Tag: Naruto

Naruto Spin-off Is #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for January 2016

According to Nielsen BookScan, nine manga titles appear on their list of the 20 best selling graphic novels for January 2016:

  • Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (#1)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE (#2)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE (#3)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE (#4)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE (#6)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#8)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida (#9)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida (#12)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida (#14)

Source: The Fandom Post

Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 24

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 includes episodes 297-309 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 24

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Set 24 continues the story of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and immediately opens with the battle between Gaara and the reanimated version of his father. The first episode in the set goes into a little more backstory for Gaara, and the viewer finally learns the truth about certain things that had been said in Gaara’s flashbacks from the first Naruto anime. I really enjoyed this particular episode, and to me, it was the best one to appear in this set.

Naruto also has a fateful encounter with a reanimated Itachi Uchiha. Important revelations and events happen during the two episodes that feature this part of the story, and this helped to make this my second favorite thing to see while watching the episodes included in this set.

The next six episodes continue to progress the story of the Fourth Great Ninja War. This includes the reanimation of the Sound Ninja Four, who are out for revenge against the Leaf Shinobi who defeated them during the original Naruto anime. The rematch is interesting, and the stakes are even higher than they were originally. I thought this was a great nod to the series’ past, and the pacing for this battle was perfect.

There are also two episodes that see a reanimated Hayate Gekko having to attack his Leaf Village comrades and encountering his lover, Yugao. These episodes provided some great backstory for Yugao, and also allowed the viewer to see what had happened behind the scenes in the original series that ultimately led up to Hayate’s death. These two episodes would be my third favorite thing to see while watching this set.

There’s an episode that shows Neji and Hinata in the middle of a battle, and Hinata reminisces about something that would have taken place during the first Naruto series. While this was a nice story, it was obviously filler material. And to be honest, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Hinata to be remembering this event in the middle of a battle because you’d think she’d want to focus on the fighting that’s going on around her instead.

The final episode in the set is very obvious filler material. Naruto appears on the battlefield and recognizes a reanimated samurai, which leads into a flashback of how Naruto met this man. Unfortunately, this story doesn’t finish in this episode, so Set 25 will be continuing with this flashback. But not only is this obvious filler, this story also ignores things that have been established in canon material that was seen earlier on in Naruto Shippuden. By far, this episode was my least favorite on this set, and I’m not looking forward to continuing this particular story when I’m able to watch Set 25.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 isn’t a bad release when it comes to the episodes, but there are a couple of things that weaken it a little. If the Neji and Hinata flashback and the final episode on the set hadn’t been included, I would have said that this was a very strong release. But the emotional aspects for the Gaara and Yugao storylines do help to make up for those weaknesses to some extent.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are five bonus features. First are the storyboards for a section of Episode 297, “A Father’s Hope, A Mother’s Love” (but on the disc, the storyboards are mislabeled as being from Episode 277). Next is the art gallery, which includes six pages of line art of the new characters that were introduced in this set. Next, there are “clean” versions of both of the openings and both of the endings that appeared on the episodes in this set.  There are three versions of the clean openings and endings included: a version without any text, a version with English subtitles, and a version with Romaji subtitles. There are also English credits, along with trailers for other properties that VIZ Media was promoting at the time this set was released.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24 is worth it for the Gaara, Itachi, and Yugao stories. You can skip the Hinata flashback and the final episode on the set and not really miss out on anything.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 24-30, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 24-30, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro

Yen Press’ release of Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 enters the list at number one.

2. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 falls one spot to number two in its fourth week on the list.

3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring falls one spot to number three in its fourth week on the list.

4. Noragami: Stray God Volume 10 by Adachitoka

Kodansha Comics’ release of Noragami: Stray God Volume 10 enters the list at number four.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 holds steady at number five in its 16th week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls two spots to number six in its 11th week on the list.

7. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 falls four spots to number seven in its 22nd week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up two spots to number eight in its 32nd week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 holds steady at number nine in its third week on the list.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 moves falls three spots to number ten in its seventh week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Naruto’s Itachi Shinden-hen TV Anime to Premiere in March 2016

The March 2016 issue of Shueisha’s Saikyo Jump magazine has announced that the anime of the Naruto spinoff novels Itachi Shinden (The True Legend of Itachi) will premiere on March 3, 2016.

