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.
Boruto is a trainwreck. I can't believe that it took me 31 episodes before I finally accepted how awful it is.
Boruto tries to capitalise on Naruto nostalgia but has nothing going for it.
The characters are lacklustre at best. The animation is atrocious half of the time and there is zero plot development. It feels like the story is just bumbling on and skipping any of the episodes will have resulted in me missing nothing.
Boruto (the character) is the worst part of it all. As the main character, 80% of his identity is the fact that he "hates" his dad, Naruto. The fight scenes are
all boring to watch with no real cost to their outcome and kids who aren't even genin yet beat jounin level shinobi constantly.
As someone who's watched Naruto and Naruto Shipudden, I have to say I'm disappointed.
It took me 40 episodes to realize that whatever the first Naruto had, Boruto lacks completely. This show is as much of a disappointment as a sequel to the original, as it is as a stand alone show.
PLOT - Dreadfully slow. The plot has had no real development since the first episode, nothing really happens. It's just this slice of life bullshit that doesn't build character at all, just random missions. The fact that the Genin-level main cast can deal with Chuunin-Jounin level shinobi on a frequent basis is just awful writing.
ART - If there was saving
grace for this show, it's the art. The animation is good, colorful and vivid, worthy for a Shonen anime.
SOUND - Nothing to write home about. The music is just there to complement the animation but none of the soundtracks remain in the memory after the episode ends.
CHARACTERS - Atrocious copies of the former cast. Boruto is a poor excuse for a main character. An entitled, whiny brat that hates his father. That's the whole shtick Boruto has got going on for himself. The same goes for the other kids with the only exception being Mitsuki who is kinda interesting.
VERDICT - Save yourself the time and skip this poor excuse of a sequel
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations follows the Naruto series much like one generation follows the next; the series and it's elements have been passed like a torch to the children of the series.
The opening statement for this review should be that the main audience this show is meant to appeal to is not the prior Naruto audience. This anime has tasked itself with appealing to two different audiences; the prior generation whom followed Naruto Uzumaki and the current generation who will now be following our new protagonist Boruto Uzumaki.
Boruto Uzumaki is a solemnly different character than Naruto was; he's spoiled both in the sense
of material wealth and in his ease of acceptance by the village. He does not bear the same burdens that Naruto did as a child, and for this reason he has troubles with entitlement and acting, for lack of better phrasing, "bratty." But, with this said I do not think the show lacks in proper characterization or character development. Boruto is a child, and he acts as such. He lives in a modernized version of the ninja world; one where there's abundant peace, computers, video games, and a lessening need for the occupation of ninja. Boruto (at this present point in the series) does not know struggle; what he does know is that his father's work is keeping his father away from him, and having shared happy experiences with Naruto prior to his inauguration as Hokage he is bothered by this fact.
Boruto acts very much as a child would in this situation. He meddles, and causes trouble; but still bears many of the same traits as Naruto (being someone who is there to help others). He's simply living a different young life than Naruto; and for this reason expresses the same traits Naruto did at a young age but for different reasons. In other words he acts up due to lack of attention from his father; rather than a lack of attention from the village.
What makes this show interesting to watch is this very characterization. It gives a chance to those of us who have followed Naruto through his journey to see how his child acts; whom knows little of his journey because he was not there himself. It gives us a chance to see how these new ninja students live in a modernized world that's in a state of peace. It allows us to again watch Boruto grow and change; much like Naruto did, but with a different start and a different end.
Boruto is meant to appeal to the new generation; someone they can follow and admire. The current generation likely does not know of Naruto's accomplishments or has not followed the series, and so they can echo the sentiments of Boruto - they don't know the story. This anime gives both the prior viewers a chance to follow Naruto as he learns to be a father and Hokage; but also serves the purpose of showing the current viewers Boruto's journey - which will likely contain the same character development Naruto did.
Having been a heavy advocate of the Naruto series, and having watched the entirety of it; I enjoy Boruto. I fully recognize that Boruto is not a show made for me, but rather for the kids of the current generation. I think the characterization of the children is done well, and they bear enough resemblance to their parents whilst expressing unique traits from their different lifestyle growing up that it makes sense. I'm interested to see the series progress with a mix of enjoying the company of my own hero, Naruto; and seeing how the new children develop into fine ninja as well.
