Anime DVD Review: Naruto Uncut Season One Box Set Volume 2

The Naruto Uncut Season One Box Set Volume 2 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes 26 through 52 of the Naruto anime series. The first disc contains five episodes, the second disc contains four episodes, the third disc contains four episodes and bonus features, the fourth and fifth discs contain five episodes, and the sixth disc contains four episodes and bonus features.

This box set begins with the second test of the Chunin exam, which is a survival test in the Forest of Death. It is during this section of the story that Orochimaru, the main antagonist of the series, is introduced. Not only that, but a major plot point takes place during these episodes that ultimately sets the stage for the rest of the series.

After completing this test, preliminary battles are held to determine who will advance to final test of the Chunin Exam. It’s during these preliminary battles that several of the new characters who are introduced in this arc have their backstories given. To me, this is the point in the series where the audience really comes to care more about the characters that inhabit the Naruto universe.

This set also includes the dramatic battle between Rock Lee and Gaara in the preliminary battles. The last two episodes of the set take place after the preliminary battles, and they introduce a new character: Jiraiya, the Toad Sage.

Just like the first box set, this is also a “bare bones” release; there are no booklets or inserts included in the set. When it comes to the actual discs in this set, they are basically the discs from Naruto Uncut Box Set 3 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 4, with minor changes made to the bonus features included on the third and sixth discs.

The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as “Production Art,” and it consists of 10 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is a preview for Naruto Shippuden. This is followed by “From Sketch to Screen Episode 33,” which is eight pages of storyboards; for each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for.

In the extras, you can also see the English credits. There are also three trailers to other releases that Viz Media was promoting, as well as promos for Shonen Jump Magazine and other manga titles released by Viz.

The first bonus feature on the sixth disc is “Production Art,” which includes 10 more pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is the exact same preview for Naruto Shippuden that appears on the third disc. After that is “From Sketch to Screen Episode 40”; like the “From Sketch to Screen” on the third disc, this feature has eight pages of storyboards, and you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. The remaining extras on the sixth disc are exactly the same as what appeared on disc three.

If you enjoy Naruto and haven’t already bought the Naruto Uncut sets, this would be an economical way to get the episodes on DVD. You get double the amount of content of the original sets, but pay about the same amount as you would have for those original sets. However, if you do purchase this set, just be warned that Viz Media didn’t go to a lot of effort when combining Naruto Uncut Sets 3 and 4 together to make this set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Naruto Uncut Season One Box Set Volume 2 box set that I purchased.

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