I understand what you said about Naruto (the anime, not the character) being non-historical, but it actually takes a LOT from the pop-cultural idea of ninja from the old days (up to 150 yrs ago) when they were depicted as flashy, scary users of the dark arts, rather than martial arts or stealth. E.g. - 'Jiraiya' and 'Sarutobi Sasuke', both old books which it took inspiration from?
I guess it's kind of like the difference between actual cowboys and "rhinestone cowboys" ie country singers of Nashville music industry fame. I have an interest in history, but I didn't know about that stuff, so thanks for sharing. I guess I still would prefer a protagonist who doesn't resemble a screaming road cone. But I suppose he's more mature by the later arcs of Shippuden, and I'm kind of fond of Boruto.
Updated on February 20, 2020
By Rachael Lefler