Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2 Season One: Original & Uncut is a three DVD set that contains episodes fourteen through twenty-six of Naruto Shippuden. The first two discs contain four episodes and extras, while the third disc contains five episodes and the special features.
The first disc has three extras included. The first is a set of trailers, which start automatically when you select the trailers option; four trailers are included. The second feature is listed as "New From Viz Media." The link takes you to four pages of advertisements: one page for Shonen Jump magazine, one page for Naruto, and two pages for other Shonen Jump titles. The third link is "Online Features"; all this contains is a screen that shows where to purchase Viz Media titles online.
The second disc also has three extras. The first one is "Trailers," and it includes five trailers. "New From Viz Media" is the exact same feature included on the first disc. The "Online Features" screen included on this disc is the exact same as what appears on disc one.
The third disc has seven extras. The first is "Trailers," which contains six trailers. "New From Viz Media" and "Online Features" are exactly the same as what appeared on the first two discs. Next is "Voice Actor Featurette: Naruto Shippuden Quiz Show." This feature is a quiz game where the viewers answer questions, and footage of the voice actors in the studio (who are also answering the questions) is cut in. There are two teams: one made up of the English voice actors for the Sand Siblings (Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari), and the other team is made up of the English voice actors for Team Kakashi (Kakashi, Naruto, and Sakura). There are ten questions in all. At the end of this feature is an "Easter Egg," which are "Naruto Bloopers"; this is made up of the voice actors making mistakes while recording lines for the dub, and of the ADR Director making mistakes while reading questions from the quiz show.
"Relationship Chart: Team Guy" has the user select an image to see how the characters on the team connect. Included in this feature are Guy, Rock Lee, Tenten, and Neji. "Production Art" has 16 screens of production sketches of the characters. The final extra is "English Credits," where you can see the credits for the English dub.
I still don't understand why Viz Media decided to include extras on all three discs, especially since many of the extras are duplicated between them. Also, it doesn't make sense that the disc with five episodes contains the bulk of the bonus features; it makes it feel like there's wasted space on the first two discs. It would have been better to spread the extras out between the three discs in order to cut down on the overlap.
The episodes in this set feature Team Kakashi and Team Guy on a mission to try and rescue Gaara from the Akatsuki organization, as well as all of the battles they must face. However, the storyline is not concluded in these episodes; in fact, the final episode in the set leaves you on a major cliffhanger. I'm not sure if ending with such a cliffhanger was simply luck, but it was a nice touch. For those viewers who are really into the story, it should convince them to go on to the next volume in the DVD sets to see how things turn out. If you're a fan of Naruto Shippuden and want to own the series on DVD by buying box sets, then this set is the way to go.
In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD box set through the King County Library System.
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