English: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Synonyms: Naruto Movie 9
Japanese: ROAD TO NINJA NARUTO THE MOVIE
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 28, 2012
1 hr. 49 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.981 (scored by 23851 users)
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SynopsisTen years ago, a gigantic demon beast known as the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox was released from its jinchuuriki by an unknown shinobi wearing a mask. The village of Konohagakure was close to destruction by the attack of the Nine-Tails, but the village was saved by its leader. Minato Namikaze and his wife Kushina Uzumaki—who was the jinchuuriki at the time of the attack—sealed away the demon inside their new born son: Naruto Uzumaki. However, this act of saving the village cost them their lives and they left the future of the ninja world to Naruto.
With the demon fox sealed away, things continued as normal. However, the peace of the village would not last long, for Pain, Konan, Itachi Uchiha, Kisame Hoshigaki, Sasori, Deidara, Hidan and Kakuzu—members of a dreaded shinobi group called the Akatsuki—attacked Konohagakure. Naruto narrowly manages to launch a counter-attack but why have these shinobi appeared when all of them were meant to have died? The mystery remains, but the shinobi are praised by heir families for completing such a dangerous mission. However, one of them who has never known the faces of his parents, Naruto, cannot help but feel lonely. At that exact time, suddenly, the masked man makes his appearance in Konoha. Naruto and his allies are both attacked by the man's mysterious new doujutsu.
(Source: Naruto Wikia)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Naruto: Road to Ninja
Parent story: Naruto: Shippuuden
Characters & Voice Actors
Singapore decided to show us anime fans some mercy by screening Road to Ninja, Houou no Miko and Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning in the cinemas.
Road to Ninja is a little different from the previous movies. While movies 1 to 5 introduce new characters—protagonists and antagonists—with plots that totally differ from the original story's, RtN is almost like a possible subplot of the main story.
With the exception of some, we get the same characters we see in the main story, but with a strange twist that would greatly appeal to the audience. It’s like a dream come true to some fans. It also keeps your mind going while you watch it, which personally, is what makes Naruto fun to watch. There’s also a hidden message in it, that is actually quite obvious in the starting of the movie.
There's a big chunk of flashback in one of the parts though, but it was from my favourite episode, so I'm not complaining.
Same art, new soundtracks, and overall it’s unique, funny and (kind of) tear-shedding, what I find—unbiasedly—worth skipping work for and the S$16.90 (large bottle of Coke with a free refill included) I spent on. I actually managed to get my non-Naruto-loving sister to watch it. And hey, more MinaKushi loving here! read more
Story - 7/10
Art - 6/10
Sound - 6/10
Character - 7/10
Enjoyment - 7/10
Overall - 7/10
Hearing about how this movie was supposed to be one of the better (if not the best) Naruto movies because of its interesting plot and nice twist at the end, I decided to give this movie a shot even though it's been a very long time since I've watched any sort of Naruto animation (been sticking to reading to the manga).
Overall, I was entertained by the movie and enjoyed the divergence from the typical Naruto movie formula, at least in the movies I've seen so far (Naruto meets new character X, learns a lot about X, grows closer to X, and eventually Naruto + crew + X team up together to beat new villain Y who is extraordinarily evil with no redeeming qualities). That's not to say that the plot is anything groundbreaking as the idea of a character slipping into an alternate world is something that's certainly been explored in movies like the newest Gintama movie and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Nevertheless, the characterization of Naruto and Sakura in this movie is a breath of fresh air and it's nice to see these characters being explored more thoroughly instead of the movie original characters that all seem to have the same tragic past. There are certainly well done scenes/moments in this movie where Naruto and Sakura feel very human and relatable which I believe is where the movie shines the most. It does not quite make up for the numerous plot holes, the horrid pacing at some points, blatant use of TV footage, and awkward characterization(yes, the characterization is also a con), but it does make the movie more watchable. With a movie that is good but not great in most of the categories (art/sound/plot), characters go a long way to making this movie something that you won't quit halfway on. I would say this movie is something you can definitely watch whenever you're bored or have a lot of free time. Just don't expect to be blown away.
