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Boruto Monthly Manga Talkback (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'The Anime Forum' started by Neo Ultra Mike, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Neo Ultra Mike

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    Naruto the series may be over, but you can't keep a good ninja down. Or rather this series is still such a sales cow they'll continue finding ways of advancing it. We've already seen that with a special side series, some comedic one shots, and a movie dedicated to the next generation after the seventh Hokage, but now we're getting the next full on thing. A new Naruto manga. One that Mashashi Kishimoto is mostly just producing... except for the first chapter, out now, which has the origin of one of the more mysterious characters of this new generation. How's that go? Find out... in the spoiler review.


    Yeah guess whenever more chapters come out we'll talk about this series here so until then... talk whatever you want about the new Boruto series everyone.
     
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    The first regular chapter of Boruto has come out *looks around vacant thread* ... fine I guess I'll just be posting my thoughts on these chapters when they come out so yeah chapter 1 thoughts.

     
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    This manga is starting out by adapting the Boruto movie, which is definitely a letdown. Dragon Ball Super all over again.

    I found the art a bit jarring. It's similar to Kishimoto's in a lot of ways but doesn't quite match, so there's an uncanny valley effect going on there. I've never been a huge fan of Kishimoto's art, it was always a bit too clean and static for my liking, so I wish Ikemoto would go more with his own style than imitating Kishi.

    The flash forward to Boruto fighting Kawaki was intriguing at least, wonder how long it will take before we catch up to that.
     
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    Boruto chapter two is out and here are my thoughts on it.

     
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    Is it really coming out on monthly basis? It seems more like every 2 months? Also will this be just a short "money seller" or will we be able to enjoy Boruto it a little longer :)
     
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    My thoughts on Boruto chapter 3.

     
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    Boruto chapter 4 is out so here are my thoughts on it.... not putting in spoilers because I'm like the only one who comes to this thread anyway so just going to cut to the review.

    I could make complaints I have in previous chapters about "can we please focus on other characters more then Boruto?" I would of loved to have seen more of the various other battles especially with Sarada and Choucho and Shikdai and others then the little glimpses we get as honestly the battles in the Chunin exam round 3 were by far some of the best battles of Naruto and if any of the magic of Hinata vs Neji or Rock Lee vs Gaara or even Naruto vs Kiba could of been captured, that would of been worth seeing. I guess since this apparently is all based on the Boruto movie instead of an original plot that'd make more sense as a movie kind of has to keep a more narrow focus but again I honestly would of prefered getting much more time spent on building up these other new recruits who children of the main cast or not could make for some epic fights. But instead of that I'm going to instead focus on something else.

    I am possibly... almost close to liking Boruto.

    I still think the kid is annoying and honestly I don't feel bad for the ending where Naruto figures out he's cheating (I wonder why the proctors in the exame didn't notice that but remember these were the guys in the original Chunin Exam didn't notice when Orochimaru had disgusied himself like several times to watch what was happening or got instant sleep gased out so I suppose that fits. You think super genius Shikamaru would notice at least though) but since there's not as much of him just whining in this chapter and actually wanting to prove himself he makes for a compelling character. Him actually winning through his own skills in the first match actually being happy Naruto was proud of his success and saying his opponent's tagline was lame and not even remembering his name was actually a good moment for him. And quite honestly I do like how this time around Naruto is actually trying to be a more supportive parent actually seeing Boruto and congraulting him but then that turning around when he realized the kid is cheating. Of course with that planner guy and those mysterious people looking for the Fox chakra looks like we're going to be interrupted before that is given much focus anyway but it's honestly good character stuff. It is still weird how different these chunin exams feel from the ones from the first series but for the character moments we get here from Naruto and his Son, Naruto and Shikamaru and even Naruto and Sasuke it actually does flesh things out more. Plus knowing that the **** is about to go down next time really does amp up your curiousity on how it's going to play up which is always a good thing.

