Boruto Episode 101

Boruto Episode 101

Jūgo’s Reinforcements

Just as Boruto and the gang are wondering what they should do next, Jūgo’s reinforcements, Karin and Suigetsu appear. And, they have none other than an unconscious Sumire with them.

Karin and Suigetsu were sent on a mission by Orochimaru to locate Jūgo and bring him back to one of the laboratories. However, Boruto doesn’t want them to take Jūgo away because his work of healing all the wild geese is still unfinished.

And, despite Suigetsu explaining to him that retrieving Jūgo is a higher priority than saving some geese, Boruto is having none of it. Further, Boruto still insists that Jūgo can simply choose to stop being affected by the curse mark if he tries hard enough.

Karin and Suigetsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Karin and Suigetsu

Unfortunately, even though Karin and Suigetsu have arrived to save Jūgo, and make it clear that he’s their priority, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get to see them in action. Thanks to Boruto being a white knight, Suigetsu isn’t allowed to go on a rampage and destroy the entire village while rescuing Jūgo.

Not that Karin is really known for her offensive capabilities, but I really wanted to see the two of them take on the two curse mark users from the Land of Rivers. But, since it doesn’t look like we’ll get to see them fight very much, let’s briefly discuss their signature abilities so I can at least pretend like something cool will happen.

Karin and Suigetsu

I don’t believe it’s been revealed within the Boruto anime yet, but Karin is actually a member of the Uzumaki clan. This means that although she’s like family to Sarada, she is family to Boruto. This was something that was revealed back in Shippūden, but only a few characters actually know about it.

In fact, other than herself, the only other characters who I think know that Karin is an Uzumaki are Suigetsu, Jūgo, Sasuke, and Orochimaru. But, what does the fact that she’s an Uzumaki have to do with anything?

Well, that’s kind of where her special ability comes from. You might not have realized this just from looking at Naruto, but the Uzumaki clan is able to heal themselves rapidly due to a quirk with their chakra. However, Karin’s chakra is exceptionally potent, even for an Uzumaki.

Thanks to this, she can heal people by having them bite her and suck out some of her chakra. She actually mentions this ability in today’s episode as a way to heal Sumire, but then doesn’t end up using it.

As for Suigetsu, his special ability is that his body can literally just turn into a puddle of water. Move over Rimuru, Suigetsu was the original slime boy (and he has a moe fang so he’s better). But, this ability is actually quite useful as it almost makes him immortal.

He can’t get cut, or crushed, or stabbed, or anything really. I guess he could get evaporated, but I don’t think that would work unless he was currently in his liquid form. Basically, he’s a water clone that’s actually alive.

And, he’s a pseudo member of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist, although I don’t believe he’s in possession of any of the swords currently. He previously used the Executioner’s Blade.

A Daring Rescue!

Alright, so Karin and Suigetsu are here, they know what the situation regarding Jūgo is, and we know what their abilities are. Now it’s time to go over the plan of attack. How exactly are they going to rescue Jūgo, Konohamaru, Wasabi, and Namida?

Karin decides to use a diversionary tactic by which she and Sarada will lure the two curse seal users away from the Land of Rivers scientists’ base of operations. Then, while the main combatants from the Land of Rivers are occupied, Suigetsu, Boruto, Mitsuki, and Sumire will infiltrate the base and execute the rescue operation.

However, what I found strange about this plan was the fact that Sumire doesn’t go along with Sarada and Karin as part of the distraction. Instead, Sarada uses the transformation jutsu to disguise herself as Sumire to lure the enemy shinobi out.

Sumire wasn’t really needed to free Wasabi and Namida, and she probably would have been more useful if she had gone with Sarada and Karin. Not only would she serve as another fighter for their side against the enemies, but since she’s fought the enemies before, she has information on them which could be useful.

I also didn’t like how the villains did that whole thing where they explain how to foil their plans to the heroes because they think there’s no way the heroes could possibly take advantage of that information. Why did the twins tell Wasabi and Namida that the cure for their curse marks was in the room with them?

In fact, why was there a cure in the same room as them to begin with?

The True Villain Revealed

In the end, the rescue plan goes all wrong. The Land of Rivers twins realize that they’re getting lured away from the base, and so one of them heads back just in case. This means that Sarada and Karin’s part of the plan was a failure.

The twin that heads back also runs into Sumire, Namida, and Wasabi on the way, meaning that their rescue was a failure too. And, finally, Suigetsu and Boruto are both injected with tranquilizers before they’re able to rescue Jūgo.

At least we didn’t see Mitsuki fail his portion of the mission, so it’s possible that he rescued Konohamaru without a problem. If this is indeed the case, we’ll probably see Mitsuki and Konohamaru come to the rescue of Boruto and Suigetsu.

As for the twins, Sarada and Karin will have to take care of the one while Team 15 takes care of the other. I don’t expect much from the fight involving Team 15, but at least the fight with Sarada and Karin may be entertaining to watch.

Mr. Tosaka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Mr. Tosaka

And, at the end of the episode it was revealed that Tosaka was the main villain the whole time. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect this. I figured he would just end up being the escortee of this escort mission, as is usually the case when some random villager is sent along on a mission.

But, I guess I should have seen it coming. After all, Tosaka is a scientist, and Boruto pushes an anti-science agenda pretty heavily.

Conclusion

What did you think of this week’s episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations? Were you happy to see Suigetsu and Karin return once again? I know I was. And, did you expect that Tosaka was going to be the villain of the arc? If so, at what point?

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