Fans of the long-running Naruto anime franchise have much to look forward to this month, with Australian anime publisher Madman Entertainment confirming that this month will be Naruto-vember on their AnimeLab video-on-demand streaming service. What does this mean exactly?
While the streaming service already hosts a large swath of episodes in the series, including all TV episodes, it is lacking a number of the feature films which have (to date) only been available via home video formats. Naruto-vember changes this, with all movies to be rolled out to the service incrementally over the next few weekends.
This weekend kicks things off, with Naruto The Movie 3: Guardians Of The Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006), Naruto Shippuden The Movie (2007), and Naruto Shippuden The Movie 2: Bonds (2008) now available to stream via AnimeLab. Each of the films are available with both its original Japanese voice acting and English dub audio tracks. However, they are only available at this time to paid premium subscribers regardless of video quality or audio language.
AnimeLab is an online anime streaming service managed by Madman Entertainment. It’s accessible only to those residing in Australia and New Zealand and offers a basic service free with video quality, dub and availability timeframe limitations. For those looking for access to no simulcast delays, no ads, full back-catalogue access and high definition video can take advantage of a premium subscription membership for $7.95AUD/month or $79.50AUD/year.
About Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi team up with Rock Lee to protect Prince Michiru and his son Hikaru on their return home to the Crescent Moon Kingdom. Easy enough – until the royal family becomes a royal pain! Prince Michiru can’t help indulging his son, even buying him a circus along the way! Naruto has a tough time putting up with both the spoiled Hikaru and a sabre-toothed tiger, but the real adventure begins when they reach the Land of the Moon and find themselves facing a villainous uprising. Does Naruto have what it takes to save an entire kingdom?
About Naruto Shippuden The Movie
A powerful spirit that once threatened to destroy the world is back! Naruto’s mission is to protect a priestess named Shion, who is the only one with the power to seal away the monster. She also has the uncanny ability to predict someone’s fate. Her latest prediction: Naruto will soon die. Naruto’s only hope is to abandon Shion, but that’s not Naruto’s style. He decides to face her fatal prediction head-on – and die!
About Naruto Shippuden The Movie 2: Bonds
A group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the “Sky Ninja” from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.