Many years after the Fourth Shinobi World War and Kaguya’s invasion, Konohagakure is at peace. The son of the Seventh Hokage, Boruto Uzumaki, is about to start his first day at the Ninja Academy. He befriends a boy named Denki after using ninjutsu to defend him from a group of bullies. Denki’s father wants his son to learn ninjutsu in order to inherit the family business, but Denki is reserved and hates fighting. Boruto encourages him to stand up for himself, which leads to an argument between Denki and his father. He becomes possessed by evil, driven to prove that he is strong enough to lead the company without becoming a ninja. It’s now up to Boruto to save the day.
I was actually very hesitant to start this series. As someone who grew up with Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, I wasn’t sure if any continuation of the story would match up to its predecessors. And I’m still not sure. Boruto feels unfamiliar, almost like it’s a completely new anime. We were introduced to the children at the end of the manga and in spin-off story Gaiden, but knowing the characters in advance hasn’t really helped to make it feel more like the old Naruto. The use of technology in Konoha seems out of place, but maybe that’s my nostalgia of the old Hidden Leaf Village clouding my judgement. It could actually be a good thing removing itself from Naruto, because that way it’s clearly Boruto’s story now. I know this was based on the Boruto manga by Ukyou Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto, which I decided not to read because I didn’t like the difference in art style, but at least here the animation looks just like the old Kishimoto designs. I still prefer Sarada Uchiha’s design in Gaiden because she looks more like a combination of both her parents, but I’m definitely looking forward to her involvement in this story. I’m guessing Orochimaru will show up at some point, because Denki’s ‘transformation’ was very similar to Sasuke’s curse seal. I’d actually be surprised if he didn’t turn up – we just can’t get rid of him. Overall, it may take some getting used to in the beginning, but I think I miss Naruto enough to get over that.
Naruto – do you even need to ask why at this point? It may be different but it still has the same characters I fell in love with ten years ago.
Code Geass – While it has completely different atmosphere, both protagonists have fathers in positions of power that they rebel against because of their opposing viewpoints.
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