Trapped between their home nation and the Land of Earth, Shikadai and the others must make a decision about what to do next. But…what about Boruto? 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. While Boruto’s still knocked out, Shikadai and the others are forced to decide what they want to do next. Now the obvious answer is go home–the one you wanted to save just let you know he doesn’t need saving about as clearly as he possibly could. That feels like the end of the story. But Shikadai’s always thinking several steps ahead, and points out the only reasonable explanation they can use to keep the arc going: the Akuta sand golems are clearly being created en masse for reasons that likely won’t end up good for the ninja world, and going back without figuring out what those reasons are can’t be the best idea. Now they could leave that to other ninja…except all the jonin sent by the Hidden Leaf are all either dead or unconscious, and they’re the only ones close enough to get valuable information in time for it to be viable.
So, I guess they’re invading the Hidden Stone village. Y’know, as soon as the main character wakes up.
2. Ten episodes ago, Inojin was stuck with a baby chick that imprinted on him after a mission he did with Team 10. Now here we are with one of the Akuta reforming into a much smaller, more innocent looking (and thinking) form, and becoming just as attached to the guy. The resulting transformation makes it so harmless it doesn’t even try to fight anymore, instead it just wants to hug and play around, and views Inojin almost like it’s mother. This is quickly becoming an adorable trend, and I hope they keep it up in subsequent arcs–just have him backed up by not just the paint-based animals he draws, but a bunch of real ones too. This show’s already insane, why not toss in a ninja chicken and sand bunny? It would make the character stand out instead of just being a pastiche of his parents abilities.
3. If anyone ever threatened to hit you so hard they’d knock you into last/next week and you didn’t know what it meant, this episode is for you. Mitsuki’s lightning attack leaves Boruto unconscious for most of this episode. Bruh literally got hit so hard he’s dreaming about the beginning of this arc, when life was good.
It’s only the arrival of Garaga, who realizes the sorry state Boruto’s in, that slowly starts to make him snap out of it. Of course, the bigger problem is Boruto made a promise–that he’d bring his friend back, or let Garaga eat him, and Garaga seems to have every intention of making him live up to it. Boruto gets chased through his dreams, and while I’d assume a fourteen year old boy wouldn’t be even a snack to a such a massive snake, presumably the intention here was to consume his spirit and chakra. Still, Boruto decides even under threat of death he won’t give up on his friend, and manages to pull himself from the edges of consciousness to rejoin his friends.
4. Restored to consciousness thanks to the aid of his tsundere snake summon, Boruto finds new purpose in the wake of the seeming betrayal by Mitsuki. I’m not sure if this was lost in translation or what, but he talks about how he can’t let Mitsuki go with them since he doesn’t have an idea of what sort of people they are. But Mitsuki seems to know even more than they do at this point, so what’s he talking about?
I understand we can’t exactly stop the story with Mitsuki having defected to the Village of the Hidden Stone, the end, especially when Boruto has to eventually adapt more of the manga. It doesn’t make Boruto’s explanation any less flimsy, though–it’d be better if he’d just stuck with the whole “we won’t let him become a traitor even if we have to drag him back by force” part, since at least that would imply he’s aware of Mitsuki’s choice, but isn’t going to let him choose something so stupid.
5. Boruto’s awful confident in a plan that’s relying on a dude who’s over one hundred years old. Yes, I’m aware he doesn’t realize the guy’s currently being watched over constantly because he’s in a dangerous condition, but..shouldn’t he be, at least a little bit? The guy seemed kind of spry, but he was still in a wheelchair, and just using his jutsu exhausted him. Betting everything on the odds he’ll be able to protect you just…doesn’t seem like the smart move. Especially when he no longer has the same political clout he once did anyway.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.