「ポルトに見える道」 (Boruto ni Mieru Michi)
“The Path That Boruto Can See”
It seems the Nue manifested the interdimensional portal, meaning I no longer know what to make of the electrical reaction from Boruto’s eye last week. It would have been my personal choice for most epic moment in the series so far, which leaves me in a rather troublesome spot. Anyway, while I look forwards to seeing how the series deals with this question, let us put it behind for now and focus on the Ghost Syndrome Arc’s satisfying resolution.
The fight scenes were brilliant, and we got to see some really fabulous Taijutsu choreography, especially with Boruto’s clones. As I said before, Boruto’s limit of three shadow clones probably forces him to be a lot more creative with his application of the technique, contrasting the brute force approach we were used to seeing from Naruto. You could also tell emotions were running high, since Boruto had very intense expressions throughout the episode.
Mitsuki’s Lightning Snake and Sumire’s Water Pistol were also pretty badass, as was their escalation into a taijutsu skirmish. Moves were put the test, between the trading of blows, and impressed is a complete understatement regarding my feelings about the combat animation sequences this episode. But Boruto’s intervention marked a turning point, and after he took a kunai to the shoulder, I clenched my butt cheeks in anticipation. Anyone could tell the moment had finally arrived…
Talk no Jutsu: Sumire Edition
When Mitsuki said that Boruto’s power could not be explained by ninjutsu or science, that pretty much sums up Talk no Jutsu in a nutshell. Why was it so effective this time? Allow me to explain.
Looking into Sumire’s past, we can see she has mostly been indoctrinated, rather than being innately evil herself. Her anger largely stems from the fact her parents were treated like criminals due their ties with Root, despite the contributions they made during the war. After her mother died from the stress and anxiety of living as outcasts, her father dies sealing the Gozu Tennou into her body. Given our context, revenge is a natural desire. Sumire lost everything, and not enacting vengeance would make parent’s deaths somewhat meaningless.
And this is where the effectiveness of Boruto’s Talk no Jutsu stems from, where he parallels her burden with that of the one she is about to place on the Nue. Another reason why it worked out, was because Sumire genuinely enjoying her time at the academy with with the friends that she made. So in addition to the reality of her burdens, her connections with others was ultimately what enabled the Talk no Jutsu to work, consequently destroying the Gozu Tennou. All in all, I would highly rate this incidence of Talk no Jutsu, since you could clearly see that it had been carefully constructed, hence deriving quite a logical outcome.
Though we had to say our farewells to the amazing pet that was Nue, all’s well that ends well. But the reason why I have not called the arc conclusion is because next episode’s preview indicates there’s more to come – Sumire may have to transfer away from Konoha. For someone who almost committed an unspeakable act of terrorism, I’d say that that she got off pretty lightly. This response is about as reasonable as it gets. In the event she does leave, which would help explain her lack of appearance in the Boruto movie, her most likely destination would probably be Kirigakure. First in part due to her water release, and the fact that the Water Pistol Jutsu is a hidden jutsu of the village’s Hozuki clan, where Suigetsu and Mangestu hail from.
Even if it would make me a bit sad, I’m already pretty happy with what we got since the Talk no Jutsu basically saved Sumire’s life. Not to mention, I doubt Boruto could make his it work where the matter is now taken upon adult hands. Nonetheless, I’m still holding out for Sumire to stay, and though it’s too early to say for sure, I’m currently on board the S.S. BoruSumi!
ED2: 「サヨナラムーンタウン」 (Sayonara Moon Town) by Scenarioart