Synonyms: Naruto Movie 9
Japanese: 劇場版 NARUTO -ナルト- ロード・トゥ・ニンジャ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 28, 2012
Duration: 1 hr. 49 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.021 (scored by 15407 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 21, 2012
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
May 9, 2013
If you could have one wish, any wish, would you give up everything just to see it fulfilled?
Once upon a time, I loved Naruto; I would sit down in front of a TV every week and wait for it to come on just so that I could see what happened next. As time progressed, my love for it whittled down to something that I watched merely to get it out of the way. That was my mindset coming in to watch this movie- it was to just get it out of the way. What I experienced, however, exceeded my expectations to become what I see as the best Naruto movie ever made. Now, enough of this sappy monologue, let’s get into the actual review.
First things first: like most of the Naruto movies, Road to Ninja is, for all intents and purposes, non-canon. So, instead of complaining about how it’s non-canon, I’m actually going to review the story and the themes it tackles. The basic premise revolves around Sakura and Naruto being transported to an alternate world by Madara’s “prototype” Tsukuyomi where most stuff is basically the same but there are slight changes, or “ripples” like Madara calls them. While most of them are just personality and clothing changes, the biggest difference is Sakura’s familial situation is switched with Naruto’s. Yup, you read that right; Minato and Kushina are alive and well in this alternate world but Sakura’s parents no longer exist. One of the biggest themes in Naruto is the loneliness and despair of not having anyone to come home to or care about you, namely parents, and this movie tackles this theme head-on as well as the theme of accepting what is false so long as it brings you happiness successfully; these provided a much-needed emotional factor that I believe really makes the movie shine. However, make no mistake, there are flaws in the story such as characters appearing seemingly just for the sake of appearing, some plot holes, and what I found to be a lackluster “final” battle (I use quotes because it’s not really the real final battle). It is advised that you watch episode 311 of Shippuuden before you watch the movie but it isn’t absolutely necessary because all that you would miss would be certain inside jokes but I found the comedy in Road to Ninja to be pretty good, even without them.
As expected, the art in Road to Ninja is a step above the normal fare found in the TV series but is nothing ground-breaking or spectacular. Everything looks good, some parts more so than others, and the colors are more vibrant but, I did happen to notice the typical derp faces every once in a while or pupils not being perfectly aligned, minor things like that. As far as the animation goes, everything seemed to flow smoothly and very nicely, nothing much to complain about here. The sound design as well is what you would normally expect from the series with an overall great-sounding soundtrack. One aspect I noticed was the voice-acting was handled very well, especially given the fact that personalities were completely different in the alternate world; being able to adapt like that shows a professionalism and talent which even I, as a member of the audience, can appreciate.
Lastly are the characters, and since most of the cast have switched personalities, this is somewhat difficult to accurately grade the cast if you look at every single character. Let’s look at the Ino-Shika-Cho combo as an example, Choji is skinny and hates eating a lot, Ino is mild-tempered and sweet, and Shikamaru is a complete idiot. Explanation as to why any of the characters with changed personalities are the way they are is completely nonexistent but, to me, that makes complete sense in context. Naruto and Sakura were transported to a different world where they are viewed as acting “weird” because they do not conform to how their counterparts within that society would have normally acted. So, instead of focusing on the “new” characters, I’ll focus on Naruto and Sakura because we can accurately judge how they have changed throughout their experience in that world. Both Naruto and Sakura experience development through realizing what life would be like if their familial situations were reversed and ultimately seem to have changed from their experiences by the end of the movie, though I somewhat doubt this will reflected in the actual TV series. While I would have liked to see more of the alternate cast and explored the different alternate world a bit more, it was inevitable that shortcuts be taken due to the limited amount of time they spent in the alternate world. The only other thing I have a gripe with is that Naruto actually seemed a bit underpowered but that is fairly minor.
TL;DR? Well, despite certain plot holes, characters seemingly appearing solely for the sake of appearing, and a somewhat lackluster “final” battle, I particularly enjoyed what the movie had to offer. Road to Ninja’s art, animation, and sound are what you would normally expect from Naruto so, if you don’t like that, you probably won’t like this movie. However, unless you are basically a Naruto scholar and/or expect everything to be perfect and make sense, you will probably enjoy what this movie has to offer as I did.
