It’s hard to believe it was a little over a decade ago when I first got into Naruto, and needless to say it was one of the best anime I’ve seen that was released at that time. Now with the series being concluded, the story has made the jump to the big screen to continue the adventures of the hero and his friends. Their latest is Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which follows the new friends and family of the main characters on what may be their biggest challenge yet.
Directed by Hiroyuki Yamashita, this film takes place quite a few years after the events of the series. Naruto is finally living his dream as the Seventh Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. He’s married to Hinata and they have two children, Boruto and Himawari. Following in his father’s footsteps, Boruto is a ninja in training that’s on a team with Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter Sarada, and a boy named Mitsuki who is very mysterious. Following a lot of tension going on between himself and his father, Boruto and his team prepare for the upcoming Chunin exams. Without spoiling any of the drama that comes after, Sasuke returns from another dimension right after the exams are done with grave news of a terrible evil coming. This evil is revealed to be Kinshiki and Momoshiki, as they’re after something that will grant them great power and will tear apart Hidden Leaf Village to get it. Of course our heroes, young and old, will team together to stop them, or die trying.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of the movie after seeing The Last: Naruto the Movie, which was okay but could’ve been better. I’m glad to say that this feature was a lot better, as the story, drama, and action have all been stepped up this time around. While there are some moments where some so-so CG comes into play, the action and special effects are still more than enough to get your blood pumping as you watch. I also enjoyed seeing how the characters have grown and matured since the original series while having children of their own, something that hasn’t been done this well since the Dragon Ball Z show and films. There’s also a nice little surprise for fans after the credits roll that’s sure to give excitement chills to those who stick around.
Whether you’re a fan or just looking for something different to check out this weekend in theaters, be sure to put Boruto: Naruto the Movie on your list. It’s the best movie in the Naruto series yet and packed with great drama and action that will have you grabbing your ninja headband and cheering in excitement as you wait for the – inevitable – next film installment.