The Last: Naruto the Movie

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Sequel to Naruto the manga
Produced by: Studio Pierrot
Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama
Length: 105 minutes


It is two years after the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the ninja world is finally finding peace. Naruto Uzumaki is steadily gaining popularity after playing a large part in the war, and Hinata Hyuuga is still struggling with confessing her feelings for Konoha’s newest hero. However, greater threats are coming their way as the moon begins to fall towards Earth and complete destruction of mankind is on the horizon. Amidst the havoc, Hinata’s younger sister, Hanabi, is kidnapped by a mysterious enemy. Along with Hinata, Sai, Shikamaru and Sakura, Naruto embarks on his final story to save not only Hanabi, but also the world.

Main Characters: From left: Hinata Hyuuga, Naruto Uzumaki, Toneri Otsutsuki

From left: Sakura Haruno, Sai, Shikamaru Nara

Overall Rating: 4/5 moons




Story – 6/10
Disclaimer: I didn’t grow up watching/reading Naruto. The main shounen manga I follow is Fairy Tail (if that wasn’t obvious already). I only began reading Naruto after it ended, but I found myself loving it almost immediately. I finished 700 chapters in about 3 months, and just in time to wait in angst for the movie to come out.




…And I was hardly disappointed. Story-wise, it mainly revolves around the appearance of a dangerous new enemy that could destroy life as they knew it, and yet, it wouldn’t be too far out to call it a dedication to Naruto and Hinata as well. As a fan of the pairing, I was completely delighted, although I cannot say the same for hardcore NaruSaku shippers. But while I was ecstatic, I also thought that they focused too much on the development of NaruHina in sacrifice of plot development.

Even though the whole moon crashing to Earth thing was wrapped up rather tightly, more could have been done for it. It’s obviously a serious threat to mankind, and yet, there is a serious lack of panic about it compared to the hoohah that was raised during the Fourth Great Ninja War. I mean, the moon is about to destroy your entire planet. The way it was carried out, it was more of an excuse to feature side characters who wouldn’t appear if not for this particular scenario. Other than that, the team could have gone on any other non-Earth threatening mission and they would probably still reach the same conclusion.




Character – 8.5/10

On that same note, better character development could have been given to Toneri (the main antagonist). He was an interesting character, in terms of his motives and personality, but was ultimately a very forgettable villain. Personally, I didn’t really feel threatened by him at all. There was simply not enough build up to show the extent of his power, nor how frightening he could be. He just appeared out of nowhere to fill in the role of the antagonist, and disappeared in a similarly forgettable fashion.

On the other hand, the character development for the protagonist was handled much better. It’s probably the hardest thing to make a really oblivious character suddenly come to a really obvious realisation, but I thought it was done well. Even though the usage of flashbacks in repetition (to make him realise) got a little tiresome after awhile, it was still refreshing to see a thoughtful Naruto as opposed to his usual blur self. It was also this development that really bridged the gap between the Naruto we’ve known for 699 chapters, and the adult he had become in the last. I also appreciated the development for Hinata, not just as the protagonist’s love interest, but as a strong-willed kunoichi; a side of her we don’t get to see much throughout all 700 chapters.



As for the development of their romantic relationship, it was adorable. It’s everything NaruHina fans could have ever wanted and more. My only criticism is how corny it was in the last minutes of the movie. While the rest of the romance in the movie was done rather naturally, this part was the one that seemed the most out of character. It was a complete fan service, and though that is also enjoyable in a way, I personally would have appreciated a slightly toned down ending instead.

Moving onto the other side characters, it was a nice touch to show how Naruto and Sakura’s friendship had grown as they matured, as well as the latter’s friendship with Hinata which was hardly portrayed in the manga. The other characters also provided some drops of action and comedic relief (especially Sai) without drawing too much attention away from the real stars of the show – Naruto and Hinata.




And since I’m on the topic, there has been some complaints from fans about the lack of Sasuke in the movie (he only appears about four times, at most) but I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with that. To put it bluntly, the movie is not about him, and his lack of screen time matches up perfectly with his supposed absence post-war. [spoiler alert!] The fact that he returns at all to Konoha and gets an action scene is already more than necessary. [spoiler end]


Visuals + Audio – 9.5/10
On the technical side, the visuals were stunning. It was clear that the production team didn’t spare any expense in creating the best experience possible for the fans. The visuals, somewhat like in Tamako Love Story, complimented the pace of the story well; there were moments where the framing was more stagnant to reflect more thoughtful scenes, and vice versa, constantly zooming forward as if bringing the viewers on a journey during moments of action. They were also generous with the usage of three-dimensional effects in the former, which was honestly, too cool. And throughout it all, the art remained crisp and detailed.




Similarly, the audio was great. Though the BGM wasn’t particularly outstanding unlike some other anime movies I’ve watched (read: 5 Centimeters Per Second), the theme song for the movie is something I have downloaded and played repeatedly since I first heard it. Not to go all fangirl on you, but it was honestly the best song they could have picked to mark the end of such an iconic series.



The story isn’t the greatest, admittedly. The villain is cliched and not enough development was put into the story to give it the credit it deserved. However, the character development and audio visuals were both strong. I can’t think of a better way to approach Naruto’s romantic development, and the visuals with its integration of 3D-rendering was all you’d expect and more. So even with its flaws, I couldn’t think of a better tribute and farewell.



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