Boruto goes up against Kakou, while Shikadai tries to contact the Hidden Leaf. Will either of them be able to escape the watchful eye of Ku and Ohnoki’s Fabrications? 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. Points to Shikadai for pulling off the rare “use enemy communication to contact help, but don’t get captured” trick. While Ku and his Akuta are looking for him, rather than remain hidden in the city he sneaks right into the Tsuchikage’s office and calls the Hokage. Naruto’s out, but his dad’s there so he’s able to inform him of everything that’s been going on. Ku finds out through an especially smart Akuta which rushes back to tell him, and he and his army arrive in time to see a phone left off the hook while Shikadai escapes.
I was hoping the kids would be able to wrap this up on their own, but once Ku took control of the entire city this became a matter far too large for just a bunch fo teenagers to try and figure out. Getting the adults in the loop at this stage is prudent, since we’ve gone far past the level things were at during the Land of Waves arc.
2. While Shikadai manages to avoid a cliche, Boruto isn’t quite so lucky. He falls into the “The enemy reinforcements will always arrive before yours” trap. Boruto reaches an impasse with Ohnoki after explaining the Fabrications he’s using in place of humans clearly have their own mind and will, but before Boruto can try and force Ohnoki to come with him, Kakou arrives to aid his creator. Unlike his older brother, Kakou isn’t just capable of using jutsu–but he can use Ohnoki’s particle jutsu. Boruto just narrowly holds him off, escaping a Mud Wall jutsu and going on the run. What saves him ultimately is the use of kunai with an explosive tag, giving off his location and allowing Sarada and Chocho (who leave Inojin with Akkun and a battered Akatsuchi behind) to find him.
3. While the kids are actually doing things, the adults are stuck dealing with the red tape. It’s embarrassing, but this is what someone in Naruto always had to deal with, we just rarely saw it. The show moves back to Konoha to see Naruto, Tsunade, Kakashi, and Shikamaru all discussing the situation as it stands. Shikamaru asks the prior Hokage to explain to the other Kage their situation and why it’s going to become necessary to go into Hidden Stone village, while Naruto is left explaining things to the feudal lords.
Even Shikamaru realizes this could take days though and their kids need help now. With that in mind, there’s a good chance they’ll wind up asking for forgiveness rather than permission and having to rush in anyway.
4. While the battle between Boruto, Sarada, ChoCho, and Kakou wasn’t particularly special, it was great to see a progression to the fight. The kids using different strategies to show they weren’t just approaching things from the same angle over and over again. While Kakou using particle attacks makes it dangerous to attack in close range, Sarada figures out Kakou’s jutsu has a twenty second time cooldown between uses. Or at least he’s supposed to, but once they realize his weakness he starts inexplicably tossing out particle attacks one after the other with reckless abandon. One of them finally catches Boruto off-guard, leaving him trapped inside of a massive hole that Kakou plans to fill with one final, giant jutsu to finish Boruto…until his body starts to crack. At the climax of the battle, Kakou dies of exhaustion, abusing his abilities and pushing far beyond his limit.
Ohnoki reaches the battle right as Kakou goes berserk, and witnesses his creation die going against both the will of his creator and his own body to enjoy the fight as much as he could. Presumably Ohnoki’s starting to understand these Fabrications have a will of their own, which is going to make the upcoming episodes really rough on him.
5. How many times can one kid be betrayed by his friends? Just as Boruto confronts Ohnoki again, believing he’s in a good position, he’s confronted with Inojin. The last time we see Inojin, it’s after Kirara managed to find Akkun and their hideout. He starts out using his beast scroll techniques against her, but that’s before Kirara opens her eyes to cast her genjutsu on him. It’s obvious to the viewer Inojin is under control, and just as he invites them to head back to the cave to wait things out, he grabs Boruto by the throat and places a kunai at his throat. Kirara appears shortly afterwards, and it’s clear Ohnoki now has the hostage he needs to get back to the city.
It’s frustrating to spend so much time watching our protagonists trying to get free only to wind up captured for what’s gotta be the third time just since they reached the city, but we’re closing in on the end of this arc so it’s probably time to get everyone together for the finale.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.