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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.

2/10 story
6/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall
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