Boruto Chapter 16 Review: Vessel

New villains are introduced

We are introduced to a new threat in the form of a group called Kara. They mention contingency plans regarding the lost of their “vessel.” They bicker back and forth over what to do next and conclude that they need to “retrieve the vessel at all costs.” After they disperse, the eldest member of Kara is killed, by another, with the “true flames of samadhi.”

Compared to Naruto’s Akatsuki, the revealing of Kara was quick. Boruto seems to be avoiding the slower burn of that series. However, none of the genin in Boruto seem strong enough to defeat any of them. I predict that this is just an introduction of Kara and they will disappear for a while as the genin gain enough strength to face them.

Naruto vs Boruto

Naruto faces-off against Boruto in front of a crowd, Boruto starts of with several shadow clones, aimed to distract Naruto and get behind him. Boruto throws a rasengan at Naruto, it appears that he absorbs the rasengan. Boruto then uses, Water Style: Billowing Wave in combination with Thunderclap Arrow, Naruto responds by using Earth Style: Flowing earth wall, blocking his attack.

Naruto then punches his fist through the wall and absorbs Boruto’s attack. He then appears behind Boruto without the hand, attacking Boruto, knocking him to the ground ending the duel. At the offices of the Hokage, Boruto berates Naruto for using ninja tech. The tech is designed to emulate the ability of Ootsutsuki, absorbing attack, however, without the ability to release the jutsu. Sasuke states that it’s not cheating, and what matters is how you use the tech. Finally, Konohamaru investigates a wreckage and is in danger from an unknown assailant.

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Boruto defeats Shojoji

This chapter was largely predictable, Boruto wins. However, what I predicted was someone would come to the aid of Boruto, I was wrong on that front. I have often decried the abandonment of strategy of the later Naruto chapters and early Boruto chapters, this chapter did add some nuance to battle.

However, none of the jutsu seem to need hand signs anymore. Boruto did surprise me with his use of “Uchiha-Ryuu Shuriken Jutsu,” with lightning infused chakra. The attack is ineffective against Shojoji’s, Wind release – wind count’s shield which counter’s any attack he’s aware of.

What if find disappointing about this series so far is that the character progression is too fast. When did he learn, Shuriken Jutsu, Chakra infusion, and Normal Rasengan. Considering that Naruto took several chapters to learn both the Rasengan and then the wind infusion his son miles ahead of him. I think this is probably due to the monthly schedule for the series that makes it impossible to go in-depth into their training.

While, the fight wasn’t the most impressive, it was entertaining. However, with the next chapter coming in August it is becoming frustrating to have to wait. Finally, with the Boruto anime series being weekly it seem plausible that it will fill in the blanks so to speak. That said some of the anime episodes do feel like they are filler episodes.

Boruto saves Tentou

First B-Rank mission

Boruto, Sarada, and Misuki are given a B Rank mission, Misuki reminds them that Gaara was doing B-Rank missions when he was a genin. Sarada and Boruto are excited that she could walk in the path of a Kazekage. Until this point there is no real evidence that they are this good, but I guess we will get to see what they’re capable of.

Boruto remembers Tentou

Boruto finds the rare card that Tentou hid in his pocket. He is surprise that Tentou gave him the card after he refused it. Boruto aims to return the card to him and goes to his hotel. He overhears that Tentou has been kidnapped. The mujina are responsible and they demand 500 million ryou for Tentou’s return. They also want all the prisoners from “Hoozuki Castle,” to be released.

Boruto goes at it alone

Sarada is practicing her aiming, meanwhile, Boruto arrives to inform her that he will be unable to make the mission. Sarada accepts that he can’t tell her what he’s up to and he goes to save Tentou. The leader of the mujina, Shojoji, reveals that Yamaoka was killed a long time ago. He explains how Shikabane Bunshin no jutsu, is a forbidden technique that devour and take in the form, memories abilities and their life. Tentou uses the shuriken to try to kill himself, it ends the way it is expected to with Tentou being defeated. Shojoji attempts to eat Tentou’s brain and Boruto kicks him in the face hard. Boruto aims to take Shojoji by himself.

There’s been a lot of criticism of Sarada appearance, basically she’s dressed like a 20 year old, but is only 12. I agree, I don’t understand why it’s necessary to dress her in skimpy clothing, it’s creepy. Another criticism is of the art style, I had some criticism in the begin but have come to actual like it. Manga artist often get better, as the series goes on (see Bleach) and I think it’s also relative unique style. As for the chapter there’s now way Boruto has the ability to defeat Shojoji. Unlike his father who was often saved by the nine-tails, Boruto lacks this ability. Most likely, he will be saved by Misuki and Sarada, we’ll get to see how good they are and most likely accomplish a mission higher rank mission.

