Anime in 200 Words: Naruto Movie 1
Premise: An action film is being made about a princess in danger, and a team that includes Naruto is hired to protect the lead actress during filming.
Required Viewing: Just enough Naruto to know the main cast; through the Zabuza saga would be more than enough.
The Team: Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, and Sasuke
Quality: This story feels like an average story arc, without any flashbacks or recaps. The plot’s definitely better than any given filler arc or story, but that’s not really saying much.
Action: The fights aren’t intense as much as large. The one with the train sticks out to me as being more difficult than most because of the number of people involved and the size of the battlefield, but some 1 on 1 battles in Naruto are far more gripping.
Perks: There was a plot twist, which was actually pretty good for Naruto. Not earth shaking, but it did make things more complicated.
Overall: It’s a good movie, especially for a spin off from a successful franchise, and unlike the OVAs, it’s actually enjoyable at times! If you’re looking for more Naruto action, this movie’s actually a pretty safe bet.