In the midst of another dull and routine mission, Naruto finds himself in a battle with a mysterious knight, who possesses an even more mysterious power! Meanwhile, an invading army from across the sea gets into a fight with the Sand ninjas; but what is their motive? Naruto and the gang must now protect a wandering tribe who guard an ancient secret, engage in fast paced ninja action and keep up with their usual silly antics, ultimately leading to a dramatic conclusion where, once again, the old adage is proven true: "Never trust a man in a moving castle."
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.
This movie is really average. Story isn't directly related to main series. The plot is becomming more complicated cause of the moral dilemma of "Utopia", which has dark secret. Story is engaging, but still predictable.
So, this film focused a lot on medieval vibes/setting and the introduction of new characters even though most of the main Naruto cast were there. Honestly, I didn't mind new characters although, I really didn't understand the whole idea of the medieval take on it. Maybe the creators wanted to add something more to Naruto however, in my opinion it was just straying futher away from the Naruto universethan it should have. Which is maybe what the creators wanted for a change but, I don't think the fan base did. But, I do feel like the newly introduced characters and the story would have worked well as a separate anime altogether. In conclusion, it wasn't a bad film, just not one you would expect from this franchise.
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