Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom [Naruto Movie Month]

Type: Annoying kid character in 3,2,1….

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Synopsis: Mission 3- Escort a Prince and his son on vacation

Pros: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom is the last Naruto Part 1 movie. So that’s a plus!

Cons: A. Lot. Of. Stuff. The movie is slowwwwww. It spends way too much time trying to establish Hikaru. In all honesty, it felt more like a filler arc than film. The premise is that Naruto, Sakura, Rock Lee (f#ck yeah!) and Kakashi are escorting the Prince of the Moon Kingdom and his son back home. Prince Michiru and his son Hikaru’s story arc is that they are very materialistic, and they have to learn that whole “can’t buy my love” thing. This all rang a little hollow, and the film doesn’t do a good job making the viewer dislike the two, at least not in the way it intended. Michiru was played as more comedic, so his materialism was more funny than annoying, and Hikaru came off more as an lonely kid than spoiled. In fact, the other characters, particularly Naruto and Hikaru’s mother, came off as waaaay more judgemental and jerky. At one point, Naruto chastises the 8 year old Hikaru for crying, which was right after the DEATH of his grandfather and KIDNAPPING of his father. Give the kid a break, not all of us were raised by militant ninjas Naruto! Maybe combining Hikaru and Michiru into one character would have fixed this, I don’t know. And as usual, we get a cast of very forgettable villains who don’t even show up until halfway. The standard Evil Authority figure and his 3 ninja henchmen.

Best Naruto Movie?: No

Villain: Shabadaba

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Forgettable Villain #3

Best Moment: The Ninja summer wear (short sleeves are in!)

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