「魔獣、現る・・・!!」 (Majuu, Arawaru···!!)
“The Demon Beast Appears!”
Mother of Hashirama Senjuu! Danzo is an even bigger scumbag than I previously thought, and it seems like his experiments went way too far. By that, I mean to disapprove of the inhumane experimentation involving the Gozu Tennō. It disturbs me how a psychopathic powerhungry maniac like Danzo was able to easily inspire faith and loyalty from many others. From my past familiarity of Sai being a complete tool, my money would be on indoctrination and brainwashing. These are the kinds of people who are hungry for power, but should not be allowed to maintain power, because their own grand designs could potentially interfere with the notion of a greater good by exercising absolute power to exploit vulnerable people.
In retrospect, the actions of Sumire’s father – Tanuki – do not differ greatly from Minato, where both sealed a monstrous abomination within their children. But here, I would distinguish Minato’s heroic intentions from Tanuki’s delusional jingoism. This parallel contrasting Minato and Tanuki can also be reflected between Boruto and Sumire, where they both proclaim about doing what their fathers could not do. Sumire’s sinister delivery heavily differs from the selfless determination exhibited by Boruto, and in both circumstances, evil and good manage to do the same thing for opposite reasons. Such a spectacular juxtaposition serves to highlight the importance of perspectives in regards to personal experience.
A noticeable emphasis is placed upon a recurrent theme in the series of children bearing a heavy burden – living up to the legacy of their parents in addition to the expectations set down by them. Some people are crushed and end up being completely defined by it, whereas others like Boruto struggle against following a path predetermined by others. In this case, Tanuki’s quest for vengeance ends up defining Sumire, causing her to facilitate an attack via the Nue upon Konoha, not dissimilar to a fully released tailed beast.
Nue Subjugation Squad
Naruto effortlessly phasing was super cool, and it feels like he’s come so far from being the lame kid constantly making mistakes, into this awesome guy who is pretty much divinity. Sadly, the moment passed all too quickly due to a logistical issue.
In this instance, his powers were limited in a fairly practical way that didn’t seem like a total asspull. Seeing the introduction of a challenge, where brute force cannot resolve the situation proves to be an interesting test of Naruto’s capabilities as Hokage. Though I’d imagine that Naruto could easily defeat the Nue in a no bars straight on encounter, where the safety of Konohagakure is concerned, he has his hands tied behind his back.
Now, I’m not claiming to be an expert but with a monster that absorbs chakra, where the heck is Rock Lee?!? If Gai could take on the Four Tails with Seventh Gate Release, what’s to stop Lee from perfectly disposing of the situation for the sake of his ninja pals? Then again, it would make the story way too easy. Guess it also allows eye candy moments for fans of the original series. Cue fangasm when Kakashi flew from the heavens, raining down Purple Lightning onto the Nue.
When Mitsuki’s mission turned into killing Sumire, I had to wonder when did Orochimaru start issuing orders to protect Konoha. Feels quite ironic, but I guess it does show he has turned a new hidden leaf for whatever reason. The ensuing confrontation between Mitsuki and Sumire could have had better animation, but the choreography was excellent. Not many things get me stoked like time and space jutsus, and Boruto’s ocular transportation jutsu looks like a totally amped up version of Kakashi’s kamui. I look forwards to seeing how this power will be incorporated in the future, but hopefully it will not become an ability Boruto can spam while still being so young.
Boruto’s ultimate decision actually brings him closer to Naruto, by looking for a third solution where neither the village or the class representative are sacrificed. Watching him jump into the unknown of a dangerous dark vortex spiralling out of control in order to save Sumire, outlines his convictions to uphold his ideals. Success or failure, his character will surely see positive quantities of substantial growth from these events.
This oncoming whiff of Talk no Jutsu smells more obvious than someone farting after eating some super spicy curry, only its far more potent in turncoating even the most hard stuck ideological extremists. Everyone from Zabuza to Obito fell for its powers, and with the exception of Gaara, pretty much everyone also ended up kicking the bucket soon after. Naruto probably would have got Madara too, if only Black Zetsu hadn’t ruined things. But that’s a conspiracy theory for another time. I just hope Sumire doesn’t die, as I’ve come to really like this newly exposed duplicity in her character.