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Boruto Episode 130

Boruto Episode 130

Genin, Assemble!

Based on the preview at the end of the previous episode, I thought we were about to begin the Sasuke recovery mission in this flashback arc. However, it now doesn’t actually seem like we’re going to get that at all. The title, “Genin, Assemble!” is referring to them assembling for a very different reason.

That reason, of course, is a bathhouse cleaning mission. At the start of this arc I mentioned that it’s probably going to be all filler episodes, and so I don’t know why I got my hopes up. But either way, this was a good way for Boruto to meet all the other genin, as I’ll discuss later on.

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

Boruto also gets to meet Konohamaru as a child, which may have been the most shocking thing for him so far. Looking at the genin, Boruto can see how they’ve grown into the jonin he’s familiar with. However, Konohamaru acts so differently because he’s younger that there’s barely any resemblance to his jonin counterpart.

This is definitely something Boruto is going to bring up to Konohamaru once he returns to the present.

It’s too bad Boruto didn’t get to see the true skill of Konohamaru though. Keep in mind that around two or three years after this point, Konohamaru would go on to defeat one of the Six Paths of Pain. Sure, Boruto helped defeat Momoshiki, but Konohamaru defeated a body of Pain single-handedly at a younger age.

The Gang’s All Here (and Tenten)

Did you notice that Tenten was the only genin (aside from Sasuke, of course) who wasn’t introduced in this episode? Because I did. She was there with everyone else — we see her towards the end of the episode, but she wasn’t introduced along with the others.

Skipping over Naruto and Sakura because they were already introduced, Boruto now meets the Ino-Shika-Cho trio; Hinata, Kiba, and Shino; and even Rock Lee and Neji. But not Tenten. I wonder if Boruto would even remember who Tenten is. I think he met her once during the chunin exams.

As for what Boruto thinks about the Ino-Shika-Cho trio, he mentions that none of them are very different from their adult forms. And he also mentions that Shikamaru looks exactly like his son, Shikadai. I remember when the Boruto series first started a lot of people were mad about this fact.

Hinata, Kiba, and Shino were the ones Boruto was a bit off-put by, and I have to agree with Boruto. This team was always my least favorite considering I don’t particularly like any of those three. Kurenai is pretty neat though, so it’s a shame this was her team.

Boruto thinks watching Hinata and Naruto is embarrassing, he learns that Kiba has always lied to him about how great he is, and Shino insults himself without even knowing it. All of that just reinforces how I feel about Team 8.

The final two, Rock Lee and Neji, we don’t actually get much content for. Boruto mentions that Rock Lee looks just like Metal, and he doesn’t really have any thoughts about Neji. Neji may be his uncle, but keep in mind that Boruto has never met him before.

Where’s Sasuke?

It’s in this episode that Boruto finally learns a bit about Sasuke’s past. He doesn’t yet know any details about why Sasuke deserted the Leaf Village, but he knows that it happened. And I can see two possible outcomes from this, neither of which will really effect the main plot.

The first option is that Boruto learns all about Sasuke’s past — at least as far as the events of the original Naruto series are concerned. But even if he does learn about this dark past, I don’t think it will change how Boruto views his master. After all, Sasuke is a different person now who has learned from his past.

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

The second option has the same outcome, which is that Boruto and Sasuke’s relationship remains unchanged. However, how we arrive at this outcome is a bit different. It’s very possible that Boruto will never learn the true extent of Sasuke’s crimes and will instead decide for himself that they don’t matter.

Again, this relies on the fact that Boruto will understand the Sasuke of the past and the Sasuke of the present are very different. It doesn’t matter who Sasuke was 15 years ago to Boruto. All that matters is who he is now.

I’d honestly be fine with either of these options, but I do think those are the only two viable options. Because this is a filler arc, the relationship between Boruto and Sasuke can’t be fundamentally changed by anything Boruto learns right now.

