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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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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