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.
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.
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.
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.
Naruto: Movie 2 - Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo! starts out better than the first movie. In fact, I thought the beginning really showed promise. Narutos first encounter with Temujin was really exciting and a really cool idea. That's really where the fun ended for me, and then the choice of story and characters lost me through the middle of the movie. I found this particular movie had a lot of potential compared to the first one, but I feel it fell flat and was a little bit of a let down. Even though I went in expecting a bad movie, it found a way
to get my hopes up and then smash them again.
Like the other movies, this one doesn't fit in with the original story very well. It is a mediocre story, but I liked it a little more than the first movie. It was lacking in a lot of areas, but it did have a really interesting premise. I loved the fact that there was an armored fighter from another land (I mean that's the whole reason I gave this movie a try), and his first encounter with Naruto was pretty fun to watch. Though from there I found the story to be a little dry, and I was quite frankly bored at times. It's art and sound were ok, and I was a big fan of Gaara at that time so I was curious what they would do with him, but all in all it wasn't what I had hoped for. Thanks to this movie I ended up skipping the third from the original "Naruto" series.
Let me be clear in that this is 100% a filler/side story and it's not for everyone. My advice is to look at the list of characters in this movie and decide if they are characters you can watch no matter what. Keep in mind that like the last few seasons of the original series, this is mediocre at best compared to the canon story that everyone loves. I advise passing, but again, it depends on how tolerable you are to side stories.
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.
I really enjoy these first three Naruto films. In many ways, they encapsulate what I personally wish the series was and emphasize the qualities of Naruto that I enjoy while downplaying that which turned me away from the series in the end. The way these films expand the universe while giving side characters a lot to do is just great!
The plot is fairly similar to the other two Naruto films - Naruto, Sakura, and a third team member (Shikamaru in this case) find themselves ensnared in a conflict that existed before they came along, and now Naruto must address this conflict due to his heroic/idealistic
nature. This time, the plot also brings in the Sand Siblings, very welcome additions. Gaara vs that one lightning girl was particularly great.
Temujin is a fairly bland character on his own merits, basically being a stand-in for Sasuke, who is not in this film. However, I enjoyed him nonetheless mainly because I enjoy the aesthetics of knights, and his fighting style made him seem unique in this world of ninjas and trickery. The antagonists are also fairly unremarkable, apart from the fact that they have transformations based off of classic monsters (werewolf, vampire, and some kind of ogre thing?). The big bad in particular is very lame in my opinion. The fight pacing and coreography was so good though. It's very fast-paced and kinetic, and the characters don't spend ten minutes plus on talking in between blows, nothing like the actual series. Plus, the movies don't bother going into maudlin backstories for the villains, and the heroes actually kill their enemies, as you would expect ninja to. Even Sakura gets a good fight!
To me, these movies are great, and I recommend them to all fans of Naruto. This one is my favorite due to my bias for knights and whatnot, but the first and third Naruto films are similar in quality to this one. I never watched any of the Shippuden films so idk how those are. But to me, these films really capture an great sense of adventure and worldbuilding without getting caught up in the melodramatic quagmire that Shippuden later sinks into.
This is the second Naruto movie, made around the time the dreaded fillers began. You can clearly see how the franchise is starting to saturate by now and just rehashes the same old stuff just for the sake of making them and keeping up with a dying trend. As far as movies go, you can of course expect far better production values and flashier battles than the main series, along with much less effort to tell a story or have interesting characters. Other than that, it is just another passable filler mission.
The basic plot is about our heroes trying to stop the members of a
mechanical ship from getting their hands on some magic stones of immerse power that will help them rule the world. So in a way it is like a rehash of what the Akatsuki want in the main series, although in a much cheaper and boring way. Later on you get some Nausicaa vibes, as if they are trying to pass a anti-war, pro-ecology message regarding the power of the stones but it is all completely dried up.
I guess the makers received complaints about the first movie having too much plot and not enough action and as such sacrificed everything for an 80% action flick with cheesy drama. “The kids who watch this don’t care about dramatic princesses, they just want to see action” is what they told them. Thus they replace a character with some basic interest such as a frail girl like Yukihime with an emo fighter boy named Temujin. They also try to have as less twists as possible that will eat up precious screen time from the action, and thus you get this cheesefest. I liked the part with the filming in the first movie for offering something slightly smart in the otherwise straightforward story. But this “in your face” plot is just boring and on top of that one of the same as always when it comes to the themes of Naruto. Emo kids with tragic childhoods fighting for a better future is something you get all the time in the main series so there is no innovation here; unlike what they did with the first movie and apparently were scolded for it. Some of course may say there is some innovation because there is a blending of other civilizations and technology. Seriously, the villains appear to be European knights who transform to European monsters, their weaponry appears to be steampunk, and the village near the ruins has murals that resemble those of the Aztecs. Well I was not convinced all these fit in the setting. I got the part how the mechanical ship is supposed to symbolize the westerners invading Japan but it wasn’t relevant to the plot. And what the devil are Aztecs doing in a Japanese-like world?
Anyways, Temujin is a very boring character and just a slight variation of practically half the other moody characters in the show. The other 3 villains are shallow as hell and you just don’t care about them either. As for the good guys, aside from Naruto they are all there just because the movie is supposed to be mostly action and needed more people to fill in the fights. Furthermore, the scriptwriter didn’t care much for the canon teams and picked the characters based on popularity and not on proper team structure. So we get Shikamaru without the others of his team and Gaara with Kanguro without the girl of their team. Sadly, the real protagonist of the show, Gaysuke, is now gone from the main team and could not be present, and even Kakashi is no longer their leader to be present with his coolness. And even sadder than that, there is absolutely no attempt to somehow bridge what is going in the story with some canon character. Remember how Kakashi had ties with Snow Country and was giving off a feeling of familiarity? Well forget that, over here we get this ancient civilization nobody knew anything about and some village nobody had ties to. Plus they threw in Europe and South America for kicks. Basically, they didn’t even try, because trying means adding some context which makes the target audience (10 year old kids) to have to think and makes them bored. Unless of course telling them once again how the monstrous westerners invaded the super cool ninja country that is Japan counts as educational. Anyways, they are there for the action and not for the story.
