Following the successful end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Konohagakure has been enjoying a period of peace, prosperity, and extraordinary technological advancement. This is all due to the efforts of the Allied Shinobi Forces and the village's Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki. Now resembling a modern metropolis, Konohagakure has changed, particularly the life of a shinobi. Under the watchful eye of Naruto and his old comrades, a new generation of shinobi has stepped up to learn the ways of the ninja.
Boruto Uzumaki is often the center of attention as the son of the Seventh Hokage. Despite having inherited Naruto's boisterous and stubborn demeanor, Boruto is considered a prodigy and is able to unleash his potential with the help of supportive friends and family. Unfortunately, this has only worsened his arrogance and his desire to surpass Naruto which, along with his father's busy lifestyle, has strained their relationship. However, a sinister force brewing within the village may threaten Boruto's carefree life.
New friends and familiar faces join Boruto as a new story begins in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
#1: "Baton Road (バトンロード)" by KANA-BOON (eps 1-26) #2: "OVER" by Little Glee Monster (eps 27-51) #3: "It's all in the game" by Qyoto (eps 52-?)
#1: "Dreamy Journey (ドリーミージャーニー)" by The Peggies (eps 1-13) #2: "Sayonara Moon Town (サヨナラムーンタウン)" by Scenarioart (eps 14-26) #3: "Boku wa Hashiritsuzukeru (僕は走り続ける)" by Melofloat (メロフロート) (eps 27-39) #4: "Denshin Tamashii (デンシンタマシイ)" by Game Jikkyousha Wakuwaku Band (eps 40-51) #5: "Kachou Fuugetsu (花鳥風月)" by Coala Mode. (eps 52-?)
EDIT: I've decided to update you guys on what I think of Boruto now that it's been 9 months since I first wrote the review. Currently the anime is 55 episodes in.
Masashi Kishimoto didn't spend the last twenty years putting the cast we love through hell - time after time - to create yet another bleak and hopeless world. Peace is, finally, upon Konoha. It's a modern world, and it is damn beautiful to see. So, this is where we begin.
This isn't another Naruto. So, the fans should stop comparing. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a great, and, different continuation. There's a
refreshing slice of life element to it because the world is finally at peace. Let's enjoy it for a moment or two. It has the same core that made Naruto special. It can go dark when it needs to, and it did several times. However, it's still early.
Boruto's anime’s chief director, Noriyuki Abe, said so himself.
"As the story advances you’ll be able to see the serious and dark side of the world that has been drawn in “Naruto, ” but in the early stages it is a school drama with ninja action. This story will be focused on the development of the ninjutsu loving children even as they get lost about the future"
I've enjoyed it so far - as I said - Most episodes from the first arc have a nice slice of life twist to it, and it's only natural as it was meant to reintroduce us to this new and different world. But this is where most fans will stop and judge the series after seeing so little from something that's building for the long run. It's been one arc, that had incredible heartwarming moments filled with nostalgia mixed, with great scenes for characters that we rarely got the chance to shine in the original series. It's not meant to be taken seriously from the get go. Unfortunately, most anime fans nowadays won't tolerate anything more than 25 episodes. So, I'm not surprised to see the backlash. To each his own, but judge it fairly.
55 episodes in and I'm loving Boruto even more - Yes, we've had a few weak episodes here and there - and the pacing isn't all that but we've made it. We're finally into the actual storyline and it is damn brilliant. Finally adapting the iconic Chunin Exams - and seeing a shift in tone - just adds to the greatness of the series. There's now a sense of mystery. Where the first 50 episodes were hit and miss, evey thing from now on we'll be consistently great.
One of the biggest criticisms of Boruto is the slice of life feel of the series - I actually really enjoy it. It adds so much weight to each scene and I'm so attached to the characters because of those episodes. Remember the new generation knows only of peace - I'm glad we got to see that, especially as an old school Naruto fan. He did it. Naruto did it. He brought peace and stability to the village. With the series taking a more series and dark path (I read the manga it'll get there soon) - It was great to actually see them enjoying life cause that'll soon change.
If you're one of those that think "But we've seen it in the movie" - I urge you to keep watching. It wont be the same. It's based on Kishimoto's original draft and we've already got introduced to new major characters that'll completely change the future of Boruto. It feels different.
Boruto adapting the movie is key. It establishes the foundations for the future of the anime. It could've been done earlier but we're here now.
As a manga reader, I promise you everything that'll come next is worthy of the Naruto Universe and it stands on it's own as a damn good series. Remember it is not a comparison - Boruto is different - but with the new shift in tone and the current arc being action packed - I urge fans who aren't sure to try.
If you're interested to read the manga - Please do check out my review for it.
If you're on the fence and reluctant to sit through the first 50 episodes - due it's heavy reliance on slice of life moments - Which I believe is crucial - You can skip most of them. Get in touch with me and I'll hit you up with the most important episodes if you'd like. But don't give up on the series! Every episode from 50 onwards is damn great and the current arc will be a game changer!
