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Boruto Episode 155

Boruto Episode 155

Mitsuki’s Rainy Day

It’s been 70 days since Boruto episode 154, but the anime is finally back with a one-off filler episode. And if you thought that was a bad way to come back from such a long break, at least it wasn’t an episode about Chouchou; that’s next week.

I have some mixed feelings about this episode, though. It wasn’t one of the worst filler episodes around. But that doesn’t mean it was a good episode either. I think the new character and the general idea behind the episode were interesting. However, it followed the same exact formula that most of the more serious Boruto filler episodes do.

That formula goes like this: The featured main character makes a friend, something bad happens, and then it turns out that their new friend was the culprit. As soon as Mitsuki and Mikazuki (the cat) find Samidare injured in an alley, I knew this was going to be the formula for the episode.

The "Rainy Day Killer" from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
The “Rainy Day Killer”

If you didn’t suspect that formula right from the start, it should have been made abundantly clear as the series progressed. By the 8-minute mark, all of the information needed to come to the conclusion that Samidare is the Rainy Day Killer was available.

We knew his sister worked for a large company in the past and that she’s now dead. And we also knew that all of the Rainy Day Killer’s victims were connected to a deadly accident at a large company. It doesn’t really take much to put those pieces of information together.

I get that these one-off filler episodes generally have cookie-cutter plot so it’s easier to crank them out when needed. But I really wish a little more thought went into them.

Mikazuki and Samidare Amaashi

Samidare Amaashi is a fairly interesting character all things considered. However, you have to read between the lines a little bit (and know a little Japanese) to get the full picture of his background.

The first clue we get about him comes when he first mentions his sister, Mikazuki Amaashi. He says that she moved to the Hidden Leaf Village in order to work at the company where the accident eventually happened. And he mentions that he hadn’t visited her since she moved there.

So what does this tell us? It tells us that neither Samidare nor his sister was a Leaf Village native. They both came to the village from the outside. But where did they come from?

Mikazuki Amaashi's grave from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Mikazuki Amaashi’s grave

The next clue actually comes from Samidare’s name itself. Generally speaking, character names in Naruto/Boruto are written in hiragana and/or katakana. For example, Mikazuki’s gravestone reads “あまあし ミカヅキ” which translates to “Amaashi Mikazuki”. Here, Amaashi is written in hiragana and Mikazuki is in katakana.

However, if we write Samidare’s first name in kanji, then it’s “五月雨” which translates to “May rain.” This connection to rain is important — not only because he’s known as the Rainy Day Killer, but also because of the type of jutsu he specializes in.

Next, if we look at his signature jutsu, it’s a Water-style jutsu called “Needles of Falling Rain.” Generally speaking, a jutsu that relies on it to be raining isn’t all that useful the majority of the time. So why would this be the jutsu Samidare specializes in?

The simple answer is that he comes from a place where it rains a lot. And what hidden village (he said he used to be a shinobi) do we know of where it’s almost always raining?

That’s right. The Hidden Rain Village.

Needles of Falling Rain

The fact that Samidare (and Mikazuki) are implied to originally come from the Hidden Rain Village is extremely interesting to me. Often times, you can’t really tell where a shinobi is originally from simply based on their signature jutsu. But with Samidare, his jutsu is so specific, and there are so many other clues, that we can infer where he’s from.

So let’s talk about Samidare’s Needles of Falling Rain jutsu. As I mentioned, it’s not really all that useful the majority of the time in most places. Undoubtedly, Samidare can use other Water-style jutsu to make up for this when it’s not raining. But the most logical thing would simply be for him to be permanently stationed within the boundaries of the Hidden Rain Village.

When within his home territory, Samidare has an exceptionally powerful jutsu. You could argue that all Water-style users have an advantage within the Rain Village because of the weather and proximity to bodies of water. However, the Needles of Falling Rain jutsu was purpose-built for this environment.

