OK, now I'm pretty sure everyone here would by now have heard about the 10th and final Naruto movie, the simply and appropriately titled "The Last: Naruto the Movie". If you hadn't, now you have. Although I'd heard mention of it before, it was only recently that I idly checked out what it was going to be about. I simply couldn't believe it. This movie is going to be something unlike ANYTHING else in the Naruto canon, for the following reasons:
1) Unlike all the other movies (almost none of which I ever bothered with) this isn't a disposable piece of filler worked into the timeline at some vague and unspecified point between canon story arcs and never referenced again- this is an epilogue story taking place 2 years after the imminent end of the manga. Kishimoto is writing it himself as well as doing character designs and it's receiving a novelisation. This is going to be the canon ending of the Naruto saga. Considering the most I was expecting was a rushed "X years later" epilogue in chapter 700, this is incredible.
2) This is "NaruHina: the Movie". Pretty much everything we know about the story makes it clear that Kishimoto is finally canonising the most popular pairing in the series, after HUNDREDS of chapters of dithering and shilly-shallying around the issue. At this stage, it's staggering that he's willing to put his foot down and say "no, NaruSaku (or NaruSasu for that matter) is not and is never going to be official".
3) It's not just going to be officially confirming NaruHina as canon, it's apparently going to be a full-blown love story (albeit with ninja battling and the fate of the world at stake, again). What I find incredible is that apparently Masashi Kishimoto, Mr "I have no idea how to write character romance at all" himself, has "always wanted to write one". Just... wow.
4) Hanabi is back for the first time in 600 chapters (not counting her brief appearance in Hinata's Infinite Tsukiyomi dream). So THIS is why Kishimoto leaked his design for "grown up Hanabi"? This is also the first time she's been an important character since... actually, it's the first time she's been an important character EVER, since she was never actually important even when she was in the story during the Chuunin Exam arc.
For the first time, I find myself desperately looking forward to a Naruto movie. I HAD been interested in 'Road to Ninja' until the spoiler leaked out that the entire "Freaky Friday world" was basically just a dream, rendering the entire movie more or less pointless and causing me to lose interest. For a long time I've freely admitted that pretty much the only reason I was still reading the Naruto manga after it took up competative shark-hurdling for a hobby was so that I could see Naruto and Hinata get together in the future epilogue chapter (that pairing is my favourite thing left in the entire story) so getting an entire movie dedicated to it is more than I could have dreamed of.