“The Last: Naruto the Movie” Review
When I first started watching “The Last: Naruto the Movie” I didn’t expect a romance to be one of the best in the Naruto movie franchise. The latest offering is a love story at heart and that’s what makes it great!
The following review contains spoilers so you have been warned! Shannaro!!!
“The Last: Naruto the Movie” fills the gaps in the Naruto manga finale and showing how Naruto confessed his love to Hinata and married her. The plot directly links to Hinata’s Hyuga lineage and the story also talks about the younger brother of The Sage of The Six Paths who was featured a lot in the manga. I always wanted to know about the younger brother Hamura Otsutsuki and I was surprised to find out that he gave rise to a whole civilization on the moon.
The main villain is Toneri Otsutsuki and he wants to fulfil Hamura’s Celestial Decree, which asks for the destruction of Earth because of humans waging war against each other. In order to complete his mission he needs the Byukagan and kidnaps Hinata’s younger sister Hanabi to take her eyes. With her eyes he plans to unleash the Tenseigan and create a new Earth with Hinata as his wife. Kakashi sends out Shikamaru, Sai, Hinata, Naruto and Sakura on a mission to rescue Hanabi and also gives Shikamaru a clock that’s counting down to when the moon will hit Earth.
It’s during their mission that Naruto and Hinata start growing closer together and Naruto finally realizes his love for the Byukagan princess. I know Naruto is an action manga series but I have to tell you that the best scenes from the film were the ones shared between Naruto and Hinata as they bonded. The animation was spot on and it really made Hinata look beautiful in every scene.
There were also scenes that linked back to important Naruto/Hinata interactions throughout the manga. Hinata again gave Naruto healing ointment like she did during the Chunin exams when they were young. There were a lot of flashbacks that showed Naruto how much Hinata loved him. I personally liked the scene where Hinata shared her own chakra with Naruto at the end. This paralleled the scene where Naruto grabbed her hand and shared his chakra with her during the Great Ninja War.
I know there are fans who were surprised to see Hinata ending up with Naruto in the manga finale and I hope this film shows them why Kishimoto made those two a couple. I have shipped them from the beginning and I knew they were going to end up together when Hinata put her life on the line to save Naruto from Pain, a scene which was shown many times during the film.
Sakura also played a major role when it came to brining Naruto and Hinata together. She was the one who explained to Hinata that because Naruto grew up alone he wasn’t wise enough to understand the difference between ‘loving’ sweets and ‘loving’ a person. There was also a heart-felt interaction between Sakura and Naruto. I think that scene was meant for the viewers who can’t see the bond Hinata and Naruto share.
Yes, Naruto said he loved Sakura in the manga, but as she said in the film, he said that because he knew she was in love with Sasuke and he didn’t want to lose to him when they were young. When it came to true love, it was Hinata who had Naruto’s heart and I loved how Sakura urged him to be true to his feelings.
Reading all this talk about romance you might think there was no action in the film. Well, don’t fear because the film did feature some awesome fight sequences especially at the end when Naruto and Kurama fought Toneri. The Kage’s also demonstrated their power against the meteors falling towards Earth. But like I said before the romance part of the film was so well done that you won’t miss the fighting as the movie progresses.
Here are some important things for you if you wish to watch the film:
- If you wanted to watch the film because of Sasuke then you will be disappointed because he only showed up for a second to blowup a meteor heading towards the Hidden Leaf Village.
- Almost every character from the Naruto Universe was present on screen but a lot of them didn’t have any lines.
- Sai was amazing during the film and it’s good to see how much he has grown after the Great Ninja War. I was really impressed by the gigantic drawings he was able to summon during the battles.
- Hinata is a relentless scarf knitter. She just won’t stop!
