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Boruto – Naruto the Movie (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are a big fan of the “Naruto” manga/anime series, I highly recommend “Boruto – Naruto the Movie”. Action-packed, full of drama and excitement. Recommended!

Image courtesy of © 2002 Masashi Kishimoto/2007 Shippuden, BMP 2015. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Boruto – Naruto the Movie

ORIGINAL THEATRICAL DATE: 2015

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, DTS-HD Master Audio: English and Japanese 5.1,  2.0 Stereo, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Viz Media

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: March 28, 2017


Originally Created by Masashi Kishimoto

Director: Hiroyuki Yamashita

Screenplay: Masashi Kishimoto

Character Design by Hirofumi Suzuki, Masashi Kishimoto, Tetsuya Nishio

Music by -yaiba-, Yasuharu Takanashi

Art by Akemi Konno, Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Kentaro Akiyama, Masanobu Nomura, Mutsuo Koseki, Naruyo Kiriyama, Satoshi Matsuoka

Art Design by Hiroto Tanaka, Masaaki Endou

Chief Animation Director: Tetsuya Nishio

Anime Production: Pierrot


Featuring the following voice talent:

Junko Takeuchi/Maile Flanagan as Naruto Uzumaki

Yuko Sanpei/Amana C. Miller as Boruto Uzumaki

Akira Ishida/Liam O’Brien as Gaara

Chie Nakamura/Kate Higgins as Sakura Uchiha

Daisuke Namikawa/Xander Mobus as Momoshiki

Hana Takeda/Laura Bailey as Kurotsuchi

Hidenori Takahashi/Max Mittelman as Konohamaru Sarutobi

Hiroki Yasumoto/Wally Wingert as Kinshiki Otsusuki

Kokoro Kikuchi/Cherami Leigh as Sarada Uchiha

Kouki Miyata/Brian Beacock as Chōjūrō

Nana Mizuki/Stephanie Sheh as Hinata Uzumaki

Noriaki Sugiyama/Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha

Ryota Takeuchi/Catero Colbert as Darui

Ryūichi Kijima/Robbie Daymond as Mitsuki

Satoshi Hino/Ben Diskin as Sai

Showtaro Morikubo/Tom Gibis as Shikamaru Nara

Yoichi Masukawa/Brian Donovan as Rock Lee

Atsushi Abe/Spike Spencer as Inojin Yamanaka

Hisao Egawa/Catero Colbert as Killer Bee

Kengo Kawanishi/Bryce Papenbrook as Yurui

Kensho Ono/Todd Haberkorn as Shikadai Nara

Saori Hayami/Melissa Fahn as Himawari Uzumaki

Yukari Tamura/Danielle Judovits as Tenten


Boruto: Naruto the Movie takes place in the Hidden Leaf Village with Naruto as the Seventh Hokage. The Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s talented but impetuous son.

Meanwhile, Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear and attempt to assassinate Naruto. Petrified, Boruto is shielded by Naruto, only to disappear in front of Boruto’s own eyes.


The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.   With 72 volumes published, the manga series ended in November 2014.  Meanwhile, the anime series, the first titled “Naruto” began in 2002-2007 and lasted for 220 episodes.  And would continue with “Naruto: Shippuden” which lasted from 2007-2017 with a total of 500 episodes created.

The original manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In 2014, Kishimoto wrapped up the “Naruto” manga and in the final chapter (featured in volume 72), Naruto would eventually become the Hokage of the Leaf Village and he and his wife Hinata would have two children, Boruto and Himawari.

Meanwhile, Sasuke and Sakura would have a daughter named Sarada, Shikamaru Nara and Temari would have a son named Shikadai, Sai and Ino would have a son named Inojin and Choji Akimichi and Karui would have a daughter named Chocho.

Everyone has grown up and Naruto is busy as the new Hokage at the village, this causes resentment from Naruto’s son Boruto who feels that his father was never there for him or the family.

This leads us to the film “Boruto – Naruto the Movie” which featured anime production from Studio Pierrot, direction by Hiroyuki Yamashita, a screenplay by Masashi Kishimoto, music by -yaiba- and Yasuharu Takanashi and character design by Hirofumi Suzuki, Masashi Kishimoto and Tetsuya Nishio and art design by Hiroto Tanaka and Masaaki Endou.

The film begins with Boruto telling his story and him and his team partners, Sarada and Mitsuki being trained by Master Konohamaru and trying to capture a bear (or panda).   After their mission, the four go to see Naruto, the Seventh Hokage.

And as Boruto gets into a little argument with his father (for not being part of his life due to his duties as Hokage), he reminds his father about his sister and Naruto’s daughter, Himawari’s birthday and how he needs to be there.

Meanwhile a scientist comes in and introduces the group to a new invention.  Now, a jutsu can be contained in a mini-seal and put into a bracelet which gives anyone, ninja or not, the power to use a jutsu.  No chakra is even needed to use the new technology and the scientists want it used for the upcoming Chunin exam but Naruto is against it and believes a ninja should use their own skills.

Meanwhile, Boruto meets with the scientist and takes the special bracelet.

With the next Chunin exams coming up, Sarada and Mitsuki want to take the exam but Boruto, he has no desire.  He doesn’t want to be like his father and that means not wanting to be Hokage.  But for Sarada, she wants to be Hokage and tries to get Boruto to take part in the Chunin exam to let his father know he could do it.

Meanwhile, Sasuke Uchiha returns to the village and Boruto, not wanting to be anything like his father, goes to Sasuke to take him in as a pupil.  But Sasuke will only agree if Boruto can learn the Sharingan jutsu.

As the groups get ready for their Chunin Exam to see who will become a ninja, round three will be in front of a public audience.  During a battle Boruto uses the bracelet to best his opponent, but for Naruto, he is disappointed that his son resorted to such a tactic and disqualifies his son from the Chunin exam and also taking away his ninja bandana as punishment.

This leads to an argument and Boruto complains that his father is never there for him.  Meanwhile, a new evil force attacks everyone at the Chunin Exam.


VIDEO:

“Boruto – Naruto the Movie” is presented in 1080p High Definition and the film looks vibrant.  Colors look fantastic in HD and with this being a film ,there is a good amount of backgrounds and detail in the background artwork.  Picture quality is fantastic!

I didn’t notice any artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Boruto – Naruto the Movie” is presented in Japanese and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0. Both soundtracks are fantastic and dialogue and music are both crystal clear through the center, front and surround channels.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Boruto – Naruto the Movie” comes with the following special features:

  • Special Naruto OVA – (10:23) It’s Naruto’s big day as his inauguration as Hokage is about to take place.  But time’s getting late because Boruto and Himawari are arguing.  But what happens when Boruto upsets his little sister?
  • Clean End Credits
  • Storyboards – Featuring a gallery of the storyboards for the film
  • Art Gallery – Featuring an art gallery from the film.
  • Trailer – Featuring the Japanese trailers.

Watching “Boruto – Naruto the Movie”, I can’t help but be entertained by the fact that the film focuses on the children of the characters that many of us grew up reading.

“Naruto” having lasted so long as a manga and anime series was a big part of the lives of many people who watched “Naruto” grow from a child, to a teenager and a young adult.  Seeing how his heart and his passion would inspire so many but also seeing him determined to defeat those who threatened the village or his friends.

With Naruto, he is a student that felt he had to prove himself through hardwork and determination.

So, it’s fascinating to see how Boruto is much different than his father.  Naruto, who had always said he would become Hokage is now the new Hokage of the Leaf Village but this new role means being busy with work and unfortunately, that means no time spent with the family.

Hinata is literally taking care of both children and you can see how Boruto is upset at his father for neglecting them, but he harbors a bit of anger for his father not being there for him.

What’s even more interesting is that Boruto is not too aware of his father’s past and how he grew up, so he is not aware of the challenges or difficulties his father grew up with.

And because of his feelings towards his father, he asks his dad’s rival, Sasuke Uchiha to become his master.

