I'm Mitsuko, the Co-Producer for Naruto Shippuden. Here's a quick rundown of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5, which hits stores today. It includes episodes 274~285. It starts with Naruto and Sakura back in the Leaf after their confrontation with Sasuke in Orochimaru's hideout. We also begin a new story arc with Sora, a young monk in training at the Fire Temple who has a something a little too in common with Naruto, making this box set a great starting point for people who are intimidated by over 400 episodes of Naruto, without starting at episode 1.
One of my favorite episodes in this set is episode 285, Lockdown of Darkness. We see the Leaf Village thrown into chaos, and the Leaf ninja quickly regrouping and strategizing to defend themselves against the mysterious Shinobi and their terrifying attacks. Above all you MUST check out the great scene with Shikamaru and Choji in the BBQ Restaurant. Trust me, its awesome.
Hope you guys also check out the Production Art and Omake in the extra features. I had tons of fun working on them.
Kick off Naruto's weekend-long birthday celebration starting on 10/8/10! It is going to be one of the best birthdays for Naruto, as our street team will make an appearance in New York City to give away swag. Here's the schedule:
• Morning in Times Square
o 42th and 47th Streets between 7th Ave. & Broadway
• Afternoon at New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival
o Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street
Thanks to our participating partners at Atlus/Tomy, Bandai America, NAMCO Bandai, Rock Paper Pencil and Great Eastern, our ninja street team, will be handing out thousands of prizes all day. Those wearing Naruto gear will have chances at winning even BIGGER swag, so DON'T MISS OUT!
To live it up in your home town, also check out 10 Ways to Celebrate Naruto-style.
Want more Naruto now? Click here to enter the NARUTO BIRTHDAY SWEEPSTAKES! or check out the September issue of SHONEN JUMP for more info. 10 LUCKY NINJA will win a Pakkun backpack filled with shiny new Naruto Shippuden merchandise! Contest ends October 15, get your issue today and enter now!
That's right, the latest Bleach episodes from Japan are now on VIZ Anime following the same "Quick-cast" program that started with Naruto Shippuden & One Piece and which is now continuing with Bleach & Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. And like all the videos on VIZ Anime, the new Bleach episodes will be available totally FREE to all visitors! Keep watching this space for more announcements in the coming weeks!
This week's new Naruto Shippuden episode is all about passing the torch to a new generation -- as the battle to save the Leaf Village continues, it's time for our young ninja to step to the fore, and even Tsunade gets into the spirit of things with a stirring speech about the power of belief before she takes the ultimate gamble: sending for Naruto, the one ninja who Pain and his allies want to get their hands on at all costs... And it looks like Pain and Kakashi are ready to rumble... Hold onto your seats, this is going to be one wild ride...
Catch this and the rest of the series on the Naruto Shippuden page...
Episode 158: Power to Believe
The Leaf Village is under heavy attack from Pain and Konan. Hearing the Akatsuki attack, Tsunade attempts to contact Fukasaku…
We're equal-opportunity celebrators when it comes to Naruto and Naruto Shippuden characters – good guys, bad guys, we don't discriminate. Especially when the bad guys are as, um, unusual as Deidara is. So in honor of the explosive one's May 5 birthday, check out the Deidara wallpaper on naruto.com for your enjoyment, and a tribute written by our editor Joel Enos... Don't forget to pass on your wishes in the naruto.com forum, too.
It’s a little hard to say we should all celebrate the fact that a crazy member of the Akatsuki who tried to kill Gaara, starting in Episode 6 [Mission Cleared] has a birthday coming up.
But it would be kind of interesting to see what kind of art project Deidara would come up with if he let his mouth-hand chew up some birthday cake.
I bet it would explode.
When it comes to blowing things up, Deidara’s art is definitely magic. We first get a glimpse of Deidara’s modern-influenced creations when he takes off on that flying thing in Episode 3 [The Results of Training]. But it’s in Episode 30 [Aesthetics of an Instant] when he whips out the big bird (so to speak) and apparently blows himself up while trying to vanquish Kakashi and Naruto. The battle that starts one episode before that is one of best ever when Deidara holds off Kakashi Sensei.
Just one guy knocking down all those ninja – including Naruto? That’s a lot of chakra wrangling even for an Akatsuki. But when you find out that Deidara’s actually the youngest member ever of the mysterious organization, that’s when you realize how powerful he really is. The Akatsuki is not a place where you just happen to become a member. Most members have deep grudges against the Leaf and the political agenda of the Ninja World. For one so young, Deidara definitely harbors both.
His claims at artistry – considering all of his jutsu works of art rather than simply deft uses of chakra – seem pretentious at first. And his irritating speech patterns (that rhetorical hmmm?) might rub you the wrong way. But when you look at how far he’s come at so young – you have to hand it to him.
…just don’t try to hand it to his hand. You might end up getting bit.
-- Joel Enos (Naruto editor)
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