Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 33

Naruto Shippuden Set 33 includes episodes 417-430 on two DVDs. Audio options available for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 33
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 9, 2018

Set 33 is a mixture of canon storyline, flashback material, and filler stories. The very first episode on this set concludes the flashback story for Kakashi, Obito, and Rin. We then return to the canon storyline, with Guy battling Madara. While there is flashback material about Guy’s childhood with his father included with this battle, the flashback appears as part of the canon storyline in the manga. I really appreciated getting this flashback for Guy, because it really helped develop him as a character. Not only does it let the audience see how Guy grew up, it also helps us to better understand why Guy has acted the way he has throughout the series.

Unfortunately, the canon storyline only lasts for four episodes. We are then taken to a filler flashback story for two episodes, which is supposed to show how Konohamaru learned the Rasengan. This story tries to force itself into already established canon story arcs, and it just doesn’t work. One of the biggest discrepancies is the fact that right at the beginning of the story, Konohamaru is shown cleaning Naruto’s place before he comes home at the beginning of the timeskip. However, in either the first of second episode of Naruto Shippuden, we see Naruto return to his house… and it obviously hasn’t been cleaned in three years. I have a feeling the writer for this filler story forgot about that little detail.

The set then returns to canon material from the manga for three episodes, with the last canon story showing Madara’s plan of launching the Infinite Tsukuyomi. The remaining four episodes in the set are filler stories, which show two of the characters (Tenten and Killer Bee) each having a dream while under the influence of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Overall, these four filler episodes were rather “meh.” About the only memorable thing from these four episodes are the chibi versions of the tailed beasts on their respective Jinchuriki’s shoulders that appear during Killer Bee’s dream. I will admit that the chibi tailed beasts are rather cute and adorable. Outside of that, though, these four filler episodes just aren’t worth it.

When it comes to the animation in these episodes, I just have this to say. While it’s not the worst animation I’ve ever seen in the Naruto franchise, it’s also the best I’ve ever seen, either. I think there may have been the occasional shot featuring bad CG (such as a large group of Zetsu), but this wasn’t as prominent as I had seen in some of the previous sets.

The bonus features on this set are the same as what has appeared on the other Naruto Shippuden sets: storyboards, art gallery, clean openings, clean endings, and the English credits.

Sadly, we’ve reached the point in Naruto Shippuden where it seems there will be a lot more starting and stopping of the canon storyline. So while a fan of the franchise who wants every canon storyline episode will need to acquire Naruto Shippuden Set 33 in order to get some of those episodes, there are also some episodes here that can easily be skipped by viewers and they won’t miss anything. In fact, only about half of the episodes included in this set are truly necessary in order to follow the canon storyline.

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 23 – Favorite Attack Someone Used In An Anime

I also had a hard time trying to decide on a favorite attack someone used in an anime. But in the end, like with my answer to yesterday’s prompt, I went with something unconventional and humorous.

My choice here is “One Thousand Years of Death” from Naruto. It’s really funny how it has such an ominous name, yet all it requires is someone putting their index and middle fingers into an opponent’s bottom to cause embarrassment. It’s rather hilarious when Kakashi uses it on Naruto when Team 7 is doing the exercise that requires them to get the bells away from him. The comedy comes from just how far Kakashi is able to propel Naruto in the air with what appears to be a stupid technique. But it’s later revealed that there’s actually a point to this technique and how making certain substitutions can make it something lethal. So, it’s a joke but also a kind of technique… which is why I decided to make this my choice for today’s prompt.

The Last Two Episodes of the Märchen Mädchen Anime Are Delayed to December 2018

The official website for the Märchen Mädchen television anime has announced that the premieres of the anime’s 11th and 12th episodes have been delayed to December 2018. The release method for these two final episodes’ premieres has yet to be determined.

In addition, the third to sixth volumes of the anime’s Blu-ray Disc releases have also been delayed, with plans to improve the animation quality on some of the episodes. In particular, the website cites the sixth, seventh, and ninth episodes (on the third, fourth, and fifth Blu-ray Disc volumes, respectively) as requiring a large number of corrections.

The new release dates for the volumes are as follows:

  • Volume 3: August 29, 2018 (originally June 27, 2018)
  • Volume 4: September 28, 2018 (originally July 27, 2018)
  • Volume 5: October 31, 2018 (originally August 29, 2018)
  • Volume 6: January 30, 2019 (originally September 28, 2018)

The first volume already shipped on April 25, 2018, and the second volume is scheduled to be released on May 30, 2018.

Source: ANN

Jū ~Ninpō Makai Tenshō~ Manga to End in June 2018

The June 2018 issue of Kodansha’s Young Magazine has announced that Masaki Segawa’s Jū ~Ninpō Makai Tenshō~ manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on June 20, 2018.

The manga’s story is set in Japan in the year 1638, and tells of master swordsmen who have all died but are being resurrected for nefarious purposes.

