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 Pirate Crew Tag

First I would like to thank Merlin Musings for tagging me. I’ve seen this tag around for a while and was wonder if someone would tag me. Lynn Sheridan is credited with creating this tag. The tag is inspired of course by One Piece. Regardless, Let’s get to my crew:

The Rules

  1. Display the My Pirate Crew logo and add ‘My Pirate Crew’ as a tag.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Link back to the original post here (so I can compare your crews to mine).
  4. Select seven anime characters and give them a position on the crew. These are the positions you can to fill. Warrior, sniper, chef, doctor, scientist, navigator, strategist, mechanic, entertainer.
  5. Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
  6. Set sail and rule the seas!

My Crew

The Navigator – Hyuga Neji

Neji is a member of the Hyuga clan. As a prodigy, Neji is highly intelligent. The reason I have chose him for my navigator is simple, the Byakugan. The Byakugan grants the user a ” near 360º diameter field of vision” and the ability to see over 20 kilometers away, along with vision that can “can penetrate through any solid objects or obstructions.” I think this ability makes him a perfect navigator.


The Chef – Brock

Brock from Pokemon is the former Pewter City Gym Leader. The eldest of nine children, which his absentee father left him in the care of, Brock is known for his domestic abilities. He’s a caretaker at heart, good at sewing, cleaning and of course cooking. He’s also capable of creating food for animals, which could be helpful.


The Entertainer – Mako Mankanshoku

Mako is hyperactive, fearless, silly and funny. She also manages to be lazy with all that energy that result in a clash of personality traits. Mako was the primary source of humor in the Kill la Kill. She can also be quite dramatic and interrupt moments of seriousness.


The Mechanic – Duo Maxwell

Duo is the pilot of the XXXG-01 Gundam Deathscythe. Duo is an expert at communication and computer based work. As a member of the Sweeper Group, Duo loved “tinker with scrap metal and junk computer bits.” His talent is undeniable.


The Sniper – Yoko Littner

Yoko is a member of Team Dai-Gurren in the anime Gurren Lagann. She’s often armed with a range of firearms including a “long range sniper rifle.” She’s a skilled marksman with her rifle, able to hit weak spots from large distances. She has also shown the ability to hit moving targets during high conflict battles.


The Strategists – Shikamaru Nara

Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200. He’s able to quickly calculate the limits of his opponents and his allies to create or determine complicated strategies. He’s able to keep track of the location of everyone relative to everything else. He studies behavior of enemies, Shikamaru is able to think ten moves ahead of his opponents.


The Doctor – Sakura Haruno

Sakura has been blessed with Chakra control that has seen her acquire massive strength and Medical Ninjutsu. Sakura is able to heal almost any injury. Sakura’s proficiency in medical ninjutsu is extremely rare. She can extract poisons, as well perform surgeries without a instruments. She’s also able to create poison antidotes effortlessly. Her medical skills ” extends to more standard medicine as well, enabling her to perform autopsies and examine cells with a knowledge of genetics.” She’s even created her own Military Rations Pills.


The Scientists – Kisuke Urahara

Kisuke is a former Captain of the 12th Division. He’s also the founder and first President of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute (S.R.D.I). Kisuke has developed many inventions, is able to equipment such as his “holographic computer interface.” He responsible for creating the most “amazing” thing in Soul Society. He has managed to create new inventions quickly. He’s a highly capable chemist and medic.


The Warrior – Broly

I’m choosing the new Broly, as the original one was a bit insane. Regardless, Broly is a saiyan with near limitless power. As a member of the saiyan race he’s a born warrior. They aim to become the strongest in the universe, they’re built for fighting. Most notable when a saiyan survives a near death experience they grow even stronger. Broly is the ultimate warrior.


Nominations:

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 20: What is an anime argument that you absolutely hate hearing?

Sakura Haruno is useless

Sakura Haruno or Sakura Uchiha is one of the most hated anime characters. Being in a shonen series that focuses on battle, Sakura is “useless” in battle early in the series. However, in Naruto strength isn’t the only thing that matters (at least early in the series). In Part 1 of the series Sakura’s physical prowess is limited. Sakura’s particular talent that surpassed even Sasuke and of course Naruto was her intellect and her chakra control. During the Chunin exams Sakura is smart enough to both realize that the ten questions are too difficult for most genin’s and answer them.

During the second stage of the Chunin exam, after Oorochimaru gives Sasuke the curse mark, she watches Naruto and Sasuke all night as they’re lie unconscious. She valiantly tries to save her teammates despite being clearly over powered and out numbered. Obviously, Rock Lee aids her, and later team 10, but if Sakura had more power I think critics would have cheered her more. In anime, many fans only seem to value power with courage, not power without it. For this reason Sakura’s attempt to save her teammates goes unappreciated.

