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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233

A Mission to the Hidden Mist

In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233, Team 7 — now with Kawaki as a member — is given a mission to escort Dr. Katasuke to the Hidden Mist Village. There, the doctor is to attend the grand revealing of the Hidden Mist’s state-of-the-art powerplant.

The reason Team 7 was assigned to this mission is that there are also rumors that terrorists are going to attack during the ceremony. If these rumors are credible, which they are, maybe a Jonin should have been sent along with them as well.

Anyway, something I found strange about this episode right from the start is that we skipped from Kawaki being tested with other teams to him being placed with Team 7. In Episode 230, Naruto explicitly tells Kawaki that the two of them are going to be going on missions together.

The Hidden Mist Village Prison from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233
The Hidden Mist Village Prison

Now, for the rest of this review, let’s just forget about the whole powerplant reveal ceremony and focus on the Hidden Mist’s prison. Okay, sure, an airship was taken down at the ceremony and everyone aboard died. Who cares? I want to write about the prison.

So, what’s cool about this prison is that it’s designed specifically with Hidden Mist criminals in mind. As the Hidden Mist Village is located within the Land of Water, Water-style jutsu are the specialty of those who live there.

This means that the prison had to be built in a location where the prisoners, and anyone trying to break them out, wouldn’t have access to water. Naturally, that means the prison was built in the middle of the desert. And, as I’ll discuss later, the prison even has additional safeguards in place to combat Water-style jutsu.

The New Seven Ninja Swordsmen

Considering that it’s been over 200 episodes since we last saw the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen, you may not entirely remember who they are. This was a group of Hidden Mist criminals who wanted to gather the Hidden Mist’s seven legendary blades and use them to revive the “Blood Mist Village.”

The members of this group were Shizuma Hoshigaki, Kagura Karatachi, Kyohou Fuefuki, Hebiichigo, Buntan Kurosuki, Ichirouta Oniyuzu, and Hassaku Onomichi. Yes, the Kagura who now serves as warden of the prison was once a member of this criminal gang.

However, Kagura’s former role in the gang isn’t why I brought them up. While giving Boruto a tour of the prison, Kagura mentioned that three of the members are still housed there while the other three managed to escape.

Buntan Kurosuki of the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233
Buntan Kurosuki of the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen

Kyohou, Hebiichigo, and Buntan remain within the walls of the prison. Shizuma, Ichirouta, and Hassaku are those who managed to escape. Kagura seems to believe that the reason three of them stayed behind is that they’re no longer following Shizuma.

However, I don’t believe that’s the case. Based on the way they reacted to Kagura’s assumption about them, I think it’s safe to say they still believe in Shizuma’s goal. So, why were they left behind during the escape? Were they simply unable to get out? That seems unlikely.

My guess is that half of the group was intentionally left within the prison to facilitate a larger prison break in the future. There are many powerful criminals inside the prison. And if Shizuma wants to start a revolution within the Hidden Mist Village, he’ll probably need their help.

That’s where Kyohou, Hebiiichigo, and Buntan come in. While most of the Hidden Mist shinobi are preoccupied with the terrorist attack at the ceremony, a prison break coordinated by those inside is going to take place.

Prison Break

The primary target of this prison break is undoubtedly going to be Araumi Funato, leader of a band of pirates within the Land of Water. As far as we know, he’s the most dangerous criminal held within the prison.

While this wasn’t explicitly stated, I think we can assume the terrorists who want to destroy the powerplant are members of Araumi’s group. And, it’s these terrorists who I’m assuming the New Seven (six) Ninja Swordsmen have teamed up with. So, Kyohou, Hebiichigo, and Buntan were left in the prison to help Araumi escape.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what jutsu Araumi’s capable of using other than that he’s a Water-style user. But we do know that he’s such a powerful Water-style user that all moisture has to be removed from his “cell.” If any moisture gets in, it’s assumed he would be able to use it to escape.

Araumi Funato from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233
Araumi Funato

This is where we get to the additional security features of the prison. Not only is the prison located in the middle of the desert, but the maximum-security wing is kept at a high temperature. This is to ensure that any moisture that gets into the wing evaporates quickly.

