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chaosbladeuk



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:58 am Reply with quote
Interesting to see how well this does in terms of box office. With 160 NA signed up it does show that Naruto the public has likened to Naruto!
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Fiction Alchemist



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:52 am Reply with quote
I love Naruto, and I'm glad to see that Viz has such faith, but...

The Naruto movie? Seriously? THAT going into theaters? I'm not saying it isn't better than much of the swill that counts as animation going into theaters these days, but this movie is only like an extended filler episode of the show. It would be like sending a One Piece movie into theaters.

I know this works in Japan, where shows like Naruto are very popular, but here? I don't know... I don't see how it's going to make money.

If it is a hit, though, then we KNOW that Naruto has become immensely popular in the U.S., which I think would be a good thing.

Still, 160 theaters is very small. VERY small indeed. It can't be that big a disaster with so few theaters, yeah?

EDIT: Yes, thank you, Bluesheep. I admit that I've gotten very cynical, probably from watching so much pro-wrestling Still, I'm sure that they expect to make some money, as they are a business.


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bluesheep02



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:38 am Reply with quote
They obviously aren't trying to make money off of it that much, it's more for the fans.
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MokonaModoki



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:48 am Reply with quote
It seems like a smart enough move to me, if the word gets out to the target demographic.

My brother's girlfriend's son is in 7th grade, records Naruto, Mar and Prince of Tennis on Saturday night (no One Piece, B^7 or Zatch Bell as far as I know), and gets the Naruto video games for his PS2.

He isn't an 'anime fan', doesn't buy DVDs, doesn't look for information about anime on the Internet, and wouldn't know a fansub if it bit him on the foot, but he loves Naruto. He's one of those people who we often assume don't exist in the insular world of Internet anime fandom, but he's out there and based on what I've seen of his peer group there are many more like him than there are of us.

(And no, I don't discuss anime with him or encourage him to broaden his anime horizons. He screws off enough as it is without bringing rampant Internet downloading into the mix.)

If he hears about this movie he'll want to see it - guaranteed. School will be out, so he probably won't be grounded, and it is a movie from a Saturday night cartoon, so it will be mom approved.

As for the content of the movie being 'filler', this would never begin to register on his radar for years to come, if ever. It's just a movie from a show he likes.

In the end, it boils down to is whether Viz will start advertising this during the Saturday evening broadcast of Naruto, because if they do he and his ilk will buy in. After that getting to see it will depend upon it being perceived by him and his "powers that be" as something convenient to accomplish. If Viz keeps pointing interested parties to fathomevents.com that last part is a bit iffy. You can't depend on the Internet to get to TV anime fans that aren't using the Internet for that purpose.
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Kouji



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:50 am Reply with quote
So, is the Naruto movie going to be released in theaters in a slightly edited form with an uncut version on DVD like the TV series has been or will it be released uncut?
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ANBUx3



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:05 am Reply with quote
Kouji wrote:
So, is the Naruto movie going to be released in theaters in a slightly edited form with an uncut version on DVD like the TV series has been or will it be released uncut?


I don't remember anything in the movie that would really even warrant any editing...
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bakaShin



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:27 pm Reply with quote
ANBUx3 wrote:
Kouji wrote:
So, is the Naruto movie going to be released in theaters in a slightly edited form with an uncut version on DVD like the TV series has been or will it be released uncut?


I don't remember anything in the movie that would really even warrant any editing...


me either. This is simply viz riding the naruto wave plain and simple. i think every one assumes this might do well but maybe not if a lot of naruto fans are closet ones who wont go out to see this.
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Deltakiral



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:39 pm Reply with quote
Kouji wrote:
So, is the Naruto movie going to be released in theaters in a slightly edited form with an uncut version on DVD like the TV series has been or will it be released uncut?


I bet it will be the slightly edited version, just so that it gets the PG rating instead PG-13. Probably just a little blood clean up and the foul language, which means we can add at least 10 more "Believe it" to the story.
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BleuVII



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:14 pm Reply with quote
Still, the promotional that they are doing, where Shonen Jump subscribers can buy tickets first, is an ingenious marketing strategy. I tip my hat to whoever thought of that one.
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otakuhippie



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:19 pm Reply with quote
Wish there was an uncut subtitled showing of this. I've seen this movie a few times already and i would love to see this on the big screen, but not with horrible dubbing. /sigh one can only dream.
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Deltakiral



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:56 pm Reply with quote
BleuVII wrote:
Still, the promotional that they are doing, where Shonen Jump subscribers can buy tickets first, is an ingenious marketing strategy. I tip my hat to whoever thought of that one.


Completely agree with you here, if you've been supporting the magazine then more then likely you've been dying to see the movie.

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Wish there was an uncut subtitled showing of this. I've seen this movie a few times already and i would love to see this on the big screen, but not with horrible dubbing. /sigh one can only dream.


The dubbing isn't terrible but anime on any big screen is pretty rare already so to see a subbed film is quite special unless it's for oscar qualifications like Paprika.
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Karasuhebi



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:38 pm Reply with quote
otakuhippie wrote:
Wish there was an uncut subtitled showing of this. I've seen this movie a few times already and i would love to see this on the big screen, but not with horrible dubbing. /sigh one can only dream.


Just watch the movie like 1,000 more times subtitled (or until you memorize the dialog) and then rip the audio track from your fansubbed movie and listen to your Japanese audio track while watching the video on the big screen. Very Happy

No joke, I've seen it done.
-Karasuhebi
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