Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Season 5

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Season 5

The life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!

The story continues around Boruto and his quest to be a ninja – but what kind on ninja he will ultimately end up being? His relationship with his father becomes rockier by the episode and now he’s seen what Sasuke can do I’m sure things are about to get rather interesting. The pull for me here is to see how Boruto will develop between the two strongest ninja of the previous generation.

So far things have been progressing in Konoha at a leisurely pace. The genin are completing low-graded missions as usual with a bit of griping about them not being properly put to the test (mostly from Boruto). These are interspersed with other storylines surrounding the new three-man cells so that we can learn about their relationship and complementary ninja skills before we head over to the big even this season: the chunin exams. Noticeable this time around is the introduction on an all-females and all-male team that was absent from Naruto’s generation. Maybe this is Konoha being progressive or just a coincidence, I’m not sure, but it’s new elements like this that keen me interested. For example, we’re also introduced to a scientist that is developing technology that can do the same job as chakra. Boruto seems interested in the prospect, but some of the adults are regarding these developments with suspicion. Is if foreshadowing aiming or a deeper meaning or are they just being technophobes? With the Boruto story so far it’s hard to tell.

The biggest think that continues to bother me about Boruto is Boruto himself. I just can’t seem to like gim the way I liked Naruto. m nor ven sue that Im even supposed to. He picks up ninja skills way to quickly. Watching Naruto struggle to just do the shadow clone ninjutsu as well as later on with the rasengan leaves me at a loss what to feel when Boruto seems to master them rather effortlessly. If he doesn’t seem to be working that hard, how am I meant to root fo his achievements? And even his dislike of his father I can’t get behind – and I don’t think it’s just because I’m a Naruto fangirl. Until Naruto missed both his kids’ birthdays, he wasn’t doing anything outrageous to neglect his family. Not in the grand scheme of things. I just can’t understand where his son’s level of hatred is coming from. Again, are we not meant to sympathise, or are they trying to turn Naruto into some terrible father figure?

Though the story is a little meandering at points, it enables the opportunity for many cameos from Naruto characters – particularly at the chunin exams, which I am enjoying for many reasons: plenty of new and old characters (looking forward to seeing what Gaara’s adopted son can do), lots of competition and new moves to see, plenty of character development and, of course, lots of drama from inside and out of the exams. It would appear that members of the Otsusuki clan are investigating Kaguya’s disappearance and that has led them to the tailed beasts. After securing Killer Bee and the Gyuuki and having a failed attack on Gaara and Shukaku, it’s the job of some of the high-ranking ninjas to keep the threat at bay and making sure that it doesn’t affect the chunin exams for political reasons (the illusion of diplomacy seems to have a lot to answer for here). However this situation may turn out, I’m expecting big things.

Though Boruto has stops and starts, I can see they’re trying to build on the ninja world and how it has changed since it was the stage of Naruto. It’s doing an OK job of this whilst trying to establish itself as a new story. In order to ensure success, they need to focus on Boruto’s character and make him stronger, more relatable and more individual – and that needs to happen soon.