Boruto Naruto Next Generations Review

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.

 

 

 

The Story

 

‘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.

 

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The Characters

 

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.

 

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The Future

 

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.

Top 3 Spring 2017 Anime Shows

Top 3 Spring 2017 Anime Shows To Keep Your Eyes To

 

Spring has arrived, and with it, new anime shows to keep us occupied while we are waiting for summer. However, what’s different this spring, at least regarding the anime industry, is the impressive lineup of shows premiering this April. Get ready to see the return of one of the most popular anime shows of all time, the continuation of a last year favorite, and a new entrance to a fan-favorite saga. Without further ado, let’s find out which are the top 3 spring 2017 anime shows to see.

 

1) Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 (Premieres April 1st)

 

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Yes, you read that right. ‘Attack on Titan’ returns four years after its first season and we simply can’t wait. The return of the show is big news after its immense success four years ago spanning video games, movies, and even a live-action adaptation. Taking place into a dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic world where humans are preyed by huge anthropomorphous monsters they call titans, we follow the story of Eren, a boy with a heavy burden to carry.

 

If you haven’t already watched season one, then you still have enough time to do so by a close margin. For all of you that have watched it and you want to know more about what to expect from season two, you can find out more here. The new season premieres April 1st. There are rumors that only air 12 episodes will be aired, but nothing has been confirmed yet. No matter what, the wait is almost over.

 

2) Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season (Premieres April 1st)

 

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One of last year’s best anime shows returns after exactly one year with new episodes and an all-new, all the more exciting season. Boku no Hero Academia tells the story of a boy that is “quirkless”. In a world where 80% of humanity have powers, called “quirks”, to be “quirkless” is the minority. However, that changes as soon as the boy meets his favorite superhero and finds out the true meaning of being a hero.

 

A show that easily could have been reduced to another entry to the shounen genre has taken its place as being one of the most creative depictions of superheroes and the constant fight against bullying and social pressure. Being one of my personal favorites, I can’t wait for the second season to be released. The show premieres April 1st. There has been no confirmation about this season’s number of episodes, but if it’s anything like last year, we are expecting a solid 13-episodes.

 

3) Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Premieres April 5)

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Let’s talk about Naruto, and his son, Boruto ( will be watching it on boruto-tv). What has been a long, very long, time coming, is finally only days away. After running ten years straight, and with 500 episodes under its belt (without counting the first Naruto series), Naruto Shippuden has officially finished airing on March 23. What was a filler-filled journey has come to an end, giving its place to his son, Boruto.

 

With a heavy burden lying on its shoulders, this new show will act as a continuation of the Naruto series only that it will star his son, Boruto, a whole new generation of ninjas. Personally, I like how things turned out for the series. Naruto was well-received by its fans around the world, but the endless continuation and lack of canon episodes made it difficult to watch and a bit repetitive at times. What is intriguing, though, is that the creators of the show have confirmed that Boruto, at one point in the show, will be even stronger than Naruto ever was.

 

Count me interested then. The show premieres April 5 and if it’s anything like its “father” series, expect a long run.

 

There you have them then. From titans to superheroes, to ninjas, this season is sure to bring us some of the top anime shows of this year. Which one you’ll be following? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Attack On Titan Season 2 Release Date and Predictions

Attack On Titan Season 2 Spoilers, Predictions: Eren Vs. Beast Titan, Clash Of Titan Arc Commences! Eren’s New Ability Introduced

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“Attack on Titan” Season 2 is yet to come soon in small screens nationwide. Yet, spoilers and predictions have become rampant on what the series’ would showcase. Warning for those who haven’t read the manga yet, is that this article contains heavy spoilers about Survey Corps’ future battles.

Moving on, “Attack On Titan” Season 2 predictions includes the last part cliffhanger of Season 1. It was speculated that the anime would pick off where it left in the first installment. With Survey Corps discovering other Titans on the Wall’s other side, battles would still emerge to free humanity. Hence, the “Clash of Titans” arc and the “Uprising” arc is guessed to be featured on the second franchise per Inquisitr.

Speaking of “Attack On Titan” Clash of Titans arc, after Eren Yeager had beaten the Female and Armored Titan in its first season, another is set to deal with him. The new titan introduced in Season 2 then goes by the name Beast Titan. Wall Rose is then mentioned to be attacked by it, so Survey Corps once again would venture out to protect humankind.

