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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

May 9, 2011 by  



More Jinchuriki action in the latest “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut”!  While Naruto undergoes training to learns a more destructive skill, everything is put on the shoulder of team leader Asuma and his army of ninjas who must seek and destroy two members of the Akatsuki.  But will Asuma and his group be able to stop them?  If you have been watching “Naruto Shippuden” and are in it for the long haul, this latest DVD set is recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 66-77 (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: April 26, 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

The rogue ninja Furido attempts to use the Lightning Style jutsu of the Guardian Shinobi to rain destruction on the Leaf village. The ninja are running out of chakra. Does Naruto have enough power to save the village? Then, the Akatsuki are working their way from one tailed beast host to another, and it’s only a matter of time until they get to 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.

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.

In Volume 5, with the group returning from their mission back to the Konoha village, 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 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.

And now, here we are with “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut”.   One will notice the cover features Asuma, the son of the late Hokage and a character that plays a pivotal role in this latest release of “Naruto Shippuden” especially storyline-wise as the Akatsuki are back and we are introduced to Hidan and Kakuzu and to see how powerful these two are in capturing and targeting Jinchuriki.

Asuma is sent to lead a group of Konoha ninja to destroy the two Akatsuki, meanwhile Kakashi and Yamato work diligently to prepare Naruto for battle against the Akatsuki, so while everyone else is fighting, Naruto must continue his training.  But can Asuma and the other ninjas defeat the powerful duo of the Akatsuki?

Here is a brief spoilerless summary of the episodes 66-77 which are featured on three DVD’s:

Note: In Japan, episode 66-71 is episode three, while episode 72-77 are part of season four.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 66 – Revived Souls – Konoha ninjas vs. the revived ninjas (zombies) of the Kohaku clan, including the four Guardian Ninjas.
  • EPISODE 67 – Everyone’s Struggle to Death – Sora refuses to let Furido destroy the village.
  • EPISODE 68 – A Moment of Awakening – Naruto vs. Fuka.
  • EPISODE 69 – Despair – Furido reveals the true secret of Sora.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 70 – Resonance – With Sora’s secret revealed, Naruto does all he can to subdue him.
  • EPISODE 71 – My Friend – Naruto does all he can to stop Sora.
  • EPISODE 72 – The Quietly Approaching Threat – Asuma visits the grave of his father, the Third Hokage.  Meanwhile, everyone recovers from their battle.  Hidan and Kakuzu of the Akatsuki make their way to claim their next Junchiriki…this time, in the Fire Country.
  • EPISODE 73 – Akatsuki’s Invasion – Naruto undergoes training and learns to cut a waterfall.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 74 – Under the Starry Sky – Naruto continues to train, meanwhile Lady Tsunae sends out the Niju Shotai to stop the Akatsuki, Hidan and Kakuzu who are in the Fire Country.
  • EPISODE 75 – The Old Monk’s Prayer – Asuma arrives at the Fire Temple and learns that a dear friend was killed by the Akatsuki.  Meanwhile, Kakashi reveals a secret to Naruto.
  • EPISODE 76 – Jet-Black Signal Fire – Kakashi reveals to Naruto about the Rasengan.
  • EPISODE 77 – Lockdown of Darkness – Asuma’s team ambushes Hidan of the Akatsuki.

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.

In “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6”, you can expect quite a bit of action in this latest volume, may it be Naruto and friends vs. the zombies or Naruto and friends vs. the Akatsuki.  And for a TV Series, while not the most detailed of anime series, the fact that these episodes do feature many ninja engaged in battle.  And this  should satisfy most “Naruto” fans.

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 6 – 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 15 pages of artwork.
  • Omake – (11:13) All the omake ending portions (after the credits) from the episodes featured in DVD Set 6 of “Naruto Shippuden”.
  • English Credits

EXTRAS:

“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut” comes with a slip cover case.

Here we are with “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6” and what we saw in the latter part of set 5 were Naruto and friends taking on the dead who are reborn.  Yes, Konoha ninjas vs. zombies.   Who would ever think that would ever happen?

But while this series arc concludes the Sora storyline, it opens the door to a new storyline focusing on Asuma.  Let’s just say that for this volume and next, he plays a pivotal role and the writers are definitely setting things up for the next volume as Asuma will be responsible for other ninja taking on the Akatsuki.

For Naruto, his storyline continues as he must continue to get stronger and learn more difficult moves in a short amount of time as Konoha will need him to be ready to take on the Akatsuki but most importantly, prepare him against Sasuke Uchiha if needed.  Naruto learned how much more powerful Sasuke has become and now he wants to become even stronger!  So, you can expect Kakashi to impress him with another new move since Naruto had learned the Rasengan.

While this latest series does showcase a lot of action, it’s obviously setting the viewer up for something major and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next volume of “Naruto Shippuden”!

As for this DVD, you get a total of eleven episodes and while there are no quizzes or any special features that relate to the voice talent, you do get the “omake”, storyboards and production art.

While the “Sora” storyline was not my favorite arc in the “Naruto Shippuden” series (I felt it seem a bit filler-like), I do enjoy where the Asuma storyline is going and also being introduced to these two new Akatsuki members who are deadly.  And it’s going to be interesting to see which ninja can stop Hidan and Kazuku.

Overall, another enjoyable, action-packed DVD set for “Naruto Shippuden” and with this new Asuma storyline now starting, we are back to Konoha vs. Akatsuki action!  It’s to early to tell where this storyline is going but I get a feeling, things are not going to look good for our favorite Konoha ninjas.  I guess we will find out in set 7.

If you are fan of “Naruto Shippuden” and willing to stay in this series for the long haul, this set is recommended!






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