After being captured for attempting to assassinate the leader of Kumogakure, the Raikage, and killing Jounin from Kirigakure and Iwagakure, Naruto is imprisoned in Houzukijou, a criminal containment facility also known as the Blood Prison.
The master of the castle, Mui, uses the ultimate imprisonment jutsu to steal power from the prisoners. In this place, something is aiming for Naruto's life. The battle to prove his innocence and uncover the truth has begun for Naruto and his friends.
Naruto is framed for a crime he didn't commit and is sent to a cruel, evil prison out in the middle of nowhere. What could this prison possibly want from Naruto? Here's a hint, the bad guys all call Naruto “Jinchuriki”, that shouldn't be too much of a shock considering most of the plots revolving around Naruto have to do with Kyuubi in some way.
Story: 6 (Fair)
Creative plot? Not particularly.
If you've seen any of Naruto or Naruto Shippuuden (or any of the movies) you know how these things end up. I of course won't 'spoil' anything about the movie, however there really
isn't much to spoil anyway.
Naruto is brought to this prison, and when I say in the middle of nowhere I mean out in the middle of the ocean on an island, completely cut off from the rest of the world. The leader of the prison seems to be very interested in Naruto, and I mentioned it before; it's because he's a Jinchuriki.
Even in movies such as this, I'm always waiting for the big moment! A moment where I will be shocked and excited! But really, in this movie there were times that something very 'plot twisting' would be revealed, and I would think to myself “Oh, was that supposed to be a secret?” I honestly thought it was just common knowledge.
The reason I didn't really love the plot to this was because it wasn't what I was hoping for. From the trailer, it gave the impression that this would be a very dark, mysterious film! Wasn't quite the same. Darker than some of the plots in Naruto, sure, but we've seen better. Not much mystery either.
I would say the entire plot was 20% action and then 80% talking. The final battle of the movie was pretty exciting though, just something to look forward to!
Art: 6 (Fair)
Not quite to the level of being 'good'.
I personally enjoyed the darker setting (literally darker), a lot of it took place inside of this prison with no lights except for the torch lights. Which added a nice touch for the so called Blood-Prison. There were times that the art look fantastic! The setting would be perfect, nicely detailed background and the characters blended in with it well. However, there were also times that I really felt like the art reached an entire new level of awkward. The characters would occasionally move very oddly, as though all their bones had been replaced with cartilage or they were being held up by strings like a puppet. The bodies just moved in weird ways sometimes.
Majority of the art was just your average cel-shading / anime style shading. Nothing too spectacular or breathtaking.
Sound: 7 (Good)
One thing the anime Naruto does have going for it is the voice acting.
Say what you want, but I think Takeuchi Junko does a fantastic job as Naruto, she has a great range of emotions and really captures moments beautifully!
Now there's two new characters that appear in this movie that played main roles.
First being Mui, our (supposed) antagonist of the movie played by Terasoma Masaki. He's been in a handful of shows, but doesn't often play main characters. He has a nice deep voice. One of the things that bothered me was the lack of emotion expressed for the majority of the movie, though that was a problem with the character and not the voice actor himself.
Our other voice actor to look at is Sonozaki Mie, playing the role of Ryuuzetsu. Although she is also a fairly unknown voice actor, she does a pretty good job as Ryuuzetsu. But like Mui, Ryuuzetsu doesn't have much time to shine, at least for the most part of the movie. There are a few rare moments (more toward the end) that she gets to show off her talent of voice acting, but just her average talking was well balanced and wasn't at all annoying to listen to! I can't always say that for the girl characters in anime...
Lastly the music! From my experience with Naruto movies, the music had never really stood out to me. Just felt more like background noise, nothing to add on to the scene. I can happily say that this movie did in fact have some nice music that went perfectly with the scenes. During a final battle you want the music to be exciting and intense! The songs used during the last battle were the ones that stood out the most to me, they really added on to the scene nicely!
