Top positive review
One person found this helpful
Best Arc Yet - Warning, Spoilers
on 9 January 2015
First of all, the DVD was packaged fine, no scratches or marks on either the discs or the box so 5/5 for that. Next, in my opinion the Pains Assault Arc is the absolute best arc in Naruto & Naruto Shippuden, however I wouldn’t recommend watching this if you are new to the world of Naruto, I would go back and start from the very beginning of the original Naruto series.
This box set starts just after Naruto finds out about the death of Jiraiya (the previous box set is worth buying just for the last two episodes – so emotional!). Shikamaru and Naruto are tasked with working out the key for the message left by Jiraiya, which they quickly manage to do thanks to the close relationship shared by Jiraiya and Naruto during their time together. After taking their findings to Lady Tsunade and Fukasaku, Naruto is invited to Mount Myoboku to learn the art of Sage Jutsu, something that is pivotal when going up again Pain. Naruto leaves, and we soon see just how difficult this is to master and Naruto’s determination to follow in his Masters footsteps.
Whilst Naruto is away, Pain finally makes his assault on the leaf village. We see some great action from many during this assault, including Sakura, who takes the lead in treating the injured villagers, and Shikamaru, who keeps his promise made to Asuma by protecting Kurenai. We also get a glimpse of the villagers changing feelings towards Naruto, many of whom showing their loyalty and belief in him even when facing their own deaths. However, Pain soon gets the upper hand in the fight and, after finding out that Naruto isn’t actually in the village, shows the villagers true pain.
After Pains devastating blow to Konaha and Sakuras tearful plea, Naruto finally joins in the fight. As soon as he appears, you can tell straight away that he is more powerful than we have ever seen him before. His disbelief at the state of the village soon turns to anger and determination to defeat those who inflicted it. He manages to defeat one of Animal Paths summoning’s with one punch after it threatens to go after Lady Tsunade, and quickly works his way through the six Paths, much to the surprise of many of his friends whom are hearing about the fight through Katsuyu from the sidelines. We really get a sense of how much stronger and smarter Naruto has gotten during this fight. Able to think on his feet and utilize all of his Jutsu, he clearly shows he has matured and grown since losing his Master and learning Sage Mode. However, we once again see Pains power when he finally manages to catch Naruto.
After Naruto’s capture we get a glimpse of Hinata’s improved strength as well when she comes to aid him, though she too is soon overpowered, much to Naruto’s dismay. Hinata’s defeat causes a change in Naruto, who lets the Nine Tails take over his body and go on a rampage.
Shortly after, Naruto is visited by the Forth Hokage in his subconscious, who has some (at this point, probably not surprising at all) news for Naruto. This revelation and the Forth Hokages encouraging words help Naruto to calm down and face Pain for the final time. Once Pain is defeated, Naruto goes in search of and finds the man controlling the Six Paths. At this point, we get a clearer insight into Jiraiya’s earlier years, as well as Pains plans for the Akatsuki and the Jinchuriki they pursue.
The second half of the box set mostly consists of filler episodes which I know can annoy some people. I actually enjoy filler episodes, as we get a more in-depth look into a lot of characters, and sometimes it’s nice to have some fluff after big battles such as Naruto’s with Pain.
Overall, Pains Assault Arc is a must see, and this DVD is a must have. I’ve watched this arc a fair few times now, and really cannot recommend it enough! Yes, this DVD has less episodes in it than previous sets, however, you can’t really tell due to the amount of information you are given and the quality of the episodes it contains.