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A look at Boruto today

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Now that we are Crunchyroll subscribers I started to spend time to explore Naruto. I have never watched Naruto fully. There are parts of the manga story missing. I want to experience the full picture, the same when I became a Bleach fan.

I have been watching Boruto from the beginning. It is a very mixed bag. I liked it from early on, similar to fast food: tasty but nothing remarkable. And sometimes there are episodes that are really pedestrian, boring, fluff. Boruto had good episodes from the beginning but never managed to really get my attention.

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That has changed. There are now important links with the history of Naruto, including aspects I haven't fully explored yet, but fortunately Boruto gives me enough to be able to follow what is going on. It also adds to my determination to continue watching Naruto completely.

Boruto broadened its base. This is no longer just about Boruto and friends having everyday adventures and school stories. Looking back, I can see more clearly that there has been a build up to a deeper development for a while but now I feel that things are getting really interesting. This is not Boruto being a kind of copy of Naruto. Boruto and his father overcame some obstacles but right now, they are close. Boruto is not aiming at becoming the next Hokage. His aim is to be the Hokage's right hand. Right now this is Sasuke, one of the most interesting characters in Naruto. He is developed very nicely in Boruto and this is one of the main reason why I watch the series. Sasuke and Naruto are close friends and it shows that they have a very colourful history with a lot of ups and downs but their past struggles bonded them together in ways I love to watch. Sasuke is still a loner but he found roots. He is still somewhat dark and mysterious but is now definitely on the right path.

It is Sasuke's daughter, Sarada, who aims at becoming the next Hokage which means, if Boruto and Sarada achieve their goals, Boruto would become Sarada's partner. They would not be like Naruto and Sasuke but they would be an interesting, powerful team as their fathers are.

My probably favourite episode so far is episode #65: Father and Child. I watched this story and was left with very mixed feelings. It is beautiful, very emotional and reflecting the bonds these characters have. Both, Naruto and Sasuke, are extremely powerful and they are also very experienced fighters who know each other so well. They demonstrated a bond I was hoping to see developing between Ichigo and Uryuu. It did not happen and that is one of my biggest regrets when it comes to Bleach.

Their fight against an extremely powerful being reminded me of a deadly ballet, about two dancers with deadly powers acting in sync. Naruto and Sasuke did not have to say much, they automatically knew how to work together. And this included actually merging their powers with amazing results. Ichigo and Uryuu demonstrated in very early Bleach that they have that ability. It was never explored further.

Boruto became Sasuke's student. Sasuke demonstrated from early on that because of his experiences, his struggles in the past and the lessons he learned, that he understands Boruto very well, sometimes better than his father does. I am very curious to follow how the relationship between Boruto and Sasuke will develop.
Sasuke knows that Boruto has the potential to be extremely powerful, at least as powerful as his father, but not in the same way. Also Sasuke hasn't got the answers and Boruto has to explore himself who and what he is.

The powerful opponent was defeated, because of Sasuke and Naruto, also because of Boruto - but especially because of team work, of sharing everybody's powers and experience. Elements of Renji's powerful bonding ritual before battle were part of it (and also this is an aspect never visited again in Bleach).

Whatever is hidden inside Boruto, it has the potential to take away his future. (I had to think of Bleach again). There is a certain darkness here - and dealing with that, Sasuke is the ideal person to be at his side.
The defeated opponent said this at the end to Boruto:

Those who defeat gods cannot remain ordinary individuals.
True. But as Boruto realized himself, if that is good or bad is something that remains to be seen.
 

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I'm going to try not to read the spoilers, but I wanted to say ... I started watching Boruto and actually I'm quite impressed by it! I thought it was going to be bad, so my expectations were low, but I think there are some things about it that are better than Naruto even.

The main one is the treatment of the female characters. They have personalities! And motivations! And they are good at stuff! It's really nice to see female characters winning and contributing. It's so long overdue for this universe.

Most of the male characters are well written too. Some of them being exact clones of their dads is a bit ... urgh... but that was the level I was expecting so not surprised at all that Shikadai is basically Shikamaru, and it seems like the writers are trying not to fall into that trap where they can help it. I actually think that the show is written with more intelligence than Naruto, and that the characters make better/more understandable decisions.

