While battling what they believe to be Madara Uchiha, Naruto and Sakura suddenly find themselves in a parallel world where all of their friends behave differently in Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie. Although Naruto initially wants to find his way home immediately, he is tempted to stay when he discovers that his parents, Minato and Kushina, did not die in this universe. At the same time, Sakura discovers that her parents have died here and initially enjoys her newfound freedom before she begins to sink into loneliness.
Road to Ninja is the ninth Naruto film and the sixth set during the Shippuden era. Specifically, the film takes place at the end of the show’s twelfth season, with an additional episode titled “The Road to Sakura” showing an alternate universe version of Sakura being carried over into the main series.
The inventive character switching and emotional storylines of Naruto interacting with his long-lost parents and Sakura grappling with the loss of her own all lift the film, adding consistently entertaining action scenes which the series has always been known for. With an audience score of just under 80% on rotten tomatoes as well as worldwide gross income of nearly $18 millionRoad to Ninja quickly became both a critical and financial hit.