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My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Watched: Naruto Shippuden Set 26

Naruto Shippuden Set 26 includes episodes 323-335 of the series. I might potentially include spoilers in this piece, so if you haven’t gotten this far in the series yet, I would recommend stopping right here and not reading any further.

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I recently checked out Naruto Shippuden Set 26 from my local library system, and was very happy to discover that there were no filler episodes included. Every episode had a direct connection to the Fourth Great Ninja War. But, having said that, there were a handful of episodes that relied heavily on using a lot of footage from earlier in the series, to the point where they almost felt like clip shows. I haven’t read this far in the manga, so I assume that some of this flashback material was included in the manga, but I suspect that not all of it was. The sheer amount of reused older footage in these episodes made me think that more was included to help stretch the story out in order to give Masashi Kishimoto a chance to get a little further ahead without relying on filler episodes and filler stories.

There’s a lot of exposition included in these episodes, with the biggest reveal being the introduction of all the tailed beasts and their Jinchuriki. We also learn that the Nine Tailed Fox demon actually has a name, and that the other tailed beasts have names as well. There’s a song that appears at the beginning of the episode following this revelation that’s all about the tailed beasts and their Jinchuriki. It was kind of annoying, yet kind of catchy, at the same time. But my most favorite part of the revelation of the tailed beasts and their Jinchuriki was a flashback that showed the tailed beasts when they were much, much younger. Can I say that the chibi Nine Tailed Fox looked absolutely adorable?

We also find out that the masked man claiming to be Madara Uchiha isn’t the real Madara, when a reanimated version of the real Madara appears on the battlefield. But his appearance leads to seeing all five of the Kage teaming up to fight and take him on. Some very nice backstory for Ohnoki is included during this portion of the story.

We finally see Sasuke again (gasp!). He seemed to have all but disappeared for a while, so it was surprising to actually see him again. But what was even more surprising was seeing him teaming up with this reanimated brother to take on Kabuto.

Speaking of Kabuto, this set ends just as his backstory is being revealed. It was a little disappointing that I won’t be able to see the rest of his backstory until I get a chance to watch Naruto Shippuden Set 27. But it’s nice to finally find out more about Kabuto, since so little has been known about his background for so long in the series. This backstory revelation makes me want to see the next box set after it comes out.

Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 25

Naruto Shippuden Set 25 includes episodes 310-322 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 25

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 26, 2016

Set 25 continues the story of the Fourth Great Ninja War. Unfortunately, the first seven episodes on the set are all filler episodes. There’s also one filler episode that appears right near the end of the set as well. Unfortunately, the filler stories break the flow of the canon material, especially since the idea that they can’t distinguish between allies and enemies due to the White Zetsus ability to perfectly mimic others was completely ignored during the filler episodes.

And to be honest, most of the filler stories didn’t do much for me. The worst offender was the three-episode arc about Yota, a kid that Naruto and some of the other characters knew when they were younger being reanimated by Kabuto’s jutsu. The character was supposed to be mysterious because he could manipulate the weather due to emotions, but Yota came across as annoying. This filler also broke canon by contradicting the fact that Naruto didn’t have friends until he became part of Team 7, and then used the “reset to zero” trick that’s utilized in filler episodes in order to wipe out the non-canon inconsistencies. If Yota had been a character we had met earlier in the series, I might have actually cared about what was happening with these three episodes. As it was, I found myself slogging through them with the hope that I would soon return to canon material and actually continue the story.

Fortunately, the canon material is worth slogging through the filler, especially the final two episodes on Naruto Shippuden Set 25. These last two episodes raise the stakes considerably, especially after seeing Naruto’s clones taking down the enemy forces so easily. I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen in the fight against Madara Uchiha on the next set, and I sincerely hope there won’t be nearly as much filler material on the next set as there was on this one.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are five bonus features. First are three pages of storyboards for a section of Episode 321, “Reinforcements Arrive” (and these storyboards will especially be a treat for Naruto and Hinata shippers). Next is the art gallery, which includes six pages of line art. Next, there are “clean” versions of the opening 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 25 is made up primarily of filler episodes (less than half of the episodes are canon material from the manga), and many of the episodes here can be skipped without missing terribly much. However, the episodes featuring the canon material are very important, so you’ll want this set in order to acquire the episodes that actually help to progress the story.

