「スリーマンセル、結成…?」 (Surii manseru, kessei?)
“Formation of the Three-Man Squad?”

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Okay, I’ll confess this made very little sense to me. All of a sudden, by the edicts of the story, Boruto and Sarada are unable to work together, somehow forgetting the various occasions where they teamed up to kick ass. You can’t call this development, so much as regression, and I’m seriously blaming the scriptwriters, because introducing drama is unnecessary where it ends up contradicting what has already been established. While I appreciate attempts at character building, tearing down the progress made up till this point is outright lazy, if not completely counterintuitive from the viewer’s perspective. Then again, kids will be kids, and it’s a silly reaction that isn’t implausible. That said, I’m not happy with the direction they chose to take in this episode.

A Lesson in Teamwork

When your Pokemon accidentally forgets a really important move, the only thing you can do is go back to the Move Relearner and cough up that Heart Scale. Fortunately, shinobi kids aren’t bound to video game mechanics, so it will just take a good challenge to knock sense back into them. To that end, Mirai is there to obstruct them from easily accessing Naruto, doing her best Gandalf impression on the wooden bridge. While she’s easily one of the coolest characters in recent times, showcasing some impressive skills during the fight, she ultimately underestimates her opponents.

I have no doubt that she’s actually stronger than Boruto and Sarada – that much is clear when Sarada couldn’t detect any exploitable weakness through her Sharingan. This is simply speculation, but assuming she could have infused chakra into her blades, Mirai could have easily sliced Boruto’s kunai to bits. Instead, she falls for the trap, and pays the price by being left to hang under the bridge. I hope Mirai gets an opportunity to redeem herself in the future, because she’s shaping up to be a really awesome character, and I have concerns that this loss probably decreased people’s estimations of her actual capabilities.

Concluding Thoughts

Wanting to do better than the original Team 7 isn’t something I would consider an achievement. Though the members were no doubt some of the strongest shinobi in their generation, their accomplishments as individuals far outweighed their successes as a team. In fact, we shouldn’t be forgetting how Sasuke tried to kill both Naruto and Sakura. And apart from Kaguya, I’m fairly sure that they never ever fought together against a significant antagonist. When passing down the legend, I get that some details need to be fudged, so that Sasuke can go back to living an ordinary life in the village following his evil crimes. But I’m disappointed that the older generation chose to be selective in their representation, with Sarada seeming to have absolutely no inkling about the truth. One day, the beans are going to get spilled, and ain’t that gonna be a pretty sight?

Though I have criticised the scriptwriters in this episode, some praise should be allocated where deserved. So far, despite clearly having incredible powers, the script absolutely refuses to have Mitsuki bail out the story, whenever the going gets rough. That’s something worthy of admiration, because it shows a dedication to properly forging ahead with making this Boruto’s story. Incidentally, Mitsuki Gaiden seems to be next on the agenda. Although I’m up to speed with the manga, I’m super excited to see my favourite character finally receiving the limelight.


P.S. – With the academy days drawing to a close, RIP Shino


  1. Yep, the characters seem to have conveniently forgot about lots of their old interactions. Makes me think that this ep was animated before the Genin Exam arc, and maybe by different people.

    Lord Nayrael
  2. Chris Hall
  3. I agree; this sudden rivalry outburst, while not unbelievable, seems forced and superficial. Given that they worked well in previous situations, it would have made more sense for Sarada to point out something like “Fighting together once or twice can be nice, but spending all my ninja career with him? That’s too much!”.

    And yes, for Team 7 to be idolized that way… At the end of the day, they worked the worst as a team of all the major rookie teams. If there was a reason for Sarada to be granted her petition, it should be “Please, let me change teams before another Uchiha-Uzumaki rivalry starts and I desert the village to join its most dangerous enemy”. XD

  4. I cannot wait for Sarada to learn what a real mess her parents and idol’s team 7 was. Surprised Konohamaru is also up to the team re-numbering, considering he knew a good chunk of the horrible ‘team’ 7 drama.

    1. They worked independently, but all their efforts and their separate ways were the key to stop the war. So I still think that Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke were some sort of special “team”. At first they worked together, then were separated (but there was team 7 with Sai and Yamato) and in the conclusion all their troubles were needed.

      The story also told us about the “way”, so I don’t think it was wrong to choose your own neither for Naruto, neither for Sasuke, neither for Sakura. If you can understand it, Mitsuki now is some sort of an outcome of Sasuke’s decision to struggle his own path. Orochimaru accepted it as his long desired answer.

      If you need some teamwork you can choose some InoShikaChou. None of them is Hokage. But they are great. If you need some other example of teamwork, you can… Lee and Guy, for example. Was there any other teams, by the way?

  5. https://randomc.net/image/Boruto%20Naruto%20Next%20Generations/Boruto%20Naruto%20Next%20Generations%20-%2038%20-%20Large%2012.jpg
    Why am I not surprised that Hinata mark II teamed up with someone with a similar abilitiy to Kiba. Meh

    I wonder if people forgot about her. Sort of reminds me in how Naruto was tied to a stump


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