Naruto once again returns to the DVD in
this exclusive collection that has never been seen on Western
television. Originally seen during the Shonen Jump Festival in Japan
during 2003 and 2004, this collection is truly a special treat for
Western fans of the series.
For those unaware of the Naruto
phenomena, it revolves around Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja
who hopes to be leader of his village one day, however he must first
prove himself and that may be his greatest enemy yet. This
hyperactive ninja almost feels like he is suffering ADD, however
this is what makes the series so alive and sometimes in your face.
This special collection features two
never before seen episodes that include "Mission: Find the Crimson
Four Leaf Clover" and "Mission: Protect the Hidden Waterfall
Village" in all its uncut grace. The first episode that only
contains English subtitles has our hero assisting one of this
friends in finding a sacred four leaf clover to grant him the wish
of his girlfriend to stay in the village. Even though the episode
features subtitles, it is still quite easy to follow and is quite
interesting to see the series in its native tongue.
The second episode has Naruto showing
the coward Shibuki how to become a hero as they are attacked by a
band of rogue ninja and fortunately for those naysayers, this
episode features both Japanese and English audio tracks. Even though
the first episode is only in subtitles, I actually enjoyed it more
than the second episode which was a little slow in parts but at the
end of the day, there is no Naruto episode that is too slow. Think
about that grasshopper!
The DVD features good video and audio
quality as one can get for mad for television animation and
unfortunately the special features are quite limiting, however for
fans of Naruto, it's no big deal because at the end of the day, it's
anime on speed!
DVD Special Features
Naruto "The Movie" Short, Extended Trailer.
About the "Jump Festa"