The Last: Naruto the Movie

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The Last: Naruto the Movie
TheLastNarutomovie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi
Produced by
  • Takuyuki Hirobe
  • Naoji Hohnokidani
  • Shoji Matsui
Screenplay by Maruo Kyozuka
Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Based on Naruto
by Masashi Kishimoto
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Atsuho Matsumoto
Edited by Seiji Morita
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • 6 December 2014 (2014-12-06)
Running time
112 mins
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office

¥2.0 billion[1]

(US$19.84 million)

The Last: Naruto the Movie is the tenth overall Naruto film, made to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the franchise. It is also the first entry in the Start of a New Era Project[Jp. 1], and the first film to be an official part of the canon Naruto storyline, set between Ch. 699 and 700 of the original manga series.

The film premiered in theaters on 6 December 2014.[2][3] It became the highest-grossing film in the franchise,[4] before being surpassed by its sequel, Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

Plot[edit]

Two years after the Fourth Ninja World War and Kakashi Hatake becomes the Sixth Hokage, the moon is falling towards onto Earth and will soon collide. This crisis is caused by Toneri Ōtsutsuki a descendant of Hamura Ōtsutsuki of the Branch House who is determined to fulfill his "legacy" and punish mankind for abusing chakra over a millennia. During the Rinne Festival, as Hinata Hyuga knits a red scarf that Naruto Uzumaki used to wear since childhood, Sakura Haruno offers to help her, but Hinata doubtful while Naruto receive various gifts from everyone, including another scarf. Toneri infiltrates Konoha to kidnap Hinata but failed due to Naruto's intervention, though he manage to get Hanabi, Hinata's younger sister.

Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai and Shikamaru Nara are assigned to rescue Hanabi, after Kakashi gives a special clock to Shikamaru that counts down to doomsday. Traveling in an abandoned village of the Ōtsutsuki Clan, Naruto recognizes the concept of love from Hinata's memory while being caught in a genjutsu and from spending more time with her. Toneri transplants Hanabi's eyes in himself to awaken the Tenseigan that his ancestors sealed over the last millennium and proposes Hinata; she "accepts" his offer, causing Naruto to fall into depression. Back on Earth, the villagers defend themselves and intercept the moon's meteorites, evacuating the civilians from Toneri's genocidal assault, while Sasuke Uchiha returns to protect Konoha.

After recovering for three days, Sakura reassures Naruto that Hinata truly loves him, and the group approaches Toneri's castle. Earlier, the spirit of Hamura contacted Hinata as the "Byakugan Princess" explaining Toneri has misinterpreted his decree. Toneri refuses to listen then he ruins the scarf and brainwashes Hinata. Invading Toneri's castle, Sakura and Sai secure Hanabi, while Shikamaru holds off Toneri's puppets, Naruto saves Hinata from the ceremony and destroys the Tenseigan altar. Toneri uses the remains to strengthen his power and slices the moon in half as Naruto engages him in Nine-Tails chakra mode. Naruto grasps a shred of the scarf and overpowers Toneri having the moon return to orbit. Taking back Hanabi's eyes, Toneri realizes the truth about Hamura's decree, and decides to stay on the moon to atone his sins. After Naruto tells Hinata the scarf he had earlier belonged to his late mother, they both confess their mutual love and kiss.

During the end credits, Naruto and Hinata get married, while his friends attend the wedding. In a post-credits scene before the series' epilogue, the couple play with their children, Boruto and Himawari.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice English voice
Naruto Uzumaki Junko Takeuchi Maile Flanagan
Hinata Hyuga Nana Mizuki Stephanie Sheh
Toneri Otsutsuki Jun Fukuyama Robbie Daymond
Sakura Haruno Chie Nakamura Kate Higgins
Shikamaru Nara Showtaro Morikubo Tom Gibis
Sai Satoshi Hino Ben Diskin
Sixth Hokage Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue Dave Wittenberg
Sasuke Uchiha Noriaki Sugiyama Yuri Lowenthal
Hanabi Hyuga Kiyomi Asai Colleen Villard
Hiashi Hyuga Eizō Tsuda John DeMita
Kotetsu Hagane Tomoyuki Kōno Liam O'Brien
Izumo Kamizuki Tomohiro Tsuboi Richard Cansino
Konohamaru Sarutobi Ikue Ōtani Colleen Villard
Rock Lee Yōichi Masukawa Brian Donovan
Might Guy Masashi Ebara Skip Stellrecht
Ino Yamanaka Ryōka Yuzuki Colleen Villard
Choji Akimichi Kentarō Itō Robbie Rist
Tsunade Masako Katsuki Debi Mae West
Shizune Keiko Nemoto Megan Hollingshead
Iruka Umino Toshihiko Seki Quinton Flynn
Kurama Tesshō Genda Paul St. Peter
Fifth Kazekage Gaara Akira Ishida Liam O'Brien
Fourth Raikage A Hideaki Tezuka Beau Billingslea
Killer Bee Hisao Egawa Catero Colbert
Fifth Mizukage Mei Terumi Yurika Hino Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Third Tsuchikage Onoki Tomomichi Nishimura Steven Blum
Akane Riho Takada Debi Mae West
Kaede Ai Hashizume Megan Hollingshead
Konoha Astronomer Arisa Shida Carrie Keranen
Teuchi Eisuke Asakura Patrick Seitz
Head Maid Kimiko Saitō Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Kiba Inuzuka Kōsuke Toriumi Kyle Hebert
Kurenai Yuhi Rumi Ochiai Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Hayate Gekko Nozomu Sasaki Lex Lang
Pain Kenyu Horiuchi Troy Baker
Katsuyu Mamiko Noto Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Boruto Uzumaki Kokoro Kikuchi Maile Flanagan
Himawari Uzumaki Yūki Kuwahara Stephanie Sheh

