Naruto - The Lost Tower - DVD Review
Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower
is the seventh film in the long-running Naruto
franchise. It's a mostly standalone entry with many of the familiar
characters from the series. Released in Japanese cinemas in July 2010,
was greeted with mostly negative and uninspiring responses from fans.
now been released in North America, with both the original Japanese
version and with an English dub.
plot of the film involves time travel. Sounds like a
cool concept, right? The story in this outing focuses on a rouge ninja
who is being stopped by Naruto and his team when suddenly the power of
Line is drawn and through a form of chakra Naruto and co. are flung
back to a
past time in the city of Loran, where there are countless towers that
across the sky. In this new location and time Naruto finds himself
Queen of Loran, who is sheltered away from the rest of the world and is
to deal with the effects of her people and land becoming subjected to
evils of the ninja Mikade, who seeks to turn everyone there into
puppets (literally, by using a machine that makes
the people of Loran create puppet versions of themselves) that he can control. Can Mukade escape the
high-flyin' mooves of Naurto and be the ruler of all of Loran or will
stopped and the time and place will be corrected back to the way it was
in Loran -- with Naruto either stuck in time or returning home and out of time dislodgment?
film is rather disappointing. I have not kept up to
speed with the Naruto franchise, and
this film is a reminder of why I sometimes found myself disappointed
with the world
of Naruto. I'd loved the early episodes
and the story and characters that inhabited it. Somewhere along the big
Naruto journey I sort of fell out of
fandom. I got sick of so many filler episodes and seemingly unending
that stopped delivering something that seemed unique and special. Yet
I do wonder if I have missed out by jumping out of fandom as I've heard
of good things about later seasons. If the series has truly improved
wasn't a good way to experience the improvements I have heard a bit
jumping back in with Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost
Tower wasn't necessarily a
great idea as it's a mess of a film. This has nothing to do with the
I'd missed out on other Naruto outings,
either. The plot works standalone and I am familiar with these
don't see how that many fans would enjoy this adventure. It focuses far
much on what Naruto is doing without giving enough time to the
to the disappointing aspects of this film, the basic
plot behind this outing is generic - so bland and uninviting that only
"serious" Naruto fans who
enjoy everything in the entire franchise without any qualms or
will find something appealing here. If my write-up of the plot wasn't
convincing, this has a really uneventful plot that really makes no
the world of the series. It's also quite uninspired as the basic
concept of the
film involves time travel but nothing special is done with this
the film relies almost entirely on Naruto
"uncovering the mystery" (which is fairly sub-standard and poorly
written) before he battles it out with the evil Ninja Mukade using the
techniques over and over again. The film then almost abruptly ends
dueling is done and things are set back to how they needed to be.
don't even consider much of a spoiler, it's not as though people are
Naruto to get stuck in the past in an unfamiliar land.)
animation quality is pretty nice overall but a clear
step down from some of the other adventures with Naruto.
I thought it was a bit drab in terms of color design, which
was a underwhelming aspect of the production. The character designs are
familiar though with expectedly fluid animation. When it came to the
towards the end things devolved somewhat and it became a bit of a mess
chaotic animation that is dull and uninspired.
direction by Masahiko Murata was mediocre at best but it
was the weak script by the screenwriter, Junki Takegami, which made the
such a big disaster creatively. The presentation of the story was
quality for most of the run-time but this is unquestionably a weak plot
opportunity for the characters to shine. This dud isn't recommended to
it's a weak and unexciting chapter in the long-running series.
anamorphic widescreen presentation does a good job of presenting the
The bit-rates and encoding were mostly good but a bit on a low side for
and certain moments would have benefited from better encoding. It's a
looking release of Naruto
Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower --
not an amazing one -- but one with accurate color
reproduction and decent image depth.
5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound
track for both English and Japanese should offer fans a good experience
decent surround usage during the battle sequences. Music is also aided
surround experience. 2.0 audio in English and Japanese is also
are provided in English for
viewing the Japanese language version.
are a couple of extras
included on this release. The most exciting one is a short film in the Naruto universe entitled Naruto and the
Three Wishes. To my
surprise, this short film is so much better than the main feature: I
loved it! Fans of Naruto should
absolutely check out the short as it's an example of the comedic
is sometimes found on the show and there are great moments for all of
characters of the short to have a spotlight moment. This is very funny
charming and it reminded me of what I loved about Naruto
in the first place: the great characters and comedic hijinks
(not seemingly unending battles and generic plot-lines).
release also includes clean
ending animation and Japanese trailers for the main feature film.
Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower is
an unexciting and poorly executed film in the long running anime
While I hoped for a good time with this feature film, the results were
decidedly underwhelming with a weak plot and poor characterizations.
bright aspect of this release is the awesomely fun short film entitled Naruto
and the Three Wishes, which
is worth the price of admission. Fans will want to at least give this
rent for viewing the short film that is included (if nothing else).
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.