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The last story, the first love.
The last story, the first love.

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) at a glance

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) is an action romance anime film directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi. The first installment for Naruto's New Era Project, it is the tenth Naruto film ever made in history. The animated feature has been promoted as chapter 699.5 and it sets during the timeskip between the last two chapter of the manga series.

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) Trailer

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) Synopsis

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis? The final chapter of Naruto's story unfolds!

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) Review

Naruto stood up for Hinata.
Naruto stood up for Hinata.

The Shinobi World is charming and The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) is just another evident of that fact. There are so many elements to it such as clan mysteries, interesting characters and types of jutsu, just to name a few. After watching the animated feature, I must confess that I am impressed with the series! Now I understand why there are so many Naruto fans in the world; it is certainly because the world of Naruto is exceedingly sophisticated!

Childhood memories of Hinata Hyūga.
Childhood memories of Hinata Hyūga.

The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) started with decent yet artistic introduction to the Shinobi World, with adaptation of Greensleeves as the background music which is quite suitable with the mood of the story. Then, it proceeded with flashbacks which I thought the childhood ones are especially sweet and Naruto's growth over the years can be seen in brief. These scenes are great; they are vital to the plot yet refreshing for all audiences, including those who are new to Naruto or have been away from the series for a very long time!

Toneri Ōtsutsuki.
Toneri Ōtsutsuki.

After that, the main plot begins. It was absorbing and the sound effects makes it even better. There are plenty of hilarious moments and plot twists which are unexpected and I like how unpredictable the story is. Even though it is largely a romance film, there are a lot of action and fantasy as well. With abundance of interesting elements particularly the clan mysteries and the creation of Shinobi World, it makes the whole animated feature quite unique and entertaining to watch!

Hinata, The Princess of All Seeing White Eye.
Hinata, The Princess of All Seeing White Eye.

Now, some hardcore or long time Naruto fans may not agree with my review. I have also read that there are some controversies but all those shouldn't hinder me from reviewing The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) based on its performance. Ultimately, what I am trying to achieve through writing movie reviews is to help all my readers regardless of background to meet a new love or an interesting movie. It is a part of my personal mission in exploring all of animated features ever existed which is a Non-stop Animated Movie Marathon that might take years. If I really don't care, I wouldn't even be writing this. Don't judge a film by its trailer or poster!

Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, Shikamaru, Sai, Hinata and Kakashi.
Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, Shikamaru, Sai, Hinata and Kakashi.

Even to someone just getting familiar to Naruto, it is easy to tell that The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) does not include reasonable ending stories to all of the endearing characters in the Naruto Universe. Most of them have very little screen time and not much is known about the other characters here as this animated feature largely features Ōtsutsuki clan and NaruHina. So, too bad that it is heavily focused on this couple. That itself could be the flaw of this animated feature as it may not satisfy all fans but fortunately, the plot is quite satisfying and it is unusually pleasant!

Hinata in wedding costume.
Hinata in wedding costume.

Personally, I feel The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) is a good one despite that one flaw because everything else is great. The visuals and animations are beautiful and I quite like Naruto and Hinata's love story actually. Most of all, the plot is interesting and I find the Ōtsutsuki clan part most interesting. I hope the next one, Boruto: Naruto the Movie will share with us more about the characters' lives!

Naruto Uzumaki.
Naruto Uzumaki.

By now, you should be able to tell that I am not very familiar with Naruto even though I have known the series for many years as it is a popular anime and manga series. This is my first Naruto movie by the way but I immediately became a fan afterwards along with taking a liking to several of its characters. That might be weird but that only mean one thing; this animated feature is quite good, it is able to capture the hearts of new fans!

(Amazing thing is, if I am to going read the manga, I don't have to suffer a lot. No need to impatiently wait for new releases since all of the volumes are out now, lol!)

Naruto and Hinata tries to destroy the Reincarnation Eye.
Naruto and Hinata tries to destroy the Reincarnation Eye.

As a conclusion, The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) is amazing. It has the ability to charm us in its own unique ways because Naruto is a great anime/manga! Ending this review, I hope the creators of Naruto would create more of these so we could know what had happened to all the likable characters during the timeskip... Love the all the stories and remarkable settings!

PS. Thanks to my best friend for getting the tickets and watching this with me and not forgetting, thanks to all of you who suggested this anime film to me. I would certainly do Naruto Movie Marathon in the future and this post is dedicated to all Naruto fans out there!!

Who will like this?

Those who love anime especially Naruto, Action & Romance!!

Details of the movie

Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
Producer: Not sure.
Story: Masashi Kishimoto
Screenplay: Kyozuka Maruo
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Starring: Junko Takeuchi, Nana Mizuki, Jun Fukuyama, Chie Nakamura, Satoshi Hino, Showtaro Morikubo, Noriaki Sugiyama, Akira Ishida, Kazuhiko Inoue
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Genre: Action Adventure Comedy Romance
Running time: 112 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 14,800,000 est.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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