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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

February 4, 2011 by  



“Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5 – Original & Uncut” features the Konoha village under attack!  Definitely setting things up for an explosive sixth volume, while the fifth volume features Naruto in training and a new rival by the name of Sora. Definitely recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 54-65 (325 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: January 25, 2011

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

Naruto is troubled by nightmares after his second failed attempt to bring Sasuke home. Kakashi, recovering in the hospital, suggests a new training regimen for Naruto that puts him in touch with his wind chakra nature. Naruto seeks advice from another wind type, the Leaf jonin Asuma. Then, when Tsunade sends Team Kakashi on a mission to the Fire Temple, the truth about a shocking event involving Asuma and the Twelve Ninja Guardians begins to unfold.

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 volume 3, because of the injuries Kakashi suffered against the Akatsuki, Naruto, Sakura have a new member named Sai joining them and a new sensei named Yamato overseeing them.  Lady Tsunade has also Yamato observing Sai because he was assigned to the team courtesy of the mysterious Danzou who Lady Tsunade doesn’t trust.  Also, Sai tends to be a interesting character as he never had a social upbringing and is unaware of how to use his emotions or have friends.

Volume 4 continues the three trying to get along with each other and going on major missions, but also learning how the demon fox inside Naruto is trying to come out and when Naruto is unable to control himself, Yamato is the only person that can help keep Naruto in check, otherwise, he can prove to become extremely dangerous and unstable.

Here we are with “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5” with the group returning from their mission back to the Konoha village.  In Japan, these episodes kick off the third season of “Naruto Shippuden” and in these episodes, Kakashi knows that Naruto needs to continue his training and control his chakra, but also to show him what kind of ninja he is and what his specialty his jutsu is.  Meanwhile, the groups will go on a mission to search for grave robbers and Naruto meets another rival who gets on his nerves, a boy named Sora, who reminds Naruto of himself when he was younger.  This mission will eventually lead to a major attack by four powerful individuals who are intent of annihilating everyone in the Konoha village.

Here is a brief spoilerless summary of the episodes 54-65 on three DVD’s:

Note: In Japan, episode 54 kicks off season 3.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 54 – Nightmare – Sai tries to improve his relationship with the people at Konoha.
  • EPISODE 55 – Wind – Kakashi and Yamato begin to train Naruto on chakra nature manipulation.
  • EPISODE 56 – Writhe – Naruto continues his training with Kakashi and learns more about Asuma-sensei.
  • EPISODE 57 – Deprived of Eternal Sleep – Naruto, Sakura, Sai and Yamato are on a mission to go to the Fire Temple.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 58 – Loneliness – Naruto and Sora do not get along.
  • EPISODE 59 – A New Enemy – Tsunade suspects that Danzou is up to no good.
  • EPISODE 60 – Impermanence – Team Kakashi faces off against enemy shinobi
  • EPISODE 61 – Lockdown of Darkness – Sora comes across a man named Furido and Furido tells him how he will resurrect the Land of Fire.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 62 – Teammate – The groups return from their mission and Sora is brought to the Konoha village.
  • EPISODE 63 – The Two Kings – Asuma tries to teach Naruto and Sora improve their chakra training.  We learn who was responsible for destroying the Temple of Fire.
  • EPISODE 64 – Jet-Black Signal Fire – Danzo is brought in for meeting with a Rain ninja.  Sora confronts Asuma on who really killed his father.
  • EPISODE 65 – Lockdown of Darkness – The Konoha Leaf Village is under attack and the four invaders plan to annihilate the whole village.

VIDEO:

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.  The action has now returned back to the Konoha village but still good animation for a TV series.

The series does kick off more towards the end as the first eight episodes or so on DVD Set 5 feature Naruto in training or fighting underground, but once the Konoha village becomes under attack, that is when you start seeing the animation and art backgrounds becoming more evident.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden” 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 5 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features:

  • New from Viz Media – Trailers for upcoming or current Viz Media releases.
  • Online Features – Text-based screen of where “Naruto Shippuden” can be watched online.
  • Story Boards – Five pages of storyboards (featured in negative format).
  • Production Art – Using your remote, you can view through 16 pages of artwork.
  • Omake – (11:09) All the omake ending portions (after the credits) from the episodes featured in DVD Set 5 of “Naruto Shippuden”.
  • English Credits

EXTRAS:

“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut” comes with a slip case.

Here we are with “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5” and things are starting to heat up once again!

Just when you thought that the first three volumes of “Naruto Shippuden” were intense, here we are with a action-packed volume 5 as we see the Konoha Village once again under attack and this time by four powerful individuals who are intent in destroying everyone including the village.

We get to see Naruto continue his training but this time with Kakashi, but possibly this latest DVD set #5 are episodes in which Asuma, the leader of Team Asuma (Shikamaru’s team) becomes an important character in the storyline.  With four individuals dead set in destroying the Leaf Village, we learn about the Land of Fire and how Asuma, the son of the third Hokage, had a disagreement with his father and left Konoha and became a member of the Twelve Guardian Ninja, a group protected by the Land of fire’s daimyou.

This plays an important part to the new character Sora introduced in the series. As Naruto had that connection with Gaara of the Sand Village, you pretty much can tell that Sora is possibly another person who has a demon inside of him.  Not much is revealed at this point, but there is no doubt that this fifth volume is setting the stage for a major battle in the Leaf Village and possibly introducing another demon that the Akatsuki will want to possess.

So, suffice to say, this latest volume does end with you wanting to know more of what is going to happen to the Leaf Village as the series has never gotten this intense in Konoha since Orochimaru’s attack way back early in the first “Naruto” anime series.

So, needless to say, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5” is a pretty cool volume but you can tell bigger things are going to take place in DVD Set 6!

As for the overall DVD, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut” is a pretty cool set for those who want to save money and get three volumes included. Although these sets are not special features heavy, you do get a few things like production art and the collection omake from each episode.  I wish there was commentary or something added to the DVD’s but that’s not something you see in Viz Media anime DVD releases.

Overall, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut” is an action-packed storyline which continues to get better and better with each volume and I can’t wait for DVD set 6!

Another exciting, action-packed volume of “Naruto Shippuden”!  Definitely recommended for “Naruto” fans!

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