The film was produced by Studio Pierrot in collaboration with Studio Leeah and broadcast on the television channel Animax. Animax also began airing Naruto Shippuden specials titled One Piece Shippuden: The Movie - Whirl Warriors in late-March 2014. One Piece, which would be airing roughly four episodes per week, would be in its ninth and final season by the time the movie aired. The movie premiered in Japan on April 4, 2015.
Some anime viewers complained about scenes which had been removed from the television series being included, while others believed the story worked as a standalone movie. Not all reviewers ranked the film in the same way, however. Pekke Gunnell of Stuff magazine panned the feature, writing, \"You can see that animators have been flexing their creative muscles long since Naruto ended last year, extending the story down to an underwhelming length.\" On the contrary, Nerdist writer Chris Reed wrote that its romance scenes were well-done and that the film's portrayal of the main characters was more complex than in the series.
Keeping Naruto's love story in the spotlight has been appreciated by critics. A Toon Zone review compared the relationship in The Last to Naruto's and Sasuke's early relationship in the original series, which was praised for its development. Writers have praised the fact that Naruto and Hinata's relationship appears to be the focus of the film. An IGN review praised the relationship, opining that it was more believable and more grounded in the original series. J.C. Maurer of Bloody Disgusting wrote that the interpretation of the protagonists' relationship gave the film a unique and fresh approach to classic concepts compared to other adaptations of the franchise. He also wrote that by having Naruto focused on his relationship with Hinata, it allowed the other characters' stories to come to the foreground. 7211a4ac4a