Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 34

Naruto Shippuden Set 34 includes Episodes 431-444 on two DVDs. Audio options available for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 34
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 1, 2018

Set 34 consists solely of filler episodes. The first episode is Karin’s dream during the Infinite Tsukuyomi. In this dream, the viewer gets more backstory for Karin. While a couple of the scenes are reused from previous flashbacks, the rest of the episode is all new material. Of the episodes of this disc, this was the best one. It’s a filler story, but at least it provides the viewer with some more backstory for Karin.

The remaining 13 episodes are all part of Tsunade’s dream during the Infinite Tsukuyomi. In her dream, she is reading a new manuscript written by Jiraiya. But it’s not for his Make Out Paradise series… instead, it’s a story based on the current younger shinobi in the Leaf Village (i.e. Naruto and his peers).

Unfortunately, this story is a mess because it completely screws with the established canon. The Fourth Hokage never died and is still in charge of the Leaf Village, the Third Hokage never died, Itachi never defected from the village, Sasuke’s parents are still alive, and the Akatsuki appear much earlier in the timeline than they do in the canon story. Also, timeline wise, this totally messes around with the order of events. I’m sorry, but Sasuke didn’t master the Chidori after Naruto mastered the Rasengan. And it’s hard to pin down when exactly in the timeline this should fit, because one event would lead the viewer to believe it would correspond with one section of the timeline, but then something else would happen that would contradict it.

This was definitely designed to be a “What If?” kind of story. If only one or two “what ifs” were explored, that would be one thing. But whoever wrote this story decided to explore so many “what ifs” that it becomes ridiculous. Sadly, most of the set includes this story… and six more episodes from this weird timeline will be included on Set 35.

When it comes to the bonus features included in this set, they’re what we’ve come to expect: storyboards, art gallery, clean openings, clean endings, and the English credits.

If you’re a Naruto fan who is only interested in following the canon storyline, then you can basically skip Naruto Set 34 completely. If you skip over this set, the only loss would be not getting more backstory for Karin. Honestly, the only people I can truly recommend this set to would be the die-hard Naruto fans who want to own every single episode for the franchise.

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