The title of the anime when it was announced in December 2015 was Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ (Naruto Shippūden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~). Saikyo Jump also listed this longer title, but Shueisha’s Shonen Jump magazine had previously also listed the title as simply Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen.

Source: ANN

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 17-23, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 17-23, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 holds steady at number one in its third week on the list.

2. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring holds steady at number two in its third week on the list.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number three in its 21st week on the list.

4. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 moves back up two spots to number four in its 10th week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 moves back up two spots to number five in its 15th week on the list.

6. Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 by Yoshiaki Sukeno

VIZ Media’s release of Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 re-enters at number six in its second week on the list.

7. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 moves back up three spots to number seven in its sixth week on the list.

8. My Monster Secret Volume 1 by Eiji Masuda

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of My Monster Secret Volume 1 moves up one spot to number eight in its second week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 falls five spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls five spots to number ten in its 31st week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 10-16, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 10-16, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 holds steady at number one in its second week on the list.

2. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring holds steady at number two in its second week on the list.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number three in its 20th week on the list.

4. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 enters the list at number four.

5. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 re-enters at number five in its 30th week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls two spots to number six in its ninth week on the list.

7. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 falls one spot to number seven in its 14th week on the list.

8. Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto Volume 72 re-enters at number eight in its 13th week on the list.

9. My Monster Secret Volume 1 by Eiji Masuda

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of My Monster Secret Volume 1 enters the list at number nine.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 falls five spots to number ten in its fifth week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring”

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring is a one volume spin-off for the Naruto manga series. This story focuses on the next generation of ninja, with the primary emphasis placed on some of the children of Naruto and his peers.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring

Written by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Shueisha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 5, 2016

While other Naruto spin-offs with the new generation have focused on Naruto’s son, Boruto, he is not the main character of this story. Instead, the emphasis is placed on Sarada Uchiha, the daughter of Sakura and Sasuke.

Sarada sees her peers interacting with their fathers, and this affects her greatly because for as long as she can remember, she has never met Sasuke. Sarada starts pestering Sakura with questions about her father, and getting to the point of asking Sakura if she’s really Sasuke’s wife. Sakura is so angered by this line of questioning that she accidentally destroys their house. But in the rubble, Sarada discovers a picture of Sasuke with Team Taka. She notices that Karin has glasses just like hers, and decides to try to find either Sasuke or Karin to get some answers about her parentage and who she is. Cho-Cho, the daughter of Choji and Karui, gets the idea in her head that her parents aren’t her real parents. She ends up joining Sarada on her journey, with the hope that she’ll track down her real parents.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring includes several angles that examine the relationship between parents and children. I enjoyed most of the angles, but I thought Cho-Cho’s part of the story was weak. To me, it really didn’t add anything, and I thought it made Cho-Cho come across as annoying rather than funny.

But in the midst of Sarada’s soul searching and trying to find out who she is, a new enemy appears. This new enemy seems to have the ocular powers of the Uchiha clan, but there’s a secret behind them that is revealed over the course of this volume.

Even though I was annoyed with Cho-Cho, I thought that Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring presented some compelling ideas about trying to find your identity and the relationships children have with their parents. I think Sarada is an interesting character, and I’m glad to see that she got to be the focus of a story.

As someone who’s followed Naruto for a while, I enjoyed seeing the characters I know and love all grown up and interacting with their children. However, it took me a while to get used to seeing the designs for the characters as their older selves. I was also amused to see the technological advances that have taken place in the world of Naruto between the end of the original series and the time that this story takes place.

Even though the main characters from the Naruto series have aged, and that significant changes have taken place in their world, I still felt as if I was seeing an old and familiar friend as I read this volume. I would highly recommend Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring to fans of the original Naruto manga so they can find out what the future holds for the characters and to get to see some of their children.

The reviewer received a review copy from VIZ Media