Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259

Mikazuki the Cat

Remember Mikazuki? Of course, you do. Mikazuki is Mitsuki’s stray cat; how could anyone forget? Well, in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259, Mikazuki is back. Except, at the beginning of the episode, he’s not back — he’s missing. Where could Mikazuki have gone?

Well, to answer that question, we have to look at the evidence. First of all, Mikazuki is a stray. He’s not actually Mitsuki’s cat. He sometimes shows up at Mitsuki’s house for food. But, that’s pretty much the extent of their relationship. So, for Mikazuki to not be around isn’t too surprising.

Also, Mitsuki has been away for a while in the Land of Water. So, as far as Mikazuki knows, Mitsuki’s not coming back. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why Mikazuki would move on. And move on is exactly what he did. He found another human to give him food.

Mikazuki and Mitsuki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259
Mikazuki and Mitsuki

Now, here’s the thing. I was very surprised when Mikazuki showed up alive and well. I thought that we were going to find out that Mikazuki had died while Mitsuki was away on his mission. And the reason I thought that was the title of the episode.

The title of Episode 259 is “A Wound That Never Heals.” After completing the episode, I guess the title has a double meaning. The obvious meaning is the scar on the chest of the murderer. And the other meaning is the emotional scars of the siblings who lost their father.

But, I was expecting that the wound in question was going to be the wound on Mitsuki’s heart from losing Mikazuki. That may have actually been a better story. It wouldn’t have been very exciting. But, it’s a good message for a filler episode: teaching kids that everything they love will die.

Masked Assailants

I don’t remember if we ever got names for the sibling side characters in this episode. Maybe we did. But, I don’t care enough about what their names were to go back and find out. So, I’ll be calling them the younger sister and older brother.

The younger sister is the one Mikazuki relied on for food while Mitsuki was away. And, something I noticed was that she said he arrived at her house injured. But, we never got more information about that. What were Mikazuki’s injuries like? How did he get injured? What was the point of bringing that up?

I’m also a bit surprised that Mitsuki didn’t send Mikazuki with the younger sister at the end of the episode. Shouldn’t this whole experience have taught him a lesson? Doesn’t he realize that the same thing will happen again when he’s away on a long mission?

A masked assailant from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259
A masked assailant

Anyway, Mitsuki figures out that the siblings are behind the attacks on ex-shinobi. And when he confronts the younger sister about it, she tells him they want justice for their father. A user of Wind Release killed him and, so far, the police haven’t been able to figure out who did it.

All the siblings know is that the man used Wind Release and has a scar on his chest from their father’s sword. That’s not much to go on. Around a fifth of all shinobi can use Wind Release. And considering the nature of their job, I’m sure many have scars on their chests too.

But, despite the overwhelming odds against them, the siblings continue their investigation. Oh, and let’s not forget that they have no evidence against anyone they attack. All the siblings know is that they can use Wind Release and have criminal records; nothing else.

Jutsu Forensics

At the end of the episode, it’s “revealed” that the final suspect is the culprit. But, I still say that there’s no real evidence to back this claim up. So, what evidence do the siblings claim to have? And what evidence is there in reality?

The siblings have four things going for them. First, the man has a criminal record. Second, the man can use Wind Release. Third, the man has a scar on his chest. And fourth, the man attempted to hide his scar. That’s all suspicious. But, none of it, even put together, proves his guilt.

Now, the man also took preventative measures to protect himself from the smoke. So, you could assume that’s a sign of guilt, as well. But, that’s not true. He knew people with similar backgrounds to him were being targeted. So, taking a precaution to protect himself isn’t unusual.

Mitsuki using the Wind Style: Breakthrough jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259
Mitsuki using the Wind Style: Breakthrough jutsu

What evidence is there that actually ties this man to the murder of the siblings’ father? None that we can see. But, according to both Mitsuki and Kōtarō Fūma (the head of the Hidden Leaf Police force), there is something. They claim the man’s Wind Style jutsu is evidence.

I guess this means there’s some kind of jutsu forensics that the police can use. Otherwise, I don’t see how the damage and injuries caused by his jutsu could connect him with the crime. He used the Wind Scythe jutsu. That’s not a particularly unique jutsu. And it would cause the same injuries no matter who used it.

Mitsuki could use the Wind Scyth jutsu and it would cause the same injuries. The only way I could see these forensics working is if they relied on testing chakra. But, there shouldn’t be any chakra to test.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 259? Should Mitsuki have left Mikazuki in the younger sister’s care? Do you think the siblings have enough evidence for a conviction? And, how do you think jutsu forensics works? Let me know in the comments.

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