***IN DEPTH REVIEW BUT WITH SPOILERS***
Art - 7/10
Art and animation in this movie was about what you would expect: fairly good(it's a movie after all) but nothing too crazy. There were a few shots of the city that I thought were nice and particularly detailed, and some of the fighting animation was pretty good. Other than that, I would say everything else was simply satisfactory.
Sound - 7/10
Once again, all the sounds were fairly good. There were a few emotional/battle tracks I enjoyed but I would not say they were on my "man i gotta look this up on youtube" level. Even the theme song by AKFG was probably not one of their better songs. Overall, the background music felt appropriate.
Story/Character - 7/10
With all the praise for the creativity with the plot and the characterization I gave the movie above, I had numerous gripes with the plot/characterization. Maybe I missed an explanation somewhere but for the most part, these things stood out in my mind while I was watching the movie:
1) Other than for plot convenience, why would Konoha only send out Naruto and his friends to fight the Akatsuki if they had revived/regrouped. And what was the explanation for this battle anyway? Were they an illusion? What was the point of the severed hand?
2) Why is Iruka such a dick in the beginning of the movie? He should know what Naruto is going through. He seemed very out of character during the scene at Ichiraku ramen. What happened to first episode Iruka?
(Small issue :The memna part was a good way to introduce the story behind/poke fun at Naruto's new name in the alternate world but the ramen cook should not just be adding random ingredients to people's orders without telling them man.)
3) You're telling me Madara managed to teleport straight into Konoha and that he decided that best way to capture the Nine-Tails was to throw Naruto (and Sakura too, you know, for the lulz) into an alternate dimension so that Naruto could POSSIBLY tire himself out while fighting his alternate self. And what was up with him getting defeated by the same move. I know it's a nice nod to Naruto becoming more like his father but man... Madara why you such a scrub?
4) Naruto getting angry at his parents when he first sees them also felt weird. I get that he feels that they're impostors at first, but I don't know if anger is how someone would normally react in that situation. Then again I've never been an orphan who slipped into an alternate dimension where his parents were alive so what do I know. This is something they could have corrected with more insight into Naruto's thoughts.
5) That one scene where Naruto and Sakura meet up to talk but for some reason decide that they don't want to see each other face to face. And the awkward walk away?
6) Honestly that Rasen-nuke was kind of unnecessary. And would a Rasengan really be able to do that much damage in the first place?
7) Naruto saying unnecessary things to his alternate dimension parents who have no idea WTF is going on just so Naruto can look cool. Check. I guess they did come and save him at the end so this works out.
8) Man that one scene with TV footage that just dragged on and on.
9) Why didn't Madara just make Sakura lose her memories while they were fighting.
10) So what was the deal with evil alternate Naruto? When did he change to the masked villain? Why did he change back? I mean I thought Madara said he couldn't interfere with the world even though he was the creator.
Overall though, the plot/characterization though was fine. I liked how they opened with the idea that "a ninja is one who endures" and closed with that idea as Naruto walked back home alone after watching Sakura reunite with her family only to suprise us with the non-dick version of Iruka. I liked how the spiral of the scroll reminded Naruto of the Rasengan after he loses his memories. It was a nice small twist on its own. I liked all the incarnations of the alternate world and wished I could have seen more of them. As I mentioned above, I particularly enjoyed the focus on Naruto and Sakura as well (this movie was first time I ever saw Sakura's parents to begin with. Sakura's dad seems pretty awesome too).
Their parts in this movie made the movie. read more
Both movies center around the theme: "You don't know what you have until it's gone."
Both movies have a world change and the Main character tries to go back in his world. If you liked one of them, you will like the other. but first you should watch the anime though. because you won't understand anything.
These two movies is similar in story where the main characters Naruto and Kyon sent to another parallel world where there are parallel events occured aside from the world they came from.
Both are stories of the protagonist finding themselves in an alternate world were they have what they've always wanted. The main differences are that Haruhi is a Slice of Life while Naruto is a fighter, and Naruto is shown actively enjoying the other world.
Both are movies of a well-known anime where the main characters goes to an alternative world where everything has changed. They both start off trying to find a way back to their own world, but there are things they have to do first.
In both movies, the supporting characters have changed (though much more in Naruto), and the antagonist is revealed to be the one you last expected.
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Ending Theme"Soredewa Mata Ashita (それでは、また明日)" by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
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