Written by Shiggins
My friends... Today is a dark day.
I like Naruto. No. No, I love Naruto. I adore Naruto. I didn't despise Chapter 700, nor do I believe almost half the "interviews" that fans/haters have claimed Kishimoto has done to degrade his own series. I've read all the chapters. And I've enjoyed almost all of the chapters. So when the series instantly jumped into the next generation, I started to sigh. I liked that Naruto ended where it should have, so having a sequel felt pointless. And now that it has officially begun in manga form, I can now say that "pointless" was not the right word. The word I would rather use is... painful.
|The pain has already begun... That or it's my inevitable stroke finally happening.|
Our chapter begins with a flash-forward, where a villain who is trying way too hard to look like a villain stands atop the ruined face of Naruto's Hokage statue in the mountain. Boruto is wounded, but he refuses to fall to this "Kawaki". Declaring the age of the ninja as over, Kawaki promises to send Boruto to meet his father. Boruto stands up and announces himself as a ninja proudly, before we go back in time to... well, to before this happened basically. It's not made clear how far back this is.
Boruto is our narrator now, saying he hates ninjas and that includes his father, Naruto, who is known as the 7th Hokage. Boruto instantly endears himself as an annoying little shit by saying how this is his story and his dad is a part of it, whether he likes it or not. Boruto is rebelling against his father for not giving him enough attention, which he full-heartedly admits in his narration.
|Oh hey, it's one of the Brady Bunch! ...Wait, that's meant to be Hinata?! *vomits*|
Boruto goes out, passing his mother Hinata as he does, and goes to knock out a panda with the other members of his team; Sarada Uchiha and Mitsuki. Boruto uses Kage Bushin, Mitsuki uses Gomu Gomu and Sarada is blocked by Boruto before she can cry out her mother's catchphrase and use her own jutsu. Mitsuki says it looks like Boruto could be destined to become Hokage, which clearly annoys Sarada.
We then see Konohamaru use... Shikamaru's Shadow Bind jutsu to trap the panda. Konohamaru reveals that he was using a gadget prototype that contains tiny scrolls with jutsu inside them, for him to use at will. In fact, even those without chakra can use it! Konohamaru also shows that this can be used to literally fire a Rasengan like a bullet.
|Sakura's only contribution to the chapter. Oh and also... *vomits*|
Next is Naruto, who is conducting an interview on tv (no seriously), while also using many other Shadow Clones to carry out several tasks around the village. Boruto and his team arrive at Naruto's Hokage office where the real Naruto is, This following scene is fairly obnoxious, with Naruto demanding respect and terms while Boruto is being casual and gloating. And I will talk about this later but for now, this part ends with Boruto threatening Naruto to show up at Himawari's birthday party.
|This might actually be the most rage-inducing panel in the entire chapter.|
Also, the scientist Katasuke enters and asks if Naruto will allow the use of his gadget (that we saw Konohamaru use earlier) during the Chuunin Exams. Naruto refuses. Boruto then meets up with Katasuke and gets a game from him, but tells him he refuses to take part in the Chuunin Exams. Next up is a brief and boring scene featuring the next Shika-Ino-Cho group as they appear to be blackmailed by their mothers into taking part. And since I don't really care, moving on.
Boruto is now playing his game with Shikadai and Inojin, when Sarada and Mitsuki arrive to ask him to take part in the Chuunin Exams because it can only be done in 3-man teams. Sarada wants to become Hokage but Boruto doesn't give a crap. It's also shown that Boruto was using a game with cheats in it to be better. So... great protagonist so far!
Using his dad as a psychological weapon, Sarada convinces Boruto to take part in the Chuunin Exams. The trio briefly mention Sasuke, who Naruto has said is like the "other 7th Hokage". Mitsuki is about to answer their question about his parents (see my earlier Naruto review for info on that), but Himawari appears and is excited for her birthday party. Boruto smiles and heads off with her and Hinata.
|Well... I mean, he's not really wrong. Naruto has time for a tv interview, so it's not like he's that busy.|
The party begins at home, with Naruto making an appearance. Everything seems good, until suddenly "Naruto" pops, revealing he was a shadow clone the whole time. Hinata tries to calm down Boruto, saying Naruto is just putting the village's own needs above his own, but Boruto is pissed. Hinata starts to cry, unable to convince Boruto that being a Hokage is a good thing and Boruto leaves the room.
