Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2 Season One: Original & Uncut is a three DVD set that contains episodes 14 through 26 of Naruto Shippuden. The first two discs contain four episodes and extras, while the third disc contains five episodes and the special features.
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 20, 2010
These episodes see Team Kakashi and Team Guy on a mission to try and rescue Gaara from the Akatsuki organization, and all the battles they must face. The episodes in this set really bring the character of Granny Chiyo to the forefront, and she becomes a much more sympathetic character in comparison to her earlier appearances in the series. During these episodes, there’s also some backstory provided for both Granny Chiyo and for Sasori. However, the Gaara kidnapping storyline is not concluded in these episodes; in fact, the final episode in the set leaves you on a major cliffhanger as to fate of Sakura Haruno.
With the episodes included on this box set, it started to feel like efforts were being made to stretch out the battles, especially with the episodes on the last disc. While this may have been luck, it was a nice touch that the final episode on the disc ends on such a cliffhanger. For those viewers who are really into the story, it should convince them to go on to the next volume in the DVD sets to see how things turn out.
The first disc in the set has three extras included: trailers for releases that Viz Media was promoting at the time, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles that Viz Media was promoting at the time, and a page that shows where to purchase Viz Media titles online. The second disc also has three extras, which are trailers for releases that Viz Media was promoting at the time, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles that Viz Media was promoting at the time, and a page that shows where to purchase Viz Media titles online.
The third disc has seven extras. The first three are trailers for releases that Viz Media was promoting at the time, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles that Viz Media was promoting at the time, and a page that shows where to purchase Viz Media titles online.
Next is “Voice Actor Featurette: Naruto Shippuden Quiz Show.” This feature is a quiz game where the viewers answer questions, and footage of the voice actors in the studio (who are also answering the questions) is cut in. There are two teams: one made up of the English voice actors for the Sand Siblings (Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari), and the other team is made up of the English voice actors for Team Kakashi (Kakashi, Naruto, and Sakura). There are a total of 10 questions in the quiz. At the end of this feature is an “Easter Egg,” which are “Naruto Bloopers”; this is made up of the voice actors making mistakes while recording lines for the dub, and of the ADR Director making mistakes while reading questions from the quiz show.
“Relationship Chart: Team Guy” has the user select an image to see how the characters on the team connect. Included in this feature are Guy, Rock Lee, Tenten, and Neji. The interface for this feature is rather simple; you click on a picture of one of the characters, and text appears on the screen that describes that character’s relationship with the other characters on the screen.
“Production Art” has 16 screens of production sketches of the characters from Naruto Shippuden. The final extra is “English Credits,” where you can see the credits for the English dub.
I still don’t understand why Viz Media decided to include extras on all three discs, especially since many of the extras are duplicated between them.
If you’re a fan of Naruto Shippuden and want to own the series on DVD by buying box sets, then this set is the way to go; as of this writing, these box sets are the most economical way to legally get the Naruto Shippuden episodes on DVD in North America.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2 Season One: Original & Uncut that my husband and I purchased.
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