In celebration of the upcoming Australian release of BORUTO THE MOVIE (Oct 15-22), we decided to buckle down and name our top 5 favourite Naruto films. Whether it is for the storylines or epic action battles, every Naruto film is unique in its own way. Let us know your thoughts below!
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NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW
Penned by none other than Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow was the film that began it all for the franchise. Embarking on a dangerous mission to bodyguard a famous actress on the set of her upcoming movie, this proved to be a challenging mission for Team 7 as they soon discover that the actress who was playing a Princess, was in fact, a long-lost Princess in real life.
Dealing with concepts such as determination, persistence, and believing in one’s self, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow was the perfect introduction to the series. With a highly engaging storyline accompanied by a fantastic original soundtrack that is well-suited for the cinematic screen, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow will remain a hit classic amongst Naruto films.
2. THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE
Now this movie was the LAST movie of the Naruto film franchise until Boruto the Movie came along. Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the franchise, The Last: Naruto the Movie was the first film in the entire franchise that is in conjunction with the canon story. Taking place during the time-skip before the manga’s epilogue, the film shows an older Naruto who is well-respected and loved by the villagers of Konoha.
But that’s not the only special thing about The Last! For the first time in Naruto film history, The Last: Naruto the Movie is ultimately a romance story, and it is focuses on none other than our OTP … Uzumaki Naruto and Hyuuga Hinata. After years of patiently waiting for Naruto’s repsonse to Hinata’s confession, The Last was the perfect conclusion to every Naruhina fan’s dreams. You can read our review [here]
3. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE WILL OF FIRE
“I hope this movie stays with you forever” — Masashi Kishimoto in post-film credits.
The brilliance about Kishimoto’s storytelling is how passionate he is about each character in Naruto; how he tells their story; and how he explores the role they play in the world of shinobi. From start to finish, Kishimoto loves to explore the concept of bonds, and the value of knowledge and fighting spirit that is passed on from generation to generation.
In Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire, we see Kakashi sacrificing himself in order to save Konoha and the rest of the world from ultimate destruction. Not willing to abandon Kakashi and every value that Kakashi has taught Team 7, Naruto uses his power to rally every ally he can think of in order to counterattack the enemy before a Great War breaks out.
Displaying some of the best choreography and animation that we have seen in years, all of this epic action in Will of Fire would have been a great treat for Naruto fans. And last but not least, what better way to wrap up the film than witnessing the adults acknowledging the younger generation?
4. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA
Set between the Kage Summit and the Fourth Great War arcs, Naruto the Movie: Road the Ninja sees Naruto and Sakura getting sucked into the beta version of Madara’s Tsukuyomi. In this world, Naruto is now suddenly known as Menma who gets to live with his parents, and Sakura’s parents are now the heroes who saved Konoha from the Nine Tails Fox.
Bizarre as it sounds, Road to Ninja‘s alternate world was something that many fans looked forward to. What would have happened if Kushina and Minato didn’t sacrifice their lives in the first place? Would Naruto be the same person as he is today? While we heavily contemplate about these possible outcomes, Road To Ninja dares to amuse fans with its comedic entertainment as the film portrays our favourite characters in a light that we have never seen before. You can read our review [here]
5. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS
Remember the days of watching Naruto undergo serious training, and waiting for the day that Naruto and Sakura will reunite with Sasuke? Although Naruto Shippuuden The Movie: Bonds was like every other Naruto film where it had a generic story about a powerful enemy attacking the village, this film was rather special for SasuNaru fans.
Besides the glorious sight of Sasuke gracing our screens, it is always heart-breaking to see Naruto so adamant in chasing after a long-lost friend after all these years. With the film’s release at a time where Sasuke doesn’t have much presence in Naruto Shippuden, it was a memorable experience to see both Naruto and Sasuke fighting alongside one another in this not-so-canon movie.
Sasuke may have chosen his own path towards revenge and darkness but his actions speak louder than words. Unable to shake off the lingering bond (and precious memories) that he has shared with Naruto, we almost sense some form of remorse and loneliness coming from Sasuke.