Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja

Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
4.027 out of 5 from 12,469 votes
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Naruto the orphan has always wanted a family, while recently Sakura has wished her overbearing parents would give her some space. So when the villainous Madara sneaks into the village and banishes them to a parallel world, the pair sees their desires come true in a way they never thought possible! In this alternate Konoha, Shino hates bugs, Hinata is an aggressive hot-head, and Sasuke is a laid-back playboy - not to mention Naruto and Sakura's lives are switched! His parents are suddenly alive and well, and she's the orphan turned village hero. After a short time, Sakura sees the folly of her ways and is ready to try to find a way to return; but now that Naruto has everything he's ever wanted, he'll have to decide if perception really can trump reality.

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This is the ninth Naruto movie, made around the time when the Ninja War began. The main idea behind the plot is interesting, as Naruto and Sakura are sent to an alternative dimension where there is no war. That is supposed to show what Madara plans to do if he plan succeeds and thus excuse his satanic plans.   Sadly this is still a kids’ show, thus the whole thing ends up being nothing more than a badly written fanfic. I mean, really, you are watching this just because you are aware of how one-dimensional everybody is and want to laugh with a “what if” anecdote. You are presented with an alternative dimension where everyone is supposed to act differently and all you get is them acting in the exact opposite way than they do in the normal world. Hell, they don’t even wear different clothes. Do you know what that means? That the Naruto cast is so simple in personality that the only way they could be presented any differently is by reversing the one and only character trait which defined them. Hell, in some cases that trait couldn’t even be reversed and all they did is removing it. Like, the dog dude now being bad with dogs, the insect dude hating insects, and the scroll girl being bad with scrolls. And that doesn’t even happen with all the characters as many others such as the Akatsuki (yes they are present too) have retained their personality for no given reason.   What makes it even worse is that the script was not written by some retarded 10 year old narutard but by the very creator of the show, Kishimoto himself. Really now Kishi, is this how low your writing skills dropped? People usually improve over the years you know; you are given a fresh new canvas and all you do is reverse the colors?      Anyways, this is all a big excuse to see Naruto’s parents and the Akatsuki members being still alive. I mean who cares about story continuity if you have a dozen cool cameos such as those on screen doing their stuff? And we got a second evil Naruto to fight our hero to boot. Where did he appear from? Who cares! Oh, there is also that side story where Sakura is the orphan in this world and she starts to feel as bad as Naruto for growing up alone. But that is thrown away in, like, 10 minutes and she is useless as always so who gives a damn.   Ah, I find so little to write about this. Seriously, by the time the “what ifs” are over, so is most of the film. It is definitely more mature as a concept than the rest of the movies since it’s supposed to be more about the psyche of the protagonists and less about some global threat. Naruto still ends everything with a Rasengan as always but that was not the point of the film. They could have definitely done far more if they had spent more time on the drama of parenthood and had skipped all the silly reverse personalities. I mean, jeez, what was the point of presenting all the reversed rookies if none of them mean anything to the plot? They literally disappear from the story towards the end. And Konoha ends up being nuked again but this time nobody gives a damn about it; thus trashing the whole idea of the world not being better after all.   Damn you Kishi; all these good ideas, trashed by the ridiculous fanfic flavor.

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