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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262

The Princess’s Tea Party

Before I get into the new content from Boruto Episode 262, I have a correction for last week’s review. In the Episode 261 review, I said we didn’t have the kanji for Hana-sensei’s surname. Apparently, that’s not true. Her full name is 華々ハナ (Kaka Hana).

Why does this matter? This spelling of Kaka (華々) doesn’t have to do with laughter as I theorized. It’s more of a play on words with her first name, Hana (ハナ). Both her first and last name can mean “flower.” So, it seems likely that when we see her jutsu (next week?) it will have to do with flowers.

Now, in Episode 262, we got the name of yet another one of Kawaki’s classmates. This time, it’s Neon Asakusa (浅草ネオン, Asakusa Neon). We don’t know anyone else from the Asakusa family. But, we learn that her parents work for the Kaminarimon Company, which Denki’s father runs.

Kae Yukiwari and her mother from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262
Kae Yukiwari and her mother

As for what I intended to write about in this section, Kae decides to throw a tea party for her classmates. Her intention with this party is to make friends. But, as we saw, this party only served to make her classmates view her as someone separate from the rest of them.

I should also mention that it seems like Kae’s mother may be dead. Part of why this tea party is so important to Kae is that it’s something her mother would do. That doesn’t mean her mother is dead. But, the way she remembered her mother made it seem that way.

Osuka was planning to have a tea party as well as a way to show off her high-society status. But, before she had the chance to announce her party, Kae already invited everyone to her own. Osuka won’t let this stand.

Tea Party Etiquette

Obviously, Kawaki isn’t cut out for attending a fancy tea party thrown by a princess. But, because his mission is to protect Kae, he doesn’t have much of a choice. So, Himawari takes it upon herself to teach Kawaki how to behave at a tea party.

I know there’s a part of the Boruto community that’s going to love this episode for this content. But, I don’t care about Kawaki attempting to fit in at a children’s tea party in a filler episode. If you’re into that, great. I’m not sure why you like Boruto, though, if that’s the case.

Anyway, Kawaki’s lack of tea party etiquette may have actually helped out. Because he was acting so awkward, the others at the tea party were able to relax a bit. Still, they weren’t able to completely relax until Kae got mad and stopped acting like a princess.

Kawaki drinking tea from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262
Kawaki drinking tea

Something I did like about this part of the episode was seeing Eiki still trying to pick a fight with Kawaki. I’m sure Eiki doesn’t know anything about tea party etiquette. But, he knows that whatever weird thing Kawaki’s doing probably isn’t correct. And so, he attempts to call out Kawaki for not fitting in.

Also, Eiki believes that the summoning scroll he used in Episode 261 failed in some way. Kawaki knows it didn’t fail — Eiki attempted a summoning without a pact. But, Eiki is sure that he would have been able to defeat Kawaki had that not happened.

It’s pretty interesting that Kawaki knows more about summoning jutsu than Eiki does. I know Kawaki actually has experience fighting alongside shinobi. But, Kawaki seemed to know what would happen based on the lesson of that day. So, I guess he pays attention in class more than Eiki.

Osuka the Assassin

So far, there have been no attempted assassinations of Kae. But, you shouldn’t think there won’t ever be one just because this is a filler arc. By the end of this arc, I predict there will be a real assassination attempt that Kawaki will have to stop.

It doesn’t make much sense to me for Kawaki’s mission to be to protect Kae if nothing ends up happening. Of course, that’s coming from a writing perspective. Why set up the premise if you’re not going to follow through? I can’t imagine that what happened in this episode is going to be the biggest event of the arc.

So, what happened in this episode? For her tea party, Kae baked a delicious-looking cake (I’m not much of a cake person). But, because Osuka was mad that Kae stole her thunder, she decided to sabotage the cake. This is why Osuka has no friends.

Osuka Kamakura from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262
Osuka Kamakura

Now, as the daughter of rich and famous parents, Osuka would never get her own hands dirty. That’s where Neon comes in. Osuka got Neon to use her drone to taint the cake with spicy mustard. And when it came time to eat the cake, Kawaki smelled the mustard and assumed it was poison.

You might be thinking that Kawaki overreacted. Even after finding out about the sabotaged cake, Kae may still think that too. After all, it was a dumb prank, not dangerous. But, I think Kawaki made the right decision based on the information he had at the time.

He knows someone is out to assassinate Kae. And he noticed that there was something in the cake that shouldn’t be there. He’d be a pretty bad bodyguard if he did nothing even with those pieces of information. Maybe Kae’s attendant should be more like Kawaki.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 262? Do you think Osuka and Neon will end up on the same three-man squad? Do you like the random slice of life parts of Boruto filler episodes? And do you think there will be a real assassination attempt on Kae? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261

Kawaki’s Academy Class

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261 is the start of a filler arc focusing on Kawaki. Kawaki’s mission is to enroll in the Ninja Academy and protect a VIP student from the Land of Bamboo. This is a secret mission, so not even the student he’s protecting can know about it.