In Part 2, Sakura really begins to show her skills. While, the characters in Naruto become better Sakura’s is arguably the most improved (Ino maybe close). She and Naruto face off against Kakashi in another bell test. During this test Sakura first shows her massive strength when she uses her Cherry Blossom Impact. A skill that makes use of her chakra control to devastating effect. When she and the rest of team 7 arrive to Suna when Gaara is kidnapped, she is quickly able to remove the poison found in Kankuro, heal him and create an antidote, which no Sand ninja was able to do.

Sakura’s best presentation of her fighting prowess is her battle with Chiyo against Sasori. Chiyo initially takes the lead in this fight using Sakura as a human puppet, making great use of her super strength. This method continues to prove effective once Sasori uses the third Kazekage’s iron sand ability. However, with Chiyo being one armed her effectiveness as a puppeteer is decreased. During this battle Chiyo notes that Sakura is able to “see through the attack patterns of Sasori,” she is able to deduce the pattern of his fingers and hands.

Even Sasori is impressed with her ability to both fight against him and create an antidote for his complicated poison. Finally, Sakura during the Fourth Shinobi World War is an important medic keeping the allied forces alive. Sakura uses the “Strength of a Hundred Seal,” she spent three years storing chakra a feat that is difficult due to the level of chakra control required. When Naruto is in danger of death, it’s Sakura that saves his life. When her medical ninjutsu fails, she “makes an incision in Naruto’s chest and manually pumps his heart to keep him alive while pleading for him to live because he is close to achieving his dream.” Ask yourself, What would happen if Naruto had died? 

Look, Sakura isn’t without her flaws. She was pretty annoying in the beginning of the series, and she treated both Naruto and Rock Lee poorly. While, she was completely useless during battle, she was helpful intellectually and displayed courage. I found her love of Sasuke, who was abusive and tried to KILL her TWICE was ridiculous. However, if you hold that against her keep in mind that Naruto is just as bad in this regard. Her value was never in battle anyway. While it’s undeniable that a in Shonen series, battles are the most important, so Sakura was inherently going to become a secondary character.

Many Sakura haters compare her power to Sasuke and Naruto, they ignore the fact that unlike, Sasuke born with the privilege of having a Sharingan and the curse seal and Naruto given half the Nine-tails chakra as an infant, She was given none of these advantages, but mastered difficult medial ninjutsu and saved many lives. A lot of people seemed to believe that Sakura’s abilities are somehow unearned because we didn’t get to see all her training.

However, we don’t see most of Sasuke’s training or even Naruto’s during the time skip. I think this is mostly a negative bias. Sakura’s transformation from the beginning of the series, both personality wise and ability wise changed more than anyone and she had to work with less than her teammates. She was important to keep the alliance alive during the war. She should be lauded, not decried.

Weekly Shonen (04/23/15)

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Chapter 784

Gear Fourth

The citizens of Dressrosa, begin to flee as the cage begins to close in on them. The buildings begin to be dragged by the strings of the cage. Baby 5 and the Colosseum gladiators take notice of the shrinking “Birdcage”. Sai tells the gladiators “to get the fallen gladiators back on their feet“. While Viola, Hack, and Usopp climb down from the King’s Plateau, she notices how the birdcage shifts towards Doflamingo. Viola then releases that the King’s Plateau, will also get caught in the birdcage.

Zoro runs off to “stop the Birdcage“, shocking Kin’emon and Kanjuro. The dwarves managed to stitch Law’s arm back on, hoping that it will heal correctly. Cavendish then tells Law that “when he was in the Underground Trading Port, he had realized that if Luffy and Law managed to defeat Doflamingo, the effects would be felt all over the world and the two of them would become the center of the storm“, and Law replies that “that’s what they are after“.

010-011Meanwhile, on the rooftop of the palace, Luffy activates Four Gear. He then uses “Muscle Balloon”, then covers his arm in Busoshoku Haki and blows into it. His muscle begins to inflated and causing his arm to grow. Luffy body increases in size, Doflamingo notes that Luffy has “put on a little weight“. Luffy activates Gear Fourth Bound Man, Doflamingo mocks Luffy’s new look. He comments that Luffy “is getting desperate“. Luffy replies that “for two years he was fighting wild beast while  training on Rusukaina, this form was necessary to subdue the beasts on it into submission“.

Doflamingo states “that he is still confused“, as Luffy’s fist sinks into his body. Luffy strikes Doflamingo, with a massive force that sends Doflamingo flying through the streets of Dressrosa. Doflamingo sees Luffy flying down towards him, Luffy quickly reappears next to Doflamingo as he “dropkicks”, him with Gomu Gomu no Rhino. The citizens are shocked at Luffy’s power. Doflamingo flies through several buildings. Luffy quickly arrives and attacks with Gomu Gomu no Culverin Cannon.