The Jū ~Ninpō Makai Tenshō~ manga launched in 2012 as an adaptation of Futaroh Yamada’s classic Makai Tenshō novel. Kodansha published the manga’s 12th compiled book volume on February 6, 2018.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Grimoire of Zero Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Grimoire of Zero anime:

  • Jason Douglas is Mercenary
  • Amanda Lee is Zero
  • Chelsea McCurdy is Albus
  • Ian Sinclair is Thirteen
  • David Wald is Holdem
  • Melissa Pritchett is Sorena
  • Jay Hickman is Narrator

Additional voices include: Mark X. Laskowski, Margaret Lewis, Joe Daniels, Kim Prauss, John Swasey, John Gremillion, Steven Fenley, Michael Wronski, Josh Morrison, Katelyn Barr, Luis Galindo, James Belher, Greg Cote, John Ramirez, Luci Christian, and Kalin Coats.

Kyle Jones is directing.

Sentai Filmworks will release Grimoire of Zero on Blu-ray Disc in both a regular and premium edition on June 26, 2018. The premium box set will include a booklet and six art cards.

Source: ANN

Manga Spotlight: Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom is a 21 volume manga series written by Yusei Matsui. The series was published in North America by VIZ Media.

Assassination Classroom
Written by: Yusei Matsui
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Dates: December 2, 2014-April 3, 2018

A powerful alien octopus creature destroys 70% of the moon and claims that within a year, he will destroy Earth. However, he offers a chance for mankind to avoid this fate. He declares that he wants to be the teacher for class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, and the Japanese government offers the class a 10 billion yen reward to the student who can kill the teacher before the year is up. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds, since the alien can move at Mach 20. Also, as part of the agreement, the teacher is unable to harm the students in any way. The students end up giving their new teacher the name of “Koro-sensei.”

Class 3-E is known for containing the students with the lowest grades, and the members of the class are shunned from the rest of the school. As part of being shunned from the rest of the school, their classroom is located in an old rundown building that’s nowhere near the actual school building itself. Among the students, the main focus is placed on Nagisa Shiota. He’s the one who is observing their teacher and taking notes on anything he notices.

But Koro-sensei isn’t the terrifying monster that he appears to be at first. As he works with his students, it becomes clear that he actually cares about trying to help them succeed in the classroom. As the series progresses, the students start developing a relationship with Koro-sensei; however, this development doesn’t stop them from trying to assassinate their teacher.

Two new staff members join the class over the course of the series. First is Karasuma from the Ministry of Defense becoming Class 3-E’s new P.E. teacher. Irina Jelavic is a female assassin sent to try to take down Koro-sensei, and she ultimately becomes the class’ part-time foreign language teacher.

Assassination Classroom also shows how much the students in Class 3-E are snubbed by their higher-ranking peers. But through Koro-sensei’s guidance and encouragement, his students start gaining more confidence and ultimately start taking on Class 3-A for various reasons.

But truths about Koro-sensei are revealed over the course of the series, and these revelations force the students to start rethinking their feelings for their teacher and for their mission to assassinate him. Not only does the story progress, but many of the students also go through some incredible maturation as people as well. By the end, Assassination Classroom becomes a very emotional series. Even though I knew how the story would end since I had already seen the anime, I was still tearing up at certain points in the climax. It shows just how well-written this series is.

Even though I had already seen the anime, I was pleased to discover that the manga included some stories that ended up being skipped over in the anime adaptation. While some of these stories did provide additional character development for some of the characters who weren’t focused on as much in the anime, I understood why these stories had to be cut. When the animation studio only has so many episodes to tell the story of the whole manga, some stories had to be sacrificed in order to tell the entirety of the overarching story. As someone who was familiar with the anime, I found that these manga exclusive stories added a little something and gave me additional bonus stories to get to know some of the characters better.

Assassination Classroom is a fantastic manga series, and I would highly recommend it. My only disappointment is that the final volume of the series had to be padded out with side stories that were published in Weekly Shonen Jump, as well as a one-shot by Yusei Matsui that isn’t related to Assassination Classroom, since there were only two chapters left that hadn’t already been put into a book format. The Assassination Classroom side stories were OK, and the one-shot was just kind of “meh.” But I would definitely recommend the main Assassination Classroom series to manga readers who appreciate stories with humor that evolve into something more serious as the series progresses.

English Cast Announced for the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Anime Film

The English cast has been announced for the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern anime film:

  • Mimi Torres is Benio Hanamura
  • Robbie Daymond is Shinobu Ijuin
  • Keith Silverstein is Tosei Aoe
  • Kirk Thornton is Shingo Onijima
  • Cristina Vee is Tamaki Kitakoji

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 is the first of two films based on Waki Yamato’s Haikara-san ga Tooru manga. The film will open theatrically in the United States and Canada on June 8, 2018 in Japanese with English subtitles.

Eleven Arts has announced that the second film, Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen – Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman, is scheduled for Fall 2018 in the United States but has not confirmed a release window for Canada. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: ANN