Obviously, Kawaki is a bit old to be enrolling in the Academy. In fact, he’s in the same class as Himawari. But, this means we get to meet some characters who are going to make up the next generation of Shinobi.

Ignoring Kawaki and Himawari, we only know 2 other students in their class from earlier in the series. We met Ehō Norimaki and Yuina Itomaki back in Episode 154. They were the only two who participated in the ninja trial session with Himawari. The rest of the students in this episode are brand new.

Kawaki introducing himself to the class from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261
Kawaki introducing himself to the class

Aside from Kae, who will get her own section, there are three other new students we get names for. The first is Mimi. We’re not told what her family name is, but it should be pretty obvious by looking at her. She’s a member of the Inuzuka clan.

Next, we have Eiki Fūma, son of Kōtarō Fūma — the head of the Hidden Leaf’s Military Police Force. As the son of a special jōnin-ranked shinobi, Eiki is extremely confident in his own abilities. He even believes he can defeat Kawaki (he can’t).

Finally, there’s Osuka Kamakura, daughter of actors Gongorō and Hibari Kamakura. Gongorō Kamakura is the actor who plays Kagemasa. This is the first time we’re hearing of Hibari Kamakura. I also want to point out that there was a typo on Crunchyroll’s subtitles. They misspelled Osuka’s surname as Kamamura.

Hana-sensei

This Academy class also has a brand new teacher, Hana-sensei. As this is her first class, she’s a bit soft-spoken and isn’t very good at controlling her students. But, Hana-sensei’s personality isn’t what I care about. I care about her lineage. And of the new characters, her lineage is the only one we don’t know anything about.

We know who the Inuzuka clan are. And we know who Kōtarō Fūma and Gongorō Kamakura are. But, Hana’s family name is Kaka. We’ve never met anyone else from this clan before. So, what can we infer about the Kaka clan from Hana?

Unfortunately, not that much. We don’t get to see Hana use any jutsu that could give us a clue as to what her clan specializes in. Hana (花 / はな) means flower, which doesn’t tell us anything about her clan. There’s a Hana in the Inuzuka clan too — Kiba’s sister.

Hana-sensei from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261
Hana-sensei

What about the surname Kaka? We don’t know the kanji used for this name. But, kaka (呵呵 / かか) is the onomatopoeia for the sound of laughter. It’s possible this has something to do with her jutsu. That could be interesting since I can’t think of another character with a jutsu that has to do with laughter.

Hana’s appearance is quite interesting, as well. She has black hair that turns red at the ends. And she has red eyes. The fact that her hair turns from black to red is unique. But, where have we seen the black hair and red eyes combination before?

No, I’m not referring to the Uchiha clan. Members of the Uchiha clan have black eyes. Black hair and red eyes are actually traits of the Yūhi clan — as in Kurenai Yūhi, Mirai Sarutobi’s mother. Maybe the Kaka clan is related in some way.

Princess Kae Yukiwari

Kae Yukiwari is a princess of the Land of Bamboo. Her father sent her to the Hidden Leaf Village for her own protection. Someone in the family wants to kill Kae to prevent her from ascending to the throne. But, if she’s in the Hidden Leaf Village, it’ll be hard for an assassin to succeed.

We don’t know exactly where the Land of Bamboo is. But, since it’s a nation allied with the Land of Fire, we can assume it’s nearby. We should also keep in mind that the Hidden Leaf Village is only protecting Kae. It’s not involved in the investigation into who’s after her life.

Now, you’d expect that Kae would have an extensive entourage of bodyguards. But, not even Kae knows the true reason behind her trip to the Hidden Leaf Village. As far as she knows, she’s there to study at the Ninja Academy — nothing more.

Kae Yukiwari from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261
Kae Yukiwari

Naruto hand-selects Kawaki to be the one assigned to protecting Kae while she’s at the Academy. This is why Kawaki enrolls. But, what’s interesting here is that Kawaki is already a genin. I guess anyone can enroll in the Academy regardless of rank. Though, Kawaki doesn’t wear his forehead protector while there.

Anyway, as part of his mission, Kawaki needs to befriend Kae so that he can stay close to her. He can’t let her know what his mission is, though. And, this puts Kawaki in a bit of an awkward situation — even if he doesn’t realize it.

Kawaki seems like he’s about 15-16 years old. He’s in a class with kids who are probably around 9 at most. And because he’s trying to befriend Kae, the other students think he’s hitting on her. That’s not a great look for Kawaki.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 261? Which student in Kawaki’s class is your favorite (excluding Kawaki and Himawari)? Do you think Hana-sensei is distantly related to Mirai? And how would you go about befriending an elementary school student? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260

Old Town vs. New City

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260 is the Boruto version of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the tale of two young people who are in love but can’t be together because of a family feud. And what is this feud about? Fireworks, of course.

