Boruto Episode 220

Boruto Episode 220

The Five-Kage Zoom Call

Did you know that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations now officially has the same number of episodes as the original Naruto anime? That’s right, both series have 220 episodes! It makes me wonder how long Boruto is actually going to go on for.

I remember hearing that the original idea with Boruto was to make the full Naruto manga franchise either 100 volumes or 1,000 chapters. I have no idea where the manga stands now. But, with Kishimoto coming back to the series, that may have changed.

Anyway, the 220th episode of Boruto wasn’t anything particularly special. It was about how the Leaf Village, and the rest of the shinobi world, are going to deal with the threat that is Boruto’s Karma. They can’t exactly just let Momoshiki be revived.

Gaara, Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Gaara, Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village

Naruto tells the other Kage that he’ll be willing to do whatever it takes if the time comes that Momoshiki is revived. But, as Gaara points out, once Momoshiki is revived, it’s probably too late. Naruto isn’t strong enough to defeat him.

The last time Momoshiki was around, it took the combined effort of all five Kage, Sasuke, and Boruto to take him down. This time, Boruto won’t be in the picture, Naruto doesn’t have Kurama, Sasuke doesn’t have his Rinnegan, and the other Kage are in their respective nations.

Basically, there’s no way for Momoshiki to be stopped if his revival is successful. So, the implication here is that Naruto needs to do something about Boruto while he still can. And, although Naruto doesn’t want to have to kill his own son, he does know that it’s for the greater good.

I guess this is the end of Boruto.

Time to Kill Boruto

A little more than halfway into the episode we get a scene of Naruto assuring Boruto that he’s going to protect him regardless of what the other Kage think he should do. However, it’s unclear if Naruto is actually telling the truth here because his actions are a bit suspicious.

You may have noticed that Boruto mentions becoming sleepy when Naruto hugs him. You may have also noticed that we got a close-up shot of Naruto’s prosthetic hand at this time as well. Naruto was draining the chakra out of Boruto with his prosthesis.

Now, this could be seen in either of two ways. My first thought was that this was Naruto’s way of killing Boruto in a humane manner. He’s just going to drain his chakra until he falls asleep, and then continue to drain it until Boruto is dead. That’s a perfectly reasonable way to go about doing this.

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

However, as I thought about it more, I realized that it’s also possible Naruto only drained Boruto’s chakra as a way of subduing him. Perhaps he planned to kidnap his own son and hide him away somewhere the other Kage wouldn’t be able to find him.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know what Naruto’s intention was. Though, I’d argue that it was heavily implied that Naruto was going to kill Boruto then and there. That would have been pretty hard to explain to Hinata when Naruto arrived home later.

But, of course, Naruto doesn’t actually end up killing Boruto. Amado arrives at the last moment with a magical solution to the Ōtsutsuki problem. Well, technically speaking, it’s a scientific solution to the problem.

Amado doesn’t say anything about what he witnessed Naruto doing. But I’m going to assume he revealed himself when he did because he knew what was about to happen.

Ōtsutsuki Problem Solved

In my review of Episode 219, I explained one possible way for Boruto to rid himself of his Ōtsutsukification. I said that perhaps he could somehow transfer it to Code’s defective Karma and then kill Momoshiki when he revives via Code.

Well, all of that theorizing can be thrown in the trash now thanks to Amado. Apparently, he has some medicine that will stop the Ōtsutsukification of Boruto’s Body — and he’s had this medicine all along, but just never mentioned it before.

According to Amado, he had been giving Kawaki low doses of this medicine for years to slow the progression of his Ōtsutsukification so as to delay Isshiki’s plan. He couldn’t give Kawaki the full dose because Isshiki would have noticed. But Boruto can have the full dose, and it should stop his transformation completely.

Boruto eating a thunder burger from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto eating a thunder burger

Why didn’t Amado bring this up sooner? Because Boruto is a member of the Hyūga clan, which has the Ōtsutsuki’s Byakugan, Amado wasn’t sure what unintended side effects the medicine would have on Boruto. The medicine acts on Ōtsutsuki DNA, which is what’s responsible for the Byakugan.

What Amado doesn’t realize is that Boruto doesn’t actually have Byakugan. Instead, he has a single Jōgan, which hasn’t made an appearance in the anime for a long time and still hasn’t really been explained. But, we can assume these pills won’t impact Boruto’s Jōgan because he still has it when he fights Kawaki in the future.

Anyway, Amado’s magic medicine really feels like a Deus ex machina. I don’t think this was planned out. I think the author realized they wrote themselves into a hole and then needed a quick solution to get out of it.

And, I’m expecting this won’t be the last development like this in the series. After all, Kawaki has to somehow acquire Karma again by the time he and Boruto have their battle.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 220? Do you think Boruto is going to hit 500 episodes like Shippūden? Was Naruto really capable of killing his own son? And how do you feel about Amado’s sudden solution to the Ōtsutsuki problem? Let me know in the comments.

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