VIZ Media to Release the Naruto: Sakura’s Story Novel

VIZ Media announces the release of Naruto: Sakura’s Story, the third book in a series of original novels focusing on key characters from the ninja action anime/manga franchise.

Naruto: Sakura’s Story debuts in print and digitally on May 3, 2016 and was written by Takashi Yano and Tomohito Ohsaki. The novel is based on characters and concepts by original Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.

Allies and enemies from the Naruto series take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each novel focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team, or villain. The latest book depicts the story of Sakura Haruno, a faithful and skilled member of Team 7 and the primary lead female character in the Naruto canon.

NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available May 3, 2016
The Great Ninja War did not only harm adults, but left many damaged children behind. Medical ninja Sakura travels the land, opening clinics dedicated to healing children of the mental trauma they experienced. She learns of a series of attacks against Konoha, and her investigation leads to an impossible conclusion: Sasuke is the terrorist mastermind behind them all. Using her skills and her heart, Sakura strives to clear Sasuke’s name and bring the real perpetrator to justice.

VIZ Media Announces New Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto and GANGSTA. Publishing Acquisitions

VIZ Media expands its novel and manga publishing roster with the addition of several new title acquisitions set for release later in 2016.

Fans of the Tokyo Ghoul manga series will not want to miss the Fall 2016 debut of the first of three new original prose novels. Each novel will focus on lead characters from the popular horror manga series and feature original illustrations and cover art by series creator, Sui Ishida. VIZ Media continues to expand its collection of Naruto original prose novels with the release of a trio of books focusing on the Uchiha brothers, Itachi and Sasuke.

VIZ Media also adds a new manga publishing acquisition to its library as it announces the Winter 2016 debut of GANGSTA.: CURSED, a spin-off series based on the manga crime thriller GANGSTA. A prequel to the original series featuring the backstory of the character Marco Adriano, GANGSTA.: CURSED is written by Kohske and illustrated by Syuhei Kamo.

New Tokyo Ghoul Publishing Acquisitions

TOKYO GHOUL: DAYS Volume 1 · Debuts Fall 2016
TOKYO GHOUL: VOID Volume 2 · Debuts Early 2017
TOKYO GHOUL: PAST Volume 3 · Forthcoming
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. ea / $14.99 CAN each

Tokyo Ghoul: Days (Volume 1) chronicles six all-new stories from the Tokyo Ghoul universe. Tokyo Ghoul: Void (Volume 2) depicts the aftermath six months after a major event in the Tokyo Ghoul manga. In the Tokyo Ghoul manga series, Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

New Naruto Publishing Acquisitions

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT Volume 1 · Debuts Fall 2016
NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – MIDNIGHT Volume 2 · Debuts Winter 2016
NARUTO: SASUKE’S STORY – SUNRISE · Debuts Spring 2017
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. ea / $12.99 CAN each

Three new Naruto novels focusing on the Uchiha brothers, Itachi and Sasuke. Features original cover art by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.

Also catch other Naruto original prose novels available now including Naruto: Kakashi’s Story and Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story.

Additional New Manga Publishing Acquisitions

GANGSTA.: CURSED Volume 1 · Rated “M” for Mature Readers ·
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Debuts Winter 2016

A new series depicting prequel stories for several of the main characters featured in the original GANGSTA. manga series. In GANGSTA.: CURSED, the man named Marco Adriano is a loyal and beloved member of the Cristiano Family, helping them protect the persecuted Twilight population in the city of Ergastulum. But he was once a boy codenamed “Spas,” raised as a Hunter and assigned to the Destroyers Second Group for a single purpose: to track down and kill Twilights.

TOKYO GHOUL © 2011 by Sui Ishida/SHUEISHA Inc.

