Ohnoki reveals the reasons why he betrayed his village. Meanwhile, Mitsuki meets the scientist who created all the Akuta golems. 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. So last episode the surprise reveal was the former Tsuchikage, Ohnoki, being behind all the machinations of this arc. This week, we get to see just how deep the corruption runs. Not only has Ohnoki had Kurotsuchi neutralized, one of his creations has mind-control capabilities and is controlling Kurotsuchi’s assistant. When Naruto calls to try and get further information on Mitsuki and the other genin, he’s waved off and told Kurotsuchi is out of town. No matter how you look at it, this is treason, but before the end of this arc, somehow they’ll let Ohnoki off the hook for it!
2. Elsewhere, Mitsuki has finally made it to the base of Lord Ku and his assistants. There’s another cute moment with Sekiei where he talks about the value of having close friends and how they make you stronger, making it all the more heartbreaking that the most likely ending for this arc involves the kid crumbling in Mitsuki’s arms.
Anyway, Mitsuki gets examined by the scientist creating the Akuta, and they immediately notice a giant curse mark on him. Now there’s a good chance that what they “need” Mitsuki for will end up killing him, but that’s only if they can avoid activating the curse designed to explode if he’s examined too closely. Now at some point you’d hope they’ll deal with how Mitsuki feels about being used and treated like a weapon all this time. He’s already frustrated enough at his feelings for Boruto being possibly implanted, now this group likely wants to dissect him? To say nothing of his father. Boruto complains because his dad isn’t home enough–Mitsuki’s dad put a bomb inside him.
3. Though Boruto attempts to get some information out of Ohnoki, the former Tsuchikage manages to be the only villain smart enough not to give his plans away to the heroes. Instead, it’s only when Shikadai gets captured and taken to their base we learn what this is all really about. Landing in a cell right next to Kurotsuchi, she talks about how several years back a group of rogue ninja attacked the city, and a number of young ninja died.
Shaken by the deaths of so many children, Ohnoki was motivated to create a pair of prototype Akuta. They started out impressive enough, but he lost control of them and one beat the other into dust, literally. It tried to attack Kurotsuchi and her allies next, and they got lucky enough to destroy it. Ohnoki tried to press the issue on continuing their research, but Kurotsuchi pulled rank on him and that should’ve been that. Except now he’s gone far enough to commit treason on his own city, kidnap a ninja from another village, and attack several other ninja from that village in the process.
Now Kurotsuchi asked him to stop because creating such a powerful force would risk the delicate balance of peace between all the villages, but it seems like it might’ve also been a good point to say creating sentient beings for the purpose of nothing but battle is a terrible idea. Ohnoki points out how much weaker the young ninja have become, but it seems like it would be a better idea to…I dunno, train them more? Instead of just relying on a mindless army that could be turned on you if you ran into a smart enough enemy? This whole thing’s turned into a mess that Ohnoki is too obsessed to see through, but at least Kurotsuchi has some help to try and free herself now.
4. A distraction gives Boruto and the others a chance to fight back, but the tide quickly turns against them. They start to retreat, but their battle leads to a column nearly collapsing atop Ohnoki, and it’s only Boruto who moves quickly enough to save him. So now everyone’s forced to go on the run, while Boruto has the one man who started this whole thing unconscious on his back while trying to escape the dangers of Ku and his sand golem army. Seems like Boruto would have a ton of leverage given he’s carrying the mastermind to the plan on his back, but somehow I’d bet instead of using that he spends more time trying to convince Ohnoki to give up.
5. Next Episode: Neat, we’re finally caught up so I can do these again. Welp, there we go–Boruto’s going to talk things out with Ohnoki! The true problem here is Ohnoki sees the genin of today as much weaker than the ones of old. This hearkens back to the conversation between the Five Kages ages ago where they all pointed out how much weaker the youth of today are thanks to the peace they’ve enjoyed. In the end, there’s a good chance here the only way Ohnoki will be convinced to stop is if the genin are what bring him down. Fortunately, we’ve got a collection of the most overpowered genin in the ninja world, so this should be fine!
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.