OP2: 「OVER」by Little Glee Monster
「友情のシノビバウト」 (Yuujou no Shinobi Bauto)
“A Shinobi Bout of Friendship”
Poor Yagura and Kagura. Who could have guessed, that a hereditary condition could be such a source of woe in their lives? I have also finally understood. Despite successfully facilitating Kirigakure’s modernisation, via the influx of trade to bolster the economy, Chojuro can do so much better in regards to Kagura. He knows fully well about the boy’s trauma with swords, as a result of berserking and accidentally slaughtering his fellow classmates. Yet he still invites Kagura into the Seven Swords, and grooms him to become the next Mizukage at such a young age. Not to mention, those mental instabilities probably need fixing, or else you’ll just end up with a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
Fortunately, an attempt is being made to help Kagura out. Although reasons for the academy field trip mostly boil down to diplomatic reasons, which include fostering ties between Hidden Villages and trying to prevent a future war, I’d imagine that Chojuro wanted Kagura to make some friends. Being the children of living shinobi legends, it makes sense that the next generation of Konohagakure are not phased or daunted by Kagura’s potentially volatile disposition. They are used to living amongst monolithic titans every single day. But what I want to particularly highlight, is the great attitude Iwabe had towards the situation. Nonchalant though he may have been, I was totally expecting him to further escalate tensions by brushing off Kagura. Instead, he helps cheer Kagura up, and acknowledges him as being different from Yagura.
Unsurprisingly, my prediction from last episode was correct. Hachiya and his goons ended up becoming cannon fodder for the Hidden Leaf Academy students, despite pulling underhanded tactics. Currently, it looks like Shizuma will be the final boss and the true villain of the arc. If I had to guess, he must be related to Kisame in some way. Even if a baddie like Hachiya died, I’m still amazed that a kid’s series like Boruto would portray such a brutal execution. It sets the tone, giving us a disturbing inkling regarding Shizuma’s true nature. Although his objective of restoring the Blood Mist differs from the feudal lords’ aggressive expansionist policy, promoting war with Konohagakure allows both to achieve their respective goals. This is contrary to the peace that both Chojuro and Mei were seeking, and threatens to undo much of Naruto’s hard work in preventing another shinobi war. As the stakes only continue to rise, it looks like Boruto will have to face off Shizuma, and I sure hope Kagura can overcome his trial in time to help his newfound friend.
ED3: 「僕は走り続ける」 (Boku wa Hashiri Tsuzukeru) by Melofloat