Boruto is a follow-up to the Naruto series that I can advocate. It knocks at modernism as we see skyscrapers accrue, to-be ninja playing game consoles, and clothes which were prior tattered and torn after training (such as those worn by ninja students) looking pristine and clean. It gives us a chance to follow another story of growth, hardship, and much more; and for that I'm excited. It's the next generation of Naruto, and I'm looking forward to seeing where we are headed.
I am one of the few people who have stuck it out until the story actually got good (i'm up to ep.44 currently). I think a lot of people have prematurely judged this anime and made assumptions that are totally unfair.
I am an original Naruto fan and I am loving it thus far. Yes, it was difficult to first engage because it is different and was slow moving at the beginning but I can fault many popular anime for similar things.
The characters are familiar yet different from the originals. They are fun and full of variety. A good job has been done in modifying
the Shinobi world. The music has been renewed and modified and works perfectly with the action sequences etc. The art is simplistic and lacking but I think that comes with budgeting for a big show. I'm not too disappointed by the art as this anime doesn't aim to bedazzle audience through the animation style. It's more about the story and characters and renewing a nostalgic story while attempting to introduce it to a new audience/generation.
Not everyone will like it but I sure do and I think's it's worth a watch. Though if you don't want to put up with the slow beginning and you are familiar with the characters and past story, I suggest watching from around episode 20. (But you must watch ep. 1, it's kinda important). There is much more I'd love to say about this anime but I'll leave the rest up to you. If you wanna chat though, feel free!
- RyTeOn Out!
I like thus continuation of naruto shippuden. There is no shortage of good new characters
The series has not really started yet but it has the potential to surpass naruto & naruto shippuden.
Boruto is more responsible and heroic in the anime than the manga, it's a change to the better in my opinion.
For some reason i really look forward to the next episode, this is usually not the case when i watch anime, it's hard for me to get into an anime, maybe it helps that i watched shippuden before starting to watch this.
It's not very common the writers has
the balls to start something new with an existing concept but it worked well with digimon and it worked well with this series too, i actually like Naruto better as an adult.
After watching 35 episodes: i do miss the maturity shippuden and naruto had(blood and torture), the guiden arc had some of it but after that it has been too family friendly for my taste, while there hasn't been many bad episodes this far there hasn't been anything really spectacular either.
It still to early to judge this anime, they are using a lot of screentime to show off the different characters, it's slower pased than the original naruto where several people where killed within the first 20 episodes.
It's all to obv that most people who have seen the first few episodes of Baruto has never seen the original Naruto show. This show does exactly what Naruto did, and that is build fucking character, you don't go straight into the action of killing people off and such before you even fucking know who everyone is. so many bad reviews from people who never got to learn about Naruto as a kid before he became cool, so many episodes in the beginning of Naruto with no action, then a little and then for a long time non. it's the same deal here, so we
know they are serious about building the world of Baruto, while also making sure that everyone is not just doll husks with no actual impact on the whole premise. A true Naruto fan could never wish for more than this, so sad to see MAL be run over by children. sadly it's been like this for a long time now. so if you have a problem leave, and let the adults enjoy there childhood ones again.
All of these 'die hard naruto' fans watching the first few episodes and giving it a shit rating, lmao makes me laugh. I've watched the whole Naruto series twice and have watched Boruto up to the 24th episode currently and ive got to say its not even that bad, i actually enjoy it.
Yes the first few episodes may of been slow and slice of life, but the producer wanted it to be chilled out for the first few, he wanted to make the series appeal to the younger generation too, lmao people giving it a 1/10 rating need to get that pole outta their asses.
The show gets quite interesting maybe 7 or 8 episodes in, people expect it to be action packed from the start but they're honestly just too ignorant.
Tbh i like what the producers have done, there are few cons here and there but nearly all anime have their cons, if you're a Naruto fan and are willing to sit through the first few slice of life episodes youll probably enjoy it when the real plot kicks in, don't let all these tight arsed harsh reviews weigh you down, its an alright anime
True story...I save the new episode of this show each week for a night that i’m Not feeling very tired but really need to get to sleep...if that doesn’t tell you enough, feel free to read on!!!
