Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 6 – Review

In this weeks episode we get a pretty straight a narrow path. The strange chakra has claimed Shino and he is now directing his rage towards the children. He lures Boruto, Shikadai and Mitsuki into what looks like the forest of death from Naruto Part 1. Setting his insects upon the students the battle begins.

The trio work together in order to bring shino down and when i say work together, I really mean they all just ran away from him. Proving no match in strength compared to Shino’s jonin skill level. Just as they were running out of options Shikadai comes up with a plan to subdue Shino before they all end up dead. But he plans to use Mitsuki has the bait, due to simple fact that he doesn’t trust him. For what reason? Well this episode didn’t really give us a full blown explanation but Mitsuki is indeed “mysterious” and “strange”.

But just like his father Boruto refuses to let his friends get hurt and takes the lead on the final stand. The three carry out their plan and succeed in freeing Shino from the malice filled chakra controlling him. Towards the end of the episode we see a scene with Shino explaining the strange happenings to Naruto and Shikamaru, both who are now concerned that this situation is getting out of hand. So it’s safe to say that the next few episodes will feature more of the adults that we’ve grown up watching in the previous series.

Overall, this episode was great in terms of fight scenes and animation but I still would have liked to see more of Boruto’s eye power. Although we did get to see more of Mitsuki’s power when he used lightning style to take down shino under water, which was amazing. I’m really excited to his development throughout the series. Looking forward to next weeks episode featuring ChoCho (daughter of Choji and Karui).

Score: 7.5/10

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 5 – Review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations EP 5 – Review

So we are five episodes deep into this new generation of ninja and I have to say, I am enjoying the series a lot more than I originally anticipated. This episode was full of fun moments and gave us a little more information on the mystery of Mitsuki and Boruto’s new eye power. The episode starts with a former academy student causing trouble in the village, boruto and his classmates just so happened to be walking by and decided to try and stop the rampaging shinobi. It’s then that Boruto begins to see the same malice filled chakra shown in previous episodes, surrounding this fellow.

The chase leads him to the mysterious Mitsuki, who hails from the Hidden Sound Village, a village once known to be founded by the legendary sanin Orochimaru. For those who have watched Naruto & Naruto Shippuden, you will be quiet familiar with the lore behind the sound village and the fierce shinobi it has produced. After being introduced to his classmates, Mitsuki begins to become awfully interested in young boruto but the son of the hokage just seems to see mitsuki as weird above anything else.

Towards the middle of the episode we find the class participating in mock battles, daily fights to futher expand their ninjustu and taijustu skills. Iwabe, the oldest student in the academy accepts mitsuki’s challenge to partake in a ‘no holds barred’ match. Now this is my favorite scene in the episode, we finally get to see what kind of skill this sound ninja has. He overwhelms iwabe with snake like movements, extreme speed and exceptional taijustu. You can almost see the shadow of orochimaru surrounding this kid, it was such a great scene and the animation was top notch. We also get a glimpse into his personality. He has trouble with basic human interaction and takes everything very literally. Hense the reason why he went all out against Iwabe, forcing Shino to physically pull him off of his neck

To wrap up the episode, the strange chakra claims another victim at the acedemy and the class must work together to take him down. We catch a glimpse of how quick and smart Sarada Uchiha actually is and she is amazing. Mitsuki again shows a glimpse of his power while using his wind style jutsu, bringing the rampaging shinobi down.

Overall, I think this episode was great. We were introduced to a new character, well Mitsuki has been around for almost two years and those who have read the manga one-shot explaining his origins and have watched Boruto: Naruto the Movie know him very well. But it is still really nice to see a new layer of him be displayed in the anime. Next weeks episode brings a new fight to the young shinobi, this time the malice chakra has taken someone that they are very close to and Boruto, Mitsuki and Shikadai must work together to put a stop to them. Will Boruto finally get a handle on his mysterious eye power? Hopefully more questions will answered next wednesday.

Score: 7/10

Update 5/2/17

Hello everyone. This post is basically going to be quick wrap about where i’m going to going with this blog. This is place I generally use to share my poetry, short stories and other various projects that i’m working. One project in particle being ‘The Huntress’. My last visit on that story was almost a month or so ago, i’ve really been slacking. But I have a lot of ideas on where I want that story to go so stayed tuned!