Character: 7 (Good)
I'd go anywhere between 6 and 7 on character. There are times when I feel like a character progressed or revealed something interesting about themselves which made me like them more or at least became more interested in them.
Naruto – We all know him and his character. A fairly happy guy, stays strong and optimistic most of the time and is all in all a great Shounen character. In this movie, Naruto was forced to act without the use of his Chakra (or at least a very small amount of it) which is quite a change from the other movies or the show. For him, when in doubt he creates about 5000 versions of himself. With the majority of his Chakra taken away, he can hardly maintain the use of one “shadow clone”. That's one of the things I enjoyed seeing in this movie, watching Naruto take action without his usual tricks.
Mui – You know...I'd love to say he was a good movie villain, but when you think about it, he's just like any other bad-guy... just lacks a bit on the crazy evil side. Nothing flashy or unique about him. His goals and plans are no different than the ones we've seen in previous Naruto arcs. Not to mention, he's kind of a jackass in ways that other villains weren't. For example, taking the time to beat the snot out of Naruto and several other prisoners when they can't even use their full strength since their strength has been taken away from them. That just seems low, even for an evil guy. But some things are revealed later about his 'true intentions' and even then, it's not that unique.
Ryuuzetsu – She was actually a much better character than I expected her to be. She stays beside Naruto for the majority of the movie, helping him out in any way she can, and surprisingly she wasn't a damsel in distress! A girl that can fight and doesn't cry over every little thing? Hell yes I want her in the movie!
Enjoyment & Overall: 7 (Good)
Even though parts of the movie were slow, it was definitely a step-up from the last Naruto movie! Better characters, better plot and better fighting than the 4th movie.
Was it everything I wanted it to be? No, I was really hoping for a more intense movie. But all together it was a decent movie.
If you're a Naruto fan, I'd recommend this movie to you. If not, then I doubt you would even consider watching it in the first place. But if by chance you haven't seen Naruto and just want to watch this movie for fun, I'd say that's most likely a bad idea, I can't guarantee you would enjoy it.
I'm glad I took the time to watch it though, I hope that if you watch this movie you will enjoy it as well.
As I've said previously in another review, I'm not a fan of Naruto films as they are really just one big filler. This one is ok, but it has it's faults.
Story - Naruto has been sent to prison for attacking the Raikage, well right off the bat thats just stupid, how would Naruto even know how to get to the Hidden Cloud Village let alone come up with an effective plan to attack the Raikage and succeed in killing him, how overpowered is the Raikage compared to Naruto? So some guy (Mui) put a seal on him and trys to suck his chakra out to
fill a box of dreams (...) and make a wish, well isn't that just dandy, why don't you throw in a magical cape which helps bowel disorders why don't you...You won't like the ending either, you'll just think the Hidden Leaf Village is stupid for not telling Naruto, he's not a moron as you all think. Would have been easier to just raid the prison.
Art - Typical Naruto art, same as always.
Sound - It's a good soundtrack better than the last films soundtrack anyway.
Character - I'm only addressing the movie characters; Mui is a unemotional idiot who looks to be the main bad guy but turns out he isn't, no real skill except the seal which in my opinion is just underhanded, fight fair fool. Ryuzetsu looks weird and you can't really tell if it's a girl or boy at first, has a really useless jutsu which makes levitating fire lanturns which do nothing. Finally there's Muku which turns into a monster with no original design, looked like Timcanpy (D.Grey-Man) crossed with a Shinigami from Death Note, not scary and too overpowered for a movie character, shouldn't need anymore than Killer Bee to take it down (stupid box of dreams - like I care what it's real name is).
Enjoyment - Prison idea was alright if Naruto was chasing a escapee from the Prison not if he was the prisoner, again does not make sense. Did not enjoy it.
Overall - Meh, it's ok, but the plot could of been better if they did my above idea as it would of made more sense in the Naruto world.
This is Naruto Shippuuden's 5th movie - i know I've seen all of the 4 but i barely remember what those were about... so i did not really have any high expectations for this one... but surprisingly, for me, this was really good...
