Review: Naruto Movie 3: Large Interest Stirred Up! Cresent Moon Island`s Animal Rebellion [2006]

naruto3Japanese Title: Dai Koufun! Mikazuki Jima no Animal Panic Dattebayo!
Alternative Title: Mikazuki Island’s Animal Panic!
Director: Toshiyuki Tsuru
Released : August 5, 2006
Runtime: 94 minutes

*The movie takes place after episode 196, during the anime’s filler arcs.

A spoiled prince from the Moon Country (which is located on Crescent Moon Island, on a southern sea) is traveling the world and is to be escorted back to his home island by Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura and Lee. The Prince ends up purchasing a circus and hilarity ensues. Team Kakashi then has the duty of protecting both the Prince and his new purchase. All the while three mysterious ninja arrive to cause trouble.

I Say…

It was for me, a slow moving plot. It’s like a longer version of the series’ episodes. I think the mission isn’t worth being made as a movie. Naruto movies are becoming more and more childish each time. But this one’s way satisfactory than the second one. It didn’t bore me the same way it did when I saw the 2nd movie. In short, it’s OK. I don’t know what other Naruto fans would say about it, but when it was yet to be released a lot of us were already anticipating it. I was expecting something better though, but it’s not that bad, as I have mentioned. It’s just that it’s like a movie kids should really watch, not just for Naruto fans out there. Is Studio Pierrot trying to convert action into a more child friendly stuff?

Review: Naruto the Movie: The Great Clash! The Phantom Ruins in the Depths of the Earth [2005]

Japanese Title: Gekijyouban Naruto Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo!
Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
Screenplay: Hirotsugu Kawasaki & Yuka Miyata
Original Manga: Masashi Kishimoto
Character Design: Tetsuya Nishio

Plot: (from animenewsnetwork)
Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura are executing their mission of delivering a lost pet to a certain village. However, right in the midst of things, troops led by the mysterious knight, Temujin, attack them. In the violent battle, the three become separated. Temujin challenges Naruto to a fight and at the end of the fierce battle, both fall together from a high cliff. Furthermore, Shikamaru, having been left behind, beholds a giant moving fortress as it appears before his very eyes. In order to get a grasp on the situation, he infiltrates the fortress by himself, however once there he witnesses a frightening sight…

I Say…

– The first movie with the snow princess is better than this one. I’m so sorry! I have seen the movie a long time ago but I can’t find peace until I write down this review!
– Sasuke is not here, there were little Sakura moments, & Shikamaru’s brilliance wasn’t given much attention.
-Kankurou was cool though, even Gaara at the beginning. They’re really a great team.
-Of course, Naruto is still the same, shedding light for those who are in the darkness. This time it’s Temujin who found hope and friendship in the form of Naruto.
-I don’t like the ending song too.
-It’s simply below my expectation of a blockbuster sequel! I hope the third Naruto movie will beat this!

Review: Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow [2004]

Romantization:  Gekijōban Naruto Daikatsugeki! Yukihime Ninpōchō dattebayo!!
Alternative Title: Naruto the Movie: To The Rescue of the Snow Princess! 

Director: Hayato Date
                Tensai Okamura (main movie)
Original Manga: Masashi Kishimoto
Character Design: Hirofumi Suzuki & Tetsuya Nishio

Plot summary: (animenewsnetwork)
Kakashi orders Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura to watch a movie before their next mission. Naruto is a big fan of the lead actress. After the movie, they see the heroine in person and being chased. They help her and Naruto asks for an autograph but she wouldn’t give him one. When the three returns, Kakashi tells them about their mission: to escort the actress to the Snow Country to film a new movie.

I say…
This one is cool, still with Sasuke in it. If you think the Naruto anime is good then you should see this. And in here, Kakashi-sensei actually has the big part and is involved in the incident of the Snow Princess’ life. Yes, it was during one of his older missions… and he is older than I think he is, I guess.
Of course, Naruto shall make you laugh, and think that he can still do the impossible, with just his faith and determination.
What’s so special about this movie though? Well, it’s… Naruto! This mission they have here just kind of reminds me of the Zabuza “mission”, and again, shows the greatest acts of team seven, most especially between Naruto and Sasuke. For Naruto fanatics, this movie is worth the watch.