Originally Posted by FearTheMullet
Why would a "flaw" liek that even be brought up? This is an anime where people can blow Fire, Water, Air, Mud out of their mouthes, and make replicas of themselves. I'm sure the "flaw" you speak of now when compared to that seems like nothing. Why do people have to read into everything so heavily.
That's not a flaw. That's a rule of the Naruto world (that people can blow fire, water, air... have certain existent/non-existent technologies).
What he's asking about is inconsistency, not impossibility. The Sasuke Sand situation is easily explained: either Sasuke's not providing enough heat or the sand is never in one place long enough to be affected by the heat. It is also possible that Gaara's Chakra-enfused sand interferes with Sasuke's Chakra-enfused fire.
As for Shikamaru's situation, there is no indication that becoming a Chuunin splits you up from your original team. Becoming a Chuunin simply means you are certified to lead your own missions (on the side, perhaps) and receive more pay for the missions you partake in; Shikamaru will most probably remain on his own team until he a) becomes a Jounin, b) is on his own because the others die (which I doubt), or c) until the others become Chuunins and as such are capable of going on their own missions. Shikamaru was able to become a Chuunin at 12/13; unless he's Kakashi or someone of that nature, he will probably continue to proceed at a normal rate like everyone else. Shikamaru will have to train more than his brain to become Jounin; since Chuunins simply require excellent leadership, Jounins must require more than that. Besides, on his own team, he is most probably going to take the role of second-in-command for now.
And, on a side note: not that I do this, but for those who do, what's wrong with nit-picking? The issue isn't that the story exists in a fantasy world. The issue is that the story has been given a world with its own set of rules and laws and that the story remains consistent by adhering to them. When something that happens is inconsistent within a story, whether it be make-believe or not, there should be an explanation or a feasible possibility based upon the laws and rules that make up the story. That's what he's doing; he's not asking "how can they do ninjutsu and what the hell is chakra?" He's sitting there saying that ninjas, even with special techniques, adhere to some physical laws (ie. water putting out fire, hot-enough-fire turning sand to glass, gravity, etc.).
If looking at inconsistencies is irrelevant, then Vs. posts are irrelevant, episode discussion is irrelevant... Naruto
is irrelevant. And if the show is irrelevant, why is anyone wasting their time telling anyone else that the show is just a fantasy world so it shouldn't be questioned? Aka, why do you watch it in the first place? Why is it okay to like a made-up show with made-up characters but not okay to point out plotholes or question situations where physical science doesn't add up in a series that makes it clear that there are STILL physical laws that govern its world? And I know Naruto CAN'T be irrelevant, because we all watch the show, love the show, discuss the show in these forums... you get the idea. When this show adheres to nothing but Looney Tunes physics, then perhaps nit-picking seems silly.
All I'm saying is that this thread isn't pointless. If the guidelines Kishimoto set for the Naruto world are broken without a distinct reason, then this ceases to be the world we know of as Naruto. Regardless of the fact that this show is not real, the story and world are as they are because of certain things that are explained in this world to make them as they are.
-Yusef "The B.A.T." Pittman