I’m just going to get straight to the point,because this show at its current point (37 episodes in), is bad. It’s hard to write a review without drawing comparisons to Naruto, so I’ll get that out of the way quickly. As a stand-alone show without any previous knowledge of Naruto and his generation, this is a 2 at best. I feel like seeing the grown up
versions of Narutos era bumps it to a 3 or 4. I find myself cringing when the old generation isn’t around, and getting excited during the few minutes that they actually show up for. For now, until this series does something...anything...I would recommend a hard pass. It feels like a giant filler in a world that I just cannot seem to care about anymore. The new characters, the new generation, are either direct copies of their parents, yet somehow seemingly much worse, or just agonizing when they’re on the screen (boruto). None of the stories have been intereresting in the least, and the things replicated from Naruto, such as the genin exams,have been horribly anti climatic and beyond boring. The episode plots are very generic and are created with the intent of shoving friendship and teamwork down your throat. Naruto had a lot of the same principles, but it was a lot more creative in getting there.
Something needs to change for this show to become exciting. With Naruto you had troubled children growing up, many parentless, in a world rattled by war and terrorized by beasts. Being a ninja meant a chance to help their village survive, and everything that happened was important and exciting. In this new world, somehow only 15 years advanced but everyone runs around with handheld games...., you have a bunch of seemingly spoiled children, who take what their parents did for granted, and act like little jerks (boruto). I hate to say it but the world will have to move past Naruto and Sasuke for there to really ever be that serious threat like with the akatsuki, madara, and the 4th ninja war. Those two are too powerful, and unless it wants to just be a dimension hopping, new super bad guy comes out of a portal type show, those 2 and a few others have to die...
That being said, if this show wants to continue being a new age, happy go lucky, ninja snob fest then I think it’s worth a skip. If it wants to head back into its roots as a ninja/action drama, then a lot needs to happen. It could absolutely turn itself around and become a good show. If it does, I’ll update this if anyone reads it. If not, skip this and don’t look back.
I think it's second time i really had to write a review on MAL.
After watching 34 episodes now. I reaaally dont understand why there are any ratings/reviews with score more than 4/5 (there are many 10/10... Wait, what?). It's not about if you like where the series went or now. This show is just bad. It's really hard to point any good sides of it.
As watching end of shippuden (won't comment it) i felt like it was different from what Kishimoto was planning to do on the end. And 'Next Generations' wasn't in his mind for sure~
I really would like to know his honest opinion
about this show.
For me, nearly every episode of this show was on the level of average bad filler in last "two seasons" (i really don't want to call it a third one... but for sake of that i'll do it), because story and animations are rather on the same level. But even if so, the thing i hate the most in this anime is its overflowing idiocy. "Nakama power", changing facts, really stupid "plot armor" things... few eg.:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LITTLE SPOILERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like Sarada few weeks after getting Sharingan, she was already use it like "Copying Ninja Kakashi" in his might..... (oh, and fights against one char
Or stuff like because of plot suddenly Hogake (aka strongest shinobi) can't do **** against 'powerful' monster, when his son is able to easly fight him (oh, and that monster became their pet) (and wasn't it because beast could absorb chakra? if so, anyone remember Boruto's movie? anyone?).
Or again weak Naruto wasn't able in Tailed Beast Mode catch some small jumping weakling, he needed actually sarada's help - PLOT.
Well, mainly whole thread about Shin was bad... (anyone thinks as me that Sakura is actually doing something aaand is stronger than Naruto now?)
Boruto and Sarada being able to fight (without much training, time of peace, main subject in that season... still in school) against group of assasins (whole country's level, killing political enemies, planing to make a revolt~) with Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist's swords who were actually able to fight against mizukage (probably he was suddenly weak as Naruto.... those kages, right?)
and much more~
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I understand that making friened from litterally everyone was Naruto's thing. But somehow it doesnt do the trick here. Maybe it's from fact that, as someone said, he is most annoying character in the show, and with all other flaws. it's becoming next irritating thing. Next to flat characters, no story, bad animations~
There is not too much to say here. After bad spoiler (copy of the one from start of shippuden, for me it was worst part of second season and they used it) which tries to bait us to watch next 600-700 episodes and spoiling something that probably doesn't contain any story behind it, just clear info with who boruto will fight, anime leaves us with mostly not-related episodes (max long threads go for few episodes), what with connection with flat characters makes it not worth watching. You really can leave those and still dont lose nearly anything from the story.
Again i can't say anything good about this part too. Without few scenes from all episodes which had some deepth in it, animation is somewhere on level of fillers. Some episodes even reminds me those buddget animes with everytime same plot like "main hero gets to new school, see girl's underwear, she wants duel with him (she is also strongest in school), and suddenly she realize he is really strong new one"ish. I'll even dare to say that even if old, i think i prefere art style from first season.
