The village of Konoha is hosting a free-for-all ninja tournament, where the participants fight each other to the best of their skills. As the preliminaries begin and the village turns into a battlefield, Naruto eagerly rushes off for a chance to have a go against Kakashi, and heated match ups abound as people with similar ideas find their opponents of choice. Meanwhile, the less enthusiastic ninjas take it easy. A silly tournament is no reason to miss an afternoon nap or a bowl or a dozen of ramen, after all. Who will collect enough crystals to advance to the main tournament?
This short, from my understanding, comes with one of the Naruto video games. As a short, it isn't the greatest, but as bonus content on a video game, it's kind of cool. It helps set up the situation behind the game. However, because of this short being set up for a game, it doesn't come to a real conclusion. I kind of want to play the game, just so I can get a real conclusion, but I don't have the time or money to get a new video game at the moment. So, I guess in that sense, the short does well in making you want to play the game. The animation was on par with the rest of the series, as was the music, and it was fun seeing a lot of clashes between various ninjas. I'm not sure how much I believe an event like this would actually happen, but it was a nice explanation for a fighting game. I guess what I'm really saying was that this OVA wasn't the greatest when it comes to story, but it holds up a little better than it normally would because of the game its attached to.
Anime in 200 Words: Narutimate Hero 3 OVA Premise: A free-for-all tournament is held in the Hidden Leaf Village. Any ninja may challenge any other regardless of skill level. Genin against jonin, ANBU against Chunin- it’s all fair game. Audience: People who watched Naruto, though they don’t need to be further than the Chunin Exams in order to know everyone. Perks: There are definitely some entertaining battles in this OVA- Neji and Sasuke’s battles are my favorites, but they aren’t pursued to their full potential due to time limits. Still, as Naruto OVAs go, this is one of the better ones. Story: There isn’t really one; this is an excuse to have new battles. Don’t expect more than a skeleton plot here. Problems: This OVA also has a substantial amount of Naruto’s near misses and their comedic effect. If you enjoy laughing at his expense, great, but if you get tired of seeing the same gag repeated excessively, you’re likely to get annoyed. Overall: This is a pretty good Naruto OVA, but that’s not saying much. There was enough potential here for this to have been several episodes, because they did a good job at matching shinobi for these battles.
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