Synonyms: Naruto Shippuuden: Gekijouban Naruto Shippuuden: Hi no Ishi o Tsugu Mono, Naruto Shippuuden Movie 3, Naruto Movie 6, Naruto Shippuuden 3: Inheritors of Will of Fire
Japanese: ナルト- 疾風伝 火の意志を継ぐ者
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2009
Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.611 (scored by 26752 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 22, 2010
The main enemy of this movie is Hiruko, some ex-leaf ninja that wants to become the perfect ninja by absorbing ninja with bloodline limits. He starts out having four out of five bloodline limits, but he needs one more ninja with a bloodline limit to become the perfect ninja, and that’s Kakashi. Kakashi decides to sacrifice himself for the Leaf in order to defeat Hiruko. But guess who doesn’t want Kakashi to die? Naruto, of course. “Those that break the rules and regulations are scum. But those that abandon their comrades are worse than scum.” That’s pretty much Naruto’s reason for trying to stop Kakashi. Friends over mission.
If you’re a fan of Kakashi or Shikamaru, you might like some of the lines they say in this movie. Of course, Naruto has some good ones, as well as cheesy lines too. Many of the other characters have their lines too, but nothing that great.
There are some light comedy, some good references to Naruto Shippuden, characters going all out with their ninja techniques, and of course the animation is good. You’d be able to tell how much effort was put into the animation if you compared it to Naruto Shippuden. All of that in one package makes a good Naruto movie.
The music was great. The music of the movie soundtrack fit well with the background to fit the mood of the scene. "Dareka Ga" by Puffy, the opening song, was pretty good to listen to.
The strong point of this movie is the references they make in this movie. The involvement of many characters is also a plus in this movie. This movie is a good watch for Naruto fans.
Apr 22, 2010
The story is pretty much standard fare, a disgruntled ninja named Hiruko is hunting down ninjas with Bloodline Limits and absorbing their abilities to become the perfect ninja and start the 4th Ninja War. He soon has his eyes set on Kakashi, and the next thing you know the movie becomes a Kakashi rescue arc. Now this isn't really a bad thing since there are no filler characters and Kakashi is a pretty likable guy (unlike Sasuke) so its easy to empathize with Naruto's gung-ho attitude about the whole thing. There are no real twists to speak of, so don't go in expecting a really good plot because you won't find one. This movie caters to the fans, so people who aren't really into Naruto won't like it either.
However that's not to say that they're isn't any meaningful dialogue or characterization. Sure Naruto is the same and preaches his ideals to anyone who bothers to listen but its still pretty entertaining. There's quite of bit of cheesy lines but some of the dialogue between Naruto, Shikamaru and Kakashi is well written and delivered. Naruto actually thinks his actions out and his speech towards the end is inspiring enough for us to get behind him, ignoring all the fat in between.
Anyway the biggest reason why anyone of us would watch this is for the fights, animation and production values, since hey, this is shounen after all. The animation is MUCH better this time around compared to the last two movies. The fights are good and the Konoha 9 get plenty of screen time. If you're someone who likes the side characters, you'll probably enjoy the movie quite a bit. Though the final fight is kinda disappointing, the animation is good enough to keep it together.
The music was surprisingly good. I didn't expect much at all from Pierrot, but they did a good job in creating a solid soundtrack for the movie. There are plenty of epic orchestrated pieces that that add quite a bit to the mood, especially during the fights. There's also a lot of good typical "Naruto rock", which is to say up beat songs, which are hot-blooded enough to get the job done.
In the end, I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. If you're a Naruto fan than its worth checking out, its definitely the best out of all 6. If you don't like Naruto than this movie isn't going to change your mind. Not that they could ever make a legitimately excellent Naruto movie, but its good mindless fun. read more
Jun 4, 2010
Hiruko, a former Konoha ninja who abandoned the village a decade ago, declares war against all five major nations in the name of Konoha Village. He had perfected the "Chimera Technique", which absorbs opponent chakra and skills, and starts kidnapping ninjas with Blood Line Limits. The final target of Blood Line users is Kakashi, who possesses the Sharingan from Obito. To prevent the impending 4th Ninja War, Tsunade sends Kakashi on a suicidal mission to stop Hiruko.
The animation is impressive. I would describe it as `extreme fluidity`. In fact, this film probably has the smoothest character movement I have ever seen. Battle scenes and leafs/wind effects were stunning. Unfortunately, the drawings of characters are very simple, and backgrounds lack detail. Some scenes were so bad that it seemed like the poor drawings from the original series filler episodes.
Still the director Murata Masahiko did a great job in this film, with some breathtaking scenes with CG-assisted camera movement, and wonderfully choreographed action sequences.
The voices are same as the original series, and generally fine. Kakashi`s voice was exceptionally well done.
There was very little music, and not very effective. I still have no idea why they replaced MUSASHI for musical scores since the flute and drum instrumentals in the original Naruto series was epic in my opinion.