What’s more is that in “Attack On Titan” 2’s Clash of Titans arc, a new power would be discovered named “Coordinate.” Coordinate was then known to be Founding Titan. The power is currently in Eren’s possession. The special ability’s description is said to have control over Titans. Memories held by previous owners were also received and controlled by the current possessor. Thus, Founding Titan is referred to as an “invisible power” and its user as “God” amid still not knowing its limits as detailed in Wiki A.

In the other half of “Attack On Titan” Season 2, the “Uprising Arc” is identified to carry on a heavy plot for some readers and would have many revelations on Wall Sina’s ruling class. Centered in this arc is one of the most famous AOT characters, Captain Kenny “The Ripper” Ackerman. Kenny and the Survey Corps is said to have a clash in the Uprising Arc. Moreover, disturbing images were seen on the arc’s manga version so its anime is expected to have the same as well.

With all that spoiled based on “Attack On Titan” Season 2’s manga, fans could expect more on the Survey Corps comeback. Comic Book reported that Chief director Araki Tetsuro alongside director Koizuka Masashi had a planned a brand new content to be shown in the anime. Tetsuro then further mentioned that manga creator Hajime Isayama allowed them to incorporate contents that Isayama didn’t include in the manga. This would indeed hype up fans in the upcoming release of “Attack on Titan” Season 2.

Furthermore, “Attack On Titan” Season 2 showrunners had also revealed that aside from the series centering in characters Levi, Mikasa and Eren, the second season would take a turn in introducing focal point in their characters. Ymir or Krista is then mentioned by both to have a spotlight in the upcoming season as shown in Araki’s interview on Crunchy Roll.

Rest assured, fans could prep up their internet speed to watch Attack On Titan Season 2 as it airs this April 1.

Konosuba Season 2 Episode 4 Review

OMG – I love this series 🙂

The beginning was hilarious. I thought I was rewatching an old episode at first but then I couldn`t stop laughing.

I just love the way Kazuma and Aqua interact with each other!

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Although most if the fans are Megumin fans ( I really like her too ), but Aqua just makes me laugh much more and I like her character and the way she plays her role perfectly.

Darkness made her appearance this episode. From the previous episodes, I thought the noble man would try to marry her, but again the twist was that he would want her for his son.

Darkness as usual ( the most perverted anime girl character I know ), ran away from the marriage and asked kazuma for help.

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After that they did try to wreck the marriage, but Kazuma really wanted to get rid of Darkness. I really like the way he thinks about how to get rid of all his party members.

All in all the episode was funny as hell, but yet I don`t see the original story of fighting the evil lord being continued or even mentioned.

 

 

My Watching List for Winter 2017 Anime Series

A new season is here with a lot of anime series 🙂 I am going to list some of the series I am watching this winter and where I am watching these series.

Anime Series:

Ao no Exorcist 2

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The second season of Ao No Exorcist aka. Blue Exorcist. The story is about Rin Okumura, a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist. The second season starts with his friends not talking to him because he is Satan`s son. The first 2 episodes were not that attractive but starting the third episode, the series is getting more intense and I think this will be a very nice season. Oh and I also ship RinxShimei <3

watching the series on http://blueexorcistepisodes.com

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EDIT: stopped watching after I read what happens in the Manga ( damn Spoilers :-/ )

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

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This is really one of the funniest anime series I ever watched.

Here is a summary from ANN:

Satou Kazuma, a shut-in and die-hard fan of games, anime, and manga, suffers a traffic accident that would bring his disappointingly brief life to an end. However, he wakes up and sees a beautiful girl who introduces herself as a goddess and says: “Hey, I have some good news: would you like to go to an alternate world? You may only bring one thing you like with you.” He responds: “So, I’ll bring you.” With that, he is transported to another world, and his great adventure quest for subjugating the demon king begins, but first goes the hard work like finding food, clothing, and shelter. Kazuma wants to live in peace, but the goddess raises one problem after another, and the demon king’s army has its eyes set on him.

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The characters are all dumb but funny and they get to complete the quests. I really do recommend this anime. Watching it here.

 

Other anime I am still watching are: One piece and Dragon ball super.

I am really looking forward to next anime seasons.

 

[Touhou Video] Beyond that Door – What Does it Mean to Grow Up?

