The Problems I have with Boruto

From Boruto Chapter 31

I have to admit I’m not sure I even like Boruto. The manga series is certainly better than the anime, but I find that neither comes close to the Naruto series, even if Masashi Kishimoto is the editor of the manga. The monthly schedule doesn’t help, but I do like the art style. One of the main problems is the feeling of growth. What I mean by that is all the characters seem to have S Rank abilities already. I makes the series feel rushed.

Take the BIG three of the series. Boruto Uzumaki, Sarada Uchiha and Mitsuki. Heirs of the vaunted, Legendary Three Ninja, Jiraiya, Oorochimaru and Tsunade and Team 7, Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha and Uzumaki Naruto. While it true that the 3 Sannin and Team 7 were exceptional, the most recent generation seem even better.

Unlike his father, Boruto is the child of two powerful bloodlines, Hyuga and Uzumaki. He’s also a prodigy. Sarada is an elite genin, having inherited the Sharingan and her mothers chakra control and strength. Then there’s Mitsuki, the “son” of Oorochimaru. He was created by Oorochimaru to be genetically perfect and has the “potentially more powerful than the Sannin himself.”

Boruto has a unique Dojutsu that grants him similar abilities to the Byakugan. He also mastered the Rasengan with wind nature transformation added to it before finishing the ninja academy. It took his father a great deal of training and effort to do the same. Sarada learned how to use collect chakra into her fist, giving her tremendous strength comparable to her mother or Tsunade. She has had no training in this regard. Did she just guess how to do it? Mitsuki has Senjutsu, something that Jiraiya failed to master and took (okay a few weeks) for Naruto to.

Maybe, they have to give this generation a boost since they are competing with ninja tech now. Which basically makes my previous complaint moot, since you can buy ninja abilities. The ninja tech undermines ninjas period. Normal people can use jutsu now. I don’t feel that anything jutsu has been earned in this series. Sure you should expect the main characters to be the best, but it feels unmerited.

So what do you think. I am off base here? Do you agree? Have you ever read or watched Boruto? What am I missing ?

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My Hero Academia Chapter 215 Review – Final Stage of the Battle

Trusting his power

Izuku Midoriya uses his Black Whip Quirk to grab the piping nearby. He remembers what All Might said to him at the beach, “you can become a hero.” He believes that now he can do anything. This marks a turn in Midoriya’s personality. He was always insecure regarding his abilities. Now he’s displaying tremendous confidence. Vlad King is clearly alarmed at the sight of the Black Whip tendril’s.

All Might notes a difference in the Black Whip. He wonders “what happened to Midoriya in the last few minutes.” Hitoshi jumps backwards, he questions whether Izuku was bluffing when he struggled with his Quirk. At this moment the Black Whip Quirk disappears. Izuku concludes that he’s not yet strong enough to control the Quirk.

Ochaco captures Monoma

Neito attacks Uraraka, when he hurls a metal pipe at her. However, Ochaco blocks it. She has him tied up and is pulling him through the air. She tells him that because of the five minute time limit he has likely lost access to his teammates Quirks. Neito says that he could have extended his time limit to ten minutes. He challenges her to one on one combat.

She doesn’t bite, Neito notes that Class 1-A has been “cautious” due to Hitoshi’s Quirk. He continues to try to get her to answer his questions but she simply puts him into the cell and locks it. Ochaco is one of the characters in this series that’s often overlooked. She is slowly gaining in ability and is making the use of her combat skills.

Class 1-A takes control

With Neito caged, Ochaco rushes to see if he used a Quirk on Izuku. It turns out that he can still use the Twin Impact Quirk from the cage. Shoda lands a punch on Mineta, claiming that “he can easily take him now he’s used to his moves.” Reiko Yanagi uses her Poltergeist Quirk to send pieces of metal at Mina. It all appears that Class 1-A is about to lose when Izuku grabs Hitoshi’s capture weapon pulling him forward. Ochaco then hits Reiko with a karate chop, knocking her out. She then pushes Yui Kodai onto Mineta’s Pop Off balls. Mina lands a devastating punch on Shoda and Izuku pins Hitoshi down.

The Promised Neverland Episode 3 Review – 181045

Krone’s creepy “daughter”

Wear are the tracking devices

The Promised Neverland’s third episode, 181045 introduces us to the character Krone. Before we get to learn about her the trio get together to discuss where their tracking devices might be. The most obvious question from the previous episode was the location of the tracking devices. Emma says she failed to locate any. They conclude that they should check the new baby, Carol. Later Emma does just that and locates a bump behind Carol’s ear. Of course this introduces new questions. Why does the bump disappear? My best guess is that they inject nano machines into their bloodstream. Regardless, the trio later discuss the possibility that destroying the trackers will only notify them, setting off some alarm.