Probably the only one thing that's good in this show. Mainly soundtrack isn't on high level and doesn't make you want to hear it again and again like in Naruto's case (eg. Emergence of Talents) (quickly becomes boring, not so emotional), but Openings and Endings are really great and it's something i added to my mp3 list on my phone.
I think the same thing as MAL's rating system's comment behind number 1 - Pathetic.
How i said, all characters all just flat and even if building story by some events like that in first season worked, they forgot to add anything to their characteristics. It's just shapeless mass. Episodes just jump from random school or other events feeling us with forgetable things. Sarada is the only one person that still keeps me 'watching' this show.
Enjo.... what? is that delicious? As i wateched pretty many animes already and never actually drop one, lately Boruto's episodes takes me around 5min to watch, because i'm skipping in moments when "too boringm turn it off" feeling cames back. Really trying my best here :C
Because this is a lowest possible one.
I see what are they trying to do, without much idea for universum, just milking it. It's alike to the situation of Star Wars right now. Just throwing memories, characters very well known to watchers, just to keep them watching (without even trying because, fans will watch it anyway, right?), while making it 'kids friendly'/stupid/colorful (only light colors)/easy to watch (choose one) just to lure new fans, Which is probably the thing i hate the most.
I don't give this anime a chance for becoming better with time. Especially because while for now copying and using memories characters of first two seasons works. It wont work forever. There will be time when in Naruto, they used all gathered memories and hero's expierience for heroic moments etc., Boruto will have no ground to stand on.
As a fan, not from 2002, but as big as such, I'm really scared about what they are going to do with breaking the rules of universum. How Sarada will get the EMS (c'mon, it's sure thing, but impossible to achive by her now). And I'm sure for now they will continue to stuff that big filler under name "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations" with remembered characters. And i can asure they will introduce us some new Uchiha (too good stuff to not to use it) or coming back to other well known characters (don't even dare to use Jiraya, Itachi or Shizui D: ), and i can asure you it won't be good as well.
But it's going off the review so on the end, I'm going to say to watch few episodes, and develop your own opinion, but you should know it is something you won't be able to unsee~
With a sadness and need to watch first Naruto again - StarAlone
As continuation: 2
As fantasy genre, if you forget about Boruto being continuation: 4
As shonen genre: 3
Current episodes are CANON! All episodes, manga, some of the fillers, 2 movies, books and novels are canon in ninja world becouse it was affirmed by author. Very minor spoilers in this review for Boruto, clearly stated start and end of one minor spoiler for Naruto.
And no, the scores will not change even if the series become let`s say 200 episodes long. Too much is destroyed already, and introducing action will close and remove the possibility of correcting poorly done peaceful background. Also it
will create uneven pace of story. And it will be so, as we can see from the scene at the beginning of anime.
I was one of the people who defended the idea of Naruto`s world evolving into „modern”, peaceful setting, because I `m aware that peaceful world has it`s own tragedies including, but not limited to mafia, gangs, poverty, psychological illnesses and disorders stemming from less then perfect conditions in which young people of modern world live. 15 years after war was a good place to show how older people cope with baggage from their childhoods and war. It was also a place to show problems of younger generation fighting for their own dreams, against new kinds of troubles, in conditions created by older generation. And aberrations of modern world.
First part of review concerns this anime as continuation of Naruto, second as “fantasy/slice of life” which it is.
There is no logic behind construction of this world, especially looking at the origins. In any aspect. It is disney. Older generation is fully stable, without any disorders from past events, living in harmonious relationships, including people badly scarred and closed in emotional field. Yes, they also have families. All of them. And very happy ones. I mean this.
Destroyed rules of fight (spoilers for Naruto):
There was great construction of power in Naruto, which meant that we were never sure if ninja rated 20 in terms of abilities (databooks) would kill ninja rated 10. Example? All genins of sasuke rescue mission were about 10, apart from Neji. Their enemies - 20. Genins were able to stop/kill stronger ninjas, despite power imbalance, by actually sacrificing their own lives. Weaker ninja fighting in far distance had a chance against close distance fighting stronger ninja. The elements were weak against one, and stronger against another. And so on.
End of spoilers for Naruto.
