Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Ep 12 – Review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Ep 12 – Review

This episode of Boruto gave us a crucial plot point to accelerate this current arc. It could quiet possibly be that we now know the identity of the masked shinobi from last week’s episode. So, let’s jump right into it.

The episode seemed to be centered around Mitsuki and his relationship with Boruto. In the first scene, we see young Mitsuki speaking with his snake companion, as we’ve seen him do many times before. The person that he is talking to still seems to remain a mystery. But many, like myself, are suspecting that it is none other than his father Orochimaru or possibly a certain someone else (you will know the reference if you read the one shot awhile back). The strange child is fascinated with Boruto and his ability to influence others, bring out the best parts in them.

That was shown during the classes training exercise. The kids had to work in teams of three to complete and obstacle course before the time ran out. Boruto, Denki and Mitsuki were on the same team but towards the end Denki fell behind. Without hesitation Boruto stopped to pick up his fallen comrade but feel short. To much his surprise, Mitsuki reacted quickly and helped denki over the wall with his snake arms jutsu. The fact that he helped Denki instead of finishing the race without him confused Mitsuki and pushed him to find out what exactly makes Boruto so special.

He goes on to question Shikadai, Inojin and other members of the class. Who all say the same thing, there’s just something about Boruto that makes people want to trust and follow him. He cares so much about his friends, at the end of the episode we figure out exactly why he’s that way. The one conversation that made a lightbulb go off in my head was the one involving Sumire. Mitsuki had visited her in the hospital and questioned her about Boruto. But we get a very interesting back story to go along with her response. Sumire is the last of her clan. Her father died in battle and her mother passed away as well. Leaving just her behind. The way she spoke about it made me think about something. It had an odd feeling to it.

Boruto then brings Mitsuki home for dinner. Where he meets Hinata and Himawari, who are more than welcoming to Boruto’s new friend. I always enjoy seeing Hima interact with everyone. She’s always so happy, polite and sweet. Such a sweet little cinnamon roll. Hinata tells the boys that Naruto will be coming and this excites Mitsuki because he has never met the 7th before. Boruto insures him that Naruto is just their good for nothing dad and that’s there’s nothing special about him. But Mitsuki references that his “parent” told him all about Naruto and his accomplishments.

In the middle of dinner, Naruto senses a strange and evil chakra, causing him to leave home and return back to the mansion to speak with Shikamaru. The villains are on the move again it seems. Angered by his father yet again leaving them and not being there for them, Boruto runs out of the house, leaving Mitsuki to follow after him with Naruto’s blessing. Now this is where the arc is about to hit its climax.

Having caught up with Boruto, Mitsuki listens to what his friend has to say. Boruto explains why he dislikes his father. Ever since he became Hokage he hasn’t been there for his family at all. Never there when Boruto needs him the most. So, he swore that he would abandon his friends for the sake of the village or anyone else. He would always be there for his loved ones, unlike his father who thinks of the entire village as his family. This reaction sparks something in Mitsuki, causing him to tell Boruto something he’s been holding back. The fact that he knows who his behind the incidents, behind the chakra harming people, harming their friends. We are then taken to a scene in the hospital room, the one where Sumire was being treated. The bed is empty and window is open, letting in the soft breeze from outside of the blue colored sky.

Could Sumire actually have something to do with this whole thing? Or is it something bigger than that, something involving her clam? After watching the preview for next week’s episode, I can see that the current arc is coming to a close. The beast has been summoned and some familiar shinobi who haven’t been seen in a long time are chipping in to protect the village.

This week’s episode started off very slow but ended with a big bang and next week will be even better. What role do you think Sumire is playing in this whole thing? Let me know your thoughts and as always, I’ll catch you next time!

Score: 7/10
Animation: 6/10

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 11 – Review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 11 – Review

This was the episode that we all have been waiting for. The one where a good portion of our questions have been answered and the coming climax of the arc. So, with that being said, let’s jump right into it.

We are taken to the hospital. Where we see all of the kids huddled around Sumire and the girls involved in the power plant attack from the previous episode. Sumire herself seems to be okay, aside from a few scratches and minor injuries. The conversation turns to strange attacks going on around the village, more so about the people doing the attacking. Denki and Metal chime in about how they felt when they were being controlled. Saying they didn’t feel like themselves and how it was like someone else was using their body. Boruto rushes into the room suddenly and barrages Sumire with apologies and sympathy.

The young Uzamaki blamed himself for the attack, claiming that if he wasn’t in such a rush and delivered the mail less recklessly, then maybe they could’ve been on patrol and caught the ghost at the power plant. Essentially preventing the girls from ever being hurt to begin with. I really like seeing this side of Boruto. He seems to carry that same compassion for his friends, that same sense of justice just like his father did.

That’s when Naruto approaches the boys and tells them to stay out of it. Sakura also makes an appearance in this scene, which made very happy. She was working so hard to help the man who basically had all of his chakra taken from his body. Naruto claimed that Boruto was just a child and “should graduate from the academy first, then we’ll talk”. Boruto obviously didn’t like that response and that’s when Shino chimes in. Saying that since he is Boruto’s teacher, he knows what he can and can’t do better than anyone. Naruto hasn’t even seen his son train or witnessed any of the ability he has, so he accepts it and leaves the situations in the hands of the kids.