Urashiki Time

At the end of the episode we have the appearance of Urashiki. Nothing has really happened yet, but I do want to discuss the implications of this for a bit. After all, Urashiki appears right in front of Naruto and from the next episode preview we see Naruto is involved in the fight against him.

So, what does this mean for the original series and Naruto: Shippūden? Doesn’t this mean that Naruto will have canonically fought an Ōtsutsuki clan member long before he ever encountered Kaguya? That’s a pretty major event, so how can this be explained away?

One idea I believe I posed in a previous review is that the events of this arc never actually happened. This would mean that the entire arc took place in a dream world of some sort. However, that doesn’t exactly make sense, because then the tailed beast chakra Urashiki is going after would also be fake.

So what if Naruto loses his memories of these events? That would be one way of solving the problem. I’m not sure exactly how this would happen, but I’m sure Urashiki or Sasuke has a way of doing this thanks to their dōjutsu.

Also it looks like Naruto is going to go into his tailed beast cloak during this fight. And we know that when he was a child, he couldn’t control this very well. He tended not to remember what he did while in that state, so that could be one way of making him forget these events.

Another option is for Boruto and Sasuke to somehow convince Naruto that none of these events actually ever happened. This may be a viable option considering some of the things we know about Naruto during this time period — such as the fact that he’s extremely gullible.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 130? Do you think Tenten deserved to be introduced along with everyone else? Do you think Sasuke’s past will end up mattering to Boruto? And, how do you think the events of this arc will be explained in the canon of the series? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 129

Boruto Episode 129

The Village Hidden in the Leaves

Last week Boruto and Sasuke were sent back in time by a mechanized turtle named Karasuki. This happened when Urashiki attempted to use Karasuki’s time traveling ability to go back to a point at which he could steal the nine-tails chakra from a weak Naruto.

However, neither Urashiki nor Boruto and Sasuke made it to the original time Urashiki had planned to go to. Instead, they ended up in the Leaf Village right after Lady Tsunade took over as the Fifth Hokage. From this we can assume Urashiki planned to go back to when Naruto was much younger.

But would that have been a good idea? Sure, Naruto would have been less of a threat, and Jiraiya and Tsunade may not have been around to help, but there was someone else. Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, was a pretty strong guy — being one of a handful to have naturally mastered all five basic elemental chakra natures.

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

Hiruzen was by no means in his prime when Naruto was a child, but we also have to consider the facts surrounding his death. He wasn’t defeated by Orochimaru, he took his own life in order to stop his former student. And he didn’t want to fight Orochimaru to begin with, so he wasn’t really going all out.

If Urashiki attacked the Leaf Village at that time, I have no doubt Hiruzen would have been able fight him off, at least temporarily. And after that, Jiraiya, and potentially Tsunade, would have had time to return to the village. So like I mentioned last week, this probably wouldn’t have been a good time to attack.

Could Urashiki Win?

But what about the time period Boruto and Sasuke were sent to? How hard would it really be for Urashiki to win at this point in time? After all, Karasuki predicted that Urashiki will arrive in the Leaf Village within the next few days.

For starters, we have both Boruto and Sasuke around, so that makes it a little unfair. Sasuke alone could definitely defeat Urashiki based on what we know he can do, but apparently the writers of Boruto have forgotten that. So let’s pretend those two aren’t around.

Urashiki would have to fight against Naruto (maybe), Jiraiya, Tsunade, and the other jonin of the village such as Kakashi, Might Guy, etc. I think the combo of Jiraiya and Tsunade alone could defeat Urashiki assuming they go all out. Even just Jiraiya might be able to win if he uses Ma & Pa, Gamabunta, and his toad sage mode.

But there is another threat to Urashiki who would also have been around during the age of Hiruzen: Might Guy. I think a lot of people forget that Might Guy is one of the strongest shinobi to ever live.

