The village finds itself under attack by members of the Otsutsuki Clan, members of the same family as Kaguya, enemy of the Ninja World! How will they respond? 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. They really went out of their way to put Boruto at the center of this episode for a couple minutes. Because Naruto was trying to look after Boruto and Sarada, he gets momentarily distracted and chucked through a stone wall by Momoshiki, leader of the Otsutsuki Clan. Realistically, Naruto’s dealt with far more severe damage than this, but since this show is technically about Boruto they had to show him doing stuff otherwise it’s just an episode about Boruto’s Dad.
He does his best to fight against Momoshiki, though after using all his chakra battling against Shinki earlier, “his best” winds up being spamming his Ninja Weapon as much as possible, tossing out extravagant elemental jutsus in the vain hope of doing some manner of damage to a threat that showed up out of nowhere. The Otsutsuki Clan appear to be capable of absorbing chakra energy with ease, so Boruto just futilely attacks again and again only to see it all absorbed. You’d think he’d stop after the first couple, but no–he uses about a dozen different scrolls until he finally runs out. Not quite the genius we thought he was, one supposes.
2. I love how they keep teasing Mitsuki’s Sage Mode only to have it go nowhere. After the Otsutsuki Tribe arrives, they immediately destroy the Chuunin Exam arena, and all the ninja are forced to help as many people as possible escape. Mitsuki protects a young child, but then sees Boruto in trouble. He’s completely aware his normal powers aren’t good enough to help, so he tries going into Sage Mode, but fails miserably after getting shut down by Urashiki, Fisherman of the Seven Chakras. Before Mitsuki can do anything at all, Urashiki plunges his chakra fish hook inside of him and pulls out the unique chakra that allows him to go Sage Mode.
He comments that he’s never seen anything like it, then remarks it’s too troublesome for him to use against his fellow clan members. It’s hilarious that Mitsuki is capable of using this amazing transformation, but he keeps getting fouled out of it and forced to back down again and again. They should keep this up as long as possible, even though I’m positive this arc won’t finish without him using that power at least once.
3. Fortunately for Mitsuki he doesn’t have to fight Urashiki after having Sage Mode stolen, because Gaara and the Mizukage show up to fight instead. It’s a dangerous job, especially since both are fighting at less than their best effort–Gaara’s using part of his sand to help people out of the collapsing exam area, while Chojuro left his best weapon behind. Urashiki is aware of both these facts and tries to take advantage of their weaknesses–but it’s still all he can do to hold off against both of them. Ultimately, their superior battle experience wins out with a combination typhoon and sand attack forcing Urashiki to try and retreat in the hopes his superiors had already taken out Naruto.
4. A frustrating thing about watching some shonen series is when you’re aware the show has to “go through the motions”. We know Naruto can’t actually beat the Otsutsuki Clan right now, because the story would be over before it really even began. So we have to sit through the cliche of watching Naruto try and contain Momoshiki’s giant tailed beast chakra attacks because he can’t risk destroying the area while villagers are escaping.
Sasuke uses his chakra to help Naruto defend as long as possible, but ultimately none of it matters when the Otsutsuki Clan can get hopped up on the chakra pills they’ve derived from Gaara and Killer Bee and just keep spamming citybusting chakra attacks over and over. So instead of Naruto being able to deflect all these and get away, Sasuke has to grab both their children and get away, while we’re left to watch the arena become absolutely devastated in a beautiful sequence that’s almost worth the time investment to this episode all by itself. That’s the bright side to this episode–while it’s obvious eventually Naruto has to lose, the spectacle involved is breathtaking, and some of the best animation this series has seen.
5. Next Episode: Naruto’s been taken by the bad guys, and for the first time Boruto’s starting to realize what it means to be the Hokage. Finally able to see him for more than just a father, hopefully there’s still time for Boruto to actually get to know him. In the meantime, Sasuke appears to be working with the other Kage in the hopes of bringing Naruto back from the Otsutsuki Clan. But will it be too late?
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
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