「ゴースト事件、捜査開始!!」 (Gousuto Jiken, Sousa Kaishi!!)
“The Ghost Incident: The Investigation Begins!”
Given that Boruto himself coined ‘ghost’ to name this phenomenon, I think I will adopt it from now on to describe people being possessed. It’s not really the best description per se, but I think it could be a pretty solid improvement compared to my pretentiously phrased ‘dark chakra shroud’.
The boys spend a week on lookout in the hopes of pre-emptively catching out a ‘ghost’ transformation. Ignoring dry eye antics, it was truly heart-warming when Mitsuki says he enjoys Boruto’s company, because ‘it’s never boring when you’re with Boruto‘. Reflecting on the statement, I have to agree. So far the series has really impressed, and I hope it can continue like this.
Mitsuki’s ‘convincing’ sickness note lies, with the cough added at the end for extra effect, failed to bypass the all-seeing Byakugan. We also got to witness exactly why Boruto is so scared of Hinata. Imagine coming home, and seeing this first thing through the door? It could have been easily worse, considering how Shikamaru got slapped by Temari. It’s hilarious how that makes two generations of the Nara clan, where the wife completely whips her son and husband.
I’m surprised that Hinata just let Boruto get away from the disciplinary teacher meeting. It should be an easy matter for her byakugan and shinobi skills to swiftly to catch her son. Boruto purports Hinata to be a fearsome mother, yet she seems awfully lax on him. To be honest, I was also expecting more from the subsequent interactions between Shino and Hinata. Considering they were on the same team for many years, it seemed odd that the two were quite stiff and formal. I do suppose professional conduct should be observed where teachers and parents are concerned, and the two were always rather introverted.
BORUTO’S WORK EXPERIENCE
While there has been criticism of Shino’s teaching in previous episodes, he did an admirable job finding a middle ground, that enabled Boruto to strive for his objective in a productive manner. This was done by having the students find some work experience of their choice, which allowed Boruto and the gang to find a legitimate cause to substantiate their operations. So the gang choose the post office, since it allows them to cover an effective range across Konohagakure in anticipation for potential ‘ghost’ outbreaks. However, in his relentless pursuit to solve the mystery, I do think Boruto has lost sight of important matters relevant to daily life – not everything is a kid’s game.
When Boruto pretty much belittled the post delivery job, I was shaking my head in disapproval. Call it unwanted pride, but who wouldn’t be frustrated if they heard an 8 year old kid say that their job was easy? Obviously bumping into Naruto would affect his emotional temperament, but it was disappointing that after choosing to call the job ‘easy’, Boruto goes on to make a mess of it by recklessly delivering various items. Not only has it caused inconvenience for people, but hard workers like the man they were shadowing have to put in an extra shift to make up for their irresponsible behaviour. Anyhow, despite my criticisms, I’m pretty excited. You know what these kind of shortcomings mean? Yup, considering that Boruto is a young whippersnapper, it means huge room for character development. He’s actually a pretty good kid, who will come to realise and feel guilty for how he has wronged others, upon solid introspection.
NARUTO AND FAMILY
Naruto points to his lack of a father being the reason as to why he struggles to interact and communicate with Boruto. But Iruka is as good as a father figure in Naruto’s life and provided emotional crutches where needed. For starters, take your son out to eat some Ichiraku Ramen or something! Then again, Iruka wasn’t preoccupied by such a tough and time-consuming job like being Hokage, so the principles on the matter could vary in terms of applicability.
Anyway, the NaruHina moment was fabulous, especially when the two looked over a sleeping Boruto together in such a loving and tender way. I wish we got to see more NaruHina moments given how rewarding they are to fans of the original Naruto, but I’ll settle with what we currently have. There are still many episodes left, with ample opportunity where the two can exhibit genuinely lovey dovey displays.
It seems pretty evident given the evidence presented this episode, that either a revived Root, or a subsidiary of Root, has been identified as the causal link between the victims and the ‘ghost’ transformation. The Hashirama Cell proves to be a prevalent tool driving the plot, and I look forwards to seeing how the potential threat of Wood Release genetic experiments looms across the overarching storyline. It seems for the first time, the ‘ghost’ transformation has caused serious collateral damage, with the water purification plant being heavily damaged and students of the Ninja Academy getting badly injured. Speaking of the water purification plant, I think it’s entirely possible that it was strategically targeted for contamination, to consequently widen the spread of the ‘ghost’ outbreaks.
Judging by the previews, Naruto wants to resolve this issue of the attacks using skilled operators such as the ANBU, whereas Boruto seems angry that his desire for vigilantism will be denied. I can understand that Boruto desires vengeance regarding the injury of his classmate Sumire. But you can really see that Naruto not only has Boruto’s interest at heart in keeping him safe, but also Konoha’s greater interest by searching for the most capable task force that can handle the matter. If Boruto’s ocular abilities had come to light, then it would have been pretty easy for Naruto to have given Boruto a backline role, assessing the conditions of people susceptible to ‘ghost’ using his special eye. But until Boruto can manage a more convincing way of reliably manifesting his power, which I suspect will be a long time off, he will be stuck with breaking the rules in order to satisfy his own sense of justice.