The Naruto Uncut Season Four Box Set Volume 2 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes 192 through 220 of the Naruto anime series; these are the final episodes of the 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 five episodes, the fifth disc contains five episodes, and the sixth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.
All of the stories in this set are “filler,” although the final five episodes of the series bring the story back to where it should have been before the filler material was inserted. Of the stories that are in this set, the best one to me is the story arc about Kurenai and the artist girl named Yakumo. It’s another filler story that provides backstory for one of the characters who hadn’t been developed very much prior to the filler material.
There are a couple of other storylines that span several episodes. One of those stories is a story about a plot to destroy the Village Hidden in the Leaves. During this story arc, we see Naruto and the other 10 ninja from his group trying to figure out of the plot and keep it from happening in order to save the village. While this particular story arc doesn’t really progress anything, it’s still an interesting story to watch. The other longer story in this set is about an amnesiac that Naruto finds and calls Menma; of the longer stories in this set, this one was probably m yleast favorite.
The remaining stories run for either one or two episodes, and in most cases, are simply “thorwaways”: Ino being hired to pose as a princess to attract a prince who looks suspiciously like Elvis Presley during the latter part of his career, Rock Lee opening up his own dojo, Naruto and a couple of his peers investigating a haunted castle, a story about a group of brothers bent on revenge against Guy, a clip show, and a story about an artifact called “the Beauty of Nature.”
Just like the previous seven boxes in this set of Naruto releases, this is a “bare bones” release; there are no booklets or inserts included in the box. When it comes to the actual discs included in this set, they are exactly the same as the discs that were released in the Naruto Uncut Box Set 15 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 16 box sets.
The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 15 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is a sneak preview of Naruto Uncut Box Set 16, which runs for about four minutes. Next is “From Sketch to Screen,” which contains eight pages of storyboards from episode 193; for each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. In the “Extras” menu, you can see the English credits, advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine and manga titles that Viz was promoting, a trailer to promote the third Naruto film, and trailers for five Naruto videogames.
The first bonus feature on the sixth disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 20 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is a sneak preview for Naruto Shippuden, the next Naruto series, which runs for about two and a half minutes; however, the audio is mastered a little on the soft side. In the “Extras” menu, you can also see the English credits, advertisements for manga titles Viz Media was promoting, a trailer for the third Naruto film, and trailers for six Naruto videogames.
If you enjoy Naruto and haven’t already purchased the Naruto Uncut sets, this would be an economical way to get the episodes on DVD in order to add them to your collection. You get double the amount of the content of the original sets, but you pay about the same amount as you would have for the original Naruto Uncut DVD box sets. However, if you do purchase this set, just be aware that this is simply a repackaging of Naruto Uncut Box Set 15 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 16. All Viz Media really did to change the discs was to make minor changes to the labels on the physical discs included in the set.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of Naruto Uncut Season Four Box Set Volume 2 that my husband and I purchased.