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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the first act of the movie, Hinata goes to Naruto's house to present him with a red scarf. However, her stomach growls, prompting Naruto to invite her inside. In Japan, it's highly inappropriate for a guy to invite a girl up to his room alone if they're not a couple, and Naruto and Hinata do not become an Official Couple until the movie's climax.
  • Adorkable: Most of Naruto and Hinata's interactions throughout the movie
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  • Author's Saving Throw: Many fans found it odd that Naruto never talked to Hinata about how she confessed her love for him, even after they began to have significant moments together in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc. This movie reveals that Naruto does not understand the concept of romantic love, thinking that Hinata's love for him was like his love of ramen. Considering that he never had the unconditional affection that most people had with their families due to being both an orphan and the village pariah for most of his childhood, this actually makes a lot of sense.
  • Broken Base:
    • The whole premise of the movie, which basically brings one of the longest, most intense Shipping Wars in anime history to an end. If you're a shipper, depending on which pair you support, this movie is either your wettest dream or your worst nightmare. And let's leave it at that.
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    • Albeit to a lesser degree, this film was even controversial among non-shippers. Some are annoyed that the film even exists, since they feel it retroactively shoehorns romance into Naruto as a character, even though it was never a big, or even secondary aspect of the franchise. Others don't mind it, since they feel it fits with his other character traits without undermining them or even modifying them. Some people even thought it a better finale to Naruto than the actual climax of the manga.
    • Other than that, a few people were quite upset that Sasuke was Demoted to Extra in this film. On the flip side, other people were OK with it, since this is supposed to be Naruto and Hinata's love story, and unlike Sakura (whom Naruto previously had a one-sided shallow crush on up until Chapter 469), Sasuke was never part of that particular equation. Yet more people very much appreciated it, since Sasuke is such a Base-Breaking Character himself.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Hinata wasn't really leaving Naruto for Toneri, to the surprise of nobody but Naruto himself.
  • Common Knowledge: The Genjutsu scene in which Naruto sees how Hinata has always stood with him has been criticized by detractors of the movie as going against the "established lore of Naruto being immune to Genjutsu". In reality no, Naruto is not immune to Genjutsu even after getting into good terms with Kuramanote . What was actually said was that when a Jinchuriki who has control over their Biju and is in good terms with it, falls under a Genjutsu, its Biju would act as a partner and snap them out of it. The simplest explanation is that Kurama simply choose not to snap Naruto out of it seeing that his life was not in danger from a benign illusion, which is why Naruto was snapped out by his human friends instead.
  • Epileptic Trees: When the plot of this movie was revealed, many angry Naruto/Sakura shippers started pushing the theory that this movie and manga Chapter 700 were in reality Hinata's Infinite Tsukiyomi dream first glimpsed in the manga or some form of genjutsu. Suffice to say, the fact that Hinata's dream featured a still-alive Neji, even though he died to save Naruto and Hinata in Chapter 614, and then everyone, including Hinata, woke up from their dream and attended Neji's funeral in Chapter 699, plus the subsequent releases of Naruto Hiden, Naruto Gaiden, Boruto: Naruto the Movie and the sequel manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, not to mention Kishimoto's own statements in several post-series interviews—statements that are heavily supported by the fact that this movie was confirmed with Kishimoto's approval and direct involvement two years before the manga ended—have Jossed this theory to hell and back. Currently, only a few militant shippers still take this theory with any grain of seriousness.
  • Even Better Sequel: Shipping wars aside, many consider this movie an improvement compared with other Naruto movies (which are often labeled as "villain of the week filler movie") for having a better (and canon) story which explain better the Naruto/Hinata relationship and a better animation.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For people who adamantly opposed to Naruto and Hinata as a romantic couple, whether because they shipped them with other characters, thought that their relationship was not properly developed, or because they didn't like the idea of romance in the series in the first place. The most extreme cases will go as far as to accuse Kishimoto of downright being a Lying Creator when he says that he planned Naruto and Hinata to get together from early on in the manga, and affirm that he just caved in to NaruHina fans. They are a minority nowadays, but they're still very vocal, and will make sure their displeasing is at least heard.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Toneri's voice actor for the English dub, Robbie Daymond also happened to voice the love interest of Hinata's voice actor Stephanie Sheh in a certain other show. For bonus points, this time he's the one from the Moon.
    • The main conflict is about the Moon losing its orbit and falling to Earth, a chapter of Kishimoto's next manga Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru would deal with stopping a shattered moon from falling into its planet.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Toneri does a lot of terrible things, but it's easy to see why he turned out the way he did given that he was raised to believe he had to cause the end of the world and spent years in isolation with nothing but his puppets. And even after Naruto saves him, Toneri learns that the mission he family gave him and he devoted his life to went against the will of the ancestor he admired. Toneri feels so terrible he decides to stay on the moon, alone, blind, and without any of his puppets.
  • Les Yay: While the movie is about Naruto and Hinata becoming a couple, it doesn't stop Sakura's Cool Big Sis role from having this Hinata.
  • Misblamed: Some guys from Studio Pierrot openly admitted being Hinata fanboys in a omake many years ago and constantly give her extra screentime in the anime to the detriment of Sakura. It came off as no surprise that certain fans fell on them like vultures on a corpse when they discovered that they were not only animating this movie, but writing the script. However, Kishimoto has repeatedly stated that hooking up Naruto and Hinata was entirely his idea, that Hinata was always going to be Naruto's main love interest, and that Naruto/Hinata had been planned since the early stages of the manga. Kishimoto also joined the writing staff to create the final scriptExplanation  so that this movie was included in the canon of the manga, rather than being an alternate continuity like all of the films that preceded it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Admittedly, he crossed this much earlier, when he kidnapped Hanabi and removed her eyes, but the defining moment is Toneri turning Hinata into one of his mindless puppets, simply so that she wouldn't betray him again. If the audience didn't hate the guy before, they definitely did after that.
