Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291

The End of Part 1

Before I get into the review of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291, I have some news. As I’m assuming most of you reading this are aware, Boruto is coming to an end — for now. “Part 1” of the Boruto anime will end with Episode 293.

This is a huge deal because the Boruto anime has been running for as long as this blog has been around. Now, it’s not like I reviewed every episode. At the start, I wasn’t doing episode reviews. And at times, I replaced the Boruto episode reviews with other series when Boruto had filler.

But, generally speaking, Boruto content has been an important feature of this site. So, where do we go from here? Well, we still have 2 more episodes to review after this one. And whenever the Boruto anime returns with Part 2, the episode reviews will resume.

Also, just because the Boruto anime is going on hiatus doesn’t mean I won’t be putting out more Boruto content. Stay tuned for more information on that at the end of the Episode 293 review.

Code, the Fake Ōtsutsuki Fanboy

Boruto Episode 291 was a good episode, and I expect the next 2 episodes to be good, as well. As Episode 290 managed to do, Episode 291 actually made me think Code has some potential as an antagonist. He has moments that make him seem cool.

But, what I want to talk about this week is Code’s plan for the future. As we know from Episode 287, Isshiki tasked Code with becoming a new Ōtsutsuki. And in that episode, Isshiki laid out the steps Code needs to take to achieve that.

First, Code needs to capture Boruto because Boruto is technically an Ōtsutsuki. Next, he needs to sacrifice Boruto to the Ten-Tails, thus creating a chakra tree. Then, he needs to use the chakra tree to suck the planet dry and turn himself into a true Ōtsutsuki. And finally, he needs to repeat the process on other planets.

Code with his Karma activated from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291
Code with his Karma activated

Code tells Boruto and Kawaki his reason for doing all this is that he worships the Ōtsutsuki. To Code, the Ōtsutsuki clan are gods. But, I’m not so sure that Code really reveres the Ōtsutsuki clan as much as he says. His actions don’t match up with what he’s saying.

If Code was truly the Ōtsutsuki clan’s #1 fanboy, why is he trying to kill Momoshiki? Isshiki can’t come back since Kawaki had his Karma removed. But, that’s not true for Momoshiki. Momoshiki can use Boruto’s body to revive himself. So, why isn’t Code trying to help facilitate that?

If what Code said about revering the Ōtsutsuki is true, he should want to revive Momoshiki. Instead, Code plans to sacrifice Momoshiki’s vessel to turn himself into an Ōtsutsuki. And, at one point, he said it didn’t matter to him whether he sacrificed Boruto or Momoshiki.

Boruto & Momoshiki GX

At this point, I’m wondering if we’re ever going to see Boruto’s Jougan dōjutsu again. You may have forgotten about it since we haven’t seen it in forever. But, Boruto has a special dōjutsu in one of his eyes that lets him see “evil” chakra or something.

And, in case you’re wondering, it’s not the Jougan we see when Boruto activates his Karma. Instead, it’s Momoshiki’s Byakugan. How do we know this? Because the Jougan and Byakugan don’t look the same. The Jougan is a light blue color while the Byakugan is more of a pale lavender.

At this point, I have a feeling Boruto’s Jougan was effectively retconned out of the series. Maybe I’m wrong and we’ll see it return in Part 2. But, I’m not sure we’ve actually seen the Jougan in the anime since Episode 125. And if I’m not mistaken, it has never officially appeared in the manga.

Boruto Uzumaki with his Karma activated from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291
Boruto with his Karma activated

So, why am I bringing up the Jougan now? The main reason is that I’m not sure it’s necessary. Boruto already has access to Momoshiki’s abilities as his vessel. And from what we know about it, the Jougan doesn’t add much more beyond that.

Why does Boruto even need the Jougan, anyway? He already has other things that make him unique. For one, he has a Karma. Sure the Karma isn’t unique to Boruto. But, his is different than both Codes and Kawaki’s in that it makes him Momoshiki’s vessel.

And being Momoshiki’s vessel is the other thing that makes Boruto unique. Momoshiki is to Boruto what Kurama was to Naruto. I could definitely see Boruto and Momoshiki learning to work together in the future in the same way. So, why does Boruto also need a one-of-a-kind dōjutsu, as well?

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Amado’s Plan

Let’s talk about Amado for a bit. In my review of Episode 289, I predicted what Amado’s goal was. I predicted that he wants to use Kawaki to destroy the other cyborgs he created. Those other cyborgs are, of course, Code, Eida, and Daemon.

But, why does Amado want to destroy them? And why did he create them in the first place? To answer those questions, we have to go way back to Episode 214. That’s the episode in which Koji Kashin fought Isshiki and we found out Amado’s goal was to kill Isshiki.

So, why did Amado create Koji Kashin? He created Koji specifically to defeat Isshiki. But, he led Isshiki to believe that he created Koji to serve Isshiki. With that in mind, I assume the same is true of the other cyborgs. They were all likely originally created by Amado to fight against Isshiki, not for him.

Amado and his reflection in a window from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291
Amado and his reflection in a window

As we know, things didn’t turn out that way. Koji Kashin ended up as the only cyborg on Amado’s side. But, how did it come to that? With Code, the answer seems pretty obvious. Amado didn’t anticipate Code becoming a loyal follower of Isshiki.

What about Eida and Daemon, though? Their situation is a bit different. For starters, they’re not followers of Isshiki. And because of that, and the fact that they’re strong, Isshiki ordered Boro to destroy them. Isshiki viewed these powerful cyborgs who weren’t 100% devoted to him as threats.

Boro didn’t destroy them because of Eida’s charm, though. And, this ability is also why Eida hates Amado. So, now Amado needs someone to defeat Code (because he inherited Isshiki’s will). And he needs someone to defeat Eida and Daemon, the other rogue cyborgs he created. Kawaki is that someone.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 291? Do you think Code is actually devoted to the Ōtsutsuki clan, or only using that as an excuse to gain power for himself? Do you expect Boruto and Momoshiki to become the new Naruto and Kurama? And, do you think Amado knows Eida and Daemon are still alive? Let me know in the comments.

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