 

 

Boruto makes a new friend in Tento

In the 11th chapter of the Boruto manga series, Boruto is the bodyguard to the son of the diamyo, Tento. I was a ready to hate him, as he was initially introduced as a clique snobby rich kid. He does flex his financial power by first renting out the entire hotel. He quickly pivots to how he loves ninja’s and wants to see ninjutsu. Boruto shows him the Shadow Clone jutsu, Tento gives him a backhanded compliment, suggesting that Naruto is able to produce thousands. 

Tento shows Boruto his card collection amazing him with it’s quality. Boruto notices that Tento has a very rare card in his collection. Tento tells Boruto that he can have it, because he has duplicates. Boruto declines, stating that he will earn his own cards. Boruto and Tento bond during a shruikenjutsu training and Tento tells him that he hopes that his father will notice him if he became a ninja. Eventually, Tento is successful in hitting the target, Boruto and Tento become friends and plan to see each other again. Meanwhile, a member of the Mujina Bandits is watching and communicates with his boss Shojoji who’s disguised as Yamaoka

I’ll admit that I was surprised how Tento turned out. I was ready to hate him for being a rich brat. While he did originally behave that way, he turned out to be more complex character than that. Father issues is clearly going to be the main theme of this series, like being parent-less was in Naruto (Naruto, Sasuke and Gaara). Overall, I like this chapter and look forward to the next one. 


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The next Naruto series Boruto begins

A few weeks ago Naruto the long running anime series finally ended with the 500th episode. Boruto Uzumaki the title of the first episode of the spin off series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, will focus on the son of Naruto as he goes on his adventure in the ninja world. The episode begins much like the manga, with Boruto facing off against a currently unknown villian, Kawaki, as he announces the death of shinobi. He also alludes to killing Naruto, although it’s not clear.

Boruto is similar to his father in a lot of ways, his delinquency and other bad behavior. However, unlike Naruto he does have a father and mother. Boruto is resentful of his father being busy all the time. Like his father Boruto has no interest in school and prefers to have fun. Despite the differences between Naruto and Boruto, there are key similarities. Obviously, they look alike, but they share the desire to save people. Boruto rescues Denki from a group of bullies in an alley. Denki is the child of the head of the “Kaminarimon Corporation, the Leaf’s foremost electronics company.”

His father is the overbearing, wanting Denki to become a ninja. Denki is possessed by a dark force that seems to compels him into punishing his bullies. He plots to murder them by leaving them to die in a train crash. Boruto interferes with his plan, convincing him to “make his own decisions.” Together, Boruto, Denki and the bullies survive and Boruto arrives at the ceremony in a dramatic fashion, crashing the rail car into the monument to the Hokage.

Not much of note occurred in this episode, but it will be interesting what the differences between this series and the original. The series seems to hint that we will get to see Boruto and his classmates go through the ninja curriculum. I hope that the series will focus not just on Boruto, but the other genin as well. I also hope that the complex battles that were the hallmark of the Naruto series, but it became only about Naruto ans Sasuke. This new series feels like its going to go on for a while and hope it will take the best of Naruto series and add more.

 

Boruto, looks to find his own ninja way

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Boruto, chapter 10, My Story is the final chapter of the Momoshiki arc and I’m excited for the future of this series. The Boruto anime will premiere April 5th.

Momoshiki sends Boruto an ominous message

After Momoshiki defeat Boruto can still sense him, he appears above Boruto. Momoshiki mentions that Boruto has Byakugan blood within him. Boruto begins to panic, as he can no longer move. Momoshiki tells him that he can “see his fate clearly.” He tell hims that his “blue eyes . . . will be the take everything from him.” This is the most confusing part of this chapter, is Momoshiki still alive? What does Boruto’s eye have to do with anything? I assume it has something to do with the Byakugan and maybe Boruto’s potential new abilities.

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More of the new generation

Team Moegi, Shikadai, Chocho, and Inojin are complain about having too many missions for a genin team. Shikadai is like his father was, lazy. Moegi tells them get back to work and the more the do, the more money they make. Meanwhile, Gaara, Kankuro, Shinki, Araya and Yodo discuss Boruto defeating Momoshiki. Shinki says that because Boruto is “reckless, foolish, and a low level ninja.” While, Gaara tries to explain that he is the reason Shinki didn’t fight, Shinki still believes that he wouldn’t be able to defeat Momoshiki.

