Anime Review – Naruto Shippuden: Box Set 16

Naruto Shippuden in dubbed form is back with Box Set 16! Containing episodes 193-205 in all their uncut glory, Box Set 16 surpasses its predecessor in every way. While I wouldn’t necessarily call Box Set 15 bad, a lot of people were very disappointed with all the filler episodes.

Box Set 16 remedies that disappointment though, containing only a few filler episodes at the beginning of the set, the rest of the episodes bring the show back to the canon material that has everyone hooked on a fantastic story. Starting with the Five Kage Summit Arc!

Sticking to canon episodes, the previous arc – Invasion of Pain – really took the show to a whole new level. We had the tragic death of Jiraiya as he succumbed to Pain following an epic battle, and the impact his death had on Naruto and all of the Hidden Leaf. Seeing Jiraiya as a mentor and a father figure in his life, it hit Naruto really hard. After the tragic loss of Jiraiya, Naruto fell in to depression as he tried to cope with it. Following a touching scene with Iruka, Naruto snaps out of the blues and follows in Jiraiya’s footsteps by beginning rigorous training sessions at Mount Myōboku with the two great Toad sages, Fukasaku and Shima to learn how to go in to Sage mode. Once Naruto almost perfects the transformation, he rushes back to the village to find it nearly destroyed by Pain. Here we see an intense battle between Naruto and Pain, and shortly after that is where we’re at in the story with Box Set 16.

One of the best things about this story arc and box set are the inclusion of so many new and important characters, as well as a lot more focus on the other 4 lands and their Kage. Up until this point, only the Land of Fire and the Hidden Leaf Village have been prominently featured, as well as the neighboring Land of Wind and Hidden Sand Village, along with their Kazekage Gaara. In this box set and story arc though, we get to learn about all 5 of the Kage and their respective lands. The Land of Earth and the Tsuchikage, Ōnoki. The Land of Lightning and the Raikage, A. The Land of Water and the Mizukage, Mei Terumī. The Land of Wind and the Kazekage, Gaara. And of course the Land of Fire and the Hokage, Lady Tsunade.

It’s refreshing to see the other Lands and Kage featured so much in this arc, and it’s always nice to see new, unique characters introduced. As all their personalities, strengths and motives are revealed, you really become invested in these new characters. These episodes also strengthen the character of Gaara, who just so happens to be displayed on the cover-art, as he finds himself the youngest Kage in the group. He proves that despite his age he can hold his own remarkably well though, and with one statement he shows the group just how much he has grown since that fateful fight from the past with Naruto.

Of course, this box set isn’t all about talking and introductions. There are a lot of great fighting scenes for the action fans, and it’s awesome to see all the skills of the Kage. I don’t want to go in to too much detail and give away any spoilers for those who aren’t familiar with this arc yet, but believe me when I say that all of you fighting enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the intense action featured in this one!

And if story progression is more your thing, then don’t worry because there are a few surprises in store here for you as well! Aside from the new characters you’ll get to see, none other than Tobi makes some surprising revelations. As if all that isn’t enough we get Tobi making shocking revelations and snow in Naruto plus Samurais! And let’s not forget the other Akatsuki members, such as Zetsu, who has some pretty great moments of his own in this set. This set may not be all canon, with the first three episodes being filler, but the majority of the episodes that are certainly progress the story quite a lot, in a very addicting way.

So fellow Naruto fans, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up right away if you haven’t already, as it’s one of the best sets in a while and is a great lead in to the next one which is looking like it’ll be even better! So make sure to catch this one first!

Naruto Shippuden: Box Set 16 gets an A- from us!

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