his family around Family Day. Simply speaking it’s like one of those filler arcs in the anime, but a good filler arc in our opinion.

Final Thoughts

We’ve all wanted to use some ninja art at least once in our lives. The explanation as to how jitsu's work is just a tad bit too realistic… at least to our child and child-like minds. Naruto became close to our hearts because it is easy to sympathize with it. It’s easy to see ourselves in Naruto’s shoes doing those fancy jitsu's and having those great adventures. Naruto: Naruto’s Story--Family Day is kind of like the adult -- the SFW meaning -- version of it. By this time, those who saw Naruto from the beginning are already adults. That said, it’s nice to see our fictional childhood friend have and spend his time with his family now.

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Author: Christian Markle

I am a copywriter, proofreader, and editor. I love watching anime, reading manga, and writing my own stories. Watch out in the future as you may see one of my works one day. Manga and anime were big parts of my childhood. I grew up watching Yu Yu Hakusho, Slam Dunk, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z. Those were probably one of the happiest and most carefree days of my life. In fact, most of my values are probably molded by manga. No, that's not an exaggeration.

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