I also want to start posting more poetry and reviews as well. I’m a recent graduate from Kansas State University and I want future employers to have a good place to go for all of my written work. I’m also very passionate about art, anime, video games and japanese culture so i would like to write more about those things. Whether it be reviewing recent anime, video games etc. or posting informative things about japan and their culture as well as other places in the world.

I weant this to be a place where I can explore my creativity freely. So I will do my best to keep all of this updated daily, if not weekly. I really want to get back into my normal groove of writing after working in the real world for the past year. Hope you all stick with me as I continue to grow as i writer! Thank you!

-J.H

Ginger Fox

That invincible feeling
The one that makes you believe in things you thought were impossible
You would spot them first in a crowded room
Giving you a feeling that cannot explain
Even if that feeling is new and scary
They inspire you, they are art to you
Pushing you past your self constructed limits and walls
The sun always shines bright
The moon always glows
They are your first thought as you wake
Your last at night
When the days are long and the nights longer
They pull you through
Completely unaware of the effect that they have on you
Sure, you would be okay without them, you can live without them
But you just… do not want to
They are special
The best thing, your favorite thing
Everything
it is almost like magic
An unseen force pulling you to them
Now, do you have that person in mind?
Good
Hold onto that light, hold it close to your chest and even closer to your heart
And never let it burn out

©Jawan Herron

Sanity

Sacrificing sanity for things that I hate
For nights of no productivity and less creativity
For people I feel nothing for
At a job that rots me from the inside out
For the daily anxiety of trying to keep up with life
The anxiety of keeping my love close
Wishing it would all slow down
Give me a brief relief from the pace I wonder if I am gaining closer to my dreams
Maybe I will regain what I have lost if I keep going
If I reach the end, no
When I reach the end
For my sanity
I will go

©Jawan Herron

Awareness


This poem is a result of things that i’ve seen and or have thought of for as long as I can remember. I’m choosing to write about such a troubling topic because I feel not enough people are addressing it. We often miss the signs of depression and anxiety until it’s too late and that doesn’t sit right with me. I have often thought of killing myself in the past and if those who reached out to me didn’t do so, I most certainly would not be here today. I hope as you’re reading this you feel a sort of anxiety and sadness, as if you’re living in someone else’s shoes, as if you’re living in a past me’s shoes and you’re met with this choice because sometimes others feel like there is no other way out, much like I did in the past. Please just be aware and be kind to one another because you can never know what is going on in someone else’s life. Thank you.

Choice

You forget everything
Your body is numb, as if walking through a shallow glacier
No touch, no feeling, no senses
The world around you becomes black as it becomes harder to breath
Suffocating on the very words you wish so desprately to spit out
But you choke and no one can hear you
The blood in your veins boiling like fire
Do you care at all
Do you want to care at all
Reaching out into the void of the safe haven in your mind
Pulling nothing but emptiness back
Not fearing what you’re facing but welcoming it
You take the knife
You tie the noose
You level the bridge
Falling into nothingness that is impossible to journey back from, until you crash
It feels euphoric, to be finished with it all
As it runs slowly through the cracks
No more pain
No more suffering
No more sadness
Nothing but black

©Jawan Herron

The Huntress

The Huntress

*It’s been awhile since my last entry, almost an entire month, as i’ve been lacking inspiration and motive. But i’m trying my best to find it. Also a name changed has been added. The main character Bella is now named “Noka or Ginokami (her full name)” the name mean white wolf in japanese. Well, please enjoy Chapter 5!

Chapter 5: The Cauldron

The two siblings made their way back to the city under the cover of the night. Not a cloud could be seen in the sky. Although the bright lights of the surrounding buildings snuffed out any awakening stars. As they came close to their home a large crowd could be seen gathered inside through the windows.

“What’s going on in there” Jace asked with raised eyebrows.

Noka wore a confused look on her face as well as she pushed through the front door. The room was filled with people in long black cloaks, hoods covering their faces. Suddenly Harley was at Noka’s side, gripping her arm tightly.

“Harley, hey” Noka spoke softly as she hugged her best friend. “What’s going on, who are these hooded creeps?”

“They’re with the order. Apparently, they came to speak to your mom about something.” Harley whispered as she gripped Noka’s arm harder. “It’s about your sister”

Jace quickly turned towards Harley, his hands in the shape of fists. “The Order” he raised. “Why would they send more envoys, I’m supposed to be the only one. Something isn’t right.”

