Why Does Naruto Run With His Arms Out?

Just don't trip...

Just don’t trip…

While I’m certainly not an expert at running, nor am I even all that good at it myself, I do feel relatively comfortable saying that I can’t imagine that throwing your arms out to your sides is the most practical way to run. Despite the fact that we have been running for sport for centuries and pretty much nailed down the “ideal running form,” anime and manga seems to like to buck the trend and often shows characters in this rather unique running pose, with their arms thrown out to the side, like airplane wings.

Today we’re going to take a look at this running style, where it came from, and why characters are still depicted running that way. I hope you stick around!

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