Boruto Episode 150

Boruto Episode 150

The Value of a Hidden Ace

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 150 (it doesn’t feel like there’s been that many episodes) was pretty decent. Not a lot happened other than Tento getting kidnapped by the Mujina Gang, but that in itself is a major event.

And with Boruto coming face to face with the leader of the Mujina Gang at the end of the episode, it almost feels like the arc is about to end. But, this isn’t exactly a minor arc, and we probably have around 10 episodes of the arc left at least.

The Mujina Gang arc in the manga covers 5 chapters, which isn’t all that many when you consider the total length of the series. However, as I’ve mentioned before, the anime is used to expand upon things in the manga which there wasn’t time for, so this will be a more in depth version of the arc.

For example, the Hozuki Castle Prison mini arc is actually part of the larger Mujina Gang arc in the anime. This means the arc began back with episode 141 in the anime, while from the manga’s perspective, it would have begun with episode 148.

Also, episodes 148 and 149 have the same titles as the first two chapters of this arc in the manga, but 150 and 151 don’t have the same titles as the third and fourth chapters. This means the arc will go to at least episode 154 in order to incorporate the remaining chapters from the manga.

But I think it’s more likely that we’ll get some extra episodes thrown in, so my guess is the arc will conclude around episode 160, making it 20 episodes in total.

B-Rank Mission

In the first half of the episode, Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki are given what’s potentially their first B-Rank mission. Obviously they’ve completed missions of this difficulty before, but I don’t believe they’ve ever been assigned a mission above C-Rank in the past — they just end up getting into dangerous situations.

For example, the whole Hidden Stone arc probably would have been considered a B-Rank mission if not an A-Rank one. But again, this wasn’t a mission they were given; they took it upon themselves to get involved.

Konohamaru holding a B-Rank mission scroll from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Konohamaru holding a B-Rank mission scroll

What I find interesting about their first real B-Rank mission, though, is that Konohamaru doesn’t sound like he’s going with them. You’d think that the leader of Team 7 would be present for Team 7’s first official B-Rank mission.

This is especially true considering B-Rank missions are supposed to be for chunin level shinobi and higher, while the members of Team 7 are still genin. However, to call Team 7 genin isn’t entirely accurate, because their chunin exams were interrupted (as usual).

It’s just a shame that we didn’t actually get any information about this B-Rank mission. We don’t know any of the details, other than the fact that it takes place outside the Hidden Leaf Village, which most higher level missions naturally do.

I think it’s unlikely that Sarada and Mitsuki will go through with the mission without Boruto, so we probably won’t get to see it from their perspective. However, maybe Team 10 (Ino-Shika-Cho) will take up the mission in their place and we’ll get a side arc about it.

Yeah, that probably won’t happen either.

Shojoji’s Corpse Clone Jutsu

We’ve known about Shojojo, the leader of the Mujina Gang, and his signature jutsu for a few episodes now. But we didn’t really know the specifics about his jutsu until now — and it’s not exactly as overpowered as I was afraid it might be.

Yes, the Corpse Clone jutsu is a forbidden jutsu, but it’s not as if it’s unbeatable. Jutsu don’t become forbidden because they’re strong, they become forbidden either because they’re too dangerous for the user or because they’re illegal/unethical.

The Shadow Clone jutsu is forbidden because someone without much chakra could end up dying if they use it. But reanimation jutsu are forbidden because they require sacrifices and it’s kind of unethical to bring back the dead in order to force them to fight on your behalf.

The Corpse Clone jutsu falls into the second category.

Shojoji from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Shojoji

You might argue that the Corpse Clone jutsu should be allowed, because after all, shinobi are meant to fight and kill each other. What does it matter if someone like Shojoji takes on the appearance (and apparently jutsu) of someone he’s killed?

Well, it all has to do with how the Corpse Clone jutsu actually works. It’s not as if the user simply takes over a corpse. He actually has to eat the brain of the person who he wants to transform into while they’re still alive. And if you didn’t know, cannibalism is kind of unethical — especially when the person you’re eating is alive.

There was also a throwaway line about the Corpse Clone jutsu adding the remaining years of the devoured person’s life onto the life span of the user. This is obviously the biggest benefit of the jutsu, but could also be another ethical reason for why the jutsu is forbidden.

Boruto and Tento

The ending of the episode when Boruto shows up to rescue Tento was pretty interesting. First of all, we saw that Tento was about to kill himself in order to prevent his father from having to bow to the demands of the Mujina Gang.

That shows that he has the mental fortitude to be a shinobi, which is important for what I’m building up to.

Next, we know that Tento looks up to Naruto as a shining example of what a shinobi should be. So since Boruto is Naruto’s son, he obviously has some high expectations of him as well. And when Boruto comes to Tento’s rescue, we get this image (shown below) of Boruto from Tento’s point of view.

Boruto Uzumaki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto Uzumaki

So, where is all this going? Well, this is the same way Boruto viewed Naruto when Naruto saved him from Momoshiki during the chunin exam. And, although I couldn’t find the scene, I’m pretty sure Konohamaru viewed Naruto in this same way at some point back when he decides to train under Naruto.

What if Tento becomes Boruto’s student in the same way Konohamaru was originally Naruto’s student? We know he has the desire to become a shinobi, and he’s definitely willing to put in the effort to become one as well.

I don’t think that’s the most unrealistic outcome here. If this was a filler arc, then sure, I’d say that Tento would learn a lesson from Boruto about working hard and then we’d never see him again. But this a main arc of the series and Tento is a major character in it.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto episode 150? Do you think we’ll ever learn what the mysterious B-Rank mission is? Is the Corpse Clone jutsu actually overpowered? And do you think Tento is going to become Boruto’s student just as Konohamaru was to Naruto? Let me know in the comments.

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