- Sakura Haruno is awesome and creator Kishimoto really loves her. You might hate her for being weak or a cry baby but you have to accept that she is Kishimoto’s leading lady and she has definitely grown into a strong character. She showed a lot of wisdom when it came to Naruto and Hinata’s relationship and helped them both to connect. She was also the only character who was able to break free from the genjutsu and help her team finish the mission. She also infused almost all of her chakra into Naruto to save his life. Naruto even tells her that he can’t even begin to repay for everything she has done for him. This is what I like to see, two team mates of different gender who will always have each others backs and love each other in a platonic way. The Sakura fanboy inside me was cheering when I saw all these scenes in the film and realized how much my girl has grown since Part 1.
“The Last: Naruto the Movie” is an official part of the Naruto canon and it does a great job focusing on the Naruto/Hinata relationship and allowing Naruto to grow as a character through it. Being true to ones feelings is part of growing up and I’m glad to see Naruto finally travel that road.
Now I’m looking forward to the Naruto spin-off.
Have you watched “The Last: Naruto the Movie” yet? What did you think of it? Let us know!
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6 thoughts on ““The Last: Naruto the Movie” Review”
Personally I’m against NaruHina as a couple even though I’m SasuSaku shipper. Very different personalities in my opinion. And I find it forced in the movie too. I mean Kishi had to kill Neji to make Naruto notice her, then he made her sister get kidnapped so Naruto will spend more time with her and “realize” that he loves her. In my opinion, it required more than a movie to get them together convincingly.
That being said, I’m not against Hinata as a character, I’m just against NaruHina as a couple.
And I fell in love Sakura all over again after watching this film, I didn’t even know that was possible. I agree that she was brilliantly handled in this movie even as a supporting character this time. Honestly, I’m more interested in her love life than anybody else’s.
Overall The Last is a nice film, but Road to Ninja is still my favorite.
Yeah, you are right that Naruto didn’t seem to ‘notice’ Hinata before and I think Kishi tried to rectify that by making Naruto notice Hinata as a grownup in the flashbacks from the past…i guess he was too into Sakura and saving Sasuke and then the whole world and love life took a back seat…but with things cooling down after the war he stated to ‘notice’ her….but then again in the finale Ino ended up Sai so at least NaruHina had some development shown in canon 😉
Yes! Sakura…like damn, why couldn’t Kishi make her stand out like that in the manga too…haha…i loved he Road to Ninja too…but ‘The Last’ Sakura is probs my fav…really looking forward to getting to know how her relationship with Sasuke developed over the years…maybe it’ll be told in the spin-off novels coming out this year
Is it true that Naruto uses the Shadow Clone Jutsu in a flashback from when he was at the academy?
He used the simple Shadow Clone Tech. (during his flashback with Hinata when they were kids against bullies, that almost every ninja can use, even at Genin level, i.e. Sakura created two clones during her fight with Ino during Chunin exams…but the tech. was used for comedy purposes in the flashback cos Naruto was only able to create a mini-clone in front of the bullies to save Hinata.
The Last genuinely took me by surprise, I knew it would include Naruto falling for Hinata but I never expected a full blown Shoujo story. I’ll be honest, I felt a little embarrassed and awkward as I watched some of the romance scenes, all very innocent but very foreign to the Naruto Shounen world and to me. It is definitely unusual for Kishi to write something like this, but I have a feeling he had little to do with the love scenes. All In all, the movie is overwhelming with feelings of sentimentality and it felt so good seeing Naruto so happy and in love and hey, Hinata finally got her wish too.
I’m glad that my curiousity about Hagoromo’s brother has finally been sated, i’ll admit, i was not too impressed with that story line or the villan, but it served its purpose in bringing our two love birds together.
But what I enjoyed most is seeing Sakura in action-I’m such a fan of hers so this is good to witness, most of the time we pretty much had to dig for her glory moments in the main story.
Similarly her friendship and bond with Naruto continues to solidify, it was beautiful to see that. One thing I have always appreciated about her character is how fiercely she protects Naruto, though many chose to ignore this, she is at the fore front in protecting and looking out for him.
As many of us have said, I hope to see the evolution of this Sasuke Sakura relationship, Kishimoto at the very least owes his lead girl that.
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