I think i'll be the first to spoil everyone's fun...
Naruto is a poor excuse of an anime...But follow me, I'm afraid I'll lose you
You see, I was there when it was "subbed" for all the fun use, I'll admit the designs, the backgrounds and the music is fantastic. The concept of Ninjas is a fantastic concept, normally its samurais, and considering Shonen Jump also has One Piece, the ultimate Ninjas vs Pirates debate continues!
When they dubbed the show in America, they were trying to get perfect voice actors, and they grabbed great ones, the biggest problem was the main character Naruto
Naruto's voice actor makes naruto sound more annoying than Rachael Ray's Karaoke Skills (watch $40 a day to find out!)
I could ignore the whole "Believe It!" motive, they wanted Naruto to have a catch phrase, most cartoons try and have one, just in case they were to make Quote-Tees...
But Naruto is just... just horrifying.
Next is the plot, it's about Naruto's quest to be Hokage. Hokage is apparently japanese for "Ninja Pimp". In order to even be a ninja, he must go through an academy, learn about Chokra (which always sounds like Chocolate, and makes me Hungry) and ultimately just have pointless battles with people from other Villages.
Then you get after every few episodes a "filler" episode where they just showcase what happened in the episodes prior, "Hey Rock Lee, remember the time Naruto fought Sasuke for the Xteenth time?"
The show would've ultimately been better, if the first episode showed Naruto as Hokage (with an older, wiser narration) and just simply telling a story from his old journal entries... that would be much better, and could make me deal with the fillers...
Fillers are just what automatically makes me just dislike a series, it just says "we would like to continue making this show, so lets have a flashback". That's why me and The Simpsons are no longer on speaking terms, because of the damn Clip Shows. Naruto should have just been straight-through point a to point b to point c to point d anime...
The show is still on the air! It's hard to even imagine making any more episodes, but if it makes money, then go right ahead...
There is also a frequent amount of characters, and normally if i miss 3-4 episodes in a row, I will not know anybody on a certain episode... which is sucktastic. There is Naruto Sakura Sasuke, that one teacher with the eyepatch, the fat kid, the guy with the big eyes, the guy with the big eyes' dad, three people who wear black nail polish and lamp shades and a pizza owner.
Also the Characters are Cliche...
Naruto - I LOVE FIGHTING! AND EATING FOOD!
Sakura - I have a crush, and am trying to be a positive role model to females
Sasuke - I have a troubled past, think i'll make a monologue.
Just a great list of characters!
Now let's go for the final reason, Naruto is NOT for kids, but they advertise it for children...
From "Sexy Jitsu" to a "Pedophile Sensei" to "Porn-Driven Mentor" they spare no expense to say "Hey Boys, if you change your gender, people will do everything you say!" or "Hey remember kids, don't trust your teachers, they could be child molesters!" or "If you just put a "No" sign in front of your books and tell kids it's a comic book, they'll believe you"... I could go on with the buttrape, the antisemitism and the obvious yaoi undertones, but i'll save that for if I ever get my own stage at an Anime Convention.
There is a surpisingly good amount of blood still obtained in the series... even more than DBZ, even though in DBZ it looks smeared on, and here it's oozing like it's a never-ending papercut!
I'm not a parent, but I would let parents decide if its tolerable for their kids...
But finally you get the stupid "Naruto Toys" from the Futile Card Game, the Infamous "Headbands" and not to mention... GIANT SHURIKEN FRISBEES!
Like anyone in their right minds would spend the $30 to buy this!
But once again, the artwork is fantastic, I could understand the fanbase (vaguely), but I don't understand why this is geared towards kids, or why its "Uber Popular"
But if it's between Naruto and One Piece, I'll watch Naruto any day!