Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278

A Reason to Survive

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278 features the third test of Ouga’s maze. But, before that, we got some background information on the remaining 8 competitors. Specifically, most of them told us their reason for wanting to survive. I guess not wanting to die isn’t a good enough reason on its own.

The only one of the 8 who we didn’t get this information for is Rokuro. But, it seems pretty obvious that he wants to survive so he can keep doing whatever else he wants to do. And as for Namua, he actually doesn’t care if he survives or not.

Well, I’m sure he’d like to survive. But, he doesn’t have a reason for surviving because of his ascetic lifestyle. The other 6, however, all have a reason for surviving. Though, I’m going to bet that they weren’t all truthful about their reasons.

Namua the priest from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278
Namua the priest

One example of someone who probably wasn’t truthful is Yatsume. Her reason for surviving is so that she can dye her hair a different color. I’m going to bet she has some other reason she’s keeping a secret from everyone else. And, she might even be the traitor. More on that later.

Boruto wants to survive so he can become a shinobi like Sasuke. Shamo wants to help his grandmother. Kiseru wants to soak in the hot springs of his home village. Batta wants to buy an island (which is technically true). And Fugou wants to save his company from financial ruin (a lie).

In reality, Batta wants to buy back the island where she grew up from real-estate developers. And Fugou doesn’t actually have money for a business transaction in his briefcase. Instead, there’s a flask and a picture of his family. Batta’s not going to be happy about that.

Jutsu of the Final Eight

Now seems like a good time to go over the jutsu of those who remain. We already know what Boruto’s capable of, so I’ll be skipping over him. And since Fugou and Namua aren’t shinobi, we can skip them, as well.

Rokuro’s jutsu looks very similar to what Kawaki was able to do when he had his Karma. At least, I don’t think Kawaki can transform parts of his body anymore. But, anyway, that’s what Rokuro can do. And he most often transforms his arms into bladed weapons.

Shamo is an Earth-style user, which makes sense since he’s from the Land of Stone. But, the only jutsu we’ve seen him use is a very weak Mud Wall jutsu. Considering his skill level, I’d be surprised if Shamo could do much more than that. I’m amazed he’s even genin-rank.

Yatsume using a Lightning style jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278
Yatsume using a Lightning-style jutsu

Episode 278 was the first time we got to see Yatsume use a jutsu. She’s a Lightning-style user. And the jutsu she used involved creating physical kunai and chains made of lightning. This jutsu only makes me more interested in where she’s from. We still know almost nothing about her.

Kiseru knows a few different Fire-style jutsu. When we first met him in Episode 276, he was using the Flame Bombs jutsu. In this episode, he shows off some kind of flaming fist jutsu. And he uses Flaming Hail, a jutsu that fires off a bunch of arrows made of fire.

Finally, there’s Batta, who also only revealed her jutsu in this episode. Batta is a sensory-type shinobi. She can use her jutsu to detect weak points in materials. And, I would assume she can do other things, too. She may be able to sense where people are through walls or something like that.

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The Second Traitor

At the end of the episode, Batta reveals to Boruto that there may be a second traitor among them. Notice that I say there may be a second traitor among them. There’s no proof that there is one. All Batta knows is that someone had a working communication device and hid that fact.

I should also point out that we don’t know who had the communication device. The implication was that Batta got it off Kiseru. But, we never actually heard her say that. And, even if she did get it from Kiseru, I’m not sure he’s the traitor.

As Sarada and Kawaki discovered, Kiseru is an Outer of Kara. Does that make him an enemy of Boruto? Probably. Does that mean he’s working with Ouga? Not necessarily. Kiseru being an Outer and having a communications device doesn’t make him a traitor. He can still want to escape like everyone else.

Batta using a sensory jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278
Batta using a sensory jutsu

If there is a traitor, though, who could it be? We know it’s not Boruto. And I have to say that Shamo, Namua, Fugou, and Rokuro all seem unlikely. Additionally, Batta seemed pretty genuine when she spoke about saving her home island. So, I can’t see it being her.

That leaves only 2 people: Kiseru and Yatsume. Despite the fact that Kiseru is an Outer, I actually find Yatsume the more suspicious of the two. As I said earlier, we still know almost nothing about her. She didn’t even give a real reason for wanting to survive.

There’s something off about Yatsume. But, her being the traitor doesn’t mean she’s going to betray Boruto and the others. She seems genuinely interested in Boruto. She could have started off as a traitor. But, meeting Boruto changed her outlook on life. That’s the power of friendship.


What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 278? Did Yatsume’s reason for wanting to survive make you suspicious? What are your thoughts on Yatsume’s and Batta’s jutsu? And who do you think is the second traitor? Is there even another traitor? Let me know in the comments.

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