The “cell” Araumi is held in goes even further. It’s so hot within the glass bubble he’s inside that his body has become dried out and withered. And beyond that, his hands are bound in such a way that makes it impossible for him to form hand signs even if he wasn’t a living mummy.

I don’t care too much about the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen. But I am very much looking forward to seeing what Araumi and his followers are capable of. To say my expectations are high based on how he was built up in this episode would be an understatement.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 233? Did my refresher on who the New Seven Ninja Swordsmen are help at all? And what kinds of jutsu do you think Araumi will be able to use? I’m guessing something that specifically uses his own body moisture.

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Hokage Line of Succession

Hokage Line of Succession

Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village

As we all know, because we’ve all watched all 220 episodes of Naruto, 500 episodes of Naruto: Shippūden, and 232 current episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the Hokage is the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village.

Hokage Rock from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Hokage Rock

However, have you ever thought about who becomes the next Hokage when it’s time for a new one? We’ve seen Hokage be appointed by their predecessors, seize power, and be appointed by the village elders. But those who are recognized as Hokage all have something in common.

Every Hokage has a close relationship with a previous Hokage. There are no exceptions. And this effectively means that anyone lacking one such relationship is barred from becoming the Hokage in the future.

Today, I’m going to go through the Hokage line of succession and use it to make some predictions regarding future holders of the title.

First Hokage – Hashirama Senju

The First Hokage was Hashirama Senju, one of the founders of the Hidden Leaf Village. He became the Hokage after it was decided that the people would more readily accept him as their leader than the alternate option of Madara Uchiha.

There’s not really much else to say about Hashirama because as he was the first Hokage, there wasn’t yet an established line of succession.

Second Hokage – Tobirama Senju

Tobirama Senju was appointed as the Second Hokage after the death of Hashirama. This is where the line of succession really begins, as Tobirama was Hashirama’s younger brother. You can’t really get much closer to the previous Hokage than by being their blood relative.

Of course, Tobirama wasn’t made the next Hokage simply because he was Hashirama’s brother. Tobirama was also one of, if not the, strongest shinobi in the village at the time.

And since Hashirama was killed by Madara, a member of the Uchiha clan, Tobirama’s anti-Uchiha policies would have been pretty popular at the time. It’s no wonder he was selected to follow in the footsteps of his brother by leading the village.

Third Hokage – Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen Sarutobi wasn’t related to Hashirama and Tobirama Senju. So, how did he become the Third Hokage? Well, he was a student of Tobirama Senju. When blood relations aren’t available, teacher-student relations are the next best thing.

Hiruzen Sarutobi as Hokage from the anime series Naruto
Hiruzen Sarutobi as Hokage

Hiruzen was named as the Third Hokage directly by Tobirama before his death. Tobirama fought against the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist on his own in order to allow his students to escape. He knew this would be his final battle, and so he named a successor.

Again, though, that doesn’t mean Hiruzen wasn’t worthy of this title. He’s been called the strongest of the Hokage (probably not including Naruto). But, his relationship with the previous Hokage played a major role in him becoming Hokage.

Fourth Hokage – Minato Namikaze

Of all the Hokage, Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, has the most tenuous connection to previous holders of the title. He’s not related to any of the previous Hokage and he wasn’t even a student of any of them.

So, doesn’t he break the rule then? Well, not exactly.

Minato was the student of Jiraiya, who was the student of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen. There’s still a direct teacher-student path to the previous Hokage. And, Minato’s teacher, Jiraiya, was even offered the title of Hokage multiple times, both before and after Minato received it.

Fifth Hokage – Tsunade

Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, is the one with the most connections to prior Hokage so far on this list. She’s the granddaughter of the First Hokage, (grand?)niece of the Second Hokage, and student of the Third Hokage.

But, her connections go beyond just those. She was also the teammate of Jiraiya, the teacher of the Fourth Hokage. Of everyone so far, you could argue that Tsunade is the most qualified for the title of Hokage based on the importance of relations to previous Hokage.

Sixth Hokage – Kakashi Hatake

The Sixth Hokage, Kakashi Hatake, is in very much the same position as the Third Hokage. Just as Hiruzen was the student of the Second Hokage, Kakashi was the student of the Fourth Hokage.

