Naruto, Vol. 1 - Enter Naruto
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Naruto: Volume 1
Audiences can't seem to get enough of ninja-in-training Naruto Uzumaki: the broadcast series based on Masashi Kishimoto's 31-volume manga debuted in 2002--and ran for more than 175 episodes, plus two features and three OVAs. Twelve years before the story begins, a nine-tailed fox demon attacked the ninja settlement of Konoha, the Village Hidden in the Leaves. The Hokage (the most powerful ninja) imprisoned the fox-spirit in a new-born baby: Naruto. He grew up as an orphan and outcast, dreaming of becoming an Hokage. After finally graduating from the Academy, Naruto begins his training in earnest, but he has little to offer besides boundless energy. A cocky prankster who resists all forms of discipline, Naruto nurtures a crush on Sakura Haruno, although what he sees in this snotty girl isn't readily apparent. On the first day of training, he acquires a rival, the icy, talented Sosuke Uchiha. The initial episodes feel padded, with lots of flashbacks, but the filmmakers offer enough slapstick action to keep the fans coming back for more. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, tobacco use, minor risqué and toilet humor) --Charles Solomon
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I watched it once and gave it away. I couldn't even bring myself to sell it, it's so horrible.
It has NO subtitles, NO japanese track. Their extras are a complete joke. In fact, the DVD is so bad, I'm beginning to question if I should even buy from Viz in the future. Their treatment of other titles on DVD lately are almost as bad as their treatment of Naruto. The Hikaru no Go DVDs don't allow you to use your subtitle and language buttons on your remote control. The Ranma 1/2 OVA box set has NO extras at all.
Viz, if you read these reviews of your product, I sincerely hope you get the message. Pissing off the fans is NOT a good way to make money. We don't ask for much. Some REAL extras, non-edited versions of the stuff shown on Adult Swim, a Japanese track, and the ability to use the subtitle/language buttons on our remotes. If you can't do this, get out of the DVD business and stick to manga.
Its been turned into a kids anime which really isn't what it is if you watch the origional version. The voice acting is good i will have to say that but the japanese voices are great to and the soundtrack in the japanese version is amazing...although some of the music is the same in the english version some of my favorite songs are the ones at the begining and end of the episodes and those are not in the english version.
Like I said before wait for the uncut version (I hope they put it out in a box set when the whole series is done) or get the origional Japanese version if you don't mind reading subtitles it really is worth it.
First of all let me say that yes, I am with those many that hate what has been done with the Naruto series here in America. I hate Naruto's every-other-sentence, "believe it", I hate Shino's voice actor, I hate the editing, yada-yada-yada I hate a lot about it you get the point and you've heard all of that before. But let me say, that for those who do not have access to the subbed version(particularly now that it is licensed and therefore some people would be deterred because that's illegal) they might find this quite an enjoyable show.
Naruto, at it's core, is good. That point is arguable only by osmeone who has underanalyzed Naruto. Naruto takes the long showcased subject of Japanese shinobi(or ninja) and turned it into something quite original. There are over thirty characters in the show, each with their own UNIQUE skills, personalities, and flaws. Take Rock Lee for example, definitely one of my favorite characters because he is incapable of using magic or illusions in battle, and therefore has relied completely on hand-to-hand combat. But since he has been extremely determined to prove him self on equal standing with the other ninja, he has become quite powerful.
Sasuke is the show's heart-throb, always one-upping Naruto and, though he's on his team, manages to be his friend and rival all at the same time. Up until far later in the episodes(where they start filling in a time skip in the manga with "fillers") the show is consistent and the plot keeps rolling along with new elements and twists, character developments, and pretty important to me, their strength. It isn't a DBZ-like approach where every time they beat an enemy a new stronger one comes, then they get stronger. It is a more realistic approach, witht he main characters and their allies under the shadow of their teachers and their most powerful allies whom they can't even hope to go against at their current levels, training to try and become close to a match.
This series has creativity, originality, great action, great story, great character development, and that all makes it a very good show. However, the flaws in the English dubbing are quite apparent. I've heard many many dubbings in my day, and I really must say that this one is quite bad(I can't say it's the worse when I still remember One Piece). The voices of the original anime help to define the character, they do a good job of suiting each character's personality, but I don't think that's the case here on the English version. It's quite apparent that these voices do not suit the characters, and that the show suffers from the changes made to it.
When all is said and done, I must say that it still manages to be a pretty good show, especially for those who are not so used to the English subtitles. The original Naruto series gets a 5/5, and the English, a 3/5. I suggest, like others here, you check out the original. It's almost a different show. Trust me, you'll thank me.
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