Boruto Episode 149

Boruto Episode 149

Friends!!

In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 149 we learn a lot more about Tentō Madoka, son of the current daimyō of the Land of Fire. But this in itself raises a major question about the Land of Fire’s daimyō.

We’re told that Tentō is the daimyō’s heir — implying that he will one day take over as the next daimyō of the Land of Fire. But, if the position of daimyō is hereditary, then where did the current daimyō come from? He’s not the same man who was the daimyō about 15 years ago.

In fact, the original daimyō of the Land of Fire who reigned all throughout Naruto and Shippūden was never even given a name. All we know is that his wife is Madam Shijimi, and he’s related to a young girl named Naho in some fashion.

So did the previous daimyō die without an heir? Or did Ikkyū Madoka lead some sort of rebellion against him? Also, this sort of ties into the fact that the current warden of Hozuki Prison was also not the same person who took over that role in one of the Shippūden movies.

Did Naruto completely shake up the ruling class of the Land of Fire when he took over as Hokage, even though that’s outside of his power to do so?

Boruto and Tento from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto and Tento

But enough about what may or may not have happened to the previous daimyō, this episode is about Tentō and his friendship with Boruto. At first you couldn’t really call their relationship a friendship, but by the end of the episode Boruto understands how Tentō really feels and sympathizes with him.

This episode also did a great job setting up Tentō as a character we care about before he’s kidnapped by the Mujina Gang.

R.I.P. Yamaoka

Despite the Mujina Gang’s boss looking like an over-sized version of Danny DeVito playing the Penguin from Batman, he’s actually the most ruthless antagonist the Boruto series has had so far.

Other antagonists have had confirmed kills in the past, but they’re generally killing random shinobi we don’t care about. And while the Mujina Gang’s boss isn’t killing main characters, he’s already killed three named, supporting characters like it’s no big deal.

Technically Tsukiyo was dead from the very first time we met him, but I’ll still count him as the boss’ first named victim. Then the boss killed Kokuri, and now Yamaoka. And what makes these killings even darker is that the boss uses a jutsu to take over the corpses of his victims.

Yamaoka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Yamaoka

I assume that the boss can only use the appearance of one corpse at a time, which means Boruto won’t have to come face to face with him disguised as Kokuri in the future. But he’ll still learn of Kokuri’s fate during his fight against the boss.

Technically Boruto already did come face to face with him disguised as Kokuri, but he didn’t know that at the time, so I don’t count it.

The same probably can’t be said for Tentō and Yamaoka, however. Tentō is going to be kidnapped by the boss disguised as Yamaoka, and will likely transform back into his original form in front of Tentō.

Also, because Boruto showed Tentō the transformation jutsu, Tentō might believe that’s all the boss did to disguise himself as Yamaoka. But I’m sure the boss will clear that misunderstanding up quickly as a way to show Tentō that he’s a real threat.

Boruto’s Goal

One of the more interesting aspects of this episode for me comes from when Boruto is explaining his dream to Tentō.

But before I get into that dream specifically, we need to talk about the shinobi trading card Boruto is trying to obtain. It might be obvious to you that he’s looking for a Sasuke card, but technically speaking, we haven’t ever been told what the card he’s looking for is.

We’ve never been shown a Sasuke card, we know Boruto looks up to Sasuke, and we know Boruto is tired of getting Naruto cards. All those things combined lead us to assume that Boruto is looking for a Sasuke card, and I think that’s a completely valid assumption.

It’s just interesting that it hasn’t actually been stated yet — so is there going to be some sort of twist?

Boruto and Sasuke from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto and Sasuke

But, let’s assume that the card really is of Sasuke. Why does Boruto look up to Sasuke so much? As he’s previously stated, it’s because Sasuke is the only person strong enough to rival Naruto, who Boruto wants to surpass.

However, in this episode, and in previous episodes, Boruto has also expressed that he likes how Sasuke protects the Leaf Village from the shadows rather than out in the open like Naruto does. And potentially for the first time, he says that he wants to be someone who supports the Hokage from the shadows too.

That final part is extremely important, considering we already know that Sarada’s dream is to one day become Hokage. By the time we get to Boruto’s epilogue, I won’t be surprised if we see Boruto and Sarada playing the opposite roles of their fathers.

And, no, I don’t think they’re going to marry each other.

Conclusion

Speaking of who Boruto is going to marry in the future, I might do a post dedicated to my predictions for who the “Boruto 12” are going to marry. There’s a lot to unpack there though, especially when it comes to whoever’s stuck with Chouchou.

Anyway, what did you think of Boruto episode 149? What do you think happened to the previous daimyō? Do you think Yamaoka could still be alive? And, which shinobi trading card do you think Boruto would be after if not Sasuke? My next guess would be Jiraiya.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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