And if you follow the teacher-student relationship of Kakashi back far enough, you get to the Second Hokage, Tobirama. Kakashi was the student of Minato, who was the student of Jiraiya, who was the student of Hiruzen, who was the student of Tobirama.

Hopefully, that illustrates just how tightly this line of succession is connected. Outsiders don’t make their way in. There’s always a blood relative or student of a previous Hokage.

Seventh Hokage – Naruto Uzumaki

With Naruto Uzumaki as the Seventh Hokage, Tsunade no longer holds the record for most connections to previous Hokage. Naruto has a pretty solid connection to all of them except for the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju.

Naruto Uzumaki as Hokage from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto Uzumaki as Hokage

Naruto’s relationship with Kakashi is simple; Kakashi was his teacher. His connection to Tsunade is a bit more complicated. Naruto was the student and godson of Tsunade’s teammate, Jiraiya. And he’s also a descendant of the Uzumaki clan just like Tsunade is.

Naruto is also the son of Minato. Simple. And he was kind of like the adopted grandson of Hiruzen. Before Minato died, he asked Hiruzen to watch over Naruto for him, and that’s exactly what Hiruzen did up until his own death.

Lastly, Naruto is also the reincarnation of Asura Ōtsutsuki just like Hashirama Senju was. So, Naruto wasn’t the reincarnation of Hashirama, but they were both reincarnations of the same person.

Eighth Hokage – ???

Who’s going to become the Eighth Hokage after Naruto’s done with the title? Well before I answer that, I just want to point out that all of the deceased Hokage died in combat. So let’s first assume that Naruto is killed in battle.

If this were to happen, I think the most likely scenario would be that Kakashi reclaims his title of Sixth Hokage. At the moment, I don’t see anyone else who’s both a good and willing candidate. There’s also precedent for this, as Hiruzen did the same thing following the death of Minato.

Okay, but what about after Kakashi, or if Naruto survives into retirement? Who would be next in line? Again, I see one, very likely candidate: Konohamaru Sarutobi.

Konohamaru is both the grandson of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen and the student of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto. Therefore, I’d say he has all the connections required to become Hokage. And, by that point, I think Konohamaru would be strong enough.

Ninth Hokage – ???

Of course, there has to be another Hokage after Konohamaru. We know that Sarada Uchiha’s goal is to be Hokage. And, I think she’ll succeed in that goal with Boruto playing the role of the “shadow” Hokage as Sasuke does currently.

Sarada will be the student of the Eighth Hokage, teammates with the son and grandson of the Seventh and Fourth Hokages respectively, and she’s the daughter of the student of the Fifth Hokage.

Oh, and I think she’s technically the student of the Seventh Hokage, too. Though, this hasn’t really panned out as Sarada probably expected. I think she may have trained with naruto like once.

Conclusion

Do you think it’s fair that every Hokage is connected to the previous Hokage in some way? Kiba probably wouldn’t be very happy if he ever figured this trend out. Also, do you think anyone other than those I predicted will become the Hokage in the future? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Dotou Island

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232 isn’t a very exciting episode. But, we knew that was going to be the case ever since the preview for the episode last week. I mean, it’s about Denki, Metal, and Iwabe. We can’t really expect it to be a good episode.

Still, there are some things I can discuss in regards to this episode. And the first of those things is the destination of Team 5’s mission, Dotou Island within the Land of Water. Coincidentally, Team 7’s mission next week is also in the Land of Water.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe we got the kanji reading for Dotou within the episode. And I can’t go back and check now because all streaming sites are currently down due to the release of the new Attack on Titan episode.

Dotou Island displayed on a screen from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Dotou Island displayed on a screen

But, there are a few readings of Dotou that could make sense. It could be a reference to the earthen spire of the island’s mountain, earthen waves, or even just an island made of earth (probably not this one).

The spire and waves references make the most sense to me when you consider how the geography of the island was likely formed. Looking at Dotou Island, it’s clearly the site of an ancient meteorite impact.

There’s a distinct crater with a raised ridge of earth around it. And within the very center stands a raised portion. This is what impact craters look like, though the central spire typically isn’t so pronounced.