012-013However, Doflamingo manages to dodge this attack, and counters with Athlete Thread. This kick is completely useless as he can’t damage Luffy’s rubber body. Luffy deflects Doflamingo, managing to land a punch in the face of Doflamingo. This is what I’ve been waiting for. This EPIC chapter got me so excited. Doflamingo is finally getting what he deserved, a beat-down at the hands of Monkey D. Luffy.  Gear Fourth is on a whole new level, I just can’t wait till the next chapter (in two weeks). ODA. KEEP. IT. UP. JUST EPIC.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+1

Uchiha Sarada

This chapter begins with Shino Aburame explaining to his class that “the time has finally come, the week of the academy’s graduation exam”. The majority of the class voice their views on the tests, Shikadai Nara feels the test is”annoying“. Cho Cho Akimichi comments that “she’ll be all for the test if she could shed a few pounds“. Inojin Yamanaka, doesn’t like the “cavalier” attitudes of his teammates. Sarada Uchiha is apprehensive about the test and the concept of becoming a ninja at all.

Sarada Uchiha walks home with Chocho Akimichi, she is revealed to be jealous over all her classmates training with their fathers. Inojin Yamanaka gets drawing lessons from his father Sai. Meanwhile, Boruto Uzumaki plays “hide-and-seek” with a clone of his father the “Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki”. Shikadai Nara and his father Shikamaru Nara arrive, and Shikamaru lectures Boruto about his father job . Sarada regrets “never having seen her own father Sasuke Uchiha her whole life“.

011212At home, Sarada questions her mother Sakura Haruno on if her father “needed glasses like her“. Sakura can’t seem to remember, Sarada questions her parents’ marriage, stating that their relationship. She says that their marriage is “not just a little weird, but abso-fucking-lutely, crazy weird“, causing Sakura to violently lash out. Sakura relaxes and apologies, but destroys their house and faints. Sarada drops her mother off with Shizune.

However, Sarada picks up the picture from the rubble of her home before, Sarada discovers that the picture is fake. She notices that Karin (who looks like her), causing Sarada to question her parents marriage and her own parentage. Meanwhile, Sasuke seems to be returning to Konoha. I’m not surprised that Kishimoto is using manga to publicize the final naruto movie. It’s unclear how many chapter’s there will be but I’ve enjoyed this chapter.

0813456789The two aspects of this chapter that stuck out for me is ChoCho and Sarada. Chocho’s humor and personality I find to be the most appealing. It might become grading over time, but so far she’s my favorite in the manga. Sasuke being an absentee father is completely understandable, he doesn’t seem to be the type to be doting. However, NEVER meeting your own daughter is a bit extreme. I though he turned a corner, but I guess he hasn’t. Sarada is an interesting character, her ignorance of the Uchiha clan and her “daddy issues” intrigued me.

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Bleach

Chapter 624

The Fang

Aizen recovers from the attack from NaNaNa, Shunsui asks “has the feeling already returned to your body“. Aizen responds that “if you are going to kill me, now is the time“. After noting that “NaNaNa’s attack only managed to keep Aizen down for five minutes“, Shunsui tells Aizen to “stay here until they have the doors prepared”,  prompting Aizen to note that “the ones who stopped him will be entering the palace before he can before stating Ichigo is a man who is very hard to forgive“.

06456789Meanwhile, Ichigo is awakened by Yoruichi. He wonders “why he is the only one who passed out“. He flashes back to when he manages to stop and crush Uryu’s Heilig Pfeil as Orihime catches him, when Kon emerges from Ichigo’s pocket causing Ichigo to fall unconscious.Yoruichi’s, arm is restored by Orihime, asks the group if they are “ready for their counter attack“. Ichigo wonders “how they will get up there“, Yoruichi tells someone to “come out”, prompting a Garganta to open revealing Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez inside.

Let’s face it only ONE thing really interesting occurred in this chapter, the return of Grimmjow. Many fans of Bleach, have anticipated the return of of Grimmjow. His reveal is satisfying, but unsurprising. I’m excited about his appearance and hope that his obvious power increase is enough. With Aizen and now Grimmjow both returning to the series, Bleach continues to get more interesting.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 4

30 Day Anime Challenge

Favorite Female Anime Character Ever

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Sakura Haruno

Most female characters in anime are generally secondary. This also true of Sakura Haruno. She always had potential to be a great kunoichi (female ninja), but it took her until just recently to achieve that potential. For some reason I’ve always loved medic type characters and Sakura  is one of the best medic in Naruto. Sakura has always wanted to get stronger as she became tired of being protected.  She has a fiery personality and had a crush on Sasuke Uchiha. She was trained by Tsunade the strongest kunoichi, although Sakura may have surpassed her. With medical skills, fearlessness and massive strength Sakura is hands down my favorite.

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Sakura Haruno