Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 4

Naruto Shippuden Set 4 Season One: Original & Uncut is a three-disc set that contains Episodes 40 through 53 of Naruto Shippuden. The back of the box claims there are only 13 episodes in this set, but there are actually 14. The first disc contains four episodes and bonus features, while the second and third discs in the set contain five episodes and bonus features.

Naruto Shippuden Set 4
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 19, 2010

This set continues the second story arc on Naruto Shippuden Set 3, where Yamato, Naruto, Sakura, and Sai have been dispatched to deal with Kabuto and to find Sasuke in order to bring him back to the Leaf Village. This box set is a treat for Sasuke fans, since he finally makes an appearance during the episodes in this disc outside of Naruto’s flashback sequences. The episodes in this set also provide character development for Sai, which helps the viewer to start better understanding why he is the way he is.

I really enjoyed the episodes that appeared on this set, especially since the story is at a point where Sasuke has reappeared and allows the viewer to see how he’s changed since he was last seen in the first Naruto series. I also appreciated that the set was broken up in a way where the last episode of the set ends the story arc, but that the next story arc isn’t introduced yet.

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 information on where to purchase VIZ Media titles online. The second disc also has three extras, and they are exactly the same as the extras that are found on Disc One.

The third disc has seven extras. The first three extras are trailers for releases that VIZ Media was promoting at the time, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles released by VIZ Media, and information on where to purchase VIZ Media titles online.

Next is “Voice Actor Featurette: Who’s Playing Who?” This feature introduces the voice actors who are participating (Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins, Dave Wittenberg, Ben Diskin, Troy Baker, Roger Craig Smith, and Johnny Yong Bosch), as well as ADR Director Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. During this feature, the dub actors switch parts, and it becomes a quiz for the viewers to guess which incorrect voice actor is voicing the character. There are a total of 10 questions. Overall, this was a rather easy quiz, especially if you pay attention to what order the voice actors are introduced in at the beginning of the feature.

“Relationship Chart: Hidden Sound Village” has the viewer select an image to see how the characters connect. Like the relationship charts on the previous box sets, the viewer uses their DVD player or Blu-ray player remote to select the image of the character they want to get information on. When the character is selected, text appears that explains how that character relates to the other characters on the screen. Included in this feature are Sasuke, Orochimaru, and Kabuto.

“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.

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