「水影の後継者」 (Mizukage no Koukeisha)
“The Mizukage’s Successor”
I think I owe everybody an apology for the delays in my recent posts. There have been some extenuating circumstances in real life, which I will refer to as pains with relocating. Fortunately, that’s all done and dusted, so everything should be back to normal. Just in time for the fall season as well. Without further ado, allons-y!
I’m rather interested in how this arc is shaping out. Obviously there’s the question of Kagura, and his succession to the Seven Swords. Nevertheless, I feel that preening him to become Mizukage is a bit excessive. Let me just say, heaping those kind of expectations onto someone at such a young age is not healthy at all, regardless of their talent. There are healthier ways of raising promising prospects, and shovelling a load of pressure onto them is generally a pretty poor way of going about it. Especially if they’re exhibiting negative reactions in the first place. That said, becoming friends with children of his age is definitely helpful. Maybe Kagura can even find some common ground with Iwabe and Boruto, which would help provide him an outlet for repressed emotions.
History of the Blood Mist
There’s the history between Konohagakure and Kirigakure, which is a very sordid affair. Many lives were brutally lost, due to conflict between the villages. Iwabe might have proved abrasive, expressing a vengeance akin to the Uchiha’s cycle of hatred, but he provides a perspective that is difficult to refute. I’d even say it is relatable, the idea that you’ve been terribly wronged, yet are expected to forgive. However, Kagura sincerely apologised for the Blood Mist era, and the Mizukage’s actions suggest its a stance politically taken upon by Kirigakure.
True, you get some low-life punks who revel their bloodstained history in jingoistic fashion. But the fact remains that a conscious effort is being made to move on from those times, and create a brighter future that promises a better place for everybody. Iwabe can’t hold onto the past forever, and eventually has to reconcile with it. Not to say that he should be made to forgive, especially if his heart isn’t ready. Anyhow, there are ways of coming to peace with your demons, that don’t involve figuratively butting your head against a wall. How will Kagura and Iwabe reach a point of compromise? That’s probably the answer I’m most excited for.
While our current generation is still a bunch of kids, who have much to learn, even that doesn’t excuse their lack of thought process. You’ve come to a village, already bumped into some violent people, then let your weakest friend wander all by his lonesome into the dead of night? No wonder he got kidnapped! The situation looks pretty terrible, but I’m expecting these goons to be small fry. All we know is that they fear the true boss, whose parameters remain a complete mystery.