    I admit I still would want to see more from the other characters but finally coming around a bit on Boruto and the flow of this one did actually make me really dig it. I think since there was more characters in chapter 3 that was still better but again getting me to like Boruto more and finally him getting caught on his cheating were good moments and since I didn't see the Boruto movie looking forward onto how the rest of this pans out.
     
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    Thoughts on Boruto chapter 5 since it's out and again I'm the only one who comes here so no spoiler tags.

    I do like how with the Sarada mini series they are trying to parallel the kid's drama with the actual villain. There it was about cloning about genetics vs who actually raised and what exactly are you trying to pass down to your children. This is "you can't just use technology and cheating drugs to get strong. That is doing it the wrong way and makes your power not your own but simply a tool that says more wrong about you then right." I also like how we do get to see bits of the others trying to help clear out the stadium or take on the baddies like with Temari and Sakura and Gaara and Shikamaru (didn't see that Earth Kage do anything despite the other Kages helping out though so what's up with that?) though I again wish we got more from the kids. Did we really need to see Sarada so useless here needing to be saved by Sasuke and then later protected by Boruto and at least show she's not just another Sakura and can help herself? That's pretty lame. Though the actual build up of the villains walking around so easily at first and knocking away Naruto and taking Boruto's fake attacks and then seeing that giant energy ball they were forming at the end gave them a sense of intimidation especially if Naruto has to go all out with the nine tails for the first time in awhile so that stuff was good.

    Honestly not much else to say about this one as it's more of a "stuff actually went down and the action has started" sort of chapter. I did like the opening of Naruto wanting Boruto to be disqualified for cheating and Bortuo trying to drag their family drama out now that it's in the spot light but again quickly sidelined now that the action started. Same with the technology guy who I guess wasn't in league with the villain or anything with how easily he was knocked away unless for some reason that was his plan. Eh an alright build up of action chapter that would of been better if we saw others step up but again obviously based on the movie that probably had to focus on specific characters but again hope we do get more at least from the four featured of Sasuke, Naruto Sarada and Boruto... well obviously we're going to get something from at least 2-3 of them but you know which one I want to do something here. ..
     
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    Here are my thoughts on Boruto Chapter 6.

    I've complained about a lot how a general problem I have with Shonen manga is that there's an emphasis of the main hero sometimes over taking not just the plot or the point of the direness of the situation but also of a lot of the cast in general. Because we have to see things so much from their perspective a lot of interesting or intriguing or even moments that could of been cool feel like they were cut out. Apparenlty HInata actually did try striking back at the villains taking Naruto but we never see that since the focus is much on Boruto. And we also aren't really going to get much from Mitsuki or Sarada I guess as it seems like they aren't going on this mission to save Naruto which will just be Sasuke, the other Kage and Boruto. Heck most of the after math in general seems to be skipped in favor of just focusing on what Boruto's feeling about this entire thing which is honestly very frustrating. I guess this makes even more sense to do though if this was adapated from a movie where it makes more sense to focus on the main character but honestly it does feel very small and limited and honestly less like I'm reading a story and more like I'm reading someone just building up one person over and over again. How much of this chapter is put on "you can be better then your father Boruto. You have to get over yourself and realize your potential" and that sort of talk? Feels like at least half of it from either Sasuke talking or even silent pages of just Boruto trying to find his resolve. And quite honestly that doesn't work for me especially as even if Boruto is more likeable now and realizing how much better off he has it... I sitll don't care that much for him as a character. Again Sarada's struggles were actually interseting and even Mitsuki I could get behind but not this guy. And I especially find it annoying how this is going to be a rescue Naruto arc which.. okay I know rescue arcs are a thing especially with Naruto and I guess it's nice for Sasuke to be leading the charge to get his rival back instead of the other way around but... really I thought the whole point of the next generation was to find newer and different problems and ideals to tackle. Again last chapter brought up good points about using tools or devices to help you cheat as a parallel that wasn't explored much in Naruto itself. We definitely explored rescue arcs over and over again in Naruto and building up the main character and their legacy so seeing it here isn't very inspiring.

