「ボルトとミツキ」 (Boruto to Mitsuki)
“Boruto and Mitsuki”
Uzumaki Family’s Mealtime
It always heals me inside, seeing Hinata living the dream life, married to her beloved Naruto and raising their kids. For someone kind and gentle, who never gave up and stuck by the convictions of her feelings, she sure deserved all the good things she got! Oh, and can Himawari ever not be so adorable? The food they prepared together also looked really dapper! Plus Papa Uzumaki finally has the time to eat at home for once, and the evening is shaping up in a fine and dandy way. There’s a disgruntled Boruto, but please ignore that. Deep down we all know he’s just being a tsun.
When Naruto froze mid-meal, I got Vietnam flashbacks to the Boruto movie, where his clone went poof during Himawari’s birthday meal. As you can imagine, the resulting consequence was not nice at all. But this time, I heaved a sigh of relief. It definitely could have been worse.
Boruto’s Ninja Way
Whereas Naruto was a lot more self-centred as a child and less willing to cooperate with his peers, Boruto’s selflessness has already won the respect of many fellows in the Ninja Academy. Boruto is willing to work together as a team, even if this comes at the expense of his success, which we can clearly see when he refuses to abandon a struggling Denki, subsequently failing the assignment. Not saying that Naruto wouldn’t work together with people earlier on in the series. Rather, his unwillingness to cooperate with Sasuke and Sakura for Kakashi’s Bell Test pretty much sums my point up.
While Naruto’s desire for recognition stems from a more universal culmination of his wish to become Hokage, Boruto only wants recognition from a father who no longer has much time for him. Naruto’s inability to juggle his job and family life is sadly having an adverse affect on the young boy. But there was undeniable truth in Boruto’s words:
“The Hokage sacrifices those closest to them for the sake of the village”
May I remind you, that Minato chose to seal the Nine Tail Fox inside of Naruto himself, knowing fully well how badly Jinchuuriki were treated. It caused Naruto so much suffering his life and though he’s certainly come out a stronger person, no doubt he had a really shitty childhood. Therefore, Boruto choosing to utterly reject this notion of a Hokage is actually not too surprising. Neither views are wrong so much as equally valid, and I look forwards to seeing how they play-off against each other in defining this father-son relationship.
Mitsuki’s soul searching is actually an interesting way of constructing his character, an innate curiosity driving him towards making intriguing developments. I wonder what exactly he’s supposed to achieve, that Orochimaru couldn’t do. This particular revelation within the episode gives off a very ominous premonition, though I generally trust Mitsuki’s character. I like to think that his affection for Boruto is genuine and sincere.
It was foreshadowed in earlier episodes. But at this point, Sumire is pretty much implied to have some sort of role in the Ghost Syndrome incidents. The flashback looked rather interesting if not creepy, and I wonder how they will play out in Sumire’s backstory and character development. That said, I’m fully expecting Boruto to successfully lay down the undefeatable Talk no Jutsu. While it looks like we’ll be getting a slice of epic action next episode, with the Rokudaime Kakashi finally making an appearance, hopefully Sumire won’t get killed off. She’s a character I’ve come to quite like so far.