But during this peaceful time, a lot has changed as well.  Scientists have developed bracelets with technology that allow anyone to harness jutsu used by ninjas and to make things worse, a new evil has decided to attack the Leaf Village during the Chunin exams (like what happened to Naruto and friends when he was much younger).

And I’ll leave it that.

This is a new beginning, a new chapter as Boruto will continue the storyline of the ninjas at the Leaf Village and while I’m not sure if “Boruto” will last for another 15 years but for this film to jumpstart the new generation and Naruto’s son, Boruto, now the focal point, needless to say, this series will be interesting, considering that he’s not like his father at all.

And if you think Boruto Uzumaki has special skills learned from his father, wait until one gets to see the included OVA which shows us how powerful Himawari Uzumaki can get.

As for the Blu-ray release, the film is vibrant and with it being a film, has more detail when it comes to art backgrounds.  Lossless soundtrack is also well-done and the voice acting for both Japanese and English dub are magnificent.

Overall, if you are a big fan of the “Naruto” manga/anime series, I highly recommend “Boruto – Naruto the Movie”.  Action-packed, full of drama and excitement.

Recommended

 

Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1 – Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read! I look forward to the second volume of “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -“.

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Image courtesy of © 2016 Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1

Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto

Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shueisha Inc., Tokyo

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017


The ninja adventures continue with Naruto’s son, Boruto!

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!

Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!


The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In 2014, Kishimoto wrapped up the “Naruto” manga and in the final chapter (featured in volume 72), Naruto would eventually become the Hokage of the Leaf Village and he and his wife Hinata would have two children, Boruto and Himawari.

Meanwhile, Sasuke and Sakura would have a daughter named Sarada, Shikamaru Nara and Temari would have a son named Shikadai, Sai and Ino would have a son named Inojin and Choji Akimichi and Karui would have a daughter named Chocho.

Everyone has grown up and Naruto is busy as the new Hokage at the village, this causes resentment from Naruto’s son Boruto who feels that his father was never there for him or the family.

This leads us to the new manga series “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations” which is created and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto but is now written by Ukyo Kodachi and artwork is by Mikio Ikemoto.

The manga begins with Boruto telling his story and him and his team partners, Sarada and Mitsuki being trained by Master Konohamaru.  A lot has changed in terms of ninja skills and technology.

Now, a jutsu can be contained in a mini-seal and put into a bracelet which gives anyone, ninja or not, the power to use a jutsu.  No chakra is even needed to use the new technology.

With the next Chunin exams coming up, Sarada and Mitsuki want to take the exam but Boruto, he has no desire.  He doesn’t want to be like his father and that means not wanting to be Hokage.  But for Sarada, she wants to be Hokage and tries to get Boruto to take part in the Chunin exam to let his father know he could do it.

Meanwhile, Sasuke Uchiha returns to the village and Boruto, not wanting to be anything like his father, goes to Sasuke to take him in as a pupil.  But Sasuke will only agree if Boruto can learn the Sharingan jutsu.

We also get to learn about Mitsuki and find out who his parent(s) may be.


Reading “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1”, I can’t help but be entertained by the fact that the series focuses on the children of the characters that many of us grew up reading/watching for 15 years.

“Naruto” having lasted so long was a big part of the lives of manga/anime fans of the series that we watched “Naruto” grow from a child, to a teenager and a young adult.  Seeing how his heart and his passion would inspire so many but also seeing him determined to defeat those who threatened the village or his friends.

With Naruto, he is a student that felt he had to prove himself through hardwork and determination.

So, it’s fascinating to see how Boruto is much different than his father.  Naruto, who had always said he would become Hokage is now the new Hokage of the Leaf Village but this new role means being busy with work and unfortunately, that means no time spent with the family.

Hinata is literally taking care of both children and you can see how Boruto is upset at his father for neglecting them, but he harbors a bit of anger for his father not being there for him.

What’s even more interesting is that Boruto is not too aware of his father’s past and how he grew up, so he is not aware of the challenges or difficulties his father grew up with.

And because of his feelings towards his father, he asks his dad’s rival, Sasuke Uchiha to become his master.

The first volume features the first test in the Chunin exams but also goes into who the parent of Mitsuki is and really interesting background about him as well.

And I’ll leave it that.

This is a new beginning, a new chapter and not sure if this will last for another 15 years but this is a tremendous task and also honor that “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto had bestowed upon writer Ukyo Kodachi and artist Mikio Ikemoto.

The story and artwork is well-done and for the most part, I just enjoy reading this latest volume because this storyline is literally a passing of the torch to a new generation of characters in the Leaf Village.

And having read and enjoyed the “Naruto” manga (I enjoyed the anime series but the plethora of filler episodes made things drag out way too long for me), it’s great to read a story focused on the 7th Hokage’s son.

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read!

I look forward to the second volume of “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -“.

 

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Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (Story & Art by Masashi Kishimoto) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring” is essential reading for fans of “Naruto”, especially if you grew up reading/watching Team 7 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura).  Enjoyable, entertaining and recommended!

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© 2015 Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2016


Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. Then he channeled that energy into learning amazing ninja techniques and saving the world! Now Naruto has achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But new troubles are bubbling up in Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring!

With the world now safe and the ninja villages working together, Naruto’s work as Hokage seems pretty mundane. Giving his son, Boruto, enough attention is the toughest task he has. But then Sasuke uncovers a conspiracy that may involve surviving members of the Uchiha clan. And at the same time, Sarada is beginning to have doubts about the truth of her origins.


Since the completion of the “Naruto” manga series and people getting a glimpse of life for Naruto after the Fourth Shinobi War and how a lot of our favorite characters have gone on to become parents, fans want to see more!

And with the series continuing on with Naruto’s son Boruto, “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto wanted to create a manga featuring Naruto as the Seventh Hokage but instead of featuring life of Naruto, Hinata and kids, this time, to focus on Sasuke and Sakura’s child, Sarada.

And so, a storyline was created titled “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring”.

The manga series focuses on Sarada Uchiha who sees the attention that other children her age get from their parents.  Even though the children kind of have some problem with their parents, such as Boruto tired of his father being busy as a Hokage or Cho-Cho Akimichi having difficulties believing that her father is Choji and her mother is Karui, Sarada rather be in their position where their parents are there.

As Sarada has not really seen her father Sasuke, who has been away since she was a baby.  And now Sarada is having difficulties believing that her parents are her real blood parents because she wears glasses.  And to make things worse, when she looked at her family photo of her dad, she pulls out the entire photo which reveals Sasuke and his old partners, including Karin, who wears glasses, has dark hair and Sarada feels she looks exactly like her.

As Sarada tries to talk to various people about the photo she finds and wants to know who the woman is next to her father.

Meanwhile, Sasuke who is on a special mission has found a young man with the Uchiha symbol and also exhibiting a sharingan, which leaves Kakashi to believe he is an Uchiha survivor or Orochimaru’s lab rat.

Naruto decides that he will meet up with Sasuke before paying a visit to Orochimaru, but Naruto is unaware that Sarada has heard his conversation that he is visiting her father.

Along with Cho-Cho, the two follow Naruto in hopes that it will lead Sarada to her father.  But while the trail Naruto, both are attacked by the mysterious young man with the Sharingan eyes.

Will Sarada find out the truth if Sasuke and Sakura are her real parents?


I absolutely enjoy these newer “Naruto” stories featuring the characters as adults and now, many of us following their children.

Before I begin my review, because of the focus on the next generation, for those who have not finished the manga series, probably will not want to read this manga yet, because there are a lot of spoilers.  If possible, I recommend reading the final “Naruto” manga and watching “The Last Naruto the Movie” animated film, before reading “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring”.

But I absolutely enjoyed this issue because of the relationships featured in the series but to see how the characters that we grew up with reading or watching, are now parents themselves.