The tracking devices

Creepy Krone

Krone is the new assistant of Isabella. Krone tries to ingratiate herself to Isabella, but she’s not interested in “lip service.” Isabella reveals that she knows that Emma and Norman know the secret. Her plan isn’t to follow the rules, but hide this fact from the “higher-ups.” At this point we learn that Krone is a bit mentally unstable. She decides that she will use this to “capture the children who know the secret and report Isabella’s violation,” getting her fired. She says all this while holding a creepy baby doll she seems to believe is her daughter. The introduction of Krone has increased the pressure on the trio. Simultaneously, it has also increased danger to Isabella.

One of Krone’s many expressions

One step forward, two step back

Ray reminds Emma that their biggest problem is that the younger children are a “hindrance.” Emma’s plan is to teach the kid’s through playing tag. Using tag as a training method is clever. She simultaneously can train their minds and bodies, all while under the noses of Isabella and Krone. However, Krone quickly undermines this when she plays tag with them. She’s able to track down the younger kids with lures. Krone exposes one problem, Emma’s compassion makes her a weak link. She reveals that Norman weakness is his psychical body, Ray’s is that he’s “a little quick to give up.” She tells Emma that if she “saw the harvest the other day,” she’s on her side. Krone captures Emma, but fails to capture Ray and Norman before the time runs out.

Gilda the traitor?

A traitor among them

After she loses at tag, Krone notes the trio and a fourth child, 10 year old Gilda. Visually, she is depicted as different from the others. I might be heavy handed, but it’s still effective. This episode has positioned Gilda as more important. The difficulty here is that children are naive by nature and the one person they’re likely to trust absolutely is Mom. Emma, Ray and Norman have to break this trust or trick the children. Ray figures out that there might be a traitor among the children. Could it be that Gilda is the traitor? This series loves playing mind games, I think this might be one of them.

Emma realizing the possibility that there’s a traitor

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My Hero Academia Chapter 214 Review – Our Rebellious War

My Hero Academia chapter 214 everyone's still battling

The fifth round continues

My Hero Academia Chapter 214, Our Rebellious War, Class 1-A faces Class 1-B. Vlad King and All Might are shocked that Eraserhead decided to let the match continue. Regardless, of the fact that Izuku has lost control over his Quirk. Eraserhead states that if he loses control again “he’ll stop it immediately and have Midoriya retire.” He believed that it was possible for Midoriya to be stopped with his Quirk as well. All Might asks “why.” Aizawa says that “all combatants still feel determined to fight out till their very last breath.”

Jumping Mineta! Grape Pinky Combo

The result’s of Hitoshi’s training

Izuku and Hitoshi face off against each other. Hitoshi uses his “Capturing Weapon” similar to the on used by Shota Aizawa, he bests Izuku by pulling him off the building. Ochaco is shocked that Izuku lost a battle of strength. Izuku is afraid to use his Quirk now that it has gone haywire. Hitoshi uses his capturing weapon again, but Izuku grabs it pulling himself towards him. Hitoshi charges at Izuku, he remembers his training with Shota. It took five years for him to master the Capturing Weapon, but he states that it shouldn’t take Hitoshi that long. He uses the Capture Weapon to pull down pipes surrounding them, forcing Izuku to use his Black Whip Quirk.

Midoriya vs Hitoshi

Neito Monoma uses One for All

Monoma is one of the most annoying characters in My Hero Academia. He can be funny, but he’s largely an nuisance. However, his Quirk (Copy) allows him to duplicate and use another’s Quirk. He supposedly is able to the Quirk he copies in it’s entirety, the only downside is that there’s a five minute time limit. So it was surprising that he didn’t seem to “copy” the One for All Quirk completely. Obviously, we just learned that One for All is more that just one Quirk, but a combination of six. Neito seem unable to use it to any effect. Maybe, the One for All Quirk is just to complicated to be used by Neito or because he just copies the basic of the Quirks, not the stockpiled powers.


Izuku Midoriya 1/8 Figure — My Hero Academia

Izuku Midoriya 1/8 Figure -- My Hero Academia - JList

This is a cool 1/8 figure of Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia, courtesy of Chara-ani and Kadokawa. Based on an illustration of Deku, showing him off in his super hero costume and battle pose. Fans will love the amazing details of this figure and Deku’s intense face. A nice figure to add to your My Hero Academia collection.

