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So I've heard of this film for a long while, but never got to watch it for lack of a proper subbed copy/DVD release. (There was that Korean dubbed one that some people watched online, but Naruto has my favorite Japanese voice acting so I didn't want to watch it any other way!)

Sometime last month, some happy news reached our shores — Road to Ninja would be showing at our local cinemas!! I know it's been a while since its first release but I'm glad I waited before resorting to well, less legal ways of watching it! Hahah! Here is a stupid rap I wrote and slapped on a manga panel:

Would Killer Bee be proud of me? HAHAH

Premiere Night!

I had the honor of being invited to the special advanced screening at Director's Club before it hit the cinemas! Major thanks to Ica and Movie Punch for having us over!

I dressed up as Minato (the Fourth Hokage) and Marien dressed up as Tsunade (the Fifth Hokage) for the premiere.

We definitely got the Hokage treatment!

These seats are intensely comfortable, and seats were very limited so we could enjoy the private viewing

Here I am being a proud stage dad, waiting to watch son's movie!

Ica is performing... Kawaii no Jutsu?

Road to Ninja shirts from Sir Sam!

More premiere night photos on Ica's blog post!

Upon getting home, I tried on my new shirt and prepared a different outfit to watch the movie for the second time, with more of my friends on the following afternoon!

First Regular Screening Day!

On the way to Megamall! (It's hard to take non-blurry photos while the car is moving)


Obligatory pictures in front of the giant poster! (Dear SM Cinema, may I keep one when it's done? Hahaha!) Look at my father Minato, always behind me.

I dressed up as Naruto this time, so I could be a butt and tell people "Thank you for watching my movie!" :laughing: Miguel :iconmerkymerx: dressed up as Sasuke, and Charmie yaoiangel14 as Hinata — their alternate versions in the movie, that is!

Please send me a photo if you're one of the people who took pictures with us while we were here! :D

We're not hating on One Piece, this just seemed like an appropriate pose for a bunch of ninjas in front of the One Piece movie poster, hahah!

Took some photos after most people left after the movie. (It was a full house!) We stayed behind because we needed to compose ourselves after all the crying hahaha! I was like, "Are my whiskers still here?"

Super Bushy Brows Sensei dynamic entry!

Appropriate craving for the day. Miso chashu ramen.

Snacktime with AU friends after the movie! Eating the naruto from my ramen!

Now with Swagsuke, with appropriate sparkles
The fishcake I'm eating looks like my mouth hahah

Noodleyface photo


Some of my friends who watched with me <3 There were a dozen of us (including the others not in this shot) and we took up the entire center front row of the balcony in the cinema, hahah!

Naruto. Naruto everywhere.

I can do that too, Iron Man!

This is why I never get an outfit change.
Meanwhile, after every major fight, Sasuke gets a new costume.
/pouts at Mr. Kishimoto
(But nah, hahah my costume didn't come from here!)

Went to the toy store and posed with my younger self!

With friendssss!

After we took these shots, a bunch of kids wanted to get pictures with me too. So sweet, hahah. There was a bit of a commotion but I don't think the Toy Kingdom people minded much!

Great way to end the day before we left to chill at one of our secret hideouts!

That's two Naruto characters I've cosplayed again this week. One more to go for next Sunday at Ozine Fest! (It's not Deidara yet!)

Non-Spoiler Impressions of Road to Ninja

I haven't seen all of the other Naruto movies, because the few I had watched just felt like long filler episodes with random foreign characters unrelated to the main story. This was different!

What initially drew me into this movie was that Minato and Kushina, Naruto's father and mother, were on the poster! I adore those two and always want to see more of them, so just the fact that they would be appearing in this installment was enough reason for me to watch it!

I appreciated that this film is something that could fit into the canon timeline of events. Maybe not in an entirely perfect way, but it is a welcome addition to me.

The best part of the film actually wasn't the main plot or the final battle with the main villain. It was all the little moments and the exploration of things that could have been, which really hit me right in the feelings. If you are able to come home to place with a warm meal and something more than the hum of electricity to greet you, you may learn to appreciate it more.

This film had us crying at one moment, and laughing hysterically a minute after, and then crying again. It was a rollercoaster of emotions which ultimately brought our favorite characters closer to our hearts.