For me, it’s hard to believe that I have followed the “Naruto” series since it was first released.  Growing up with these characters as a college student, reading and watching when I got married and we had a child, to my child watching the series as he got older and now with my son as a teenager, a story of relationships but also another way of “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto of passing the torch to another character.

“Boruto” had his own animated film, so Sarada receives a lot of focus in this manga.  Frustrated of not having her father with them and being raised by Sakura for years, she dislikes the fact that her father has not come home to visit or be with them.

And she has so many questions in regards to her life, her glasses and why Karin (who we saw, always following Sasuke wherever he went in the manga and anime series) looks more like her.  She’s a young person that has so many questions and feels everyone is avoiding it but most of all, she is reminiscent of Naruto when he was younger of not having a family and being envious of other children and their parents.

It’s an interesting contrast to Boruto, who almost is reminiscent to Sakura who was often bothered by her loving parents (which was more featured in the “Naruto Shippuden” filler episodes).  But in this case, a rambunctious boy who also can’t stand his father not being there because he is the village’s Hokage.

As for “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring”, it’s interesting to see the developments of Sarada’s quest to know more about her father and what happens when she confronts him.  But also giving us more insight to how things have been between Sasuke and Sakura years later.

Overall, “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring” is essential reading for fans of “Naruto”, especially if you grew up reading/watching Team 7 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura).  Enjoyable, entertaining and recommended!

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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

January 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut” is a volume that is more filler-based but for good reason. It also manages to take bits and pieces from the manga series but build upon the Great Ninja War by showcasing other characters like Gaara, Temari, Shikamaru, Hinata and Neji in action. If you don’t mind filler episodes and are a fan staying with “Naruto Shippuden” for the long haul, then “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut” will no doubt entertain you!

Image courtesy of © 2002 Masashi Kishimoto/2007 Shippuden. All Rights Reserved.


DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 297-309 (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: November 10, 2015


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: Shippuden uncut set 24 opens as Gaara leads the Fourth Company into battle against the previous Kage, including his own father. Meanwhile Naruto and Killer Bee face the reanimated Itachi Uchiha, who recognizes Naruto’s growth as a shinobi and his potential to rescue his brother, Sasuke, from his path of vengeance. Kabuto assumes control of Itachi to use his Mangekyo Sharingan, but Itachi’s well of power is not yet drained. Battles rage, and all must face enemies – as well as friends – they never expected to see again!


With the 14th season of “Naruto Shippuden”, the Fourth Great Ninja War continues as Kabuto has revived and reanimated great legends and villains from Shinobi past and has control over them.  And with the White Zetsu Army being unleashed on various ninja divisions and no one able to tell who are shinobi or disguised White Zetsu Army members, Naruto and Killer Bee are now heading to the battlefield to lend their assistance.

As Kazekage, Gaara goes into the battlefield to confront his father, the Fourth Kazekage, meanwhile his men must battle against the Second Mizukage and the Third Raikage.  Meanwhile, Naruto must come across Itachi.  Meanwhile, Kabuto summons Hayate Gekko!

All this and more in “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut”.

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”?

Sasuke has aligned with the Akatsuki who wants to destroy the Leaf Village – Konoha. Madara has declared war and thus an Allied Shinobi Force is formed. The elder leaders of all villages, allies to the Leaf Village have realized that the Akatsuki are after Naruto (Nine Tail) and Killer B (Eight Tail Beast). They have since accomplished extracting the beasts (Jinchuriki) from others.

In “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 20”, the series now returns back to storyline that is featured on the manga series.

As Naruto tries to control the power of the nine tails, Naruto’s mother enter his consciousness to explain the secrets of his birth and learns about heir hopes and renews his vow to be come Hokage!

All is revealed about what transpired during the day of Naruto’s birth and who was responsible for attacking the Leaf Village with the nine tails. And given the final moments to meet and speak with his mother one last time.

And as Naruto has become the prime target of the Akatsuki, Yamato, Guy and a few other Leaf Ninja, including Killer B have convinced Naruto that he is on an S-Ranked Environmental Mission at an island.

In volume 22, Naruto who has trained with Bee, is starting to feel the chakra of the nine-tail fox and now he wants to know why he is being locked up and why his fellow ninja are acting strangely.

Meanwhile, as Sakura and other medics tend to the wounded, someone has infiltrated the medical unit and is slaughtering them. And he’s out to kill Sakura. Will Sakura find out who the culprit truly is?

In volume 24, the series focuses on Gaara and Temari leading their team to take on the reanimated Fourth Kazekage, Second Mizukage and the Third Raikage.  Naruto and Killer Bee rushes to the battle scene to lend their assistance.  But Kabuto has something up his sleeve.  What does he plan on doing?


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 24- Original Uncut”, the fast-paced action in this volume is great for a TV series and good for what one can expect on DVD.

It’s important to note that in 2014, Viz has went from releasing episodes on three DVD discs to two DVD discs per volume.

As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24” 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 24 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features on disc 2:

  • Storyboards
  • Art Gallery
  • Clean Openings/Endings

With the release of “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut”, the 14th season of the series manages to borrow bits and pieces from the manga series and elongate the Fourth Great Ninja War for multiple seasons.

As of January 2016 in Japan, the anime series has not yet completed, despite the manga series having ended in 2014, “The Last Naruto the Movie” being released that same year and now the storyline has shifted towards “Boruto”, as of now, it looks as if the series will continue on with its 19th season.

What writers have done is to focus on various aspects of the Great Ninja War by focusing on other characters outside of Naruto and showing them in battle.

And in some ways, I kind of like that, because the manga series focuses on other characters from other clans for a short-time and focused on the core characters much more.  With the anime series, writers want to get viewers acclimated to how huge the war is and how each member contributed in battle.

So, with “Naruto” being a series with a lot of characters, writers have more liberty to explore the characters during the war.  The only caveat by doing this is that for those wanting the story to be more tied to the manga series, may be upset that writers have managed to extend the war for so many episodes.  And others will think they are nothing more than filler episodes.

Yes, they are filler episodes but having read the manga, I feel the writers were respectful of Kishimoto’s manga work but wanted to show how everyone was affected during the Great Ninja War.  And so far, the series has been entertaining.

And with this volume, people get to see Gaara and Temari as leaders.  We get a storyline that explains why Gaara was treated the way he was by his father and others when he was younger and more!  For the antagonists side, we get to see more of Kabuto and how he is using the re-animation technique but also how he is using the White Zetsu Army.

As for the DVD set, you get a total of 12 episodes on two DVD’s and special features which include storyboards, art gallery, clean opening and endings.

Overall, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut” is a volume that is more filler-based but for good reason.  It also manages to take bits and pieces from the manga series but build upon the Great Ninja War by showcasing other characters like Gaara, Temari, Shikamaru, Hinata and Neji in action.

If you don’t mind filler episodes and are a fan staying with “Naruto Shippuden” for the long haul, then “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut” will no doubt entertain you!

The Last Naruto the Movie (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“The Last Naruto the Movie” is the best Naruto film that I have watched and a storyline that I have waited more than decade to see happen. It’s also an important film that transitions to the next generation of Masashi Kishimoto’s next work. “Good things come for those who wait” and for Naruto fans, “The Last Naruto the Movie” is a story that was a long time coming but for many fans who have waited for a Naruto/Hinata storyline, will absolutely enjoy this film!

