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Note: This may be very obvious to alot of people. But most of my friends dont agree with me, so i decided to make a theory on this. Maybe its because they are dumb, maybe it isnt actually obvious ( i think its really obvious ), so i just made this for the people that didnt know this.
We know that Japan had lots of interactions with other eastern cultures such as China, India, and Egypt. There are characters from Naruto that represent people from those areas. Lets start off with China.
Bruce Lee is a born American but his origin is China. Bruce Lee made an impact to the world and many people were fascinated by him, including Kishimoto. Bruce Lee was a hard worker who was very optomistic. Who is similar to that category that we know in Naruto?
The name, the facial similarities, fighting styles....are all this a big coincident? I think not.
One of the biggest cultural impacts in Japan was India. They shared many arts and other cultural things. There is a god with many arms in India and India also believes some spiders were followers of Shiva. A character with many arms with spider like abilities, isnt that familiar? Yes it is.
Are all these characteristics a big coincident? I think not.
Kishimoto must have been interested on Egypt.
Heres an Egyptian symbol. Looks familiar?
In the deserts of Egypt, people would travel, carrying big objects on their backs. As you know, the desert in Egypt is extremely big. And the Egyptions there had clothing that were netted and had sashes, along with puffy pants. Gaara, has puffy pants, netted clothing, and a sash, and his name is Gaara of the Desert, and he can use sand too.
Even in Shippuden this applies
Gaara's clothing represent egyptian style of clothing
Are all this just a coincident? I think not.
Not all characters are from different cultures, most of them are still japanese, but im just saying that Kishi hints of cultures via some of his characters, not all of them. And i dont mean that they are from that place, i mean they are just meant to represent people from those areas.
Not only does Kishimoto use cultures to represent some characters, he uses religion as well. Lets see if you can find someone in the Naruto universe who has similarities in the voodoo religion.
look at this doll used in the voodoo religion. Who does this remind you of? :P
You got it
As you can see, Kishimoto's characters in the Naruto Universe have some similarities to some things in our universe.
You might ask yourself, who does Sasuke represent? Well, i'll let you answer that yourself.
And Narutos and Neji's fight seemed very similar huh? Well heres why.
Last edited by Gameboy; February 18, 2008 at 07:54 PM.
very interesting but people and companies use ideas and symbols from other places all the time, i really find the sasuke (is that bruce lee?) thing pretty interesting but it was prolly barrowed by the studio lol
but yea objects and items are taken from history and pop culture all the time its nothing new :P
Well, Lee obviously represents Bruce ... Lee (d'oh ! no one saw it coming).
The sound guy was based on Spider Man and has nothing to do with Shiva or India.
For the Egyptian symbol, I dunno. It's nice to show us the symbol, but what does it mean ?
The sand village is obviously Arabic inspired, so it's nothing surprising if some sand ninjas wear north-african or middle-eastern clothes.
He have to take inspiration from somewhere so it looks like he uses different cultures and peaple, even more interesting to watch/read b/c you can look for similarities maybe to your culture or your favorite actor.
Jackie Chan... :/Quote:
People i added an update. Its with Neji and Narutos fight similarity. Check it out! It'll amaze you.
Interesting thread. Thanks for posting these, Gameboy. I always think that Maito Guy represents Jackie Chan, though. What's with the big nose and the comical attitude. But one that intrigue me the most is Neji vs Naruto battle with that Cowboy Bebop (right?) battle. Are they from the same production studio?
You are forgetting the most interesting one: Hidan as A western/American.
Caucasion, blonde hair-western style. Monotheist, always pushing his religion on others. Violent, dumb, vulgar, slow.
Obviously Kishi, having grown up next to a U.S. military base, and given the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings, isnt too pleased with us.
Atleast i now know who taught Sasuke taijutsu.
I don't know much about taijutsu, but, you know, Sasuke's and Jackie's moves series can be similar just because they're performing the same discipline...
Or Sasuke just loves watching movies...
lol nice finds, though i'd say the spider guy is just a plain inspired by spiderman.
the gaara thing was somewhat obvious...
I dont know why but when i think sand, i think egypt XD
nice finds though. could you tell us though what the symbol means?