Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
|Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie|
Official logo for the film
|Directed by||Hayato Date|
|Written by||Yuka Miyata
|Story by||Masashi Kishimoto|
|Music by||Yasuharu Takanashi|
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is a 2012 Japanese anime film, the ninth overall Naruto film and sixth Naruto Shippūden film. It was released in theaters in Japan on July 28, 2012. Series creator Masashi Kishimoto has supervised the movie. The film is set in an alternate timeline of the Naruto universe in which Naruto never lost his parents and many characters have different personalities. The band Asian Kung-Fu Generation performs the film's theme song "Sore de wa, Mata Ashita" (それでは、また明日?, lit. "Well Then, See You Tomorrow"). Both the single CD and the film's original soundtrack were released on July 25, 2012. The first 1.5 million movie-goers were given Motion Comic: Naruto, a DVD that shows scenes by Kishimoto. Viz Media has revealed that Road to Ninja - Naruto the Movie will debut in North American theaters August 29.
Naruto Uzumaki and his Hidden Leaf peers track and drive off members of the Akatsuki who should no longer be alive (Sasori, Deidara, Hidan, Kakuzu, Nagato, Konan, and Itachi). While his friends are praised by their families, Naruto wallows in loneliness before he is taken by his teammate Sakura Haruno to the park to hear her complain about her parents. However, Naruto revealed to have been tagged by the Akatsuki, the two are ambushed by Tobi as he uses the Limited Tsukuyomi (限定月読 Gentei Tsukuyomi?) to transport them into an alternate reality based on their inner thoughts. Being called Menma (メンマ?), Naruto and Sakura are surprised to find their friends acting the exact opposite of their usual selves along with a flirty Sasuke who never left the village. While Sakura learns that her parents are dead with her father as the reality's Fourth Hokage, Naruto sees his parents, Minato and Kushina, alive and well. Shortly after, Naruto and Sakura participate in a mission to retrieve the Red Moon scroll which details on how to defeat a mysterious masked ninja. During the mission, Kushina is injured when she protects Naruto and dissuades the youth's refusal to bond with his parents.
After successfully retrieving the scroll, the masked man takes Sakura hostage similar to when Tobi/Madara took Kushina in Naruto and Sakura's real world and destroys Konoha. While the Konoha ninja recuperate, Naruto leaves to exchange the Red Moon scroll for Sakura's life. He is joined by that reality's Akatsuki, lead by Itachi, who were sent by Tsunade to act as Naruto's backup. A battle with the masked man reveals him to be the real Menma. Though Naruto is victorious over his counterpart, it turns out that Menma was acting under the influence of Tobi who proceeds to possess the youth's body to extract the Nine Tails. Luckily, using the Red Moon scroll, Naruto purges Tobi from Menma and forces him to cancel the Limited Tsukuyomi. Menma, now rid of Tobi's influence, is tended to by Minato and Kushina while Naruto bids farewell to his parents before returning to his world with Sakura. At Naruto's apartment, Iruka Umino welcomes Naruto home with a cake, reminding Naruto that even though he doesn't have parents, he is not alone.
|Naruto Uzumaki, Menma||Junko Takeuchi|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura|
|Minato Namikaze||Toshiyuki Morikawa|
|Kushina Uzumaki||Emi Shinohara|
|Sasuke Uchiha||Noriaki Sugiyama|
|Hinata Hyuga||Nana Mizuki|
|Rock Lee||Yōichi Masukawa|
|Neji Hyuga||Kōichi Tōchika|
|Kiba Inuzuka||Kōsuke Toriumi|
|Shino Aburame||Shinji Kawada|
|Shikamaru Nara||Shōtarō Morikubo|
|Choji Akimichi||Kentarou Itou|
|Ino Yamanaka||Ryōka Yuzuki|
|Kakashi Hatake||Kazuhiko Inoue|
|Might Guy||Masashi Ebara|
The film debuted in the Japanese box office third earning US$3,799,276. On August 14, 2012 Yahoo announced grossed sales of over ¥1 billion (US$ 12.7 million) and at that rate it was expected to surpass the then highest-grossing Naruto film, 2004's Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (1.37 billion yen/US$17.4 million). As a result, Kishimoto drew a picture of Naruto and the film antagonist Menma to conmemorate the film's achievement. By September 23, 2012, Road to Ninja became the highest grossing Naruto movie making ¥ 1.46 billion (US$18.3 million) between its opening on July 28 and September 23. For the year 2012, the movie made ¥ 1.48 billion and ranked 29th among Japanese movies in Box office including live action movies. In the Philippines, the movie earned a total grossed amount of $123,613.00 (PhP 5,068,627) on its 2-week run.  The movie has an average score of 7.8/10 on IMDb, the highest score for a Naruto film on the website
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- Official website
- TV-Tokyo's website
- Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia