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
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.