Big dreams

How Naruto affected my life

You ever start watching a show, get so into it, and can’t imagine what life would be without it anymore? It’s like being trapped and there’s no way out. I question if i’m even a fangirl because my love is so great for Naruto. It all started after playing the Naruto video game with my cousin. Video games usually start my interests in things, but that’s besides the point. The game was a fighting game, usually my favorite, and I couldn’t help but notice the amount of characters this game included. Because I enjoyed playing the game, I eventually decided to look more into it on Youtube.

 

Middle school nerd

I was in the sixth grade, my free days usually consisted of gaming. But one day after school, instead of picking up my controller, I grabbed my phone and went to Youtube. Whenever I am browsing on Youtube, I am usually watching music videos. Not that day, I was curious more on the show and gave it a try. I was hooked! I loved the first episode that I began binge watching. As the days passed, I became more and more interested. Then it happened, I created my own ninja characters. It seems silly, but I enjoyed myself. For every character, I would give them a distinct look and own personality. Since at the time I was on the first series, I drew characters around the same age group. They were young teenagers. By the end of my seventh grade year, I noticed that the design of the newer characters were different from my first ones. That’s when I decided to switch it up. I loved the characters I first started drawing. So I decided to recreate them and make them look better. Therefore I did just that. I was impressed with their before and after appearances. By my mid eighth grade year, I had around fifty or more different characters, and kept them all in my binder. I enjoyed talking about them to my mother, and sisters. And their compliments warmed my heart.

 

How do I feel about it

Life started changing for me after high school, to the point where I didn’t continue on with my characters. Thinking about it, people may look at me as a loser or may think that I’ve had no life with the time I spent drawing. But it was a hobby, and I remember one thing, I was happy. If anything, I realized that I became more miserable growing up. I do think that the idea of just drawing out characters and giving them a background history is a bit silly. But that was only because I never believed that they could’ve came to life. With my growing knowledge, my mindset is still changing. I still carry the binder with my previous work, I could recreate everyone if I make the time. And who knows, maybe in a few years, there could be more to it. I’m still young, I am still learning as I get older. It makes me happy even remembering that I took the time to draw as much as I did back then. I definitely see myself getting back to it.

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The Beginning

First Dream

If you were to ask me what my dream job was back then during my elementary years, I would respond with “veterinarian.” Did I give such a response because I loved MY pets? As time passed by, I came to the realization that I was not much of an animal person. I hated the responsibilities of being a pet owner, and I did not love many animals. Then again of course, people are unsure of what careers they want to pursue when they are younger, and are in the stage of gaining new interests. How did I first gain an interest in art? Well it all started when I saw scrolling through YouTube, and came across an anime show called Naruto.

Ninjas caught my heart960

I’ve known about the show months before I decided to give it a try. That is why I am disappointed to say that I only gave it a chance because of boredom. Funny how I was able to quickly become interested in this anime about ninjas. So even to now, I’ve been hooked on the show for over eight years. I loved that the show consists of numerous characters with their own distinct personalities and backgrounds. Also, compared to the previous “cartoons” that I’ve watched, I loved the design of this show. And for the first time, I felt like I was watching a cartoon with a real plot. I became so obsessed that I wanted to create my own characters. So I did.

And the drawing begins

It was during my seventh grade year where I would remember coming home from school and went straight to drawing. I created my own characters, but because of my love for Naruto, I made them into ninjas.  I was young, and my dream was basically to create my own show. The first character I created was Kimiko. She was the main protagonist, and I thought of her of someone I wished to be. I then created eight more characters around the same age group. Each of them looked different from one another, and I gave them different personalities. Eventually, I got bored of only having nine characters. At the time, my drawing skills have improved, which is why I upgraded their appearances. My goal before my eight grade year was over, was to complete drawing ALL the characters. I managed to create over thirty more characters. I even created villains as well. The most fun about this, was giving them personalities. Also, I enjoyed giving each character their own look.

Realization

I always thought my reality was dull. I felt happiest when I was drawing out characters. I was creating a world where I wish that I could’ve been a part of. And I had favoritism over Kimiko because I wanted to be a hero like her. Unfortunately, the only reality I can get from this is to actually work hard to make my dream show real.