Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! is the first special ever created for Naruto, and was shown at the Jump Festa 2003. We can say (almost affirm) that this was the first attempt to exploit this highly successful anime...
Located after the land of the waves saga, but before the chunin exams, the story is about how Konohamaru falls for Kaede, a girl that, sadly, is moving from the village. To avoid this, Konohamaru asks Naruto to help him in the search for the crimson four-leaf clover, which according to the legend, is able to fulfill any wish. Unfortunately, this magic
clover is in Akagahara, better known as "that damn forest where the second chunin exam happens". That means, danger and traps everywhere. But fear not, Sasuke and Sakura will eventually go and help, so nobody will die :P.
Visually, this special is fine, nothing spectacular, just like one of the first episodes of the anime. Same with the sound.
But everything written above could be known simply by reading the synopsis and looking at the date of publication. The only important question that you, my reader, should be having now is... This thing worth it? Well, this is a clear example of what people see, with terror, as filler. FILLER. I know that almost every special can be seen as filler, but this one is in the bad sense of the word. We can say there are good filler and bad filler. Good filler: see Kakashi's face (silly ep, but funny). Bad filler: remember the curry thing? Well, this special would be in the middle (closest to the bad side): this isn't a good episode on its own (it was very early in the story, so there weren't much ninja techniques... or characters... or ideas), but it's not as bad as the baddest, unwatchable, eye-ripping fillers (and is only seventeen minutes long, so it's bearable). I recommend this only for the (very) fans. The special Battle at the Hidden Falls is longer, with better quality and more content/fights. Without being and outstanding special either, i find it more recommendable.
Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! es el primer especial/OVA creado de Naruto, y fue exhibido en el Jump Festa del 2003. La verdad, se nota que este fue el primer intento de explotar este exitosísimo anime...
Ubicada después de la saga del país de las olas, pero antes de los exámenes chunin, la historia trata de cómo Konohamaru se enamora de Kaede, una chica que se está mudando de la aldea. Para evitarlo, Konohamaru le pide a Naruto que lo ayude a buscar el trébol carmesí de cuatro hojas, que según la leyenda, es capaz de cumplir cualquier deseo. Por desgracia, dicho trébol se encuentra en Akagahara, mejor conocida como “el bosque del segundo examen chunin”. O sea, peligro y trampas por todos lados....
A nivel técnico, tanto visual como sonido, este especial es correcto, pero nada espectacular: tiene la misma calidad de uno de los primeros capítulos del anime.
Pero todo lo escrito anteriormente podía saberse simplemente leyendo la sinopsis y viendo la fecha de publicación. La pregunta que deben estar planteándose es... ¿esto vale la pena?. La verdad.... esto es un ejemplo de lo que la gente considera, con terror, filler. FILLER. Podemos decir que hay filler bueno y filler malo. Filler bueno: ver la cara de Kakashi (tonto, pero gracioso, y disfrutable). Filler malo: curry de la vida (catástrofe). Se entiende? Bueno, este especial estaría en el medio (pero más cerca del lado malo): la verdad es que en sí mismo no es un buen episodio (era un momento muy temprano de la trama, así que no había mucha técnica ninja disponible... ni personajes... ni ideas, parece...), pero tampoco es que uno quiera arrancarse los ojos después de verlo (son solamente 17 minutos, así que es aguantable). Recomendable solo para los (muy) fanáticos de Naruto. El especial Batalla en la cascada oculta es más largo, de mejor calidad, y pasan más cosas (sin ser tampoco tremendamente espectacular), por lo que me parece más recomendable.
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 15, 2013. Supplemental Review: Naruto OVA: Find the Crimson Four Leaf Clover
You may or may not have heard about this OVA, but lets Find the Crimson Four Leaf Clover. As ridiculous as that sounds.
Konohamaru, The grandson of the 3rd Hokage, finally has a crush on a girl, but he has a big problem...she is soon to be moving away from the Hidden Leaf Village. Konohamaru, trying to make her stay, seeks out the legendary crimson four-leaf clover, which is rumored to grant one wish.