    I did like the other Kages wanting to help out and the idea Naruto could of taken the villains if he blasted the attack back but that doing more damage so he had to take it but... that's pretty much it. Honestly I really hope at some point we stop either focusing on stuff from the movie about Boruto or focus on others of the newer generation then Boruto as even this big push with his character isn't very interseting or engaging at all. It looks nice but... that's really all it's got going for it and the fact this was a super long monthly chapter but felt like at most the content of a standard chapter wasn't doing this one any favors either. Probably overall the weakest in terms of this series so far. Maybe not in terms of being into the main character but in terms of what I got out of overall reading the entire thing.
     
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    Here are my thoughts on Boruto Chapter 7

    I have to admit I'm a big fan of team up battles where you know you actually have the teams working together to take down an opponent so that stuff was actually really good. Especially Kurotschui and Chojoro team work where Chorojoro got cornered by one guy only for Kurostuchi to appear and she punched him around and then he got Sasuke lightning blasted and then trapped by their two jutsus. Plus liked how Gaara and Darui were working together with sand drops and about to swordsman clash. All that stuff was solid. The stuff with Naruto and Boruto reconnecting was lame and honestly this whole part feels really rushed. Like I get them wanting to go save Naruto ASAP but for having spent so much time on the recovery last chapter for this one to cut straight to action feels jarring. Like we needed to cut down on that and if they wanted down time speaking between the Kage as they were going to rescue Naruto. Also the apperance of the guy transformed at the end isn't anything special and still feels like they're trying too hard to keep constantly hammering in the message of "these guys are cheating kind of like how Boruto is with how they do their jutsus" with how one transformed by eating the spirit of the other. Still not a bad chapter as it was mostly action and that was good but nothing really that interesting in this one really.
     
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    Here are my thoughts on Boruto Chapter 8.

    This is like the latest Fairy Tail chapter: most of it is actually really good but the ending comes and screws everything up. Except instead of a "I am Erza so everything ends up coming down to me making friendship speeches" this time it's when we see Katasuke come in with his stupid magical ninja magic which just makes the situation worse which is just one of those horrible cliches I hate. Even in stuff that's suppose to be more a pure comedy like Dexter's Laboratory in that episode "Last But Not Beast" when Dexter's Family formed the giant robot and were doing fine fighting the monster but then Mandark came in with his sutpid invention which the monster just fed off and made it much stronger and dangerous. Same crap here but again at least Dexter's Laboratory is suppose to be more goofy and that whole thing was a joke. This was played off for an excuse to have a serious moment from Boruto who I still can't get behind. And did Sasuke seriously tell him "yeah just in case we all get screwed over you have to step up to save the day?" What exactly is this runt who has to cheat to be impressive really do against the villain exactly? I'm not saying that because I really want to know I'm just asking in a way that is figuring something out that wouldn't be some bull crap ex machina. Honestly the other 30 pages were actually some really good action. I don't even know who the name of this villain is (something I never wrote down in previous reviews either so I clearly haven't cared the last year about this so I guess why start now) but his actual beat down of the Kages actually was pretty impressive and again I like how most of it was silent pages or more just quick attacks and being knocked around. I guess this makes sense as this was adapated from a movie who likely wouldn't have such continious bull crap talk but still appreciated. I honestly liked the battle he had with Naruto and Sasuke a lot too and I have to admit the combined Suasanno spirit 9 tails giant beast form was wicked cool and seeing it cut that guy in half like that was satisfying as was Kurotsochi "kill it with a super move and be done with him" attitude. But again this was ruined by that stupid stupid ending. Stupid Katasuke, stupid trying to give Boruto time to shine (looking back a couple of months ago I tried giving him more of a chance but yeah that didn't last too long did it) and stupid way to end all this. I'm guessing if this is Boruto's crowning moment we're ending this part soon and moving on probably past the movie into hopefully more interesting arcs as yeah this was pretty weak sauce. I guess not the weakest of sauces but man what a solid 30 something aciton pages ruined by what came after. And unlike Fairy Tail where I could at least separate the ending I didn't like as pointless fluff that didn't ruin what came before it, this is still a part of the story so yeah works more against it honestly.
     
