Despite a promising first episode, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations fails to capture the charm of the original Naruto series.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a spin-off sequel to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, following his son, Boruto and his journey to find his own feet. Animated by Pierrot, the show features the original cast’s children, introducing the shinobi world to a younger audience.
As such, Boruto’s includes both old and new characters. The original cast are grown up, living their lives and trying to sustain peace: characters who were young adults in the original, Shino and Konohamaru, are now teachers at the ninja academy, where the series is mostly set in.
Fans of Naruto might be disappointed to hear that Boruto is so far more lighthearted than the original series. While the first twenty episodes of Naruto had its filler moments, most of what we’ve seen in Boruto is filler and fanservice. Five episodes in and we’ve yet to see Naruto’s team member and Sarada’s mother, Sakura, a character that played a significant role in the series. The new cast are fun and lovable though.
The first episode establishes Boruto’s journey and the other students’ personalities, with a comedic, adventurous tone. The overarching plot is of Boruto noticing he can see dark auras surrounding his friends when they’re troubled.
In the original Naruto we were introduced to Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke so we could familiarise ourselves with the core three before the show introduced the other young ninja; but here, we’re introduced to a ten-person group which can feel a bit overwhelming.
This show has a lot of potential, especially given the source material and universe available to it. According to AnimeNewsNetwork, Kishimoto wants Kodachi’s Boruto to surpass his own work and I truly want to believe it will as a long-running series. The teen cast aren’t very original but few of them, like Mitsuki, have potential for character development.
Fans deeply invested in the Naruto fandom will be entertained by seeing their favourite characters as adults, but if you’re looking for a series that captures the aesthetic and charm of the original series, you might be left slightly disappointed.
is currently available to stream on Animelab.
Hear more about Anime on The Anime Show podcast!
Download the app here: