Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
|Nov. 12, 2008 - Dec. 15, 2008|
Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom is a Japanese anime film, written and directed by Toshiyuki Tsuru, that premiered on August 5, 2006. It is the third film based on the popular Naruto anime and manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. It is also the final film based on the original Naruto series, before the Naruto: Shippūden series and Naruto: Shippūden the Movie started the following year. The movie was released on DVD in Japan on April 25, 2007.
The movie takes place after episode 196 of the anime series, and footage of this movie is seen in the opening and ending credits for episodes 197 through 199. In the United States, the film was first shown on Cartoon Network on November 8, 2008 and was released on DVD on November 11, 2008. The movie then began streaming on Toonami Jetstream from November 12, 2008 to December 15, 2008.
Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake, Sakura Haruno, and Rock Lee were assigned to a B-rank mission, to protect the prince of the Land of the Moon, Michiru, during his world trip; other escorts had been hired, but had quit due to being treated poorly. The Land of the Moon is a very wealthy nation, so Michiru tended to buy whatever he wanted, and had a very materialistic world-view. His son, Hikaru Tsuki, also acted in much the same manner, which irritated Naruto.
During the trip, the caravan stopped at a circus. When Hikaru took a liking to a rare sabre-toothed tiger, Chamū, which was featured there, Michiru ended up purchasing not only it, but the rest of the circus as well, placing it under the team's protection. Hikaru attempted to befriend the tiger, but found that it disliked humans. He lost interest in the circus, and, during a sea voyage, when a storm hit, he appeared unconcerned about the animals' well-being, causing Naruto to become disgusted at his lack of value for them. Upset by Naruto's view of him, Hikaru went out to help Chamū get to safety, and Naruto saved both of them after they were washed overboard. The next day, Naruto, Sakura and Lee become friends with Hikaru.
After returning to the Land of the Moon, the team found that the country had been taken over by Shabadaba, one of the nobles and a former friend of Michiru. Having hired three powerful ninja to assist him, Shabadaba had disposed of the king, and planned to do the same with Michiru and Hikaru, the remaining heirs to the throne. He ordered the military forces to kill them all, but the team was able to escape with the help of some soldiers still loyal to the king.
Escaping to a hidden cave, Michiru found that his father was still alive, but Sakura, although able to heal his petrified arm, was only able to keep him alive for a little while. The king revealed that he had suspected that something like this would happen, and had arranged for the journey to keep Michiru out of harm's way. Before dying, the king told Michiru and Hikaru that people are truly important in life, not material goods. During an attempt to escape the country by boat, the three ninja hired by Shabadaba attacked, disabling Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, and Lee with reaction-dulling poison that slowed their reactions. The prince was captured, but the emergence of Naruto's fox chakra allowed him to repel the attacking ninja before the prince's son could be taken.
At the castle, Shabadaba's reasons for taking over the country were revealed to be purely material, the same things Michiru had considered important, as he intended to use the nation's wealth for himself rather than the people. Michiru was disgusted by Shadabada's attitude, and realised the truth of what his father had said. Shabadaba decided to put him to death by a drawn out hanging: he had Michiru balance on a board of wood not strong enough to support his weight while wearing a noose, ensuring that, sooner or later, he would fall and be hanged.
With the help of the circus Michiru had purchased earlier, Kakashi's team made a rescue attempt with Hikaru and the rogue soldiers, infiltrating the palace by disguising themselves as members of the circus. One by one, Kakashi and his team fought individual battles: Kakashi fought the many soldiers in the courtyard, while each of the genin fought one of the ninja. Lee wielded a pair of nunchaku that had the ability to connect to other staffs hidden in his leg weights, creating weapons such as a long staff and a chain whip. He killed his opponent, Kongō, using Reverse Lotus. Sakura was able to dispatch her poison and genjutsu-using opponent, Karenbana, by shattering a chandelier to locate her by watching where she moved, and subsequently killed her with one punch. It turned out Karebana had worn too much perfume (which had helped Sakura locate her opponent while in a genjutsu by smelling for the perfume).
Naruto fought against Ishidate, the leader of the three ninja, while helping Hikaru reach his father. Hikaru shot an arrow, severing the rope around Michiru's neck, and Naruto's shadow clones caught the prince and his father. Ishidate was enraged, and attempted to kill Naruto, but Shadabada ordered him to deal with Michiru. Ishidate powers up his petrification glove to the fullest as Shadabada continues to tell him which target to pick. Enraged by his constant bicker, Ishidate accidentally petrifies Shadabada. In the penultimate scene, Naruto, his leg disabled by his opponent's strange petrification technique, rode on Michiru's shoulders to attack with his Rasengan, which then reflected the light of the moon in such a manner that it grew and took on a crescent shape, creating the Crescent Moon Rasengan. He hit Ishidate with this attack, sending him flying and destroying Shadabada's stone remains killing them both.
After Ishidate's death, Michiru took the throne of the country, and promised to rule as his father had done while starting on a diet, beginning weight training and once the country settles down he was going to pick Hikaru's mama, Amayo. As Kakashi was immobilised due to overuse of the Sharingan, his team decided to take a vacation in the Land of the Moon while he recovers. Two weeks later, Kakashi has regained his strength and the team departs as the saviours of the Crescent Moon Kingdom. King Michiru decides to once again try reconnecting with his wife, now knowing what he shouldn't do.
- Naruto Uzumaki
- Sakura Haruno
- Kakashi Hatake
- Rock Lee
- Hikaru Tsuki
- Michiru Tsuki
- Kakeru Tsuki
- Boxing Kangaroos
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Maile Flanagan||Junko Takeuchi|
|Sakura Haruno||Kate Higgins||Chie Nakamura|
|Rock Lee||Brian Donovan||Yōichi Masukawa|
|Kakashi Hatake||Dave Wittenberg||Kazuhiko Inoue|
|Hikaru Tsuki||Kari Wahlgren||Kyōsuke Ikeda|
|Michiru Tsuki||Michael Sorich||Akio Ōtsuka|
|Korega||Kirk Thornton||Kenji Hamada|
|Amayo||Bridget Hoffman||Marika Hayashi|
|Shabadaba||Terrence Stone||Umeji Sasaki|
|Ishidate||Christopher Corey Smith||Masashi Sugawara|
|Kongo||Keith Silverstein||Hisao Egawa|
|Karenbana||Cindy Robinson||Haruhi Terada|
|Kakeru Tsuki||Michael Forest||Rokuro Naya|
|Tsunade||Debi Mae West||Masako Katsuki|
|Ringleader||Wally Wingert||Tomomichi Nishimura|
|King's Guardsman||Jamieson Price||—|
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Third Naruto Movie Streamed on Toonami Jetstream ". animenewsnetwork.com. November 12, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-12/third-naruto-movie-streamed-on-toonami-jetstream. Retrieved on August 11, 2015.
- ↑ "Cartoon Network to Run 3rd Naruto Movie This Saturday ". animenewsnetwork.com. November 7, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-07/cartoon-network-to-run-3rd-naruto-movie-this-saturday. Retrieved on August 11, 2015.