Remember the end of Shippūden when Madara was revived and he single-handedly defeated all five Kage with relative ease and then went on to defeat the Naruto-Sasuke tag team? Guess who was the only person who had a chance of defeating him — Might Guy.

In a one-on-one fight against Urashiki, Might Guy would win. If it was a long battle, Urashiki would come out on top, but the thing is, I think he would underestimate Might Guy too much. He would lose before he even knew that he should escape through one of his portals.

The Sasuke Recovery Mission

That’s enough about what-if battles. Let’s discuss some of the current events in the Leaf Village for this time period. As we were told, Tsunade just recently became the fifth hokage at this point, which means it’s not long after the death of Hiruzen.

And if you read the title of this section, then you’ll know that the Sasuke recovery mission is about to begin. Tsunade mentions to Boruto and Sasuke that a genin has abandoned the village, and so they’re currently on high alert. That genin was Sasuke, who left the village to train under Orochimaru.

So I think might be safe to say that Boruto won’t end up meeting Sasuke as a child. I’ve heard that this arc is going to last nine episodes, so it’s still possible, but considering the time period, it seems unlikely. From this point I don’t believe Sasuke returns to the Leaf Village until the Fourth Shinobi War when he revives the previous Hokage.

That means he’s gone for around four to five years.

But with that said, it seems fairly obvious that Boruto is going to learn about Sasuke’s dark past, or at least some of it, within this arc. He’ll definitely learn that Sasuke was considered a missing-nin, but I’m not sure how much he’ll find out.

Will he learn that Sasuke went on to kill his own brother and become an international terrorist under the Akatsuki? Probably not since that’s not related to the arc at hand.

Sakura, Naruto, and Jiraiya

And just because I feel like I have to do this, let’s go over the characters who Boruto met during this first episode back in time.

The first one he sees, but last one he actually meets in the episode, is Sakura. While Boruto initially wants to talk to Sakura because he believes she’ll know Naruto’s location, Sasuke wants nothing to do with her because he’s afraid of altering the future.

When Boruto finally does get a chance to meet Sakura, he notices how similar she is to her daughter, Sarada.

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

Naruto and Jiraiya are the more important characters Boruto meets, not because Sakura is useless (which she is at this point), but because he wanted to know more about them. Unfortunately, Boruto only gets to see Jiraiya as the “pervy sage,” and not him fighting at full power.

And considering where this point is in the series, I’m not sure Boruto will actually get to see Jiraiya in action. Aside from his battle with Tsunade against Orochimaru (which already happened), the next time Jiraiya actually fights is probably against Pain.

Luckily, there was some fairly decent content involving Boruto learning about how Naruto lived as a child. Boruto already knew that Naruto didn’t have any family growing up, but he now sees first-hand how Naruto lived and how much family means to him.

Conclusion

What do you think about my what-if scenarios? Do you agree with them? Do you think Might Guy would really be able to defeat Urashiki on his own? Let me know in the comments, and if you want more content like that, tell me and I just might come up with a list of the 10 strongest shinobi in the series.

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Boruto Episode 128

Boruto Episode 128

Urashiki’s Target

I’m sure a lot of people are discussing how Boruto and Sasuke traveled back in time this week. I know I’ll be discussing it too towards the end of this review. However, that’s the least important part of the episode as far as I’m concerned. I’ve already seen all of Naruto.

The important part of the episode, to me, is the first half where we get to see Urashiki outsmarting the entire Hidden Leaf Village. But before that happens, there are some other things we need to go over. First of all, Urashiki never actually kills anyone. Have you ever thought about why that is?

It’s because he’s a filler arc villain. Aside from the fact that he was included in the series’ version of the chunin exam arc, he’s only shown up in filler arcs. And because of this, they can’t have him actually kill off any characters despite the fact that stealing their chakra would do just that.

By the way, if you didn’t know, chakra is your life force. Ignore the fact that humans existed on Earth before Kaguya brought chakra to Earth in the form of the God Tree. Sometimes plot holes happen.

