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Anime in 200 Words: Naruto Movie 2

Premise: A country tries to build a utopia, but they’re hiding a dark secret. Naruto and his friends try to fix the problems and save the day.

Required Viewing: This movie takes place before the chunin exam, but you won’t know who the Sand genin are without watching that arc. It’s your call, but I recommend watching the exams, just to be safe.

The Team: Shikamaru, Sakura, Naruto, Gaara, and Kankuro

Perks: The movie’s got a decent story, though it’s rather predictable. Like the first Naruto movie, there’s more content here than in the filler seasons.

Problems: There are few characters that are familiar, which causes a lot of screen time for people who are unfamiliar.

Story: A simple plot becomes more complicated; the moral dilemma of utopia and forced pacifism are actually memorable. These are pretty big issues for Naruto!

WTF: There’s a weird Sasuke moment, similar to the ones used to boost ratings in later seasons. Not a fan.

Overall: This is definitely a better movie than most anime films, and one of the most thought-provoking stories to come out of Naruto. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s an enjoyable diversion.

6.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
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