Boruto Episode 131

Boruto Episode 131

The Power of the Nine Tails

In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 131 Boruto finally begins to learn just what his father went through as a kid. He knew that he was an orphan and had the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside him, but he didn’t really understand what that meant until now.

Boruto wasn’t aware that there was a time when Naruto not only wasn’t beloved by the village, but was actually hated. However, that’s not something I want to focus on in today’s review. We’re going to be covering Jiraiya, toads, sealing jutsu, and the Nine Tails cloak.

So to start things off, let’s talk a bit about how exactly Jiraiya might be affected by this time travel arc. I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that time travel is canonically dangerous. And by that I don’t mean it’s dangerous per the canon of the series, I mean it’s dangerous to the canon of the series.

But, what if Jiraiya found out that Boruto and Sasuke were time travelers? And what if he found out their true identities? What kind of impact could this have on the series, if any?

Honestly, I don’t think it would matter. Naruto learning that information is one thing, but it wouldn’t really change anything as as far as Jiraiya’s future. He’s only met Sasuke once — and he’ll never meet him again — and he’s never going to meet Boruto.

If anything, this would simply reinforce Jiraiya’s later actions. For example, in his fight against Pain, he doesn’t need to escape with his life because he knows Naruto is going to end up just fine. He would know Naruto is going to have a son and be successful in bringing Sasuke back to the village.

Toad Sage, Jiraiya

Jiraiya hasn’t exactly shown his true strength yet, and I still doubt he ever will within this arc. After all, we can’t even be sure Naruto ever saw Jiraiya’s true strength. The only time we saw him fight all out (we don’t actually know if that was all out) was against Pain, and there were no witnesses.

But Jiraiya has revealed one of his most defining jutsu — the Toad Summoning Jutsu. And you best believe we’re about to discuss toads right now.

Over the past 20 years we’ve seen a fairly good amount of toads in this series. However, the toad whose presence we were graced with today is actually a never before seen toad — I checked.

Boruto, Jiraiya, and Sasuke riding on a giant toad from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto, Jiraiya, and Sasuke riding on a giant toad

It’s a mid to large sized toad which seems to specialize in transportation. His color is orange, and he wears a haramaki around his waist. The only other toad we’ve seen wear a haramaki is Gamahiro, and other than that clothing item these two toads look nothing alike.

Gamahiro is a blue-green, giant toad who carries two swords on his back. He was seen fighting alongside Gamabunta, Gamaken, Gamakichi, and Naruto against Pain in the ruins of the Hidden Leaf Village.

And not only is the toad featured in this episode brand new, we also unfortunately don’t know his name. Also I’m referring to this toad as male because there’s only one confirmed female toad, Shima, so it’s extremely likely this is a male toad. Yes, even Gamariki is male.

Sealing Jutsu

Now, one of the more interesting things we learned in this episode is that sealing jutsu are Urashiki’s primary weakness. The Nine-Tailed Fox is sealed inside Naruto, which is why Urashiki can’t extract its chakra. Also, when Jiraiya placed a seal on Sasuke, Urashiki was unable to steal his chakra as well.

That seems like an extremely detrimental weakness to have at first glance. After all, what can Urashiki really do if he’s unable to extract the chakra of his opponents? Well, he can still physically fight them, but we haven’t seen him do this all that much — he doesn’t seem to be a taijutsu specialist like Momoshiki was.

However, what I initially forgot when watching the episode is that the sealing jutsu works both ways — though there is one gap in this logic. When the seal is placed on Sasuke it doesn’t only prevent Urashiki from extracting his chakra. It also makes it so Sasuke is unable to use his own chakra.

Therefore, although sealing your own chakra might seem like a great idea at first, you’d quickly realize that you’re limiting yourself as well. The gap in this logic comes with Naruto. Only his Nine Tails chakra is sealed, and yet Urashiki was unable to extract any chakra from him (aside from the small amount which leaked out).

So really what I’m getting at is that if Boruto and Sasuke really want to defeat Urashiki, all they need to do is get the Green Beast of the Leaf (Might Guy) involved. Guy does use ninjutsu occasionally, but even with that sealed he should be able to defeat Urashiki fairly easily to be honest.

Nine Tails Cloak

During their short fight against Urashiki, Boruto gets to see Naruto’s uncontrolled Nine Tails cloak for the first time. Obviously he’s seen his father go into the controlled Nine Tails cloak, such as during the Momoshiki arc, but he’s never known a Naruto who couldn’t control Kurama.

I should also mention that the Nine Tails cloak Boruto sees only features one tail. Naruto is definitely dangerous in this state, but since Jiraiya is present this is nothing to worry about. As we learn shortly after the time skip from Naruto to Shippūden, Jiraiya can manage Naruto in this form up to the fourth tail appearing

Also, because Sasuke has both the (Eternal Mangekyō) Sharingan and the Sharinnegan, the Nine-Tailed Fox isn’t that much of a threat. Sure, Sasuke isn’t at full strength right now, but he would likely still be able to stop the Nine Tails if it got out of control.

The Nine-Tailed Fox destroying the Hidden Leaf Village from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
The Nine-Tailed Fox destroying the Hidden Leaf Village

However, aside from Jiraiya placing another seal on Naruto to knock him out, this transformation was relatively uneventful. The one new piece of information we got was that the Nine Tails chakra resonated with Boruto in some way.

This could be due to the fact that Boruto is Naruto’s son, but I’m not sure if that really makes a difference. It’s not like being a jinchuriki is passed down genetically, and at this point in time Kurama isn’t friends with Naruto — so even if he realized Boruto’s chakra is similar, that wouldn’t matter.

My guess is that this might have something to do with the symbol on Boruto’s palm. We know that symbol is connected to the Ōtsutsuki, and Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki was the one who created the tailed beasts. I’m not sure if anything will really come of this though.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 131? Is sealing your own chakra a good idea when fighting Urashiki? Or is it better to risk having your chakra extracted so that you can use ninjutsu? Also, what would you name the newly featured toad? Let me know in the comments.

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