Image courtesy of © 2002 Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: The Last Naruto the Movie

MOVIE RELEASE DATE: 2014

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD Audio 5.1 and 2.0, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Viz Media

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: October 6, 2015


Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto

Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi

Screenplay: Maruo Kyozuka

Music by -yaiba-, Yasuharu Takanashi

Character Design by Hirofumi Suzuki, Masashi Kishimoto, Tetsuya Nishio

Background Art: Akemi Konno

Anime Production: Studio Pierrot


Featuring the following voice talent:

Junko Takeuchi/Maile Flanagan as Naruto Uzumaki

Nana Mizuki/Stephanie Sheh as Hinata Hyuga

Noriaki Sugiyama/Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha

Satoshi Hino/Ben Diskin as Sai

Chie Nakamura/Kate Higgins as Sakura Haruno

Jun Fukuyama as Toneri Osutsuki

Showtaro Morikubo as Shikamaru Nara

Ai Hashizume as Kaede the Kunoichi

Arisa Shida/Robbie Daymond as Tenmonkata

Kazuhiko Inoue/Dave Wittenberg as Kakashi Hatake

Keiko Nemoto/Megan Hollingshead as Shizune

Masako Katsuki/Debi Mae West as Tsunade

Kentarou Itou/Robbie Rist as Chouji Akimichi

Ryoka Yuzuki Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Hanabi Huga/Ino Yamanaka

Hisao Egawa/Catero Colbert as Killer Bee


Two years have passed since the fated battle between Naruto and Sasuke in the Village Hidden in the Leaves. A comfortable peace has fallen over the village and the winter festival approaches with a bit more excitement than usual. Seasons of war have transformed Naruto and his friends into elite young warriors, but now they grow into the adults they were meant to be, forming bonds beyond friendship. Naruto and Hinata approach this next stage with trepidation and find their progress stalled when a mysterious and dangerous man appears with a disturbing message: the end of the world is upon them. Once again Naruto and his friends are sent to investigate and stop the impossible, a falling moon! What is the tragic fate that connects this disaster with Hinata’s Hyuga Clan? And to what lengths will Naruto go to speak the words that will change his life? The Last is the final story of Naruto as you knew him, the hero who was once an outcast, and the first chapter of the bond that will define his future.


DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE ENDING OF THE MANGA SERIES, AS “THE LAST NARUTO THE MOVIE” INCLUDES MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!

For many fans of the “Naruto” manga and anime series, we have watched Naruto grow from a young boy trying to fit in and dreams of becoming hokage.  And we have seen him change the hearts of many people, friend and foe.

Since the early “Naruto” episodes, there has been one character that has always been willing to be there for him, to die for him and has had nothing but unconditional love for him… and that character is Hinata Hyuga.

In November 2014, the manga series came to an end and with that final chapter, we see a glimpse of the future as characters that we have watched when they were youngsters, have now grown up to become parents with children.

As the series will now go to the next chapter featuring Naruto and Hinata’s young son, Boruto, there were questions of how Naruto and Hinata ended up together.

And so the final Naruto film titled “The Last Naruto the Movie” will answer that question and the film was released on Blu-ray+DVD courtesy of Viz Media.

“The Last Naruto the Movie” takes place two years after the events of the Fourth Shinobi War.  Many of the characters have matured, Naruto has become famous, Kakashi has become the Sixth Hokage and still, Hinata Hyuga has watched Naruto from afar.  Trying to build her confidence to give Naruto a scarf.

We see from a flashback of Hinata’s first encounter with Naruto, when they were young children and Naruto coming to her Hinata’s defense, as she was bullied by other youngsters because of her byakugan ability.  And a brash young Naruto, coming to her defense and getting beaten up and his scarf laying in tatters.  Hinata has kept that scarf and now as an adult, in her free time, has tried knitting one exactly like the one he had.

But with many of the village’s young ladies wanting to be with him and Naruto now sporting a new scarf, Hinata is not sure if she can give him the scarf and tell him how he really feels about her.

Meanwhile, the moon that Hagoromo Otsutsuki created long ago to seal away the Ten-Tails’ body begins to descent towards the earth and the moon has now become a meteor that can destroy everything upon impact.

It is revealed that the person responsible is Toneri Otsutsuki, a descendant of Hamura Otsutsuki and is dedicated to fulfill his ancestor’s legacy to punish mankind for using chakra as weapons throughout the course of time.

But as Hinata is unable to give him the gift, Toneri infiltrates Konoha and kidnaps Hinata’s younger sister Hanabi, but Naruto manages to prevent him from kidnapping Hinata.  But Toneri gives him a warning that he is coming back to get Hinata.

Due to the severity of the mission, Kakashi sends Shikamaru, Naruto, Hinata, Sakura and Sai on a mission to rescue Hanabi and prevent the planet from being destroyed by the moon.

As the group goes on their mission, they journey through the village of the Otsutsuki clan and through there, Naruto somehow enters Hinata’s memories and sees all the moments in time when Hinata was there for him and realizes for the first time, that Hinata has always wanted to be by his side since they were children.

What happens when Naruto discovers Hinata’s true feelings?  Can each of them prevent the world from being destroyed and beat Toneri Otsutsuki?

Find out in “The Last Naruto the Movie”!


 

VIDEO:

“The Last Naruto the Movie” tends to have this look that is appropriate for television, but for a summer movie in Japan, you expect better, detailed artistic backgrounds and the good news is that is what you get with this film. Presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), the film looks absolutely vibrant. From Naruto’s transformation to the overall character designs and closeups, there is a lot of detail in the artwork.

I detected no artifacts during my viewing of the film, nor did I see any banding. Colors are vibrant, black levels are perfect and the artistic backgrounds look so gorgeous. A lot of detail in the trees, the ground, as well as the scenery.

For Viz Media’s first anime film on Blu-ray, the film looks absolutely great in HD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Last Naruto the Movie” is presented in English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0. And once again, I applaud Viz Media for giving anime fans a wonderful lossless soundtrack!

This is an immersive soundtrack. It’s one thing to have clear dialogue and music coming from the center and front channels, but because of the non-stop action and explosions galore, there are great directional sounds that are panning from left to right and right to left through the surround channels.

In fact, there are many moments where the LFE just sounds magnificent as you can hear and feel those explosions around you. This is an immersive soundtrack and because it is a film, they really went all out in making this film sound fantastic in HD! Impressive!

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. And I have watched the series in Japanese and English and for the most part, voice acting for both soundtracks are well-done.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Last Naruto the Movie” comes with the following special features:

  • Japanese Commercial Videos
  • Japanese Promotional Videos
  • Japanese Movie Trailers
  • Art Gallery

EXTRAS:

“Naruto: Special Episode ~After the Last~” two-page manga by Masashi Kishimoto featuring Naruto and Hinata’s first date.


DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE ENDING OF THE MANGA SERIES, AS “THE LAST NARUTO THE MOVIE” INCLUDES MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!

I have had the pleasure to grow up and watch “Naruto” since the first anime episode came out and to later read the manga series once it became available in the United States.

I have watched and reviewed a good number of “Naruto” films but watching “The Last Naruto the Movie”, I’m confident to say that this film is the best “Naruto” film I have watched.

And I enjoyed it even more, because the film has relevance in the Naruto storyline as it shows viewers of how Naruto and Hinata became a couple and also transitioning to them being parents of two children and having a son named Boruto, who will now become the focus of the next series and animated film in Japan.

While the films have had their own share of deadly antagonists, personally, I felt that Toneri was a worthy foe but in the concept of why this film was being made and so many people grew up watching “Naruto” and have waited for over a decade to see if Naruto would finally open his eyes to Hinata and not recognizing it due to his naivety, this film and its story was a long time coming.

The writers took great care in making sure they crafted a storyline and while you get a lot of action, the storyline is romantic and will no doubt leave some in tears (of joy).  And it’s probably one of the most memorable and enjoyable musical scores I have listened to from a “Naruto” film.

And I highly recommend those who watch this film, to watch through the credits and also what happens after the credits.

So, when it comes to this review as a fan, I absolutely loved this film and felt that it was a storyline that I have been waiting for over a decade to see happen.

In a way, it’s hard to believe that the series has come to an end and to see Naruto and friends now grown up but finally seeing how these two get together.  And the great news is that this was not some story that Masashi Kishimoto didn’t approve of, because not only did he have interaction in this film, but included with this Blu-ray release is a two-page manga by Masashi titled “Naruto: Special Episode ~After the Last~” featuring Naruto and Hinata’s first date.