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Boruto and Naruto mend fences

After the events of the arc, Naruto and Boruto seemed to developed a closer bond. Boruto is now famous after defeating Momoshiki, and his teammates admire him more. It is here that Boruto re-confirms that he doesn’t want to be Hokage, and will be the support system for Sarada. This is nothing new for this series so far, as Sarada aim to emulate Naruto and Boruto wants to follow in her father (Sasuke) footsteps.

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The series has moved pasted the initial introduction and the chuunin exam that the Naruto series took more than 100 chapters to accomplish in 10 chapters. I’d imagine that the Boruto series will be shorter than Naruto, but not short. Regardless, I can’t wait for the next chapter April 3rd and the anime series.

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Boruto finally separates itself from the movie

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Boruto takes a step in the right direction

I have been critical of the Boruto manga series for several reasons, being a monthly, the art style and the rehashing of the Boruto movie. For the most part I have come to terms with the monthly schedule as I have other manga to read. The art work is getting much better and I have actually starting to like it. Finally, this chapter has departed slightly from the movie and added some small details.

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The four Kages

That said the chapter mostly regurgitates the movie, even down to the dialogue. The art in the chapter seems to have improved greatly, it’s possible that not having read a chapter in a month may be the reason. However, I feel that the perspective and proportion of the characters are much better. The details of the characters and the background are impressive. Finally, Momoshiki looks completely different from the movie and his design is great. I’m looking forward to what changes might come in future chapters of this series.

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The new Momoshiki

For a more thorough review check out: Daily Art Anime 

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Boruto 

Chapter 003 – The Chuunin exam begins

“I will walk a different path from my Papa and become the Hokage.” – Sarada

As mentioned in previous post the Boruto series is starting with a retelling of the Boruto movie. The art style either got better or I have become accustom to it. Regardless, I didn’t dislike the art as much. I really liked the son of Gaara, Shiki. He seemed to be the perfect combination of his uncle, Kankuro and his father. He can use the Puppet Technique and Iron sand. However, his siblings are stylistically afterthoughts. While they are considered to be great talents, especially Yodo, they seem to be simplistically designed compared to Shiki. 

Highlights:

  • Shiki is confident in his teams abilities
  • We see Metal Lee train and he’s a lot like his father
  • Sasuke teaches Boruto, “Shurikenjutsu.”
  • Sai and Shikamaru are Chuunin exam administers
  • Boruto “cheats” with Kote during the exam

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Bleach

Chapter 681 – The End two world

“We’d come to repay our debt to him” – Ginjo

Yhwach enters the portal leaving, Ichigo in “despair.” The fight was a major disappointment. I don’t know what the point of restoring Ichigo’s Bankai. Yhwach will simply destroy it again right? Of course this is Bleach and we know that Ichigo will become strong enough, simply because he can. I did find Haschwalth reaction to Yhwach “betraying” him. I think he has accepted his fate but may still want Yhwach to lose. I was surprised that Tsukishima and Ginjo returned. I hope Ichigo’s next encounter with Yhwach goes better.

Highlights:

  • Yhwach shatters Renji’s Shikai
  • Haschwalth offer’s to transfer Uryu’s wounds to himself
  • Together with Orihime, Tsukishima restore Ichigo’s Bankai

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Chapter 002 – Training Begins

Sasuke contemplates taking on Boruto as a disciple. He challenges Boruto to perform the Rasengan. Confident, Boruto see’s no challenge in this. Sasuke flashes back to a conflict he has with 2 Otsutsuki clan members. The following morning Boruto awakens Konohamaru, he ask’s him to teach him the Rasengan.

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He agree’s to teach him. Boruto instantly takes a dislike to the training, but he does learn the Rasengan. The size of his Rasengan is disproportionately small compared to normal. This infuriates him and he throws the Rasengan and leaves. Sarada tells her father that he’s being too strict. He tells her he intends on training Boruto.

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Boruto runs into Katasuke, and tells him the situation he’s having. Katasuke offers him the Kote as a solution. Boruto uses the Kote to generate a normal Rasengan. Sasuke isn’t fooled, but doesn’t let Boruto know it. Over a bond fire Boruto asks Sasuke what Naruto’s “weakness” was. Sasuke tells him that Naruto is “full of weaknesses,” but he managed to overcome them.

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Sarada, Mitsuki and Boruto meet and discuss their intention to participate in the chuunin exam. Meanwhile, Kinshiki and Momoshiki defeat Killer B and absorb his chakra. They detect Kurama within Naruto and decided to attack him next. This series so far is just a retelling of the Boruto movie. If you saw the movies this series so far is probably a disappointment.

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At this rate we won’t get new content until 5 or 6 chapters. That means months, considering the fact that this series is released on a monthly basis. In addition to that the art is still not good enough for me. I will continue with the series however, I have high hopes for the series.

