I never read Naruto so reading Boruto was going to be my first experience of Kishimoto Masashi’s style. I may do a post about my review of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden because that will be a very long review, not all of it good. If you’ve seen the animes, you know why.
The first chapter easily pulled me in and made me want to keep turning the page. Being familiar with the past events of Naruto and the war helps understand the characters better. However, enough is explained in little flash backs if you haven’t read about the previous generation. I was pleased to read that this wasn’t at all going to be like a repeat of Naruto. Boruto is clearly more naturally skilled than his father. His social skills are a lot better, too. School life is so much different for him since he doesn’t deal with the bully’s his father did. There’s a lot of fun banter between him and the rest of his three man team. There seems to be a deeper friendship and trust from the start, unlike how it was for Naruto when he and Sasuke couldn’t stand each other.
Personally, I found it cute how Sarada teases her mother about blushing over her Dad’s return. Maybe for some people they might find that unrealistic, but I’ve been with my husband for 5 years and he can still make me blush like a school girl. lol Since this is a next generation story, world building really isn’t needed since the world was already built with in Naruto. I’m able to enjoy Boruto’s story from the very beginning, without having to be bogged down with background and world building.
Although Boruto is a lot like his father, he’s still much different due to the different environment he’s being raised in. He has both of his parents, although, his father has been working so many long hours he’s neglected his son a bit and Boruto’s pissed about it. I found it endearing that he’s so protective of his sister and even lectured his dad about showing up to her birthday party. That was too cute. I’m a sucker for sibling bonds (like Fullmetal Alchemist!). Broke my heart though when he thought his dad was there for his sister when his clone disappeared while bringing the cake to the table. Just…ouch! That stung. Really couldn’t blame the kid for losing his shit.
Sasuke has become such an interesting character now. I still need to brush up on the end of Shippuden (yes, i havent finished it, but i did cheat and already watched the final movie LOL), but I like who he has become as a man and ninja. He got on my nerves a lot in both previous animes. Half the time I was face palming his attitude and groaning over Sakura’s obsession with him. That shifted quite a bit during Shippuden, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, I honestly did not see Sasuke becoming Boruto’s teacher. Not one bit but I like it. It seems fitting.
Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter is absolutely adorable. She seems to have her mother’s friendly charm (without the over the top whinyness thank god) and her father’s intelligence. I’m already shipping her and Boruto. Haha. There’s already a close bond there to begin with so I see that relationship blossoming quickly! She seems to be quite fond of him and I love how she wants to be the next Hokage!
I was surprised to see the Chunin exams introduced so early but I’m not complaining. It’s went fairly quickly, however, drawing it out wasn’t needed. When Boruto got presented that ninja device I knew it was going to go bad from the start. It made his pathway turn in a totally different direction than his father’s. It was quite the blow to have Naruto disqualify AND take away his status as a ninja in front of everyone. Skill wasn’t the issue in this story arc, it was the ability to be mentally prepared and believe in yourself. He wanted to win a little too badly.
When Naruto was taken away, I was scared at first that he was gonna die. I kept thinking, “Please don’t tell me you already killed off Naruto”. Thankfully he was fine but way to give me a bit of a heart attack! It would be nice for Naruto to at least grow old before he croaks! Having an enemy go after his 9 tailed beast seemed a tad redundant and the actual battle didn’t drag on as long as I thought it would. It wasn’t a bad battle, but it wasn’t as epic as I thought it could be. That’s okay, though, it was nice to see Naruto and Sasuke working together, as well as the other Kages. And that moment between Naruto and Boruto when creating that giant resingan? GAH! Brilliant!
Don’t have much of an opinion of the new friendship between Boruto and the rich kid. Seemed a tad cliche, a rich kid not having any friends but making one out of Boruto. I’m not really knocking it, but it’s been done before, ya know? The way they interact with each other is cute though and it brought out the softer side of Boruto. It really showed you why he has friends who care so much for him.
I will continue to review this manga as new chapters come out. Chapter 12 came out the other day and that took over a month so not sure how often it updates. If you know how often, please leave a comment so I can plan my blogging accordingly! Hehe. Thanks for reading!
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