Eden Zero Chapter 28 Review – New Companions

Chapter 28 cover

The chronopage eats planet Norma. Sister Ivry says that the “chronopage” is the “law of the cosmos. so there’s nothing that can be done.” Witch tells them that “1200 years of guilist’s time was devoured.” Therefore none of the people left behind could have survived. Rebecca thanks everyone for rescuing her, she then has flashbacks of her terrible experience and begins to cry. Shiki also cries as he has “imagined losing one his friends.”

Valkyrie and Hermit are missing

Witch and Sister Ivry discuss Shiki. Witch notes that he’s the boy that their Master Ziggy brought back with him. Sister Ivry notes how much he has grown. Eden Zero is still short two members, Valkyrie and Hermit. Witch reveals that she doesn’t know the location of the two members. However, Homura is revealed to be the apprentice of Valkyrie. She claims to be searching for her master. Told of the strength of the Demon King was great by her master, she wishes to fight Shiki.

Weisz Steiner finally joins the team after wasting his time pretending that he didn’t want to. We are introduced into to Mosco, a machine that does chores on Edens Zero. He was a former mercenary from Rogue Out. He has a weird button on his belly that features the words “don’t push,” above it.

Colonel Jaguar

The Interstellar Union Army calculates that “less than 10% survived the chronopage.” Victory doesn’t care as most of the planets inhabitants were criminals. Justice still considers “a life a life.” Colonel Jaguar mentions that a “certain man was released into space.” One of the Six Galactic Warlords, Drakken Joe, Alchemist of Darkness. So far this series is still in the in the introduction phase. I’m enjoying it and have gotten use to the similar characters designs from Fairy Tail. Although, I do find the constant need of Shiki to befriend everyone to be a little annoying.

My Hero Academia Chapter 213 Review – The Soul’s Whereabouts

The Power of One for All

An unnamed former One For All wielder tells Izuku “not to give up.” He tells him that the black tendrils were a “manifestation of the previous One For All wielder’s Quirk,” Black Whip. The reason that it manifested was because ” Izuku was thinking about how he wanted to capture Neito Monoma, fitting the nature of the Quirk perfectly and so causing it to appear.” The Quirk factors ” of all the previous wielders have been inside One For All for a long time, just sitting inside the small core of the Quirk.” This Quirk is expanding, as the strength of One For All increases.

Izuku gets back to reality

Deku regains his composure. Ochaco explains that “Shinso used his Brainwashing to calm the power down, so there would be nothing to worry about anymore.” As they talk they’re attacked by Neito. Ochaco attacks him with Gunhead Martial Arts, Reiko uses her Poltergeist to throw screws and pieces of metal at Ochaco. She has to doge, giving Neito the chance to escape. Class 1-B regroups, but before they can refocus they’re attacked by Mina and Mineta. A melee breaks out between the five.

One for All’s true power

This chapter only moved the story a little, but the biggest revelation was the true nature of One For All. The assumption so far was that all it did was give Izuku a great amount of strength. Especially, considering that All Might only seemed to use his strength. However, All Might stated that he believed that “the ability to actually interact with previous users of One For All is exclusive to Midoriya.” If what the previous wielder said was true that “the quirk factors of previous holders have merged with the core of One For All and there are six other quirks that Izuku will manifest,” then One for All will change drastically. Through the development of One For All I think we’ll get a greater understanding of the previous holders and their Quirks.

Source: bokunoheroacademia.wikia.com

One Piece Chapter 930 Review – Ebisu Town

Zoro in Ebisu Town

Zoro arrives to Ebisu Town, where he’s greeted pleasantly by the starving residents. Each of them mentions how hungry and malnourished they are while smiling. Yasu tells him that “since humans have been blessed with the gift of laughter, it would be wasteful not to use it.” They citizens mention that Ushimitsu Kozo arrived last night. Kozo is a thief that steals from the rich to give to the poor. His motives are unclear.

Big Mom arrive for Luffy

Big Mom arrives

In a surprising turn, Big Mom and her pirates arrive at Onigashima searching for Luffy. Having tied carp to her ship, they’re being pull up the waterfall. Kiado, demands that his subordinates stop them. Fearing an “All out war,” Kiado grows more fearful of Big Mom causing trouble. King arrive in the form of pteranodon using his Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon. He causes the ship of Big Mom to flip over, sending her into the sea. Obviously, Big Mom won’t meet her end her. However, being a devil fruit user she can’t swim, I wonder if her children can save her.

