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

The Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 2 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes 79 through 106 of the Naruto anime series. The first disc contains four episodes, the second disc contains five episodes, the third disc contains five episodes and bonus features, the fourth disc contains four episodes, the fifth disc contains five episodes, and the sixth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.

The episodes in this set start off with the conclusion of Naruto’s battle with Gaara and the end of the invasion of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. From here, the series moves on to Naruto doing some training with Jiraiya, the Toad Sage, as they go out in search of Tsunade in order to try to convince her to become the Fifth Hokage of the village.

I really like the introduction of the character of Tsunade. She’s such an interesting character, and a lot of development is done on her character during the course of the episodes that appear in this set. Tsunade really adds new elements and dimensions to the story, and it was nice to see a noticeably strong female character added to the cast.

After Tsunade’s storyline ends, the remaining episodes in this set are “filler” material that takes place in between Tsunade’s storyline and the next major story arc for the series. Fortunately, the filler material at this point in the series is a lot more tolerable than the filler that appears later in the series.

Just like the previous three box sets, Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 2 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 the exact same discs from Naruto Uncut Box Set 7 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 8.

The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 10 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is a preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 8. This is followed by “From Sketch to Screen Episode 85,” 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, trailer for four releases that Viz Media was promoting at the time, as well as promotion for Shonen Jump magazine and some of the other manga titles that Viz was promoting. This disc also has a “sneak peek” that promotes Viz Media’s release of the Buso Renkin anime series.

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 a preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 9. After that is “From Sketch to Screen Episode 93”; 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. You can also see the English credits on this disc, a set of trailers for other releases that Viz Media was promoting, and promotion for Shonen Jump magazine and some of the other manga titles that Viz was promoting.

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 the only effort Viz Media went to when combining Naruto Uncut Box Set 7 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 8 was to make changes to the labels on the physical discs included in the set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Naruto Uncut Season Two Box Set Volume 2 that I purchased.

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