Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
Naruto Shippuden the Movie Bonds.jpg
North American box art, showing Naruto (above) and Sasuke (below)
Directed byHajime Kamegaki
Written byJunki Takegami
Produced byMikihiko Fukazawa
Shoji Matsui
StarringJunko Takeuchi
Noriaki Sugiyama
Motoko Kumai
Unshō Ishizuka
CinematographyAtsuho Matsumoto
Edited byYukie Oikawa
Seiji Morita
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • August 2, 2008 (2008-08-02)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office¥1.16 billion (US$10.6 million)

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (Japanese: 劇場版 NARUTOナルト 疾風伝 絆, Hepburn: Gekijōban Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna)[1] is a 2008 Japanese animated film based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga and anime series. Released on August 2, 2008, it was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump along with the DVD release date for the first Shippuden film. Additionally, the teaser trailer for the second film aired with episodes 40 and 41, and again with episode 66 and 67. In episodes 70 and 73 the opening sequence was replaced with footage from the film. Its English version was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 25, 2011 in North America.[2] The film's theme song "No Rain No Rainbow" is performed by Home Made Kazoku. The movie is set after episode 69.

Plot[edit]

Enemy ninjas from the Land of the Sky arrive in Konoha and quickly set about attacking the village by committing an act of vengeance for the Leaf Village's devastating attack on the Sky Country during the Second Great Ninja World War.

While Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyuga escort Amaru and Doctor Shinnō to their village, Sai and Shino Aburame destroy the sky ninja's ship base. Orochimaru, now suffering from his expired body, orders Sasuke Uchiha to get a man who can help him perfect his reincarnation. At the now burning village, Amaru searches for the villagers, with a trap seemingly killing Shinnō. After Amaru recovers herself and senses, the remaining allies continue trying to find the missing villagers.

After Hinata is separated from the team, Amaru is possessed by the Zero-Tailed monster, Reibi. Naruto nearly transforms into a tailed beast state, but the seal suppresses the Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra within him & Amaru resists the power of Reibi. At the floating fortress Ancor Vantian, Naruto learns that the recovered Shinnō had betrayed them, using Amaru to research the power of darkness fifteen years ago, as well as the village's secret scroll. After Shinnō temporarily activates Body Revival Technique, Naruto stops Amaru from committing suicide and despite their memories.

Sasuke appears and intervenes, telling the weakened Shinnō to help Orochimaru, but Shinnō refuses, giving the reincarnation Jutsu scroll to Sasuke before falling into a trap door. Naruto and Sasuke confront Shinnō, revealing the giant cocoon to be the Zero-Tails and transforming into a chakra-absorbing monster. After Sasuke releases the curse mark and Naruto the fox's chakra, they overload Shinnō with charka, destroying him with the Lightning Blade and Tornado Rasengan. With the fortress no longer having power, Ancor Vantian falls. While several leaf ninjas attempt to infiltrate and destroy the fortress, Amaru, Hinata and the freed villagers prepare to leave.

After Naruto destroys the remaining fortress with the Rasengan (螺旋丸, lit. spiral sphere, English manga: "Spiral Chakra Sphere") and falls through the sky, Amaru rides on the glider to save him. They then land safely on Gamabunta.

Returning to the hideout & giving the scroll to Orochimaru, Sasuke continues training, reflecting on Naruto's last words to him.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese Voice English Voice
Naruto Uzumaki Junko Takeuchi Maile Flanagan
Sasuke Uchiha Noriaki Sugiyama Yuri Lowenthal
Sakura Haruno Chie Nakamura Kate Higgins
Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue Dave Wittenberg
Sai Satoshi Hino Ben Diskin
Neji Hyuga Kōichi Tōchika Steve Staley
Shino Aburame Shinji Kawada Derek Stephen Prince
Hinata Hyuga Nana Mizuki Stephanie Sheh
Shikamaru Nara Showtaro Morikubo Tom Gibis
Choji Akimichi Kentarō Itō Robbie Rist
Tsunade Masako Katsuki Debi Mae West
Shizune Keiko Nemoto Megan Hollingshead
Jiraiya Hōchū Ōtsuka David Lodge
Orochimaru Kujira Steve Blum
Kabuto Yakushi Nobutoshi Canna Henry Dittman
Yamato Rikiya Koyama Troy Baker
Amaru Motoko Kumai Michelle Ruff
Doctor Shinno Unshō Ishizuka Jamieson Price

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newest Naruto Movie Named, Dated: Kizuna on August 2".
  2. ^ "Viz Media Industry Panel".

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