Yikes, just yikes. Because of my love for Naruto I really tried to delude myself into thinking this show wasn't that bad. But really, what else is there to say about Boruto other than it's an utter disgrace. Like most others I wanted to watch this show because I'm sentimental when it comes to Naruto, making it that much worse of a betrayal. "Wow brotato chip you're sounding pretty salty." Ding Ding Ding we have a winner!
To say the show reeks of a money grab is an understatement. Like driving without a steering wheel, the show has no direction. To begin the show they
try to reel you in with a spoiler that is so ludicrous that it gets to the point where it almost tarnishes the image of Naruto.
Story: Not much to say, there is no plot. You really can't analyze any kind of story here because it just doesn't exist. We thought the shinobi world would be slower after Naruto but nobody even has a goal or purpose in life anymore. There's no driving force for any individual, village, or nation. There is one character in the show that has a goal and a purpose (Sarada Uchiha).
Characters: The whole idea of the hokage stamping papers 24/7 was funny in Naruto but they took it way too far in Boruto. The only thing we've seen Naruto do is stamping papers. They took this to the point where Naruto is a terrible father who is completely absent at home and just sends shadow clones for important family matters, such as his kids birthday. Truly disgusting and disgraceful.
Almost all of the main characters are the exact copies of the characters from Naruto. They all have the same appearance, personality, justsu, etc. The only slight difference between the main cast and their parents is a different name. Writing does not get more lazy than that ladies and gentlemen.
The show has no story, no action, no comedy, yada yada yada. It is the epitome of cheap trash, milking the hearts of anime fans until they look like shriveled old hags like Lady Tsunade. When there is no drug in existence that can make this show funny or entertaining in any way, you know there's a problem.
I would much rather prefer to have a show that is constantly on hiatus, but has exceptional writing and a story that is thrilling, intelligent, and compelling like Hunter x Hunter. Boruto/Naruto should've just taken a page out of the Yu Yu Hakusho handbook and ended it on a high note. Instead we are given a show that makes a mockery of anime.
Overall/Enjoyment: If I try to find any silver lining it is Sarada Uchiha who is the only interesting character and provides the only chance for Boruto to have a story in the future. Unfortunately, I don't think that's gona happen. I cannot further emphasize that unless you wana have your intelligence insulted and to bear witness to the metaphorical manifestation of Boruto/Kishimoto spitting on Naruto's grave, stay away!
I'll offer this parting quote from the great Billy Madison as my condolences. Kishimoto listen: "What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
The first 12 episodes were okay, interesting characters, though everything took a bit long to progress. The older characters are still cool imo, though they could use some more screen time.
Episode 13 and 14 were awesome, Boruto's eye was cool, animations were good, sometimes a bit sloppy but nothing too notable. I found episode 14 really enjoyable.
Animations are pretty good overall, as i said sometimes a bit sloppy but nothing too notable.
KANA-BOON IS BACK!!! Baton Road is amazing, the first ending was pretty good but the second one is even better.
Boruto is pretty interesting, his eye is still kind of
a mystery as in I don't know what it can do except for seeing the "ghost". Sumire is really interesting as well, at first I thought she was kinda boring, a nice character but just nothing too special except for the panicking moments which I loved. Though after episode 13 that changed, I love her character development.
Mitsuki is really dense or he acts that way for a reason. I always thought he was Toneri's kid cause he kinda looks like him. The rest of the characters are okay too they just haven't had much screen time yet.
Nothing much to say about it, I love watching Boruto.
Why? Now what really gets me here is everyone complaining about boruto, we get it. there is no one that can take Naruto's spot, people say hes annoying And if he is all the more reason to give Character a Higher Rating, Hes a bit spoiled and has a free pass from his dad OF COURSE he is going to be annoying at first that is how they want you to view him. 21 episodes is not enough time for development in this type of show.
Why? Look at the past years of anime, look at how far they have come there really is no
problem very clean well shaded great effects etc, of course there are a few shows or movies that do it better but the artwork is outstanding for this type of show
Why? I mean of course they cannot record millions of new samples for there 1000+ hours of content its just not realistic, but the sounds they do use are mastered (explosions have some thickness) voices are well matched and really no problem
Side note: the Intro and Definitely the 2nd ending both amazingly catchy and beautiful
Why? now this is The most subjective rating but The Reviews on the show itself are nonsensical considering 95% of anime could be grouped how some of these people group this show if you have a terrible biased. most crying about how Its just not the same. still first episode had a great hook, they have a good mix of side story main story, serious to funny, all wrapped up in a great message. overall fun to watch.
Why? As I said Overall fun to watch Great sounds, great art, great fights,
Great hooks, They Still Can Make me count down the days to the next episode. Slowly Feeding you info and letting the fans uncover a whole new story, letting them connect with old characters and reminisce on there past adventure. Highly addictive.