8 out of 10 read more
Dec 10, 2013
Do you have the intention of watching this movie thinking it'll be something new? Yes? Alright, I want you to open a new tab and search up in Google, a montage of the "Best scenes" from this movie. Said montage will inevitably contain the much-talked about bath scene involving all the AU characters, a few scenes involving Naruto and his parents (perhaps Sakura if the person is a fan of that pairing), and his fight with the movie's big baddy (whom I won't spoil just in case, although if you don't know by now I doubt you actually cared about this movie much).
Do it, truly, come on. I'll be waiting.
Done? Congratulations, you do not need to see this movie anymore.
No, I am not kidding. You've seen all this movie has to offer; You do not need to bother with it anymore.
I am being as frank as I can be: This is what people for buying into it. No matter what they promise, it's always the same -- Their promise and promotion were bullshit, and ultimately it's another rasengan/shadow clone wank fest. It happened with the second movie when they promised us that Sasuke would be an integral part of it (He was barely there in the end), when they promised us that Minato would play a big role in the fourth movie (He was pointless to the story), it happened with the fifth movie (Or so I'm told, I was not following this one so I am not completely certain what was the case here), and now it happened with this, and will probably happen to the 2014 movie too.
Literally, the movie has no story; It's a holding pattern -- Naruto gets sad then something happens (he goes into the AU with Sakura), they faff about for like an hour, then the movie's bad guy pops in out of nowhere and with no explanation, ending with Naruto using a bunch of Rasengan and Shadow Clone and doing the whole "believe in myself" thing (Although, to it's credit, this one didn't end up with Naruto rasenganing the bad guy's ass, but rather with a fist fight, so there's that), even though said bad guy had previously nuked ENTIRE VILLAGES to ashes with a cough and the only reason he didn't vanish him out of existence with another nuke is because the movie didn't wanted him to.
And, the biggest offender is that this wouldn't even be so bad if the movie wasn't so fucking AFRAID to go out of its comfort zone despite this being virtually an entire new canvas for work -- The much anticipated (and HEAVILY advertised) personality switches mean absolutely NOTHING to the story or plot and the explanations for them are entirely nonexistent, something that also wouldn't all too bad (it certainly wouldn't be good, but yeah), if it wasn't for the fact that they're literally only there for (Legitimately) FIVE MINUTES (ten, max); Naruto and Sakura get in the AU and immediately find Team 8 (Hinata, who now is mean and bitchy and one of the few characters with clothing switches, and Kiba and Shino who look the same and behave the same except instead being good with dogs and bugs, respectively, they're now bad with them), they runaway and find team 10 (Ino, who now is shy and soft spoken, and Chouji and Shikamaru who essentially switched personalities, Chouji now being fit and stoic and Shikamaru being hyper active and dumb, although not fat, funnily enough), then Sasuke (Whom, despite now being a "playboy", is also basically the same outside of that, and this is literally pointed out by Naruto himself, plus a completely clothing switch), then that bath scene (No explanation is given for why they go there) where upon the last team shows up in medias res (Team Guy, compossing of Neji, who now is perverted and lacking in discipline, and Lee and Tenten who are the same except Tenten is now clumsy with weapons and Lee is a, well, I won't spoil just because the reveal of that makes for one of the better scenes in the movie), some faffing goes on before Hinata spots his cousin spying on the girls, causing her to get angry and attempt to beat him up until Lee shows up out of nowhere by falling through the ceiling (Much the same way he did in the manga preview, since the scene is essentially a reinacting of that with the personality switches), he runs away, they chase him ending in an actually pretty humorous scene, and then... They're gone. Literally. They just disappear, completely. They're not mentioned or seen ever again, with two exceptions: Shino, for no reason other than to show off his new found disdain for bugs (Him also being the second character to show no signs of change in the previous scene), and Sasuke who shows up two more times, one to give Sakura a flower (Which was in the trailer) and another where upon he flirts with some more girls causing Sakura to realize she's not a special case to him and making her sad.
The rest is entirely going through the motions; Sad scenes with Naruto's parents (some of which are, admittedly, fairly poignant), who are also exactly the same with the exception of one trait that I won't spoil, a bunch of pretty damn useless fights and missions, and then the ultimate bad guy shows up, destroying the village and ending in a long fight with Naruto, before he goes back to his world because he doesn't want to be there anymore.