Big Mom falls into the sea

Sanji and his Raid Suit

In the Flower Capital, Law, Sanji, Usopp and Franky are fleeing the Beast Pirates as they try to find Sanji. Law discourages Franky from fighting sighting it’s risks. However, when a woman is under attack from Page One in his spinosaurus form. He demands that they call out to Sangoro and they do so. The civilians flee before Hawkins and Drake arrive, however, Sanji prepares to use his Raid Suit as it protects him from injury and will conceal his identity.

Oda has found a convenient way to get Sanji to use the suit that he refused to use before. It seems like Kiado’s subordinates are going to have dinosaur devil fruit abilities. Considering the vast variety of dinosaur species Kiado may have many Ancient Zoan-type devil fruit users. So far we have only seen three, X Drake, Allosaurus, Page One, Spinosaurus and King, Pteranodon. They’re all aligned with the Beast Pirates. This chapter is the rare one that didn’t feature Luffy at all. This arc does feel that it’s rushed , there’s so many characters both new and old that it can be difficult to focus. Regardless, another great chapter.

Dr. Stone will get a novel on February 4

Art by Boichi

Ichio Morimoto’s novel Dr. Stone Hoshi no Yume, Chi no Uta will be released on February 4th. Based on the manga series by Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s, Dr. Stone focuses on Taiju Oki, Senku Ishigami and Yuzuriha Ogawa as they navigate the world after humanity is turned into stone. One story in the novel will focus on Senku during high school, before humanity was petrified. Another will focus on several characters after the pertrification, as they join a band using handmade instruments.

Shueisha published the 8th volume in December and a 9th volume is expected to be released in February. Viz Media published on it’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The series will get an anime adaptation in July this year. The series is described as:

One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone! His science-loving friend Senku’s been up and running for a few months and he’s got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!

Viz Media

Source: ANN

Eiichiro Oda claims One Piece is near it’s end

One Piece vol. 90 cover

Eiichiro Oda the creator of One Piece, revealed that the manga series is “near” it’s ending, while on the Honma dekka!? program. He claims that One Piece is going to run “just over 100 volumes.” Most volumes are 10 chapters long and One Piece is currently at it’s 90th volume. What does “just over mean,” exactly, we can’t really know. However, if you do the math between volume 81-90 it seems that 10 volumes take about 2 years.

Oda also stated that he had “thought about the manga’s ending since he was still in college.” Furthermore, if a fan was able to predict the ending he would “change the ending.” The shows host, Sanma Akashiya, asked Oda if the One Piece “treasure” was “family bonds.” Oda replied “No, I hate that kind of thing.” Many fans wonder if the treasure isn’t really something of substance like gold or something that psychically real.

Oda seems to feel that not giving a “real” treasure is “really dissatisfying.” I glad that the One Piece treasure isn’t something like “hope,” or the adventure is the treasure. In a July 2016 interview, Oda claimed that he had finished 65% of the series. However, OnePiece.com columnist Greg Werner believe’s that fans should put in less stock into Oda’s claims as the series will “continue for some time” and he tends to tell stories that are “tongue-in-cheek and for the shock value.”

Source: ANN

Eden’s Zero Chapter 26 Review – Two Sisters

Sister Ivry, one of the four shining stars faces off against her impostor Sister. In a flashback we see that Weisz and Homura freed her from a machine that sealed her powers. With a chronophage heading towards them on planet Guilst, everyone begins to panic preparing to flee. Jinn asks Sister who Ivry is. According, to Ivry she arrived to this planet a decade ago, when she was captured by ” a bunch of freaks.”

Waking up connected to a machine, where she has been trapped every since. She realized that someone was impersonating her and using her powers without her consent. Sister seems to be sincerely ashamed of what she did. I truly believed her and how she simply “fell,” into becoming the leader of the Rogue Out mercenary group. That said I wasn’t buying the whole “I would give you the your powers back,” nonsense. She was clearly benefiting from steal Ivry powers and identity.

Sister Ivry is having none of it. She basically starts stomping on Sister’s head. Weisz informs them that they need to leave. Ivry notices Shiki, noting that he’s “seems weak for a Demon King.” Before leaving with Shiki, she finishes her unfinished mission using her Dispel Driver, restoring all the stoned people back to normal. Sister asks Jinn to “save her,” but he steps on her head calling her a “liar.” He believed that she could help his sister Kleene, but she betrayed him. As the chronophage heads for Guilst, Rebecca states that she won’t leave without Shiki.

The crew on Eden Zero expands with the addition of Sister Ivry. This chapter was really good, Sister Ivry is short tempered but is grateful for Shiki’s team aiding. The “sexy nun,” thing is a little juvenile but I can live with it. While, a lot of these characters still look like there from Fairy Tail, the art is great and this series is coming into it’s own.