Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247

Araumi’s Family

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247 wasn’t that bad. I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. From what I remember, the preview of the episode last week focused on Team 5. Luckily, Team 5’s search for food was only a minor part of the episode.

At the start of the episode, Araumi Funato learns of the death of his adopted son, Tenma. And, much to my surprise, he was quite upset that Tenma died. He actually seems to have viewed Tenma as one of his children and a member of his family.

Of course, adopted children are members of the families they’re adopted into. But, considering Araumi is a pirate, I figured he’d view Tenma as an object more than family. So, that’s a new side of Araumi we haven’t seen before. And although it’s minor, it does make his character feel more real.

Isari and Araumi Funato from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247
Isari and Araumi Funato

While we saw Araumi had a bit of a soft spot for Tenma, he doesn’t appear to feel the same way about Isari. He blames Isari for Tenma’s death and Seiren’s critical injuries. But, I wouldn’t say this is because he doesn’t like Isari.

My understanding is that Araumi is much harder on Isari because Isari is his eldest son. As the oldest, it’s Isari’s job to follow in his father’s footsteps and lead the Funato. That also makes him responsible for those under him, including his siblings. And, as Araumi’s biological son, Araumi expects Isari to be as strong as himself.

Now, I sort of agree that Isari is to blame for Seiren’s injuries. Her injuries are a result of following Isari’s plan. But, I disagree with Tenma’s death being Isari’s fault. Isari was very explicit when he told Tenma not to attack the Mizukage’s ship.

Hebiichigo’s Past

When Hebiichigo gives her food to the village children, she says something interesting. She says “it doesn’t suit the palate of [her] affluent upbringing.” And considering the way Hebiichigo speaks, it was very possible that she came from a rich family.

But, Hebiichigo revealed that was a lie shortly after to Metal. She tells him that she actually grew up as an orphan living in a trash heap. Every day, she would scavenge for scrap to sell so that she could have enough food to survive.

She became a shinobi after she killed a rogue ninja who attacked her. The Hidden Mist shinobi who were tracking him took Hebiichigo in and trained her. And it’s likely that her manner of speaking is intentional on her part as a way to hide her poor past. I’m not sure if her allies even know the truth.

Hebiichigo living in a trash heap as a child from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247
Hebiichigo living in a trash heap as a child

While I’d like to say Hebiichigo’s backstory is good, it’s not. This is a pretty standard backstory that’s meant to make us empathetic towards her. Hebiichigo’s no longer an antagonist, so I understand why the series needs to humanize her now. But, this wasn’t an interesting way to do it.

I’d have been much more interested if Hebiichigo wasn’t lying about being rich. If she actually did come from an affluent family, what would her path to becoming a shinobi have looked like? Did she give up her wealth and status? Did she lose it all like Doflamingo in One Piece?

There are so many characters with the exact same backstory as Hebiichigo. This was the perfect opportunity to have a character with a different backstory. Even if Hebiichigo had left her affluent family of her own free will, it could have been tragic.

For Kagura

On one side, we have Funamushi attempting to avenge Seiren (who isn’t dead) by killing Boruto. And on the other, we have Boruto, Kawaki, and Buntan attempting to avenge Kagura. It’s obvious that Boruto’s side is going to win, even if we ignore that Boruto’s the protagonist.

If Boruto uses his Karma, he could defeat Funamushi on his own. Without it, I still think he and Kawaki could defeat Funamushi together. But, if the next episode preview is anything to go by, the weather is going to be on Funamushi’s side.

If it’s raining during their fight, Funamushi definitely has an advantage. As a Water Release user, that gives him an unlimited amount of water to work with. He can use all his chakra to control the water rather than having to use a nature transformation.

Kawaki and Boruto visiting Kagura's grave from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247
Kawaki and Boruto visiting Kagura’s grave

But, the rain doesn’t only benefit Funamushi. You may recall that Buntan has said that she wants to fight Funamushi. And you may recall that Buntan is the wielder of the Kiba blades. And what do the Kiba blades specialize in? Controlling lightning. I’m hoping we get to see a great fight between Buntan and Funamushi.

Unfortunately, I don’t want to let my hopes get too high. After all, Buntan is only a supporting character. Boruto and Kawaki are the main characters. And the foreshadowing of their fight against Funamushi has been pretty strong. It’s almost guaranteed that they’ll fight him.

All I’m hoping for is that Buntan gets to fight him as well, either before, with, or after Boruto and Kawaki.

One big question for me is whether Funamushi will die. I don’t see Boruto killing him unless his Karma takes over. Kawaki and Buntan might kill him, though.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 247? Do you believe Tenma is dead even without confirmation? How do you feel about Hebiichigo’s backstory? And who do you think is going to deal the finishing blow to Funamushi? Let me know in the comments.

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