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  • The only Naruto filler episode I really enjoyed was the episode where Team 7 was trying to find out what Kakashi looked like, as I am also curious
  • That said, I think filler arcs / episodes are probably best when they have a good script and are standalone, like the Kakashi’s face episode and the Naruto movies
  • Thus, I thought the movies presented an opportunity to delve into the back-story/side-story of some of the more minor characters of the series which we usually do not see much off in the main plot as well as perhaps develop some of the relationships you only see fleetingly in the manga or anime
  • Unfortunately, the movie fails to do either of this
  • Considering Naruto’s demographic, that might not be a bad thing but fans who were expecting more substantial interaction between Naruto and Minato (or the other Konoha ninjas for that matter) will be left sorely disappointed, just like I was

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      To be honest I did not have high expectations for Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower in the first place, it could potentially have been a pretty decent animated file, but instead is a mediocre due to its missed opportunities…

      Naruto Shippuden – The Lost Tower, is the fourth film from the Naruto Shippuden series, it was released in Japan on July 31st 2010. Main character Naruto Uzumaki, with team mates Sakura Haruno and Sai, and team leader Yamato are sent to capture Mukade, who is a missing-nin from the Sand village. While fighting in the ruins of the desert city of Rouran, Mukade, Naruto and Yamato somehow get thrown back into the past, when the city of Rouran was at its peak. There, Naruto encounters Sara, who is the Queen of Rouran and


      a familiar man with blonde hair, whose face was carved on the Leaf Village’s Hokage monument.

      Personally, I’m not a big fan of filler arcs in anime. One of the main reasons I actually stopped watching Naruto was because of the seemingly never-ending number of mediocre filler episodes / arcs. The only Naruto filler episode I really enjoyed was the episode where Team 7 was trying to find out what Kakashi looked like, as I am also curious. These filler arcs do get annoying, especially when they try to merge it into the main story and it ends up somewhat tacked on and out of place. That said, I think filler arcs / episodes are probably best when they have a good script and are standalone, like the Kakashi’s face episode and the Naruto movies. Thus, I thought the movies presented an opportunity to delve into the back-story/side-story of some of the more minor characters of the series which we usually do not see much off in the main plot as well as perhaps develop some of the relationships you only see fleetingly in the manga or anime. Unfortunately, the movie fails to do either of this.

      The Lost Tower features four Konoha ninja which fans usually do not see much of, a pre-Hokage Minato Namikaze, Shino’s father Shibi Aburame, Choji’s father Choza Akimichi and a young (pre-Sharingan) Hatake Kakashi. Sadly, all three characters are relegated to the background with little screen time, save for the occasional battle scene. Minato’s character though, does get a little more screen time than the other two and shows glimpses ...


      • Naruto Shippuden - The Lost Tower, anime
      of his skills and abilities which eventually lead him to become the 4th Hokage.

      Time travel movies allow people to explore the interactions between people of the past and present, as well as the positive and negative effects on the characters’ future. The Lost Tower, unfortunately or not, eschews this in favour for the standard shonen battle scenes and Queen Sara trying to rescue the citizens of Rouran. Considering Naruto’s demographic, that might not be a bad thing but fans who were expecting more substantial interaction between Naruto and Minato (or the other Konoha ninjas for that matter) will be left sorely disappointed, just like I was. The film does at least show what happened to the people of Rouran at the end.

      Despite the negatives, the film does have its saving graces. Naruto

      films are usually produced with a higher budget and this was shown in the animation – smooth visuals, clear and distinct character designs and a high frame rate, even in the battle scenes (Which I enjoyed). There is the “blink and you’ll miss it” fan-service as well, with a flashback sequence showing the opening of a certain ramen store in the Leaf village and the younger selves of a few well-known Leaf ninja. It also closes up most of the plot points, with relatively few plot holes. There is not a lot of humour in The Lost Tower, but it is a decent anime film in itself. Provided, of course, that you do not expect anything “earth-shattering” from the movie, in terms of plot, animation or otherwise.




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