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1. This episode is simultaneously the most attention-grabbing and the most flawed episode of Boruto I’ve seen in weeks. It starts out with Shizuma and his buddies stealing the the Seven Swords of the Bloody Mist, weapons that are supposed to belong to the best sword-users in the city, and…I’ve got so many questions.
To start: Why are the blades just…lying around? Shouldn’t they all have owners? I get Chojuro maybe wanting to give his blade to Kagura to make him feel like he’s important and give him the vote of confidence that he so desperately needs, but the other six were just kinda lying around like they were waiting for an RPG party to rush in and steal them all for a big boss battle.
Also: what’s the point of having security if it sucks? A bunch of wooden robots pop up in the room, but they didn’t activate until after the swords were stolen, and seemingly even a passing knowledge of how to use those weapons was enough to turn them into kindling. They couldn’t have made this easier if there had been a neon sign outside the door reading: “COOL SWORDS INSIDE. WE CAN’T AFFORD GUARDS SO PLEASE DON’T STEAL.”
2. The proper thing to do here is exactly what Chojuro initially had planned. Shizuma’s actions in this arc are treasonous (even if he does supposedly have backers directly connected to the Mist Village’s feudal lord), and the Mizukage was just planning on having them killed until Boruto arrived and pointed out how so far they haven’t caused any real damage to anyone. He asks for permission to convince Kagura to back down, but both Chojuro and the former Mizukage Mei Terumi point out that they have no reason to let a kid interfere. Now despite having Sarada beside him, it’s Boruto who outsmarts the two by mentioning that he got banged up pretty badly from last episode’s encounter with Shizuma, and if he explained how it happened to his father things might get a little dicey. Left with no other choice, Chojuro agrees to let Boruto help as long as he can come along.
Sarada’s a total hall monitor of a character but…yikes. As far as we can tell, they’re building Sarada up to be the next Hokage, and this isn’t the greatest start for her. The class clown shouldn’t be coming up with better ideas and changing hearts and minds better than she can. If she’s really going to be the Hokage after Naruto (or more likely, Konohamaru), she can’t just be useless like her mom. This show’s going to need to step it up a bit.
3. Sarada and Boruto try to sneak off in order to catch up with Shizuma and his gang, but in doing so they attract the attention of Shikadai and Inojin, who wind up tracking Mitsuki until they catch a secret meeting with Mitsuki and Suigetsu, who seems to be working as much for Orochimaru as he is to help the Hidden Mist Village. Suigetsu warns Mitsuki not to get involved with Shizuma as “orders from above”, but Mitsuki seemingly intends to blow the orders off to do what he wants. Either way, Shikadai and Inojin are caught almost instantly by Suigetsu, who decides to offer a bit of help to Mitsuki in order to shut down Shizuma’s group.
This is obviously heading to a team-up between Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki, Shikadai, Inojin and Chojuro to shut down the “New Seven Swordsman” gang, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. This is the first serious bit of action we’ve had since Sarada’s Scarlet Spring arc ended, and this show could use some more absurd ninjutsu being tossed around.
4. It takes about five seconds for Chojuro to get captured by some of the Shizuma’s gang, and I have to assume that he allowed that to happen intentionally in order to listen to the group’s concerns, otherwise the Hidden Mist village has some of the most incompetent leadership I’ve ever seen. Still, listening to the New Seven Swordsmen talk was kind of…weird. Inadvertently, they sounded a LOT like some of the neo-nazis we’ve been seeing lately: They hooked up with Shizuma and started following his detestable ideology because they felt like outcasts, and Shizuma offered them a place to belong. None of them were really around when the Hidden Mist village was going through it’s sickest, darkest period so they have no idea what they’re really asking for, they’re simply going along with it because it’s the vision of a guy who’s offered them camaraderie. Their problem isn’t even all that serious–the Hidden Mist village has become a tourist attraction, and because they’re forced to interact with so many people from other cities and cultures, they’d rather plunge the world into war once more so they can get some “respect”.
That’s absurd, so here’s hoping Boruto and the gang get it together in the next episode and give all seven of them the smacking around they need to come to their senses.
5. Next Episode: Sarada faces down Buntan and her lightning swords, while Boruto tries to talk Kagura out of working with Shizuma and the rest of the New Seven Swordsmen of the Mist! Can they finish this battle and get back in time for their roll call?
Honestly, that last line–which is an actual paraphrase from the next episode narration–is part of the problem with Boruto right now. Everything is taken too lightly for a universe that used to have gravitas and importance to nearly every single battle. If the team fails then the Hidden Mist village is looking at a coup d’etat and an almost certain war breaking out between the ninja villages again, and they’re concerned about roll call?? The time-skip to when the group get to be official ninja is feeling more necessary by the episode.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Hulu and Crunchyroll.