And like previous Blu-ray releases for “Naruto” films, the animation is vibrant and looks fabulous in HD.  The lossless audio and voice acting for both Japanese and English dub is excellent.  And you also get the Japanese promotional video and commercials as well!

Overall, “The Last Naruto the Movie” is the best Naruto film that I have watched and a storyline that I  have waited more than decade to see happen.  It’s also an important film that transitions to the next generation of Masashi Kishimoto’s next work.

“Good things come for those who wait” and for Naruto fans, “The Last Naruto the Movie” is a story that was a long time coming but for many fans who have waited for a Naruto/Hinata storyline, will absolutely enjoy this film!

Naruto volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

November 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 72 is a fitting, magnificent conclusion of this epic, long-running manga series!  It was a long ride to get to this point, but for those who have read vol. 1 to this final vol. 72, this final volume is definitely recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 72

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2015


The peace following Kaguya’s defeat is short-lived as Sasuke tries to take total control. Can Naruto change his old friend’s mind and bring true peace to the ninja world in the final volume of Naruto?


Naruto has always searched for Sasuke and for reasons, there has been this bond between both rivals…friends and sometimes enemies.

The Great Ninja War may be over, but Sasuke wants to become the one and only darkness, to dispose of the deep darkness of the past and in order to change the world and reform it, Sasuke wants to kill Naruto.

Thus leading to the battle that everyone has been waiting for….Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha.

Find out what happens in the final volume 72 of Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto”!


What is “Naruto” all about?

The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In the beginning, Naruto was part of Team Kakashi, alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno and as a team, have grown up together taking on missions and also, joining with other teams of Team Konoha as well as other villages in taking on other major missions as well.

But now years have passed since those earlier years of Team Kakashi and Naruto and his friends are much older and his teammate Sasuke has left the village to pursue his brother Itachi for revenge of killing everyone of the Uchiha clan but worst of all, Sasuke is in search of the traitor of the Konoha village, the evil Orochimaru, in order to obtain more power.

During Naruto’s last confrontation with Sasuke, it appears that a black evil curse has consumed him. But as a promise to his teammate Sakura, Naruto will do what it takes to bring Sasuke back despite whether or not Sasuke has become evil.

What has happened in the last volumes of “Naruto” so far?

The Great Ninja War is now over but just when you think that peace is coming to the world, Sasuke declares that he will destroy the world and reform a new one in order to cast off the darkness of the past and become the one true darkness.  And to accomplish that, he must cut Naruto down.

For over a decade, we have read the adventures of Naruto, his rivalry with Sasuke and doing what he can to bring him back home.

The final issue of “Naruto” is here… Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha.  Who will be victorious?

Plus a glimpse into the future of Naruto and friends.


For the longest time, many of us have followed the adventures of Naruto and friends.

We have read and watched incredible battles, touching storylines but also the rivalry and friendship between Naruto and Sasuke.

Everything has culminated into this final volume which pits Naruto vs. Sasuke.  Naruto who is trying to protect the world and his friends.  Sasuke who is determined to reform the world, become the one true darkness and to do that, he must kill Naruto.

A final battle between two powerful ninjas who grew up together and now, are in the greatest battle of their lives.

And that’s all I’m going to mention about that battle because with this being the final volume.  I’m not going to spoil it for anyone.

Meanwhile, for a touching conclusion to the manga series, Masashi Kishimoto also includes a final chapter that goes into the future and seeing everyone as adults and some also having their own children.

And once again, I’ll leave it at that as the final chapter will no doubt leave a smile on the faces for long time readers of “Naruto”.

Another fantastic action-packed and final volume, Masashi Kishimoto’s artwork and his fluidity of keeping the action ongoing but managing to showcase as many characters as possible, left me captivated.   And it’s hard to believe that with vol. 72, this ends the long running manga series.

Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 72 is a fitting, magnificent conclusion of this epic, long-running manga series!  It was a long ride to get to this point, but for those who have read vol. 1 to this final vol. 72, this final volume is definitely recommended!

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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

September 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you don’t mind filler episodes and are a fan staying with “Naruto Shippuden” for the long haul, the “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut” will no doubt entertain you. The episodes are action-packed and have quite a bit of humor. But if you are a purist dedicated to Masashi Kishimoto’s manga series and want to watch the main storyline in regards to the war, then this volume can be skipped over.

Image courtesy of © 2002 Masashi Kishimoto/2007 Shippuden. All Rights Reserved.


DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 284-296 (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 28, 2015


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 Fourth Great Ninja War rages on, and danger comes from every angle. Old comrades and enemies have risen from the grave under the control of Kabuto to fight the Allied Forces. While some retain their calm, others must wrestle with their emotions. Naruto’s training has made him more powerful, but some believe his possession of the Nine Tails makes him a liability. Can the Allied Forces survive assassins and their reanimated friends to win the war?


The Fourth Great Ninja War continues as Naruto now enters the battlefield and also a side story featuring the Hidden Sand Village and the Hidden Stone Village.

All this and more in “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut”.

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”?

Sasuke has aligned with the Akatsuki who wants to destroy the Leaf Village – Konoha. Madara has declared war and thus an Allied Shinobi Force is formed. The elder leaders of all villages, allies to the Leaf Village have realized that the Akatsuki are after Naruto (Nine Tail) and Killer B (Eight Tail Beast). They have since accomplished extracting the beasts (Jinchuriki) from others.

In “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 20”, the series now returns back to storyline that is featured on the manga series.

As Naruto tries to control the power of the nine tails, Naruto’s mother enter his consciousness to explain the secrets of his birth and learns about heir hopes and renews his vow to be come Hokage!

All is revealed about what transpired during the day of Naruto’s birth and who was responsible for attacking the Leaf Village with the nine tails. And given the final moments to meet and speak with his mother one last time.

And as Naruto has become the prime target of the Akatsuki, Yamato, Guy and a few other Leaf Ninja, including Killer B have convinced Naruto that he is on an S-Ranked Environmental Mission at an island.

In volume 22, Naruto who has trained with Bee, is starting to feel the chakra of the nine-tail fox and now he wants to know why he is being locked up and why his fellow ninja are acting strangely.

Meanwhile, as Sakura and other medics tend to the wounded, someone has infiltrated the medical unit and is slaughtering them. And he’s out to kill Sakura. Will Sakura find out who the culprit truly is?

In volume 23, a special side story features the Hidden Sand Village  and the Hidden Stone Village.  Also, a storyline that takes place after the Kage Summit as Team Kakashi is sent out on a mission to “The Hole” and investigate an incident where people are being killed.  Will Yamato, Sai ,Sakura and Naruto find out who is responsible for the deaths?


 

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 23- Original Uncut”, the fast-paced action in this volume is great for a TV series and good for what one can expect on DVD.

It’s important to note that in 2014, Viz has went from releasing episodes on three DVD discs to two DVD discs per volume.

As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23” 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 23 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features on disc 2:

  • Storyboards
  • Art Gallery
  • Clean Openings/Endings

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With the release of “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut”, the volume continues with filler episodes, while Masashi Kishimoto was still working on the stories in the manga series.

This tends to happen a lot when the anime series catches up with the manga and in order to give adequate time, a season is spent on filler episodes.

With episodes 284-296, these filler episodes concludes Season 13 (which aired in Japan from October 2012 to January 2013) and fortunately, the filler episodes take place during the Great Ninja War or right after the Great Kage Summit.

This time we get episodes relating to the Hidden Sand Village and Hidden Stone Village, Sai learning why people are dedicated into fighting for their friends, Tsunade on a mission and discussing why she puts her faith in Naruto.  We also get to see Kakashi taking on reanimated Kirigakure shinobi and a battle with Ameyuri Ringo.

The final episodes take place after the Kage Summit and features episodes about Yamato, Naruto, Sakura and Sai sent on a mission to investigate the death of people near “The Hole” and must take on Kabuto’s Hidan clone and the reanimated Hayate Gekou.