It was fantastic getting to watch this on the big screen, and surrounded by my friends. We could react together, along with the entire cinema who cheered and laughed (and sniffled) with us! I always enjoy observing how people respond to certain scenes, like how fangirl squeals erupted when Sasuke appeared on screen :lol: And the reactions when the Akatsuki get involved in a most unexpected way!

For those of you in the Philippines, you can catch Road to Ninja in SM Cinemas! Check this page to check schedules at your local theater! :pointr:…

So yeah, I loved the movie! My only wish is that we could have seen more of their classmates, hahah! Definitely getting a copy when the DVD comes out!

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sasuke----kun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Artist
you look kawaii in minato namikaze cosplaying !!!kawaaaiiiiiii!
NightPriestess09 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Loved the movie, and cried so much~ :'(
lotusbiru Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
whoaa... ypu looks good cosplaying namikaze minato!! >.<
DreamsComeTroo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Hit you right in the feels <3
xLva-chanx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow naruto is so amazing like you nwn
AlexUdeg Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cool premier!!!
Kawai... !!
GerryIsNear Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I haven't seen this movie yet, but it looks like the most interesting Naruto movie yet. I love reading your posts. We don't have a lot of those kinds of movie-watching experiences or the kinds of foods you eat (they always look so delicious) 'round these here parts.
SaitoYuki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Argh I really should've gotten that picture with you TT^TT Especially now that I know you'll only be going to Ozine Fest on Sunday, whereas I'll be going on Saturday. /regrets regrets regrets
pinkhairedsasuke Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for you guys...
We also watched here in Iloilo and there were no reactions from people at all... Just us. :paranoid:
There really are just a few hardcore fans here.
My friends and I cosplayed too and we really had fun. -^_^- We watched the movie as if we really are the ones in it. We blamed each other's characters when they did something too. Me, being Sakura was blamed and teased most of time. We couldn't just keep quiet the entire movie.
We squealed and fangirled, I also cried every flashback.. and felt heart broken when I saw Sasuke just being a playboy. (I felt that they should have more screen time for Sasuke too. But, oh well.)

You're right. This is probably one of those movies wherein I felt that it isn't just a filler episode. I love how they played with the characters too. It was altogether funny and somewhat sad. I would really love to see Naruto have fun with Kushina and Minato in the real world. But.. but.. (Q A Q)
Bubblette Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student
Ugh you lucky duck! :iconcryforeverplz: Awesome cosplay and I bet the movie was fantastic! When are the DVD's coming ouuuuuut? QAQ
FatLittleSeal Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
i will be one of those squealing fangirls when i watch the movie XD
i shall cosplay alone in my room ._.

lucky u guys got to go out wearing that
when i do, people are like "are those mascots from a new store or something?''
TT_TT depressing how little people know bout 1 of the top 3 anime/manga in existance v_v
bayobayo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Swag and sparkles. . . :iconnarutowthplz: :iconsay-no-narutoplz:

Glob, you guys are so lucky you got to watch it in SM. Been dying to watch it rather than watch the Korean dubbed one. But sadly, can't afford going out of my own home Region yet, soooooo. . .I guess it's only Iron Man 3 for me this year :iconsadnarutoplz:

You and Ate Marien make great Hokages by the way, and :iconyaoiangel14: makes one very cute Hinata. Thanks for sharing your fun with us :D

Oh, and kudos for taking the risk with that rap. Dun worry, Bee will surely like it. :iconnaruto-stamp-2:

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Darknessangel12 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice cosplay <3 love it
TojiX Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
As always you guys are AWESOME, maybe next year you guys might do something out of your element like Guardians of the Galaxy just for the fun of it.
st3rn1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're funny and great as always!

thanks a lot for your impressions! i'm the same opinion about naruto movies but maybe i'll watch this movie, when it comes out in germany someday. ^^° minato is one of my favourite characters, too! *____*
BlackPropaganda Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Very lucky that I was in Luzon and very happy that I was able to watch it with your group Jin!
We were the noisy bunch on your right haha!