There is no such thing in Boruto. Overpowered pre-genins fight with older ninjas using elemental techniques incorporating various elements. Older, random ninja are able to wield legendary artifacts and lose to overpowered pre-genins. And this was most ambitious fight of the series so far. Tactics, planning your move do not exist (think about fights with akatsuki and long fights in Naruto, showing the characters of opponents). Also annoying disneyish rule that every time sth is supposed to harm you, you will be safed in last minute. In Naruto you were coughing up blood, and crawling on the ground before that happened. It removed any tension.
Destroyed “getting better at your chosen field” theme.
We don`t see how they become so strong. They do not train.
Destroyed world (swapped with bleak default background):
“Modern” mean homogenous according to creators. And it is not end, because if you read manga, you can sense foreboding of sci-fi elements. The surroundings are tame and predictable. The forced “threats” (when they exist) absolutely forced, out of blue and beneath overpowered pre-genins. They introduced science as another measure and way of life to choose, but so far, we only know, that the second measure is present, and we are closing on episodes constructing the world. So far it is not explained.
As fantasy genre, if you forget about Boruto being continuation:
World: we land in peaceful city without cars, set in green forest. Communication, public transport, television, telebims, computers and so on do exist. The world is not original, because it rides coattails of older series. However, there are no distinguishing features to this world compared to other anime series, only lack of thereof.
So maybe the strength lies in story? Unfortunately not.
The children have something close to elemental magical power which they use as they see fit. They spend their time being at school, school trips and at home. They are not driven to achieve their aims/goals. They don`t have them. At one point they state their aims. And go back to their routine. There are no obstacles to fight against, and they live in perfect environment. Also the children are incredibly strong. We do not see their training. So far for “shonen” genre. We got also lack of purpose in their lives which is unusual even for slice of life. Not to mention modern real life. Adults are living their perfect lives - do not watch older series, if you don`t want to measure your capacity of incredolusness looking at scarred, emotionally closed characters being ideal parents.
The characters are pre-genin, incredibly strong. The fights are short, and do not require tactics. There is no suspense behind fights becouse the spirit of fight is disneyish - no tactics, simply exchange of fire; there is no construction of power known from older series. We got two rules: main characters win without destroying their hair style, and every time when something is to harm them, their friends will intervene. Characters are the strongest part of the show. Authors learned from the Sakura mistake. So far they are not annoying, but we can`t say much about them becouse they weren`t tested out by any meaningful event. Too bad I`m one of the people who are impossible to get bribed this way. I value the story and the world the most. I don`t care much about quality of animation; I take notice of style. There is no great soundtrack as it was with Naruto. No memorable melody. Animation quality is ok, similar to Naruto`s nice style.
If you have too much time and hadn`t seen older series, you may try it. Don`t watch old series or Boruto will lose any taste for you. May you find any enjoyment. If you saw older series, stay the heck away. And remember in both cases, that manga is ... and is bound to get animated.
Actually this series was needed because when shippuden ended it actually never mentioned anything about kaguya's history. I mean to say the story of Kaguya's ancestors where she came from by now it is known that she never came from the moon ,so in short the mother of the okutsuki clan needs to be explained in this story like what is her ancestorial history and what are her origins and like momoshiki are there any one like them, by seeing momoshiki we think he is of the same origins as of kaguya but whether they are yet friends or foes yet to be known
and most important part of it is why this beings are collecting the tailed beast to revive the ten tails and where did that tree came from from which kaguya ate a fruit and became strong also why did kaguya formed an army of zetsu's from did she wanted to protect her sons from. This part was unanswered by kishimoto this part needs to be answered in this series.
Secondly after watching 14 episodes as of now the story of the foundation formed by danzo who were gone missing after danzo's death was answered and how did they wanted to avenge their outcast from the village was pretty much thoughtful and the character of boruto I would say is 70% Itachi 20% hinata and 10% Naruto and people who are complaining his annoyance I would say to them that Naruto before timeskip was much more annoyable and he used to do some straightfoward fighting which was brute force which he used with his 100s of shadowclones and got beaten every time had no self respect so he never ever really respected the teachers and nonetheless his fighting was very much awful I mean we all cheered for him when he did something out of the way and his never die attitude but seriously he acted like a wimp before the time skip.