Urashiki holding Mirai's chakra from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Urashiki holding Mirai’s chakra

So instead of killing Mirai Sarutobi, Urashiki steals her chakra and uses it to cast a genjutsu on Mirai and another Hidden Leaf shinobi in order to lure the guards away from the village. However, when we see Mirai’s chakra it’s a dirty green color. Why?

Mirai’s affinity is for Wind nature (not Yin), although she also knows Lightning, Fire, and Yin. I think the color we see is just her Wind chakra in the dark, though it still isn’t quite right. It almost looks like Wood chakra, but I’m sure it’s supposed to be Wind.

Karasuki, the Noble Device

After clearing out the Hidden Leaf Village, Urashiki then makes his way towards the Archaeological Research Institute. Even Urashiki is aware that he stands no chance fighting against Naruto and his close supporters, like Shikamaru, head on. Even Naruto alone could probably beat Urashiki.

But that still doesn’t explain why he went to the Archaeological Research Institute. The reason is because there’s an Ōtsutsuki device there known as Karasuki. Karasuki is some sort of mechanized turtle with the ability to travel through time.

Why does this matter? Because Urashiki’s plan was to go back in time and steal the Nine-tails’ chakra before Naruto became as powerful as he is now. But the question then becomes, when was he going to go back to? I think his best chance would have been right after Jiraiya died, but as we learn, he was planning to go back even farther.

Boruto getting sent back in time by Karasuki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto getting sent back in time by Karasuki

Maybe Urashiki doesn’t know this, but as a general rule Shinobi are stronger the farther back in time you go. I’ve planned to write an entire post about this idea for months now and haven’t gotten around to it yet, so I’ll just give a brief version of it here.

Kaguya brought chakra to Earth via the God Tree. Chakra was then passed down from one generation to the next after that. With each new generation, the God Tree’s chakra becomes more diluted, and is thus weaker. That’s why even though Naruto and Sasuke are extremely strong, they still didn’t stand a chance against Madara.

So the best time for Urashiki to strike would be right after Jiraiya’s death. By that time Naruto isn’t strong enough to defeat him yet, and both Jiraya and Hiruzen are dead. Only Obito or Zetsu would be a problem.

Naruto: Boruto Previous Generations

I touched on this towards the end of last week’s review, but this next arc is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Naruto. It’s true that we could see Urashiki be defeated once and for all during this arc, but aside from that there shouldn’t be anything that will impact the story greatly.

And I think that’s what a lot of people may not be realizing about this arc. This arc isn’t going to be some crazy arc that sets things up for the future of the series. And even if we do get some crazy stuff, like Boruto, Sasuke, Naruto, and Jiraiya teaming up to fight Urashiki, it’ll have to be revealed that it wasn’t real.

Because think about it, if it was canon that Naruto met his own son as a child or that he previously defeated an Ōtsutsuki before Kaguya, that’s kind of a big deal. That can’t be something just thrown into canon on a whim.

Also the fact that Karasuki is capable of time travel on its own would break the story. I get that they set it up so Karasuki can’t be used again by having Urashiki say only Ōtsutsuki can activate him, but Naruto and Sasuke each have Ōtsutsuki chakra within them. They could use that to go back in time and mess with anything they wanted.

So, yeah. This may be a little, fun arc taking place during the “good old days,” but I wouldn’t expect anything too exciting. It’s a nice way to celebrate Naruto’s 20th anniversary, but that’s really all it is.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on Boruto and Sasuke heading into the past? Are you looking forward to this special event arc? And what time period do you think Urashiki would have the best chance of capturing the nine-tails chakra? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 127

Boruto Episode 127

Make-Out Tactics

After seeing the preview for this episode last week, I knew the episode was going to be about Jiraiya. However, what I wasn’t prepared for was how good this episode actually was. And, I almost wish I could have seen this episode without first having watched Naruto and Shippūden.

