The young goofy kid who has dreams of becoming the best
ninja in his village returns in Naruto
Season Two Volume One
time around Naruto and his buddy Sasuke have to battle fierce opponents
final round of the Chunin Exam in order to advance to the next ninja
They've both had special
training, but even
that can't prepare them for the surprises that are in store for them
village's enemies strike.
keeps getting more and more interesting in this fun and exciting set.
Naruto is a 12 year old boy living in a village populated by
He isn't the best student around,
he's failed the test to become a ninja twice as the series opens and
looking good for the third time either.
What he lacks in discipline he more than makes up for in moxie:
loudly proclaims to anyone who will listen that he's going to be the
ever! The fact that everyone in the village shuns him and treats him
makes him even more determined.
There's more to the story than Naruto knows though. Twelve
years ago, a giant nine‑tailed fox attacked the land.
The village all turned out to face the
monster, and many ninja were killed, but the creature couldn't be
only way that the fox could be defeated was for the village elder to
his life and trap the fox inside a human body:
a baby boy named Naruto.
Shunned by the villagers and without a family, Naruto
becomes the class clown.
He figures that
it's better for people to be angry with him than ignoring him.
That changes one evening when the boy is
tricked into stealing a scroll of forbidden ninja techniques.
Naruto reads one, and miraculously masters
the complex maneuver which allows him to make "shadow clones" of
himself, countless copies that are solid and not just illusions.
Armed with this technique Naruto manages to become a ninja,
but that's only the beginning of his training.
Next the young warrior has to go through advanced training as
part of a
He's teamed up with Sakura, a cute
girl he has a crush on, and Sasuke, the highest scoring student in
Together they have to go through
some rigorous training with Kakashi, a masked master who seems like a
they go on some dangerous missions.
Having proven themselves in the field, Naruto has his companions
are allowed to take the Chunin Exam, and if they pass it they'll
advance to the
All three pass the written
exam and the team competition that follows, but only Naruto and Sasuke
to make it through the one-on-one battle round.
that they still aren't done
They have a month off to heal
and prepare for the final round.
With the final round of the Chunin Exams just around the
corner, Sasuke goes off with Kakashi for special training while Naruto
instructed by Jiraiya, the Toad Sage.
soon realizes that Naruto has a two types of Chakra (the inner power
allows ninja to perform their amazing magic-like feats) inside of him.
One is the regular storage of energy that
everyone has, while the second is a nearly limitless reservoir of power
belongs to the Nine-tailed Fox that is sealed inside the young man.
If only Naruto can learn to tap the Fox's
power, he'll be a very formidable opponent, and Jiraiya has a plan to
do just that.
First he wears Naruto out
and has him expend all of his natural Chakra.
Then he pushes him off a cliff.
The final round of the Chunin exam is a major event held in
a large stadium that's filled with spectators from every ninja village.
Naruto battles Neji Hyuga in a spectacular
bout and Shikamaru a lazy ninja from the Leaf
, takes on Temari from
in a surprising battle.
is pitted against Gaara from the Sand Village
a maniacal ninja
who only really feels alive when he's killing someone.
Even Gaara's teammates are afraid of him, and
no one, not even Naruto, thinks that Sasuke can beat the crazed killer.
While the Chunin Exam competition is thrilling and exciting,
the show really starts to pick up speed when the Village Hidden in the
is attacked by an unsuspected enemy.
lightning attack takes the village by surprise and they receive a very
This was a great set... I enjoyed it more than the preceding
The Exam battles were fun, I
especially enjoyed the way Shikamaru's match ended, but things really
near the end of the set when the Leaf Village
This attack included a battle
Hokages which was pretty exciting, at least to the small boy that's
trapped inside of me.
Like the earlier collections, the animation is okay but not
There isn't a lot of detail in
the character designs.
Hair is just a
field of color without and texture, and many people look two
The motion is alright, with
flowing fairly smoothly.
The show does
cut more than a few corners too.
most grievous example of this is the repeated scenes.
Each episode opens by replaying the last 3 or
4 minutes from the previous show.
doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're talking about a 22 minute
that's nearly 20%.
Having said all that, I still enjoyed the program.
Like other Shonen Jump based shows it has an
innocent charm and they cram each installment full of action and
The show moves so fast
(action-wise) it's hard to get caught up on the small flaws.
This set includes the next 26 episodes (53-78) on 6
They come in a single double-width
keepcase with each disc on its own side of a page.
They are not overlapping.