And, I'm saying all of this with a pain, because this movie was one of thing that sparkled back my interest with the Naruto fandom (Where upon I got a lot of friends that I'm quite grateful for, even though I don't quite follow the series anymore those people keep me tangled back to it), and I really did wanted it to be good; I love its concept, I truly loved AU Hinata and the bad guy especially, and for the most part, while the animation is nothing outstanding, it's nice and pretty, a good treat for the eyes, ESPECIALLY on high resolution. But concept can never make up for lacking execution, and what the execution gave us was a reskinning of an already done movie with a more than questionable marketing campaign. Also, contrary to popular belief, the creator of the series, Kishimoto, didn't actually write this whole movie, he just designed the alternative characters and a few touches on the script and plot line, for the most part this was done entirely by the same thing that has brought us the same movies from before and that "Gold mine" of filler which makes the anime such a classic.
Admittedly, this does make it a little less sad considering that if it really was written and done by him and this is all he could do then it would tell you just how much wasted potential this series has had to suffer.
Still, all in all, what we have here is nothing more than a reskinned retread. There's nothing wrong with retreads, many forms of art have been essentially retreads of old formulas in order to explore new ideas, and, to a small (Literally microscopic) degree, this does explore new ideas. But at the end, we're still watching the same shit we've already seen with some added scenes of silly "what ifs" that amount to little more than "what could've been".
I don't believe in scores, but I have to rate this, so I'll just go with 5 because it's in the middle. read more
May 7, 2013
Okay, this was about as good as I expected, but I was still a little disappointed.
It was cool to see alternate versions of people, I won't deny that. I do wanna say though, that they get about 5-10 minutes of screen time. I don't mind that too much.
Naruto and his parents meeting was about what I expected too. Very emotional, I liked that a lot. Probably my favorite part of the movie.
Then, you get to the action. It didn't seem forced, just, it felt like Kishimoto wrote everything except the fight scenes. Naruto actually said "There's too many of them!" at one point. He seemingly forgot that he could use Kage Bunshin. Actually, Naruto almost seemed nerfed.
This clearly takes place after Naruto gained the Tailed Beast Mode and met his mother. Yet, he never used Tailed Beast Mode. In the manga, he spams it like he does Rasengan and Kage Bunshin. Here, he only contemplates using it for a second.
The last fight seemed more like a slugging match, with the Kyuubi as fists. Not very much worth mentioning, just Kyuubi fighting Kyuubi, lots of claws and lasers and pretty lights.
The Akatsuki do show up, but it's painfully obvious that the only reason they show up at all is for "Wow! Akatsuki fighting as good guys! Awesome!"
I also wanted to see what everyone in the alternate world would think about how strong Naruto is, but we never get to see their reactions to that.
The time frame is AU, it doesn't fit anywhere in canon. After the Fourth World War, since Konoha isn't in the battlefield, yet they still call Tobi 'Madara.'
I guess my biggest complaint in the end, is that Naruto doesn't fight like Naruto, and we never get much interaction between the alternate characters and Naruto/Sakura.
Story: 9/10 - Not bad. Points off because of the obvious AU time frame, which annoyed me a bit, but overall not too bad. Some interesting tidbits like Sakura's parents and Minato and Kushina.
Art: 7/10 - It's Naruto. The fight scenes are well animated, but there are some drops in less important scenes, and it's nothing particularly special.
Sound: 7/10 - The vocal songs were average, and the OST was just kinda what you would expect. Again, nothing particularly special.
Character: 6/10 - My biggest complaint. Naruto not fighting like Naruto, not too much character interaction with the alternate world, so not much development there.
Maybe you would put the emotional parts, like reuniting with the parents here, but I chose to put that in with the story, and focus this score on individual characters.
Enjoyment: 7/10 - I was screaming at my screen for Naruto to use Kage Bunshin, to use some new overpowered Rasengan, to use Tailed Beast Mode, Sage Mode, to do something besides hit the guy in the face. It was not to be really. I did like the emotional parts though, like meeting Minato and Kushina, and Sakura's despair at her parents being dead.
Overall: 7/10 - Better than the rest, but still just good, not 'great.'
