“Go! The Crest of Night Strategy”
Having arrived at the scene of protests long before Naruto, I think Kiba is clearly more deserving of the Hokage position he has always vied for. Haha, said no one ever!
Smart quips aside, I do feel somewhat disappointed that the revolution was induced through a cheap genjutsu seal. I reckon it would have been more interesting, had it been the product of genuine mass discontent. Naruto would have been presented with the most difficult situation of all, with no bad guys to beat up, and only angry citizens to face. I would like to have seen how he might have fared, if the situation had escalated. Then again, as a kid’s show primarily, I understand that Boruto has an obligation not to put the good guys in too much of a negative light. Despite the fact that events took this turn, alleviating much of the culpability from Naruto’s shoulders, I’m glad he stepped up to address the presence of issues inherent to the modernising process. His speech was charismatic, and no veiled attempt was made to entirely offload the blame, as most modern politicians would do. When villages on the outskirts were struggling to access clean water, while our new generation live a rather decadent life style, I’d say that there’s a lot of room for improvement. Good on Naruto for recognising this, and I would like to see what he does next to resolve the problem, before I further praise or criticise him.
I really enjoyed the parallel they drew between the organised heist, and the games of shogi that Ryogi played against Shikamaru. You could feel the bond forged between the two, when Shikamaru spotted out the real intention behind the protests, due to being familiar with this particular strategy. After making a beeline for Katasuke’s laboratory, it turns out his hunch was right on the mark.
The true goal of the Byakuya Gang was the encyclopaedic Ninjutsu Scroll stored there. These scrolls have come a long way these days, and it was really cool to see how their progression mirrors that of data storage in our world, where they can also increase in capacity. However, I don’t think that storing all the researched Ninjutsu in the world on one scroll is a good idea, especially where there’s no security or encryption. That’s just asking for trouble – putting up little protection for something that would cause even Orochimaru to salivate. Anyway, the value of technology is becoming increasing apparent, and its potential for evolution is pretty much limitless. Why leave that facility unguarded, even at times of unrest? As such, it baffles me how Konohagakure fails to recognise the importance that Katasuke’s laboratory holds in a modernised era.
Though the protests against the Kaminarimon Corporation have basically ended, due to the dispersion of the genjutsu seals, the adults still need to stick around to make sure that people are okay. After all, emotions are still running high, and there are probably a load of confused individuals who have suddenly regained their bearing. Personally, I doubt they could even catch up to the thieves without the ability to track them down, especially since they tailgated onto a train. In fact, it comes down to Shikadai and Boruto to apprehend Gekko, and prevent him from successfully getting away with the prized ninja scroll. What’s more, I’m incredibly excited for next week. Even if Shikadai successfully talks some sense into Ryogi, it wouldn’t be difficult for Gekko to apply a genjutsu seal, to have him slavishly carry out evil biddings. Thankfully, that means the likelihoods of a ninja fight are pretty high, and I look forwards to seeing what we’re about to get next. Judging by the crisp previews, it would seem to me that they’ve pumped a lot of budget as well as resources into this next episode, and I honestly can’t wait to see what measures of action or Talk no Jutsu might come around.
Ultimately, it would seem that capitalism has prevailed. However, I’m hoping that Boruto will eventually return to bringing up socio-economic issues, because it has been a really interesting topic that has provoked a breadth of political discourse atypical of a shounen series. Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but do let me know if you prefer it when these themes end up being explored!