「謎の転校生…!!」 (Nazo no Tenkousei…!!)
“The Mysterious Transfer Student!”
Inojin actually echoed a sentiment I had from last week: Shino puts in so much effort but is possibly misguided.
Say what you want about Shino’s capabilities as a teacher but I’m quite glad that Pierrot have chosen to tackle it. I think these kind of flaws give room for potentially interesting character development, especially considering that Shino was probably the member of Konoha 11 who received the least amount of screen time in Naruto and Shippuden. It will be nice to see him being fleshed out, not to mention it gives us an insight to how difficult a teacher’s job can be, which is something we often take for granted.
Regardless of his personal struggles, Shino truly has the best interests of his students at heart, which we can see when he throws Mitsuki a welcoming party. Following the debacle where Mitsuki utterly defeats Iwabe, and almost strangles him to death, the party was a really good icebreaker helping Mitsuki fit in better after a rough start. Seeing Shino throw in gaudy attire was really weird, and I probably had a similar reaction to Sarada. But this goes back to what I’m saying about Shino going the extra mile but in a possibly misguided manner. You can’t really fault him for trying his best in his own weird way, and I just want to see him succeed!
Unfortunately Sarada jinxes the party, by commenting on how well it’s going! Saying stuff like that is just an invitation to opening a whole new can of worms. His luck and the party trick with the bugs both went horribly wrong and the worst case scenario transpired. Chaos invites more chaos and as some of the construction progress is destroyed by Mitsuki with a blast of wind jutsu. That wasn’t supposed to happen!
Seeing Shino try his damned hardest only for it to turn our really poorly made me feel really sad for him. You could see how much though and effort he puts in, how delighted he is when things seem to finally go well, only for it to be cruelly robbed when things go catastrophically wrong. It was totally crushing to see how badly his failures affected him, especially since we got to see him worry so much about how he could become a better teacher.
The After Party
What hurt even more was how little the children seemed to appreciate his best efforts. Everyone laughing and being harsh towards Shino made me angry, but thankfully Shikadai learned from the mess he caused with Metal, when he scolds everyone and asks them to reflect on their behaviour. Only it came too little too late – the damage was already done.
I was worried that Shino would get horribly chewed up, but fortunately, Iruka sensei is now a principal and offers some really nice emotional support befitting of him. However, it doesn’t seem to be enough as Shino gets possessed by the dark chakra shroud, and invites Boruto, Mitsuki and Shikadai out for a private lesson…
The fight sequence choreography was as good as always. On top of a spinning kick to apprehend the rabble rouser at the beginning of the episode, we were treated to a taijutsu exchange between Mitsuki and Iwabe, and a coordinated takedown of a builder corrupted by the dark chakra shroud. COMPLETE WITH THE BORUTO RENDAN. Seriously, even if it was accidental, it was such a nostalgic throwback to the original series.
Anyway with Shino’s Terminator Mode activated, alongside the recent slew of impressive action animations, I look forwards to seeing how kids who aren’t even Genin can weigh up against him. Speaking of which, I’m surprised Boruto hasn’t tried to tell anyone about what he could see with his special eye. If you think about it, maybe this situation would not have escalated so far if he had informed an adult about these shifty ongoings, which would have alerted them to be cautious against any potential threat.
My observations indicate a pattern across the individuals affected by the malevolent dark chakra shroud – they all exhibited signs of emotional stress. This makes me wonder about the potential for the dark chakra shroud to possess Naruto, in the event Boruto says something incredibly hurtful to him. Before speculating too far, I will bring this episode’s post to a close.