Suddenly the atmosphere of the room shifted. Lady Reyna gracefully glided into the room, though her aura was completely changed.

“Envoy of The Order, why have come here” she asked, her voice heavy with pressure. “My son was already sent to us, your presence her is not needed.”

Noka and Jace silently observed their mother, wondering why these people were here. It was very rare for this many soldier of The Order to be sent to one place at once. Quickly an envoy stepped forward and without removing her hood she spoke.

“Lady Reyna, we apologize for this sudden intrusion. We come with a decree from The Elders of The Order.” The woman spoke. Her voice soft but sharp like a freshly sharpened blade.

“What decree” Reyna inquired, her arms crossed at her chest.

The room was so silent and stiff, the air suddenly becoming much heavier than it was before. Jace, Noka and Harley stood still, waiting to hear what the woman had to say.

“There is a Cauldron to be held. In order to determine whether or not your children are prepared to take on this dangerous task, they must be put to the test. Along with more of The Order’s most skilled warriors. This is a trail, to the death” She spoke.

****

The feeling in the compound had become heavier in the days after the announcement. Only once has an event like this been held and Reyna’s children weren’t even an afterthought at that time. Something was off. But despite the events to come, Jace, Noka and Harley were hard at work, training their bodies and minds together.

Winter was coming in close. Frost covering the city like a white blanket, rocking the streets to sleep. Outside of the city, the trio was practicing, under the watch of Lady Reyna. The snow and ice crackled and crunched underneath Noka’s agile steps. Silver fur covered the tops of her black boots and she was dressed in her usual black attire, only more fitting for the weather. The long silver braid hanging from her head swayed back and forth has she dodged and predicted her brother’s attacks. Jumping quickly, she created space between her brothers’ leg and herself.

In that same moment, Harley came flying from air above her, unleashing a series of swift punches and kicks. Noka blocked each attempt with perfection and focus and she landed back on the ground with so much force it made the snow around them rise like an avalanche. Jace and Harley both swiftly launched themselves at Noka from both sides. Each moving with quickness so blinding a normal eye wouldn’t be able to keep up. Her eyes were filled with more anger and focus than they could hold. Noka swerved backwards, dodging a punch from Harley and in the same motion she gripped her wrist tightly. The force of the caught punch let out a strong burst of air. Suddenly Harley was flying towards Jace, unable to stop. But this wasn’t a problem for him.

“Crap, Jace look out” Harley shouted in a manic voice.

Head first she was rocketing towards him, screaming like a child who just lost her favorite candy. It was as if time slowed down, he swiftly placed his hands on Harley’s head and launched himself over her. Noka’s eyes widened.

Harley quickly crashed into the snow, freezing ice slipping down the collar of her dark green turtle neck.

“OOOOOOOOOOOOH COLD” she shrieked.

“Leap frog” Jace yelled as he flew towards his sister.

Lady Reyna stood on the sidelines, silently watching her younglings. She was like a statue, frozen in the cold. Noka planted her feet and prepared herself for the incoming attack. Jace came at her with a blinding force, his fist coming directly to her.

“A direct attack? You’re getting sloppy pretty boy” Noka yelled proudly as she quickly flung Jace’s arm away.

Suddenly Jace disappeared into the cold winter mist, his entire body evaporating.

“What the—” her eyebrows burrowed.

Lady Reyna smiled and shook her head, “Below you darling”.

As Noka looked down her face became stiff, almost like wood. “Hell no” she moaned.

There he was, emerging from the snow like a fox awaiting its prey. He wore the biggest smirk on his perfectly crafted face. His palm connecting with her stomach sent Noka flying into the air and into a mountain of snow. Harley still on ground on her face, you could hear her laughter coming from inside the snow. Reyna began to chuckle, like most royals it was controlled for what it was. Jace paced over to the pile he housed his little sister in and knelt beside her.

“How did I forget you had that ability” she muttered through the snow, only her legs sticking out.

He let out a soft laugh as he slicked his silver hair back “Well, you got cocky, you’re moves were readable and I’m older so I win by default”. He slowly dug her out of the snow, brushing her silver off “Better luck next time little wolf”.

Noka sighed with her hand on her hip, watching the people she loved most laugh around her. She let a soft smirk pass her lips. She wished it could always be like this, but the looming thought of the deadly cauldron enveloped that wish whole instantly.

©Jawan Herron