Whereas in Boruto's case he never ceases to amaze people who are complaining how kids can produce so much chakra then please check any eye doctor they aren't very good with chakras so they instead they are well developed in taijutsu skills such as Boruto he cannot produce 100s of shadow clones like his father but he can with his limitation he somehow developed his taijutsu skills while sarada developed her shuriken jutsu like her uncle itachi so they are fun to watch and for this time we actually have a mc who acts like a real shinobi not like Naruto rushing everywhere without any guidance and those who think kids can't develop too much chakras remember itachi he was a jonin at age of only 7 . We never saw the age of kakkashi and itachi or even shisui very closely since they were not mc but we found out that those batches were much more skilled than the Naruto generation because some of them became jonins before arriving their 10th birthday so case in point batches differs you people are saying that because either yo haven't seen Naruto full or you guys are dumb Naruto harcore fans who sometimes even thought Naruto was real.
Lastly the people who are saying that Boruto isn't as thrilling as Naruto since in the beginning there is no zabuza or orochimaru like characters of course there will be no character like that remember its peacetime now thanks to Naruto and Kakkashi and since orochimaru involving himself and helping aid the injured in the fourth war, his sins were mercy by kakkashi and Naruto so there is no imminent threat like that so in order to establish a threat it has to be extraterrestrial like momoshiki or inside the village like the foundation whose outcome has been shown in 14 episodes there is another threat which may come from the villages itself sort of mentioned by kishimoto , its kind of an uprising between the powerful and powerless I mean between the shinobis and non shinobis that could effect the moral of the whole Naruto world if you keep that in mind you would understand why it was told by Boruto in the 1st episode that the age shinobi is overwith saying that keep watching Boruto it will get darker after some episodes I mean Kishimoto also mentioned it
UNBIASED HONEST REVIEW OF THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ANIME
Story 1 - Pathetic - Right now it's all filler with one actual kind of good arch from the Naruto Gaiden Manga, however, it follows Sarada Uchiha, and Boruto isn't in the arch at all. It's funny that at 33 episodes in the best arch in the Boruto anime is an arch without Boruto in it. Not because boruto is bad, but because literally everything else is filler. The Sarada arch is the only thing that's actually good because it's Naruto canon based on the Naruto gaiden manga, but it's still filler in this anime, because
while it's Narutoverse canon it's not Boruto canon and this anime is Boruto, not Naruto. The reason for all the filler is because they want to wait to let the manga get further ahead. Even with the good Sarada arch, I guarantee you that years later when newcomers ask us old folks who started watching from the beginning, for a filler list, we will tell them that the first 100 episodes +/- are all filler and you can literally start watching on ep. 101 without missing a thing, because that's when the anime literally starts. Honestly, why they didn't just decide to wait a year to let the manga get ahead is beyond my understanding, but w/e. The story score is subject to change given future non filler episodes, but right now because the show is 100% filler it gets a score of 1 - Pathetic, which is one more point than any filler episode from any anime deserves.
Art 8 - Very Good - The art and animation is really good. Not much more to say here except that the anime is petty and the characters movements are what we expect from a Narutoverse anime.
Sound 6 - Fair - Sound is good. Sound effects/folly's are good. The ost however is not so good. Pretty much a copy paste from Naruto and no real new songs as far as in episode songs are concerned. Idc about intro and outro songs because I skip all that anyways, it's just filler imo. So with sound effects being good and ots being mediocre I split the difference at 6 - fair.
Character 6 - Fair - The characters are fun, and the only upside about the filler is we get to see the characters build relationships with each other. The only problem is that this relationship building takes place in filler episodes that everyone will skip in the future and therefore no one will see the character building that goes on here in the filler. Also, you can only watch so many character-backstory-interaction-relationship-building episodes before you want to pull your hair out and get on to an actual canon story arch.
Enjoyment 4.5 - Decent - I enjoy it because I loved Naruto and generally enjoy anything in the Narutoverse. For this reason I would personally score my enjoyment and the likely enjoyment of Naruto fans at 6 - Fair. However, if I was coming to this anime cold, having never watched Naruto before, I feel the enjoyment would drop to 3 - Poor, because newbs would not be versed enough in the lore to know what's really going on, would not have any connection with this world and characters, and would likely be more turned off by the 100+/- filler episodes than a fanboy like me would. So, I split the difference and give it a 4.5 - Decent.