So, I think the name Dotou Island is likely a reference to how the island’s most defining features were formed — the earth was molten and reformed by an impact. And, this may also be why there’s a large deposit of gold within the central spire.

Automated Puppets

The automated puppets featured in this episode are a bit odd. Are they puppets or are they robots? That’s not entirely clear. And, yes, there should be a few differences between puppets and robots within the Boruto series.

Puppets are controlled by chakra, while robots would be controlled by electricity. That might not sound like it matters all that much. But if these automated puppets really are controlled by chakra, where does this chakra come from?

Since the automated puppets aren’t necessarily going to be operated by a shinobi, we have to assume that they can function even if the operator can’t use chakra. That would mean the puppets have an alternate source of chakra powering them.

Denki controlling the automated puppets from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Denki controlling the automated puppets

Of course, we know there are scientific ninja tools that allow people who can’t normally use chakra to perform jutsu. So, theoretically, the same technology could be at work here. The automated puppets may have a core of stored chakra within them or something like that.

I believe this is also how the Thunder Train works, as well. It has what looks like a large lightning chakra storage tank on the front of the train, which presumably powers it. And since Dr. Katasuke is a scientific ninja tool specialist, it makes sense that this is how he would power the automated puppets.

However, from a practical standpoint, the automated puppets being electricity-powered robots makes a lot more sense. Electricity can be generated within the facility that surrounds the mine.

Oh, and speaking of the facility surrounding the mine, it’s pretty dumb that anyone can just lock everyone inside for 12 hours and shut off their air supply. That seems like a pretty terrible design to me. Shouldn’t there be guards outside to stop that from happening?

B-Rank Missions

I believe B-rank missions are typically the highest-ranked missions given to a chunin-lead team. Jonin are also given these missions, along with A-rank missions. And S-ranks are reserved for teams of Jonin or other powerful shinobi, such as the Hokage himself.

For example, Konohamaru could be sent on a B-rank mission solo. For an A-rank mission, he would likely be paired up with at least one other Jonin, as he was with Mugino in the past. And for an S-rank mission, he would be part of a team that was hand-selected for the specific job.

With that said, I don’t really agree with this mission being B-ranked. Even though there was the potential threat of combat, I still think it should have been a C-ranked mission. The mission doesn’t take place in a warzone and there was no prior knowledge of a definitive threat.

Metal Lee fighting a bandit from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Metal Lee fighting a bandit

And, the enemy shinobi Team 5 encountered during this mission really had nothing to do with their mission itself. These weren’t shinobi who were hired to prevent Team 5 from delivering the automated puppets. They just happened to be committing a crime in the same place and at the same time.

By that logic, any mission could be B-rank or higher. A team of genin could be on a mission to find a lost cat when they stumble upon a bank robbery in progress. Does that mean their mission should have been ranked higher than D, to begin with? No.

You could also always make the argument that it’s possible the cat isn’t lost but was actually stolen by a dangerous organization. I don’t think what-if scenarios should play a role in the rank a mission is assigned when there’s no evidence to back it up.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232? Would you have liked more world-building surrounding Dotou Island? Do you think the automated puppets are powered by chakra or electricity? And what rank would you give this mission? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231

Samurai of the Land of Iron

Boruto is back after its one-week break for New Year’s, and with its return, we got a brand new OP and ED. I think the OP is great. The song isn’t my favorite, but the visuals are very good and it’s definitely one of the better Boruto OPs. The ED isn’t anything too special, but it looks nice.

Aside from the new OP and ED, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231 wasn’t all that good. It was a fine episode. But it was also filler that doesn’t matter. And the next episode looks like it’s going to be the same, which I’m not too thrilled about.

But, hey, at least this week’s episode was about Team 15. That’s way better than next week’s Team 5 episode already. As I’ve said before, I actually like Wasabi and Tsubaki. And while I don’t particularly like Namida, I do think she has pretty interesting jutsu.

Tsubaki investigating bamboo slices from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki investigating bamboo slices

Of course, Tsubaki was the star of this episode. She’s a samurai from the Land of Iron, and the antagonist of the episode was also a samurai from the Land of Iron. And not only that, but this enemy samurai is someone with whom Tsubaki has a history.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this history between Tsubaki and Sazanka (the antagonist). It’s a pretty common trope, which makes it feel a bit too generic. But, the fact that they know each other does raise the stakes a bit compared to if Sazanka was just some random samurai from the same nation as Tsubaki.

