Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264

Meet the Investigative Team

In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264, we get a whopping 4 new character names! That’s right, we now know the names of 4 more of Kawaki’s and Himawari’s classmates. I’m honestly surprised it took so long to get the names for some of these characters.

The first of these newly named characters I want to go over is Sōsha Amino. Why? Because I expected that we’d get her name much sooner than we did. Sōsha is the girl with short, orange hair who’s been present and vocal in a few episodes so far.

It’s possible that we got her name before this point and I don’t remember, though. Because something I do remember is that she writes for the school newspaper. She’s always looking for the next big scoop, which is why she joins the investigative team.

Kura asking to join the investigative team from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264
Kura asking to join the investigative team

Next up, we have Kura Kageno. She’s the girl who wears the cat-eared cloak and cat tail. And, no, she’s not a member of the Izuno clan. But, she does say she comes from a family of weapon users. So, it’s possible that she’s related to Nekobaa and Tamaki (Kiba Inuzuka’s girlfriend).

The final two characters are a pair. They are twins Ran and Suzu Sōgi. Ran is the boy and Sugu is the girl. There’s not much to say about these two. And they’re probably not going to be important, considering their simple designs.

Alongside those 4 characters, the investigative team also includes 5 others. These are Kawaki, Himawari, Ehō, Yuina, and Kae. Together, this group of 9 academy students sets out to get to the bottom of the Seven Mysteries of the Academy.

I do think it’s a bit odd that Eiki didn’t join in to show off to Kae.

Himawari Solves the Case

Episode 264 wasn’t horrible as far as filler episodes go. But, it was very predictable. Right from the start, I knew Himawari was going to use her Byakugan at some point to figure it all out. And, that’s exactly what happened.

One of the Seven Mysteries says that a statue of the Third Hokage moves around the courtyard at night. During this part of the episode, Himawari figures out what Kawaki and Kae are doing. But, she doesn’t tell the other members of the investigative team. That would only ruin the fun for everyone.

But, we found out two interesting things from Himawari’s use of her Byakugan. The first is that she still can’t use it on-demand. Well, most of the time she can’t. It doesn’t seem like she’s done much training with it. With that said, she has a bit more control over it than she did in the past.

Himawari using her Byakugan from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264
Himawari using her Byakugan

The second interesting thing here is that Kawaki knows about Himawari’s Byakugan. In my Episode 258 review, I said that I didn’t think Kawaki had seen Himawari’s Byakugan before. Apparently, that isn’t the case. Or, at the very least, he knows of her Byakugan even if he hasn’t seen her use it.

But, what’s surprising here is that Kawaki actually knows what the Byakugan is and what it does. I mean, he can obviously see Hinata’s eyes. However, being able to see her eyes and knowing what the Byakugan is are two different things.

Has Kawaki had a Byakugan demonstration? Was he just told about it? Why did the Byakugan even come up in the first place? Did he ask about Hinata’s eyes? Did Naruto or Boruto give him a rundown of everyone’s jutsu? These are the questions I’d like to have answered.

The Seventh Mystery

The other obvious part of the episode was that Shino Aburame’s insects were behind it all. I’m not going to lie and say I knew that was the case from the start. After all, everything was just a rumor until we got to the sixth mystery involving the mirror.

But, as soon as we discovered that nobody was under the floating sheet, it became clear. Sure, ghosts do exist within the world of Boruto. We know that from the haunted inn episodes. And you could say we know that from the reincarnation jutsu.

What made it obvious that Shino’s insects were to blame, though, was his appearance earlier. Think of it from a writer’s perspective. Why would Shino show up at the start of the episode if not to have him involved later on? Would it really be only for the gag about the kids not knowing his name?

Shino covered in glow in the dark paint from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264
Shino covered in glow in the dark paint

If you’ve watched a lot of anime, you’re probably familiar with the Seven Mysteries trope. It’s so overdone. And this Boruto version pretty much followed the script line for line. We even got the part when Himawari says the seventh mystery is that there are only six mysteries.

One thing I liked about this version of the trope is that Shino becomes the seventh mystery. The twist isn’t that the mysteries are real. The twist is that by discovering the truth behind the mysteries, a new mystery was added for those not “in the know.”

Let’s be honest, though. The real mystery isn’t the glowing ghost of the faculty room. It’s why Shino was scuttling along the floor in the dark instead of cleaning like a normal person. Like, at least turn the lights on so you can see what you’re cleaning.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 264? Do you think Kura is related to Tamaki? Did you expect Himawari to use her Byakugan? And which of the Seven Mysteries is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

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