Story, Art, Sound and Character would be a 7... but (my) Enjoyment and Overall score is an 8...
Story-wise there is really nothing new... Naruto gets thrown to prison since he was framed... he gets to meet the evil head of the facility (Mui)... he makes new friends while in prison... he gets to be his awesome self and then try to save
the day... typical Naruto arc, really... i must admit that at first i kinda got sleepy with all the talking going on... but then again, maybe i was just tired... anyway, once the story progressed, it got rather interesting... though there was 1 part where i was like 'oh okay, whatever'...
Art was same... if not kinda lazily drawn in some parts... i just noticed that Naruto had those 'chibi' moments... well, not bad and it's actually cute/funny... Sound was okay, since the only new thing for me will be the ending theme... w/c did not really strike my fancy...
Character development... hmmm... now, Naruto really took the spotlight this time... i mean, the other casts only got their screentime at the beginning and at the end of the movie... and the movie was an hour and forty-two minutes long!! i'm gonna be bias and say that i still love Naruto! nice job, kiddo! Mui was an annoying villain at first but i liked him in the end (so sad), the ANBU girl, Ryuzetsu, was okay... with her flashback, i already had an idea on what will happen in the end... Muku reminded me of Sasuke with his white skin and spikey hair... then there's Satori who in turn reminded me of Ryuk from DN...
Overall is an 8 since i thoroughly enjoyed the fight scenes... i guess i'm still not used to Naruto's sennin mode and the rasen shuriken... the action really saved this movie from being a total bore...
For me, this was the most entertaining/balanced NS movie... maybe because they were not really trying too hard? there was just a simple flow of the story - there were funny scenes, touching moments and exhilarating action - just the way i like my anime... :)
Lately Naruto has been a disappointment, with its endless amount of fillers in the series, and hoe slow the actual story is progressing is ridiculous. Blood prison, by far is the worst movie in the shippuden series. The movie had no special elements to it, really it just felt like a prolonged filler episode. At least with the other movies, there was a special rasengan to remember.
The story was well written. The whole suspense of why Naruto was being sent to prison, and who was framing him did grab my attention. How Naruto tries to escape during his stay at the prison does
show his will to never give up, it stays true to his character. As well as the schemes Naruto pulls to surprise the enemy and people around him.
There's a lot of improve that could have been done too the art. For starters, the main antagonist; the weird monster could have been better design. It seem like it was quickly wiped up, and it seemed like it was nothing out of the Naruto universe. In past movies, Naruto always finishes off the antagonist with a special rasengan , however in this movie, they just threw in the rasen shuriken, which was used in the last movie. It would have improved not only the art, the story as well if they put in a unique rasengan in the end.
Sound was no different from any other Naruto Movie/Series. All the same VA were used, so no one sounded off. All the VA used for the movie character filled their character, so nothing seem off.
The characters in the movie were well done as well. All the characters from the series stayed true to themselves, and the ones introduced in the movies fitted their design and voice. The only thing that bothered me was how Ryuuzetsu's eyes seemed like she had rinnegan. Nothing big, but since she had a kekkei genkai, they should have design something more unique.
My overall enjoyment was really caught on in the beginning. The suspense of who was trying to frame Naruto was what really caught my attention. Once the climax hit though, that's where I started to lose focus. The battle sequence at the end was not really impressive. What I was hoping to see was Naruto using his fox coat ability, but it fell short to sage mode. Summoning Chief Toad did give a kick a excitement.
I've been a Naruto fan for quite some bit now, and having watched all the previous movies, there are some standards set for them. First is the unique rasengan. What really got me into the movies is how they would have Naruto do a unique rasengan to finish off the movie. How they use a repeat jutsu, and now a frequent use in the series really dropped the score. What really got me into giving the movie a lower score is how, they build up the suspense, and throw you a curve ball at the end with a poorly design final boss, and how they wrap things up. If your a long time fan like me, you may not enjoy watching the movie as well, but if you just picked up Naruto, the movie might be more bearable.