This is one of those “fun” (to me, anyhow) nail polish-related post ideas that I’ve been sitting on for a while, trying to figure out just where in the posting schedule/week to put it. This post was inspired by one of my very favorite You Tube nail polish ladies, Phoebe Moon (https://www.youtube.com/user/phoebeamoon). In one of the older videos on her channel, she asked her son to pick out nail polish colors to go with different Mine Craft elements. My daughter watched that video with me and loved it, so we thought it would be fun to do something similar, but anime-themed. My kiddo just turned 13, so she is definitely hitting those pesky teenage years that often feel really hard and painful for me. Being able to collaborate with her on something fun like this is a huge treat for me. Plus, we are both anime fans, so it seemed like a natural fit.
For our first post, we decided to showcase the series Naruto. We picked ten of our favorite characters, and my daughter rooted around through my polish stash to find polishes that she felt matched or symbolized something about each character. I’m only going to list five of the characters in this post; otherwise, it would be much too long. Hopefully, I can come back for a part two in a week or two. My daughter and I both love this show. It is full of ninja adventures and wonderful characters and storylines. If you haven’t ever seen it, I highly recommend it!
The first character we wanted to showcase is, of course, the Number One Hyperactive Knucklehead Ninja himself: Naruto Uzimake.
Naruto is a ninja in training from Konoha, the Village Hidden in the Leaves. He is loud, kind of rude, stubborn, and a bit of a show-off. When he was an infant, a nine-tailed fox spirit threatened his village. In order to save it, Naruto’s father sealed part of the fox’s spirit inside of Naruto. Both of Naruto’s parents were killed during this struggle with the Nine-Tails, leaving Naruto an orphan. Because of the spirit sealed within him, Naruto grew up feeling like an outsider in his own village. Naruto puts up a good front to show the world that he is okay with being alone, but, inside, he longs for friendship. He wants to belong and to be a hero to his village. Naruto’s dream is to, one day, become Hokage: the leader of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Naruto has a rather slow start during ninja training, but he eventually becomes strong and skilled in various ninja arts. His favorite catch-phrase is “Believe it!!” His favorite food is ramen.
My daughter picked this orange, “Cloud 9” from Sinful Colors, for Naruto. She said it was a perfect match for his trademark orange jumpsuit. I think she made a pretty great choice! It does look like a good match for Naruto’s clothing. And, this is a brash and rather noisy color, which seems to fit his personality, too. This isn’t a color I would typically see myself wearing, but I enjoyed it a lot. It’s especially fun for the spring and summer because of how bright it is, but it could easily cross over into Fall, too.
Sasuke Uchiha is the last surviving member of his clan. Orphaned at a young age, Sasuke also grew up as something of an outcast in the village. In Sasuke’s case, it was more that he was a very serious child who held himself apart from everyone around him. Sasuke was determined, from a young age, to get revenge for the deaths of his parents and relatives. He had no time for friends or games or anything that didn’t involve becoming stronger and more skilled. At the Ninja Academy, Sasuke is at the very top of the class, whereas Naruto is at the very bottom. Sasuke is beyond dismayed when he gets assigned to the same team as Naruto, and the two of them seem to be unlikely allies. It doesn’t help matters that Sakura, the girl Naruto likes, has a serious crush on Sasuke, even though Sasuke doesn’t seem to notice Sakura exists. In the beginning, Naruto and Sasuke are barely civil to each other and only manage to work together for the sake of their team. As time passes, they become more like “frenemies” and, eventually, they become allies and true friends.
For Sasuke, my daughter picked this gorgeously moody dark blue. It’s called “Up All Night”, from China Glaze. This color is a good match for the dark colored shirt Sasuke wears, as well as the undertones in his hair color. It’s a beautiful color that also seems to fit Sasuke’s dark and determined personality. I love the look of this one on the nail, as it seems so smooth and almost soft — kind of like velvet. This is one of my all-time favorite polishes, and one that I love wearing no matter the time of year. Having it on my nails just makes me happy, happy, happy.
Sakura Haruno is the third member of Team 7, the training team that includes Sasuke and Naruto. During the first part of ninja training at Konoha Academy, Sakura studied hard and did fairly well in the required classwork. She is obsessed with Sasuke and has spent years trying to make sure she is beautiful enough to catch Sasuke’s attention and win his love. Initially, she is beyond thrilled when she is assigned to the same team as Sasuke, even if that oh-so-annoying Naruto is part of the package. But, once they begin going on missions, Sakura quickly learns there is more to life than her appearance. She realizes she is not well equipped for the challenges and dangers her team faces on a regular basis. At first, Sakura seems like an annoying and shallow character, but she grows quite a bit during the series. She comes to develop a strong and courageous spirit, and, eventually, realizes that her true skills lie in the ninja healing arts.
For Sakura, my daughter picked this color from OPI. It’s called “Suzi Shops & Island Hops”. It’s a perfect match for Sakura’s distinctive pink hair. My daughter adores pink. It’s her favorite color, so it was kind of a no-brainer that she would home in on Sakura’s hair for her nail polish color. I’m not much of a pink fan. I don’t hate pinks. I think they are beautiful on others, but I generally don’t love them on my own nails. As pinks go, this one is a pretty nice one. And, much like Sakura, it manages to be calm, prim, and sassy all at the same time.
Kakashi Hatake is one of Konoha’s most talented ninja. In spite of his skill, he has a very casual and laid-back sort of attitude, and he seems reluctant to take on any sort of real responsibility. Kakashi is assigned as the training officer for Team 7, so it falls to him to try and teach Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura what it means to be a ninja. In spite of his rather relaxed attitude and unorthodox training methods, Kakashi takes this particular responsibility seriously, and he becomes quite attached to his Team 7 students. Kakashi happened to be my favorite character from the show! I loved how he was such a skilled, powerful, and dangerous ninja … and yet, he was also a bit of a goof-ball at times.
For Kakashi, my daughter chose Sinful Colors, “Cinderella”. One of Kakashi’s trademark attacks is called the Chidori, and it involves light blue flashes of lightning. She felt this color was the perfect blue to match Chidori. And, considering that it also has a beautiful shimmer, I would have to agree. This is a lovely color that shimmers and seems to flash from a light blue to a light, barely there pink. It’s one of my favorites from Sinful Colors.
Jiraiya is a famed hermit and sage from Konoha. He is also a fairly well known romance novelist. He has traveled the world searching for knowledge — and his own brand of romance, too. Jiraiya is exceptionally skilled, but he gets into quite a bit of trouble because of his perverted nature. From their first meeting, Naruto refers to him as “Pervy Sage”. Eventually, Jiraiya, who is also Naruto’s godfather, becomes his teacher.
For Jiraiya, my daughter chose OPI, “Funny Bunny”. Jiraiya’s long hair, which he also uses as a weapon, is a rather startling white that seems to match this color well. Funny Bunny is a lovely and soft white on the nail. It can be a bit hard to get opaque, and usually takes three coats. Even so, it’s one of my favorite whites because of its soft, kind of squishy appearance. I particularly like to wear it under different glitters.