Type: That’s right, this is becoming a Yearly thing.
Synopsis: Mission 1- Guard an Actress
Pros: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, which is an absurdly long title, was the first Naruto film. There had been a few OVA ans stuff before, but this one is officially the first movie. It starts the tradition of having all Naruto films have “the Movie” in the title, in case anyone gets confused. The animation is good. All the Naruto movie animations are usually good. This one has a lot of snow in it, and the snow looks like snow. It may feel like I’m reaching, and that’s because I am. The first Naruto movie takes place in Part 1 of the manga, meaning that Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are still in their annoying middle school phases. Which is fine, as they can be occasionally funny, but it also means that none of them have any real skill of abilities. Kinda like the first Dragon Ball movies, Naruto was still finding it’s voice at the point of this film.
Cons: Again, the kids aren’t cool yet. If you don’t like Part 1 of Naruto, feel free to skip. You’re not really missing much. The film tries to tie in one of the bad guys to Kakashi’s past, but this doesn’t really work. I liked that the film suggests that movies exist in the Naruto universe, if only to further contradict the exact level of technology the Naruto franchise has (seriously, this is a world where movies exist, but not cars or planes or phones). The antagonists are typical forgettable Ninja. They wear Chakra armor. And I think this may have spoiled the Rasengan in advanced, but I’m not sure.
Best Naruto film?: No
Villain: Dotō Kazahana
Forgettable villain #1
Best Moment: That train that shot kunai volleys (I also liked the end where Naruto got a little peck on the cheek)