Mitsuki using his Snake Lightning jutsu against Samidare from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Mitsuki using his Snake Lightning jutsu against Samidare

Due to the flashy, large-scale attacks that some shinobi, like Naruto, use, you may forget that shinobi are supposed to be stealthy assassins. When Samidare uses his jutsu, there’s nearly no way for his targets to see it coming. It’s silent and it blends in with the rain.

The only reason Mitsuki was able to see it coming is that he figured out Samidare always strikes when it’s raining because his jutsu relies on it. But someone infiltrating the Rain Village wouldn’t have that information because it’s always raining. There’s no way for them to determine a pattern in Samidare’s attacks.

Of course, there are always exceptions. Anyone with one of the three great dōjutsu, especially the Byakugan, could probably see the attack coming.

Conclusion

What did you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 155? I thought the fact that they used the same, old formula was pretty boring. But the inclusion of information hinting to Samidare being from the Rain Village was pretty cool. Also, are you excited for the return of the Boruto anime? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 154

Boruto Episode 154

Himawari’s Ninja Trial Session

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 154 follows Himawari as she decides what she wants to do as a career — even though she’s like eight years old. And what you may not have thought about before is that anyone who decides to become a shinobi is basically a child soldier conscripted into their nation’s military.

After all, the average academy graduation age is 12 years old. And once you’ve graduated, your a member of the military and will be sent out on potentially dangerous missions. So for Himawari to be unsure about wanting to become a shinobi is completely justifiable.

But, Himawari is also a legitimate child of the Hyuuga clan, which means she’s expected to become a shinobi. Her choosing not to be a shinobi would be like a member of the Inuzuka clan marrying a cat girl instead of a dog girl.

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what Kiba did.

Himawari, Ehou, and Yuina starting their trial session from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Himawari, Ehou, and Yuina starting their trial session

So, to find out if being a shinobi is the right path for her, Himawari takes part in an academy trial session at the recommendation of her aunt, Hanabi (the best Hyuuga). This trial session is basically just a condensed version of the academy courses and serves to give the children a taste of what attending the academy will be like.

However, you may have also noticed that, including Himawari, there were only three children who showed up to take part in the trial session. So is the profession of shinobi dying off? That’s something I’ll touch on again later on.

Yuina Itomaki and Ehou Norimaki

We already know that Himawari’s “specialty” is that she has the Byakugan and is able to use the gentle fist technique, just like the other members of the Hyuuga clan (except Boruto). Well, Boruto can use the gentle fist technique somewhat, he just generally doesn’t.

But Himawari isn’t really who I want to talk about right now, because we have two new characters to discuss instead. And before anyone says that Yuina Itomaki and Ehou Norimaki are just filler characters, what if they aren’t? What if we’ve just been introduced to Himawari’s future team members?

Sure, their names make them seem like they’re probably filler characters. Itomaki is basically a roll of yarn and Norimaki is a seaweed roll, so you can see they have the roll theme in common. I agree that makes them seem like filler characters, but the fact that they were the only other participants in the trial session makes me think otherwise.

Himawari, Ehou, and Yuina searching for a lost cat from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Himawari, Ehou, and Yuina searching for a lost cat

Wouldn’t there have been more characters if these two weren’t important? Yes, we still would have focused on Yuina and Ehou because they were paired up with Himawari, and we probably wouldn’t have gotten the names of any of the other characters, but they still would have been visible in the background.

And, if you think the fact that there weren’t any other students is also an indication that these are just filler characters, allow me to point your attention to Konohamaru, Moegi, and Udon. As far as I can remember, we never actually meet any other shinobi from their graduating class — we only know those three, just like right now we only know Himawari, Yuina, and Ehou.

Unfortunately, we don’t know too much about Ehou and Yuina though. We know Ehou is generally well-rounded, and Yuina is good at tracking, but they don’t seem to have any signature abilities.