So yeah not bad at all. XD
 
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I wasn't able to get past my inner barriers again when watching Naturo. I have a deep loathing when it comes to Obito. His friend Rin was a Ninja but for some reason Obito was obsessed with the idea that she needs to be protected. His obsession with her never felt like love to me but something I disliked immensely. And when she died he wanted to end the world as it is, forcing a dream state on everyone. UGH! What I disliked even more is that the author wanted to tell us that Obito is not a bad guy after all and that he is redeemable. No. There are limits.

I couldn't get through the long and painful to watch Obito story, also not this time. I don't think I will try this again.

Good powerful female characters, this is something Boruto is definitely better at. Right now there is a story in which past is meeting present. This is a very interesting story I enjoy a lot. Boruto is in many ways also a continuation of Naruto, meaning also building on the Naruto history.

Boruto is a series worth trying. Indeed, "not bad at all" :)
 

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I don't really remember much about the Obito and Rin story. It seemed somewhat forgettable (or I'm old, lol). Once I noticed that a female character never wins a fight against a male character, despite supposed differences in power levels, eventually that dynamic really got to me. XD

There's something about Boruto that's really sweet and charming. At least in these beginning episodes, it has a kind of innocence about it, which is quite a departure tonally from Naruto, and I like it. Maybe because the kids haven't started going on serious missions yet, and it has a more slice of life feel.

Chocho is shaping up to be one of my favourite characters, unexpectedly. She's smart and insightful and very cute. I like her a lot.
 
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Boruto has a different tone and, yes, sweet and charming fits. It is more pronounced at the beginning but it is still there. I think the main difference is that Boruto did not start with all the baggage young Naruto had to deal with. Boruto has a nice family. He has good friends from the beginning. When Boruto does something stupid, something wrong at the end of the story in question he is being forgiven. Family and friends show understanding and Boruto learns from his mistakes. This is where his innocence is mainly coming from.

So far none of Boruto's actions had any really serious consequences. Now, in the current storyline, Boruto is finally wondering about his teacher, Sasuke. Sasuke is evading any questions. But I hope at least some of Sasuke's past will be revealed to Boruto. It is important that Boruto is growing as a character and that means losing some of his innocence and ignorance.

I like Chocho too. She is a lot of fun - she often makes me laugh. But she has shown that she is really intelligent and a good fighter. She is not one of the most powerful ones but she does the best she can. My favourite is Sarada. Sarada and her father, Sasuke, have an interesting relationship. I am sure, like Boruto, she has a lot of potential when it comes to powers. Sarada is a good contrast to Boruto: more quiet, more serious and also more mature.
 
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I don't really like the anime because it feels like one big filler. The manga is pretty decent and reminds me a lot like the first half of Shippuden(my favorite part). The current arc in the anime is very enjoyable because of nostalgia.

The (semi) canon stuff in the anime is pretty good though. If I were to recommend the series to someone it would be something like this: Episodes 1,2, 5 and 6(Introduction to the classmates), 19-23(canon arc, Sarada), 36-39(Graduation exam and Mitsuki backstory), 53-66(Chuunin Exams), 128-current(Time travel arc).

It's a pretty decent series if you only watch these episodes.
 
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Right now I like the anime more than the manga. I am not fond of the new characters and the storyline. What is going on in the anime right now is much more interesting and appealing to me.

I have just watched the latest two episodes of the time travel arc and loved it! I enjoy good character stories. The Mitsuki backstory is one of my favourites as well. Everything with Sarada and Sasuke is something I enjoy and find interesting.
 
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Do you mean the new villain group and Kawaki or the cast of Boruto in general?

Yeah the time travel arc is very enjoyable. I'm eagerly awaiting the next Naruto episode like the good old days. One big critique is that the fights don't seem to make any impression at all. Of course NaruSas vs Momoshiki was amazing as were some of the copy and paste actions from the movie, but other than that none of the fighting or action scenes make any impact. Even in the scenes which are very good animated, which is strange. Could be a thing with the directing I guess.
 
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Yes, the new villain group. Most of the Boruto cast is fine except the "Class rep" girl (I am too lazy now to get the books out) gets on my nerves.

About the fights, I understand. The problem is, Sasuke and Boruto are in the past and they are not quite alone. They have to be careful what they reveal. Maybe we will get these fights soon if the story uses the predictable idea to wipe young Naruto's memory after an all out battle. I hope this won't happen but it is one solution.
 
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