Manga

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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Manga

First Impressions: Sahara the Flower Samurai

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Chapter 1: Sahara

Sahara is a new series from Shibata Yusaku, the former assistant of Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece. The art style is clearly inspired by Oda’s. The first chapter opens with our main protagonists, he’s starving and purchases a modest’s amount of food. When he begins to drink his water, he sees in the corner of his eye, two children. They appear to be hungry and our protagonists gives them his food without question.

He overhears a conflict between a child and a adult man, that appears to have attempted to rip the child off. A psychical conflict results in the child dropping a flower in a beaker. Our protagonists quickly returns the flower. The child is disappointed that he or she couldn’t get a ride out of town. Our protagonist uses his samurai sword, to extend what appears like a vine whip, wrapping around the tail of the departing plane.

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The child turns out to be a girl, surprising our main character. He inquire about her reason for traveling alone, she is apprehensive about sharing that information. While, they’re taking the airship is hijacked. Our protagonists informs the hijackers that his sword can’t really cut humans. The girls flower is taken by the head hijacker. He is excited about the potential to sell the flower for, “millions.” He also takes the ashes of the girls father.

He threatens to toss her father ashes from the airship, if she fails to answer his question regarding where she acquired the flower. She tells her captors that her father studied plant life, they don’t believe her, however. They plan on taking the girl, to help them search for more flowers. The main protagonists tells the captors that he doesn’t think that, “flowers don’t suit them.” The leader of the captors, orders his henchmen to “kill,” our protagonists.

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He easily dispatches the henchmen easily and the leader takes the girl hostage. She bits him and escapes, recovering her fathers ashes and the flower. However, she falls out of the airship. Our hero jumps out of the airship to save her, grabbing her and turning his sword into a flower like bush that helps in their descent to the ground. The henchmen wait while the mechanic fixes the airship. When it is repaired, they abandoned the former hostages, to be killed by monsters.

The airship is destroyed by a, giant automated warrior. Our protagonists sword changes to a third shape, as he attacks the giant warrior alone. He dodges the attack, and slashes the leg of the warrior. The leg begins to crumble, a flowering tree beings to grow as well. With each attack, flowers sprout where he hit. Unable to defeat the giant warrior, he switches his sword to the “Flower Swords.” He uses “Form of the morning glory,” tripping the giant. He then quickly shifts to,”Form of the dandelion,” finally transitioning to “Form of the Cherry Blossom.”

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A large cherry blossom tree sprouts, as the giant automated warrior is defeated. He introduces himself as Sanjuro Sahara and the girl introduces herself as Yae Tokiro. Yae and Sahara, decided that they will go on a journey together. Sahara makes a pledge to her promising to be her faithful guard. The inspiration with the art-style is clearly influenced by Oda.

I think this is a major plus, as I love great artwork in the manga I read. So far I like this series. It’s only one chapter, but the promise is there. It is interesting what types of enemies they’ll encounter. We already have seen the giant automated warrior, I wonder if he face a larger variety of enemies. The series is on it’s third chapter, you should begin reading this series, I recommend it. 

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Manga

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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