But again, we didn’t actually find out Moegi and Udon’s signature jutsu until the Boruto series. Moegi can somehow use Wood Release, and Udon has his snot jutsu.

Is There A Need For Shinobi?

As I mentioned earlier, is there really a need for shinobi anymore? This has been brought up countless times throughout the Boruto series, often by antagonist lamenting how the age of the shinobi is over. And honestly, I kind of agree with them — there isn’t much of a place for shinobi in the current world.

Of course, you will always need some shinobi to fight against the bad guys who crop up, such as the Kara. But generally speaking there isn’t really all that much for shinobi to do right now. And to prove this point, let’s take a look at some of the former shinobi who now work regular jobs.

Where are all the original Naruto series genin now?

Himawari celebrating the completion of the mission from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Himawari celebrating the completion of the mission

Naruto is the Hokage, so while that technically means he’s still a shinobi, he’s really a politician at this point — he doesn’t go on missions. Sakura is the head medical “ninja” in the country, so she’s a doctor, not an actual shinobi. And Sasuke is the only remaining member of the original Team 7 who’s a real shinobi still.

The Ino-Shika-Cho trio isn’t any better. Shikamaru is Naruto’s assistant, so he’s no longer an active shinobi. Ino runs a flower shop, so the same goes for her. And as far as I can tell, Choji is just unemployed. He could still be going out on missions, but from what we’ve seen of him during filler episodes, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Neji died a shinobi instead of living to see himself become a civilian. Tenten is now the proud owner of a ninja tool shop which doesn’t get any customers because nobody wants to be a shinobi anymore. And Rock Lee is potentially still an active shinobi. We know he’s a facilitator of the chunin exams, so he’s still involved somewhat, but I think he basically just trains all day.

Shino is a teacher at the academy, so not an active shinobi. Kiba is the head (I think) of the police force, so that’s kind of shinobi-like. And Hinata is a stay at home mom, so not a shinobi.

And lastly we have Sai, who isn’t one of the original genin, but is important enough for me to mention. He’s basically the head of the Leaf Village’s version of the FBI, so he’s somewhere in between Kiba and Sasuke on the shinobi scale.

Conclusion

I think it’s pretty clear that Himawari is going to end up being a shinobi. And I also think Ehou and Yuina may end up being her teammates when the time comes. But as I’ve just illustrated, there isn’t really much of a need for shinobi; otherwise everyone from Naruto’s generation wouldn’t have retired from that profession.

Remember, it’s not like those characters had to transition from shinobi to civilian life in order for the Leaf Village to prosper. There are plenty of people their age who were simply never shinobi to begin with who could have filled those roles.

But what do you think? Are shinobi still necessary? And will Himawari become one? Or will she choose a different profession, such as working at the postal service? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 153

Boruto Episode 153

Harmony in Gold

Obviously Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 153 wasn’t exactly a good episode. It was a filler episode following the filler genin team. That’s right, now that Sumire has left Team 15 to join the research team, and Tsubaki has joined Team 15, all three members are anime original characters.

But, although I still don’t like Namida, Team 15 is actually pretty high up on my personal tier list. And I don’t mean a tier list of how powerful the team is, but how much I like the characters. Obviously Team 7 is probably at the top of this list because all three members are pretty good characters.

But I think Team 15 might be second with two out of three good characters. I still think that Wasabi has a lot of potential due to her Cat Cloak jutsu, and Tsubaki is the best new girl of the Boruto series. As for Namida, at least she has a sound-based jutsu, which is pretty unique.

Teams 5 and 10 both only have one character I really like — Iwabe and Shikadai respectively. Denki and Metal on Team 5 are pretty low tier, as are Inojin and Chouchou on Team 10. I’d like to say Metal and Inojin are good, but they’re both just infinitely worse versions of their fathers.

Tsubaki Kurogane suggesting a competition from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki Kurogane suggesting a competition

Anyway, today’s discussion is really going to focus on Tsubaki — not just because the episode focused on her, but because she’s the best girl. Tsubaki has the best character design, best personality, and is potentially the strongest female genin currently.

