In this episode of Boruto, we see the conclusion to the 14 episode arc of Sumire and Nue. This episode showed a lot of good things, so let’s dive right into it.
Continuing from the previous episode, Boruto chases the class rep into the portal, desperate to save his classmate and friend. He’s flung into a unfamiliar place, a place that is void of light and laced in a blue aesthetic. It is the home of the Nue. This is when a fight breaks out between the young shinobi and the chimera like monster. In these shots we see the BEST animation sequences the anime has produced. Chengxi Huang did an amazing job in this episode so if you have not seen this episode, please go and watch as soon as possible.
During the fight, Boruto’s eye activates and here’s where it gets interesting. The eye allows him to see the entire chakra network of the Nue as well as its weak point in its tail. Given this information I believe that this eye that Boruto has is some sort of mutation of the Byakugan. After pinning the Nue down, Mitsuki arrives to deliver the finishing blow. Let me just say, the array of jutsu that mitsuki has up his sleeve is AMAZING. Not only can he use wind style but he can also use lightning style. But before he can finish off the beast, Sumire shows up and stops him.
Another well animated fight occurs between Sumire and Mitsuki. This fight just made me love Mitsuki even more. The way he used his white snakes to defend against the ghost chakra of Sumire was incredible. He was even able to produce blades using his wind style. This makes you wonder what else this kid can do, given that he’s Orochimaru’s son. Once again Boruto breaks up the fight and gives this huge speech about how Sumire is his classmate and that she doesn’t have to follow what her father wanted her to do, she’s her own person and it’s her life to live.
This raises internal conflict with Sumire. Thus making the seal on her back break and disappear. She tries to command the Nue to consume all of her chakra and blow up but instead it acts like a puppy and coddles her. Boruto thinks the reason behind that is because the Nue thinks Sumire is its parent and doesn’t want to hurt her. Crushed by the fact that she no longer has a purpose, Sumire becomes distraught and unable to move as the world around them is crumbling to pieces. Boruto refuses to leave his classmate behind and somehow finds a way to lift Sumire’s spirit and get them all out and back into the real world.
They are met by their other classmates and Sai when they return to the village. Believing that the Nue is dead, Sumire agrees to go and talk with Sai about her future in the village. But before they go Boruto sees a string of chakra flowing into Sumire’s left hand, it’s the Nue. The boys ask where Boruto and Mitsuki where at the entire time but Boruto just shrugs it off and says he’ll explain later. Seeing that it’s so early in the morning, the boys freak out because they know their mothers will destroy them when the return home. Shikadai and Boruto are the first to run home which I thought was hilarious given the fact that their mothers can be scary when they’re mad. Also mitsuki confirmed that the person that he has been speaking to was indeed his father, Orochimaru.
Overall, this episode was great. But I honestly don’t like how they chose to resolve this arc. They kind of made Boruto a carbon copy of Naruto, with all of the ‘you are my friend, so i won’t abandon you’ thing. It was kind of annoying because they did say that Boruto was going to be the complete opposite of his father. I did enjoy the little bit of screentime they gave naruto while he was in sage mode, that really took me back to the early days of Shippuden.
I’m really excited for the next arc, which is going to be covering the Naruto Gaiden content. Can’t wait for all the screen time Sarada and her parents are going to get. SAKUSASU needs some love!