The Japanese movie “The Last: Naruto the Movie” debuted in theatres on December 6th, 2014. The movie, which was the “Naruto” series’ last theatrical release, broke all box office records and wasn’t surpassed until the 2015 release of “Boruto: Naruto the Movie.” Therefore, “The Last” was not the final “Naruto” film.
The Last: Naruto the Movie is an odd film for a shounen series for young boys. It was created as a farewell to the original “Naruto” generation and a tie-in to the anticipated final chapter of the manga. While the movie keeps up the thrilling action one would anticipate from “Naruto,” the main focus of the narrative is the developing relationship between Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga, who has been his longtime admirer.
In general, shounen series emphasise action over romance. Masashi Kishimoto, the author of “Naruto,” has acknowledged his trouble penning love scenes, to the point where he was unsure he could handle the final kiss between Naruto and Hinata. The late Tsuneo Kobayashi, who directed the movie, Maruo Kyozuka, who wrote the screenplay, and all the gifted animators at Studio Pierrot made it possible for “The Last: Naruto the Movie” to fill in the gap between Chapter 699 and the Chapter 700 epilogue by revealing how Naruto and Hinata ultimately met.
Here is a summary of key narrative facts related to the resolution of “The Last: Naruto the Movie” for anyone who might have been unclear about specific details of the movie or unaware of where the “Naruto” world was prior to the movie.
Love at first sight
Viewers are taken back to the very beginning twice in “The Last: Naruto the Movie.”
The first cold opening uses a stylish, CG-animated montage to summarise “Naruto’s” world history; the second cold opening depicts Hinata’s first contact with Naruto when she was a little girl.
A young Hinata is seen being bullied by three boys over her Byakugan before she enrols in the Academy. She begins to cry after one of the lads names her a monster. Here comes a young Naruto, who uses his renowned Shadow Clone Jutsu on the bullies in an effort to save Hinata. Unfortunately, Naruto is merely a klutz at this point in the story and can only conjure up two pipsqueak copies of himself. The bullies knock Naruto out with one blow and then proceed to ruin the red scarf he is wearing before he can try to use a take-two on one of his jutsu.
Even though Naruto is unable to stop the bullies from abusing Hinata, his intervention does succeed in stopping them. When Hinata thanks Naruto, he essentially responds, “No big deal,” and then takes off. Hinata enters Naruto’s name when Iruka Umino asks the class who they would choose to be with if the world ended due to, say, the moon falling to Earth in the style of Majora’s Mask, starting her feelings for him.
No longer a class clown
The fact that Naruto is no longer regarded as the class clown, despised by both adults and his peers, is one of the largest status quo shifts in “The Last: Naruto the Movie.”
Young adult Naruto is now regarded as a local hero two years after his successful intervention in the Fourth Great Ninja War. He has garnered a following from neighbouring towns in addition to the hordes of fangirls at the Village Hidden in the Leaves (some of which travel just to take photos of him).
Naruto is utterly unaware of his sudden popularity as a heartthrob for young ladies, as one might anticipate from the knucklehead ninja. He frequently exhibits confusion at their devotion for him and is perplexed when they present him with expensive gifts. It’s a welcome change of pace to see Naruto adjusting to superstar life while also establishing his lack of awareness of Hinata’s affection on him.
An elder Naruto is seen training outside in the post-credit sequence as Hinata knits a fresh red scarf. Then, as the camera pans to a picture of Naruto and Hinata on their wedding day and with their new babies, the couple is welcomed by their kids, Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki, who have a fun snowball fight with their parents.
It’s an important scene since it demonstrates how much Naruto’s life has improved, in addition to being the first time Boruto and Himawari appeared in an animated form (and by no means the last). Naruto, who was once an orphan without a family to return to, is now a married man who welcomes his children with open arms. Of course, as depicted in “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” and “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” becoming a father is a lot more complicated than that.
The original generation of “Naruto” may have come to an end with “The Last: Naruto the Movie,” but the “Boruto” sequel series continues the franchise’s rich history with new characters, adventures, and easter egg references.
The Ōtsutsuki Clan
The Uchiha, Senju, Uzumaki, and Hyuga clans are descended from an ancient race of godlike extraterrestrial beings known as the Tsutsuki Clan. They are a parasitic race that relies on a planet’s life force to fuel its ongoing evolution toward divinity.
In order for the God Tree to develop and bear the chakra fruit for Isshiki tsutsuki to bring back to the clan during the conquering of Earth, Kaguya tsutsuki was to be sacrificed to the Ten-Tails seedling. However, Kaguya turned on Isshiki and her family and eventually ate the chakra fruit herself. Kaguya became the first chakra user on Earth as a result of her newly discovered abilities, ending all human wars and bringing about global peace.
Two sons, Hagoromo and Hamura, who were born with their own chakra, were the result of her subsequent pregnancies. In addition to the corrupted qualities of the chakra fruit, Kaguya’s fear of her clan returning for vengeance turned her from a godsend to a demonic monster. After Kaguya linked herself with the God Tree and became the Ten-Tails, her sons sealed her away due to her fixation with obtaining all of the chakra.
