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Naruto Movie (2004): Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
劇場版 NARUTO 大活劇! 雪姫忍法帖だってばよ!! (Gekijōban Naruto Daikatsugeki! Yukihime Ninpōchō dattebayo!!)

Synopsis

Naruto Uzumaki the ninja-in-training and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring the hit movie “The Adventures of Princess Gale.” The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film. When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know three rogue Snow Ninja are lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.
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TV Rating

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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Combat/Action
Visual
World building

Cons

Some annoying character traits

PROs CONS

Overview

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow was released in Japan on March 21, 2004. The film is set after episode 101. The ending song Home Sweet Home is performed by Yuki. The English adaptation replaced the song with Jeremy Sweet’s “Never Give Up”, due to licensing restrictions.

Alternative titles

– Gekijouban Naruto: Dai Katsugeki! Yuki Hime Ninpouchou Datte ba yo!
– Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
– 劇場版 NARUTO 大活劇! 雪姫忍法帖だってばよ!!
– Naruto – Film 1 – Les chroniques Ninja de la Princesse des neiges
– Naruto – La primavera nel Paese della Neve
– Naruto: Geheimmission im Land des ewigen Schnees
– นารูโตะ นินจาจอมคาถา เดอะมูฟวี่ ตอน ศึกชิงเจ้าหญิงหิมะ
– Naruto: Záchrana sněžné princezny
– Naruto Film: Ninjaların Karlar Adasında Çarpışmaları
– Naruto: It`s the Snow Princess` Ninja Art Book!
– ناروتو: أميرة الثلج
– Naruto Movie 1

TL;DR Review

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (劇場版 NARUTO 大活劇! 雪姫忍法帖だってばよ!! Gekijōban Naruto Daikatsugeki! Yukihime Ninpōchō dattebayo!!, lit. Great Action Scene! Snow Princess’ Book of Ninja Arts) is a 2004 Japanese animated film based on Masashi Kishimoto’s manga and anime series.

The artwork is slightly better than the TV show, but the foremost improvement is the combat animation. The fights are good and just enough to keep you gripped but not to the point they were unnecessary.

At the start of the film, Naruto pretty much is a stalker and they kidnapped the actress as she did not want to go to the Land of Snow. And when they are there, their plan to escape an oncoming train is trying to outrun it instead of going to the side of the wall. Look like they learned from the school of Prometheus of running away.

The movie was more enjoyable than expected for a shounen spin-off movie, though the plot is still quite formulaic.

1. Our heroes meet a throwaway enemy.
2. Their first encounter doesn’t go as plan.
3. They recoup and maybe make some speech.
4. The second and final encounter they’ll triumph and win the day.

The relentless barrage of “never give up” theme wear me out a bit. Other than that, the movie was enjoyable and the battles were more impressive than normal.

Recommended for shounen fan. Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow contains graphic violence. Intended for young adults.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Home Sweet Home” by Yuki

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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