Boruto Episode 205

Boruto Episode 205

Kawaki’s Fate

Obviously, when Naruto suddenly disappears from the Leaf Village, Kawaki is going to be the prime suspect. I can see why Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki would believe Kawaki is innocent, but Shikamaru’s perspective is definitely the “correct” one.

We know that Kawaki isn’t to blame for Naruto’s disappearance. But since Shikamaru doesn’t know that, he absolutely made the right call to put up a barrier around the house to keep Kawaki contained. Also, that barrier serves to protect Kawaki, not only restrain him.

However, even with Naruto gone and his chakra no longer flowing into the prosthesis he gave to Kawaki, Shikamaru opts not to decide Kawaki’s fate just yet. He’s leaving the ultimate decision up to Naruto — if he ever makes it back alive.

Shikamaru Nara from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Shikamaru Nara

There’s more to Kawaki’s fate than just whatever Naruto decides to do with him (which will likely be nothing). From Jigen, we also learned that both Kawaki and Boruto are going to become new Ōtsutsuki members. That’s a bit different from what I thought would happen.

As I’ve said before, I figured that Kawaki would become the next vessel of Isshiki Ōtsutsuki and maybe Boruto would be on track to becoming Momoshiki’s next vessel. But from how Jigen said it, it seemed more like they’d be awakening as entirely new Ōtsutsuki.

So, is this why Jigen goes by the name Jigen and not Ishhiki? Is it that Isshiki’s Karma was passed down to Jigen, but that it doesn’t mean Jigen is Isshiki? I want to say that would make sense, but there was also the part after the fight against Naruto and Sasuke where it seemed Isshiki was talking to Jigen.

He said Jigen wasn’t worthy of being Isshiki’s vessel. I don’t think Jigen would say that about himself if he really was a different person entirely.

Koji is Definitely a Traitor

Jigen had previously said something about Koji’s actions being suspicious when he infiltrated the Leaf Village. And now, with Boro questioning his motives, Koji seems even more like a traitor. But, I’m still not sure what his end goal is.

I think it would be a pretty bad twist if it turns out that Koji has actually been working for the Leaf Village this whole time. That would go against everything that’s been set up so far with Kara being an unknown entity to Konoha.

With that said, I don’t really think his goals are aligned with Jigen’s. Jigen mentioned that once Kawaki becomes a fully-fledged Ōtsutsuki, the goals of all of the Kara members will be achieved. I don’t think Koji has a goal that’s dependent on a new Ōtsutsuki being born.

Boro questioning Koji from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boro questioning Koji

My guess is that Koji is working alongside the Leaf Village, but not directly with them. By that, I mean they don’t know he’s their ally, but he’s working behind the scenes in their best interest. And I think this would make sense if he really is a clone of Jiraiya.

Also, I think even if he is Jiraiya’s clone and working in the best interest of the Leaf Village, that doesn’t mean he has to ever reveal himself to them. He’s not Jiraiya. He might feel some attachment to the country, but he has no connection to its people and therefore has no reason to meet Naruto.

It’s not as if Koji meeting Naruto is going to bring closure to Naruto. I’m sure by now he’s been able to accept Jiraiya’s death.

Oh, and speaking of traitors to Kara, I’m getting the feeling that Amado might be one as well. The way the shots of him were framed in this episode made it seem like he was being wary of Jigen.

Naruto Recovery Mission

The fact that Kawaki and Boruto can combine the powers of their Karma to use space-time jutsu is pretty dumb. I’d be fine if one of them learned to use it. I’m not a fan of them having to work together to use it. And I won’t be a fan if they can eventually both use it individually.

Working together to use space-time jutsu makes it feel too “power of friendship-y.” And if both Boruto and Kawaki can use it, I feel like it makes the jutsu less special. Sure, they’re only two characters, but if Kawaki joins Team 7 officially at some point, that changes things.

Team 7 would then have four members (Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki, and Kawaki) and a leader (Konohamaru). Of those five characters, three of them would be capable of learning space-time jutsu — Boruto and Kawaki via Karma, and Sarada via Sharingan.

Kawaki going through a time-space portal from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Kawaki going through a time-space portal

Yes, there would still only be a handful of characters who can use space-time jutsu (those three, Sasuke, and Jigen), but having so many concentrated on the main team cheapens the jutsu. Imagine if three members of Team 7 could use Chidori; it wouldn’t be a cool, signature jutsu anymore.

Also, as far as using the space-time jutsu to rescue Naruto is concerned, I’m not sure if that was the right thing to do. Obviously, taking no jonin shinobi with them was a bad idea. But at the same time, it’s not as if Shikamaru was going to go or approve for other Leaf shinobi to go.

Just as with confining Kawaki to the house, I see where Shikamaru is coming from here. However, once he realized he wasn’t going to be able to stop them, he should have tried to talk them into at least waiting for Konohamaru to go with them.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 205? Are Boruto and Kawaki going to be brand new Ōtsutsuki members, or will they be taken over by those whose Karma they received? Are Koji and Amado traitors? And what are your thoughts on more space-time jutsu users? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of Episode 206 is available now.

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