Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower is set about the time of Naruto Shippuden box set 14. If you have seen the movies before, then you know these are not really a part of the main series storyline and more of a side step into Naruto and his comrades’ other missions and adventures.
The scene starts with Naruto, Sakura, Sai and Yamato in the middle of a mission to stop a rogue ninja called Mukade. Mukade is after Ryūmyaku an ancient Chakra that flows underneath the ruins of a city called Rouran. Getting his hands on the seal that is in place for the Ryūmyaku Mukade gets surrounded by a great power, Naruto and Yamato with the initial intention to prevent this, get enveloped in the power as well. The adventure continues from there, I am not revealing anymore than that.
You get to meet more characters than the few mentioned above, some you will recognise. You get the standard for Naruto, there is always a new personality that is encouraged by Naruto’s confidence and words. This movie is stereotypically like a lot of other Naruto side stories. It is enjoyable, yet predictable in most senses. It is interesting to find out more about the place where Naruto’s mission is set, as the story unfolds it all pieces together. The ending I found disappointing, almost like the scenario “I woke up and it was all a dream”.
Naruto does meet up with a particular character in this movie and you want certain conversations to happen, which do a little at the end (not as much as you would like). This did invoke some of my female hormones into action that I had some slight tears in my eyes. It did not make me pull the crying face however. Just to establish, the crying face is when you look completely unattractive through crying so bad. Box set 14 might have had me in this state, damn you oestrogen and progesterone.
If you watch the Naruto series and enjoy some if not all of the side stories, you may wish to watch this movie. It is a side story from the main series, but enjoyable all the same (even if I didn’t get to see the Kakashi I know and admire so much).