Sarada is probably stronger, but we haven’t seen her stats.

And speaking of stats, I wasn’t really going to touch on the character stats shown in this episode because we don’t actually know what what stats they were and we don’t have any real reference. But I will say that compared to her teammates, Tsubaki’s stats were far higher.

Team 15 vs. Team 5

The moral of this episode is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Team 15 may have individually stronger members, specifically Tsubaki, but Team 5 has better teamwork, and is therefore the stronger team overall.

However, if we actually look at the compatibility of the members which make up these two teams, they’re not that great. The best teams are those which specialize for one particular type of mission, or those whose jutsu compliment each other perfectly.

A great example of a specialized team is Team 8 from Naruto. Team 8 was made up of Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuuga, and Kiba Inuzuka (and Akamaru). All of these characters specialize in tracking down enemy shinobi in different ways, so when put together, they create the ultimate tracking team.

Tsubaki Kurogane from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki Kurogane

In Boruto we don’t have a specialized team like that within the four core genin teams of the series. And even if we add Teams 25 and 40 into the mix, neither of them are really specialized — though Team 40 does have some good complimentary jutsu.

The Ino-Shika-Cho trio, Team 10, is the pinnacle of complimentary jutsu. I’d say the Boruto version of this team is a bit worse because Inojin specializes in the Super Beast Scroll rather than the Mind Transfer jutsu, but the team synergy is still there.

So what about Team 15? We have Tsubaki who’s basically a fully offensive samurai, able to take on large numbers of opponents single-handedly. Then we have Wasabi, who’s basically a tracking shinobi with some added power. And Namida is more of a long-ranged, single-target attacker.

And, while it would make sense for Namida to be the team’s medic, that role actually falls on Wasabi instead. Team 15 is just all over the place.

Snowstorm Slash

When Sumire was a member of the team, I’d say they were the designated tracking team of the genin, but now each member specializes in something completely different. And now that we’ve established that Team 15 doesn’t have any real synergy, we can take a look at how Tsubaki in particular makes this even worse.

The problem with characters like Tsubaki is that she requires the full support of her teammates. She’s not someone you add to a team in order to make it more effective or stronger. She’s someone you have to build a team around from the start if you really want to make use of her abilities to the fullest.

As I said, she’s fully offensive. She doesn’t know any ninjutsu, so she has no supporting abilities whatsoever. Every part of her “kit” is specialized to allow her to deal as much damage as possible. So that’s the first reason she doesn’t really add to a team, but the bigger reason is her attacks themselves.

Tsubaki preparing to use her Snowstorm Slash from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki preparing to use her Snowstorm Slash

Let’s look at her signature attack, Snowstorm Slash, as an example. The first issue with this attack is that it’s an area of effect attack. Yes, it can take out a large number of opponents at once, but it also doesn’t differentiate between friend and foe — so her teammates need to back off for her to use it.

The second issue with Snowstorm Slash is that it also takes Tsubaki out of the fight once she uses it. This technique uses a large amount of chakra, which Tsubaki doesn’t have all that much of considering she’s a samurai, not a shinobi.

So when you look at how Tsubaki fits into a team, the conclusion is that she doesn’t. A team needs to fit around her instead by including support shinobi who can boost Tsubaki’s abilities. In that regard, she’s a lot like Enko Onikuma of Team 40 — the demon girl whose team members specialize in sealing jutsu in case she goes berserk.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Tsubaki is best girl.

But actually, while I do really like her, Tsubaki is a terrible addition to Team 15 — as illustrated by Team 15’s success rate dropping ever since she joined. But what do you think about Tsubaki? Do you actually think she’s a good fit for the team? And who would you pair her up with to take full advantage of her abilities? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 152

Boruto Episode 152

Developing One’s Medical Ninjutsu

Just when you thought the Boruto anime was getting back on track with manga content, episode 152 begins an “arc” of one-off “filler” episodes. I was worried this was going to happen after the end of the Mujina Gang arc, and from what I’ve seen it looks like there will be at least four episodes in this group of filler.

