oh i prefer the anime as well. It adds depth to character development through informative side stories and newly added dialogue. I have a crunchyroll account just so i can watch it after the show airs in japan. Though, the manga is way ahead of the anime at the moment because the filler gives the artists time to create the story, which is the prime focus of the manga. It moves so fast. I like the slower pace of the show because it allows you to become attached to all of the characters instead of just the main 10 -15 primary ones. My favorites are Itachi, Tobi-Madara, Jariaya, Guy, and Killer Bee. Of course, i love Naruto, Kakashi, Hinata, etc, i just enjoy the complexity of the first few, more so. Who re your favorites?