Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 10

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 10 is a three DVD set that contains episodes 113 through 126 of Naruto Shippuden. The first two discs contain five episodes each, while the third disc contains four episodes and the set’s special features.

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 10
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: April 10, 2012

The pivotal moment that Naruto Shippuden has been building up to finally takes place in this box set: Orochimaru launching his reanimation jutsu in order to claim Sasuke’s body for himself. The episodes in this set not only focus on the actual confrontation between Sasuke and Orochimaru, but it also tackles what happens in the aftermath.

The back of the box claims that it contains two bonus episodes, which are known as the “Kakashi Chronicles.” However, instead of actually being included in the set in the bonus features, these episodes are included as part of the main program on the second disc. The two episodes that make up the “Kakashi Chronicles” tells about how Kakashi acquired his Sharingan eye.

I have to say that I was rather impressed with the episodes in this set. I was glad to finally see the episodes about Sasuke and Orochimaru, because this was a pivotal plot point of the series that I had been looking forward to and anticipating for a while. I can say that I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw. In the last episode in the set, there’s also some wonderful character interaction and buildup for both Tsunade and Jiraiya. There’s also a major revelation made during these episodes in regards to the identity of one of the members of the Akatsuki.

I also enjoyed watching the two episodes of the “Kakashi Chronicles,” because I liked getting to see some more backstory for Kakashi. He’s one of my favorite characters in the series, so it was nice to be able to see some of what he’s gone through and why Kakashi is the way we know him in the series. My only issue with it is the fact that these episodes are sequenced into a section of the series where it breaks into the middle of a story arc.

When it comes to the actual DVD box set, it’s just like the previous five sets, because only the third disc in the set actually contains any bonus features. The first two discs include trailers for Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds and Bleach: Fade to Black before proceeding to the main menu.

There are a total of seven bonus features included on the third disc. The first two are advertisements for Shonen Jump manga titles and the English credits.

“Clean Openings” and “Clean Endings” both contain two textless openings and closings, respectively; these would be the openings and closings that appeared in the episodes that were included in this box set. “Production Art” includes 10 pages of production sketches of the characters that appear in this Naruto Shippuden set.

A 31-second trailer for “Kakashi Chronicles” is also included, and it appears to promote an online stream of the episodes that had been made available prior to this box set coming out. Overall, I thought the trailer was a little on the lackluster side.

The final extra is “Omake,” which is a collection of the short pieces included after the ending credits of Naruto Shippuden. Due to the serious nature of many of the episodes included in this set, there weren’t as many omake as there had been on the previous sets where the omake appeared as a bonus feature.

Just like on the previous boxes that this feature appeared on, the omake are shown back-to-back in one continuous piece, and the English dub versions of the omake are used for this feature. I still wish there was a menu to choose which omake you wanted to watch.

I have to give Viz Media credit for shaking up the bonus features a little bit in this box set. The “Clean Openings” and “Clean Endings” sections were added, while the “Storyboards” and “Online Features” sections were removed. While losing the storyboards is a little disappointing, I was glad to see the “Online Features” splash screen disappear. It also made sense to include the trailer for “Kakashi Chronicles,” even if I thought the trailer itself was lackluster.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise, then the episodes on this set are worth watching for both the pivotal Sasuke vs. Orochimaru plot point and the “Kakashi Chronicles.” If you’ve been collecting the series to include in your home video collection, then getting Naruto Shippuden Box Set 10 really should be a no-brainer.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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