「男女対抗忍術合戦!!」 (Danjo Taikou Ninjutsu Gassen!!)
“A Ninjutsu Battle of the Sexes!”
I only just realised why it makes perfect sense for Konohamaru to be so close to Boruto. Although Boruto shows no signs of aspiring to be Hokage, both were frequent troublemakers that craved acknowledgement for themselves, irrespective of their relations to a Hokage. My realisation also made me appreciate how level-headed and likeable Boruto is compared to a younger Konohamaru. Studio Pierrot have done a fantastic job of portraying Boruto as cheeky and cocksure without seeming too obnoxious.
While tensions between the genders remained unsteady, who thought that a piece of yakisoba bread would finally cause nerves to fray? Damn it Chocho, would it hurt that bad to spare a yakisoba bread in this situation?!? Whatever. Boys vs Girls,
No Items, Final Destination any weapons allowed, Ninja Academy. Team that captures the flag wins and the losers listen to what the winners say. Let the fight begin!
The ‘mission’ turns out to be fairly fun, as Shino has set up traps all over the academy, and everybody has their competitive spirit stoked. Then, the girls start eliminating the guys one by one. Iwabe makes a wall to keep the girls out, but Chocho makes him pay for it. Then there’s the classic Metal Lee, who effortlessly catches swathes of shurikens, then flops after he gets flustered by the girls. Speaking of which, it surprises me how quickly Inojin has come to get along with Boruto. Alongside Shikidai and Denki, these guys are already a squad. And I really like how Inojin trolled the girls with his superbeast scroll! If I recall correctly, William Congreve uttered ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman pranked’. Toad you so, girls don’t frogret about pranks. I Denki might be in for a bad time.
Neck and neck, and at the final hurdle on the rooftop, both teams pull out their trump cards. I am a simple man. I see explosions, and I like. But nostalgic hype meters flew off the chart when Boruto successfully completed the summoning jutsu with a slight twist that arguably distinguishes him from Naruto a bit. He summons some kind of demonic creature that seems like a chimera, which he has no control over. Nothing like your sweaty toads of mass destruction from yore that you would expect from Australia, though I will have to page Passerby on this one.
It almost severely injures our young ninjas, but fortunately a rasengan from Konohamaru is enough to save the day. The girls win the Battle of the Sexes, but since Naruto saved Chocho from being hurt badly, all differences are set aside as a peaceful resolution is reached. Shortly after which the Ninja Academy building collapses.
With a mysterious silhouette fading away into the sunset, it seems we will get the exciting transfer student next episode, who will be looking to challenge Boruto. While many of us will know the identity of this character from the movie or the manga, I would rather not spoil it for people who might not know.
As far as character development goes, this episode did very well. Hopefully, this will be the standard for a long time to come. Almost everyone got a chance to shine in the spotlight and showcased their own individual personalities in a way that further distinguishes many of them from their parents. I think the artistic freedom to create original content (without contradicting the established canon) has play a huge part in Boruto’s current success. In addition to thoroughly fleshing out our characters, what could have been a mini-arc of fillers was broadcasted as a single episode.
If you have been enjoying Boruto so far, the good news is that I will be continuing to write posts for it. The bad news is that I’m back to university and busy with exams this term, so my posts won’t be as comprehensive as they previously were. No doubt, I will continue to write posts earnestly through thick and thin, and please expect a return to form following the end of my exams!