Overall 5 - Mediocre. This is the number I get when I average all the scores from the component parts, and for right now it about suits the anime. Right now Boruto is a Mediocre anime that you can skip. There is literally no reason to watch this anime until they decide to start doing canon episodes. Once the cannon episodes start to air, then my score is subject to change, but right now after watching 33 episodes of filler, you can skip this anime completely for now.
The series have changed to very childish mode at episodes around 25-31. Awful shit.... I really love seeing the old characthers and how they show of their mighty. And I wonder why the fuck the animation is much better quality when for example you see Naruto or Sasuke on screen and for example Sakura fighting against the Sharingan dude, but when Boruto and his friends are doing some shit or like some random Kagura is on screen the quality drops drastically.... I hope we get back on the track again and we see stuff that happened in the movie or something. Meanwhile we are stuck
at these fucking slow-paced fucktard characthers like Kagura is. At least include the Bridge called "Naruto" to the end of this arc FFS! And talk about how Naruto changed the village and now his own son came to fix a few things so the mist village stays in peace. I started watching the Black Clover resently and I actually wait for those new episodes more than this shit right now. And then there's the Attack On Titan season 2 of course (only watched like 2 episodes).
I've been watching Naruto since it first released. Besides the annoying fillers, the story is pretty much solid for a shounen anime/manga.
But Baruto, I just don't know. Just because Naruto was popular, they can't seem to let go of the profit and decided, "why won't we make a new batch of Naruto-like character calling them their children and make millions again. No need to advertise it, it can sail with Naruto's popularity already." And then Baruto came out.
Same old same old. And whatever Naruto's author did, somewhat has been all wash out. Naruto and Sasuke is not the strongest anymore, they're merely a shell of
the new "baddies". And just when you thought they're almost a "god".... No! They're not. Because Baruto and the others will surpass them.
For an anime who wanted to ride with Naruto's popularity. I don't think destroying the core of Naruto just to make Baruto better would make it "much better".
I can't find any of the characters here in Baruto as charming. The only thing I get is annoyance and irritation. The personality and characterization is over flawed, so shallow that you can't help but to bang your head on the nearest hard object and wish you could just forget permanently of what you have seen.
I don't really understand why Boruto is getting so much hate...
Here's my opinion of it.
The story of Boruto is slightly more boring than Naruto honestly but I enjoy it because it has absolutely no relation to Naruto whatsoever, it is not a continuation of Naruto which probably many thought it was, therefore the bad rep.
But, Boruto has its good parts and bad parts.
For one, the character development for Boruto is not the best but it certainly isn't the worst, it develops characters through the "eyes" of Boruto much like alot of other animes. Each character has their own character development.
In Boruto what I found
interesting was that each character had dark secrets they never share until Boruto gets them to tell their secrets. Boruto builds this sort of vibe among his peers which I found was similar to Naruto in which Naruto gets people to change from the most evil being to the guy that saved everyone's life.
Boruto has a similar thing going. Sometimes the show can be a bore because the war is over and there really isn't much to do except hunt down a few weak Rogue ninjas as missions or fight with peers for combat practice etc etc
Seeing all the old characters (Naruto) in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is quite interesting, they are overpowered as fuck just like in Naruto, Kakashi's generation were as overpowered. But, the sight of familiar faces with more developed and cooler powers is quite fascinating.
I really love the art style of Boruto it really brings out the modern, bright, colourful world that is Boruto. It's probably also how Boruto looks at the world, not as how it is but as how it could be...
I'm fucking quoting shit right now...
Not to mention character designs, some looks like their parents or a mix but pretty creative in a sense. Boruto has a totally different design from Naruto and Hinata. Well, a slight resemblance but not definite.
Anyways, the art brings in the "feels" and I personally enjoy it very much!
I love the music, the OP is very "happy" and suits the animation too!
An underrated anime. It doesn't have to be a continuation of Naruto... Boruto should have his own story, not one that is written off his father...
I think the writer is trying to make that, but not many seems to understand that.
I am personally a fan of this anime as I have loved all the naruto movies and episodes. It is starting off slow with the story slowly progressing along but I feel like after a little while it will become a popular anime just like naruto and be just as successful.
Naruto started off a little more fast paced than boruto but they did say that boruto was going to become a stronger shinobi than naruto so I believe it will get good very soon. I think that most people are just not giving it the chance it deserves because they were expecting it to be
like naruto but it is a different anime so I think everyone should give this anime a chance and wait for it to turn out good.