  • Narm:
    • Some people think that Toneri looks too silly and poses too weirdly to be a threatening villain. A particularly egregious example is when the sealed Byakugans from the destroyed Tenseigan start amassing over his body. He just looks like a giant marshmallow.
    • A lot of fans couldn't stop giggling during Naruto and Hinata's running through the moon-portal, since it looks like a cheesy "run through the meadow" cliche.
    • During his final Armor-Piercing Attack to Toneri, Naruto, while he is holding the remains of Hinata's scarf, talks about how it takes time to knit a scarf and properly convey one's feelings. The cheese levels are off the charts!
  • Narm Charm: The "running through the moon-portals" moment between Naruto and Hinata is cheesy, but since it involves two characters that had an incredibly lonely and painful past, shared a few but very significant moments throughout the series with each other, went through significant Character Development individually and together, and are one of the biggest Fan Preferred Couples in anime and manga for the last fifteen years with the manga's entire run, the scene can be very moving.
  • No Yay: Toneri's Villainous Crush on Hinata. It's disturbing from the start with Toneri's state of mind, but then towards the climax he turns her into one of his puppets and forces her into an elaborate wedding dress with the implication that he stripped her naked.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Despite being heavily featured in promotional material, Sasuke only makes two appearances in the actual movie, and is especially badass in his second, partly because said appearance involves his only line of dialogue.
    • Rock Lee, whose one scene in the film features him punching a meteor in half.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Surprisingly, this movie reconciled a lot of fans with Sakura, of all characters. Her Cool Big Sis role to both Naruto and Hinata, her genuine efforts to finally bring the two together, the way she's matured since the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, and her awesome action moments, made a lot of people who used to hate her to see her in a better light. Most agree that she's, by far, the best supporting character in the film.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Whilst the pairing wars were never pretty to begin with between the Naruto/Sasuke, Sasuke/Sakura, Naruto/Hinata and Naruto/Sakura supporters, the build up the movie's release date combined with the teasers and trailers (which strongly pointed to Naruto/Hinata, for obvious reasons), and Kishimoto's claim of it being a romance film, made them explode. Of course, those who read the last two chapters knew how the movie was going to end, so it basically boils down to which way the shippers felt the Ship Tease went.
    • Sasuke/Sakura vs. Naruto/Hinata. Some vocal Sasu/Saku fans are displeased by the lack of Ship Tease and actual content (like Sasuke wandering even after two years) and decided to declare the movie as Fanon Discontinuity. Considering the actual canon status of the movie, it didn't go well with Naru/Hina fans. To this day, passive aggressive remarks on movie are still present in SS fandom.
  • Signature Scene: The ending, which features Naruto and Hinata floating in the air, with the moon in the background, and kissing each other for the first time.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The film was made partly to avoid this. The manga gave a proper justification for Hinata falling in love with Naruto. But Naruto falling in love with Hinata wasn't that much explored outside of their mutual Ship Tease moments that became more significant in the Fourth Shinobi World War Arc. This film basically fixes Naruto's part of the love equation.
    • While the film was successful in that regard, thanks to Sasuke's Demoted to Extra status, the same couldn't be done for Sasuke and Sakura. Although a few key lines and shots heavily imply that they also had to work things out somewhere down the line before they finally got together. We just haven't seen it...yet.
    • Amusingly, despite the movie avoiding the actual trope, a literal Red String of Fate (represented by the red scarf that Hinata knits throughout the moive) has a big part in the movie. The scarf was based on the one Kishimoto's wife knitted for him once.
  • Unexpected Character: Nobody expected Killer Bee to appear in the movie.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Hinata gets hit by a vision that reveals to her that she is the only one that can destroy the Tenseigan and subsequently save the world. She doesn't know where the Tenseigan is located but she knows that Toneri is going to eventually come to pick her up in order to take her to his castle and marry her because he believes it's his destiny.
      You'd expect: She confides this bit of important information to somebody on her team, preferably the commanding officer with an IQ of over 200. The group then forms an effective plan in order to trick Toneri, track down and infiltrate his castle, locate and destroy the Tenseigan, save Hanabi and prevent the world from being destroyed.
      Instead: She remains completely silent and opts to make a scarf instead until Toneri shows up to pick her up. She goes on to attempt to locate and destroy the Tenseigan alone in a fortress surrounded by enemies.
      Result: Naruto gets seriously wounded and his heart gets broken thinking that Hinata betrayed him and stopped loving him. He then goes into a four-day Heroic BSoD giving up on everything. Meanwhile, Hinata gets caught red-handed by the Big Bad trying to destroy his Weapon of Mass Destruction, and she gets turned into one of his puppets. And THEN it turns out that her power alone is not enough to destroy the Tenseigan anyway. Really, it was only because of a bit of Contrived Coincidence that the world didn't get destroyed.
    • Toneri's Tenseigan is fully activated. He captures Hinata and puts her in a cage. The only thing that stands between him and completion of his plans is Naruto.
      You'd expect: He uses the same successful tactic he used previously in the movie. He drains Naruto of his chakra and kills him while he is completely powerless.
      Instead: He goes into a big Cock Fight with Naruto while he is at full strength, wanting to demonstrate to Hinata how powerful his Tenseigan is.
      Result: He suffers a humiliating defeat.
  • The Woobie: Hanabi gets kidnapped shortly into the film and her eyes are ripped out by Toneri.

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