Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 33

Naruto Shippuden Set 33 includes episodes 417-430 on two DVDs. Audio options available for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 33
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 9, 2018

Set 33 is a mixture of canon storyline, flashback material, and filler stories. The very first episode on this set concludes the flashback story for Kakashi, Obito, and Rin. We then return to the canon storyline, with Guy battling Madara. While there is flashback material about Guy’s childhood with his father included with this battle, the flashback appears as part of the canon storyline in the manga. I really appreciated getting this flashback for Guy, because it really helped develop him as a character. Not only does it let the audience see how Guy grew up, it also helps us to better understand why Guy has acted the way he has throughout the series.

Unfortunately, the canon storyline only lasts for four episodes. We are then taken to a filler flashback story for two episodes, which is supposed to show how Konohamaru learned the Rasengan. This story tries to force itself into already established canon story arcs, and it just doesn’t work. One of the biggest discrepancies is the fact that right at the beginning of the story, Konohamaru is shown cleaning Naruto’s place before he comes home at the beginning of the timeskip. However, in either the first of second episode of Naruto Shippuden, we see Naruto return to his house… and it obviously hasn’t been cleaned in three years. I have a feeling the writer for this filler story forgot about that little detail.

The set then returns to canon material from the manga for three episodes, with the last canon story showing Madara’s plan of launching the Infinite Tsukuyomi. The remaining four episodes in the set are filler stories, which show two of the characters (Tenten and Killer Bee) each having a dream while under the influence of the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Overall, these four filler episodes were rather “meh.” About the only memorable thing from these four episodes are the chibi versions of the tailed beasts on their respective Jinchuriki’s shoulders that appear during Killer Bee’s dream. I will admit that the chibi tailed beasts are rather cute and adorable. Outside of that, though, these four filler episodes just aren’t worth it.

When it comes to the animation in these episodes, I just have this to say. While it’s not the worst animation I’ve ever seen in the Naruto franchise, it’s also the best I’ve ever seen, either. I think there may have been the occasional shot featuring bad CG (such as a large group of Zetsu), but this wasn’t as prominent as I had seen in some of the previous sets.

The bonus features on this set are the same as what has appeared on the other Naruto Shippuden sets: storyboards, art gallery, clean openings, clean endings, and the English credits.

Sadly, we’ve reached the point in Naruto Shippuden where it seems there will be a lot more starting and stopping of the canon storyline. So while a fan of the franchise who wants every canon storyline episode will need to acquire Naruto Shippuden Set 33 in order to get some of those episodes, there are also some episodes here that can easily be skipped by viewers and they won’t miss anything. In fact, only about half of the episodes included in this set are truly necessary in order to follow the canon storyline.

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