During a season with an impressive roster of anime shows like ‘Attack On Titan Season 2’ and ‘Boku no Hero Academia Season 2’, ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ has managed to creep into our hearts by both means of sweet melancholy and some impressive fight scenes.
The saga of Naruto’s ninja world continues through the eyes and adventures of Boruto, his son, and the offsprings of other famous ninjas from the series, and since we are nearing the resolution of the first arc of the series, let’s recap and discuss how Boruto fared during its first season.
‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ seems to follow the tropes of the original anime show. A slow moving story and many distractions from the main plot lead to an overall sluggish pace. We are introduced to Boruto, a younger and significantly smarter version of Naruto, and his friends as they are trying to earn their standing in the ninja world.
Early in the story, we get the feeling that something is off between Boruto and his immensely popular father, Naruto, the recently appointed Hokage of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Other than a couple mysterious scenes that foretell the future of Naruto, the village, and the role that Boruto will play in the story, we are treated to a rather light storyline.
Some kind of dark chakra (or ‘Ghost’ as the characters name this occurrence at some point) is siphoning people of their chakra by making them fall into a frenzy of confusion and negative feelings. Boruto and his friends are the first to notice this weird phenomenon through an ocular jutsu only Boruto can use, the likes of which we haven’t seen before.
In between filler-ish episodes which only purpose lies in further developing the side-characters, we see Boruto trying to solve this mystery. Overall, it is a nice first arc that does a good job introducing us to the upgraded ninja world that is full of new inventions, technology, and a leap forward after the last Great Ninja War. Also, there are some nice additions that better describe the relationship between Boruto and Naruto.
Let’s delve deeper into the boruto characters of the show.
I must say that I’m a bit disappointed by the characters of the show. Almost all of
them, and I mean the majority of them, are identical to their parent-character. There are no significant traits that differentiate them, and other than a unique character design, sometimes it feels like we have met the same characters before.
I understand the need for the fans of both shows to easily relate to the characters and further the story of the ninja world, but I would prefer a spin-off story with entirely new characters that would connect with the old ones in creative ways rather than show us how far the apple has fallen from the tree.
Luckily, during the latest episodes, I’ve noticed some core differences from key characters of the show. The greatest one is the relationship between Naruto and Boruto and the solution of the puzzling reason on why Boruto doesn’t like his father anymore. It seems that Boruto, being the eldest child of the family, remembers life before Naruto became the Hokage. Back then, Naruto had more time for them and he would spend it being a proper father.
Nowadays, though, Naruto is too busy keeping order in the Leaf Village and aiding in its development that he doesn’t have time to spend with his family. Furthermore, Boruto has to live under the shadow of his father’s achievements since he has been branded as the most powerful Hokage and a Hero of the Great Ninja World. Boruto can’t stand the comparison because everyone expects great things from him and don’t treat him as a different person but rather as the Hokage’s son.
This is an interesting and rather realistic depiction of authority figures and their families. In many cases, children that have been raised in families like that tend to have dysfunctional relationships with their parents, which is what is presented in the series. However, Naruto has been given the role of an uncaring father which is something that fans didn’t expect, especially after the focus the previous show had in Naruto being a lonely child with no parents and friends.
What is particularly interesting about Boruto is two scenes that seem to predict his glorious future. One of them is the first scene of the first episode of the series that shows us a ravaged Leaf Village and a significantly older Boruto fighting a man. We get some hints as to what is coming, which I’m sure will be amazing, but other than that scene, we have no idea what to expect yet.
The second scene is a recent one and came during an episode that had the filler look. Boruto sees a dream with a man telling him that his eye will be the light that will lead the world into the salvation. What is more interesting, though, is that this man is bearing the signs of the sage of the six paths around his neck. We don’t get any other
hints to his identity, but the mystery thickens and unlike Naruto that was following the manga, there is not enough content available to help us better contemplate what is coming for the young ninja.
Either way, the show has managed to stand up against the other behemoths of this season, even though they could have done a better job with the pacing of the episodes and the characters. Still, Boruto is a breath of fresh air in the ninja world that was full of the elusive canon episodes and new developments to the story. If you are a fan of the early Naruto episodes, then Boruto is for you.
If you want action-packed scenes that will keep you gawping at the screen, waiting for more, then you’d better give Boruto another chance at a later time. After all, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
What is your opinion of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’? Do you think it has the potential to become as big as its parent anime show? Let me know in the comments section below.