And I know there are a lot of people who will hate this episode because it’s filler, but it wasn’t actually a bad episode. Sure, it’s a single episode filler, not a “filler” arc (which actually isn’t filler), but at least it wasn’t something like the Mecha Naruto filler from Shippūden.

This episode actually served a purpose, which was to lay the foundation of medical ninjutsu use in some of the main genin. Up to this point, the only genin able of using medical ninjutsu to any extent was Wasabi. However, some of the genin taking part in this seminar don’t quite make sense.

Boruto, Mitsuki, and Sarada from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto, Mitsuki, and Sarada

It’s pretty obvious why Sarada is the member of Team 7 attending the seminar — she’s the daughter of the Leaf’s head medical shinobi. If there’s anyone who should be attending this seminar, it’s her. However, Sarada’s fighting style doesn’t exactly fit with that of a medical ninja.

Though to be fair, neither did Sakura’s or Tsunade’s.

The one who stands out the most, however, is Iwabe. The only chakra nature he can use is Earth style, and he’s basically a berserker who attacks head on. You could argue that he would be able to function sort of like Sakura and Tsunade, but I just don’t see him being the medical shinobi of his team. Denki would be a better choice.

Inojin, Hako, and Dōshu make a lot more sense since their fighting styles allow them to sit back from the action. We all know Inojin uses the Super Beast Scroll jutsu, but in case you forgot, Hako controls puppets and Dōshu specializes in sealing jutsu.

Sakura Uchiha

It’s not that often that I actually get to talk about my favorite female character of the Naruto series: Sakura (Haruno) Uchiha. I get it, Sakura gets a lot of hate, but as I’ve said many times in the past, she’s not actually that bad. I agree she’s useless in the original series, but once you get to Shippūden, she’s actually pretty strong.

Think about it this way: Who in Sakura’s graduating class could defeat her in a fight today? And let’s just replace Neji with Sai to make this easier. The answer is Naruto, Sasuke, Shikamaru, and probably Lee. That means Sakura ranks at number 5 out of 12, which isn’t bad at all considering Naruto and Sasuke are so far above everyone else.

Sai would probably be a close fight, and Shino would too. But I think Sakura would easily win against Ino, Hinata, Tenten, Choji, and Kiba. Sakura’s basically a tank who can defeat any of them in one hit, heal off any damage she takes, and also use four chakra natures.

Sakura Uchiha from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Sakura Uchiha

Also consider that the only medical shinobi stronger than Sakura which we know of is Tsunade. When the only person stronger than her in her field is the granddaughter of the First Hokage, one of the Sannin, and the Fifth Hokage herself, that’s not really something to fault Sakura for.

Her abilities and power aside, I do wish Sakura played a larger role in Boruto. She had her time to shine in the Shin Uchiha arc at the beginning of the anime, but since then she hasn’t really done all that much.

It could be interesting to see her sub in as the leader for Team 15 instead of Hanabi for a mission. This is an all girl team, so Sakura would fit into it in that regard. But I think more importantly, she could really teach the girls of Team 15 some lessons. She could help Wasabi with medical ninjutsu and she could help Namida stop being a crybaby.

Where’s Tonton?

Now we get to the most important question which I had while watching this episode: Where is Tonton?

I guess I should start by explaining who Tonton is for those of you who have only watched Boruto and not the two anime series which came before it. Tonton is Tsunade’s pet pig who is often seen being carried and taken care of by Shizune because Tsunade is too busy.

For all intents and purposes, Tonton is Shizune’s pet pig. But, every time we’ve seen Tsunade or Shizune throughout the Boruto series, Tonton is nowhere to be seen. Tonton may not have been a ninja animal like Akamaru (Kiba’s dog), but she might as well be one, so I doubt she was killed during the war.