Maybe you don’t have to, but imagine watching this without having seen those series and being formally introduced to Jiraiya in this way. Or the questions you might have after the hints that were planted about Sasuke’s past. And if you haven’t watched the series that come before Boruto, go do it right now.

The Naruto franchise isn’t the best in the world, but it’s one of my favorites. There’s so much content to absorb and discuss that it really is one of the most in-depth worlds in anime. Other series like One Piece are similar, but Naruto does a better job at setting up the rules of the world and sticking to them.

So in case you couldn’t tell, this week’s review is going to basically just be me discussing throwbacks to one of my favorite series of all time.

But let’s set up the premise of the episode before I get into all that. Boruto wants to learn more about Jiraiya after learning that not only was he Naruto’s master, but also potentially stronger than Sasuke. I’ll get to that specific claim in a bit, but Boruto then recruits Sarada and they temporarily recruit Chōchō as well.

And in order to learn about Jiraiya, they decide to read one of the Make-Out series books he wrote — specifically Make-Out Tactics. I prefer Make-Out Paradise, but whatever, to each his own.

Jiraiya, Legendary Sannin

Despite how he may have acted most of the time, and when writing most of his novels, Jiraiya was one of the strongest shinobi to have ever lived. However, he was definitely not the strongest. The first three Hokage, Madara, Nagato (technically?), Naruto and Sasuke are just a few who are/were stronger than Jiraiya.

So going back to when Hinata erroneously claimed Jiraiya was stronger than Sasuke, I’d have to say that’s not the case. Look, I love Jiraiya, but Sasuke is stronger, especially now that he’s level headed. But with that said, it would be a close fight. I’d say they’re almost 50/50.

As for Nagato, he’s not actually stronger than Jiraiya, he just took Jiraiya by surprise and Jiraiya didn’t want to kill him. Nagato killed Jiraiya by the way, spoilers.

Jiraiya (and Naruto) posing in a photograph from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Jiraiya (and Naruto) posing in a photograph

Anyway, what I’m getting at is although he’s not the absolute strongest, he’s definitely strong, and he’s hugely influential on both Naruto as a character and as a franchise. After all, he mentored Nagato Uzumaki, Minato Namikaze, and Naruto Uzumaki.

Jiraiya was also one of the legendary Sannin along with Lady Tsunade (the Fifth Hokage), and Orochimaru (Mitsuki’s parent). As one of the Sannin he helped put an end to the Second Great Shinobi War. And he’s one of the few shinobi to be able to use senjutsu, also known as sage mode.

Basically Jiraiya is great and he deserves to be talked about more because of how important he is. Also Boruto needs to really learn the power of Jiraiya so he can show him some respect.

Sasuke, International Terrorist Extraordinaire

So, the other “flashback” part of the episode focused on Sasuke — sort of. But before getting into that, I just want to point out that Sasuke never actually met Jiraiya. I don’t think I ever really thought about that before, but it’s true, as he implied in this episode.

It’s weird to think about that. After all that time Jiraiya and Sasuke never met.

But what I really wanted to talk about here is the fact that Sasuke’s past isn’t something the adults want the younger generation to learn about. When Boruto asks both Hinata and Sasuke why Sasuke wasn’t in the photo of the “Konoha 11,” they avoid the question.

And in case you don’t know, it was because during this time Sasuke had abandoned the Hidden Leaf Village to train under world-class criminal Orochimaru. Sasuke later went on to kill Orochimaru (yes, the same Orochimaru who is alive as Mitsuki’s parent) and decided to join the terrorist organization that killed Jiraiya.

Yeah, that’s not exactly something you go around mentioning. I wonder if Sarada even knows about that part of her father’s past. He’s killed a lot of innocent people in his day. I get the feeling Sarada wouldn’t exactly be okay with that.

