Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 10 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

May 22, 2012 by  

“Naruto Shippuden” vol. 10 features episodes featuring Sasuke plus the history of how Kakashi received the power of Sharingan is revealed!  This is one DVD release that Naruto fans will not want to miss!  Highly recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 9 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 113-126 + 2 bonus episodes (350 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 2.0 Stereo Surround Sound, Bilingual (Japanese & English), English Subtitles

COMPANY: Shonen Jump/Viz Media

RATED: Rated T for Older Teen

Release Date: April 10, 2012

Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto

Series Directed by Hayato Date

Produced by Tomoko Gushima, Ken Hagino

Series Coordinator by Junki Takegami, Satoru Nishizono

Character Design by Tetsuya Nishio, Hirofumi Suzuki

Music by Yasuharu Takanishi, Yaiba

Music Production by Aniplex

Anime Production by TV Tokyo, Pierrot

Featuring the following voice talent:

Junko Takeuchi/Maile Flanagan as Naruto Uzumaki

Chie Nakamura/Kate Higgins as Sakura Haruno

Noriaki Sugiyama/Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha

Akira Ishida/Liam O’Brien as Sabaku no Gaara (Gaara of the Desert)

Hideo Ishikawa/Crispin Freeman as Itachi Uchiha

Houchu Ohtsuka/David Lodge as Jiraiya

Kazuhiko Inoue/Dave Wittenberg as Hatake Kakashi

Kentarou Itou/Robbie Rist as Chouji Akimichi

Kenyuu Horiuchi/Troy Baker as Pain

Kouichi Toochika/Steve Staley as Neji Hyuuga

Kousuke Toriumi/Kyle Hebert as Kiba Inuzuka

Kujira/Steven Blum as Orochimaru

Masako Katsuki/Debi Mae West as Tsunade/Fifth Hokage

Nana Mizuki/Stephanie Sheh as Hinata Hyuuga

Nobutoshi Canna/Henry Dittman as Kabuto Yakushi

Rikiya Koyama/Troy Baker as Yamato

Romi Paku/Tara Platt as Temari

Ryoka Yuzuki/Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Ino Yamanaka

Satoshi Hino/Ben Diskin as Sai

Shinji Kawada/Derek Stephen Prince as Shino Aburame

Yasuyuki Kase/Michael Lindsay as Kankurou

Yoichi Masukawa/Brian Donovan as Rock Lee

Sasuke’s future hangs in the balance as Orochimaru prepares for reanimation. It’s been three years since Sasuke left the Leaf Village seeking the power Orochimaru promised him. Now it’s time to face his mentor. Who will master whom in the battle for their very existence?

Plus, take a step back in time to a turning point in the young Kakashi’s life, as he fights alongside his teammates under the guidance of the Fourth Hokage!

“Naruto Shippuden” vol. 10 features episodes featuring Sasuke plus the history of how Kakashi received the power of Sharingan is revealed!  This is one DVD release that Naruto fans will not want to miss! Highly recommended!

Since 1999, “Naruto” created by Masashi Kishimoto (“Karakuri”) has been one of the most popular anime and manga series in Japan and has easily become a favorite best selling anime/manga series among fans all over the world.

For the anime series, since 2002, “Naruto” lasted until 2007 with a total of 220 episodes. The series would follow the adventures of a boy named Naruto Uzamaki, who may not be the brightest ninja from the Konoha Village but he makes it up with heart and also tremendous power as the killer beast known as the nine-tailed fox has been sealed within him.

Earlier in the series, the anime series focused on Naruto and his team members Sasuke Uchida and Sakura Haruno as they would go on adventures and learn to become a team and also honing their ninja abilities. The series would then begin to introduce other young ninjas from the village who Naruto would be paired up with and the young ninjas would take on rival clans to helping people in need. But somehow as the series continued, Sasuke Uchida would then go off on his own personal mission to stop his brother Itaki Uchida, who murdered the whole Uchida clan and his family, only leaving Sasuke alive.

Within those six years, we have seen Naruto and his friends grow as friends and also in their abilities. For Naruto, all he has wanted is to become the next Hokage (the leader of the village) when he grows older and to help his friends accomplish missions. He knows that to be a good leader, he will need to get stronger so he can protect the village once he grows older. Of course, there is so much involved in the “Naruto” anime series and what makes its special is its humor, its action but also how well the series integrates so many characters but yet features a good number of character driven episodes that makes the viewer appreciate many of the characters in the series.

“Naruto”, the first series ended with the young ninja leaving to train with Jiraiya for two-and-a-half years.

In “Naruto Shippuden”, the storyline now features everyone a little grown up but the stakes are much higher. We learn that the Akatsuki including Orochimaru are looking for those who possess a jinchuriki. With this power, this will give too much power to evil and this can lead to the death of many people and the destruction of many villages.

In the past few volumes, the Leaf Village along with other villages have managed to defeat the Akatsuki, unfortunately the price paid was the death of Asuma and a few other members of the Leaf and Sand Ninja.

