Naruto Shippuden Set 3 Season One: Original & Uncut is a three-disc set that contains Episodes 27 through 39 of Naruto Shippuden. The first two discs contain four episodes and extras, while the third disc contains five episodes and bonus features.
Naruto Shippuden Set 3
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 3, 2010
The episodes in the set conclude the Gaara rescue story arc, and a new story arc begins. This new arc sees Kakashi out of commission after overexerting himself in the battle with Deidara, so a new character named Yamato is introduced to lead the team until Kakashi recovers. Since Sasuke is also missing, a young man named Sai is added to the team, and Naruto doesn’t get along with him. The new Team Kakashi is following up on a lead that could help them find Sasuke. Unfortunately, this story arc is not concluded in this set.
Overall, I thought that the episodes in this set were paced just about right. Once the first story arc ends, the remaining episodes are spent developing the characters of Yamato and Sai. However, I think a little more effort was put into developing Sai over Yamato. The character of Sai helps to add a new dimension of humor to the series, since he really has no comprehension of how to act around other people due to how he has been brought up prior to joining Team 7.
This set also introduces Danzo, who is a hardline ninja. Over the course of the new story arc, you see hints of politics involving the Leaf Village. It will be interesting to see how these politics ultimately come into play as the story progresses.
The first disc in this set has three extras included: trailers for properties that VIZ Media was promoting at the time, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles that VIZ Media was promoting and the time, and information on where to purchase VIZ Media titles online. The second disc basically has the same extras that appear on the first disc.
The third disc has seven extras. The first three are exactly the same extras that appeared on the previous two discs in the set.
Next is “Voice Actor Featurette: The New Faces of Naruto Shippuden.” This feature runs for 14 minutes, and includes interviews with the ADR director, as well as the English voice actors for Deidara, Sasori, Yamato, and Sai. It’s the standard voice actor featurette interviews that I have seen on other VIZ Media releases for Naruto and Bleach. Basically, the ADR director gives some background about what’s going on at this point in the series. However, she did also include a couple of spoilers by stating information that hadn’t been revealed in the episodes included in this set. The voice actors talk about the characters they portray and their impressions of their characters.
“Relationship Chart: Sand Siblings” has the viewer select an image to see how the characters connect. Like the relationship charts that appeared on the previous two sets, the viewer uses their DVD player or Blu-ray player remote to select the picture of the character they want information on. When the character is selected, text appears that explains that character’s relationship with the other characters on the screen. Included in this feature are Temari, Gaara, and Kankuro.
“Production Art” has 15 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.
If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise and want to have all of the episodes of the series on DVD, I would recommend purchasing this box set. As of this writing, these Naruto Shippuden DVD box sets are the most economical and legal way to acquire the episodes of the series on DVD in North America.
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