In what time period does Naruto take place?

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  1. Zorak Masaki

    Zorak Masaki Active Member

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    Does anyone know when Naruto is supposed to take place? They do have movie theaters and snack foods and casinos, but i never see stuff like cars, computers, televisions, etc on there, so is it supposed to take place in the past or the modern day?
     
  2. Ishtar

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    I'm not sure, but I'd think it'd be a mix of both. Naruto is in it's own universe.
     
  3. Master Toon

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    Maybe this just isn't a cartoon where the time period is straight. Like the videogame ,Tales of Symphonia. It had both ancient and futuristic elements to it but I loved it anyway. Or in Naruto's case, their villages may stick to the old ways while far off people are going by modern things like phones and cars and such.
     
  4. D Dubbs

    D Dubbs Wish Upon A Star

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    Naruto author/creator Masashi Kishimoto actually addressed this issue in an interview in Shonen Jump:

    So there you go.
     
  5. Novapocalypse

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    Hey I remember that!

    Anyway,I think what Kishimoto is saying,is that no real time period in Naruto,It's just gonna move along with whatever It needs.

    Then agian,that's already been said.
     
  6. asphaltviking64

    asphaltviking64 High Inquisitor of soup

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    So it's like Thorton Wilder's play "Skin of our Teeth?"
     
  7. Ikwig

    Ikwig is wishing. . .

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    I love that play!!:D However, for those unfamiliar with it, here is what http://www.enotes.com/skin-our has to say about the time period in which it is set: "Disrupting traditional notions of linear time, Wilder's play tells the story of the twentieth-century American Antrobus family in three acts which recount such epochal events as the onset of the Ice Age, the start of Great Flood, and the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Ending exactly as it began, the play illustrates the cyclical nature of existence, celebrating humanity's resilience, inventiveness, and will to survive."

    That being said, I don't think you can quite compare the two; it sounds like what the creator of Naruto is saying is that Naruto exists in a timeline of it's own. In other words, like many fantasy/sci-fi stories, it exists in it's own universe. That universe may look a lot like the one we know; things may have the same names and behave in a similar fashion, but other things may behave very differently. Where Naruto is, is a different place from where we are. Consequently, we can't really place him in our own timeline or history.
     
  8. Neo Ultra Mike

    Neo Ultra Mike Creeping Shadow of 7000+ Posts

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    Semi OT, but one thing I never got from that Kishimoto interview is the gun comment. I mean we know characters like Gai or Kakashi can move faster then a gun and say Shuriken someone from behind, so why bother saying guns wouldn't put in like they'd be too "cheap" in the universe or something? Also there a gun in the original version of Naruto too so why change it for the actual Narutoverse?

    I think that comment was brought up In Naruto abridged too when being confused if they were in the past or the present. I'd have to say it's just an alternate universe with it's own time line since it's got too weird a mix of technology and olden equipment at the same time to be considred taking place at any place in "our" universe. Or even any regular offshoot of said universe.
     
  9. Daikun

    Daikun Long Live the Fighter!

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    Time periods don't matter in shonen anime. I mean, look at the Dragonball universe: Dinosaurs are still alive, yet they have hovering cars and can store entire homes in tiny capsules.
     
  10. livingfruitvirus

    livingfruitvirus No! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!

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    For DB, Toriyama said it's an alternate universe Earth
     
  11. Wounded_Dragon

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    The "unskilled" problem. You see the really skilled being able to take on gun-users, but those are the top percentile. Average shinobi wouldn't fare so well, and...it'd be far easier to train up the gun users. There'd be no real reason for shinboi.
     
  12. Daikun

    Daikun Long Live the Fighter!

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    And Naruto is any different from that concept...how?

    The point is that in shonen anime, time means jack squat. It's the space that differs.
     
  13. Ykwia

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    It's hard to suggest, Maybe the 1990's maybe?
     
  14. MJC

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    There's no real answer, it's in it's own time.

    As far as technology, it's basically modern but without anything that would make ninjas obsolete (guns, etc). For example, in one of the movies they have trains, and they're also shown to have stuff like refrigerators and television screens. I think in one of the games Naruto had a video game system or something (not cannon, I know). And...

     
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    I'm watching that movie on CN right now about the land of snow, and it's basically looking like they're in the modern day, except people in the cities and what not view the ninja like the Amish, somewhat. They do their own thing out in the country and shirk the stuff of the modern world, except when some of them cheat.
     
  16. peterg14

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    Kishi said that it was a mix, but no definite time period. It's sort of like DB, but with less technology.
     
  17. Kitschensyngk

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    I'd say that Naruto is one of those series that doesn't really set itself at any time in world history. On the outside it looks like 19th-century Japan, and yet we see things like bags of potato chips and ramen stands like in modern times, and as I'm rewatching the Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow movie, we know that the country has a thriving film industry.

    We don't even know if it takes place in Japan or not. They don't really specify a certain country, just "Hidden Leaf Village", "Hidden Sound Village" and all the rest of it.
     

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