Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura are executing their mission of delivering a lost pet to a certain village. However, right in the midst of things, troops led by the mysterious knight, Temujin, attack them. In the violent battle, the three become separated. Temujin challenges Naruto to a fight and at the end of the fierce battle, both fall together from a high cliff. Furthermore, Shikamaru, having been left behind, beholds a giant moving fortress as it appears before his very eyes. In order to get a grasp on the situation, he infiltrates the fortress by himself, however once there he witnesses a frightening sight...
By definition, “Utopia” is simple in context, but every individual has their own take on what their Promised Land truly is. How far must we reach to obtain tranquility, and what must we sacrifice to reach that goal?
In a land where despair and hope are in constant conflict, Naruto, along with Sakura and Shikamaru, are thrown into a power struggle between a hypocritical faction creating their own path to peace and the world around them. By showcasing pleasing animation and a handful of new, plausible characters, we are once again served a modest helping of a series that has marked its place in anime history.
Complexity in a plot can have its problems, especially when the writers are restricted to a movie’s worth of time to draw out the intricacies in the story. What starts as a straightforward mission to catch and deliver a ferret soon turns into a, well, complicated mess. With little time to focus on the development of the characters, we are left with just a fluky plot and a handful of neatly animated battles that, most of the time, weren’t all that impressive.
Naruto, Sakura, and Shikamaru shine as three stand out characters from the main series, and luckily, their audacity carries over to the film to slightly make up for the poorly executed new characters. We’re introduced to an organization owned by Haido, a deceptive man wishing to create a world without war by using the Vein of Gelel, an ancient source of ultimate power. A quickly detestable character who's role can be easily pinned from the start, Haido offers nothing unique to the story other than the cliches that follow his position.
Temujin, one of Haido’s henchmen and also a main protagonist of the story, is one of the only redeeming aspects of the movie. As one of the only (somewhat) developed characters in the film, we learn of his troubled past and his own concept of what it takes to achieve “Utopia”. The other henchwomen include Fugai, Kamina, and Ranke, who serve no purpose other than to show off some interesting animation quirks during the fight sequences.
What can be said in a positive light is that the art and sound of Naruto’s second movie is very nice to look at and hear. While staying true to the series, the art and sound are a step up from what we see on the big screen every weekend. Overall, it’s nothing overly spectacular or out of the box, but the time put in paid off. You’ll especially see the great production values in the handful of fights where a lot of attention was given to details.
It is hard to say whether Naruto: Legend of the Stone of Gelel actually answered the questions lingering in our heads, but we do get to experience an interesting character study, to some degree. The story is nothing worth mentioning, but philosophically we are left with a treat, whether or not a “Utopia” can ever exist or if a “necessary sacrifice” is something acceptable is left to the viewer. read more
I came into Naruto Movie 2: Dai Gekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo! with low expectations due to how much the first movie sucked but it turned out a little better than I have expected.
The story of Naruto movie 2 begins with a big battle with Gaara, Kankuro, and the sand village people fighting against mysterious armored soldiers. It then cuts to Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura on a mission to catch a ferret but are soon interrupted by the mysterious armored soldiers. In terms of story, this movie beats the first movie's story but not by much. I found the story to be boring and predictable at many moments but it does attempt to keep the viewer in it by making battles happen left and right. The movie still keeps the trend of the first movie by incorporating modern things in it even though the anime's setting says otherwise and examples of this is a giant moving fortress made out of metal that has a gigantic drill in the front of it, small containment capsules, and a machine that are able to track things down. The story introduces a new things called gegel stones that supposedly can make a utopia even though the origin of the gegel stone clearly explains that people who used it went insane with power and killed each other which doesn't make any sense for Temujin to think that it will make a utopia and surprise, surprise, what do you think happens?
Art and Animation: (6/10)
The art in this movie was good and the character designs managed to stay consistent much more than the first movie. There were some interesting visual scenes during Kankuro's battle with one of the villains of the movie. The animation for this movie was definitely a step up from the last movie and the anime.
The soundtrack in this movie was very forgettable with the best song being the ending song. For some reason the movie used a song that sounds very similar to "The Raising Fighting Spirit" which is Naruto's main theme in the anime and it makes me question why they didn't use that one instead of this new version.
