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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

September 27, 2013 by  



“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut” is a fun and also corny filler volume but definitely recommended for the hardcore “Naruto” anime collector!

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DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 180-192 (300 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: July 16, 2013

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

After Pain’s attack, the Leaf Ninja set about rebuilding their village. Naruto and Sakura are thrilled to be reunited with Tazuna and his grandson Inari from the Land of Waves, who have come to help. While the restoration proceeds, the Leaf Ninja and their friends reflect on past events that influenced the village and helped gain allies like the Sand.

Plus, we get a glimpse back into Naruto’s training journey with Jiraiya, and join the original Team 7 on a mission when Sasuke was still with them!

With the Leaf Ninja rebuilding their village after the destruction left behind by Pain and after Naruto’s defeat of Pain, as everyone tries to welcome normalcy to their village, members begin to think of various flashbacks of old missions from the old Team 7 (led by Kakashi Hatake and consisted of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno).

From episodes of Team 7 running into various obstacles, trying to catch Mr. Ostrich or people remembering how Naruto made a difference in their lives, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut” is a volume that features the past adventures of Naruto and friends.

What is “Naruto”?

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.

What is “Naruto Shippuden”?

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 “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 12 – Original & Uncut”, it is important to note that the episodes featured in DVD Set 12 covers the final episodes of “Naruto Shippuden” Season six as Naruto and his team take on the Eight Tails and learning from Madara of why his older brother Itachi massacred their family and the Uchiha clan and now this information will forever change Sasuke.

For episode 144-151, this was a shortened season seven and aired from January through March 2012 in Japan. This season features Lady Tsunade sending Team 7 and Yamato to assist Utakata and Hotaru after they learn that a clan known as Tsuchigumo and an elder named En no Gyoja developing a forbidden Jutsu.

It is revealed that Utakata is a Jinchuriki and he carries the Six-Tailed Demon Slug and a man named Shiranami is trying to kidnap Hotaru to be used as a vessel to collect natural chakra energy to release the forbidden jutsu.

Naruto and Team 7 must find a way to protect Hotaru from any harm. But another group appears to be interested in Utakata.

For episodes 152-153, this begins season 8 of “Naruto: Shippuden” and brings back the Pain storyline as Naruto is summoned to Lady Tsunade and is informed by Jiraiya’s master Fukasaku of the fate of Jiraiya in his battle with Pain and the Akatsuki.

In “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 13 – Original & Uncut”, Season 8 of “Naruto: Shippuden” continues as the Six Paths and Konan attack the Leaf Village in their hopes of capturing Naruto in order to obtain the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.

With so much death and destruction, Kakashi along with Chouji Akimichi and his father Chouza take on the most powerful of the Six Paths. Meanwhile, in Mount Myoboku, Fukasaku trains Naruto to become one with nature and learn Sage Mode. But will Naruto learn and master Sage Mode in a short amount of time to take on the Six Paths?

The volume ended with Naruto being pinned down by Pain and about to be killed until Shino comes out of nowhere to fight and try to break Pain’s spikes that are keeping Naruto pinned to the ground. But as she is able to remove many spikes, Pain tries to kill her off by throwing her up in the air and slamming her down as hard as he can.

With Shino being used as a playtoy to show how much pain he can inflict on Naruto, Naruto’s rage due to the Nine Tailed Fox becomes out of control.

This leads us to “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 14 – Original & Uncut” which features the remainder of the episodes from season 8 and the beginning episodes of season 9.

As an angry Naruto is unable to control the Nine-Tailed Fox, Pain is shocked of how much power the Nine-Tailed Fox has and even breaking his Chibaku Tensei technique. But as Naruto seems to be losing control, in his consciousness, someone comes to give Naruto some help and also wise advice.

As Naruto prepares his final battle against Pain (ala Deva Path) in order to find the real Nagato through Sage Mode.

Also, included is a past episode in which Naruto and friends are training in preparation for the final rounds of the Chunin Exam. It is the first time Naruto hears about “The Fourth Hokage’s legacy” from Jiraiya and Naruto wanting to break the Fourth Hokage’s record. These episodes also introduce how Naruto came up with his motto.

The eighth season concludes with Naruto confronting Nagato. What will happen when Naruto confronts the former student of Master Jiraiya?

The ninth season of “Naruto” kicks off with a flashback episode and revolves around Iruka Umino becoming Naruto’s teacher and shows how Naruto and Iruka developed a close bond as teacher and student. While episode 179 is a Kakashi flashback in which he is assigned to Team 7 and tries to get to know Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura better by spying on them.

With “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Oriignal & Uncut”, the episodes are filler episodes as they give enough time for Masashi Kishimoto to work on his manga series and create new stories, while the anime focuses on the old adventures of Team 7 featuring Kakashi, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura and also others during their younger years.

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Naruto Shippuden” is an anime series that was never known for having spectacular background art, but it’s know for its action and its characters and how it captures emotion and its intense battles. While in this episode, a lot of episodes are contained in areas near lush green trees, water or dirt, it’s not so much of the background but how the characters are design and how well the battles are portrayed. And I can easily say that with “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original Uncut”, the fast-paced action in this volume is great for a TV series and good for what one can expect on DVD.

As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15” 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features on disc 3:

  • Storyboards – View through the storyboards of episodes featured in volume 15 of “Naruto Shippuden”.
  • Omake – (1:00) One single short omake segment.
  • Clean Opening
  • Clean Ending
  • English Credits
  • More from Viz Media – Viz Media trailers

With every exciting arc for “Naruto Shippuden”, a season of fillers tends to follow.

A typical strategy for anime companies to allow the manga to grow within a year’s time and giving Masashi Kishimoto the time to create fresh new stories before the anime series can continue.  While some anime can take a break and come back a year or many years later, “Naruto” continues to be one of the more popular characters and titles of Japan and as long as they can come up with fresh new episodes that will entertain fans or children watching the series, there is no need to halt this popular series.

With “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut”, season 9 (in Japan) features a return back to the Team 7 years when Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura were teammates.  But also showcasing storylines that feature how Naruto has influenced the lives of people.

While there are some good filler episodes featured as one involved Naruto and Jiraiya helping out a village that has been terrorized by bad ninja or a hilarious episode with Sakura getting sick and the Hokage thinking that Naruto has a major chakra virus that can harm the village, there are also episodes that are great for children but for longtime fans, some may feel it was a lack of ideas.  One episode featured Naruto and others trying to catch a talking ostrich learning ninjitsu, another featuring Team 7 disguising themselves as cats and visiting a village of cats beings.

Granted, there are talking dogs and talking frogs in “Naruto”, but episodes with a talking ostrich and talking cats may be a bit much.  But that’s how filler episodes are and the “Naruto” are full of them.  Fortunately they are not bad, sometimes you get episodes that are entertaining but for those who want to get back to the action and are impatient, this volume may not be for you, as it is all filler.

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

“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut” has its fun moments but with the upcoming 16th volume, episode 196 will close the filler season and get back to the primary storyline of Naruto searching for Sasuke and the Akatsuki by episode 197.  While “Naruto” anime completists will want this latest volume for their collection, it is skippable as the storyline features more on the adventures of Team 7 and when the team was much younger.

So, with that being said, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut” is a fun and also corny filler volume but definitely recommended for the hardcore “Naruto” anime collector!






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