Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 11

Naruto Shippuden Set 11 is a three disc set that contains Episodes 127 through 140 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 Set 11
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 10, 2012

This set opens with “Tales of a Gutsy Ninja: Jiraiya Ninja Scrolls,” which are two episodes that provide the backstory on how Jiraiya became the Toad Sage, and it also includes some important information that becomes important during the next five episodes that appear in the set. And it’s in these episodes that Jiraiya has a major fight with Pain from the Akatsuki.

The remaining seven episodes in the set will appeal to the Sasuke lovers in the Naruto fandom. During these episodes, another major pivotal plot point for Sasuke takes place: the battle between Sasuke and his older brother, Itachi. Right near the end of the set, information begins to be revealed as to why Itachi had acted the way he did before he defected from the Hidden Leaf Village. Unfortunately, the set ends in the middle of the backstory, so you have to watch Naruto Shippuden Set 12 in order to find out the rest of the story.

The funny thing is, due to the particular story arcs that appear in this box set, Naruto is hardly seen. Yes, there’s the battle he and some of the other ninja from the Hidden Leaf Village get into with Tobi of the Akatsuki, but this comprises so little screen time in these 14 episodes that the title character is almost all but absent in this set.

Even with the relative lack of Naruto in these episodes, the story arcs in this set are extremely important for the overall storyline. Events that take place in both story arcs will have profound impacts for both Naruto and Sasuke going forward in the series, so I’m looking forward to being able to watch more of the series to find out the exact repercussions of these events.

When it comes to the actual DVD box set, it’s just like the previous six sets, because only the third disc in the set actually contains any bonus features. The first two discs include trailers for the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations video game, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, and Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black.

There are a total of six bonus features included on the third disc. The first two are advertisements for some manga releases from VIZ Media 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.

The final extra is “Omake,” which is a collection of the short pieces included after the ending credits of Naruto Shippuden. Due to the seriousness of many of the episodes included in this box set, there aren’t as omake included as there were in some of the earlier Naruto Shippuden sets.

Basically, these are the bonus features I’ve come to expect on these Naruto Shippuden releases, so there were no real surprises here.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise, the episodes in this set are important to watch for both the pivotal plot point of Sasuke’s battle with Itachi and the backstories that are provided. If you’ve been collecting the series to include in your home video collection, then getting Naruto Shippuden Set 11 really should be a no-brainer.

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