Who knows, maybe that’ll end up being a big arc for Sarada. Maybe she’ll learn about Sasuke’s past and have to come to her own conclusion about who he is as a person and why he would have done such terrible things.

The Ancient Fossil

And the final thing I want to discuss today is the ancient relic which was seen on the news a few times throughout the episode. First of all, let me just say that it’s never a good idea to undo a sealing jutsu on an ancient relic. That’s an amateur move that can only backfire.

Second, the relic has a symbol used by the Ōtsutsuki clan on it, so that’s another obvious warning sign. When Boruto mentions that he’s seen the symbol somewhere before, it’s because he has. He saw it in the cave where he and the rest of Team 7 encountered a surviving White Zetsu clone.

I also think that the symbol wasn’t just an Ōtsutsuki clan emblem, but actually specifically used by Kaguya. The main Ōtsutsuki clan emblem is an eight pointed star (sun), while the branch clan uses a crescent moon around a circle. But since this symbol is found on Earth and is linked to the White Zetsu, it definitely has to do with Kaguya.

Also, I just want to mention that I’ll be including some spoilers from now until the conclusion section of this review, so feel free to skip to the end to avoid them.

Chōji, Akamaru, Kiba, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Neji from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Chōji, Akamaru, Kiba, Naruto, Shikamaru, and Neji

The next arc is said to be a time travel type arc in which Boruto gets sent back to the days of the original Naruto series. It’s extremely likely that this relic has to do with that arc and will be the cause of it. Urashiki, being an Ōtsutsuki, is also likely to be involved. Maybe he’ll be sent back in time as well.

And as for why there’s about to be a time travel arc, my best bet is because the 20th anniversary of Naruto just occurred. It’s honestly the perfect time to throw in an arc like that even if it’s filler. Also, let’s not forget that Boruto just learned about the past in these two recent episodes.

Conclusion

So what did you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 127? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Have you only watched Boruto and didn’t know about the power of Jiraiya or Sasuke’s dark past? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 126

Boruto Episode 126

Shukaku’s Trick

Today’s episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was obviously filler, but that doesn’t mean this wasn’t an important episode. In fact, this episode seems to be the first in a group of filler episodes which server to briefly explain the events of Naruto and Shippūden to those who haven’t seen them.

If you’ve already seen Naruto and Shippūden, then this episode is mostly recap. And even if you’ve only seen Boruto, this episode is also party recap. The only new information comes at the end and is focused on Himawari. I’ll get to discussing that at the end of this review.

For the majority of the review, however, I’ll be doing things a bit differently from usual. Since this episode serves to really introduce the tailed beasts into Boruto, and since I haven’t written explicitly about them before, I’ll be taking this time to dive into everything you need to know about them.

If you’ve only watched Boruto, then let this review serve to catch you up (somewhat) on the events of Shippūden. And if you’ve seen it all, then treat this review as an in-depth discussion of the tailed beasts, their jinchūriki, and the role they play currently in the series.

Tailed Beasts

In this episode, Boruto fills the role of viewers who haven’t seen the previous parts of the franchise. He knows that the nine-tails is inside his father, but other than that he doesn’t really have an understanding of the tailed beasts. In fact, Shukaku is the first one he’s met as he’s never even met Kurama.

Anyway, now that Shukaku is staying with Naruto and his family for a few days, Naruto decides to call all the tailed beasts together to have a meeting. Shukaku opts not to join in, but he can still hear what the other tailed beasts — or at least Kurama — are saying.

Three of the tailed beasts, Matatabi, Kokuō, and Chōmei, the two, five, and seven-tails respectively, also don’t attend the meeting. That just leaves Isobu, Son Gokū, Saiken, Gyūki, and Kurama, the three, four, six, eight, and nine-tails there.

