Naruto Season Three
from Viz collects another 29 episodes of the ninja anime
DVDs that are certain to entertain fans.
This set starts the next big story arc in the saga, where Sasuke
leaves the Leaf Village in order to join Orochimaru, the villain who
Naruto and his friends
aren't sure if the young ninja has been kidnapped or what, but they
bring him back, even if it kills them.
lot of fun, ninja action, and some heart-warming vignettes are
this enjoyable collection.
Sasuke is still upset about losing his last battle, and even
though he's in the hospital he longs to train and get stronger.
What's even worse is that he knows Naruto is
gaining strength at a faster rate than he is.
Thing come to a head when Naruto and Sakura come to visit:
Sasuke challenges Naruto to a fight, which
the impulsive friend accepts.
is interrupted, but not before both combatants reveal just how strong
Sasuke leaves to cool off but just gets angrier.
desperately wants to become powerful so he
can defeat his brother, the man who killed his entire clan.
While stewing he encounters the Sound Four,
elite bodyguards who have been looking for him.
After his battle with the Hidden Leaf Hokage, Orochimaru's body
bad shape and he needs another.
selected Sasuke as the replacement vessel, and sent the Sound Four to
The group promise to unlock
in the young ninja if he'll go with them, and after saying goodbye to
Off in the forest the Four tell Sasuke that he needs to be
able to tap into the full power of his curse, and to do that... he needs
At least for a while.
They give him a pill that will put him in a
comatose state and while he's unconscious the curse will grant him
He agrees, takes the pill and
after he's out the Four seal him in a round coffin.
They then head off to Orochimaru.
When it's discovered that Sasuke is missing the new Hokage, Tsunade,
assigns the newly promoted Shikamaru to go after him.
Shikamaru can't take any experienced ninja
with him, they're needed to defend the village which is still very weak
the events surrounding the Third Hokage's death.
selects Naruto, Neji Hyuga, Choji
Akimichi, and Kiba Inuzuka to go with him and the small group sets out
follow the trail.
They eventually meet up with the Sound Four, but as elite
guards, they're pretty tough.
them stays behind to take care of the lowly Leaf Ninja while the other
continue to bring Sasuke to their master.
The rest of the collection is the chase after Sasuke, with one
team staying behind to fight a member of the Sound Four one-on-one,
others continue the chase.
some desperate battles, and not everyone comes out unscathed.
This set of episodes was good, but it did get a little repetitive.
They established a pattern with the chase and
pretty much stuck to it through most of this collection.
The fights also were a little long, which is
a critique that could be leveled against most of the series, but this
seemed to drag on a little longer than usual.
This set of shows also relied on a lot of flashbacks to pad
out many of the episodes.
has never shied away from reusing
Almost all of the episodes
start by replaying the ending of the previous show, and sometimes this
for a few minutes
(!) but in these
installments there were several flashbacks to earlier episodes.
Members of the team would recall significant
events in the recent past, sometimes in extended montage sequences.
This felt like filler, almost like a clip
episode spread across several episodes instead of being presented all
Instead of bringing viewers up
date on the show however, it felt like filler.
That's not to say the
entire set was bad, it wasn't.
were several great moments, especially where the members of Shikamaru's
get an unexpected hand from an unlikely source near the end, and some
interesting background information is revealed too.
The two episodes where Sasuke recalls his
life before his clan was slaughtered were both high points, but
history of all of the ninja in Shikamaru's team was a nice touch that
flesh out the show.
This set includes the next 26 episodes (107-135) on 6
They come in a single double-width
keepcase with each disc on its own side of a page.
They are not overlapping.