As for the DVD set, you get a total of 12 episodes on two DVD’s and special features which include storyboards, art gallery, clean opening and endings.

Overall, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut” is a volume that is more filler-based.  The good news is that the filler stories take place during the Great Ninja War and dealing with reanimated Shinobi, the bad news is that the main storyline of the Great Ninja War doesn’t continue until Season 14 (which will take place in “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut”).

But if you don’t mind filler episodes and are a fan staying with “Naruto Shippuden” for the long haul, the “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut” will no doubt entertain you.  The episodes are action-packed and have quite a bit of humor. But if you are a purist dedicated to Masashi Kishimoto’s manga series and want to watch the main storyline in regards to the war, then this volume can be skipped over.

Naruto volume 71 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

August 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 71 leads to the conclusion of the Great Ninja War as the allied ninjas put it all on the line to go against the super powerful Kaguya.  Action-packed and exciting, vol. 71 is recommended!

© 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.

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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 71

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2015


With the Infinite Tsukuyomi activated and Kaguya resurrected, the ninja world is in the greatest peril it has ever faced. Can Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura work together to defeat this terrible menace?


As Naruto and Sasuke joined forces to end the Great Ninja War, they and their compatriots encounter their greatest enemy yet, the resurrected Kaguya.

With the Infinite Tsukuyomi activated by Madara, how can the allied ninjas defeat such a powerful enemy?

Find out what happens in volume 71 of Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto”!


What is “Naruto” all about?

The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In the beginning, Naruto was part of Team Kakashi, alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno and as a team, have grown up together taking on missions and also, joining with other teams of Team Konoha as well as other villages in taking on other major missions as well.

But now years have passed since those earlier years of Team Kakashi and Naruto and his friends are much older and his teammate Sasuke has left the village to pursue his brother Itachi for revenge of killing everyone of the Uchiha clan but worst of all, Sasuke is in search of the traitor of the Konoha village, the evil Orochimaru, in order to obtain more power.

During Naruto’s last confrontation with Sasuke, it appears that a black evil curse has consumed him. But as a promise to his teammate Sakura, Naruto will do what it takes to bring Sasuke back despite whether or not Sasuke has become evil.

What has happened in the last volumes of “Naruto” so far?

In the previous volume of the “Naruto” manga series features the beginning of the Great War as the ninja villages have united to take on the dead, past Gokage and deceased Akatsuki members as well as the revival of deadly ninjas by Kabuto.

The dead know they have been revived but are not able to control their bodies (which is being controlled by Kabuto). The goal of capturing Naruto for his nine-tail powers continues, but the ninja villages were able to hide Naruto in a moving island. Meanwhile, Naruto is unaware of what is going on the outside world, as the Gokage have him fighting in an enclosed space and being trained from Killer Bee.

Meanwhile, as ninja units of the Allied Shinboi Forces have been assembled to take on the resurrected and legendary ninjas that have been revived.

In volume 56, the Kage have been resurrected and Darui must take on the most dreaded ninja brothers of all time, Ginkaku and Kinkau a.k.a. The Gold & Silver Brothers. Two brothers who are not only powerful but having been eaten by the nine tails (and escaping it) and living within it’s belly and feeding off the Nine Tails inside, they were let out of the Jinchuriki’s body because of the harm they have caused and because they fed on the nine tails, they now have his chakra inside them. And Naruto is beginning to feel that something is wrong (and sensing his chakra on the outside). Meanwhile, Mifune must take on the resurrected second Tsuchikage, Hanzo and also Asuma has been resurrected and now Shikamaru, Choji and Ino must fight their former master to to the death.

In volume 57, the Allied Shinobi Forces have kept Naruto in the dark as much as they can. By telling him he’s on a major mission and keeping him hidden inside an island, with various members of the Forces to prevent his escape, with Naruto’s new found power of tapping into the power of the nine-tailed fox, he can now sense death around him.

And with Naruto now knowing that something is terribly wrong, both Naruto and Killer Bee want to show Madara and the Akatsuki that they are going to fight back and no way will they be stripping the power of the jinchuriki away from them. But knowing how important both Killer Bee and Naruto are for the Allied Shinobi Forces, under orders, ninjas of various villages must try to block the two from escaping.

So, badly that Raikage and Lady Tsunade are called into stop both Killer Bee and Naruto.

Meanwhile, on the battlefield, as night time comes, both sides take a break and try to recuperate from their injuries. But what the Allied Shinobi Forces don’t know is that their camps have been infiltrated by ninjas that can assume a form of one of the Forces’s Shinobi. With an unknown enemy killing doctors and important people in the Allied Forces camps, they must find a way to capture and kill these hidden enemies before more ninjas of the Allied Shinobi Forces are killed.

In volume 58, Naruto and Killer Bee have been able to seal away the previous Raikage but now with the Akatsuki infiltrating all Allied Forces camps and no one able to tell who is friend and foe, more and more allied forces are being injured or killed by the impostors.

And only one person can help them…Naruto. Who must create shadow clones of himself with is new power to sniff them out.

Which leads to volume 59 as the battle continues to escalate as Gaara, leader of the Sand Village and Ohnoki, leader of the Stone Village must continue to fight against the great Mizukage of the Mist Village, who was resurrected.

But also, another battle will begin as Madara Uchiha finally strikes back and as for Naruto and Killer Bee, they find themselves in another battle with Tobi of the Akatsuki.

And now here we are with volume 60, as the Allied Shinobi Forces are making their comeback, the revived masked Madara Uchiha unleashes the six jinchuriki to fight and kill Naruto and Killer Bee.

With Killer Bee and the eight tails injured, Kakashi and Guy go into assist Naruto and Killer Bee.

But while the jinchuriki are being controlled by Madara, all biju are able to communicate with each other telepathically and somehow the six jinchuriki are confronted by Naruto for the very first time, but instead of wanting to take control of them, Naruto is intent of saving them. Never seeing this kindness ever before the biju are able to see Naruto’s kindness towards them.

And during battle, Naruto activates his Biju Mode and is now able to access the Biju Psyche Plain to be in the consciousness of the jinchuriki and a little of the history of biju is revealed.

In volume 63 of “Naruto”, with Madara Uchiha back, they leaders of the ninja villages have been beaten, meanwhile Naruto, Kakashi and Guy fight against the masked man. As Kakashi is nearly depleted of chakra, he also fears the worst as he and Guy think they know who is behind the mask.

And as Naruto is able to deliver a sharingan to the masked man, shattering his mask, the identity of the antagonist has been revealed!

The big reveal featured in vol. 64 reveals that Obito, Kakashi’s partner who gave Kakashi the Sharingan eye and was long thought as dead, is actually alive. And he is mad as hell against Kakashi and will do anything to destroy Konoha Village. But he also is teaming up with someone who is equally upset with the village, Madara Uchiha, who has long been thought as dead.

And with these two powerful ninja resurrecting the Ten Tails, it’s going to to take an entire ninja force to go against them. But is their power enough to fight against them?

And here we are with volume 65 as the storyline moves away from the war and focuses on Sasuke Uchiha and Orochimaru who have joined forces to resurrect the four legendary Hokage.

Sasuke wants to know why his clan was murdered but most importantly, why his brother had chosen to massacre his family and clan for the Konoha Village.

And once he gets his answer, he will make his decision. To destroy the Konoha Village or to follow his brother’s footsteps and protect it.

The revelation of the Uchiha Clan and how the Konoha Village was created is finally revealed!

In volume 66, after learning the truth about the Uchiha clan, Sasuke along with Orochimaru have decided to ally themselves with the Konoha and the other ninja villages who are working together to fight against Obito and Madara’s forces.

As Naruto and Nine Tails work together to protect the allied forces, Obito and Madara’s power is too great. But in order to defeat this great enemy, it won’t take one or a few people, it will take an army to use their skills and work together to take on this great enemy.

But will it work?

