Chunin Exams are looming! But it’s not like our genins are totally unprepared. Having undergone many trials and tribulations over 53 episodes, I’d say that quite a few of them have demonstrated real guts, and are ready to take the next step. For example, Sarada aspires to become a Hokage someday, while Shikadai wants to be a person who can change the system. And Boruto…? Well, he’s still trying to figure out his own path, although it looks like Mr Sasuke might have given him some inspiration. Nevertheless, trouble never strays too far from the horizon.
Dawn of the Ototsuki
Toneri was stuck with some pretty awful choices. Would you rather die, or be frozen in time while maintaining full consciousness for 1000 years? Although the blinkered prospect of freedom should exist, thanks to swift scientific progression, that’s going to be a really long wait. Not to mention, Toneri is going to feel absolutely powerless, watching his Ototsuki kin have their way with the planet of shinobis. My question would be whether Urashiki’s death would undo the seal. Otherwise, we may be looking at a decade or so, before Boruto or someone goes to the moon in order to free Toneri.
It’s not exactly clear what kind of plan Toneri had in mind for the Jougan. But it seemed like he was greatly concerned about the prospects of an Ototsuki invasion, and wanted the Shinobi world to have some sort of chance to fend for itself. Which also means that theories on genetic requirements are also thrown out of the window. Why only Boruto, if Himawari would also theoretically satisfy any genetic requirement? I look forwards to seeing what kind of special qualities the boy has, which marked him out as the chosen saviour of ninja kind.
“I never go back on my word, that’s my ninja way!” – Uzumaki Naruto
You guessed it – I’m here to crucify Naruto for going back on his nindo. Also, props to the anime for hammering home emotions way harder than the movie.
All of a sudden, those inspirational words ring hollow as our hero comes crashing down from his pedestal up high. To err is definitely human, and deserves some margin of sympathy. But breaking your promise twice in succession, to the most precious people in your life is nothing short of disgraceful. Especially when Naruto spent 500+ episodes reiterating his fiery conviction towards upholding his personal philosophy. It means a lot that he’s suddenly broken his creed, twice at that, and become this massive hypocrite. Look at all the emotional pain and suffering he’s causing to his nearest and dearest.
Boruto has every reason to be angry and upset. Though she attempts to justify it away, Hinata’s excuses do not change Naruto’s failure as a father. Yeah, the boy is lucky to have his father alive, as opposed to dead and utterly absent. However, that’s like pointing at a depressed person, and saying they can’t be depressed, because someone else has it worse than them. In short, that kind of logic sucks. As far as I know, there is no existing promise he made as a Hokage, that would have conflicted with upholding his promises to both Boruto and Himawari. Have we come to a point where duty matters more than following your ninja way? I don’t know. Maybe it’s reality and a part of growing up. That said, it doesn’t mean I have to like it, even if a whole layer of interesting context is added to Naruto’s character.
Dark forces are at work. First, Toneri getting sealed away by a fellow Ototsuki, paves the way for an outside invasion. Then Katasuke gets attacked in his own laboratory by a cloaked figure, compromising scientific secrets that could potentially define the next generation of shinobi. The stage is also being set for Boruto to embark down a baptism of fire, given how he’s at an emotional breaking point, with the Chunin Exams coming up as well. Could Sasuke provide a source of stability for the young and troubled genin? Who knows. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see how Boruto and Co will pull through the storm. Thanks for reading my post, and stay tuned for more next week!