Apr 18, 2013
Sadly this is still a kids’ show, thus the whole thing ends up being nothing more than a badly written fanfic. I mean, really, you are watching this just because you are aware of how one-dimensional everybody is and want to laugh with a “what if” anecdote. You are presented with an alternative dimension where everyone is supposed to act differently and all you get is them acting in the exact opposite way than they do in the normal world. Hell, they don’t even wear different clothes. Do you know what that means? That the Naruto cast is so simple in personality that the only way they could be presented any differently is by reversing the one and only character trait which defined them. Hell, in some cases that trait couldn’t even be reversed and all they did is removing it. Like, the dog dude now being bad with dogs, the insect dude hating insects, and the scroll girl being bad with scrolls. And that doesn’t even happen with all the characters as many others such as the Akatsuki (yes they are present too) have retained their personality for no given reason.
What makes it even worse is that the script was not written by some retarded 10 year old narutard but by the very creator of the show, Kishimoto himself. Really now Kishi, is this how low your writing skills dropped? People usually improve over the years you know; you are given a fresh new canvas and all you do is reverse the colors?
Anyways, this is all a big excuse to see Naruto’s parents and the Akatsuki members being still alive. I mean who cares about story continuity if you have a dozen cool cameos such as those on screen doing their stuff? And we got a second evil Naruto to fight our hero to boot. Where did he appear from? Who cares! Oh, there is also that side story where Sakura is the orphan in this world and she starts to feel as bad as Naruto for growing up alone. But that is thrown away in, like, 10 minutes and she is useless as always so who gives a damn.
Ah, I find so little to write about this. Seriously, by the time the “what ifs” are over, so is most of the film. It is definitely more mature as a concept than the rest of the movies since it’s supposed to be more about the psyche of the protagonists and less about some global threat. Naruto still ends everything with a Rasengan as always but that was not the point of the film. They could have definitely done far more if they had spent more time on the drama of parenthood and had skipped all the silly reverse personalities. I mean, jeez, what was the point of presenting all the reversed rookies if none of them mean anything to the plot? They literally disappear from the story towards the end. And Konoha ends up being nuked again but this time nobody gives a damn about it; thus trashing the whole idea of the world not being better after all.
Damn you Kishi; all these good ideas, trashed by the ridiculous fanfic flavor. read more
Sep 29, 2013
Story: Even though this was written by Kishimoto himself, this doesn't have an abundance of originality. It's basically revolves around the idea of wishes. Naruto has always dreamt of having parents and Sakura always dreamt of not having parents. Both their wishes are fulfilled in this movie. The moments with Naruto and his parents are emotional at times, which was a big part of the story, but other than that, there's not much going for the story line. Sakura pretty much gets her wish and as expected of such, she begins to miss them and feel lonely. It's pretty standard and a bit childish.
Art: Art is nothing to rave about. It's pretty much a standard tv style. It's not unbelievable or anything, but there is no laging that you would usually get with the tv show.
Sound: Voice acting was the same as the show. A lot of effort put into that giving it a very emotional touch to it. The theme by Asian Kung Fu generation is very catchy, but the OSTs for this movie are bland. It's the same kind of OSTs you can find in the original series. Nothing very memorable.
Characters: The characters made this all the worth while watching. Basically, all the characters had their personalities reverse, but this is mainly done for comedic sake. It doesn't have much other significance than that, so that's disapointing, but the comedy moments are pretty enjoyable because of that.
Enjoyment: Overall, it was enjoyable even with the lack of originaility presented. This is still the best naruto movie so far. It's worth watching if you're a naruto fan. read more
Mar 20, 2013
Naruto and Sakura is transported to a different dimension and in this dimension his parents are alive but Sakura's isn't. Everybody's personalities have changed. For example, Hinata who is generally shy is perverted and is more like Naruto and his out-going personality while Kiba is a shitty dog trainer, strange right? But wonderful twists indeed.
The art is simply wonderful, the animators took their slow sweet time creating this masterpiece of a movie and the art is much better than previous movies and the animation is smoother.
The opening and ending themes are spectacular, I mean who couldn't love Asian Kung-Fu Generation? The songs are put on at exactly the right moment and it just makes you feel exhilarated.
I personally think that seeing all the characters acting the opposite as what they are supposed to is too great, Shikamaru isn't intelligent and so many other character twists it's just plain-out hilarious watching, I laughed about every minute.
Basically it's either you are going to enjoy it or you will hate it, depends on if you think that characters personalities switching completely and the story changing completely is something you are up to. read more
Apr 2, 2013
The selling point of Road to Ninja is that it takes pace in an alternate setting. All the characters have different personalities, Sasuke's still in the village,and Naruto's parents are still alive. In other words, it's the ULTIMATE FAN-FICTION. Where everything you disliked or complained about the series is reset.