I found this video to be touching. Beyond that Door is a song by RD-Sounds based on Alice Margatroid‘s theme songs from the Touhou game Mystic Square. The lyrics and the video tell the story of Alice as a kid, when everyone around her tells her to grow up – however, when none of them can answer her when she asked what it really means. Which is understandable, how does one really explain what it means to grow up? How many people actually know what it means to grow up? Is there really a clear distinction in being an adult? Alice tries to think about it herself, but she couldn’t find the answer. In the end, Shinki (whom many in the Touhou fandom believe to be Alice’s mother, although there is no official word) gives her the key to the door and sets her off on a journey to find the answer for herself.

As a college student on the borderline between a teenager and an adult, this resonates with me a lot. I’ve said many times that I’m not ready to be an adult at all. It’s scary. As for what being an adult means, I agree that in the end we find our own answer and I think I’ve found mine. Being an adult doesn’t mean to stop having fun, or to give up odd hobbies or act a certain way. It means being responsible and self-reliant enough to set goals for yourself and work towards them without imposing too much on others. It means to be able to survive by yourself – you can rely on others sometimes, but not too much – and still being able to be happy with your life. At least, that’s what I think it means. I’m still not an adult yet, far from it. But I know I need to become one pretty soon.

The video itself is drawn and animated in a simple style, which I think is fitting because the message it’s giving is a simple and nearly universal one, yet has a heavy meaning to it. I love the music too. The simple piano notes at the beginning give off a sense of innocence, like a child that still doesn’t know what is out there in the world. The steady beat that comes up and coincides with Alice running gives the feeling of starting an adventure, before the other instruments come into play and the vocals take on a more upbeat style as the wonders of the greater world are discovered. The music feels really grand at the end where Alice leaves, and made me tear up with a mixture of happiness, wonder, awe, and a little hint of sadness.

I really enjoyed this video and song, and I hope you did too.

For those unfamiliar with Touhou, there are two distinct “era”s of the games – the PC-98 era (Touhou 1-5) and the Windows era (Touhou 6 and onwards), and canon isn’t continuous between the two though there are some overlaps. In PC-98 Alice appears as a small child, and the characters you see with her in the beginning are from that era. In the Windows era she appears as a grown woman, and the characters seen after she steps out the door are from this era and are characters she will meet.

How I Learned Hiragana and Katakana in a Few Hours

This quarter I finally bit and taking Japanese 101, despite the 8:30 class time. When we were starting out with the hiragana we had to write them in a workbook, learning a few characters a day. I didn’t remember jackshit about which character is which or what something is supposed to look like – writing the same character over and over isn’t effective at all (at least for me it wasn’t, I have a really bad memory), except ‘ki’ for some reason. Probably because I kept saying kikikikikikikikikikikiki as I wrote each line. A random string of characters would work better.

Which leads me to songs! About the only things that are regularly translated to romaji are lyrics since everything else is directly translated into English for the people who don’t know Japanese and the ones who do know Japanese can read in the original kanji/hiragana/etc. But songs are for singing so you need to know how they’re said, hence the giant surplus of romaji that’s in relatively random (for this purpose) order.

I went ahead and grabbed the lyrics for Sousei no Aquarion in romaji and transcribed them into hiragana.

Update: I used this method when we had to learn katakana, and it worked like a charm just like it did with hiragana. I don’t have trouble distinguishing between them or recalling the right character either.

Keep looking back at a hiragana chart when you find a word you don’t recognize, transcribe more, look back, transcribe, and keep going. You don’t have to worry about messing up the rules (like using the ‘ha’ character for the ‘wa’ particle instead of the ‘wa’ character) because the purpose is just to practice hiragana. Bonus points for stalking a TA to ask them how to spell words like ‘matta’ or ‘nyaa’ and learning some extra rules of hiragana before the rest of the class.

By the time I was done with the song, which only took a few hours (and it was actually FUN for me) I learned all the hiragana in the alphabet. Other students kept using flashcards and only did the characters that were assigned for homework each time, and took weeks to learn the hiragana and be fluent enough. With this method, all it took was one song, and before a quiz, I would just pull up the lyrics for another song to transcribe for review and just to make sure I didn’t forget something.

If you’re just starting out with learning Japanese, either in a class or by yourself, give this a try! (I probably should’ve published this closer to the beginning of the school year, but you know, procrastination and laziness).