Shizune from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Shizune

But the part which is most disturbing is that Tonton hasn’t been mentioned once throughout Boruto. Maybe she appeared in the 20th anniversary flashback arc (I don’t remember), but other than that, she’s nowhere to be found. And considering she was such an important part of Tsunade and Shizune’s lives that’s pretty suspicious.

I guess you could say that Tonton died of old age. After all, it has been 15 years since the end of the war — which was the last time we saw Tonton. But for those of us who remember Tonton, it’s hard to imagine she could die at all.

All I’m saying is that Sai needs to open an investigation into Tonton’s disappearance. But maybe the reason this hasn’t happened is because the conspiracy goes all the way to the top.

Conclusion

What did you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 152? Do you think Iwabe is actually a good candidate for learning medical ninjutsu? Do you somehow still believe Sakura is useless? And what do you think happened to Tonton? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 151

Boruto Episode 151

Boruto and Tento

The first thing we need to discuss in regards to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 151 is the fact that there’s a new OP. The Naruto franchise gets a new OP roughly every 25 episodes, so this one is right on time. However, the contents of this OP aren’t what I expected they were going to be.

I thought it was strange that the final version of the previous OP included the battle between Boruto and Shojoji. After all, the next OP was right around the corner, so why wouldn’t they wait for that to show Shojoji in the OP? Well, it turns out that the reason for this is because we’re done with Shojoji as of this episode.

I’ll discuss that in more detail in the next section of this review, so for now let’s go back to the OP.

This new OP prominently features members of the Kara organization, which we learn about towards the end of the episode. Kara is basically Boruto’s version of the Akatsuki, AKA the big bad organization of the series. I don’t think mentioning that is a spoiler in any way.

We also see Kawaki multiple times throughout the OP. If you don’t remember, he’s the one Boruto is fighting against in the flash forward all the way back in episode 1. I’m interested to see what exactly Kawaki’s role is going to be in the series because the OP paints a slightly different picture of him than that first episode did.

Throughout this OP, Kawaki is almost depicted to be Boruto’s version of Sasuke to Naruto, or Obito to Kakashi. So it will be interesting to see if Kawaki goes through the same character arc that those two did.

Also, it was interesting how the OP focused on Kawaki’s red eyes and also featured crows whenever he was shown. Is this trying to compare him to Itachi?

Versus Shojoji

Just last week I said that I thought this Mujina Gang arc would go on for around another 10 episodes. Oh, how wrong I was. Shojoji was defeated by Boruto and Tento in this episode, and then captured by Sai, so there’s no way he’s coming back. And without Shojoji, the Mujina Gang is nothing.

However, I was basing that prediction on the chapters of the manga which cover this arc. And before saying that I thought it would last for 10 more episodes, I did mention that it was strange for Boruto to be facing the final boss of the arc so soon.

I figured the two of them would spar, one would end up fleeing, and then their real final battle would happen later on. But, no, we just got the final battle now instead.

Boruto using a Rasengan from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto using a Rasengan

Parts of the Boruto vs. Shojoji fight were cool. And I guess it’s good that this arc was wrapped up quickly, because that means we’re getting closer to the most important content of the Boruto series: the Kara. But at the same time this felt like such a waste of an arc.

The Hozuki Castle Prison arc set up the Mujina Gang arc. But then the Mujina Gang arc ended up being shorter than the Hozuki Castle Prison Arc. It was almost like as soon as we were properly introduced to Shojoji, he was already defeated. And keep in mind that he’s not just an anime-only antagonist — he’s from the source material.

Everything with the Mujina Gang has probably been the darkest material of Boruto so far, especially with the corpse clone jutsu. And this arc definitely could have been expanded upon more in a lot of interesting ways. This conclusion simply wasn’t satisfying.