Every year in the Leaf Village, there used to be one fireworks display during the festival. The Old Town fireworks committee members were in charge of putting on this display. But, this year, there’s a second fireworks display happening. New City created a fireworks committee of its own and plans to have its display a week earlier.

There are two problems with this new development. First, the New City fireworks being a week earlier will ruin the hype for the Old Town fireworks. And second, the head of the New City fireworks committee use to be a member of the Old Town fireworks committee.

Taruto and Ohagi arguing from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260
Taruto and Ohagi arguing

Ohagi of Old Town and Taruto of New City were friends until only recently. Their relationship extended beyond the Old Town fireworks committee, as well. Ohagi runs a dango shop and Taruto runs a cake shop. Together, they developed a dango cake product to benefit both businesses.

But, once the New City fireworks committee appointed Taruto, their relationship fell apart. Ohagi viewed Taruto as a traitor. And while Taruto tried to talk to Ohagi about it, this always led to the two of them arguing. Thus, the rivalry between Old Town and New City was born.

Boruto gets involved after learning of the engagement of Yubeshi and Sabure. Yubeshi is the granddaughter of Ohagi and Sabure is the grandson of Taruto. Unless the two old men learn to get along, their grandchildren won’t be able to have a happy wedding. I guess Boruto has nothing better to do.

Nobody Respects Kakashi

Something that was surprising to see was that nobody respected Kakashi Hatake. He’s the previous Hokage, and yet nobody seems to know who he is. Boruto knows who he is. But, even he asks Kakashi if he was really the Sixth Hokage because Boruto’s so unimpressed by him.

Let’s look at how other people besides Boruto treat Kakashi, though. First, Ohagi spills Kakashi’s tea on him and doesn’t apologize. Then, Yubeshi and Sabure don’t seem to recognize Kakashi despite his face being on Hokage Rock. And, generally, nobody else seems to realize Kakashi was the Hokage either.

What made this even more baffling is that Ohagi knows who the current Hokage is. He knows Boruto is the Hokage’s son. And he hears Boruto out because he wants to let the Hokage’s son save some face. But, despite all this, he doesn’t recognize the previous Hokage.

Kakashi Hatake from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260
Kakashi Hatake

To be fair, of the seven Hokage in the history of the Leaf Village, Kakashi is likely the weakest. Hashirama was definitely stronger. Tobirama might be more comparable to Kakashi. Hiruzen was stronger. Minato might also be comparable to Kakashi and Tobirama. Tsunade is probably stronger as one of the Sanin. And Naruto is definitely stronger, too.

Most of Kakashi’s strength came from him having a Mangekyō Sharingan. But, by the time he became the Sixth Hokage, Kakashi no longer had his Sharingan. He was kind of a stand-in Hokage until Naruto was ready to take over the role.

Kakashi wasn’t the Hokage for very long. He wasn’t one of the strongest Hokage. And he was more of a stand-in for Naruto. But, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a former Hokage who trained the current Hokage. You’d think the citizens of the Leaf Village would show him some respect.

Happily Ever After

In the end, Ohagi and Taruto make up and their grandchildren are able to get married. But, it wasn’t exactly their choice to make up. Kakashi forced their hands by playing a child-Naruto-like prank on them. At the last moment, he swapped the fireworks displays.

Those who didn’t work on the displays didn’t realize the swap occurred. The people from Old Town were making fun of the New City fireworks. And the people from New City were making fun of the Old Town fireworks. That is until the big reveal came at the end.

Kakashi specifically asked each fireworks committee to finish their display with a logo. The Old Town fireworks display would end with a dango design. And the New City display would end with a cake design. So, when it was time for the finale, everyone watching the fireworks found out they made fun of the wrong display.

Yubeshi and Sabure getting married from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260
Yubeshi and Sabure getting married

What was the point of Kakashi’s trick, though? At first, it didn’t actually solve anything. All it did was make both old men mad. They were both sure that if they had a chance to redo their competition, they’d come out on top.

Surprise, surprise, the point Kakashi was making is one we’ve seen many times before. It feels like almost every week that I point out the major theme of the Boruto series. In case you forgot, it’s that technology isn’t inherently good or evil. And rather than replacing the old ways of doing things, it should compliment them.

If you’re wondering what that has to do with fireworks, look at the feud between the two parts of the Leaf Village. They make fun of each other for either living in the past or relying too much on technology. Kakashi stopped all that.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 260? Would you rather live in Old Town or New City? Why do you think people don’t respect Kakashi? And how do you feel about the resolution to the feud? Let me know in the comments.

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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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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258

The Haunted Inn Returns!