Naruto, Kurama, Isobu, Son Gokū, Saiken, and Gyūki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto, Kurama, Isobu, Son Gokū, Saiken, and Gyūki

And while I’m not actually going to discuss all the jinchūriki individually when I get to them, here’s an ED from Shippūden which will teach you the names and a little bit about each of the tailed beasts and their respective jinchūriki. I honestly think this was one of the better EDs of the series just because it served a purpose.

Anyway, the tailed beasts were created by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki when he divided up the power of the ten-tails, also known as the God Tree. Since then, the various hidden villages have been fighting over control of the tailed beasts due to their immense power.

Also, the tailed beasts aren’t only numbered by their tails, but also by their relative strength. Kurama is the strongest of the tailed beasts while Shukaku is the weakest. However, that doesn’t mean Shukaku is weak by any means.

Jinchūriki

As for the jinchūriki, this is also a concept Naruto has to explain to Boruto because there aren’t actually many jinchūriki around today. In fact, the only two we know of are Naruto and Killer B (the eight-tails jinchūriki). However, Naruto also mentions other former jinchūriki Boruto would be familiar with.

Boruto should be familiar with Killer B. I don’t know if we’ve ever seen the two meet off the top of my head, but Naruto mentions him so we can assume Boruto knows who he is. Naruto also mentions Gaara was the jinchūriki of the one-tail and Kagura’s grandfather (the Fourth Mizukage) was the three-tail jinchūriki.

Yagura (Kagura’s grandfather) is long dead by the events of Boruto, as are the other jinchūriki besides Naruto, Gaara, and B. Because of this, we actually don’t know exactly how many jinchūriki there are. But I’d say only the two we know of currently.

Naruto using his sage mode and nine-tails cloak from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto using his sage mode and nine-tails cloak

We know Shukaku no longer has a jinchūriki. We also see Matatabi, Kokuō, and Chōmei roaming freely, so we can assume they have no jinchūriki either right now. It’s possible that Isobu, Son Gokū, and Saiken have new jinchūriki, but if they did they probably would have been present at the meeting we saw.

And, each jinchūriki gains the special ability of their respective tailed beast. For some of them, like Shukaku, this takes the form of a kekkei genkai (Magnet Release). Others, like Kurama, have different abilities. Kurama’s ability is actually why Naruto has the infamous talk-no-jutsu.

I plan to have a full article on all the past and present jinchūriki eventually, so if you want more details on each of them just hang tight. Today’s post was mainly about the tailed beasts since they’re relevant to the episode.

Himawari Uzumaki

If you have more questions about the tailed beasts, put them down in the comments and I’ll answer them there. With that said, it’s time to talk a bit about Himawari because we do learn a bit about her as well. I’m not sure exactly if this information counts as canon, but let’s assume it does.

So, we already know that Himawari is the most powerful character in the Naruto franchise. After all, she took down Naruto, the previously strongest character, with just one punch. And while this information isn’t exactly new, it was reaffirmed that there’s something not quite right about Himawari.

I mean, obviously the first thing that isn’t right is that she has blue eyes, not the pale eyes of the Byakugan. However, this is actually due to a mistake that the creator just decided to run with. No, the real issue with Himawari is that she has an explosive amount of power, but can’t recall ever using it afterwards.

And if you’re thinking this is exactly like Zenitsu from Demon Slayer, that’s because it is.

Himawari using her Byakugan from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Himawari using her Byakugan

For whatever reason, the strain of activating her Byakugan is too much for her to handle and she essentially blacks out. However, she also gains extraordinary power she shouldn’t have access to. This is really the new piece of information.

When Himawari took down Naruto, it was implied that she happened to hit one of his major chakra points (or below the belt). But this time around we see her smash large pieces of scrap metal into the air with one punch. She shouldn’t have that kind of power at this stage.

Also what was that whole “locked on” thing about?

Conclusion

Anyway, I guess that’s it for this week’s Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 126 review. Next week’s episode is going to be about Boruto learning who Jiraiya is, so expect a discussion of Jiraiya here and not a real review of the episode.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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