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Review: Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection Blu-Ray Set

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Four Action Packed Movies In One Package!

It’s been a while since I watched the first four Naruto Shippuden movies. Although they aren’t canon to the storyline unlike the last two movies, they were still quite enjoyable. The Rasengan Collection is just basically all movies that were previously released separately now in one packaging since it’s very apparent if you watch the trailers included in each movie, however that shouldn’t stop you from getting this.

 Already caught up with Boruto, both anime and the manga, it felt a bit weird going back, especially since these movies take place before the great ninja war, with The Lost Tower taking place after the Pain Arc since it implies Jiraiya is already dead. However, revisiting Naruto’s teen days was quite refreshing from Boruto, which still has epic fights, but it’s a lot more peaceful than it’s predecessor series.

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection (Blu-ray)
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Licensed By: Viz Media
Released: October 3rd, 2017 (NA)
MSRP: $29.98

Naruto Shippuden the Movie, the first movie in Shippudden, and the overall fourth Naruto movie, starts with a prediction that Naruto Uzumaki dies battling a monster who kills him. We later see his funeral held in Konoha. The movie then takes us back a few days before the prediction, where a man named Yomi (literally meaning "Underworld" in Japanese culture) attacked a shrine, to retrieve the spirit of Moryo, a demon who attempted to take over the world and create his "Thousand Year Kingdom". This movie was nice since we got to see Rock Lee and Neji in action, which didn’t happen much in Shippuden, save a bit of the first arc, a bit of the Pain arc, and a bit of the Fourth Great Ninja War. The villain and the characters weren’t too memorable either.

The second movie, Bonds, starts with a mysterious group of ninjas from the Land of the Sky landing a surprise attack on Konoha as revenge for Konoha nearly destroying the Land of the Sky during the Second Shinobi World War. The group began caused mass mayhem in Konoha with Sora-nin flying using a Winged Mechanical Device and bombarding the village. A boy had come a very long way to inform Konoha that his village had been attacked, and that he was looking for his sensei, who was currently in Konoha, so that he could go back with him to heal the injured at his village.

I remember that when I first watched this movie, the plot twist caught me kind of off-guard, and I really liked Shinno as an antagonist. We also see some Sai and Shino in action, which like the other movie, we don’t see these characters much in action, especially Shino. He really showed off in this movie. Although it didn’t have much impact this time around since rewatching this movie after the final arc in the series, seeing Naruto and Sasuke fighting together was still nice.

In Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire, the main conflict revolves the potential outbreak of a Fourth Shinobi World War when shinobi with kekkei genkai abilities begin to disappear from their respective villages. Kakashi then allows himself to be captured, sacrificing himself for his village. To stop Naruto, Shikamaru puts him in a cell which follows up with Sakura coming to rescue Naruto from the cell that Shikamaru put him in, then they leave the village to rescue Kakashi. The other Konoha 11 are sent to retrieve them. I solely like this movie because of the message of the Will of Fire, and again, we get to see everyone in action, which doesn’t happen in the Naruto and Sasuke-centralized the main series.

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower starts with Naruto, Sakura, Yamato, and Sai are assigned on a mission to capture Mukade, a missing-nin from Sunagakure. Team Yamato was heading to a glorious historic ruin of Roran, a city with once thousands of towers and is located in the middle of the desert. They managed to corner Mukade, who reveals that his goal is to travel to the past and take over the Five Great Shinobi Countries with the power of the Ryumyaku, an ancient chakra flow hidden deep underground in Rōran. He unleashes the power of the Ryumyaku, which is seen to have been sealed by Minato's Flying Thunder God Kunai. A light envelopes Naruto and Yamato, who were trying to stop Mukade. Sakura attempts to follow them into the light, but Sai stops Sakura from getting sucked in as well.

Unlike the other three movies, we don’t get to see much of the other Konoha 11 since only Naruto got sucked in, and Yamato is nowhere to be seen until after they defeated Mukade. However, instead, we get to see Minato in action, which is always pleasing to see. Mukade wasn’t really an interesting villain, however, but just seeing the Minato and Naruto relationship, despite Naruto not knowing that Minato was his father, it was quite touching.

If you haven’t gotten the opportunity to own these movies, or better yet, haven’t seen the movies yet for some reason, then I would recommend getting The Rasengan Collection. It’s definitely much cheaper than buying the movies individually. 


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Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection reviewed by Christian Chiok

8.5

GREAT

Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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