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Naruto Shippuden
Box Set 18


Starring (voice): Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura and Noriaki Sugiyama
Manga Entertainment
RRP: £24.99
Certificate: 12
Available 21 July 2014

Naruto declares to his friends his intention to take on Sasuke by himself, while the Elders of the Leaf make a serious decision about who will fill the vacant seat of Hokage: Kakashi! In Mount Myoboku, Gerotora, Fukasaku and the Great Lord Elder debate whether or not to give Naruto the key to the Tetragram Seal that Gerotora holds, an act that could potentially unleash Nine Tails. Meanwhile, Tsunade recovers from her coma and, having grasped the situation, issues orders to prepare for war...

Naruto Shippuden: Box Set 18 contains episodes 219-231. The first three episodes are taken from the show's tenth season (2011) with the rest of the episodes taking us midway through season eleven (2012).

Disc one contains the episodes 'Kakashi Hatake, the Hokage; 'Prophecy of the Great Lord Elder'; 'Storage'; 'The Five Kage's Decision'; 'The Young Man and the Sea'; 'The Ninja of Benisu'; and 'The Cursed Ghost Ship'.

Disc two houses 'Battleship Island'; 'The Forgotten Island'; 'Fight! Rock Lee!'; 'Eat or Die! Mushrooms from Hell!'; 'Revenge of the Shadow Clones'; and 'The Closed Route'.

The main story arc in this collection sees Naruto being kept out of the war deliberately when Lady Tsunade sends him on a secret mission with Captain Yamato and his team. This sees them sailing across mysterious seas to get to their destination. However, to stretch things out, our heroes stop at several islands along the way - each one providing a standalone episode. So, in 'The Young Man and the Sea', at the very start of their journey, in order to exit the harbour, Naruto must tackle a giant Marlin that is terrorizing all sailors. However, one young sailor in particular has more reason to want to do battle with the monster fish.

In 'The Cursed Ghost Ship', our heroes come across a deserted ship drifting at sea. There is only occupant, a young boy, who claims to be the last remaining survivor. But nothing is at seems.

In 'Battleship Island', Naruto and co stumble across an island that is not an island at all, but a giant battleship.

And 'Eat or Die! Mushrooms from Hell!' sees our heroes stop off for one last provision run. It will be two weeks until they will dock again and everyone is charged with buying certain items to see them through the trip. Naruto bumps into a market seller who gives him a single mushroom, explaining that it may come in handy as it's quick to reproduce, providing plenty of food. However... it reproduces a little too quickly, taking over the entire ship.

Extras are your usual Storyboards; Key Art and Trailers of other Naruto releases.


Darren Rea

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