However, it suffers from the same problems you'll find in any of the other NARUTO media. For example, the writing has some wholes in it. In the movie, Sakura's parents are the heroes of the village but we are not informed on what they did. Also the alternate Naruto somehow became an antagonist but that's not thoroughly explained. The viewers are just expected to go with "it's a parallel universe" and not question anything.
On another note, the art and animation do not match the usual film budget quality. Except for a few scenes it's seems no different than the TV version. As for the sound Yasuharu Takanashi's score is as effective as ever and fan favorite band Asian Kung Fu Generation provides another rocking theme song.
Despite some of it's flaws Road to Ninja, if anything is enjoyable. No one should really expect much after years of shonen movie expansions. It's got satisfying fight scenes,pretty good humor, and even some wholesome moments for the characters. Respect it or not, it's something that can be remembered with fondness off not forgotten right away. The movie does its job of entertaining it's fans so there's no wondering on why it's so successful. Road to Ninja is a simple story with nothing thought provoking or outstanding about it. But you know what? That's just fine.
P.S. Naruto's friends don't get much screen time so you may be disappointed if you were looking forward to Flirting Sasuke and Badass Hinata. The Akatsuki are good guys so that might make up for it. read more
May 8, 2013
Directed by Hayato Date
6th Shippuuden Movie & 9th Naruto movie overall.
Review from my POV (w/personal biases)
PROS/What I Liked about the Film:
+ On paper, this seemed to me like a very appealing premise. Main villain constructs new technique to use on Naruto, where he (and Sakura) are put in what essentially is Topsy-Turvy Town/OppositeVille/A "reversed" Konoha so to speak. like a badass "what if?" episode
+ Speaking of reversed everything, I personally thought that some of the humor worked well for some characters (Sp) Energetic Kakashi and "old man" Guy," Don Draper" Sasuke and "Flowers of Evil" Rock Lee, etc.
+ 1 or 2 aesthetically appealing action scenes, particularly in the climax.
CONS/What I didn't like:
- The "reversed" effect is treated as a gimmick. Superficial at best.
- Other supporting characters didn't bode so well with me (Sp) Hinata is excessively aggressive for no apparent reason. Some of the "cool" characters are turned into dweebs.
- For a movie, it feels like a bottle episode. There's only 3 set pieces.
- The theme of "Family" feels more forced than natural
- (Sp) (personal) "Menma"? WTF is this, AnoHana? Cmon man, use a better name.
Although it had a good concept, it was executed poorly. Ultimately, this feels like above average filler with a budget.
Those who like the Bizzaro world concept
Fans of Naruto. read more
Apr 27, 2013
This was the only (and maybe also the last) film from Naruto world worth watching. Finally no random princess saving, no bunch of new characters and the most important thing, finally a good story with some deep thoughts. Yea no wonder, it is said that Kishimoto personally worked on this one.
I really enjoyed this movie. There was something for everyone. I laughed many times when I saw really weird behavior of some characters we all know very well. Haha in this film, everything is slightly different. There are also cool fights and animation is really good. Not the best anime fights I have seen though but still quite decent. You also have a chance to see some characters you meet just rarely in anime like Naruto's parents or Sakura's parents etc.
The most valuable thing in every anime for me are some deep thoughts you can think about. You know like some spiritual legacy ^_^. Finally I found something like that in Naruto film! The storyline is not very complex but there is very nice situation. [A bit of spoilers!] New world with fulfilled dreams. Everything seems fantastic, but it is real? Does it even matter whether it is real or not? Is it important to fight for the truth or shall we just stay in the illusion where we have everything we need?
So the result. Every Naruto fan should in my opinion watch this. To hell with other Naruto films. Honestly they are all trash. This one is the only Naruto film I accept. And it is good one. Somehow reminded me the good anime films with some hidden meanings and you know like Mononoke Hime, Spirited Away etc. (Of course I cannot compare this one to them but the style reminded me them. Like that it is not only another filler but valuable piece of animation.)
“Somebody once asked me what a ninja is. My sensei told me that ninja is the one that endures.”
BTW Nice soundtrack. ^^ read more
May 17, 2013
Naruto has been living off his life pretty much alone, not knowing what parental care or love is, this became a weakness in his life, but with this weakness he his finds strength as well. The movie emphasizes this part of Naruto that lately has not been shown really much on the series. For the first time on a movie, the story was mainly focus on Naruto, and if this series has been a great part of your life, tears will be shed while watching for sure. So prepare to wipe your tears while watching. This Naruto movie just hit the greatest spot on the heart for us audience and especially for Uzumaki Naruto.