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Bleach

Chapter  676 – Horn of Salvation

Orhime notices Ichigo’s new form. She remembers his form from his fight with Ulquiorra. She calls to him and he responds with a smile. He reassures her that he’s still the same. Yhwach notices that Ichigo has combined the power’s of a Quincy and Hollow. However, he must maintain balance or lose control.

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Ichigo destroys the top of the palace. Yhwach call’s his power “magnificent.” He successfully block’s Ichigo’s attacks. Ichigo responds by using Gran Rey Cero, cutting Yhwach. This chapter read quickly. Visually, I don’t like Ichigo’s new form. I feel’s lazy and the one horn seems strange. His abilities however are cool and I will be interested in seeing more of them. This fight is far from over, but I like the way it started.

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One Piece

Chapter 828 – 1 and 2

Luffy and the others learn that Purin is one of Big Mom’s daughters and that she’s engaged to marry Sanji. Purin is surprised to learn that Luffy and the others are Sanji’s crew-mates. She warns them that “they will be killed if Big Mom discovers their presence.” Purin reveals some details of the Charlotte Family. She says “the Charlotte Family is compromised of 129 people (Big Mom, her 43 husbands, 39 daughters and 46 sons), and that Big Mom’s children have all been raised to understand that she will arrange their marriages to grow the strength of her crew.

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Chopper ask Purin “if she had met Sanji yet. Purin is flustered by the question and blushes, responding that she had met him once.” Pedro suggests “binding and gagging” Purin so she won’t reveal that they are in Totland. Purin shows a map to Sanji, she tells the Strawhat’s that she doesn’t wish to get in Sanji’s way. They are stunned to hear that “Sanji turned down a woman.” Luffy even beings to cry. She arranges to bring Sanji to the Strawhats. However, she warns them that “Big Mom will never willingly let Sanji go.”

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The Strawhat’s return to Thousand Sunny. Pekoms disappears and leaves a warning telling them to “turn back.” Luffy doesn’t care and he tells everyone that they “will continue ahead.” On Broccoli Island, Germa 66, ends a war in a manner of a few hours. They retrieve their payment for defeating they enemies of the victorious side. The Vinsmokes learn that “Sanji has already arrived on Whole Cake Island.” The elder Vinsmoke says that “he can’t wait to see Sanji again, but is called out as a liar by the other. They promise to arrive on Whole Cake Island on the day before the wedding.

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The Germa 66 are clearly ruthless. I think this will infuriate Luffy at some point. Big Mom family is interesting, and I hope we get to see some of her powers more in-depth. I think Purin may join the Strawhat’s as Sanji’s wife or she will die saving him. Regardless, Sanji will likely have to face-off against his siblings.

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Boruto

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Chapter 001: Uzumaki Boruto

Creator & Editor: Masashi Kishimoto

Manga: Mikio Ikemoto

Script: Ukyou Kodachi

The first chapter of the new Boruto manga series has arrived. We appear to be presented with a flash-forward of Boruto facing off against someone named Kawaki. Kawaki implies that Naruto has died. He then proclaims that the “age of the ninja is over.” Boruto confirms his status as a ninja and activates his Byakugan. The rest of the 60 paged chapter is mostly the manga form of the movie.

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Highlights:

  • Naruto’s “confirmed” death
  • Boruto use of the Byakugan
  • Introduction of the “Ninja Apparatus”
  • The Chuunin exams are starting
  • Boruto resents his father
  • Boruto like’s Sasuke and wants to be his disciple

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I think it Boruto is going to be a monthly series so expect 60 pages each time. Boruto’s use of the Byakugan isn’t completely surprising, but I didn’t expect it. However, I believe he probably uses it differently from his mother or sister.

Naruto’s death is surprising and it may be necessary, to give the younger generation more of a stage to stand on. Also, It could be difficult to write a story when many of the most notable characters are still alive. You would have to address where they are and what they are doing. However, I don’t think all the other characters should be killed.

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The ninja apparatus is an interesting new tool introduced to the Boruto world. Basically, the apparatus has a jutsu seal within it. Using a jutsu on the tiny scroll seals it. Then you shoot the the scroll through the apparatus. I’m sure this will have a profound effect on the series. The number of characters that can now use jutsu, without training. If this apparatus can be scaled larger it could be devastating.

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Finally, the art of Mikio Ikemoto. I am on the fence regarding the art style. Objectionably, Kishimoto’s art is better. The weight of the line’s feel thin, but the characters are more detailed. The art overall can feel rushed, as if drawn too quickly. One eye on a character can appear disproportionate to the other. 

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