Boruto Episode 134

Boruto Episode 134

The Power to See the Future

Perhaps this goes without saying, but Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 134 was bad. Not only did it introduce a pseudo-broken ability into the series, but the animation quality was terrible. There’s really nothing about the episode worthy of praise.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to discuss. So let’s start off with the least interesting discussion topic and work our way up from there.

Sakura rescues Sasuke from Urashiki in this episode. She doesn’t have to fight Urashiki — she just has to drag Sasuke away and heal him. Despite the fact that this episode isn’t worthy of praise, this was a decent part of it because it shows just how far Sakura has come.

The Sakura we know today is one of the most physically strong shinobi in the world. She could probably destroy a mountain by punching it. But back during the Naruto days that wasn’t the case. And this is depicted by her struggling to carry an unconscious adult Sasuke and commenting on how heavy he is.

Next, we see her attempting to heal his wounds, but keep in mind that this would have been right when she started learning medical ninjutsu. In present timeline, Sakura is one of the top medical shinobi, probably second only to Tsunade.

So to see her spending so much time healing Sasuke and him still not waking up is a stark contrast from her later self. We might even see Sasuke comment on this next episode, because he wasn’t around when Sakura was originally learning medical ninjutsu.

By the time he came back to the village, Sakura was already the number two doctor.

Jiraiya vs. Urashiki

I’m sure that most people watching this arc want to see Jiraiya go 100% against Urashiki. Unfortunately, I can tell you that’s not going to happen, and I’m sure I mentioned that at the start of the arc. But at least we’ve now seen him use a few more of his signature jutsu.

It’s safe to say that Urashiki is a real threat, so why isn’t Jiraiya fighting him seriously? And what would happen if he did?

Urashiki Ōtsutsuki surrounded by flames from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Urashiki Ōtsutsuki surrounded by flames

The main reason Jiraiya isn’t fighting at full strength is because he underestimates Urashiki — which in itself makes no sense. Jiraiya knew how dangerous Pain was, which is why he did (almost) everything he could to stop him. But like I mentioned last week, he should feel the same way about Urashiki considering his Rinnegan.

Now, if Jiraiya were to go full power, I honestly don’t see Urashiki coming out on top. It’s true that Urashiki has both the Rinnegan and Byakugan, and according to the next episode preview isn’t fighting at his full strength yet, but I still don’t see him winning.

If Jiraiya took on Urashiki they way he took on Pain, using toad sage mode and summoning Gamaken, Fukasaku, and Shima, it would be no contest. Even with his dōjutsu, Urashiki has no way to combat the genjutsu of Fukasaku and Shima. And then there’s also the physical attacks of toad sage Jiraiya and Gamaken he’d have to deal with.

Let’s put it this way, if Urashiki couldn’t even get out of the toad belly he was trapped in this episode, he has no shot in a real fight against Jiraiya. Urashiki may have some tricks up his sleeves, but Jiraiya has more, is more strategic, and is simply stronger in general.

Signature Rinnegan Abilities

Here’s the part where I apologize for missing a key bit of information in last week’s review. I discussed how Urashiki shouldn’t have the ability to see into the future despite having the Byakugan, Rinnegan, and I’m pretty sure, Rinne Sharingan. That’s not entirely correct.

If you want more information on what I’m about to explain, it can be found here. But basically there are “three great dōjutsu” which are the Byakugan, Sharingan, and Rinnegan. The Byakugan is entirely separate, so we’ll set that aside. But the Sharingan and Rinnegan are actually branches of the Rinne Sharingan group.

And one thing we do know about the Rinne Sharingan group is that individuals often have signature dōjutsu abilities. Examples of this are Itachi’s Mangekyō Sharingan Amaterasu, Sasuke’s Mangekyō Sharingan Kagutsuchi, and Sasuke’s Sharinnegan teleportation (position swap) jutsu.

Urashiki Ōtsutsuki's Rinnegan from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Urashiki Ōtsutsuki’s Rinnegan

So with all this in mind, it was wrong of me to assert that Urashiki couldn’t possibly see into the future.

However, we also learn that Urashiki isn’t exactly seeing into the future. His signature Rinnegan ability allows him to rewind time back a couple of seconds. And this is actually even more broken than future sight. If something doesn’t go his way, he can simply rewind it, much like one of King Crimson’s abilities.

I also want to mention that this signature ability could actually be the precursor to the Uchiha clan’s Izanagi. They have the same end result, but the Izanagi used by the Uchiha has a steep cost — one Sharingan eye is rendered blind per use.

Needless to say, that’s a pretty powerful ability to have on demand without a severe cost. Unfortunately for Urashiki, he doesn’t know how to use it to its maximum potential. This is shown when he explains that it’s normally a defensive ability.

Conclusion

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 134 wasn’t good by any means, but it still did include some interesting points to discuss. So what did you think of the episode? Do you think Jiraiya could easily beat Urashiki if he really wanted to? And how do you feel about Urashiki’s time reversal ability? Let me know in the comments.

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