It’s Opposite Day in “Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie.” The teenage characters in this anime picture don’t call it that, but it’s the situation Naruto Uzumaki (voiced by Junko Takeuchi) and his friend Sakura Haruno (Chie Nakamura) find themselves in when they’re magically transported to a world that’s a mirror image of their own.
Their village looks the same, but their friends are all behaving in ways contrary to the manner Naruto and Sakura are familiar with. Very strange.
Stranger still is the fact that in this world, Naruto, an orphan in his own world, finds that his parents, two ninja heroes who died saving their village, are alive. And it’s Sakura, whose parents are alive in her world, who is the orphan in the alternate world.
A box-office hit when it was released in Japan in 2012, “Road” is the ninth movie derived from the popular Naruto franchise, which encompasses a series of manga comics and a TV series. (The manga was launched in 1999 by writer/artist Masashi Kishimoto, who wrote the screenplay for “Road to Ninja.”)
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Magic and thundering fight scenes dominate the story in “Road” as Naruto battles the demonic villain who transported him into the disorienting mirror-image world.
All the slam-bang aside, this is a story with a poignant core. In his own world, Naruto is a lonely adolescent who resents that his parents’ dedication to their heroic endeavors left him feeling neglected. In the alternate world, concocted by the villain from the boy’s dreams, Naruto is loved and cherished. The dream is meant to weaken his resolve to fight the evildoer, but it paradoxically has the opposite effect. In “Road to Ninja,” love triumphs.
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