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.

(Summaries provided by ANN and AniDB)”

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.

 

I Scream: Oreki Houtarou in Sekitani Jun’s Footsteps

Hyouka had one of the most interesting mysteries I’ve seen in a while, and the visual direction of the revelations and analysis were beautiful. I really liked how the final result made sense. It’s a compelling story of a Sekitani Jun who took on the burden to lead the student body against the school authorities and was the only one to ‘scream’ out. Because he was the only one to do so, he was the only one that was sacrificed unwillingly and forced to leave the school.

The story is even more compelling when you think about how there are the protests of OWS and the Arab Spring going on, though the stakes at hand and the sacrifices are far larger. Sekitani is a very mild version of the street vendor who set himself on fire, the sacrifice that sparked the people of the middle east to oppose their regimes.

Although it takes place in a school and the sacrifice is the only expulsion, Sekitani’s story gives the same message: under oppression, someone has to act, but because of the costs of doing so the vast majority will prefer to live in safety. Having a school setting for this story probably makes it more relatable to the viewers, and more likely to make them actually think about it in terms of their own life.

Now that the mystery is solved, the real story begins. I think that Sekitani Jun’s story is the foreshadowing of Oreki Houtarou’s life. Oreki has been set up to follow in Sekitani’s footsteps by his sister.

Oreki talks a lot about not wanting to do anything, and keep on living a gray-colored life. But Sekitani also had a gray-colored life before he was coerced into rising up as the leader, and sacrificed as a hero.

What will be the oppression that Oreki has to scream against? Would it be the school government again, or possibly a larger authority or issue?

But most importantly, I wonder what the circumstances of Oreki’s heroics will be. Will he be sacrificed against his will, forced by the inaction of the masses, or will he willingly do so and live a rose-colored life?

Happy Mother’s Day! Mothers in Anime

Apparently, it’s mother’s day in the U.S. and some other countries. So mom, if you see this, then I guess Happy Mother’s Day from another country?

A motherly relationship, whether the characters are actually related by blood or not, is one of my favorite types of character relationships – even more so after the conception of the character Aoi in my novel. The relationship is one that I don’t really know how to define, I guess a character that takes care of another, either in raising or with emotional issues? An advice giver? It’s a relationship that just “feels” motherly to me. There aren’t really any constraints. The relationship can “feel” that way to me even if they’re not related by blood, even if the age gap between them isn’t significant, even if the “daughter” character is completely capable of taking care of herself.

 

Unfortunately, parents are often missing/abroad/perpetually-at-work/dead in anime and manga, or are just furniture for the background and don’t have much involvement, likely because:

1. Most parents won’t let their children do the stupid shit we see so often, or

2. Since parents are a restraining force, stories targeted at a younger audience show a life that is free from the parents.

I’m always looking for examples to help me with accurately portraying the dynamic between Aoi and Flan, so if you have any anime/manga suggestions please send them to me!

Some examples of mother characters and/or motherly relationships from anime that I liked (imperfect list, since I have a bad memory and my anime harddrive went kaput):

Zetman – Akemi

Akemi was the reason I really liked Zetman when I first saw it. She took Jin in after his guardian died, and taught him about death, warmth and hope. The part where she took him in and the part at the end of the first episode where he found her alive in the hospital were both really emotional moments for me. Unfortunately he’s forbidden from seeing her after he decided to train to become Zet, since she might become a potential target for his enemies. Really sucks, now we rarely get to see her – and I’m pretty damn sure she’ll be targeted later anyways.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san – Yoriko

This is a show that includes a silver-haired moe cthulu god, a RED HAIRED FUNNEL-WIELDING FIRE-USING HORNY LESBIAN (!!!!!!!!!!), A SUPER CUTE TRAP (!!!!!!!!!), and my favorite character ends up being the MOTHER. WHYYYYY?!?! I dunno, though she’s pretty badass with her forks. She just started appearing, so the relationship between her and her son aren’t shown often. I guess I like her because she gives off a cute-yet-mature calming feeling?

Mouretsu Pirates – Ririka

Ririka and Marika don’t seem that close, and Marika even calls her by her name instead of as mother most of the time. It seems to me that Ririka cares a lot about Marika in her own way, but isn’t able to express them in a normal manner. I suspect that having to work to make ends meet as a single parent raising a child (I assume the father didn’t return often considering how Marika didn’t know that he was a pirate) lead to the gap in between them. She still provides guidance and advice to Marika, teaching her to fire huge beam weapons (BADASS) and watching over her from a distance.

Puella Magic Madoka Magica – Junko

The late night talk between Madoka and Junko is one of the best scenes, IMO. Junko is a strong independent woman, and she taught Madoka that the world isn’t all candy and rainbows. It sucks, and sometimes you’re gonna have to do some sucky things to get through it. It’s very evident how much she cares about Madoka, and was rather heartbreaking when she had memories of Madoka erased.

Precure Franchise

The Precure franchise has many good episodes that center around the mother, but apart from that they’re usually gone from the series. Those episodes are golden though (Smile Precure just had a mother’s day episode but I didn’t watch it yet because I… sort of dropped/put the series on hold…). Hibiki’s mother in Suite Precure spent most of her time abroad, and quickly came back to watch her daughter’s piano performance. They were able to spend some time together before she had to leave again, and Hibiki put on a strong face and smile so that she wouldn’t worry about her. Before they had to separate, Hibiki asked to be selfish for a moment to hug and cry about how much she misses her mother. It was a very touching moment, and I wish I had a screenshot but URGH STUPID HARDDRIVE.

Heartcatch Precure’s Mother’s Day episode involved a girl in the same class as Tsubomi and Erika, who lost her mother at an early age and has to take care of her younger sister. She takes on both the roles of an older sister and a mother, which really puts a strain on her since she also misses their mother but has to be strong about it. In that episode she breaks down and rampages around as a Desertarian (the monster-of-the-week), and in her tantrum her sister begins to appreciate just how much she did for her.

 

 

 

Now it’s nearly midnight and I have an assignment due tomorrow that I haven’t started yet. Welp. Need to collect a bunch of reliable sources about arms sales and nuclear proliferation.