最後の物語は

I was in great luck, to attend The Last: Naruto The Movie premiere, just as I’ve wished for. The invitation came real early in the morning itself, but I only saw the message an hour prior the screening. Well, when opportunity knocks on the door, and if the time is just right, GRAB HOLD OF IT. I felt like I’ve been missing out on a lot in life due to an unusually reserve lifestyle… So I bounced off the lazy bed, and off I was on the way to MidValley!

I’m one of those 90’s kids who have been following the Naruto masterpiece for a long time. From chasing episodes after episodes of the anime on TV as a kid, to becoming older and knowledgeable on the Internet to look for translated Manga online. It was part of my life’s routine, for a good 15 years! It was devastating to finally read the final page of the final Chapter 700. My life felt a little emptier, as there will no longer be a weekly release of Naruto. I read the final chapter possibly ten times over, and it only dug that hollowness deeper.

With all that said, I watched the movie in great anticipation. Even if the manga has ended, The Last: Naruto The Movie is only the first entry of the Start of a New Era Project (新時代開幕プロジェクト Shinjidai Kaimaku Purojekuto), the first of a series of films as part of the canon Naruto storyline. Set during the timeskip in the last chapter of the manga, the story focuses on the love story between Naruto and Hinata.

Very focused on the couple indeed… as dear Sasuke was side-lined so much that he had about less than a minute of screen time. Not that I had a stopwatch with me. Whatever it was, it was just sad. That little “flaw” aside, it was smart how they pulled together old clips to recount our memories of Naruto. It was touching. Naruto held Hinata in his gentle embrace running past bubbles of memorable scenes and shot through Earth’s crust high into a starry night sky. The whole affair ended as Naruto and Hinata kissed with a silver moon backdrop. Pretty romantic from beginning to end, pretty okay love story in Kishimoto sensei’s hands.

Naruto Review

Maybe it’s just me, but I found the scene where Sakura helped Naruto realized his love for Hinata, bittersweet. The “crush” Naruto had always had on Sakura was also resolved there and then. This heart to heart talk, gave a strong sense that the characters have really grown up. But if you think about it, it does happen in real life. We had our crushes and puppy loves; we spent some good time daydreaming about how wonderful it was. Then later in life, we eventually find that person who truly matter the world to us.
Despite how exaggerated and illogical things in Narutoverse can be, the story and character growth do touch base with our own lives at some point. Perhaps that is one of the many reasons why we are so attached to the Naruto story. Or perhaps, it’s just an avid fan’s imagination. :p

A simple research over the Internet revealed that the next movie will feature Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki, to premiere in August 2015. That’s late. But, come Spring 2015, fans will be treated to a sequel mini-series featuring the next generation of Hidden Leaf ninjas. These all means that there are still more from the Narutoverse to feed all you old hungry fans out there! Or we can give Kishimoto sensei a break, let him spend more time with his kids.

Movie tickets to The Last: Naruto The Movie has already started selling like hotcakes, seats are being snatched up fast. So, no kidding. The movie is well worth a fan’s time and appreciation over its beautiful artwork and smooth animation. Earning about USD14.76 million by the end of December 2014 in Japan, it is the top-grossing feature film in the franchise. Verdict: 8/10

はじめての愛

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