Production[edit]

The film is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi[5] while manga author Masashi Kishimoto is providing the story concept, character designs, and exercising complete editorial supervision.[6] The film was first announced at Jump Festa 2012.[7][8] It was premiered on 6 December 2014, which made it the first movie in the franchise to be released two years after the previous film.[6] Its first teaser was revealed on 31 July 2014.[9]

The film was heavily promoted in the lead up to the Naruto manga finale in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, with new concept designs and information revealed on a weekly basis.[10][11] A new character voiced by Jun Fukuyama made an appearance in the movie. Fukuyama also asked fans to enjoy the film once it is released.[12] A limited edition official movie data book was distributed with the movie, and was to contain a one-shot movie tie-in chapter by Kishimoto. Maruo Kyōzuka wrote a novelization published by Shueisha on 8 December 2014.[13]

The male duo Sukima Switch is performing the film's theme, "Hoshi no Utsuwa" ("Star Vessel"); producer Takuyuki Hirobe had asked the duo to make a song that invokes a gentle yet powerful outlook of the world in the making of the movie.[2] The single is set to be released on 3 December 2014.[14][needs update] A character CD song for Hinata Hyuga has also been announced as "Fuyu no Owari ni" ("At the End of Winter") by Nana Mizuki.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Amy McNulty of Anime News Network, while criticizing the unengaging villain, overarching plot and score for having no impact, praised the top-notch animation and story for taking a more character-driven romance approach to it than previous films, concluding that "Despite the (awkward) title, the movie is not actually the final film in the franchise, but it's the last of an era and a fitting capstone for the series and its fandom."[16] Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review, saying that "If 'The Last' lacks some of the emotional punch of the previous feature, 'The Road to Ninja,' Kobayashi compensates with flamboyant visuals that mix CG, drawn animation and elegant calligraphic figures, fans should stay through the credits for a surprising final scene."[17] Naruto's romance with Hinata earned multiple positive reactions from the media to the point some wished The Last to be condensed so that their relationship was the main focus of it.[18][19][16]

Box office[edit]

During its first weekend, The Last earned ¥515 million (US$4.35 million).[20] The film has grossed ¥1.29 billion after three weekends.[21] And by the end of December 2014, it had earned about ¥1.75 billion (US$14.76 million) and became the top-grossing feature film in the franchise.[4]

Sequel[edit]

After the post-credits scene of The Last, it has shown a teaser trailer for a movie based on Naruto and Hinata's son, Boruto, along with Sasuke and Sakura's daughter, Sarada, and the new generation.[22] Masashi Kishimoto is confirmed to be involved as a supervising executive producer, co-writer and character designer, conceiving the story about the next generation. The sequel is tied into the New Era Project. The film was released in Japan on 7 August 2015 and appeared with English subtitles in selected theaters in North America on 10 October 2015. Due to the film's success, it appeared in North America for a second time for a two night premiere on 18 and 19 December.

References[edit]

Japanese text
  1. ^ 新時代開幕プロジェクト Shinjidai Kaimaku Purojekuto
Specific
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  6. ^ a b "2014 Naruto Movie Titled 'The Last,' Slated for December 6". Anime News Network. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Naruto Movie Set for 2014". Shinigami List. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Naruto Creator Makes New Character for The Last -Naruto the Movie-". Anime News Network. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Sasuke, Kakashi Character Sketches Unveiled". Anime News Network. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Last -Naruto the Movie- Casts Jun Fukuyama as New Character". Anime News Network. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Last -Naruto the Movie- to Get Novelization". Anime News Network. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Theme Song". Naruto Movie. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Hinata, Hanabi Character Sketches Unveiled". Anime News Network. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b McNulty, Amy (February 20, 2015). "The Last: Naruto the Movie". Anime News Network. 
  17. ^ Solomon, Charles (20 February 2015). "Review: Elaborate 'Last' in Naruto series packs visual punch". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "ANIME REVIEW: Last, The: Naruto the Movie". UK Anime Network. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ Beveridge, Chris (November 7, 2015). "The Last: Naruto The Movie Review". The Fandom Post. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  20. ^ Ma, Kevin (10 December 2014). "Naruto overtakes Parasyte at Japan box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Ma, Kevin (24 December 2014). "Yo-kai Watch breaks Toho record in Japan". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Site Opens With Manga Excerpt". Anime News Network. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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