Naruto Shippuden Set 30 includes episodes 375-388 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options available for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.
Naruto Shippuden Set 30
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Set 30 sees the continuation of the Fourth Great Ninja War, with much of the focus being on the Ten Tails and its Jinchuriki. Unfortunately, early on in this set, this story arc is interrupted by two filler episodes that focus on “Mecha Naruto.” Quite frankly, I hated these two filler episodes. First off, the story may be set in the past, but some of the characters and interactions that take place in the episodes cannot have happened at the point in time that this filler was set in. Secondly, the tone of these episodes is so far off, not only from the canon arc that the series is currently in, it’s off for the Naruto Shippuden series entirely. This filler is comedic and exaggerated, and honestly felt like it would have worked much better in the Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals spin-off than in Naruto Shippuden.
But those two episodes aside, though, this set does a great job of advancing the storyline. Naruto’s interactions with the Ten Tails’ Jinchuriki are especially noteworthy. With the last few episodes on this disc, we have primarily backstory episodes. At first, there’s new backstory and footage for the Ten Tails’ Jinchuriki. But with the last couple of episodes in the set, the backstory is primarily made up of footage already seen in the series for the Ten Tails’ Jinchuriki and for Gaara. However, these last couple of episodes do include some previously not seen before backstory for both of these characters. For Gaara’s backstory episode, it was nice to see how Kankuro and Temari reacted to Gaara after seeing him transform into Shukaku for the first time. This new footage helps to illustrate why Kankuro and Temari acted the way they did toward their little brother when these characters were first introduced, back in the original series’ Chunin Exam arc.
When it comes to the animation in this set, there were a couple of instances where some really poor animation was used. For this bad animation, I thought it came off as bad as what was seen in the battle between Naruto and Pain. But my husband, however, thought the poor animation here looked a little worse than that. Fortunately, the animation in this set is primarily on the good to decent side, and outweighs the few shots of poor animation that appear in these episodes.
The bonus features on this set are basically the same as what has appeared on other sets for the series: storyboards, art gallery, clean openings, clean endings, and the English credits.
Naruto Shippuden Set 30 needs to be in the anime home video collection of any Naruto fan that wants to have all of the canon storyline. However, if you do get this set, I would advise skipping over episodes 376 and 377 (the “Mecha Naruto” ones), because you won’t be missing much if you do.