As I predicted at the end of my Episode 257 review, Boruto Episode 258 takes place in a familiar setting. After 150 episodes, we’re heading back to the haunted inn. That’s right, this is the very same inn Mirai, Kakashi, and Guy visited in Episode 108.

Unfortunately, I didn’t review Episode 108. At the time, I was skipping reviews of most filler episodes. I guess now I see why I shouldn’t skip reviewing filler episodes. You never know when they’ll be relevant again — even if it’s in another filler episode.

Since it’s been 150 episodes, I don’t exactly remember much about Episode 108. But, there are some things we know about it from watching Episode 258. For example, we know that someone sliced one of the statues at the inn in half. I have to assume it was Mirai, Kakashi, or Guy.

Mirai Sarutobi from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258
Mirai Sarutobi

We also know that there wasn’t a true resolution to the haunting of the inn. Why? Because the ghost that haunts it is still there. So, it wasn’t a hoax or the result of some jutsu. The ghost is real — and that’s not all that surprising. There are plenty of other supernatural things in this series.

In this context, by supernatural, I mean things that have no explanations in-universe. A great example is the god Jashin. Jashin is the only “true god” we know of in the Naruto/Boruto universe. He’s where Hidan’s immortality and voodoo abilities come from. But, we really have no proof of his existence.

Anyway, it would have been interesting if Himawari or Hinata saw the ghost. By using their Byakugan, they may have been able to give us some sort of answer. Can the Byakugan even see the chakra of ghosts? I don’t know. But, it’s worth a shot.

Boruto and Kawaki vs. Naruto and Hinata

I’m not sure why Boruto and Kawaki thought they stood any chance against Naruto and Hinata in ping pong. Boruto and Kawaki aren’t Himawari. Naruto and Hinata were never going to go easy on them.

It’s almost like Boruto and Kawaki forgot Naruto and Hinata are/were shinobi. I don’t remember if Hinata still goes on missions. But, it’s not like her reflexes from decades of training as a shinobi are going to dull that much. And, it’s Hinata who uses her skills the most during this match.

Something I do wish we got to see, though, is the match devolve into using jutsu. Specifically, I thought Naruto and Hinata would be the ones to use their jutsu. I was waiting for it to happen, but it never did.

Naruto and Hinata about to defeat Boruto and Kawaki in combat from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258
Naruto and Hinata about to defeat Boruto and Kawaki in combat

It would have been pretty great to see Hinata activate her Byakugan upon getting serious. That’s when Boruto would have known that he and Kawaki stood no chance. And, from Kawaki’s reaction to Himawari getting mad at the end of the episode, I don’t think he’s seen the Byakugan.

This could have been the perfect opportunity for Kawaki to see the “strongest” of the Three Great Dōjutsu. Boruto and Naruto both know how scary Himawari can be when she’s mad. But, Kawaki hasn’t yet had that fear instilled into him. It has to happen at some point, though, right?

Moving on to Naruto, it also would have been funny to see him resort to using Shadow Clones. And if he did that, Boruto may have responded in kind. Unfortunately, this was all a huge missed opportunity. The ping pong match was fine as we got it. But, it could have been so much more.

Haunted Stamp Rally

The haunted stamp rally Boruto and Kawaki participated in was a bit disappointing. There were only three stamps to collect. And of the three spooky spots around the inn, only one of them was actually mysterious — and they didn’t even notice.

Kawaki explains away the portrait’s eyes following them by saying it’s an illusion. But, when they turn their backs to the portrait, we also see it blink. And, the samurai ghost was hiding within the portrait.

Now that I think about it, in Episode 108, we may have found out it’s the ghost of the founder. That would explain why the ghost was within the founder’s portrait. But, either way, this was the only one of the stamp rally locations that’s actually haunted.

The next two spots have explanations, though I’d say they’re still more creepy.

The commemorative photo for completing the stamp rally at the haunted inn from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258
The commemorative photo for completing the stamp rally at the haunted inn

Next, Boruto and Kawaki make their way to the painting of a woman. This painting is the stuff of nightmares. Even if there wasn’t a squeaky floorboard in front of it, I wouldn’t want to run into that painting in a dark hallway. The only explanation for having it up is that the inn is cashing in on its haunted reputation.

Last, there’s the statue that grows hair. The trick to this one is that there’s a magnet in the statue’s head and the hair is iron sand. Shinki could learn a thing or two about how to use his iron sand from this statue.

After completing the stamp rally, Boruto and Kawaki win a commemorative photo. If you ask me, that’s a pretty lame prize. I mean, the prize was always going to be lame. But a photo from your vacation is something you were already going to get.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 258? Did you remember that we’d been to this inn 150 episodes ago before Mirai reminded us? Would you have liked to see Naruto and Hinata use jutsu during ping pong? And, have you ever done a stamp rally? Let me know in the comments.

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