So, the more I read of Naruto, the less I care for it. I suppose I should feel lucky that there are no fillers in the manga, just the anime.
I stopped reading somewhere in the four hundreds. I think it was May, actually.
It was RIGHT after Pein revived everyone and Sasuke came back into the picture. The chapter where we see Gaara again was the last I read.
It got to the point where I felt like I was being punished for reading it. Like, there were so many awesome possibilities, and they were wasted. The chapter where Naruto meets his father could have been so epic and emotional, but it SUCKED. It was just the Yondaime yelling at the goddamn fox to stop growling.
Add in Sasuke being ridiculously stupid in every way, and I was just done. Not even the promise of more Gaara could keep me going.
Plus, Sasuke has always been one of the most ridiculously useless characters in the series. They're always screaming about how great he is, but he's pretty much never won a battle on his own merit.
That comment about how Naruto was stronger than him now.... Wasn't he always? Isn't that was Sasuke was always so pissed off before he left?
I mean, in the Itachi vs. Sasuke battle...
Itachi was dying from a horrible disease, at a decreased strength after giving Naruto a weapon and TRYING to loose. And he STILL almost beat Sasuke.
Worst. Antagonist. Ever. After he changed the group's name to hawk I lossed all interest in him.
So, to everyone who still reads Naruto. I advise you stop. You have no idea how much relief you feel not being massively disappointed every week.
The anime having filler arcs EVERY OTHER ONE when a single episode in a plot arc didn't cover a whole chapter didn't help my mood. I loved the art of Shippuuden, but the filler was so horribly written that it didn't even matter (and half a regular episode was stupid filler anyway).
I want to see the side-show, "Sai." Seriously the only good filler character (I say filler, because he has a much larger personality in the anime than the manga).