With spanners thrown into the works, I’m hyped to see how the mission is going to turn out, now that White Zetsu has made an unexpected return. However, that epic revelation played second fiddle to the other events that occurred in this episode. Remember last week, how I said that filler episodes were worth it, if it bought time for an increase in future quality? Holy moly, I wasn’t expecting the payoff to come so soon. This was one of my favourite episodes of Boruto to date, which finally put an end to any continuity doubts that were on my mind. I suspect the same could be said for others who had similar issues. While they were at it, production staff wrote a masterclass on family conflicts – featuring the Uzumaki Family.
Katasuke works as a sympathetic paternal figure. Boruto has already demonstrated a habit for hanging out at the lab, particularly when he’s in a bad mood, and the scientist is shown to reassure Boruto while listening to his concerns. This episode, Katasuke really proves a trustworthy figure, who fills up some of that emotional emptiness left by Naruto. He gifts Boruto a really cool gadget for his birthday, showing that he genuinely cares about Boruto’s birthday, that looks to be more compared to an absent Naruto. So it makes sense for Boruto to put so much trust in Katasuke and his scientific inventions, and takes comfort in this guy’s company. Their friendly relationship prior to the movie is sufficiently explained, and I’m entirely satisfied with how it’s been done, when there was so much potential for evil hamminess.
Naruto prioritising his Hokage duties on special occasions is not a one-off event. Hot damn, the dude didn’t even turn up for his son’s birthday! I get that the Hokage is a demanding role. But when his children start to suffer for it, I don’t get why this man refuses to put aside his pride, as I’ve repeatedly brought up. Times have changed, and it wouldn’t be unacceptable to modernise the administrative system, by delegating this modern workload amongst multiple people. Heck, a shadow clone or two wouldn’t be any harm either! So that was honestly not cool, and I think Naruto takes his duties way too literally. Does it have to come this far, that Boruto suffers so terribly? The scene that Boruto was about to throw his dad’s apology letter, only he couldn’t… that boy loves his father, and the resulting strain in their relationship is truly heartbreaking. People like to go off and criticise this kid for being a brat, myself included. Yet I’ve come to understand him more, and can see why the boy feels absolutely devastated and unloved. Naruto is very much culpable, for not being a better father in this situation, and deserves heavy blame for not being able to take a single day off work. There’s no doubt that he is still the same hero of old, but his flaws rear an ugly head, and disappointment is just overwhelming my senses. We all thought he was better than this, so shame on him.
The best thing about this episode was how we got an insight into Boruto’s mind. We can see how his achievements are constantly undermined by his father’s legacy. The kid has a rudimentary grasp on multiple nature transformations, can somewhat meld elements of wind together with electricity, and is even talented enough to invent his own jutsu. Yet people will always find a way of putting him down, because he’s supposed to be good, or that Naruto purposely gave him easier missions. Thus Boruto feels a need to prove himself, where he will rush headfirst into danger, which turned out to be some mutation of White Zetsu. He’s still a brat, but as we can see, he has his reasons.
What’s more, he’s worthy of admiration in my eyes. While Boruto can take having his emotional wellbeing neglected by Naruto, and even though he is hurting so much on the inside, he is super protective of Himawari. At a much younger age, he realises what it means to be stronger, when doing things for someone else, rather than yourself. He confronts Naruto, to make him promise that he would be there for her birthday. And Naruto makes a very clearcut promise. So here’s my question to people who haven’t seen the movie. Remember how Naruto’s ninja way in the original series, was never going back on his promises? Do you think it would outweigh his dedication towards being hokage? Just some food for thought.
Judging by the previews, Sasuke is going to make a cameo appearance, and something will happen between Konohamaru and Mitsuki. I’m looking forwards to these things, as well as seeing some action from Neo Team 7. Next week cannot come sooner. See you next time!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the special chapter that Kishimoto released, which goes deeper into Denki’s background!