While Naruto Shippuden ended in 2017, Viz Media was still releasing DVD box sets of the animated series which has now concluded with the release of the 38th and final DVD box set.
These closing episodes delve into the childhoods of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata, Gaara, Shikamaru, Jiraiya and Kakashi, before moving onto the present day where missing villagers are transformed into human bombs. And, after all these years, a familiar face makes the decision to return home. But of course that can’t top the last few episodes dedicated to the wedding of Naruto and Hinata.
The box set contains two DVDs with both Japanese and English voice casts for episodes 487 thru 500. Also included are interviews with the English voice actors for Naruto and Boruto: Maile Flanagan and Amanda C. Miller.
Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38 became available for purchase on June 11th, 2019.
The final episode focusing on Uchiha Itachi concludes on Thursday, April 28th, thus closing the tormenting saga of the elder Uchiha sibling. This lets the Naruto Shippuden series return to the manga story where Naruto and Sasuke square off against Uchiha Madara in the Fourth Great Ninja War in episode 459, titled “The Incipient” which airs Thursday, May 5th.
Coinciding with this announcement, TV Tokyo uploaded to their web site new promotional artwork featuring Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi.
Additionally, Japanese band Asian Kung-Fu Generation returns to perform the song “Blood Circulator” during the opening credits.
There’s a new Naruto Shippuden spin-off coming. Kakashi Hatake will star in a sidestory that traces the shinobi’s early missions with the elite and feared ANBU Black Ops squadron. Kakashi: Shadow of the ANBU Black Ops takes place many years before the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki himself — complete with the Third and Fourth Hokages, Yamato and Itachi Uchiha (or so the teaser image illustrates).
Kakashi: Shadow of the ANBU Black Ops is set to air in February 2014.
In Japan, it’s not unusual to see popular brand names release a product or a line of products based on a particular animated series. Footwear company MADFOOT! did so earlier this year with their crossover staring the one and only ninja, Naruto. These limited edition high-tops will keep you comfortable even on the most arduous S-Rank missions.
MADFOOT! went all out with the design of these sneakers. The box is a colourful combination of the orange-and-black ninja performing a variety of break-dancing manoeuvres over a background of Tokyo’s glitzy Shibuya ward. These same Naruto patterns are placed on the sneakers themselves over a white or black backdrop (dependant on the pair you buy). The image quality on the sneakers is not that impressive — you can see the individual dots on the design which looks a bit like some really old colour comic books.
The toecap is made with a firm orange fabric; feels a bit like canvas. Just above, there’s a miniature version of the Konohagakure head plate which fits in well with the black laces. A black Naruto Shippuden logo on a white background is stitched into the top of the tongue. Running up the heel of the shoe is a bar of orange and black with red swirl, reminiscent of the back of Naruto’s jacket. The outsole has a herringbone pattern in the character’s trademark orange and black colours with a MAD logo in the middle. This shoe has Naruto’s colour scheme down to a pat: the inside is lined with a soft, yellow fabric, most likely for the aspiring hokage’s hair.
Overall, the shoes are decent. Aside from the quality of the Naruto images on the shoes, they’re pretty comfortable and fit well. I dropped ¥5,100 JPY (which was marked down from ¥8,925 JPY) for a pair in size 28.5 (equal to size 10½ here in Canada and the United States) through Japan’s Rakuten online shopping web site.
If you thought The Simpsons was the longest running animated television show, take a look at some of the series from Japan. While a lot of the mainstream series such as Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z seem neverending to those who watch them outside of Japan, there are some shows which eclipse these shows easily. This is a select list of anime shows, with episode counts up to November 6th, 2011 – the original broadcast start and end dates are in parentheses. While Pokémon has an insatiable list of episodes (more than 700), it was difficult to sift through the numerous series and versions available to get an accurate count.
After defeating Kakuzu and returning back to Konohagakure, Kakashi has little time before being sent out to investigate the possibility of another hideout used by Orochimaru. Naruto meets up with Jiraiya, who offers to extend his training with the younger ninja.
Meanwhile, Orochimaru has Guren organize a fight between potential candidates to determine who is strong enough to serve their master. Sasuke encouters a young boy who has a surprising ability hidden within, something Kabuto wants to exploit.
The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 8 contains episodes 89 through 100, across three discs and will be available on October 11th, 2011.
Asuma and Team 10 continue to fight two of the most disturbing members of Akatsuki: Hidan and Kakuzu. However, Hidan reveals his most frightening ability – a technique that could spell the end for Asuma.
Naruto continues to work on perfecting his rasengan, which he may be using sooner than later after Tsunade gives Team 7 a new directive.
The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 7 contains episodes 78 through 88, which seems to be going decreasing, across three discs and will be available on July 12th, 2011.
Wave after wave of undead ninjas storm through Konoha after Asuma is trapped behind a lightning barrier. However, Shikamaru has come up with a plan to stop the zombies but will it be enough? And will Furido’s ultimate plan on getting revenge on Konoha finally complete?
As Naruto continues his training by learning more about the rasengan and how to develop it further, Tsunade sends out a group of ninjas to hunt down the Akatsuki who’ve returned to the Fire Country.
The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 6 contains episodes 66 through 77 across three discs and will be available on April 26th, 2011.
It’s a little dated, but Japan Post released a set of ¥80 JPY stamps featuring characters from Naruto Shippuden back on October 23rd, 2009.
The stamps come in a sheet of ten featuring Uzumaki Naruto, Uchiha Sasuke, Haruno Sakura, Hatake Kakashi, Sai, Nara Shikamaru, Deidara, Uchiha Itachi, Jiraiya and Namikaze Minato. Only 13 million individual stamps were printed on over 1.3 million sheets. You can find a few on eBay if you’re looking to add to your collection.
Of course, Naruto isn’t the only series to grace the front of an envelope. Detective Conan, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Pokemon were released in previous years, with Sgt. Frog being the latest.
Unable to complete Sakura’s promise on bringing Sasuke back home, Naruto looks to an injured Kakashi on how to improve his strength. Upon discovering his elemental nature, Naruto teams up with the burly Asuma to hone his new found wind skills.
Tsunade has a mission for Team 7, which has them visit the Fire Temple and uncover a mystery hidden within the temple that has connections to Asuma.
The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5 is expected to reach stores on January 25th, 2011.
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