As far as the action goes it is spectacular for the year it was made. There is so much of it, and it is all pretty dynamic and cool for a shonen anime. Definitely much more exciting than the first film and basically the only thing it did better than it. It still ends the usual way though (Rasengan on the villain’s face and Naruto giving his motivational monologue to the emo kid that makes everything feel right). Down to it I liked the movie for the action and disliked everything else. A very passable and forgettable chapter in the franchise.
The only problem I had with this movie were the characters and the plotline. I'll try to explain without any spoilers. (Keep in mind that a review is the reviewer's opinion and that you should make your own decision.)
While the new characters ones were okay, there were a few times in the movie when their actions either didn't make much sense or were at odds with what was happening around them.
However, most of the strange behavior seemed to be intertwined the plot holes. By plot holes, I refer to the numerable questions raised by the actions of the characters and the environment around them. Particularly
the end scene with all of the deaths, the unexplained non-deaths, "where the hell did all that paper come from", as well as the odd(and in my opinion) unreasonable reactions of quite a few characters.
(I get that they're ninja, but Naruto is still a kid and a very empathetic one at that. Why did he not react when he saw all those bodies? Then again, that may mainly be the fault of the artists.)
ALSO, there are lots of unanswered questions( some relate to the plot holes). A few examples of those are:
- How did ******* live after he was mortally wounded?
- What is the Stone of Gelel? I get that it's powerful, but what is it?
- How did ******* suddenly understand his heritage despite the truth of it never being directly stated?
- Why don't the newcomers know about chakra?
- Why did they have ***** ****** inside of them?
There are a ton more questions that, if answered, would of prevented some major confusion and fixed a few plot holes. But, you will have no idea what I'm talking about since you haven't watched the movie...
So, overall, I liked this. (I giggled almost constantly due to my twisted sense of humor.) But, the confusion and plot holes lowered the enjoyment drastically. I am rating this a 6 because, despite its flaws, it was decent. The plot was acceptable, the fight scenes were awesome, and both Gaara and Kankuro were there.
P.S. As a hopeless fan, Gaara and Kankuro(mostly Gaara) are the main reasons that I rated this movie as "fair"(6) and not "mediocre"(5). (Their fight scenes were pretty amazing.)
This is a second movie of Naruto series.It's about a royal family member in search for stones,which have to be used to create utopia.In story he crosses Naruto and his friends.Then the battle begins...
For Me Naruto: Movie 2 - Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo! was a great thing.It was far better from firt movie and the story was really enjoyable so those 2hours did not went to trash.We have here ninja fighting with new kind of power,hope,dreams etc.If you are Naruto fan it is obligation to see it!
Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)
Directed by: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
Naruto, Sakura, and Shikamaru are assigned a mission to return a ferret named Nerugui to an old man. They have tough encounters along the way and are faced against a man named Temujin who believes and trusts in Master Haido, a man who aims for a Utopia, a world with peace and no wars at all. However, this is nothing but to lure Temujin into his plans of catching the Stones of Gelel and using them for evil. Once he realizes this, he teams up with Naruto and defeats
Haido. They survive and return to their goals to strive to make a better life. A great story but the first 30 minutes or so of the movie are just plain boring. The middle and especially the ending is fantastic. A great but slowly paced story.
The art is fantastic as it always is. Masashi Kishimoto is one of my all-time favorite Mangaka and this movie having a much bigger budget than the TV series allow the film to have even more beautiful quality animation.
Sound (8/10): The ending theme is fantastic and the film score is great but unlike the first Naruto movie, none of the TV music is used in the film which is very disappointing. A great soundtrack nonetheless.
Character (5/10): Temujin and Naruto have great character development. Aside from that, we are left with boring moments that leave our most beloved Naruto characters one-dimensional, even more so than the first movie. The only really not so great part of the movie.
Enjoyment (7/10): I enjoyed this movie very much but not as much as the first. Great art, music, and a decent story. I just wish there was more character development. I still love Naruto and I enjoyed this movie quite much.
Overall (7/10): A decent Naruto film. Good, but not the best. I recommend this to people that grew up with Naruto like I did or people who are just anime casuals or die-hard Naruto fans. Not for the elitists though. 7/10.
So I watched the second Naruto film having watched the anime series.
The beginning was very slow and very like a Naruto filler. However as the film continued it did begin to attract my attention. The story has some meaning, suprisingly so, it's about utopia and if war/sacrifices are necessary to achieve it, which is a quite a philosophical theme. It actually made me think on my own thoughts about good and bad which is something I never expected in a Naruto film would make me do! I thought it was good this topic was addressed, especially considering a large majority of the audience are
quite young and the film sets a good example.
As for the art, I would say some scenes really excelled over the anime series, however overall it was very fair and nothing to get excited about. I would say the same for sound.
In terms of characterisation, the film doesn't really develope the series characters and the new character Temujin had a kind of Sasuke feel to him, saying this he was quite likeable and I found myself rooting him on but he just lacked originality.
Oddly, I found myself enjoying the film but I guess that's because I've been watching Naruto for a long time and I know how deal with fillerish moments. If you can do the same then I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.