With Naruto’s and Bleach’s manga taking surprising (for some) turns and whatnot, my friends are starting up all sorts of discussions trying to determine the story behind all those revelations and more. What they’ll do is try to recall as much information as they can and then begin to make theories of their own. Basically, what they’re trying to do is to uncover the truth before the answer is revealed by the author of the series.
It was all fun at first, but I’m beginning to feel tired after a while. No, it’s not because my theories are always wrong (which they are ALWAYS wrong). But I no longer see the reason behind what I call as “The Guessing Game”.
Discussions with likeminded people are always welcomed. It’s a form of socializing, especially when you have tons of guy friends who are only into the shonen series and only reads manga. We have common interests in this area and discussions flow very easily. We would get hyped up with all the latest information from the manga or even forums. It’s funny how a simple IM can turned into heated discussion, guessing the origins of Kurosaki Ichigo or the truth about the man behind the lollipop mask.
Socializing is one thing. I happen to think all these guessing help to exercise our imaginations and get creative. If you’re into puzzles, its’ always fun to try to fit the bits and pieces together. If you’re into detective mystery sort of thing, it’s like combining the evidence and develop a theory. Or a conspiracy. It’s all fun.
After a while though, I started to wonder if it’s worth the time. To be fair, this kind of thought only creeped its way into my mind when I’m bogged down with work. I did so much brain exercises at work, I have no energy left to theorize things, which will later on be revealed anyway. It’s not as if we’re trying to figure out some kind of a natural scientific puzzle. We’re trying to figure out a story written by a human. The ending is pretty much determined by the original author. So all the discussions we had are pointless. Whether we’re right or wrong makes no difference. All we have to do is sit back, relax and wait for the next chapter.
I’m pretty sure some of the readers of this blog also do the same. Speculating, guessing what’s going to happen next. It doesn’t have to be Naruto or Bleach, it can be any series. If you do, what do you think about this so-called guessing game? Is it worth your time? Or do you have a different take on this matter?