We kept teasing who cried first after the movie. :v
aliceXmauve Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My day was a complete mess but not until i read this!!! :iconaawplz: You're amazing as always JIN!! :icongawwplz: I'm so proud to be your fan!!!! thank you!!! :icondesiremeplz:
yummyphud Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Oh Jin, I missed your picspam journal entries. I wonder if the movie has been subbed yet. I just can't wait to see everyone's alternate transformations, esp Hinata cuz she looks so badass haha.
dragonchips Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Your journals are always awesome! Thank you!
kesia6075 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made my day. Thank you for being awesome.
Lolita-MusicBox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Writer
i saw the raw version in japanese but i felt the same: crying, laughing, the crying again. btw, you're naruto and minato cosplays look awesome! :D
Skull-Bunneh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss seeing all your journals! Glad you got together again with all your friends. :heart:
Evilness321 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
And of course, Hinata-chan always present!
Yui-cham12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaay, i was waiting for your journal update! ^^ i love to read them, they're always make me smile :3
AdorableNinja Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
omg love the cosplay pic made me laugh :)
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Haha too fun and cute! Thanks for sharing these with me/us :heart:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to look through them and leave a comment! :thanks:
PheiChi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Miguel is seducing me in that picture
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Swagsuke getting his swag on
cosplay-violin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really have to go in full cosplay to a movie theater as well sometime. Seems like lots of fun xD
It's a pity they don't show anime movies in Finland...
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
They didn't over here too until recently! It was because lots of people showed support for them through social media :)
cosplay-violin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I get it xD
Nikkachan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I agree with your comments on the movie. Esp: "My only wish is that we could have seen more of their classmates". Though I have to say that I was a little embarrassed for Shikamaru and Neji. I think they would have committed suicide if they got to watch what their alternates did.

I wish my friends would cosplay with me to anime movies too. For that I would say: your friends are cool.

I have a copy of the movie (but in Korean which sucks coz Kakashi's voice was not as good as Kazuhiko Inoue's). All the feels got me crying. Was very touched by the ending though. Wish I could watch it with my friends in the cinema too.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Ahahah, I agree about Shikamaru and Neji! Especially Neji. And let's not forget Lee! But oh man was it amusing to watch!

I won't argue with that! They are the coolest.

It'll be showing until next week I think! And the Japanese audio + English subbed DVD might be out soon after too!
m2aster Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I envy you so much right now, naruto movies never go's on cinema were I live, I'm tempted to buy a plane ticket to the Philippines just to see the movie.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Awww! The English subbed DVD may be out soon! At least, that's what I gather from what's been told to me!
m2aster Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I hope it does, I have waited for what feels like forever to see that movie.
Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It΄s great that your cinemas show animes, our german cinema never show them :( the only ones that I could watch where some Ghibli-movies, but never something like Naruto or One Piece.
your pictures are great, it seems you have a lot of fun with your friends :)
And I adore the noodle-photo haha. Very in-character, the face is priceless!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
We're only getting anime movies recently, because the support for the Rurouni Kenshin movie showed that the fanbase for those types of movies here is strong :)

Thank you so much! It's hard not to have a great time with them around. :D

Ahaha! I was starving after the movie and really wanted some noodles, so I was sincerely happy!
Nami15 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! I love that you cosplay to movies. If I had been there, I would have taken a billion photos of you guys (cause I'm a crazed person). I want to see this movie, until you mentioned it, I had no idea it existed! D: What's happening to my life?! I'm so out of the loop!!

To quote Choji: "He's so far out of the loop, he doesn't know there is a loop." >>; accurate statement. XD Thanks for always giving us a look into your life! =3
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Aww, you are most welcome! I'm just glad there are people like you out there who enjoy hearing from me! :D
Nami15 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!! I feel like I'm talking to a celebrity when you reply. :heart:
madmax21st Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Heh. At least that's what it looks like.
madmax21st Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
The hipster couple besides you guys looks disapprovingly at you guys for some reason. And then the douchey-looking dude were like tumblring his displeasure.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
Notice how they are also included in the group shot of people I watched with :lol:
madmax21st Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Yeah I noticed them. Just observing what see without context :icononionxdplz:.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   General Artist
But yeah, it's hilarious that it looked that way! They'd probably laugh too when I point it out to them :laughing:
artprincess58 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooo cuuteeeee ^^
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