I never really understood why people hate it so much. I know that everyone has different opinions, not everyone is going to like Naruto and I respect their opinion. But for a lot of anime fans, hating on Naruto is the cool thing to do. If I bring it up around my friends I literally get mocked for liking Naruto. They keep saying it's generic and unoriginal.
Do they? I always thought it was one of the Anime with the hugest following. I know a load of people who love Naruto, even people who aren't into Anime in general.
WHEN people dislike, I guess it's usually either because it's an Anime (which is a stigmatized niche, anyways) or because it's mainstream (because, you know, everything mainstream is automatically bad). And then, of course, there are also people who just legitimately don't like it. I mean, I could see why. Even I am annoyed by the huge amount of filler episodes killing the pace.
I'm not into it.
Just like I'm not into any overly long boring shonen anime, these tend to be filled with "ass-pull" stuff and are tiring in general.
But I don't hate it, because I don't think there's any point in hating media general.
Its shit. Your crap stat doesn't mean anything either. Partly because it sounds incredibly dumb, mainly because you just randomly said that and didn't offer an ounce of an actual source that would even make that claim.
I think because it's popular it's exposed to more people. And with more exposure, you naturally get more people that dislike it (along with people that do like it). Just by virtue of it being more popular than a lot of other anime, you're more likely to encounter people who dislike it.
What K3fka said, but also like, I can guarantee that almost everyone that's around the age of ~18 now watched Naruto as a kid and was more or less super into it, which probably makes a lot of people associate it with cringey childhood stuff they did. At least that's how it was for me, Naruto wasn't -that- bad compared to most other anime once I decided to just ignore the fact that I still own 3 decks for the long-dead Naruto TCG and have 2 copies of this art/info book they made when I was a kid that everyone I knew owned. It didn't even have the info for Orochimaru that's how early that came out.
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I've actually been reading the manga and I've come to the conclusion that it's great, which reinforces my thought that it's hated because it's popular. Fillers are bad too, and the anime is notorious for them. But as I've been reading instead of watching, I can't really comment much on them.