Still, I think even if Sazanka and Tsubaki weren’t connected, a similar storyline could have taken place. Rather than Tsubaki defeating the monster “she created,” she would have been defeating a rogue Samurai to restore the honor of the Land of Iron.

Sazanka

Sazanka isn’t a very interesting character despite the backstory we got for him. He was a promising samurai who snapped after he was defeated by the weaker Tsubaki in the final match of a tournament at their dojo.

The alleged prize for winning the tournament was Mifune’s Kurosawa blade. I say alleged because this was simply a rumor and despite winning the tournament, Tsubaki isn’t in possession of the Kurosawa. But, for Sazanka, who dedicated his life to earning the right to wield that blade, this defeat was too much.

He attempted to steal the Kurosawa, cutting down multiple of his fellow students in the process before fleeing empty-handed. And ever since that day, he’s been training on his own and soaking his blade in the blood of his opponents in an attempt to get stronger.

Sazanka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Sazanka

Before going any further, can I just say how dumb it was that Sazanka didn’t steal the Kurosawa? As we saw, the other students who were protecting the blade were using wooden swords. He could have easily killed them all and taken the blade. But instead, he ran away after killing only a few.

That could have made this episode’s story a bit more interesting. Sazanka could have been using the stolen blade and Tsubaki retrieves it from him after defeating him. And since she won the tournament, that would make her the rightful owner of the blade.

But, no. Rather than having Tsubaki get a slight power-up by getting the sword that was stolen from her, we got a lame story about a guy who learned the power of friendship by being defeated by someone who doesn’t train on her own.

Would you have preferred the Kurosawa play a bigger role in the story?

Tsubaki’s Strength

Sometimes we get filler episodes or arcs that still “matter” by adding some bonus character development. Having Tsubaki obtain the Kurosawa at the end of the episode, as I mentioned, would have been a good way to do this. It would have been just a little bonus for her character.

Oh, and I guess I should also just make clear why I don’t think Tsubaki is already in possession of the Kurosawa. If she was, Sazanka definitely would have recognized the blade and commented on it. Considering he didn’t, we can safely assume it’s not the sword Tsubaki uses.

Even with Tsubaki not getting the Kurosawa, she could have at least gotten some new sword technique or something. I’m just not a fan of Tsubaki defeating this person from her past and coming out with nothing to show for it.

Tsubaki fighting Sazanka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki fighting Sazanka

The “development” she got instead was simply the confirmation that she’s strong. We already knew Tsubaki was quite strong among her peers. That’s not really a new development. And it doesn’t change her character in any way. She acted like she was strong before, and she’ll continue to do so going forward.

And, yes, I know that this was just a filler episode so it’s not really supposed to impact the main story of the series. But Tsubaki’s already an anime-original character, as are Wasabi and Namida. So the anime can do whatever it wants with them without impacting the story.

If Tsubaki was killed off in this episode, that would change literally nothing as far as the main plot is concerned. So with that in mind, hopefully, you can see why I’m disappointed that nothing came out of this episode. Filler episodes featuring original characters are the perfect opportunities to build out those original characters.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231? Do you think it was a good filler episode? What did you think of Sazanka as an antagonist? And should Tsubaki have gotten the Kurosawa at the end of the episode? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 230

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 230

Kurobane’s Jutsu

In Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 230, it was revealed that my assumptions from Episode 229 regarding Kurobane’s jutsu were correct. He has a jutsu that creates a layer of mist, and a jutsu that dries out living things, including people.

In this episode, it was implied that those two jutsu are one and the same. But, I don’t think that’s quite right. Rather, Kurobane has multiple mist-based jutsu. The mist we saw in the previous episode was used for Kurobane and Jujumaru to hide in. So we can assume that was a different mist jutsu.

In Episode 230, we see Kurobane use three jutsu. First, is the mist that sucks the moisture out of everything, which we saw him use to torture the boy at the start of last week’s episode.

