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Naruto Essay

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Today, there are various TV shows from around the world that allow other humans or race to experience their culture, values, and norms of their society. A way to get a better understanding of this, one must be aware of ethnocentrism, which is, the procedure of forming an opinion or shedding light on social interaction stem from the caliber of one’s own culture (M.U.S.E., 2013). This way of thinking deprived the individual from truly experiencing what a society has to offer. With that said, the chosen show for this paper is Naruto and it has a lot to offer when it comes to the subjects mention above. Naruto is a Japanese manga series developed by Masashi Kishimoto. Manga’s are like ...view middle of the document...

Third, they are willing to sacrifice their lives for the people in their village, places, and ideals they hold precious. Moreover, the spiritual science or the mechanisms for the Naruto universe is based on two Japanese religions. They are Buddhism, and Shintoism which is still the main belief today. Ninjutsu is the most crucial technique in the ninja world, and it’s mainly based on Buddhist mythology. The main power or forces behind ninjutsu is chakra, which means wheel. In the series, there are several points located in the body, but the most commonly used ones are the major seven. Also, it elaborate that chakras have five natures, in other words the five elements that makes up the universe; Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Lighting. Along with yin and yang the ninjas use to perform ninjutsu. Lastly, the main characters names are inspired by Japanese culture, not only by that but personalities, abilities, or the role they play in the story.
The effects of ethnocentrism
In addition, my comprehensive overview of the concept, help understand the effects of ethnocentrism. Before I got into the Naruto series, I hesitated to watch it, because I had a strong dislike for anime. I thought they were the worst kind of TV shows, and I did even give it a chance. Finally, my friend convinced to watch it and I did. Truth be told, it was one of the best story and style of TV I’ve ever seen, and now I cannot get enough of it. That was for anime in general. The show on the other hand, I was not excited to watch. Though I fell in love with it from the beginning, I still had some questions about certain aspect, which later I found out the answers about all the questions that I had. Again, it was I forming an opinion about anime’s and Naruto that my appreciation was not up to par. It is definitely a lesson learned. From when I first started watching the Naruto series, because I was so simple-minded towards anime, I promise myself to always give something a chance no matter what, before I judge it. It truly takes away the...

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