Featuring the reunion of Cell 3 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura), the climax to the Great Ninja War is here!

In volume 67, Obito has now take control of the Sage of Sixth Paths and has combined with the Ten Tails. The Allied Shinobi Forces are weakened and are not sure how they can stop the powerful Obito who has superior offense and defense. Can they find a weakness in Obito? Naruto and his father must find one!

In volume 68, as Obito has combined with the Ten Tails, Naruto and Sasuke have joined forces to defeat Obito, but can they do it?

In volume 69, Madara has now grown powerful as is trying incorporate all Biju within him. With the ninja forces depleted, many are injured including Naruto and Sasuke, who will step up in order to buy some time for both Naruto and Sasuke, in order for them to be healed?

In volume 70, with Naruto and Sasuke knocked out, Guy decides to unleash his Eight Inner Gates Formation, a move that allows one to draw out one’s maximum power by releasing limiters placed on it. But to use such power, will lead to the death of the user.

Meanwhile, despite being knocked out, Naruto is in communication with an old sage named Hagoromo who will reveal to him of the true bond between him and Sasuke.

In volume 71, Naruto and Sasuke have joined forces, meanwhile Madara has activated the Infinite Tsukomi and resurrected Kaguya.  Now, the allied ninjas must work together and find a way to defeat this powerful enemy!


Volume 71 continues the war and it features a battle against the super powerful resurrected Kaguya.

Madara has been betrayed by Black Zetsu and now Kaguya intends to help mother’s will and take back the chakra.

Because she is the ultimate being, how can Naruto, Sasuke and the others defeat someone so powerful?

And because this is the second to the last volume of “Naruto” and the conclusion of the Great Ninja War, I’m not going to spoil the storyline at all because it’s action-packed but also intriguing.

Another fantastic action-packed volume in the Great Ninja War, Masashi Kishimoto’s artwork and his fluidity of keeping the action ongoing but managing to showcase as many characters as possible, left me captivated. I read this volume and found myself wanting more!

Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 71 leads to the conclusion of the Great Ninja War as the allied ninjas put it all on the line to go against the super powerful Kaguya.  Action-packed and exciting, vol. 71 is recommended!

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Naruto volume 70 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

May 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 70 leads to the final two volumes of the manga series and the storyline is nothing short of exciting.  This manga series is exciting and entertaining and is highly recommended!

© 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.

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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 70

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2015


 

With Naruto out of commission, Guy steps up to fight against the powerful Madara. Guy is willing to give up his life to defeat Madara, but will that be enough? And can the others save Naruto in time?


 Naruto has always searched for Sasuke and for reasons, there has been this bond between both rivals…friends and sometimes enemies. 

But now Naruto and Sasuke learn why the two have a special bond and why they are the only two who can fight Madara.

Find out what happens in volume 70 of Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto”!


What is “Naruto” all about?

The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In the beginning, Naruto was part of Team Kakashi, alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno and as a team, have grown up together taking on missions and also, joining with other teams of Team Konoha as well as other villages in taking on other major missions as well.

But now years have passed since those earlier years of Team Kakashi and Naruto and his friends are much older and his teammate Sasuke has left the village to pursue his brother Itachi for revenge of killing everyone of the Uchiha clan but worst of all, Sasuke is in search of the traitor of the Konoha village, the evil Orochimaru, in order to obtain more power.

During Naruto’s last confrontation with Sasuke, it appears that a black evil curse has consumed him. But as a promise to his teammate Sakura, Naruto will do what it takes to bring Sasuke back despite whether or not Sasuke has become evil.

What has happened in the last volumes of “Naruto” so far?

In the previous volume of the “Naruto” manga series features the beginning of the Great War as the ninja villages have united to take on the dead, past Gokage and deceased Akatsuki members as well as the revival of deadly ninjas by Kabuto.

The dead know they have been revived but are not able to control their bodies (which is being controlled by Kabuto). The goal of capturing Naruto for his nine-tail powers continues, but the ninja villages were able to hide Naruto in a moving island. Meanwhile, Naruto is unaware of what is going on the outside world, as the Gokage have him fighting in an enclosed space and being trained from Killer Bee.

Meanwhile, as ninja units of the Allied Shinboi Forces have been assembled to take on the resurrected and legendary ninjas that have been revived.

In volume 56, the Kage have been resurrected and Darui must take on the most dreaded ninja brothers of all time, Ginkaku and Kinkau a.k.a. The Gold & Silver Brothers. Two brothers who are not only powerful but having been eaten by the nine tails (and escaping it) and living within it’s belly and feeding off the Nine Tails inside, they were let out of the Jinchuriki’s body because of the harm they have caused and because they fed on the nine tails, they now have his chakra inside them. And Naruto is beginning to feel that something is wrong (and sensing his chakra on the outside). Meanwhile, Mifune must take on the resurrected second Tsuchikage, Hanzo and also Asuma has been resurrected and now Shikamaru, Choji and Ino must fight their former master to to the death.

In volume 57, the Allied Shinobi Forces have kept Naruto in the dark as much as they can. By telling him he’s on a major mission and keeping him hidden inside an island, with various members of the Forces to prevent his escape, with Naruto’s new found power of tapping into the power of the nine-tailed fox, he can now sense death around him.

And with Naruto now knowing that something is terribly wrong, both Naruto and Killer Bee want to show Madara and the Akatsuki that they are going to fight back and no way will they be stripping the power of the jinchuriki away from them. But knowing how important both Killer Bee and Naruto are for the Allied Shinobi Forces, under orders, ninjas of various villages must try to block the two from escaping.

So, badly that Raikage and Lady Tsunade are called into stop both Killer Bee and Naruto.

Meanwhile, on the battlefield, as night time comes, both sides take a break and try to recuperate from their injuries. But what the Allied Shinobi Forces don’t know is that their camps have been infiltrated by ninjas that can assume a form of one of the Forces’s Shinobi. With an unknown enemy killing doctors and important people in the Allied Forces camps, they must find a way to capture and kill these hidden enemies before more ninjas of the Allied Shinobi Forces are killed.

In volume 58, Naruto and Killer Bee have been able to seal away the previous Raikage but now with the Akatsuki infiltrating all Allied Forces camps and no one able to tell who is friend and foe, more and more allied forces are being injured or killed by the impostors.

And only one person can help them…Naruto. Who must create shadow clones of himself with is new power to sniff them out.

Which leads to volume 59 as the battle continues to escalate as Gaara, leader of the Sand Village and Ohnoki, leader of the Stone Village must continue to fight against the great Mizukage of the Mist Village, who was resurrected.

But also, another battle will begin as Madara Uchiha finally strikes back and as for Naruto and Killer Bee, they find themselves in another battle with Tobi of the Akatsuki.

And now here we are with volume 60, as the Allied Shinobi Forces are making their comeback, the revived masked Madara Uchiha unleashes the six jinchuriki to fight and kill Naruto and Killer Bee.

With Killer Bee and the eight tails injured, Kakashi and Guy go into assist Naruto and Killer Bee.

But while the jinchuriki are being controlled by Madara, all biju are able to communicate with each other telepathically and somehow the six jinchuriki are confronted by Naruto for the very first time, but instead of wanting to take control of them, Naruto is intent of saving them. Never seeing this kindness ever before the biju are able to see Naruto’s kindness towards them.

And during battle, Naruto activates his Biju Mode and is now able to access the Biju Psyche Plain to be in the consciousness of the jinchuriki and a little of the history of biju is revealed.

In volume 63 of “Naruto”, with Madara Uchiha back, they leaders of the ninja villages have been beaten, meanwhile Naruto, Kakashi and Guy fight against the masked man. As Kakashi is nearly depleted of chakra, he also fears the worst as he and Guy think they know who is behind the mask.

And as Naruto is able to deliver a sharingan to the masked man, shattering his mask, the identity of the antagonist has been revealed!