Momoshiki’s Mark

After Boruto defeated Momoshiki (with the help of Sasuke and all five Kage), a black, diamond-shaped mark appeared on his right palm. This mark was given to him by Momoshiki, and it’s basically said that this mark, along with his Jougan eye, will eventually lead to his ruin.

It’s been about 90 episodes since that happened, and the mark given to Boruto by Momoshiki is finally beginning to serve a purpose. In the manga, the Mujina Gang arc comes right after the Versus Momoshiki arc, though, so it’s just the anime which has this long gap.

When Boruto is running out of chakra during his fight against Shojoji, the mark on his palm expands to cover more of his palm and part of his wrist. It’s also fairly painful, so from what we see here, I’m not entirely sure how Boruto is going to “use” this mark as we see him do back in episode 1.

Boruto's palm mark glowing from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto’s palm mark glowing

Perhaps this mark works something like Sakura’s healing mark on her forehead. Sakura transfers chakra into that mark, the chakra is stored there, and she can tap into that store whenever she needs to heal herself rapidly during a fight.

Maybe the reason Boruto’s mark expanded when he was running low on chakra is for this same reason. It might have (Momoshiki’s) chakra stored inside it, and that chakra only becomes unlocked once Boruto’s own chakra has been depleted.

However, since this was his first time using that power, maybe it’s not compatible with his body yet. Or maybe it’s just something he’ll have to train with to be able to tap into effectively.

Kara

The final thing I want to discuss this week is the introduction to the Kara organization. We first hear about them from Shojoji when he sees the expanded mark on Boruto’s palm, but at this point he doesn’t actually name the Kara. Instead, we only learn that this mark is somehow connected to their organization.

After he’s captured, however, Shojoji tells Sasuke everything he knows about the Kara and their connection to the mark on Boruto’s palm, which isn’t all that much.

I also want to point out that I think it’s funny that Shojoji is more afraid of Sasuke than he is of Ibiki and Sai. Ibiki has literally been the chief interrogator for the Hidden Leaf for over 20 years and specializes in torture. And Sai is a former member of Root, the underground organization which carried out assassinations for the Leaf. Sasuke is stronger, but not scarier.

Shojoji being interrogated by Sasuke, Ibiki, and Sai from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Shojoji being interrogated by Sasuke, Ibiki, and Sai

So, what do we know about the Kara so far? Well, we know they’re apparently scary, because Shojoji ran away from them as fast as he could after stumbling upon one of their meetings. He didn’t even say that they noticed or attacked him — he could just feel that they were dangerous.

We also know that they’re interested in marks such as the one Boruto has on his palm. But, we don’t know if the members of the Kara also wield similar marks, or if they’re just interested in them for a different reason.

It’s also interesting that we’re shown a scene of the Kara looking at a set of these marks on a wall, and we can see up to seven of them. Does this mean there are only seven, or are there more? And, the mark in the center appears to be Boruto’s, while the mark above it and to the right appears to be Kawaki’s from episode 1.

This implies that the Kara already know what all the different mark patterns look like, even if they don’t wield them themselves. My guess is they got this information from one of Kaguya’s hideouts and are searching for the people who now hold these marks.

Conclusion

While I like that the Boruto anime is finally getting to the Kara, I also felt like the end of the Mujina Gang arc was way too rushed. And for that reason I don’t think this episode was as good as I’m sure a lot of other people do. I get that Kara is more exciting than the Mujina Gang, but that’s no excuse to just toss the Mujina Gang arc aside like that.

Next episode is going to be about Sarada learning how to use medical ninjutsu, and I’m not sure what that’s going to be like. Obviously that’s an important episode because medical ninjutsu could be a valuable skill for Sarada to have. But at the same time I’m worried this will lead into a filler arc before the Kara content begins.

What did you think of Boruto episode 151? Do you agree that the Mujina Gang arc was wrapped up in an unsatisfying way? Or are you just glad that the anime is finally getting to the Kara? Let me know in the comments.

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