Masashi Kishimoto’s One Trait in Naruto Makes Him Better Than Both Eiichiro Oda and Tite Kubo

One major aspect of Naruto makes Masashi Kishimoto a better mangaka than Eiichiro Oda and Tite Kubo.

Naruto, One Piece, Bleach

SUMMARY

  • Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto, Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, and Tite Kubo's Bleach are the well-deserved Big Three of anime and manga.
  • While each of the three has unique characteristics that set them apart and contribute to their appeal, fans have long argued about which of the three is the best manga or anime.
  • In one respect, Kishimoto's Naruto outperformed One Piece and Bleach.
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Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, and Bleach by Tite Kubo are the well-deserving Big Three of the anime and manga world. These three series form the foundation of Weekly Shonen Jump, and they have proven their worth with a strong fan base that has followed them for years.

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Naruto in Naruto Shippuden
Naruto in Naruto Shippuden

Although all three of them have their own respective qualities that define them and their popularity, fans have always debated which anime or manga among the three is considered to be the best. They have compared storylines, characters, attacks, animations, sales, fanbase, and much more, but everyone has their own opinions.

However, there is one aspect where Kishimoto’s Naruto has been better than One Piece and Bleach. The trait is overly sexualizing female characters. A post on X(Formerly Twitter) pointed out that both Oda and Kubo have been accused of being sexist toward the female characters in their respective series, but Kishimoto has consistently dodged these accusations.

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Masashi Kishimoto’s Portrayal of Female Characters in Naruto

While Naruto is not particularly known for its female characters, it was among the first manga and anime series to portray women in important roles, giving them an effective storyline of their own. There were many chapters and episodes that were dedicated to such female characters to help them become a crucial part of Naruto.

Masashi Kishimoto has also been known for not sexualizing the female characters in Naruto. While there are characters like Tsunade that may question these claims, compared to other series like One Piece and Bleach, such characters have not been used for fan-service art and are known among the fans for their strengths and abilities as Kunoichi.

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Tsunade and Sakura in Naruto

Not only that, even the main antagonist of the series was a female character, Kaguya Otsutsuki, who is one of the strongest, if not the strongest character in Naruto. Unlike the female characters from other series, Naruto’s kunoichi are known for their strength, willpower, and ability to leave a decent impact on the story.

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Fans Believe Masashi Kishimoto Might Be Better Than Eiichiro Oda and Tite Kubo

A Naruto fan account on X, @zentrix_o, shared a post where he pointed out that Kishimoto is one of the few mangakas who does not sexualize his female characters and rather focuses on their overall journey in the story.

Sakura Haruno In Naruto: Shippuden
Sakura Haruno In Naruto: Shippuden

This led to a big discussion where many fans compared Kishimoto to One Piece’s Eiichiro Oda and Bleach’s Tite Kubo.

Fans praised Kishimoto for separating his work from such allegations and even stated that this particular trait makes Naruto better than One Piece and Bleach.

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The female characters in Naruto hold a lot of importance to the storyline and they are one of the reasons why Naruto is considered one of the best anime and manga series of all time. Characters like Tsunade, Hinata, Kushina, Kaguya, etc make up a large portion of the narrative in the series and many fans believe that without them, the series would not have been as successful as it is today.

You can watch Naruto on Hulu.

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