Naruto: The Cross Roads

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Synonyms: Naruto's 10th Anniversary
Japanese: ナルト サ・クロスローズ


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2009
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 27 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.791 (scored by 2372023,720 users)
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Ranked: #48992
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Popularity: #2859
Members: 51,522
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The operation to find a missing person goes awry when Kakashi Hatake falls victim to a suspicious trap and gets separated from his students Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno. To make matters worse, the trio is ambushed by mysterious ninjas who capture Sakura, prompting Naruto and Sasuke to give chase.

As the two boys engage in a dangerous battle, not even Sasuke's troubling discovery about the mission can deter them from their endeavor to reunite the team and accomplish their task.

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Naruto manga serialization, the spin-off premiered at the 2009 Jump Festa Anime Tour. It used the same CGI graphics as featured in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm game.

Although the OVA's story takes place as early as Naruto's episode 19, it also contains a scene set in between two of Naruto: Shippuden's arcs: the end of "Fated Battle Between Brothers" and the beginning of "Five Kage Summit," or from episodes 144 to 197 respectively.

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Miyata, Yuka
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Kishimoto, Masashi
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Sep 19, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Unlike other Naruto Special/OVA episodes that feel kind of slow, this one moves at a nice pace. The Cross Roads managed to keep me interested all the way through and I was very happy to see that it's pretty much like a normal episode... Except for the art. This one is not animated like your typical Naruto episode. It has somewhat of a 3D-ish style to it. Although I'm usually not that big of a fan of this style, I thought it looked decent and it wasn't much of a problem when you got into the action.

I had only a few issues with The Cross ...
May 10, 2020
With specials or OVAs I'm open to different things and adjust my expectations accordingly. I'm okay with the classic slice of life episodes and am also fine with the ones that add further characterization or plot depth. But with these varying expectations, the common thread is always a sense of value added--the sense that this is something that contributes an additional element I can enjoy outside of the main series.

This does not have that expected value added. It's not a slice of life, and it also doesn't add anything to the current characters and plot, though it does attempt to do the latter. It ...
Nov 5, 2018
Mixed Feelings
As a celebration for the 10th year of Naruto's serialization, the OVA under the title of “Naruto: The Cross Roads” was released on the 12th October 2009 that offers something different as far as the Naruto releases go.
This time around, with a flashback centered story all in a style that settles between the classic 2D and 3D animations, and it actually doesn't feel as bad as it sounds, but it was never about animation alone, unless you're just like the brats dropping their jaws whenever they spot colors, that's the power of visual, and it's easily deceiving.

- Story (6.0/10):
Before diving in into the story dissection, ...

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