Dissecting this shit article because I'm bored
<doesn't make sense in Naruto as the Hokage is the one who chooses which ninja take what missions
The Hokage has final say however the point is
A) show off the potential of the newest generation of Shinobi of X-village as well as the teaching skill of predecessors
B) richer customers may make specific requests, such as Asuma being part of the 12 Guardian Ninja
<non-consecutive exams removed
The referred to round was the preliminary round which was unplanned for. They did it because the finals would already be a long event and they needed to eliminate excess candidates, SUCH AS those who made it through the Forest of Death through luck, riding the coat-tails of their team or on the barest of margins.
<give the ninja who wins the trial overall a guaranteed spot as a Chūnin.
Wrong. If that were the case then any ninja with brute force can be chunnin... except that's idiotic. Shikamaru became one because of his balanced abilities in combat skills, strategy and level-headedness (outsmarting his enemies and giving up when he was essentially done for to quit wasting time in later rounds of the finals). Everyone else fought well but in terms of technical skill displayed very little. Naruto was hot-headed and Neji caught up in his hubris. Gaara was a total psycho and Sasuke was focused on revenge and power even before the Curse Seal.
Rock Lee, was brave and powerful but didn't know when to stop, resulting in him getting cripplingly hurt by an opponent with no mercy (pre talk-no-jutsu Gaara). Participation medals are not an option in a society of literal child-soldiers.
<Tenten beat offscreen
A) The anime expanded the fight and pointed out how much of a mismatch she was against Temari
B) The manga versions of Kankuro, Neji, and others opponents are reduced as well. It's a constriction of the medium
<Change The Second Stage
I don't understand what is being said here, the Chunin exams in the manga and anime are THE ORIGINAL exams.
A 3 v 3 match is a good idea but not exclusive; each exam is different as shown with the OVA's, fillers and Boruto examples.
>Orochimaru marking Sasuke could have been avoided
'Hurr lets ruin the plot because somehow the Hokage is omnipotent about Orochimaru's interests!'
Orochimaru was introduced in this arc and showed no influence prior to this. He is also a ninja who casually defeats people on the level of Kakashi, let alone avoiding Anbu guards.
<many of the smaller villages like Takigakure and Otogakure only had single-digit participants!
Field promotions, individual exams, etc.
<It just doesn't make sense for so much emphasis to be put on testing information gathering skills when it can be skipped over entirely.
It's said outright look underneath the underneath
outside of gathering information the test is to gauge your ability to judge the worth and true point of something. This is taken to the extreme during a filler arc wherein a single quietly disguised ninja set up explosives in the entire village while diverting attention, only to intentionally let himself be marked by Anbu to distract from this as well as pre-planning his faked death and REVEAL of faked death while taking into account military movements of a neighboring country and many other factors. He was playing 4D chess and despite being a dying old man, lead Konoha by the nose. And in the end it was all a big 'Treasure Hunt' he created after letting go of his intent of vengeance. (honestly it's a great arc IMO).
A good fanfiction that really plays on this aspect is https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4590441/1/Cheaters-Prosper
<how they'd be able to locate the tower in such a short amount of time doesn't add up
A) They have a literal psychopathic jinchuriki steamrolling anyone in their way with bloody force.
B)Kankuro and Temari are also shown to be highly skilled and grew up in a literal desert and as the Kazekage's children likely received top-notch training, their tracking skills are very plausibly skilled.
<whenever Naruto and the others are standing around waiting for the second stage to begin, he's approached by Konohamaru and friends who ask for his autograph
This is the OUTSIDE of the Forest of Death and in full view of participants and staff. This is equivalent to family approaching their competing members before a match starts. He didn't wander in when there were no obvious restrictions.
<gambling on the games doesn't make much sense
LOL what? It's literally a blood sport, which always has gambling on it. Horse-racing, soccer, boxing etc. are literally easy spots for 'whose gonna win/lose' betting matches.
It is a society of CHILD SOLDIERS who are taught to suppress their emotions and be TOOLS. This is pretty standard behaviour, literal bread and circus a la the Colloseum of Rome.
>that outcome be the only one that's bet on
Where is this stated? We see an example of A BET, but it is not implied anywhere to be the only bet going around.
>observers will often try to sabotage the participant they want to have lose, which is something that straight-up just shouldn't be in the exams at all.
Who says they're intentionally allowed to? The mooks who tried to off Gaara for example were obviously hired goons and were an example of outside interference, and clearly not legal. This is like saying people who try to sabotage horse races means that the race itself is wrong... as if the race legally allows this.
Reminder this is by a person who at time of writing has done 138 articles on CBR...
A good review of the exams (comparing it to the BnHA Sports Festival) by MathWiz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7xnwgjkPlQ
I don't agree with everything but the overall ideas are good.