Sunday, April 14, 2013

Road to Ninja: Naruto The Movie - movie review ( spoiler warning)

Let me start this review by saying I haven’t followed this franchise for years (with exception of the movies), having said that, I recommend it to those who haven’t seen Naruto for some time like me.

About RTN:
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Road to Ninja a.k.a. Naruto Shippuden Movie 6 a.k.a. Road to Ninja is the 9th movie overall in the Naruto Universe debuted in Japanese theaters July 28, 2012 and in SM Cinemas April 10, 2013. Naruto’s creator, Masashi Kishimoto is personally involved with the movie, creating the story and providing character designs with Yasuharu Takanashi's score and fan favorite band Asian Kung Fu Generation for the OST.

RTN opens when reality that not having parents and living alone hits Naruto big-time and Sakura did not make him feel any better about it, Tobi did the trick. By using Genjutsu on Naruto, Tobi gave Naruto (and Sakura) an alternative reality wherein Minato and Kushina are alive and since Sakura is in it too, became an orphan and her parents are the celebrated heroes of Konoha.

What I didn’t like about RTN is that the graphics is unlike the usual Naruto movies, it was almost as if it was taken from the TV series. RTN does not also explain the reason behind the ‘Black-Naruto’, what Sakura’s parents did that made them heroes of Konoha, and at some part of the movie, the illusion technique became a space-time dimension where Tobi can come and go. Another sad thing about this is that even though Sakura is with Naruto, she became the worst Sakura you can ever imagine. Before Tobi did his juju, Sakura insensitively tells Naruto –an orphan, how she hated her parents and when Naruto scolded her, she tells him how Sasuke –seeking revenge for the death of his parents, would understand her. I would just hope that her fans would still like her after watching RTN.

On the brighter side, RTN gave us a more personal view and emotionally hurt Naruto. How he misses his parents. How he longs to have a family, a warm home, and someone who would greet him when he gets home. By end of the movie, it turned out that it is Naruto’s birthday. While we get the same characters we see in the main story, with the exception of some, of totally different personalities and fetishes –assuming that this is Naruto’s dream state, which will definitely give the audience a good laughing out loud. There are also chunks of flashback in one of the parts that will bring nostalgia to those who have seen the earlier episodes. Even though RTN is different from the other Naruto movies, it could pass as a subplot of the main story.

Despite some negative parts of RTN, I can go as far as saying that this is the ultimate fan-fiction. Being the first anime to be shown in the big screen in a very long time, fans old and new would definitely enjoy it.

Watch Naruto The Movie in SM CINEMA

Review by Gae Murillo


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