Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 37

Naruto Shippuden Set 37 includes episodes 473-486 on two DVDs. Audio options for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 37
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 26, 2019

The seven episodes included on the first disc presents the conclusion of the main story arc of the Naruto franchise. Personally, while I liked how the overarching story concluded, it wasn’t as effective as it could have been because of how much the fight with Madara had been stretched out, as well as all the filler that was included when the majority of the characters were in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. If the Fourth Ninja War arc hadn’t been stretched out for as long as it was, the series would have been stronger.

The first four episodes of the second disc featured short stories about some of the main characters when they were younger. Each episode included stories for two characters, with the first half of the episode devoted to one character, while the second half was devoted to the other. Hinata’s story not only contradicted a fact that was presented in the canon material, it also seemed to focus more on Neji than it did on Hinata. These stories were cute but didn’t truly add much of anything. They were more more “fluff” than anything else.

The final three episodes in this set begin a story arc that comes from one of the novels that takes place after the end of the main story arc. This story focuses on Sasuke while he’s on his journey to atone for his sins. While this arc is just getting started, I have the feeling that this arc is meant to bring about redemption for Sasuke. I’ll find out for sure when I watch the next (and final!) Naruto Shippuden set.

When it comes to the bonus features on this set, there was something in addition to the usual storyboards, clean opening and closing, art gallery, and English credits. Also included is an almost six-minute interview with Amanda C. Miller, who provides the voice for the title character of the Boruto anime. Of the three interviews with the Boruto cast members that have been included on these Naruto Shippuden sets, this one was the most interesting to me. I thought Amanda had a great understanding of her character, and she also seemed to have the most boisterous personality of the three voice actors.

Set 37 is important for viewers who want to see how the overarching story of the anime finally comes to an end. Sasuke’s story arc near the end of the set is also interesting, especially for viewers who are also following the Boruto anime, in order to understand how Sasuke gets to the point he’s at in the latter.

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