(What if?) this question will surround Naruto and you while watching the movie. What if Naruto had it different? with his life? had her mom/dad on her side? Naruto has always been a different kind of shounen, mainly because of how personal sometimes and touching the series is. This 6th movie will remind us that fact why Naruto will always stands from the rest.
I don't want to spoil the story further but definitely recommending you watch it! and even if you have not gotten up with the latest Naruto episodes or Manga, I am sure you'll still be able to relate and enjoy the movie. Its an easy perfect score of 10. A masterpiece and the best Naruto Movie to date. Reminds us all why fell in love with the series, and how touching the story of Naruto really is. read more
May 31, 2013
i've watched naruto for years but i got bored after all members of akatsuki died.
but this movie really bring back memories to me, the day i started to watch naruto
well back to the topic
the story is really unexpected and is totally different with other naruto movies, i didn't like some of the naruto movies because the story is always repeating. so ill give the story a 10
for the sound, great timing for the bgm and the ending song is really nice
as for the character, its really funny at the beginning especially hinata HAHA
for enjoyment, as you can see i really enjoyed it since im writing this review -.-
overall, how can i not give it a 10??? i was born for this movie hahaha, this movie really gave me the feeling to endure and move on like a ninja. i kept on ask myself if i can leave my family in the same situation
sorry if this review did not help you since it's my first time writing a review.
to end this review ill have to say "A ninja is one who ENDURES!!!"
Apr 16, 2013
I watched this in Korean dub (English subbed) and the first thing I recommend is that you watch this movie in the same dub you usually watch Naruto with. Whilst the Korean VAs did a fantastic job - especially Kushina's VA, she was amazing - the movie will have more meaning for you if you watch it in the same dub you use to watch Shippuden.
The second thing I recommend is that you have a pretty decent understanding of the Naruto series before you watch this movie. If you're new to Naruto, you might want to put this movie on hold for a while, as you won't have a clue what's going on unless you've seen a good amount of Naruto: Shippuden. (By good amount I mean a couple hundred episodes...)
One thing that many fans were excited about regards the release of this movie was the insight into the certain desires of the characters, and many thought that pairings would be prevalent. However there is very little by way of that, nothing more than the teasers released before the movie came out.
The things I liked - the animation was FABULOUS, the producers really put a lot of effort into this one, especially with some of the battle scenes. There was also some new OST I hadn't heard before, which really captured the moments well. The movie made me both laugh and cry - Kiba's neko-chan moments and Lee's... well, I'll let you find out... and the emotional scenes between Naruto and his parents.
The movie gives you a whole new outlook on how things could have been. Roles are reversed, personalities go to polar opposites, and unimaginable changes take place. If you're a fan of Naruto, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it.
Story: 7 (Good)
Art: 10 (Outstanding)
Sound: 10 (Outstanding)
Character: 9 (Great)
Enjoyment: 9 (Great)
Overall: 9 (Great) read more
May 8, 2013
WATCH THIS AFTER EPISODE 311, sorry for the caps, but seriously watch this movie after episode 311. It will be so much more fun.
I recommend this movie for everyone who got bored of fillers. It will make an amazing feeling that you are not repetitively stopped from seeing action by fillers. I loved the way the plot was made, the wishes of Naruto and Sakura, the other world and the way it ended proving my ideas of how it will end considering the first hour of the movie.
It was extremely well drawn and animated, maybe even better than the other episodes.
There are a lot of personalities you maybe wished to see, and a lot of fun in the first part and the second part has enough fights to let you see Naruto with nice moves.
Overall: well made, I loved the story and the way it was made, didn't want to spoil this review so it's not much to say. Thanks for reading.
Well I guess I kept my promise of not spoiling it. As for a few spoiler words: best looking "Naruto" in the ending, something similar to Ichigo in episode ~309. Guess that’s it, thanks for reading.
(I have a spoiled review/re-cap/my thoughts of the movie in the discussions page 3, ao_no_exo) read more
Nov 22, 2013
This is basically a rant
This movie was horrible. Shitty pacing,timeline doesnt make sense,bad use of characters and I cant emphasize this much. I mean they bring characters like Sasuke back and he does absolutely nothing. They did the alternate rookies even worse as they were hyped so much in the trailers as if they were going to be important but they were good only for a hot tub scene(Neji spying on hinata in a hot tub - weird) and thats it.
