5 Point Discussions – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 66: “My Story!”

by Sage Ashford

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With the danger of the Otsutsuki Clan finally gone, things are finally returning to normal. But Boruto still has to atone for his actions during the Chuunin Exams. 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. With everything basically wrapped up, Boruto has to go on an apology tour. He apologizes to Shinki, the person he beat in the finals of the tournament, who basically ignores him because if you’re trying to be a stoic bad ass you only get so many lines per arc. Strangely, the member of the team who complains the most is the puppet guy, who bent the rules about as far as he could without breaking them, and no one pointed it out because apparently despite having video games and films, ninja still haven’t figured out hypocrisy yet.

Meanwhile, Boruto and Shikadai finally get to have a heart to heart, where Boruto acknowledges his shortcomings and how he’s been a giant brat. It kind of blows these two aren’t on the same team so we can get to see them together more often, but it’s great they know how to balance Boruto’s time inside and outside of Team 7.

2. It’s pretty surprising they took over sixty episodes to finally do a blatant Boruto/Sarada tease like this. Hell, Mitsuki’s been borderline in love with our main character for the better part of the second half of this series but Sarada and Boruto have only ever been friendly rivals. With everything wrapped up and Boruto a hero of the city, he and the rest of Team 7 are watching over the village while conversing about the insanity which was the last couple weeks.

But with Boruto’s profile rising rapidly, and him already coming from a line of Hokage, both Mitsuki and Sarada suspect he might one day make a play to become the next Hokage. But Boruto declares that becoming leader of the village like his father and grandfather is too much along the lines of what people expect of him, and he’d rather be like Sarada’s father. Now why he’d want to be a deadbeat dad who nearly kills all the ninja world’s leaders I’m not certain, but once he points out he’d prefer to support Sarada on her journey to becoming Hokage she becomes affected with a permanent case of the blushes, and can’t even summon her usual wit or call him an idiot. It’s a cute moment, though hopefully this doesn’t stymie Sarada’s development as a woman of action.

3. I have to say, I’m really happy about the way this character arc came to an end–typically in stories like this it’s only one side acknowledging the other, but this changes it up. After sixty plus episodes of Boruto complaining about Naruto never actually being at home, this arc finally ends with a sweet scene where the hero of the Last Great Ninja War finally realizes maybe his son was right. But after watching his dad defend an entire city, Boruto finally realizes just how much responsibility lies on his father’s shoulders, and they both start to accept that maybe they could work a little harder in order to make sure their feelings reach one another.

This would actually be a perfect way to end Boruto, but…c’mon now. Shonen series never actually end–they just get canceled or have endless sequels.

4. I spent all of that awesome fight scene last week wondering exactly where the fisherman guy was, but I guess letting Cell reach Super Perfect form probably would’ve been too much for a Naruto who’d already had half his chakra drained. Fortunately, they remembered the guy vanished instead of hoping we’d forget, and it seems he’s going to be the connect the Otsutsuki Clan has to planet Earth for the time being.

If this epilogue is to be believed, Boruto’s ultimate legacy is either destroying or finally making peace with the Otsutsuki Clan and getting them to stop their Galactus-like ways of consuming all the energy on entire planets. But we’re a ways off from that, so for now this guy gets shoved into the background as we shift to the next arc.

5. Next Episode: Yessssss! The best character in the show takes the stage! After focusing on the geeks in Team 7 all this time, they’re finally giving a story to the folks in Ino-Shika-Cho, as they’re assigned to watch over a famous actor. We’ll finally get to see how she’s actually grown since her time in the Chuunin Exam…at least, if Boruto doesn’t spend too much time trying to bogart the spotlight.

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

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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