ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 3rd April 2016, by NEO Staff

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 23

As the Fourth Great Shinobi War continues to rage on, things get ever more frantic as the allied forces of the five villages struggle to keep up with the cunning tactics of the reanimated Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist, as well as a few other legendary ninja with their own terrifying powers and newly-indestructible bodies. Although this arc of Naruto is jam-packed full of ninja fights that tend to follow a similar pattern of subduing and sealing the undead shinobi, the quick pacing and diverse mix of characters – both new and well-known – definitely keeps things interesting. Naruto’s battle scenes have always been just as much about mind games and tactics as about swinging swords and flinging kunai – and this arc seems to fit that format to perfection.

However, the action is broken into by a couple of short filler arcs, mainly the Power arc, which jumps back to just before the war, and sees Naruto and the gang face off against Kabuto and a (different) host of reanimated ninja villains. While these episodes are far better than some of the non-canon interruptions from boxsets past, they still don’t measure up to the tense and heady action of the Ninja War. All in all, although this 13-episode set feels more like a protracted set-up for the next collection, there are still some great moments, and dedicated Naruto aficionados will absolutely want to pick this one up, if only to continue getting their regular shinobi fix.

It might not leave you completely satisfied, but this latest Naruto collection is still worth a watch.
SCORE: 3/5
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