Well I think it's safe to say that we all want a happy ending, just not something that is hopelessly contrived or feels like a cop-out.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. I've seen posts expressing a desire for a grimmer resolution that includes the deaths of the protagonists, etc.
I consider the outcome of Naruto to be more an expected than a contrived one. Kishi has been very clear in where he is going and what themes he is addressing throughout his story. And as he has shown with the recent attention to NH, he can make what some may decry as too lacking in development to be believable just that. Planning out a story that has ran for over ten years has got to be difficult and I give Kishi props for holding it together with as few glitches as he has.
I like japanese humor in other manga and anime, but in Naruto, it just never seems to fit or be very funny. Stuff like the jokes Obito made and the poop stuff, just make me realize even more how this is aimed at kids and younger teens.
I guess the parts of Naruto I enjoy the most are the parts that don't have that positive tone, because I find them the most interesting. I guess because the series I generally like nowadays the most either have a darker tone, or are very light (comedy, romance, drama, etc, don't take themselves too seriously apart from the odd necessary dramatic moments), I can't help but find Naruto displeasing in some way because it's caught somewhere between the two. Or maybe other series' just have a better sense of comedic timing and characters I enjoy. Naruto is eternally destined to be a typical shonen, but showing that it had potential to be something great if it had gone another way. That's not to say I don't, or never will, enjoy shonen anymore, because I do, I've just learnt not to take them seriously and that I'll never be 'wowed' by one.
I don't care for Japanese humor all that much, so I just let it slip past without passing much judgement. Kishi actually likes word play humor, which I find clever, however it doesn't translate all that well at all. As for crude humor, it is so common (and enjoyed) even in the US, that I doubt it is intended only for the very young. I dislike it greatly, but I'm an old curmudgeon.
The story itself has a fairly serious undertone in spite of its optomistic undercurrent. The humor is there primarily to break the tension and I accept that, but I do agree that often falls flat--especially when given to Naruto. That said, I continue to enjoy Kishi's work. He creates wonderful characters and has the ability to turn cliches on their ear and to surprise us all (as he did with these last few chapters).
Edited by SoulFire, 05 January 2013 - 01:28 AM.