The moon is beginning to fall, and at the rate it's going, it is doomed to fall on the Earth. The countdown for the survival of the planet begins. Among the havoc, Hinata's younger sister Hanabi is captured by the mysterious enemy, Toneri Ootsutsuki. Naruto must overcome great danger on a mission to save Hanabi and the world along with Hinata, Sai, Shikamaru, and Sakura.
While this wasn't the best anime movie I've seen, it certainly wasn't the worst (*cough-Fullmetal Alchemist Star of Milos-cough*). I didn't give it an audio rating, because the quality I saw it in was quite poor. Also, I'd like to point out that I had only been taking peeks at the Naruto manga for the past few years (I stopped reading it entirely after Shikamaru avenges Asuma). I did look at Wiki, however, and the peeks I took at it (plus some nice background info thanks to the Naruto Wiki) provided me with what I needed to know. Story Let's be honest...there's really no plot, here, besides the generic "bad guy doing bad things". Of course, since it's the Naruto-verse, it's a "misunderstood/misguided/misinformed bad guy". Overall, there were two things going on in this movie. The first is the relationship between Naruto and Hinata, as this takes place before the final chapter of the manga. The second is the moon mysteriously starting a collision course with the Earth, which gives us the action plot. Characters Same as always. I felt Hinata was severely lacking in this (damsel in distress? Really?), and Naruto didn't even show off his full power. The others (Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru) were just...there. Yes, they had a moment or two and helped on the mission, but otherwise didn't do much. Everyone else did even less except get a few seconds of screentime either in regards to the moon falling towards the Earth or in the credits. So, nothing really huge in the character department. Naruto was the one who developed the most as he realized his feelings towards Hinata (and learned to differentiate the difference between types of love). Overall There were some good fight scenes, I'll admit. For example, this movie opens up with someone confronting Hiashi and then shooting energy balls from their hands to attack him... Wait, what? I thought I was watching Naruto, not DBZ! The only explanation for that was chakra, but...there really was no good information on the technique. Huh...I guess ninja can fire off kikouha (energy blasts), now. At least, the ones from the moon can. There were quite a few other things which bothered me about the movie. Kumo (Cloud) uses a particular idea they had which would destroy the moon, but did they do this when the world was in imminent danger of the Juubi's release? Nope. So, where was this thing? Also, the antagonist's reasons were the typical "oh, ninja got power from us but kept fighting"...again, instead of interfering during the fruition of what they feared would come to pass (aka, the final chapters of the manga, the Juubi, etc), they act a couple years after it's all happened when the world is AT PEACE. Um...does this make sense to anyone? Cause it doesn't make sense at all to me. Oh, oh...and it gets better. Because things center on the moon so much, guess where the final battlefield is! Ah...but there's no explanation at all as to why everyone can BREATHE whilst there. If there was, I missed it, but I'm pretty sure there was nothing. When they were all contained within the false sun, that could be an explanation...but after that? Nup. And I suppose it's chakra which make things fly and stuff? I don't know...there are no explanations for a lot of it. Frankly, I think the movie would have been better if it hadn't been a "movie" (with an action plot), and just focused on the relationship between Naruto and Hinata...... ...actually, no. It took memory bubbles and multiple flashbacks (to the point of annoyance) for Naruto to realize his feelings, so I suppose...it was needed? Maybe? DBZ meets Majora's Mask meets Naruto...? ...I really liked the anime/manga better when there was less of this magical nonsense thrown in (hence, why I stopped reading/watching it). I really feel no need to ever watch this movie again.
This story takes place 2 years after the war, and it's quite different from what I was expecting as a fan. The main focus is still the story about the Sage of Six Paths and his older brother, who had different thoughts and goals. Also, Naruto and Hinata's love story "begins" here. Yes, the knucklehead finally realizes Hinata's love for him and his own feelings for her, which is extremely sweet. The main villain here is actually Toneri Ōtsutsuki, who is after the Byakugan for his own purposes. But, he will be fighting against the 5 Kage and Naruto, Shikamaru, Sakura, Sai, Sasuke and a few others. It's indeed interesting and moving, but it doesn't seem like the usual Naruto story, that I love so much. I really, really wanted to love this story. Even so, I can't bring myself to do it.
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