「宣戦布告」 (Sensen Fukoku)
“A Declaration of War!”
Chains of the Past
Turns out Kagura cannot defy Shizuma, because he inflicted a deep wound years back when the curse of Yagura’s blood took over. While I’m doubtful as to how Kagura feels such strong guilt, to the point of enforcing penitence onto himself, wanting to atone is a natural byproduct of wronging someone very badly. Some shinobi remain the absolute scum of the earth, but Kagura is an individual who strongly adheres to his moral code. This trait, alongside a sincere belief in doing what is good for Kirigakure, are what I would expect from any Mizukage candidate. However, the boy has much to learn considering his naïvety, since he allows himself to be manipulated by Shizuma and ultimately ends up doing what’s wrong.
Anyhow, it really goes to show how much friendship means to Kagura when he defied Shizuma by choosing to not kill Boruto. Equally Boruto cares deeply when he chose to stand up against the revived Seven Swordsmen, who he stood no chance against. I’m quite sure that the assimilation of two nature elements is a requirement for being Jounin. Nevertheless, Boruto’s new technique was really cool to witness, and I get the feeling we’ve barely scratched the surface of his talent. Even if Shizuma easily swiped away the primitive version, I can’t wait to see the final form. There’s so much potential to be had!
Seven Swordsmen aside, I’m not too impressed with where this arc is heading. You’re telling me a chunin like Shizuma wants to wage war with Konohagakure, and honestly believes he can win? Given that his surname is Hoshigaki, he definitely has relations with Kisame, and it would suggest that his reasons for seeking war are based upon emotions. Though Naruto is not a vengeful person, being a proponent of the Talk no Jutsu, I can imagine Sasuke taking matters into his own hand. Oh boy, it would only take a few seconds, and the stomp would be so laughably one-sided. In a similar vein, although they cannot compare to Naruto or Sasuke, these Seven Swordsmen aren’t for show. A scrub like Boruto has no business challenging them, even if they are a bunch of deluded chunin upstarts.
That said, I’m happy to see from the previews that Chojuro is finally taking some action. Out of all the kages at present, he’s probably the most lacklustre of the bunch. This isn’t entirely his fault, but the arc seems to be taking steps in remedying that situation, portraying him as a competent Mizukage capable of bringing about economic reform. Chojuro was definitely a force to be reckoned with in Shippuden, and I’m hoping to see him in action once again.