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YMMV / Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru

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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Masashi Kishimoto had allegedly been planning the story since 2016, which could be so that he could avoid making the same mistake with Naruto by writing it as he went along, which led to him having a hard time figuring out a believable way to dispose of Madara and consequently the infamous creation of Kaguya.
    • It's generally agreed upon that establishing the Samurai Leader, the strongest samurai in the setting, as a woman in the first pages of the work was an attempt by Kishimoto to avoid the criticisms from his previous work that the female shinobi were overshadowed by their male counterparts. What is up for debate is how well this saving throw works.
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    • One of the sticking points of Naruto was how the boy-girl relationships and potential romance was handled, with Kishimoto himself admitting his weakness and aversion to writing these issues; Samurai 8 on the other hand establishes early on that the relationship and interpersonal development between Hachimaru and Ann will be crucial to the story.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Nanashi. Even critics of the series admit to of having liked them due to their oddly intriguing characterization and rather unique Ambiguous Gender attribute, with many being disappointed that they ultimately didn't join the main cast.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With fellow Science Fantasy Shōnen manga EDENS ZERO by Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail), which launched 11 months before Samurai 8. Fueling the debate is which artist decided to make his Science Fiction manga first, especially since Mashima admitted the reason he set his manga in space was because no one else was doing it at the time.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: More popular outside of Japan than in; while the series' sales were horrible in Japan (compared to expectations anyway), there were high in other countries.
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  • Moe: Ann, Hachimaru's "Fated Princess". She has an adorably shy, clumsy and stuttering demeanor, which made many readers to instantly compare her to Hinata.
  • Shocking Swerve: The Reveal in Chapter 25 that Benkei, the organizer of the tournament, is actually a criminal pretending to be a legendary Samurai, and that Kotsuga was actually The Mole working for him. A few lines from Kotsuga lightly hint at the latter twist, but it's virtually impossible to guess ahead of time because of how little lead-up is given.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Without a doubt, the biggest complaint surrounding the series. Of the first 16 chapters which comprise the prologue, a good number of them are dedicated to explaining the very complicated lore and setting of the series, with it taking a total of 10 chapters before the series major inciting incident (Ata attacking) occurs. Kishimoto admitted to this in interviews, but said that he expected readers would be willing to sit through that because of his name value.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While Chapter 18 sets up the potentially interesting idea of a planet-wide battle royale where thousands of Samurai square off to be the last man standing, many readers found the execution very underwhelming. The entire battle takes just four chapters, only two of which are about the battle itself (the others being about Ann's backstory, and Hachimaru having a rematch with Ryu), with virtually all the Samurai being easily beaten by Hachimaru's party with little effort in montages. The Character Development given for Hachimaru and Ann was well-liked, however.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Inevitable, given that Naruto is one of the most popular manga/anime series ever created. Kishimoto has acknowledged this in interviews and expressed his hope that, even with the hesitance some readers may have, they'll be able to enjoy his new work. Unfortunately, this wouldn't come to pass, as the series would be cancelled and forced to Wrap It Up just two months shy of a full year after its debut.


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