Manga Review: “Naruto” Volume 28

Naruto Volume 28 focuses on Naruto Uzumaki, the number one hyperactive knuckleheaded ninja in the Hidden Leaf Village who has a fox demon sealed inside of him. He’s spent his life being shunned by the village due to fears of the fox demon, but Naruto is determined to become the leader of the village one day and be acknowledged by others.

Naruto Volume 28

Written by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 4, 2008

At the beginning of Volume 28, more than two years have passed since the events that took place at the end of Volume 27. Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village after being away on a training mission with Jiraiya during the time skip, and it’s readily apparent how much time has lapsed when the reader sees Naruto for the first time. He’s definitely taller than before, and his outfit is different. Much of the early portion of Volume 28 shows Naruto running into some of his peers and seeing how much they’ve changed in appearance as well. Seeing the design changes for these characters can be a little shocking for the reader at first, but they will likely adapt to it quickly.

It’s also revealed that Gaara has become the Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village during the timeskip, which offers another parallel between him and Naruto. Both of them have a tailed beast sealed inside of them and both of them went through the experience of being shunned by their respective villages, but Gaara has already achieved the dream that Naruto has been pursuing. But it’s nice to see that Naruto isn’t upset that Gaara is already leading his village; instead, it seems to drive Naruto to want to become Hokage even more.

The story of Naruto is also kicked up a notch in Volume 28. The Akatsuki finally make their move, and this plot development introduces two new characters: the puppet master Sasori and an explosive clay artist named Deidara. Gaara becomes an important part of the story when it’s revealed that he’s the target that Deidara and Sasori are after. This volume features an epic battle between Gaara and Deidara, which is very riveting to read.

Most of the latter half of Naruto Volume 28 focuses on the Hidden Sand Village, and also includes the introduction of a couple of new characters: a par of elderly siblings who are revered by the people of the village. When one of the characters’ lives is in grave danger, these elderly siblings are asked to assist in trying to save this character. It’s very clear that one of the siblings harbors ill will toward the Hidden Leaf Village and is not supportive of the alliance between their two villages. I can already tell that this particular character will somehow be an important part of the story and will likely be an interesting character as well.

While Volume 28 is establishing what’s happened during the timeskip, it also doesn’t waste much time getting the action of the next story arc going. By the end of it, there’s already been an epic battle, and a character’s life is in grave danger. The action in this volume is so riveting that I didn’t want to put it down.

Naruto Volume 28 is a wonderful progression for the story, and it’s nice to see how much some of the main characters have grown and changed during the timeskip. Readers who enjoyed the storyline during the first 27 volumes of the series should be able find a lot to appreciate about the direction that the story and characters are going in after the timeskip.

One-Punch Man Is the Second Best Selling Graphic Novel for March 2016

Nielsen BookScan have released the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for March 2016, and nine manga titles made the list:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 5 by ONE (#2)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 bu Sui Ishida (#8)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#9)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 8 by Shin Yoshida (#10)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE (#14)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida (#16)
  • Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida (#20)

Source: The Fandom Post

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 21-27, 2016

Here are the ten best selling manga in the United States for the week of February 21-27, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 holds steady at number one in its second week on the list.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up two spots to number two in its 35th 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 moves back up four spots to number three in its 26th week on the list.

4. Fairy Tail Volume 52 by Hiro Mashima

Kodansha Comics’ release of Fairy Tail Volume 52 enters the list at number four.

5. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 4 by Fujino Omori and Kunieda

Yen Press’ release of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 4 enters the list at number five.

6. Dragonar Academy Volume 9 by Shiki Mizuchi and Ran

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Dragonar Academy Volume 9 holds steady at number six in its second week on the list.

7. Monster Musume Volume 8 by OKAYADO

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Monster Musume Volume 8 falls five spots to number seven in its third week on the list.

8. 12 Beast Volume 3 by OKAYADO

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of 12 Beast Volume 3 falls five spots to number eight in its second week on the list.

9. 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 four spots to number nine in its eighth week on the list.

10. Noragami: Stray God Volume 11 by Adachitoka

Kodansha Comics’ release of Noragami: Stray God Volume 11 enters the list at number ten.

Source: The New York Times