Naruto Shippuden Uncut DVD Set 23 ReviewOctober 6, 2015
Naruto Shippuden Uncut DVD Set 23 has a few canon, non-”filler” episodes, but most fans have been looking forward to this release for the “Power” arc, which was made to commemorate 500 total episodes and takes place in the Fourth Shinobi World War. This particular arc features film-quality animation (it’s heavily rumored that it was originally intended as such) across six episodes (290-295) where Team Kakashi is sent on a mission from Tsunade to investigate a burned down village called “The Hole”, which was attacked by a group of reanimated shinobi.
The storyline in this arc is solid and engaging, with some nice characterization for the minor characters like Shiseru, Dokku and Miina. In fact, these characters are so well fleshed-out that Naruto and Sasuke and co. aren’t heavily utilized until the final part of this arc; in fact, Naruto is barely on the entire first disc of Naruto Shippuden Uncut DVD Set 23.
The focus stays mostly on Shiseru, Dokku and Miina and the kids that were saved from the village, with an uplifting message of hope that shows that even those with no blood relation can form a familial bond. That said, I felt that they could have made Dokku and Shiseru’s relationship a bit more clear – I’m not the only one who thought they were blood-related brother and sister, so when things started getting romantic between them it was really weird until I realized that they only thought of themselves as brother and sister. Anyway, there are some nice twists in this arc, and the fight choreography and animation quality really raised the bar for an anime series.
Unfortunately, the special features section is pretty bare, with basically only a scant few storyboards and art pieces from the production. There’s also a clean opening and ending, english credits, and some trailers for upcoming Viz Media releases.
Naruto Shippuden Uncut DVD Set 23 is one of the strongest releases from this series this year, and fans will no doubt want to pick it up just to re-watch the “Power” arc repeatedly. The animation is fantastic, the action is intense, and the storyline is interesting throughout. The english dub is well-done, though I still am having a hard time getting used to Naruto’s voice actor. The voice actor for Might Guy had me in stitches (in a good way). The audio and video quality were strong for a DVD release. Overall, highly recommended.