Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Season 2

img_5256.jpgThe 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!

Boruto comes into its consecutive second season and the latest Uzumaki and his friends are slowly getting to the bottom of the dark ghost-like spirit that is possessing people in Konoha (little bit cliche, I know). Will Boruto and his fellow ninjas-in-training be able to get to the truth of the matter and make it through safely to the other side?

img_5260.jpgThough this is a story about Boruto, I really do have to say that I like the way that this anime has portrayed Naruto. We get to see him in action as the Hokage and the fans shouldn’t be disappointed. He deals with Konoha’s problems well, but he doesn’t ignore the advice of his friends. He doesn’t pretend to know anything about the beast called Nue when he gets his first glimpse of it, but looks to Kakashi for more information. He relies on Shikamaru and Sai to be his eyes and ears and then makes a decision on what to do next. It’s great to see how he has matured as a character and yet holds on to aspects of his personality which we all identified with back when we were younger. Even though this anime is about his son, I’m glad that Naruto is still such an accessible character and we don’t see him as a cool and distant responsible figure.

img_5259.jpgAnyway, I think that in the beginning of this second season is where we really begin to draw parallels between Boruto and Naruto. In the first twelve episodes, Boruto’s attitude seems to make him appear different to Naruto and rather, a little spoiled considering the nice family life he has. His trials and tribulations aren’t on the same scale as his father’s were at that age, so the effect really isn’t the same. But this knee-jerk conviction not to give up on Sumire, the class representative, and the way he jumps head-first into a portal to another world after her is where we really see the best of his start to surface.

After Boruto and Mitsuki square up against the class rep, Boruto talks her down from doing something she might later regret. She is apprehended and taken to a secure location for her own good and Konoha’s safety, but Boruto staunchly lobbies for her to return to the academy. Though Naruto understands, his position as Hokage puts him in a difficult position. Slowly but surely though, things begin to return to normal. But little does anyone know that a new threat lurks on the horizon.

img_5254.jpgIn the meantime, the Boruto story reverts to what it was in the very beginning: a fun, school-based anime. We have some more detailed scene-setting such as Iwabe and Denki helping each other through their most difficult aspects in the ninja academy (academics and ninjutsu respectively) and an episode focused on sarada and her homelife. We’re also treated to a few more Naruto character cameos that we saw in the first season. This time around we see Rock Lee and Sasuke briefly. Here’s hoping we see more of them both. The new closing sequence alludes to an arc I’ve read in the Boruto manga that focuses on Sarada and questions surrounding her heritage, so things are looking good.

img_5265.jpgI’ve probably mentioned this before, but there really isn’t the same level of peril in Boruto as there was in Naruto. I have accepted that Boruto is a different story to its predecessor, so things will be deliberately different, but this is still essentially a shounen show so I am always expecting battles. The episodes that focus on 20-minute stories about one character are good, but is it okay for episodes to seem like filler at this early stage? Naruto is a hard act to follow, especially when the person writing this blog is a huge fan, but I am remaining positive about the future of Boruto and for me to enjoy it as a standalone story.

img_5263.jpgThere’s plenty of mysteries still left to be uncovered. Has Boruto’s tenseigan really disappeared? Who is this new enemy gathering on the outskirts? What is going on with Mitsuki and what exactly is Sasuke doing, meeting Naruto covertly to collect scrolls? It’s still early days for Boruto, but things are shaping up and there’s plenty to look forward to in an anime universe that I know, love and am not ready to metaphorically close the book on yet.

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