「波乱の修学旅行!!」 (Haran no Shuugakuryokou!!)
“A Turbulent School Trip!!”
School trips provide a valuable education experience that go beyond the regular curriculum. Pair that up with strengthening ties between the Leaf and Mist, and you’ll get an exchange. When there’s academic and diplomatic reasons are satisfied, that’s shooting two birds with one stone. Efficient work from Naruto, if only things were actually so straightforwards.
Sarada’s Ambition and Boruto’s Convictions
I have to echo Boruto’s sentiment. If Sarada is so intent on becoming Hokage, why isn’t she stepping up to the leadership role? Throwing Boruto under the bus was extremely petty, and that kind of behaviour is not befitting of a future Hokage candidate, so I’m pretty disappointed in how Sarada chose to handle the situation. Conversely, I’m quite surprised at how well Boruto adapted, though Denki played a large part in pacifying him. Instead of moping around, he rises up to the task placed upon him. What’s more, he doesn’t mind being subjected to rude behaviour, but flares up like a badass when Iwabe faced violent confrontation.
Sarada has stated her ambition to be Hokage, and even though Boruto has been a bit of a brat, he’s shown many more qualities I would associate with one. As someone who is cheering her on, I’m seriously asking Sarada to step up her game here, and hope that she tries to understand his perspective instead. Sure, he really pissed her off last episode with some underhanded behaviour. However, a Hokage must rise past these slights, and as such I expect much more out of Sarada. No doubting that Lord Hokage is cool, and his kid can be petulant. But so much of Boruto’s hurt and anger towards Naruto comes from seeing Hinata and Himawari getting neglected. That can’t be easy for anybody, and I know that given her own experiences, Sarada will eventually come to understand once she’s given some more development.
Anyhow, Konoha sure are risking a lot by agreeing to Kirigakure’s program. This episode highlighted that the village has got two high-profile kidnapping targets. After all, Boruto and Sarada may as well be kryptonite for their extremely important parents. We also get two new characters, who are likely to be our antagonists in this arc. Shizuma and Hassaku don’t look like good news for Boruto and Co, and could be the S-Class worthy villains that some people have been demanding.
On the other hand, Kagura seems like a nice and humble guy, so I can see why all the girls are fawning over him. But I would like to see more of him before making any sort of conclusion on his character, although I’m most curious about how he might be linked towards Yagura. Looking towards next episode, it looks to me like Kagura will be getting his fair share of screentime, which should grant ample opportunity for him to shine. Perhaps Chou Chou’s reference to his inside is a cryptic tell indicating that he might possibly be a Jinchuuriki. If that’s indeed the case, maybe Boruto will finally be able to understand more about the difficult life his father led.
P.S. Apologies for the delay of this post, ongoing issues with wifi. Shout out to Takaii. Thanks for helping me cap!