Boruto, Vol. 1: Naruto Next Generations Review

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The ninja adventures continue with Naruto’s son, Boruto!

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!

Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!

The new chapter in the Naruto saga focuses on the future generation. As we meet each of the new ninja we are reminded of their parents and their quirks. Sarada and Boruto are very much the opposite of their parents. Sarada wants to be Hokage, while Boruto simply wants to surpass his father. Though you can certainly find each of their parents traits in their looks and abilities.

Volume 1 takes off quickly after introducing us to the new generation. The very first scene is from the future where the village has been destroyed and Naruto may be dead. Boruto is fighting a villain that we have never met before. Boruto appears very battle worn with a unique tattoo that goes up his face. Though it quickly jumps back to the past and we begin training. Boruto ends up training with Sasuke, Sarada’s father. Which is ironic and fitting considering his ambitions. Boruto also begins to learn the rasengan with the help of Konohamaru.

As quickly as all that training began, we jump into the Chunin exams but things don’t end up going how everyone hoped as Boruto uses something he shouldn’t to pass round 2. The final chapter gives us some back story on Mitsuki and his origins. There are many memories and flashbacks I had reading this section as each of our main group of characters pass the first 2 rounds of the exam. Much like his father, it appears Boruto’s only real skill is his ability to produce solid shadow clones. We don’t yet know Boruto’s chakra levels to compare to his fathers. However, he certainly has the persistence and determination his father had as well.

The idea of using ninja tools to produce any ninjutsu you want feels like a cop out to me. It eliminates everything that made the original Naruto series so fun: the learning and training involved. Though at the same time the modernization of the series is something that was long needed as well.

Either way this is a great addition to the Naruto saga and worth catching if you are a fan of the original series. You can pickup your copy today over on Amazon.com

Robert Prentice