The arc that properly introduced us to the amazing cast of Naruto characters is still a great watch today, and not just because of its action and humor. The “Chunin Exams” arc of Naruto is filled with inspirational stories and even further, models of how one should be living out a life of faith. Paris, Tyler, and Mike leap into action this week as they chat about faith and their favorite ninjas (and play a couple of ninja games while they’re at it, too). Believe it!
0:00 Introduction and announcements
1:23 Ninja team draft
7:41 Walking by Faith Through the Chunin Exams
8:10 Discussion—Rock Lee and using God’s gifts
14:00 Discussion—Evolution and resilience in the duels
15:57 Discussion—Walking by faith through the exams
22:45 Discussion—Other memorable moments in and Christian connections to Naruto
24:52 Discussion—Taking a step in faith
33:30 I’m Weird Game
Which team would win in a battle: Team Tyler (Asuma, Naruto, Ino, Kankuro), Team Mike (Might Guy, Shikamaru, Hinata, Shino), or Team Paris (Kakashi, Gaara, Rock Lee, and Sasuke)? Let us know in the comments!
- Do you recognize the voice that starts off this episode? Jasmine Rodgers is the lead singer of Boa, which famously wrote and sang the opening theme of Serial Experiments Lain, “Duvet.” We interviewed Jasmine during that anime’s 20th anniversary!
- Bible verses we mentioned or which inspired discussion in this episode include Psalm 128:2, Romans 12:6, Psalm 119:105, and Psalms 46:1-3.
- Paris mentioned a lamp unto our feet.
- We borrowed the “I’m Weird Game” from 3-2-1 Improv.
- Check out all the other things that Mike, Paris, Tyler, and Dennis (our editor and the fourth member of the Tangle x Cast team) are doing.
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Featuring music by Celotron (all rights reserved) and edited by Dennis.