And we’re back for 5 Point Discussions with another episode of Boruto: Next Generations. This week, the kids go on a field trip to the Hidden Mist Village! If you like this, please be sure to share it on Facebook, RT it on Twitter and share it on any other social media you see. If you have any comments, hit me up on @SageShinigami on Twitter.
1. I can’t decide if Boruto’s relationship with his father is tragic or if Boruto’s just a spoiled brat. As leader of Konoha village, Naruto doesn’t get to spend much time with his family. And while Hinata understands and their daughter is too young to be bothered by it, Boruto has allowed it to eat at him, causing him to act out and play the class clown. He wants attention from his father, but if he can’t get that he’ll settle for getting it from everyone else. I got that part.
Now on one hand, considering just how often Naruto felt abandoned due to his mother and father dying while he was a baby, you’d think he would get how his son feels. But then on the other, Naruto’s clearly looking out for Boruto as best he can while also watching over a whole village, and more often than not it’s like Boruto simply chooses not to see just how much good his father does. I’ve heard he eventually starts to slowly get over himself, so it’s possible the manga leans more toward him just being childish too.
2. I mentioned last week that the Hidden Mist Village had a sketchy reputation during Naruto’s youth. This episode reminds us of that, even though when the group arrives in town for their trip it looks more like a glorified water theme park than the place which earned the name “Village of the Bloody Mist”. Iwabe makes the point that they’re trying hard to cover it up, and it feels like their tour guide Kagura backs up that assertion when he refers to how proud they are of the village, likely referring to the work they’ve done to make it a respectable place worth living in. It’s good that even though the ninja world is trying to clean it’s act up, it’s not like the old history went away, nor that people stopped judging one another for it.
3. Speaking of Kagura, likely the most noticeable change from Naruto to Boruto is just how much respect Boruto seems to get no matter where he goes. As soon as they reach the Hidden Mist Village, their guide Kagura tries to respectfully introduce himself to “the son of the Seventh Hokage”. When Naruto was young, he was the ultimate underdog. No one respected him, because he was bad at everything–his grades sucked, his chakra was all fucked up so his ninjutsu sucked, and people didn’t seem to like him because of what the Nine-Tailed Fox did to their village.
In sharp contrast to that, Boruto is the son of a legendary hero. Everyone from his teachers to officials in foreign countries have a level of respect for him that was never present for his father. It’s a change of pace that takes some adapting to if you’re used to the original series at all.
4. Near the beginning of the episode, Boruto gets volunteered to be the “leader” of the class for the field trip. So when Iwabe decides to get all nosy about the village, Sarada (the real leader) sends Boruto looking for him. He and Denki manage to track their delinquent partner down, but run into a group of ninja from the Hidden Mist Village and nearly get into a fight with them thanks to Iwabe’s confrontational nature.
You know, it’s fortunate that no one really wants to re-start the Ninja War era, because Konoha got quite careless with the son of the Hokage. He’s just wandering around in random back alleys, away from any adult supervision–he could have easily been kidnapped or worse if someone wanted to, so fortunately he only ran into your typical Arc-Specific Antagonists who don’t have any wider plans involving him.
5. Next Episode: We learn more about Kagura, a potential member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist and a possible successor to the Mizukage!
It looks like our heroes will be inside of the Hidden Mist Village for at least one more episode–all things considered, this is the perfect time to start developing the post-Ninja War landscape of the Naruto world. The next “main” villain seems to be a much larger threat than Kaguya ever was, and if that’s the case they’re going to need to develop an entire army.
Boruto: Next Generations is available for streaming on Hulu and Crunchyroll.