5 Point Discussions – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 104: “The Little Roommate”

by Sage Ashford

The team goes after a master thief that’s managed to escape Konoha’s police several times over.  But in the middle of their mission, they run into…a kitten? 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. This smaller, character focused episode starts out with Team 7 working alongside the cops to try and catch a jewel thief. This is a pretty big step up from the usual work genin get stuck with, but if we’re being honest this might be one of the most safe missions we’ve ever seen Boruto and company go on. They’ve been to the Land of Waves and the Land of Earth and wound up in situations which should have led to small-scale war popping off and come back safe.  Here they’re merely helping on a mission where they’re surrounded by adults and have proper intel on what’s happening, and are in a comparatively low-stakes situation.   It’s probably the most appropriate mission they’ve been given considering their skills and the work they’ve already put in.

2. Boruto and Sarada are the absolute worst this episode.  In the middle of this mission, the thief disappears after being chased by the cops and Team 7, and the only thing they manage to find is a tiny kitten who’s lost his mother. The two feel bad for the kitten, but are both unable to take it in–Boruto would have to get the OK from his parents and Sarada’s apartment doesn’t allow pets.  (How’d that conversation go down?  “It’s cool you’re a war hero and all, but you still can’t bring Garfield and Odie into this complex.”)  So they just both hand the responsibility off to Mitsuki…and then neither of them even bother to visit Mitsuki and the cat for the remainder of the episode.  These two feel like the type to get really into the idea of recycling for a safer planet…til they find out how far off the nearest recycling center is, then they’re just dumping trash outside their house like everyone else.

3. Considering this episode is basically “Mitsuki and his cat”, this episode does a great job of making the jewel thief into an unlikable character.  There’s no tragic backstory or attempt to make him relatable, and they don’t even give him a neat looking design.  He blends into a group of drunks by hiding the diamond he stole inside the kitten, but then proceeds to kidnap the kitten later in an attempt to cut it open to get the diamond back.   He’s easily thwarted by Mitsuki and the others, which raises a couple questions.
First: if feeding the diamond to a kitten was the best idea this guy had, how exactly was he going to fence it in the first place?  Selling expensive diamonds requires an extensive network of connections.  Though then again that might be why he’d performed so many heists and was still working. If he couldn’t even find a decent place to stash the jewels, there’s no way he knew someone willing to buy them.
Second, this guy went down so easy it’s hard not to wonder…why did the cops need help in the first place?  They were definitely also ninja judging by the comically large shuriken they had on their backs–was it just a way to get out of paying for overtime?

4. Mitsuki’s new friend is definitely an idealized version of cats in general, but it still had all the cuteness any cat-lover could want.  Much of it comes down to Mitsuki figuring out how to take care of another living creature, but to his credit he catches on quite quickly…outside of a moment where he nearly buys it a hamburger for dinner. Still, this plays into Mitsuki slowly figuring out what it means to be human, which ties in nicely to the preview for episode 105.

5. Next Episode: Man, Mitsuki is getting a ton of focus episodes lately.  There’s so many other characters available for this series to look at, but somehow we keep coming back to Orochimaru’s cloned kid. Admittedly, he’s part of the main cast so it makes sense–they need to burn more episodes since Boruto’s a monthly manga and they’re still (for some reason) adhering to the manga plot. Still, what’s some of the other teams up to?
Well, nevermind because the story is about how Mitsuki’s starting to experience dreams now.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available on Funimation and Crunchyroll.

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