Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241

Ikada and Seiren

It feels like every one of the predictions I’ve made in this arc has been proven wrong almost immediately. Just last week, in my review of Episode 240, I predicted that the relationship between Ikada and Seiren would be like that of Sanji and Reiju in One Piece.

Well, we’ve now seen that’s not the case at all. But, at least I wasn’t alone in thinking that Seiren had a soft spot for her younger brother. It appears that Ikada thought the same thing. He thought his sister was supportive of his choice to become a shipbuilder.

As it turns out, she only encouraged him to leave the clan after their father was imprisoned because she thought he would come to realize the clan is where he belongs. She figured that Ikada would see how corrupt the Land of Water was and come back to the clan as a supporter.

Seiren Funato from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241
Seiren Funato

Unfortunately for Seiren, that’s not exactly the experience Ikada had in the Land of Water. He found a purpose and a support system. He learned that the people of the Land of Water are kind and he decided that he wants to share that kindness with people all over the world.

It’s safe to say that Seiren doesn’t share Ikada’s worldview. She cut down an old man for allegedly betraying the Funato clan by forging closer ties with the Land of Water after Araumi was imprisoned. Seiren sees things in black and white. Either you’re with the Funato or you’re against them.

Oh, and it was also confirmed that Seiren is the third child of Araumi Funato. She refers to Isari and Tenma as being older. I assumed that was the case, but it’s nice to have confirmation.

The Power of the Sea Dragon

Once again, we didn’t get to see a Funato clan member use any ninjutsu. Seiren used a sword in this episode. So, I’m starting to get the feeling that the Funato clan doesn’t actually use ninjutsu at all. Perhaps they view ninjutsu as something the shinobi use, and so they want no part of it.

However, that doesn’t mean that the Funato clan doesn’t have some sort of unique ability. They have what’s referred to as the Power of the Sea Dragon. We don’t yet know exactly what this is. But, we can make some assumptions based on what we’ve seen.

It would appear that the Power of the Sea Dragon allows Funato clan members to control the ocean’s currents. The fish-like characteristics on their bodies are also evidence of their mastery over the ocean. It’s unclear if this means the Hoshigaki clan also has the Power of the Sea Dragon.

Araumi Funato from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241
Araumi Funato

Now, if you’re wondering how the Power of the Sea God doesn’t count as ninjutsu, it’s pretty simple. Ninjutsu requires the purposeful change in form (and sometimes nature) of chakra. There are other abilities that exist in this world that don’t rely on chakra.

For example, there are Hidan‘s abilities granted to him by the god Jashin. The most prominent of these abilities is Hidan’s immortality. But, he can also use the blood of his opponents to turn his own body into a voodoo doll. None of Hidan’s abilities are ninjutsu.

Of course, there are also kekkei genkai. But, kekkei genkai are intrinsically linked to chakra. Not only are there many kekkei genkai that are chakra natures, but every kekkei genkai requires chakra to be expended to be used. Examples of kekkei genkai include Magnet Release and the Sharingan.

Hebiichigo’s Plot

Toward the start of the arc, I said that if anyone’s going to betray Kagura it would be Hebiichigo. I based that solely on Hebiichigo’s appearance and her initial attitude when being released from prison to help out.

As the arc progressed, though, it seemed like my assumptions about Hebiichigo were wrong. She actually seemed to care about getting her sentence reduced — implying that she wouldn’t betray her comrades. We also saw that she cared about her comrades, Kyouho in particular.

So, just recently (I don’t remember which episode review it was in), I admitted that Hebiichigo didn’t actually seem like she was going to betray anyone. But, now, it turns out that my initial assumption about her was right all along. Hebiichigo is exactly the kind of person I thought she was.

Maybe you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can definitely judge a person for being named Hebiichigo and looking like a creepy doll.

Hebiichigo from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241

Previously, I also would have guessed that Kyouho would go along with Hebiichigo’s betrayal plot. Buntan is definitely the leader of the group. And Kyouho would normally follow her. But I assumed that Kyouho would follow anyone who puts an idea in his head.

However, since we’ve learned about Kyouho’s backstory, it makes sense for him not to follow Hebiichigo. He may be a bit slow. But Kyouho still knows what he wants and doesn’t want to do. And at this point in his life, he knows that he doesn’t want to be a criminal anymore.

Even if his sentence is only going to be reduced by 3 years, Kyouho would rather serve his time and be released as a free man. And the same is true for Buntan. She could still become a successful shinobi in the future after her release.


What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 241? Were you surprised by Seiren’s brutal personality? What do you think the Power of the Sea Dragon is? And did you expect Hebiichigo to betray Kagura? Let me know in the comments.

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