The Ten-Tails were changed into the moon’s core via the Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei technique by Hagoromo and Hamura. Hamura stayed on the moon to keep an eye on his mother’s remains while also taking over the Tsutsuki clan’s leadership. Hagoromo remained on Earth in the interim to disseminate chakra and instruct people in ninsh methods.
The red scarf
The most significant object in “The Last” is a scarf, which is frequently taken for granted despite the effort required to produce one. Specifically, a red scarf.
The two first encountered each other when Hinata witnessed Naruto lose his red scarf to the bullies he was attempting to defend. When they were drowned in the lake of genjutsu, Naruto was able to see Hinata’s memories and understand her genuine love for him thanks to the red scarf. Hinata keeps knitting and reknitting a red scarf for Naruto in the hopes of replacing the one he lost as a youngster and perhaps using it as a sign of her affection for him. This is true despite the several times it is ruined throughout the movie. In spite of the fact that only a fragment of it is left by the film’s conclusion, Naruto takes it with joy and uses it to vanquish Toneri Tsutsuki.
It takes a lot of time to knit someone a scarf, as Naruto mentions in the film. Hinata’s unwavering devotion to knitting for Naruto in the face of all his setbacks is a wonderful testament to her love and devotion for him. The red scarf also represents the Crimson Thread of Fate, an East Asian concept of an invisible red rope wrapped around the finger of individuals who are destined to be together. Given that his wife had already knitted a red scarf for him, Kishimoto came up with the concept for Hinata to make one for Naruto.
As the only living member of the Tsutsuki Clan, Toneri Tsutsuki is a direct descendant of Hamura Tsutsuki.
After the Fourth Great Ninja War, he resolves to put an end to humanity by having the moon collide with Earth because he hates how humans have turned chakra into weapons. Hanabi Hyga, Hinata’s younger sister, is kidnapped for her Byakugan, which he uses to create the Tenseigan. Then, in order to coerce Hinata into becoming his bride, he kidnaps her. He is unaware that the decree Hamura made centuries ago was misread, but he is driven by what he perceives to be the will of his forefathers, which is the reason for his vile deeds.
After being defeated by Naruto, Toneri is forced to face the painful truth that his ancestor’s genuine order was to preserve humanity rather than destroy it. Despite Naruto and Hinata’s invitation to live on Earth, Toneri chooses to remain in seclusion on the moon as a form of penance and vows that the moon will once more come into contact with Earth. Despite being the ultimate foe in the first “Naruto” film series, Toneri lacks depth in terms of personality and drive. However, several of his dubious behaviours are clarified in the novelization of the film.
Toneri’s obsession with Hinata first appeared when he was a little boy, when his father would periodically bring him to Earth and urged him to propose to Hinata when they saw the Hyga clan. Also receiving more attention is Toneri’s growing isolation as a result of his father’s passing. Hinata concluded that Toneri’s tendency toward a binary distinction between good and evil resulted from his proximity to the autonomous puppets of the tsutsuki clan, who lacked the capacity to question his worldview.
Naruto claims that if it weren’t for Hinata and his friends to keep him company, he might have ended up like Toneri, which furthers the book’s lonely comparison between the two characters. Toneri was nearly burned to death by the sun and was overpowered by his own might; Naruto’s compassion for Toneri explains why he couldn’t let him die.
Understand the concept of love
It’s unusual for a shounen series like “Naruto” to devote so much time and effort to creating a romance between its two main characters, let alone an entire film. “The Last” not only explains why Naruto has never been able to understand Hinata’s true feelings before now but also demonstrates the steps that led to the marriage of Naruto and Hinata.
Yes, Hinata’s quiet, reclusive nature contributes to her postponed proclamation of love for Naruto, but so does he. Naruto, however, failed to understand Hinata’s actual feelings for him out of ignorance rather than malice. Naruto was unable to express or sense any form of love that went deeper than his craving for ramen since he never experienced the love of friends and family when he was growing up, the movie makes clear in frank terms through Sakura Haruno’s interactions with Hinata and Naruto.
When it comes to the genjutsu lake scene, the hammer finally falls on the target because Naruto is able to sit back and watch important moments between him and Hinata while also understanding what she is thinking. This is especially true when Hinata signs his name on Iruka’s earlier assignment about her ideal partner in the event of the end of the world.
Walking down memory lane!
After preventing the moon from colliding with Earth and assisting Toneri in realising his error, Naruto and Hinata travel back to their house through the same cave that was once home to genjutsu bubbles. Before they depart, Naruto reveals to Hinata that the scarf he was wearing earlier was a gift from one of Naruto’s admirers. Hinata was greatly relieved to learn that the scarf was made by his mother before she died away.
Images of Naruto and Hinata’s past and present selves are displayed as they pass through the portal hand in hand, one of which shows Naruto sporting a restored version of Hinata’s red scarf. As he uses his chakra to soar out of the cave, Naruto instructs Hinata to hang on tight as the two share their first kiss in front of the full moon. The closing credits, which depict Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga’s wedding day, come next. Before reproducing the final chapter of the “Naruto” manga, the “Naruto: Shippuden” anime series fills in the details of how Naruto and Hinata’s wedding came to be.
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