「サラダ、走る!!」 (Sarada, Hashiru!!)
Sarada finally gets some focus for character development, receiving her own dedicated episode. Coming across as a mix of pre-Shippuden Sasuke and Sakura, she effortlessly combines properly prim with wannabe cool.
Sarada’s Delivery Adventure!
Promptly taking up her mother’s request to deliver a fixed up soft toy, I couldn’t help but notice she immediately agreed upon hearing that the teddy bear was a gift from the patient’s father. I feel this speaks of Sarada’s desire to be spoiled by her parents, in spite of her insistence that she needs no gifts. Nevertheless, she goes along with it, and what a troublesome ordeal it ended up being. Accidentally leaving the package on the train, helping out an old lady and barely missing out at the next station, almost getting caught riding on top of a train by Boruto & Co, nothing seemed to be going her way.
Good thing ChoCho came to the rescue. Although she can sometimes come across as shallow and headstrong, she truly cares for her friends. Without any hesitation, she expends a truly rare snack item to obtain information that would help Sarada, as well as guiding her about the place with some handy street smarts. I’ve actually come to really grow on her! Fortunately, they manage to save the teddy bear before it mistakenly ends up as a sacrifice for a waterfall ritual. Talk about a close shave! They probably would have used Boruto & Co as a substitute sacrifice instead.
We got an insight into the Uchiha household, where the father is largely absent and the mother busy with or taking a holiday from work. Yet Sarada stays strong, bearing the kind of burdens you wouldn’t expect someone her age to carry. Doing all the chores including cooking dinners, she’s the one who is like the adult, telling her mum not to worry. But something tells me this situation is untenable, with an inevitable breaking point down the line.
This is just a taste of what we’re about to get with the Sarada Arc coming up soon. There isn’t much to go into, since many things about Sarada will become fairly apparent when that airs. As for the next episode, I hope it’s more than just a visual upgrade of ‘The Day Naruto Became Hokage’, because that is exactly what it looks like we’re getting at the moment.