Kurobane's Infinite Sea Watchtower jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next generations
Kurobane’s Infinite Sea Watchtower jutsu

Second, Kurobane used his Infinite Sea Watchtower jutsu, which creates mist clones for him to hide behind. And third, Kurobane used the same blood-thread jutsu that Jujumaru did in the previous episode. However, Kurobane can’t use his blood to control people who come in contact with it.

I’m still fairly confident that Jujumaru’s ability to control people with his blood is a kekkei genkai. But it was a bit surprising to see that Kurobane could also use the blood thread jutsu. I had assumed that was part of the kekkei genkai as well.

Was it stated in the previous episode that Kurobane and Jujumaru are brothers? I don’t remember if that was the case. But if so, that could explain how they both have that blood jutsu. It doesn’t seem like a jutsu that would just be common among Land of Calm Seas shinobi.

Mozuku’s Sacrifice

I really wasn’t expecting this episode to be as dark as the last. But then, Mozuku sacrificed himself to save Kawaki. I can honestly say I didn’t see that coming. When the weapon was flying toward Kawaki, I assumed that’s when Boruto would show up to save him. Though, that happened a bit later.

Even after Mozuku was wounded, I was expecting Sarada to show up and provide him with first aid. I wasn’t expecting him to die despite the severity of his injuries. But, I guess having Mozuku die in part because Kawaki refused to turn back after Chocho was injured is important for Kawaki’s character development.

And, at least we can take solace in the fact that Mozuku and his comrades who were killed were all shinobi in their own right. Sure, they were medical ninja. However, a medical ninja is still a ninja and so could be killed on any mission.

Kawaki returning from his mission in the rain from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Kawaki returning from his mission in the rain

I’m glad that this experience made Kawaki more determined to become a shinobi in the end. It could very well have had the opposite effect. For example, Kurobane stated that the duty of a shinobi is to follow orders no matter what they are. Kawaki could have easily latched onto that and had it taint his view of all shinobi.

Additionally, Kawaki has been struggling just to survive for most of his life. So I wouldn’t have been surprised if Kawaki couldn’t comprehend why Mozuku would throw his life away simply to complete his mission.

Luckily, this experience didn’t convince Kawaki that shinobi are just mindless killing machines or don’t value their own lives. But at the same time, this just makes me more interested in what eventually causes Kawaki to become disillusioned with the concept of shinobi.

Kawaki the Genin

Something I’m a bit surprised by is that Kawaki passed his test to become a genin. Yes, he was able to successfully hand the medicine over to Mozuku’s teacher so that he could use it to save the people of the Land of Calm Seas.

However, I find it hard to believe that allowing the client to be killed in the course of the escort mission would count as a success. Even if we take into consideration that the mission should have been ranked higher and should never have been given to a chunin/genin team, this surely wasn’t a good outcome.

Now, that’s not to say that I don’t think Kawaki should have been allowed to become a Leaf shinobi. I just think that he should have been given another shot at being tested. And this time around, he would have passed with flying colors. We wouldn’t have even needed to see this second test as long as we knew it happened.

Naruto telling Kawaki he passed the test from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto telling Kawaki he passed the test

What’s interesting about Kawaki passing the test, though, is that he isn’t immediately being added to a pre-existing team (Team 7). Naruto tells Kawaki that the two of them will be completing missions together instead. I’m sure Sarada will be jealous of Kawaki.

Perhaps it’s one of these missions Kawaki goes on with Naruto that makes him decide the way of the shinobi isn’t for him. “How could that be?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s possible that something happens to Naruto during one of these missions and Kawaki blames the shinobi code for it.

Remember, in the first episode of the series, Kawaki says that he sent Naruto somewhere. Perhaps what Kawaki means is that Naruto died while protecting him and that he blames the teachings of the shinobi for causing Naruto to sacrifice himself. And, Kawaki also blames himself for needing to be protected.

Such a course of events could make Kawaki think that the world would be better off without shinobi so they don’t sacrifice themselves.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 230? Do you think blood-based jutsu are common among the shinobi of the Land of Calm Seas? Should Kawaki have passed the test despite Mozuku dying? And what sorts of missions do you think he’ll go on with Naruto? Let me know in the comments.

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