「恋とポテチ…!!」 (Koi to Potechi…!!)
“Love and Potato Chips!!”
Chou Chou’s gluttony made me crave some crisps. In case you didn’t know, crisps is what we call potato chips over in the United Kingdom. In the middle of watching this episode, I took a break and took a brief excursion to the nearby supermarket. Not that people would necessarily be familiar with British brands like Walkers and Jacobs, but I did enjoy my paprika flavoured pringles and mini cheddar bites. I know I’ve made it as the stereotypically lazy university student, when the aforementioned snacks ended up becoming my entire lunch.
The moment Magire made this angry face, I knew we were in for another week of dark chakra troubles with Magire as the victim. I guess it could have been worse…? While I find myself being super critical of Magire for stalking Sumire, I can’t help but wonder who wouldn’t abuse the power of invisibility. As much as I would like to outright say I’m a moral and upstanding person, there’s that niggling doubt saying I would abuse invisibility for sure.
Anyway, I’m really glad we didn’t get a generic story where Boruto comes as the knight in shining armour to Sumire’s rescue. Instead, we get a generous serving of Chou Chou as she proceeds to take the stage and resolve the issue with her love of food! Not forgetting Boruto and Denki in the first episode, Chou Chou’s conversation with Magire also showed that the dark chakra shroud can be dissipated via means other than combat, namely utilising the strongest technique to ever appear across the franchise – Talk no Jutsu.
Although I felt the delivery of Chou Chou’s moral lesson was quite cringe-worthy, what she said overall was pretty valid and it gave her much needed space for character development. Rejection or failure is not the end of the world – upon further introspection, a person can always work on changing themselves for the better. Despite coming across as superficial and self-centred, Chou Chou is a kind-hearted and sincere person who does not seem particularly conscious about her weight. Having said that, Magire’s possession might not have happened, if Chou Chou hadn’t cruelly jebaited him into a rejection she knew would happen.
Seems like one of the kids looks up to the Sixth Hokage. Either that, or he’s trying to hide a big fat lip and buck teeth. Another pretty great throwback was Boruto hypothesizing about the possibility chakra monsters, but it seems rather odd that their existence isn’t established for both him and Shikadai. What I find interesting is the inference that for whatever reason, the story of the Tailed Beasts might not be taught to the newer generation. Or it’s all being planned as part of their later education, though it does seem really peculiar that it doesn’t come up as a widely-known legend or myth told to children. Maybe it’s an oversight on the part of the production committee, so it remains to be seen exactly what is going on here.
Though lacking in sophistication at times, Boruto is fundamentally a kids show. Whereas we grew up with Naruto, the current young kids in Japan will grow up watching Boruto, and the older audience members like us stick around to see how it spiritually continues from Naruto. It’s fairly natural to expect attempts at conflict resolution which may seem facile or childish. What I hope is that these conflicts grow steadily into more serious matters, pushing the new generation to mature and improve their application of Talk no Jutsu in order to deal with future issues.
The plotline with the dark chakra shroud is beginning to drag on in my opinion, so it is a relief that judging by the preview for next episode, Boruto will finally be telling people about his special eye. Only he’s turning into a complete chuunibyou over it. Himawari’s voiceover was hilarious and it was crazily cute when she expressed concern at how her older brother was turning into a weirdo!
I really do look forwards to seeing how Boruto will challenge the preconceived notions that the shinobi world has always had about the Byakugan in terms of the science behind how it is inherited – even if what he has is not a bona fide Byakugan. Hopefully this potential development would help end the cycle of people being possessed every week.
I will be on exam leave next week. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an available person to continue coverage of Boruto, although a mysterious challenger has agreed to take up Tsuki ga Kirei for me. This means it is more than likely that you will get a double post for Boruto in two weeks. Apologies in advance.