Theme song is also very weak despite being sang by Puffy. I miss the days when top artists like Hamasaki Ayumi and Every Little Thing sang those touching and memorable songs for anime films. Even the theme song for the first Naruto movie by YUKI was better than anything I`ve heard from anime movies in the past 3 years.
The theme for this movie is pretty good: the clash of moral values. Is sacrificing one person for the welfare of the village a right thing to do? This is what the entire story is centered around. Pretty much the whole movie is about Naruto and Sakura chasing after Kakashi to stop him from sacrificing himself to save the village.
There were couple of major plot holes.
- Why did Sand Village advance its troop to the border? Sand Village has a strategic alliance with Konoha, and Gaara of all people should know that Hiruko had nothing to do with Konoha, and that Tsunade would never try to invade other countries. The whole thing was just an excuse to bring out the popular Gaara to the movie, since he had a very limited appearance in "Shippuuden" series so far.
- Why did Hiruko have a child-form? Tsunade even mentioned he should be much older by now, but it was never explained to the end. We are left guessing that maybe it had something to do with the Chimera technique, but there is no apparent advantages in having a child-form.
- Isn`t `give your life for the village` an honorable thing to do and what all the great Konoha ninjas did? The Third Hokage gave up his life to stop Orochimaru`s invasion. The Fourth sacrificed his life to seal the Kyuubi. Itachi gave up his life and lived as a traitor for a secret ANBU mission. Jiraiya also died on a clearly suicidal mission. In fact, Naruto himself was sacrificed as a vessel for the Kyuubi as a baby. I`m sure there are more that I can`t think of at the moment, but it seems to me like sacrificing one`s life for the village is what Konoha is all about. It also creates heroic and legendary figures that children can look up to. Naruto`s argument was severely flawed.
- Wasn`t Fuuton: Rasen Shuriken devastating to Naruto`s arm? I can understand him using the forbidden technique in that situation, but he seemed to be completely fine after using it.
- I understand Kakashi's desire to leave a keepsake for his apprentice, but with everything those bells stood for, it was like saying 'please break the rules and come after me'. Just a dumb thing to do if he really wanted the mission to succeed.
The story also repeated the same old theatrical Naruto battle formula: Three villain ninjas ending up in head-to-head battles to buy time for the last boss. Only this time they were 1v3s instead of head-to-head, and some Kuchiyose (summoning) were used.
Still, the story is well-structured with an introduction, story development, climax, and a comical ending. Following through the central theme. Flashbacks from the anime series were used very effectively, with the animation completely redone from story board. 'Will of Fire' and 'Obito' cards were played especially well.
There are very little character developments in movies for series. In fact, I don`t really expect too much from them. "Will of Fire" still managed to completely bomb this section.
They made a fatal mistake for movies: Making every single character in the series appear. Pretty much all the ninjas in Naruto`s generation showed up, only to make their signature move and used as action fillers. They ate away precious screen time that could`ve been used to develop the main characters or the story. As a result, the main characters remained paper-thin, with Naruto acting like a stubborn child and Sakura a tsundere who kept beating up Naruto and Sai.
I did like Gaara`s involvement though, since his action sequence was very cool, and his role supported Naruto`s determination.
Theatrical releases of continuous series (as opposed to episodic series like "Doraemon" or "Crayon Shin-chan") are always going to be a side-story, and should be expected as such. There will never be a good animated movie for series.
Despite all the criticisms, "Naruto/Shippuuden" is my favorite 100+ episode anime series after "Yuu Yuu Hakusho". The 3rd Shippuuden movie "Will of Fire" was a great side story for me, even though the story and characters would be terrible for a stand-alone film.
I didin't really agree with Naruto's decision that could've destroyed the entire village over one person, but I guess as a movie, they had to push the friendship over responsibility.
Sometimes I feel these movies are targeted toward younger audiences than series or manga itself due to their corniness and deliberate attempts for inspiration, but compared to all previous Naruto movies, "Will of Fire" was by far the most well-directed, and personally the best Naruto film since the very first Naruto movie "Snow Princess". read more
Feb 10, 2013
So there is this Orochimaru/Pain hybrid villain who hypnotizes powerful people and intends to turn to a god by stealing their powers. Kakashi is the last on his list and Konoha feels that they should sacrifice him in order to use some weird technique which when used will kill both him and the villain. Naruto disagrees and against all attempts to stop him, he just storms in to save Kakashi. As simple as this sounds, there are many things that make the movie to feel like it’s the end of the world when it otherwise feels like just a minor skirmish.
A unique feature of this movie is how there is no movie-only emo kid that Naruto feels obligated to help. It is just Kakashi and the rest of the usual gang having some issues regarding honor and respect; so in a way the whole film was mostly a civil war. Other than that though, there is absolutely no twist or anything else to look forward to. Half of the film is an uneventful build up where Kakashi reminds everyone of all those who died so far before deciding to do the same for Konoha. The other half is mostly wasted on the characters fighting amongst each other because of that. So just expect to see things you have already seen before everything ends with Naruto using a Rasengan... as always.
