Naruto and the others arrive at the Village Hidden in the Waterfall on an escort mission for Shibuki, the young leader of the village. Things seem peaceful until Kakashi leaves on urgent business and the village is attacked by Suien, a former Hidden Waterfall jonin, and his band of rogue ninja, who are after the village treasure, Hero’s Water. Now Naruto must join forces with cowardly Shibuki and show him what it means to be a hero!
(Spoiler-Free, may have minor spoilers. I will also keep it short.)
Released as a “lost episode” on Cartoon Network, this OVA was released on 2007 as an hour and half special. This OVA is 40 minutes long. This takes place before Shippuden. I bought this episode through the Windows store for about $2-3; I think you can get it also on iTunes but it’s titled “Naruto: The Lost Story”. When this was actually on TV, the beginning shows Naruto telling the audience that the anime will begin but the rest of Team 7 (Kakashi, Sasuke and Sakura) are not ready. Sakura and then clobbers Naruto and then the special begin.
In this OVA, we see the original Team 7, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and their leader Kakashi, and the new character for this anime, Shibuki. When people first see him, Shibuki is a timid but cowardly leader for the Village Hidden in the Waterfall. The antagonist of this anime is Suien, a ninja that went rogue after betraying the Waterfall Village.
What I felt disappointed in this OVA is the way how the characters were used. Kakashi only shows up in the beginning and end of the OVA. When the bad guys first show to attack, the first one to go down is Sakura. It’s up to mostly Naruto and Sasuke to stop these ninjas from stealing the Hero’s Water. The character Shibuki does come and help but only later. I won’t go into details but I will say that Shibuki would be someone that needs to learn how to be man.
On the positive note, this OVA tells us the importance of being the leader. Thanks to Naruto’s wisdom, Naruto teaches the new leader about what makes a great leader and a hero. Shibuki becomes likeable when he gets strong and filled with courage. It’s was also pretty cool to see Sasuke in action too. He was doing most of the action in the beginning and reminded me how cool he was. Sakura was… Sakura. I believe if Kakashi was part of the action, this OVA would be cut short, so I guess that’s a good thing he didn’t join in.
For 40 minutes, this anime quickly gets to the plot pretty fast. In the first couple of minutes, we see the character arrive and finished their mission and then a couple of more, we see the villains take over everything. If this OVA was expanded as a filler arc, we would most likely see some slow-paced development on the plot and characters. However, I will admit, I did think it was suitable for this special to be fast. We get the plot faster compared to Naruto’s other filler arc. With the pacing, we get to see the struggles of the characters and how everything gets resolved. I can’t really complain since this is also an OVA; it’s one of those anime episodes where anything that can happen.
Would I recommend owning this anime/OVA? It depends. As a Naruto collector, this would make your collection good because you own the OVA. Is it worth it? It’s meh in my opinion. The protagonist cast are here but they not that strong and so as the villains. Actually, the main villain’s henchman are both surprisingly strong and weak. The pacing is quite fast but at least better than dealing with filler. It’s nice to see Naruto and Sasuke save the day but I was disappointed for Sakura and Kakashi’s role.
Sorry if this review sounded too negative. What did you think of this OVA? Was there anything I left out? Comment down below and tell me your opinions.