• Despite not being part of the official Naruto canon, Road to Ninja received critical acclaim as the franchise's best movie, thanks to its impactful and well-crafted story.
  • The film's popularity led to its inclusion in the official Naruto storyline through a Naruto Shippuden episode and a one-shot manga, both personally endorsed by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.
  • The attention and recognition given to Road to Ninja's non-canonical content, such as interviews with Kishimoto and an anime adaptation, suggest that the film deserves to be considered as a significant part of the Naruto canon.