I have been waiting ages for this volume to be released and, of course, I LOVED every second! It was extremely exciting, with excellent quality and, well, excellent everything! We see the full strength and powers of newer characters and there's an unexpected turn of events. I'd recommend it to everyone, but anyone who has followed Naruto from his very first adventure to now won't need a recommendation, they'd be crazy not to buy this! The art work especially, is way better, I love watching everyone's movements and facial expressions, if you know what I mean! There are excellent battles, Killer Bee turns up again, and great new songs. (As always, I watched in the English dub, which I feel is just as good as the original Japanese, although lots of people disagree for some reason.) Thanks to Amazon, my special package arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I am now re-watchimg this Naruto for the second time, can't wait for the next one!:-):-):-)
This seventeenth volume of the 'Naruto Shippuden' anime contains a further thirteen episodes of the series and concludes the Five Kage Summit section of the story. The episodes of this part of the series can be generally split into two.
The episodes on the first disc see the disgraced Danzo leaving the Summit and attempt to return to the Hidden Leaf., only to encounter Madera and Sasuke. Danzo’s flight from the summit has some good action as well as Danzo’s bodyguards show what they are capable of. The main battle between a revenge driven Sasuke and the would be Hokage Danzo is very entertaining, even if it does introduce one of the more overpowered abilities of the Sharingan, with some extremely good action. The ending of the fight is also very nicely done as Sasuke reveals just how far he is willing to go for his revenge. Another highlight of this section of the series is the very entertaining battle between the Eight-Tails Jinchûriki, Killer Bee and the Akatsuki member Kisame who finally reveals just how powerful he is.
The episodes on the second disc probably aren’t quite as good as those in the first half as the series’ habit of dragging its feet so that it doesn’t overtake the source manga reasserts itself with the addition of a lot of flashbacks that explore the relationships between the former Team 7 members. Despite the slow pace of these episodes, they are still entertaining and give some nice character moments for almost everyone involved and showing just how both Naruto and Sasuke have grown.
The animation of the episodes in this series remains good with the dynamic action scenes being done in a very entertaining and fluid manner. The set includes both the original Japanese and English dub versions of the episodes as usual with the English dub being as good as it usually is.
The special features in box set are thin on the ground as usual with clean versions of the opening and closing sequences, production art and some trailers being the only things included.
Overall this was a very entertaining instalment of the 'Naruto Shippuden' anime and although the second half does drag a little, the action in the first half and the brief reunion of Team 7 and the end is more than enough to make up for that. Overall I would say this this set is worth a low five stars.
We finally say goodbye to the unnecessary filler episodes in this box set, though to be fair, some of them were pretty decent here. Anyway, the story becomes more intriguing at this part, but unfortunately it means we have to see Sasuke rearing his broody grumpy emo teenage head out from under the Five Kage Summit, and as you should know by now, I absolutely detest Sasuke. Fortunately, we get to meet new and much more interesting characters like the 5th Mizukage of the Hidden Mist, the 4th Raikage of the Hidden Cloud and the 3rd Tsuchikage of the Hidden Stone. Things happen, and they are cannon, so I guess that's a good thing.