5 Point Discussions – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 42: “A Ninja’s Job”

by Sage Ashford

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After a string of boring mission assignments, Team 7 finally receives something more substantial: a bank robbery!  But is all as it seems? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. After spending the majority of the last two episodes battling against rogue ninja to protect a town from having it’s primary way of making money stolen, it’s understandable that Boruto would be a little down that his next few missions turn out to be more run of the mill Genin assignments. He’s finding cats and stopping drunken brawls (which still seems a little sketch for a teenager to be dealing with) instead of doing stuff that gets him the acclaim he feels he deserves.

But really, that’s okay and makes sense doesn’t it? Assuming his father didn’t give him the first mission knowing how hard it would be beforehand, that has to have been seen as a huge mistake. Why continue to take risks like that when they could just as easily give him boring missions around the city?

2. Boruto believes he’s found a one-way ticket to greatness when Team 7 is assigned to take care of a bank robber, particularly after seeing Naruto series mainstays Rock Lee and Kiba Inazuka land on the news for handling the exact same case. Of course, Team 7’s case isn’t quite as high-profile–their robber isn’t some super genius or some violent guy with tons of hostages. No, unfortunately for Boruto…

He’s just some nervous wreck of a kid threatening to blow up a bank that’s already been emptied of hostages. It makes sense, as a Genin wouldn’t be called on to handle a dangerous task like a bank robbery, but they would be asked to keep someone from taking their own life.  After all, being a Genin is all about establishing a strong level of compassion for their village and gaining a level of trust with the people of your village.

3. This episode gets surprisingly topical for the geek community and the millennial generation.  The “bank robber” winds up being an innocent kid who designed video games for a living. After his boss pushed several of his team members into collapsing from exhaustion, he tried to organize his team against him. Unfortunately, the boss learned early and forges evidence to prove his subordinate had been selling company secrets, getting him fired and ruining his career.

Though Boruto is left shocked at the cruelty of it all, the robber points out the situation is actually quite normal in the adult world. Left with no other job prospects, he goes into shock and winds up getting into debt paying for his rent and medical bills. So let’s see: that’s income inequality set off by a recent trend of globalization, going into poverty thanks to lack of proper health care, and being screwed over by your older boss out of a refusal to bend to the corporate machine. This whole scenario is so relatable to modern Western society that I almost feel like it was written by someone from America. When did the Naruto spin-off become this insightful?

4. After Boruto convinces the guy not to kill himself, he’s brought in for questioning and we learn that the suggestion to hold up a bank was actually given to him by someone else. It almost seems like not everyone is enjoying the high levels of peace the city’s been enjoying lately, but nope–it turns out the problem runs even deeper than that…

5. Next Episode: Team 7’s case was a distraction!  But if that’s true, then what have the real criminals been up to all this time?

Seems like we’re dealing with a case of phantom thieves for the next episode of Boruto. It’s a job that definitely shouldn’t go to Team 7, but if I had to guess it’s one they’ll wind up dealing with anyway because Boruto won’t be able to accept that his second big mission was just a ruse. Whoever they’re going up against is a group of experienced ninjutsu users, since the NEP shows them using scrolls and ice abilities.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.