Back at the office, Naruto feels guilty and Shikamaru tells Naruto he should get some rest. This scene seems pointless though because we later see Naruto never left his office. Boruto enters a room, that I think is Naruto's spare room, and sees the old Naruto uniform from Part 1. In his anger, Boruto throws it out of the window. The doorbell rings and Boruto angrily goes to punch who he thinks is his dad ringing it, but it turns out to be Sasuke.
|Oh? Who is that? He must be.... OH MY *VOMITS*|
After Hinata appears to tell Sasuke that Naruto is at the office, Boruto is now in awe to see his dad's old rival in the flesh. Sasuke heads off to Naruto, finding the uniform along the way. He gives Naruto a scroll "from Kaguya's castle", but not even Sasuke's Sharingan can decipher it. Sasuke then gives Naruto the uniform and says Boruto looks exactly like him, but Naruto disagrees and says he's probably more like Sasuke. Naruto admittedly doesn't think Boruto is like either of them, but Sasuke disagrees.
While walking through the streets, Boruto suddenly throws shuriken stars at Sasuke. Sasuke disappears, reappears behind him, and trips him up. Boruto gets back up and asks Sasuke to let him be his disciple so he can surpass someone, who is obviously his dad.
|Was it ever explained why Sasuke or Nagato can't turn their Rinnegan eyes off? I know Madara could do it, so I was just curious.|
I should point out that I haven't seen the Boruto movie, but what I do know about it seems to be repeated here. It looks like the film has now become a starting point for this manga, as opposed to being "it's own thing". So I'm not going to connect my opinion of this chapter to the movie in any way.
|Most accurate panel of the entire chapter, which is made more true by the giant skyscrapers in the background!|
Anyway, let's get this problem out the way first. This chapter is ugly. The characters' faces are pudgy, with exaggerated eyelashes and stupidly large lips. Sasuke has curls, and not one character looks like their original selves. Half the time, they don't even look like the way they were drawn just a few pages ago! I've seen unpaid fan-made chapters online with far more appropriate and bearable content. I'm not comparing this art style to Naruto's. I'm comparing this art style to every manga I've read, and it just comes up bitter in my mouth.
Boruto is annoying! I felt this way back when I read the Sarada Gaiden chapters, but I didn't mind so much because the focus was on Sarada herself. Now however, Boruto is front and centre, and he's bad. He's really bad. During this chapter, he whines, pouts and does literally nothing to make himself likeable, which would be fine if he wasn't meant to be our main protagonist. Of course, maybe Boruto is such a shit because Naruto has basically become the ultimate ass!
WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO NARUTO?! A protagonist we all adored, as he went through issues and loneliness to become the Hokage, and never wanted to abandon his friends because the bonds he shared with them meant so much to the boy who never experienced them before, has now become the absolute biggest prick I've ever seen!
Naruto, the guy who chased down Sasuke to the end of the Earth because he never had family or friends, didn't go to his daughter's birthday?! He doesn't give his son any time or attention, but he's got time to have a clone sit in a fucking tv interview or carry shopping?! Are you fucking kidding me?! This makes no sense! Yes, Naruto dreamed of being Hokage his whole life, but he didn't dream of abandoning his family as well, did he? This turn would be interesting, if it was done in a sympathetic manner, but it isn't. Naruto is not only being devoted to the Hokage role, but he's treating his son like he's nothing. "Konohamaru, what are you teaching this boy? Boruto, you must address me as 7th or Hokage". You must suck my cock, Naruto Uzumaki.
So in the end, who am I supposed to root for? Boruto, the ultimate cheater who is as pathetically whiny as a typical anime/manga hater, or Naruto who is... not Naruto anymore? My verdict, I'm rooting for nobody. I'm not reading this shit because I have nobody I want to read. None of the characters are who they once were, in either face or personality. This is an awful sequel to an amazing series, worsened by the knowledge that this is probably canon now and we have to accept it.
NOTE: I don't give a fuck what you read on Tumblr or Reddit or whatever. I don't care what "Kishimoto said this in an interview" or "I heard that his assistants don't like the ending" or whatever. The only thing I care about is what is put on the page in front of me. Even if the interviews you read are true, it doesn't matter. At all. If Kishimoto said Naruto was half-monkey in an interview, I don't care unless it's in the chapter. So... just letting you know before you comment about what you read online that is not a manga chapter. Thanks, babes.
Manga Rating: 0.5/5
Best Part: N/A
Worst Part: This exists and does nothing but nearly insult the very characters it claims to be writing.
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