the characters are all very dumb, they could have condensed the 26 episodes into 3 or 4 episodes...the action is so slow it gets me frustrated.
I watched it in french and the translation was the worse I have ever heard...when Kishimoto talks it's like I was watching an anime for childrens under 5, I think they took about 2 or 3 people to translate the whole cast.
I have not read the manga but it definately does not appeal me at all.
On the positive side, the animation is great, the idea is also nice. You wont miss a lot if you skip that series