Now, Orochimaru using Kabuto, have their sites set on capturing the other jinchuriki, as do the Akatsuki who have been after Naruto.

In volume 10, featuring episodes 113-126 (which kicked off season 6 in Japan), we learn how Orochimaru became interested in “reanimation” and the “Sharingan” but leads to a fight to the death between Sasuke and Orochimaru.  We then get to learn more about the new team that Sasuke is putting together.  A team that will lead an assault on the Akatsuki and literally give Sasuke the revenge on his brother, Itachi (it was revealed in earlier episodes that Itachi was responsible for the Uchiha clan’s demise and the only person he kept alive was Sasuke), that he has been wanting for so long.

Sasuke is on a mission to find the following people to join his team: Suigetsu Hozuki (a former test subject of Orochimaru and has the power to turn into liquid form), Karin (Orochimaru’s former assistant and specializes in tracking) and the homicidal maniac, Jugo.

Meanwhile, as word gets around about Sasuke’s growing power and his new team, Lady Tsunade organizes a team from the leaf village (which includes Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai) to capture Itachi before Sasuke can get to him.  The Akatsuki send out Deidara and Tobi to go after Sasuke.

And just when you think these Sasuke episodes are awesome, included in this latest volume are the two “Kakashi Chronicles” episodes which reveals how Kakashi was able to obtain the power of the Sharingan.

All this and more in “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 10 – Original & Uncut”!


One thing I noticed when it came to “Naruto” is that the series has had its share of well-animated and well-painted artistic backgrounds but then for some of the filler episodes, has had a decrease in quality. Fortunately, “Naruto Shippuden” continues to look awesome. I really like how the characters look much older and the emotions on the character’s faces. For this volume, it does go back to a bit of monotonous landscapes. A lot of trees, a lake, underwater and mountains. Not much of the action is taken place anywhere else. But the storyline focuses on the action than location and as far as picture quality goes, it is good and what one can expect from DVD.


As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 10” is pretty much Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Bilingual (Japanese and English). Similar to a series like “Dragon Ball Z”, with “Naruto”, I have always enjoyed the voice acting of the English dub series. It’s well done and the voices fit the characters very well.

Especially Maile Flanagan’s Naruto Uzumaki. Personally, I didn’t think there would be a voice actor that could capture Junko Takeuchi’s Naruto vocals and sure enough, Flanagan does a great job. But I have watched the series in Japanese and English and for the most part, voice acting for both soundtracks are well-done.

Since the series is front channel driven, for those with a modern home theater receiver probably will enjoy a more immersive soundscape by selecting stereo on all channels.

Subtitles are in English.


“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 10 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features on disc 3:

  • More from Viz Media – Trailers for upcoming or current Viz Media releases.
  • Clean Openings
  • Clean Endings
  • Kakashi Chronicles Trailer – (:31) The original trailer promoting “Kakashi Chronicles”.
  • Production Art – Using your remote, you can view through ten pages of artwork.
  • Omake – (6:05) All the omake ending portions (after the credits) from the episodes featured in DVD Set 10 of “Naruto Shippuden”.
  • English Credits

After the last filler DVD volume of “Naruto Shippuden”, the storyline around Sasuke and the Akatsuki returns as this time, fans who have been wondering about Sasuke, finally get their wish with DVD set 10, as this this set is primarily about Sasuke.

From the previous episodes and the “Naruto Shippuden: Bonds” movie, we know that Sasuke has grown powerful.  More powerful than anyone can think of!

And you get to see his power in action as he takes on Orochimaru and also Deidara.  These are two powerhouses that even the leaf ninja have had problems fighting and sure enough, Sasuke is not afraid to go one-on-one against them.  And the results of each battle, it was a bit of a shocker!

Also, we get to see the formation of Sasuke’s new team and it’ll be interesting to see how these three new characters, Suigetsu, Karin and Jugo come into play in the upcoming episodes, especially since their main goal is to take down Itachi Uchiha.  And also, we get to see a little of the Akatsuki leader named Pain, who will be the primary antagonist for many episodes to come.

While, we see a lot of Sasuke, these episodes also feature Naruto and friends.  But possibly the most groundbreaking episodes  (outside of the Sasuke episodes) revolve around Kakashi.  The two episodes known as “Kakashi Chronices” are very important as we learn how Kakashi received the Sharingan power.  While only two episodes, it does give us insight to Kakashi’s past and as a Naruto fan, these two episodes, in fact, the entire episode in this season alone are worth watching.

As for the DVD set, you get a total of 13 episodes and a few special features such as storyboard, production art and the ending omake for each episode.

Overall, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 10 – Original & Uncut” is a fantastic DVD volume that I highly recommend for Naruto fans, especially those who have put in so much time watching these episodes for so long.  The history of Kakashi to the battles between Sasuke and Orochimaru and Sasuke vs. Deidara are fantastic!  These are episodes that you don’t want to miss out on!

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