Nothing But Filler: Naruto’s Worst Film

The 2006 movie Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, which fails despite the huge goodwill built up since the series’ introduction, is the most glaring example of a “fail” in a franchise as wide as the Naruto-verse.

The third of the eleven Naruto films that were theatrically released, Guardians of the Crescent Moon by Toshiyuki Tsuru, tells the tale of a mission where senior ninja Kakashi Hatake, along with junior ninjas Naruto, Sakura, and Rock Lee, are asked to accompany the prince of the Land of the Moon and his son back to their residence. They learn along the trip that the Land of the Moon has had a coup. Kakashi and his crew are now requested to go on a task they are ill-equipped for—helping their customers retake control of their nation. This is especially true once they learn that the rebel forces have also hired ninja to aid them.

However, Naruto must also cope with his client’s conviction that everything is possible with enough money as he is charged with caring for the prince’s son personally in addition to safeguarding his client.

Unfortunately, the tale of Guardians of the Crescent Moon is rather dull. In contrast to the nuanced characters in the main series, the antagonists are one-dimensional. Although the idea of ninjas battling one other to assist their patrons promised spectacular battles and action sequences, the end product is an action movie with little to no action. A stronger film may have a gripping narrative that might compensate for the lack of action. Unfortunately, the majority of fans do not view Naruto’s assistance in the Prince’s son’s attempt to become less haughty, snobbish, and annoying as “must-see” material. Instead of advancing Naruto as a series or a character, Guardians of the Crescent Moon appears more intent on conveying a message about being better human beings.

The movie is a complete waste of time, which is the second reason it fails. Although filler is not always negative, the content in this case does not advance the Naruto story in any meaningful way. The tale and the original characters would never be brought up again for series viewers. There is no significant connection made in the main saga, despite the fact that it was intriguing to see some background information on Kakashi and Rock Lee as well as Sakura acting independently of Sasuke’s influence.

In a sense, Guardians of the Crescent Moon is a cosmos unto itself. Even if a fan has never watched the movie, they might be regarded as an authority on the plot because of how isolated it is. Therefore, even if the movie’s subject is fairly intriguing, the way it was carried out is what condemns it to be Naruto’s worst movie forever.

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