Series 19 stars up immediately after the end of Naruto Shippuden Series 18, so no reading on if you are worried about learning too much!
This series continues and concludes the Adventures At Sea Arc. Naruto, Yamato and Guy are still on board ship heading for the Land Of Lightning in order (or so he thinks) for Naruto to undergo training from Killer B (a fellow Jinchuriki, the 8 tails) to control his tailed beast. In reality, Naruto and Killer B are being sent there to keep them out of the war and protected from the Akatsuki.
Back home at the Konohagakure (Hidden Leaf Village), everyone is beginning to prepare themselves for the upcoming Fourth Great Shinobi War. Work continues on rebuilding the village from the damage done in the attack by Pain and the elders are mentally preparing themselves and the youngsters for the onslaught to come, mostly by way of a series of flashbacks.
On their journey, Naruto and friends visit lots of islands and have many encounters, some of the most notable being with an imposter who is using Naruto’s name to operate as a thief, and Ganryu, a Shinobi from the Mist Village trying to take revenge upon the Shinobi of the Stone Village for the death of his friend. Naruto is of course always there to emphasize the importance of teamwork and friendship. He also begins to realize the magnitude of the task he faces in trying to unite all of the Shinobi under one banner.
As ever with Naruto, the message is healthy and designed to make you take a look at yourself, and the story-line is interesting, but they still seem to be permanently bogged down in flashbacks and reminiscence, meaning that the actual progression of the story itself feels very slow.
We all know that the Fourth Great Shinobi War approaches, and exciting as that prospect is, at this rate it could well be a very long time before we get to it.
“But then, I realized that wouldn’t solve anything. Because it would just start a cycle of hatred. And once it begins, the cycle would keep going on both sides. The only thing revenge begets is death”.
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 19 is available to buy now on DVD