「写輪眼vs バーサス雷刀·牙」 (Sharingan vs Raitou Kiba)
“The Sharingan vs. The Lightning Blade, Kiba the Fang!”
Quick Recap: Let me preface this post by saying, I’m so sorry. The delay comes from losing my laptop charger, then having no proper contingency plan in place. Any remaining energy had to be redirected towards similarly affected legal studies, which unfortunately took precedence over Random Curiosity. However, a fantastic person offered me their laptop this weekend, so here I am! Not exactly the ideal scenario, but better than nothing. Now dear readers, if you could forgive me, that would be great. And for these misgivings, I owe everybody an apology. Anyway, onto some actual content.
In a clash of girls whose fathers were not present in their lives, Sarada and Buntan duke it out. It’s quite clear that Buntan thinks that she worked hard to achieve her own strength, and resents the hereditary nature of Sarada’s sharingan. On the other hand, Sarada sees Buntan as being immature and childish for wanting to help facilitate a full-scale revolution. Beyond a keen clash of skills, these things ultimately come down to conflicting ideals. Also, after years of having the Mangekyo Sharingan manifest in every situation, going back to the basics is quite refreshing.
What particularly impressed me was the way in which Sarada attained victory. It’s not like she overly relied on the sharingan, considering a big part of its strength got mitigated by the thick mist. Plus the copious body of water proved advantageous for Buntan’s lightning release techniques, forcing Sarada to rely on her wits. I firmly believe the outcome was justifiably within her limits, and you could see how much of a toll it took on her when she collapsed straight after.
「ボルトとかぐら」 (Boruto to Kagura)
“Boruto and Kagura”
Mitsuki further cemented himself as my favourite character in the new generation. He directly asks what we’ve all been wondering this whole time — why the heck is Shizuma so eager to wage war? Turns out it’s for the fun of it, and to be completely honest, I’m a bit disappointed that Shizuma’s reasoning ended up being so fickle. However, it actually makes complete sense in this context, and makes sure that the situation is not entirely inexplicable. I also loved how Mitsuki showed no hesitation in trying to gut Shizuma like a Cornish game hen. While his attempts were met by a mere water clone, and left him utterly floored, the bloodlust was certainly real.
Boruto put in a solid performance too, using a mixture of shadow clones and wind style release to land a rather decisive blow in the form of Boruto Stream. While the technique is still unsophisticated, it’s really exciting that there’s potential for it to develop even further. Anyhow, it was pretty disturbing when Shizuma got consumed by Samehada, and turned into a sharkman hybrid, even though this also happened in Naruto Shippuden. But everything remained under control, since Boruto and Kagura teamed up in charging Hiramekarei with chakra, to finally knock down Shizuma for the count.
Although I’m not too pleased about the general consistency of animation quality in Boruto, episodes like these two packed full of intense fighting are what make the wait worthwhile. We also received a satisfactory conclusion, that leaves open room for continuation regarding Kagura and the Hidden Mist. Vehemently rejecting Shizuma’s mantra of a fate predetermined by blood (SONO CHI NO SADAME!!!), Boruto propositions a world where even weaklings can take control over their destiny, provided they have the willpower to do so. Like his father before him, the boy has incredible talent in the Uzumaki’s Talk no Jutsu, snapping Kagura back to his senses. This would make me interested in seeing Konohagakure return the favour, by hosting a similar field trip for students at Kirigakure, since that would an opportunity for Kagura to fully showcase any progress he manages to make.