We’ll look into the details about why Naruto wears Orange.
Why Does Naruto Wear Orange?
Not only the character of Naruto Uzumaki is an icon in the anime industry but his outfit is iconic as well. His classic bright orange outfit has been the talk of the town for years now.
There is more than a single reason, why Naruto always wears orange color.
The Reason Naruto Wears Orange:
Since Naruto was all alone in his childhood, he wanted the attention of everyone in the village. So what better way to get the attention of everyone than to wear a distinguishing orange outfit so you stand out in a village full of ninjas wearing darker colors. The color orange has very high visibility and is often used to gain attention.
All these attributes are evidently associated with our Number 1 Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja.
This is basically in terms of what the orange color generally symbolizes, however, there are other reasons for the selection of this color as well, which of course includes the Writer’s inspirations which is exactly what we’ll be discussing next!
Kishimoto has always been inspired by Buddhism while writing Naruto. The orange color is one of the most important colors in Buddhism. Buddhist monks wear orange robes as the color denotes spiritual ascension, radiance, and enlightenment. It is said that Buddha Himself picked this color for the robes due to this particular meaning.
The orange color of the monk’s robe signifies the flame that comes from a burning fire, and, the Buddha sees the flame of fire as a symbol of truth, a reference to the Will of Fire in Naruto. Most importantly, the truth is what has to come from time to time. Therefore, the Buddhist monks wear the orange robe to always remind others of the flame of fire.
Consequently, one will likely connect back with his inner truth. And, continue the journey to enlightenment.
Influence of Dragon Ball:
Dragon Ball, being a pioneer with its inclusion in “Big 3 Anime”, has been influencing a lot of anime and manga. Naruto is no exception. Kishimoto himself has said on multiple occasions how he’s a fan of the Dragon Ball series and is inspired by it.
His being inspired by Goku wearing orange and Vegeta wearing blue is highly likely the reason why Naruto and Sasuke wear orange and blue respectively.
Minato and Kushina:
Konoha’s Orange Hokage is the result of a fusion between The Yellow Flash of Konoha and The Red-Hot Habanero.
Minato who is associated with the color yellow and Kushina who is associated with red is also the reason why Naruto gets associated with orange. Since yellow and red create orange color when mixed.
We don’t need to look further, just look at his son Boruto.
Similarly, the same loser as his Father as Sasuke points out, he is a bigger loser than Naruto ever was. Boruto asks what he means, and Sasuke explains Boruto grew to hate losing, unwilling to give up or back down.
His Other Outfits:
Naruto The Last:
As shown in The Last: Naruto The Movie, he changed his outfit and went with a black uniform jacket with an orange zipper but still having full orange trousers.
With him finally understanding what true love is. That is why the change in his outfit took place.
Boruto Anime And Manga:
In the Boruto anime, Naruto has been wearing his similar classic orange-colored sweatshirt with black stripes.
But in the Boruto manga, the case is different. He wears a black sweatshirt with orange stripes.
Maybe, the anime staff wanted to keep the classic Naruto vibe ongoing and hence decided to keep his orange outfit.
This looks enough to explain the wild imaginations of renowned creators for now, in the meantime, we suggest you find out more about your legendary hero and his precious friends by reading more below!
Why Does Naruto Get Bad Reviews From Critics?
This anime has received many critiques, one of which is that it is too violent for its intended audience.
There was a time when Naruto used to air on kids’ channel, but after the Akatsuki suppression arc where we are introduced to Kakuzu and Hidan who are really violent and evil characters who have pretty graphic ways of killing and using their abilities a lot of people complained that this show is too violent for kids and shall be either censored or removed from kids channels.
They also claim that there are too many fillers, which disrupts the flow of the series.
Others say that it is not suitable for younger audiences because they might find Naruto’s behavior as an annoying character and Naruto’s way of living giving trouble to everyone might give a bad influence on the younger audience and its theme’s uninteresting.
Some people even think that Naruto doesn’t have any interesting characters, to begin with. They only see them as one-dimensional, which is a pretty big flaw.