I must say that the whole film felt like it was full of pointless action.
- The Suna village is ordered to attack Konoha just because the villain Hiruko was once part of it. Without any proof of them being allies they are ready to fight one another while the villain is calmly fulfilling his devious plan. That felt completely uncalled for and too forced to accept. Why not just teaming up against him? And as you can guess, that is exactly what Naruto does to save the day.
- The characters are fighting amongst each other, something which results to nothing other than proving what a thickhead Naruto is.
- There were the usual cardboard evil henchmen that needed to be defeated but they might as well not be there at all since the villain was powerful enough not to need any help and the heroes were busy fighting each other instead of the bad guys.
- And what exactly is this friendship and teamwork they keep talking about if Naruto does everything alone? It sounds like a contradiction. Ok, they are working together in order to defeat the underlings but those were completely useless to the plot and winning or losing had no effect on the Big Bad’s plans.
- Naruto pretty much wins by being a stubborn traitor who uses a hax power which for some unexplained reason can’t be absorbed by the enemy. That felt cheap and anti-climactic.
- The villain in his dying breath has a change of heart. Which is pointless again since no time was invested on getting to like the guy. He remains as nothing more that an Orochimaru wannabe. Heck, we never even understand why he looks like a kid half the time.
So as you understand, apart from the rather good production values the whole film was boring, uneventful, and full of events that made no sense. It is once again a very bad addition to the franchise. read more
Apr 22, 2010
Tsuade, Jiraya and Orochimaru had a weak childhood friend we didn't know about. This person later becomes and evil villan, a threat to all nations.
When Kakashi was a teenager, this person put a curse on him, a curse he still carries to this day. Kakashi is destined to die! He undertakes a kamakaze mission.
It's up to the Hidden Leaf's youth to save the day.
What's lousy you may ask?
- Like Orochimaru, this character becomes a 'mad scientist', carrying out inhumane experiments in order to get strong
- This villian is 'invincable' and 'immortal', just like most villians who end up getting killed
- Yet another person after the shiringan
- The 'curse mark' has been done before
What else lets the film down?:
- Sakura's typical 'violence toward friends, useless in battle' trait
- Chemeria's are the theme great, time to get creative? NO, all the chemeras seem to look more robotic then organic
- Outright silly stuff occure also, such as Naruto creating a chain bridge of shadow clones, Tsunade knowing how to tamper with the shiringan, Naruto having a mild heal/repair ability
I'll leave you on a high not however, what's good about the movie...
- The fight scenes are great; each team gets some attention
- Naruto's determination to "Bring Kakashi back" is realistic (don't we know)
- We get to see what Gaara can do without the 1 tailed badger
These elements make it worth watching and are the reason I gave it a good score.;) read more
Feb 20, 2013
The story in this movie seemed like it would be interesting, although it really wasn't. It had a lot of cool fights and action, and since the characters are from a popular series, the characters are already liked. Basically, I am saying that I already liked the characters so I may have given this an extra point on it's score than it deserves. The story was the swiss cheese of stories. It had so many holes that at one point I just laughed out loud. My LOL was because I finally had excepted that this is just an action flick filled with fan fare.
The story is like most Naruto filler stories. A villain comes out of nowhere and is extra powerful. There's a world threatening plot, and the village gets attacked. Things happen that shouldn't. plot holes open, then there's an action filled finale. This one does have some good fight sequences, but it's completely out of place if you're a fan of the series. If you don't care about story and just want your favorite characters in any way you can get them, then this is for you. If not, then consider taking a pass on this. Not horrible, but not the best. All in all, I was generous with the 6 I gave it. read more
May 10, 2010
The one complaint I have is that this movie follows the formula as the other Naruto movies. Overall I recommend this film to every Naruto and Naruto Shippuden fan, It is the best Naruto yet! read more
Dec 7, 2012
A really good movie that has a good amount of action and focuses on nakama power which I always love.
Jun 16, 2012
Now, I personally thought that this movie had a pretty good mix of all the components of a Naruto movie: character development, action, and dialogue meant to move the watcher. There are also many cameo shots of nearly every minor and major character in the series... except Sasuke ((sigh)).
The plot of the movie is to follow Naruto and the rest of the gang as the chase after Kakashi who has been possessed by a problem child looking for power through bloodline limits. At first, Tsunade orders for no one to subdue Kakashi, but of course, Naruto goes after him anyways, taking Sakura and Sai along with him. Shikamaru and the rest of the happy-go-lucky Konoha gang go along after them, planning to stop him from rescuing Kakashi.
I liked the plot of the story, what having it to do with friendship and all, but maybe that's just me being a sappy girl. Nonetheless, the plot kept me attached to the screen and didn't make me pause and do other stuff, which is usually what Naruto movies make me do.
The art is standard, but there's some A+ animation along with fight scenes from your favorite Konoha ninja and even come action cameos from the Kazekage himself. The 3rd Naruto Shippuden movie was by far my favorite and I encourage you all to take a gander at it whenever you can. read more