The big reveal featured in vol. 64 reveals that Obito, Kakashi’s partner who gave Kakashi the Sharingan eye and was long thought as dead, is actually alive. And he is mad as hell against Kakashi and will do anything to destroy Konoha Village. But he also is teaming up with someone who is equally upset with the village, Madara Uchiha, who has long been thought as dead.

And with these two powerful ninja resurrecting the Ten Tails, it’s going to to take an entire ninja force to go against them. But is their power enough to fight against them?

And here we are with volume 65 as the storyline moves away from the war and focuses on Sasuke Uchiha and Orochimaru who have joined forces to resurrect the four legendary Hokage.

Sasuke wants to know why his clan was murdered but most importantly, why his brother had chosen to massacre his family and clan for the Konoha Village.

And once he gets his answer, he will make his decision. To destroy the Konoha Village or to follow his brother’s footsteps and protect it.

The revelation of the Uchiha Clan and how the Konoha Village was created is finally revealed!

In volume 66, after learning the truth about the Uchiha clan, Sasuke along with Orochimaru have decided to ally themselves with the Konoha and the other ninja villages who are working together to fight against Obito and Madara’s forces.

As Naruto and Nine Tails work together to protect the allied forces, Obito and Madara’s power is too great. But in order to defeat this great enemy, it won’t take one or a few people, it will take an army to use their skills and work together to take on this great enemy.

But will it work?

Featuring the reunion of Cell 3 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura), the climax to the Great Ninja War is here!

In volume 67, Obito has now take control of the Sage of Sixth Paths and has combined with the Ten Tails. The Allied Shinobi Forces are weakened and are not sure how they can stop the powerful Obito who has superior offense and defense. Can they find a weakness in Obito? Naruto and his father must find one!

In volume 68, as Obito has combined with the Ten Tails, Naruto and Sasuke have joined forces to defeat Obito, but can they do it?

In volume 69, Madara has now grown powerful as is trying incorporate all Biju within him. With the ninja forces depleted, many are injured including Naruto and Sasuke, who will step up in order to buy some time for both Naruto and Sasuke, in order for them to be healed?

In volume 70, with Naruto and Sasuke knocked out, Guy decides to unleash his Eight Inner Gates Formation, a move that allows one to draw out one’s maximum power by releasing limiters placed on it.  But to use such power, will lead to the death of the user.

Meanwhile, despite being knocked out, Naruto is in communication with an old sage named Hagoromo who will reveal to him of the true bond between him and Sasuke.


Volume 70 continues the war and fight against Madara.

As Madara has grown powerful by incorporating the jinchuriki inside him, including Ten Tails, he has become nearly invincible.

And as Naruto and Sasuke were the two true powers that could defeat him, unfortunately both have been knocked out.  With everyone severely injured, Guy decides to unleash his Eight Inner Gates Formation and by the eight gate, it is a sacrifice that can cost him his life.

Meanwhile, as Naruto is out, he is visited by the deceased sage, Hagoromo who tells him the story of Ashura and Indra but then explains to Naruto of the bond between him and Sasuke.

Will Guy perish in his fight against Madara?  And what happens when Naruto and Sasuke learn the truth about themselves?

Another fantastic action-packed volume in the Great Ninja War, Masashi Kishimoto’s artwork and his fluidity of keeping the action ongoing but managing to showcase as many characters as possible, left me captivated. I read this volume and found myself wanting more!

Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” volume 70 leads to the final two volumes of the manga series and the storyline is nothing short of exciting.  This manga series is exciting and entertaining and is highly recommended!

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Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

May 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 212 – Original & Uncut” is a volume featuring both entertaining and action-packed filler episodes but also episodes that deal with the Great Ninja War, so there is a good balance of episodes featured. If you are a “Naruto” fan staying in for the long haul, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut” is recommended!

Image courtesy of © 2002 Masashi Kishimoto/2007 Shippuden. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut

DURATION: Episodes 271-283 (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 21, 2015

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 Fourth Great Ninja War rages on, and danger comes from every angle. Old comrades and enemies have risen from the grave under the control of Kabuto to fight the Allied Forces. While some retain their calm, others must wrestle with their emotions.

Naruto’s training has made him more powerful, but some believe his possession of the Nine Tails makes him a liability. Meanwhile, Sakura and the Medical Ninja face unique danger, as an enemy may be in their midst behind the allied lines. Can the Allied Forces survive assassins and their reanimated friends to win the war?

With the latest 22nd volume of “Naruto Shippuden”, Naruto can sense the nine tail chakra within Kinkaku and Ginkaku and realizes that his fellow leaf ninja are trying to keep him locked up.  With Naruto suspecting something is awry, he wants to leave but his fellow ninja must stop him in order to protect them.

Meanwhile, the Great Ninja War is underway and the enemy has taken the appearance of allied ninja and are intending to slaughter the medical unit.

All this and more in “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut”.

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”?

Sasuke has aligned with the Akatsuki who wants to destroy the Leaf Village – Konoha. Madara has declared war and thus an Allied Shinobi Force is formed. The elder leaders of all villages, allies to the Leaf Village have realized that the Akatsuki are after Naruto (Nine Tail) and Killer B (Eight Tail Beast). They have since accomplished extracting the beasts (Jinchuriki) from others.

In “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 20”, the series now returns back to storyline that is featured on the manga series.

As Naruto tries to control the power of the nine tails, Naruto’s mother enter his consciousness to explain the secrets of his birth and learns about heir hopes and renews his vow to be come Hokage!

All is revealed about what transpired during the day of Naruto’s birth and who was responsible for attacking the Leaf Village with the nine tails. And given the final moments to meet and speak with his mother one last time.

And as Naruto has become the prime target of the Akatsuki, Yamato, Guy and a few other Leaf Ninja, including Killer B have convinced Naruto that he is on an S-Ranked Environmental Mission at an island.

With volume 22, Naruto who has trained with Bee, is starting to feel the chakra of the nine-tail fox and now he wants to know why he is being locked up and why his fellow ninja are acting strangely.

Meanwhile, as Sakura and other medics tend to the wounded, someone has infiltrated the medical unit and is slaughtering them.  And he’s out to kill Sakura.

Will Sakura find out who the culprit truly is?

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 20- Original Uncut”, the fast-paced action in this volume is great for a TV series and good for what one can expect on DVD.

It’s important to note that in 2014, Viz has went from releasing episodes on three DVD discs to two DVD discs per volume.

As for the audio, the audio for “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 20” 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 22 – Original & Uncut” comes with the following special features on disc 2:

  • Storyboards
  • Clean Openings/Endings
  • More from Viz Media – Viz Media trailers

With the release of “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut”, the volume features a balance of filler episodes and episodes that were actually featured in the manga in relation to the Great Ninja War.

The volume features the final episodes of season 12 and the beginning episodes of season 13.

But while some of the filler episodes are just filler, there are episodes that go into more detail in showcasing relationships.  In this case, a lot is focused on the Ino, Shikamaru and Choji team, as they must go against a re-animated version of Asuma.

The main storylines from the manga that relate to the Great Ninja War features Naruto sensing the chakra of the nine tails and wondering why is he feeling it, especially when the training room is supposed to seal all chakra.

And now Naruto, and also Killer Bee, want to escape the training room and help their fellow ninja.

The other storyline features the medical team being infiltrated by a White Zetsu who has taken appearances of various ninja including Ninja in order to kill all medical staff.  Will Sakura be able to find out the culprit?

Meanwhile, we get filer episodes featuring Ino, another featuring Kurotsuchi paying a visit to the fifth division where Deidara is being held as prisoner and Konohamaru and friends trying to protect the village.

As for the DVD set, you get a total of 12 episodes on two DVD’s and special features which include storyboards, clean opening and endings.

Overall, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut” is a volume featuring both entertaining and action-packed filler episodes but also episodes that deal with the Great Ninja War, so there is a good balance of episodes featured.

If you are a “Naruto” fan staying in for the long haul, “Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut” is recommended!

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