The Last: Naruto The Movie Review

Last November the Naruto manga ended after an amazing 15 year run, and to celebrate this the Naruto New Era Project was announced. This was kicked off with the theatrical release of The Last: Naruto The Movie and will continue throughout 2015 with other releases.  The Last takes place during the time in between manga volumes 699 and 700 ( the time between the Fourth Great Ninja War and Naruto becoming Hokage). As a movie the film is amazing and is what you would expect from a Naruto feature film. The animation is top notch and if this was the last time we see Naruto and co in their current forms then it was a brilliant send off. The villain, Toneri Otsutsuki, is the sole survivor of the Otsutsuki clan, and is hell bent on destroying mankind for weaponizing chakra. Toneri thankfully isn’t one of your run of the mill filler enemies and actually has some depth to his character. Without going into too much detail, Toneri’ actions are driven by his beliefs and not just a desire to see the world burn.

The fights are obviously cool to watch, this is Naruto after all. You get to see  most everyone from Kakashi as the Sixth Hokage to Rock Lee, but the majority of the film focuses on Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai, and Shikimaru. You’re probably wondering, but what about Sasuke? Well, I was pondering the same thing the entire movie. For this to be supposedly the  last movie with these characters in their current forms, for Sasuke not to have a larger role in the plot is very disappointing, and is honestly the main fault I have with the film. Sasuke was in the movie for all of a few moments. What he does I will not spoil, as its the only thing he does throughout the movie. I understand the movie is about Naruto and Hinata’s love for each other and how they become a couple, but Sasuke still deserved much more screen time than this. I can only hope that there will be more movies to be released in the future, other the one which will star Naruto’s son Bolt, so that Sasuke has another opportunity to shine.

One really cool moment in the film, is doing one of the later fight scenes, they play some of the music from the original Naruto series. I was immediately hit with an intense wave of nostalgia. It was definitely pretty awesome to see them fighting to that theme again. As soon as you hear it, you will immediately know which one I’m referring to.

Overall The Last will stand as one of the best Naruto movies in the series, as it was the best to blend great action with amazing story telling. For fans of the Naruhina persuasion, this movies serves as the moment you have been waiting for. As for those who hoped Naruto would end up with Sakura….sorry. Besides the Sasuke snub this time around, this was definitely a solid outing by Naruto and friends, and is worth checking out. Beware. This movie in no way makes it any easier for Naruto to be “over”, but will make you crave more Naruto adventures in the future. I’m sure that was Kishimoto’s intentions the whole time anyway.

The Last: Naruto The Movie gets a 9.2/10

Pros: Amazing Fighting. Great Story. Good Blend of Music and Superb Visuals.

Cons: Where is Sasuke?

 

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