The Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 1 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes 53 through 78 of the Naruto anime series. The first and second discs contain four episodes, the third disc contains five episodes and bonus features, the fourth and fifth discs contain four episodes, and the sixth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.
Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 1
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 27, 2010
This box set opens with Naruto doing some training under Jiraiya, the Toad Sage. The humor that appears in these episodes helps to lighten the mood the series before reaching the conclusion of the Chunin Exam.
The final test of the Chunin Exam also takes place during the episodes on this set, but the test is interrupted when the Hidden Village of the Leaves is under attack by Orochimaru and his allies. Gaara and the other Sand Siblings escape from the village during the confusion, but end up being chased by the members of Squad 7.
The set ends in the middle of the battle between Gaara and Naruto. But during this battle, the viewer is provided with backstory for Gaara; to me, it’s at this point in the story where Gaara becomes a much more sympathetic character than he had been previously in the story.
Just like the previous two box sets, Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 1 is also a “bare bones” release; there are no booklets or inserts included in the set. When it comes to the actual discs in this set, they are the exact same discs from Naruto Uncut Box Set 5 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 6.
The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 10 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is a preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 6. This is followed by “From Sketch to Screen Episode 56,” which is eight pages of storyboards; for each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. The extras also include the English credits, trailers for four releases that Viz Media was promoting, as well as promotion for Shonen Jump magazine and some of the manga titles that Viz was promoting.
The first bonus feature on the sixth disc is “Production Art,” which includes 10 more pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is a preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 7. After that is “From Sketch to Screen Episode 78”; like the “From Sketch to Screen” on the third disc, this feature has eight pages of storyboards, and you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. The remaining extras are the English credits, three trailers, and promos for Shonen Jump magazine and other manga titles published by Viz.
If you enjoy Naruto and haven’t already bought the Naruto Uncut sets, this would be an economical way to get the episodes on DVD. You get double the amount of content of the original sets, but pay about the same amount as you would have for those original sets. However, if you do purchase this set, just be warned that the only effort Viz Media went to when combining Naruto Uncut Box Set 5 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 6 was to make changes to the labels on the physical discs included in the set.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 1 box set that I purchased.
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