The characters definitely aren't the best part of the movie. First off, like always, we have Naruto who is always being an idiot with his shenanigans and is fueled with nakama power to beat any foe that comes his way. Next we have Shikamaru new to group which I'm thinking is because the movie takes place during the time in the anime when Sasuke goes with Orochimaru. Shikimaru does contribute to the plot somewhat but is mostly used for whenever the team needs to fight. Sakura is still the character that doesn't contribute anything to the plot and is used when the team needs to fight. Then we have other newcomers which are Gaara and Kankuro. Their whole role in the movie is to be more allies for Naruto so they can fight off the other villains and are usually put standing around in the background so the creators could remind us that they are still in the movie. Then we have the main character of the movie who is named Temujin. For the most part he is a pretty well developed character with how much backstory we are given about him but my main problem with him is how much he is an idiot. Examples of this is how he follows the people who think that the gegel stones will lead to a utopia even though the whole origin of the stone is explained to him and near the end of the movie he starts to realize all the destruction he has done when in the past we are told that him and the group he is in had destroyed an entire village and even then he still didn't realize how much destruction he has caused? I mean, c'mon. Finally, we have the villains which there isn't really much to say other than that they are very underdeveloped.
The action scenes were cool to look at and there was some amount of character development.
Naruto Movie 2: Dai Gekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo! is an clear improvement on the previous movie but it still lacks many things for itself to be good.
This movie was... meh. The second Naruto movie is worse than the first, in my opinion.
Let's start with the art and sound. The art was definetely better than the anime but... it wasn't as good as the first movie, at least that's the way I feel like. I liked the soundtrack more than the first movie, that I can say. It's still not as good as the anime but then again, the anime's soundtrack is just amazing. The action is decent.
Now we get to the story. Mediocre. It has some interesting philosophical thought but it fails to deliver it properly. The story's pacing is a bit meh and it feels kind of... out of place. It is explained well enough, I suppose. It is just rather boring and painfully cliched. Characters are made to look mostly one-dimensional and that kid with the armor and stuff is actually quite boring. I find his character not very well executed. The ending is just ridiculous. I really want to explain why but there shouldn't be any spoilers. Look, it's just... you get the drill. Bad. I didn't really care much about the story as the character development was bad and it was just overall "Cool shit. :/".
Considering all of the above, Naruto Movie 2: Dai Gekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo! is mediocre. It was mostly a drag, the beginning was alright but it didn't get better, only worse. It's not a bad movie, just average.read more
As some of you know the Naruto movies aren't anything special but that's not to say you can't enjoy them right?
First off i'll say i did enjoy this a bit more than the first movie, the action was a bit better and the story wasn't predictable compared to the first. That doesn't mean the story is anything that special but it worked and i was somewhat interested and overall i enjoyed watching it. The plot is nothing crazy, it didn't have any plot twists or unexpected events but it was a thorough and solid story without any plot holes.
The animation looked better this time around too, obviously because technology improves every year but like I said it was better. The characters moved alot more fluently and the action scenes looked smoother, the environments stood out to me as looking alot more detailed and lush as well. The soundtrack wasn't anything good, quite forgettable actually but i'm not expecting much from a movie after all...Still i can't tell if it was simply underused or just not good. The overall sounds were good, all of the overall sound effects sounded crisp and clear and it was pleasant to listen to in headphones.
The characters were good, some of my favorite scenes had to do with Gaara and Kankuro who acted as guests. I like both of these characters so it was nice to see them in the movie and not underused, watching Gaara and Kankuro fight was very cool to see considering Gaara has some of the strongest jutsu in the original series. Naruto, Sakura and Shikamaru acted as the main characters and it worked as always. Shikamaru didn't do much but he had his moments and he's a nice presence. The Antagonists this time around impressed me more than the last, even though i knew ultimately Naruto was going to win. This time though, it did feel more intense and the villians gave Naruto and the others much more of a struggle. The end fight especially stood out as being the best part of the movie, Naruto did something that i won't spoil with his Rasengan that was actually really cool. The one thing that bothered me though was the whole "utopia" idea that acted as the bad guys plan. In short, they wanted to make the world a peaceful utopia by using this "thing" that the plot revolved around. The peace aspect is nothing new, but the utopia idea felt kinda out of place. Even the antagonists armor and technology felt out of place, however it had a nice aesthetic to it and it looked cool so i will give it that.
Overall it was a solid plot, nothing left unanswered and no plot holes. The characters were good as usual, Gaara and Kankuro were nice editions and the new characters were cool and did what they needed to do. The animation was very good and it sounded great despite the mediocre soundtrack. The story wasn't anything incredible but it wasn't predictable and i was entertained throughout. The action scenes were all very well executed, they were unique and didn't drag on and didn't feel too short. There were some nice light hearted moments as always that made for a good touch. In all, I enjoyed it. If you're a fan of Naruto you'll enjoy it, if you don't like the anime then this isn't gonna change your mind. Nevertheless, fans of the show you would enjoy yourselves just as i did as long as you don't expect anything extraordinary.