This highlight of this movie was to be the relationship between naruto and his parent but even that was depicted poorly. I do not get how they did not know their son had become evil and was capturing tail beast and killing people when they went on a mission.How long was this mission? How did the village not know this? Shouldnt they have captured naruto when he came back?
This movie had only one good part in it and thats when menma uses the great spiraling ring on the village. That was awesome then it started sucking again. Everyone was reduced to fodder level ninja. Minato, Kakashi, Gai, Kushina was taken out easily.
Akatsuki shows up again in this movie as mercenaries which is cool also but not that great. The final battle was just awful. It was alright till they both transformed into foxes and started spamming bijuu bombs and clawing each other. The movie finishes with tobi fusing with menma and nauruto throwing a kunai whcih passes through him but somehow destroys the orb that is conveniently in the eye that was struck.
This movie had so much potential due to the setting but the managed to ruin it and kishi did not help with all them flashbacks.
Apr 15, 2013
May 11, 2013
Also I will update this when future episodes cum out. haha XD.
I liked the large quantities of Tenten that you get in this movie. I honestly feel as though she's a supporting character in the main series, despite being the heroine of the story.
Bathing Scene- (12/10)
It was pretty cool to see Naruto and Sasuke naked in a room together. I did not like, however, seeing naked girls (Ewww, eMirrite?).
If you like anime action, this is the show for you.
I was a bit confused during the movie, it seemed kind of like an alternate universe? I still really liked the main plot of Naruto falling in love with Sasuke though. So I'll give it a fair 10/10.
The combination of Three Days Grace background music, and Sakura (transgender version) hentai is quite stimulating.
Bathing Scene (revisited)- (13/10)
Looking back on the bathing scene, how could one not but masturbate? Where are the dicks though? HAHA XD.
Overall it was a good watch and I didn't really like it. (8/10)- It was fine, would watch again (but only for naked Naruto and Sasuke Haha XD)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boys love is a recurring theme throughout this movie (and all anime for that matter). This is evident because we see that Naruto and Sasuke are naked in a bath house.
Overall it was a good watch and I didn't really like it. (8/10)- It was fine, would watch again (but only for naked Naruto and Sasuke Haha XD)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Update: Still awsum. Just ask mdsamad. read more
May 26, 2013
+ Decent plot involving use of personality swaps. The storyline is well written as many of the emotions and feeling could be felt from the characters.
+ Consistent with action as the main series is
+ The alternate personalities added humor to the movie (the interactions amongst each other proved comical at points).
+Some changes in the characters/groups made certain scenes interesting.
-The other chunin from the series (Shikamaru, Choji, Hinata, etc) had very little significance in the story. The story was hyped up about their change in personalities, but had very few scenes involving a majority of the characters that built the hype for the movie.
-The art seemed different and lazy at certain points. Some segments seemed to be missing detail that normally is covered in the series itself.
Road to Ninja lived up to be a pretty good movie. It's not one of the best, but it definitely has some decent replay value to it.
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May 20, 2013
About the STORY
It’s so like Naruto series to twist the “normal-kind of storyline” and revive dead characters but this time in a different way. The drama of the movie is one of the most touching parts of its storyline; Naruto’s lack of family. It’s one of the most authentic dramas the series has. A very interesting plot compared to the previous movies where it was just the same old “a mission” kind of plot most particularly the unsuccessful previous two movies.
About the CHARACTERS
The characters made the story really fun and exciting most especially the “Menma” thing. It’s also interesting to see everyone differently and to see Naruto have a family.
About the ANIMATION
The animation is as amazing as always befitting a movie and Naruto movie at that. it may not be as explosive as before but it is still amazing and exciting.
About the ENJOYMENT
The first thing I thought was, it would be boring because the previous two was really lame then Akatsuki appeared right off the bat and everything becomes awesome for me immediately. I bet that most of the Naruto fans will enjoy this one as we get to see lots of situation that we won’t be able to see in the original story. It’s like a very rare chance and among all the movies this is the first time that almost every elements are perfectly balance; action, comedy, animation, sounds, characters, and especially the drama. I strongly believe that makes this one by far the best among the series’ movies.
Apr 27, 2013