They return to post office to resume their mail duty the right way and also continue their patrol of the village in search of the ghost. To their surprise the manager, Komame, allows them to deliver the mail despite how poorly they did before. So with the go ahead they head out. But another incident occurs, with another trace of the Hashirama cell surfacing. Sai takes the information back to the lab at the Hokage’s Mansion. He tells Naruto that if the culprit really was a part of the foundation, that he wants to help them. Stating that they should no longer be bound by the same ideology that he was once bound to. Seeing how much Sai has grown as character is one of my favorite things to see. He has come a long way since the early Shippuden episodes.

Having missed another incident, the boys come to figure out that somehow their movements are being watched. So Shikadai comes up with an crafty idea that involves all of their classmates (at least the ones we’ve seen in current episodes) in hopes of tricking the ghost and capturing them. They’re told to use fireworks brought in by Iwabe, in order to signal everyone when something weird comes up. Quickly they all set out, leaving behind Komame.

Thinking that everyone has left, the ghost comes for the post office manager. We see someone in what looks like a tan Anbu cloak and a strange mask. But this shinobi is able to control the chakra beast, having it bite Komame and sending him into a rage. Little did the ghost know it was all a trap. Boruto, Denki, Iwabe and Shikadai appear before the ghost and confront him. Faking out the attacker, having them think that everywhere but the post office was being guarded was really smart.

The battle begins, but the masked shinobi escapes during the fight. So, it’s then up to the boys to save Komame. Meanwhile, the attacker thinks they’re getting away but the second group consisting of Inojin, Mitsuki, Metal Lee and ChoCho surround them. But once again the assailant out maneuvers the young shinobi and escapes into the sewers. Metal attempts hit them with a dynamic entry kick but falls right into water. Which was pretty funny because none of them have learned chakra control in order to walk on water yet. The masked villain arrives in the sewers and senses Mitsuki following behind. But it was strange, neither one of them attacked each other, Mitsuki just let the ghost disappear into the shadows. Could he have a connection to them, somehow?

In the end Komame is saved by the boys but they’re still worried that the masked man got away from both groups. The episode ends with someone talking about releasing the beast. Which is now called “NUE”. The negative chakra taken from the people in village is used to open the door created by the Hashirama cell, which in turn can awaken NUE.

This has me thinking. The only people who experimented with the Hashirama cell were Orochimaru who produced Yamato (Tenzo) a wood style user and the foundation. Who were headed by Danzo who was known to use some of the same jutsu as the first Hokage. Given the weird behavior from Mitsuki some might think that Orochimaru is involved but I think that it’s someone from the foundation.

I’m really excited to see how they play this all out. This week was a really good episode and we were given so much information to chew on for the week. I also found it really neat that when Boruto uses taijustu, he uses the gentle fist. It’s very subtle but you can see the shape of the gentle form on his hand if you look closely. Who do you guys think is behind all of this? Where does the masked villain come from and who are they? Feel free to let me know your theories and as always, I’ll see you guys next week!

Score: 7/10
Animation: 7/10

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 9 – Review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 9 – Review

So in my opinion, this episode was a little dull in terms of pacing and lore BUT it was still enjoyable. We start by Hanabi testing Boruto’s eye power, replacing her father in the fight. I really, really enjoyed seeing one of favorite characters be able to fight again or even get more screen time for the first time in almost 3 YEARS. We also got to see how Boruto handles combat when he’s fighting at his full strength (excluding his unknown eye power and hidden potential). The way he thinks things out in battle is similar to Sasuke & Sarada, but the way he uses his shadow clones almost surpasses Naruto at his age. Even though he can’t materialise the same amount that his father can, he uses them so efficiantly for speed boosts and movement.

But in the end Hanabi cannot verify if it’s the Byakugan or not after she defeats her nephew. But she does sense some kind of power stiring in his eye and she urges Boruto to keep training and if anything should change to come back and see them again. Also, I also love the fact that Boruto calls Hanabi “Big Sis” and she treats him and Hima like younger siblings. As a fan of the series it really warms my heart to see connections like that being forged. Everyone has come such a long way. Even Naruto and Hiashi seem to be closer than ever before. The hyuga have seemed to change because of Naruto’s great influence over the village after the war.

There was a really nice sequence with Sarada and Boruto as they worked to take down yet another malice chakra victim. Sarada calling Boruto an idiot just like her mom used to do with Naruto was so funny. Also there was a nod to the old school Naruto episodes with Sarada throwing a fuma shuriken and Boruto appearing from the thrown shiruken behind the enemy. Just like the first Zabuza fight from way back when. But even Sarada Uchiha acknowledged that something was different with Boruto so i’m excited to see the growth between these two characters. Sarada being my favorite next generation character of course.

Overall, we weren’t really given any new information regarding Boruto’s eye power. Even though the young shinobi was dead set on proving his father wrong and revealing his Byakugan, he realized that he just needed to train more and be patient like Hanabi said. Even Naruto felt a change in Boruto and sensed that something truly was happening with his eye power, saying “I know he’s not lying this time” as he smiled.

Although the main story progression seems to be slowing down a bit now I still enjoyed this episode for the little jewels it carried. Really looking forward to next weeks episode, so until then i’ll catch you guys at the next review!

Score: 7/10
Animation: 7/10