To be technical, this is a Studio Pierrot production and this was the first OVA to
Naruto. This OVA first released at an expo called “Jump Festa” or the Shonen Jump Festival. Chances are that if you first saw Naruto’s Japanese version Fansubbed, If you are not that savvy when it comes to technical stuff like extra material to certain anime (which is a big “if”) chances are that you may have never heard of this OVA. All I can say is that the animation is decent in the show but a bit cheaply made. It looks just like the TV show and usually OVA’s are top notch at times when it comes to animation. Oh, but wait till you see the movies if you haven’t seen them yet. Apparently, This OVA takes place right after the Land of Waves arc (out of popular belief by fans). Again, the animation to this OVA isn’t really anything to write home about.
The music is by the same group of people that did the music for the show. The themes are placed where you would expect them too. Again, nothing to write home about since it’s the same music from the show. This OVA was released back in 2003, a year after the show started airing. The music is ok in this OVA, but nothing special.
When it comes to voice acting, Don’t expect me to talk about the dub here because there is no English Dub to this OVA. For some reason, Viz did not pick this OVA up. The voice acting is just as fine like the show, so I won’t go into detail about this.
Here’s yet another thing that’s nothing special… The characters. With this OVA being 17 minutes long, there’s no need to mention character development since this is a special after all. Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Konohamaru are fine. Kaede (only in this OVA) is fine. Too bad that she only gets little screentime. Nothing much happens with the characters, moving on!
The plot to this OVA is really ridiculous. What’s worse is that this OVA adds nothing to the story or the franchise. Whatever happened in this OVA is not mentioned again anywhere in the rest of the series. There really isn’t anything that needs to be said. If you want to watch this OVA for completion’s sake. Be my guest. If you are looking for something decent. Feel free to watch this. Just don’t expect anything much to come from this OVA. It’s not the worst thing I’ve seen from the series, but there was much...much worse later on. What would that be? The fucking Naruto Fillers.
The first Naruto OVA was never released stateside, the only way to experience this is by watching it online.
With all that said, even though the first Naruto OVA is only 17 minutes long. The animation, music, and characters get a free pass since it doesn’t add anything to the series. But the plot to this OVA is ridiculous that it may not impress much to whoever views it. It is a decent viewing but nothing more.
I give the first Naruto OVA a 4.7 out of 10. it is NOT REALLY GOOD!
Specials are never really "good" but they can and should be enjoyable. They should be funny and a sort of comic relief. I usually like the Naruto specials, but I couldn't stand this one.
The story focuses around Konohamaru and Naruto searching for a secret wish-granting clover that will hopefully prevent Konohamaru's crush from moving away from the village. I personally loathe Konohamaru as a character and find him exceptionally annoying. The jokes were lame and the artwork was worse than the parent story. If you're trying to watch a Naruto special, I recommend any other than this, as this was probably the worst that I
So, this is the very first Naruto special. Much like every Naruto special, it shows the same characters outside the main plot, aiming for fun purposes only.
As for the story, it can be summed up in only one word: filler. Since this special has no connection what-so-ever to the main plot of the original anime, it shouldn't be taken very seriously. It's main purpose is to show your favourite characters from Naruto in a different set-up and make you laugh.
The characters are the very same and keep on being awesome. Of course, there is no room for any development, but it is meant to be
that way, since that's not the objective of this special.
When it comes to the art nothing changes; it is the same as the art in the main anime. The same goes for the awesome and cheerful soundtrack.
Well, as this special's goal is comedy in the form of a random adventure, enjoyment is pretty much guaranteed (unless you hate the original anime and the characters), so you can expect some ridiculously stupid situations and some laughs.
I think that people that watched/are watching Naruto will enjoy this special since it shows us one more of Naruto's crazy and stupid adventures. Since it is only 17 minutes long, time wasting issues shouldn't be a problem (which isn't the case for most of the usual fillers... -.-)
Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! --> 5/10