Boruto Episode 125

Boruto Episode 125

Boruto and Shinki

Alright, I really wasn’t expecting Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 125 to be as good as it was. We got a lot of good action. We got a lot of new information. And, we got the conclusion of this arc. Unfortunately though, that last point means next episode is going to be filler.

So let me start off by pointing out I was somewhat correct in my prediction last week. I said that Boruto and Shinki weren’t going to be strong enough to take down Urashiki Ōtsutsuki on their own, and that Sasuke was going to reappear to save them.

But while that is what happened, I have to hand it to Boruto and Shinki for putting up a good fight. The only part of the fight which was a little suspect is when they used a bunch of clones to attack Urashiki at once. I don’t see how they had the chakra reserves to pull that off.

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself a bit here. Going back to before the fight against Urashiki, Shinki manages to safely bring Shukaku to the Land of Fire where he’s met by Mirai, Sai, and two other Leaf shinobi. The random shinobi sound the alarm, Sai takes Shukaku to Naruto, and Shinki heads back to help Boruto.

Basically what I’m trying to say here is, where did Mirai go?

Do I think Mirai would have been all that helpful in the fight against Urashiki? No. But it seems a bit odd that she would allow Shinki to go back and fight him on his own — especially since Boruto is in danger. You’d think that Mirai would have accompanied him considering Sai probably tasked her with watching Shinki.

Urashiki Ōtsutsuki’s Ability

Okay, now that I’ve gotten my question about Mirai out of the way, let’s discuss Urashiki’s ability. And I say “ability,” not jutsu because the members of the Ōtsutsuki clan don’t talk about themselves as jutsu users. Or, at least they don’t talk about themselves as ninjutsu users.

We know the Ōtsutsuki have dōjutsu (which I’ll get to later on), but they don’t actually use ninjutsu like shinobi do. They have weapons and objects made of some sort of chakra, but we don’t yet have a word for this type of technique.

As for Urashiki’s ability, we already knew that he uses a chakra fishing rod to steal the chakra from his opponents. He then places the stolen chakra into a chakra container on his back. However, I’m not actually sure if we’ve seen what comes next.

Urashiki pulling Yin chakra out of his chakra container from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
Urashiki pulling Yin chakra out of his chakra container

Previously I assumed that Urashiki was simply collecting chakra from shinobi in the same way his goal is to collect the chakra from the tailed beasts. Obviously shinobi have a lot less chakra (unless you’re Kisame), but every little bit counts.

Remember, the original goal of Kinshiki, Momoshiki, and Urashiki was to take back the chakra Kaguya stole from their clan.

But, it has now been revealed — unless I missed it earlier on in the series — that Urashiki actually steals chakra from shinobi for his own personal use. In his fight against Boruto and Shinki we see him pull the chakra he stole from both Shikadai and Temari out of his container and use their respective jutsu.

With the Yin chakra he uses the Shadow Paralysis Jutsu, and with the Wind chakra he uses the Wind Scythe Jutsu. These also seem to be single-use jutsu because he uses each of them only once.

Genin vs. Ōtsutsuki

Now that Shinki has completed his mission of delivering Shukaku to the Leaf, he can let his emotions take over. I’m glad we finally got a high-quality animation fight with Shinki because he’s probably my favorite side character in Boruto. And while this might be an extreme point of view, I like him more than I ever liked Gaara.

We got to see Shinki use his Black Iron Wings, his Black Iron Fist, and even a sword made out of his iron sand. The only other thing I would have liked to see from Shinki in this fight is the use of other chakra types. He doesn’t just have Magnetic Release; he has Earth, Wind, and Lightning too.

Shinki using his Black Iron Fist jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Shinki using his Black Iron Fist jutsu

But what I really want to touch on in this section is Boruto’s Jōgan. Honestly, from what we knew about it before this point, it wasn’t all that of an impressive dōjutsu. Boruto doesn’t have the Byakugan like most Hyuga descendants, and so far this has been to his detriment.

The Byakugan has a whole bunch of uses, from seeing chakra networks, to seeing long distances, to having an almost 360 degree field of vision. The Jōgan, on the other hand was previously only shown to have the ability to see “dark” chakra, whatever that actually is.

But this week it’s revealed that the Jōgan may not be as useless as I first thought. Sure, it still seems to be extremely situational, but at least it has more than one use. With it, Boruto can see where Urashiki is going to appear when he travels through his pocket dimensions.

think this implies the Jōgan can see partially into these other dimensions, but it may have also been some sort of future vision (unlikely).

Urashiki’s Dōjutsu

You may recall that last week’s review I took a jab at Urashiki by calling him the weakest Ōtsutsuki we’ve been introduced to so far. I’m not so sure about that anymore. Yes, he did get beat up by two genin, Boruto and Shinki, but that had more to do with Urashiki’s personality than his skill.

He could have easily killed Boruto before Shinki arrived, and even afterwards he didn’t take the pair very seriously. We also know that he could have killed both Shikadai and Temari when he extracted their chakra, but didn’t for some reason. That reason is called plot armor.

But, the reason I think Urashiki is actually pretty strong for an Ōtsutsuki is two-fold. For one, he easily defeated Toneri, another member of the Ōtsutsuki clan. The second reason is because he has at least three different dōjutsu he can swap between.

Urashiki activating his Rinnegan from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Urashiki activating his Rinnegan

Like all Ōtsutsuki clan members, Urashiki’s main dōjutsu is the Byakugan. However, Urashiki was also able to activate the Rinne Sharingan in both eyes. This is a pretty big deal because the only way we’ve ever seen the Rinne Sharingan activate is after consuming the chakra of the God Tree or an Ōtsutsuki clan member.

And, I should mention that I don’t believe we’ve ever seen the Rinne Sharingan manifest in someone’s regular eyes. Kaguya and Madara both awakened it as a third eye after taking in the chakra of the God Tree. Momoshiki awakened it on his palms I believe only after consuming the chakra of Kinshiki.

Further, towards the end of this episode we see Urashiki swap his dōjutsu once again — this time from the Rinne Sharingan to the Rinnegan. He then appears to use the same teleportation/position swap jutsu Sasuke uses with his Sharinnegan.

Conclusion

Do you not understand the difference between the Rinnegan, Sharingan, Sharinnegan, and Rinne Sharingan? I don’t blame you, it can get a bit complex. Luckily I have a two-part article which dives into all the dōjutsu of the Naruto franchise. Both parts can be found linked to within this post above, or just type “dojutsu” into the search bar.

But what did you think of this episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations? Did you like the action? I know I did. Did you like the new information we got about Urashiki? Again, I did. And, are you ready for some Shukaku and Himawari filler next week? Because I know I’m not.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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