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    Thoughts on Boruto chapter 9

    This one is pretty much "Boruto gets a huge chakra boost from Naruto to use his new disappearing Rasengan which is the only move that seemingly can take out Momoshiki and defeats him." I have a feeling that in the movie this looks way more impressive then what's being drawn down for it here as this seems like one of those things far more impressive in movement. But eh for action destruction of a villain it honestly works and I admit I do like seeing the various Rasengans being made throughout the years and Boruto putting his own spin on it as well as how they managed to trick Momoshiki into hitting him with it. That's pretty much it though an action climax. But again I still don't like Boruto especially as they keep hammering in how he's different yet not so much from Naruto which again doesn't make him that appealing a character. Sarada had a much better arc where we really felt like getting and understanding her while this just wasn't that appealing. Still the ending fight was decent even if I don't just like shots of people just giving out exposition or standing there shocked but... shonen trope stuff blah blah blah. Still decent climax to all of this as I guess next month we're finally going to move on to either wrap up or a different arc then just adapating the Boruto movie so hoping for more from other characters then what we got here.
     
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    Thoughts on Boruto Chapter 10

    There were parts of this I liked. I actually do like Boruto getting this warning from Momoshinki as a spirit that once you kill a god you stop being ordinary. And again still half and half on Boruto himself but I do like him wanting to not grow up to be Hokage and walk a different path and be someone like Sasuke. I also liked the bits we got with Shinki wanting to go on his own ninja way and Shikadi's team but... other parts did annoy me. I get Sasuke and Naruto should still have a rivarly but to still act like how they were before instead of more adult about it did feel annoyingly off. Plus I don't get Kankuro being afraid of Shinki as what exactly does that kid have besides just being the son of Gaara who was mostly scary because of having the one tailed demon in him? Also I don't like Sarada developing a super crush on Boruto. Seriously Sarada you better not just become the love sick emotional fool support like your mother did. You're working to become Hokage and walk your own path so grow from that and don't rely on Boruto and be so super shy about it as that's kind of annoying and backwards from how Kishimoto was trying to progress you in your own series only like two years ago.

    Still not a bad chapter and hey now that we're apparently going to be dealing with non movie stuff hopefully the story will be better and focus more on the supporting characters not just on Boruto's angst who I am glad is trying to not just be a Naruto clone even if he still acts half like that and half still really face punchable but again hoping for better story progress from now on.
     
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    Chapter 11 of Boruto is out so here are my thoughts on it.

    Okay the first 10 chapters of this story were all about dealing with the movie but now we've finally got our first post movie episode dealing with the adventures that actually relate to this manga. Which will eventually tie into the opening of the first chapter with missing nin Boruto fighting that guy who supposedly killed Naruto but.... yeah we may be a way off from that if we're just dealing with a sort of well known criminal from the bingo books and this Tentou kid who is pretty much Remy Buxaplenty from Fairy Oddparents: Has parental angst but solves it by throwing tons of money at the problem and buys out things and feels he can act snooty to everyone. I guess since Boruto also still has his issues and annoyances maybe that's a way to make the son of Naruto look better: hey check out much more annoying this kid is compared to Naruto. Though that reminds me of that obnoxious kid and parent in the third Naruto movie and how much that sucked and man I don't want a repeat of the 'oh these guys are obnoxious but if Boruto really talks back to them he's going to get punished wah wahhhhhhhh". because yeah I can't think of anyone who would want that.

    That said most of the chapter was good. I like it being Bortuo and Sasuke who are dealing with that leftover Momoshinki stop time ghost spirit still in Boruto and trying to figure out when that will come into play again. I really liked the actual mission the team went into especially seeing Sarada be a bad ass again and kick the crap out of two of those bingo book guy followers (until he does something specifically why bother remembering his name) as she actually got to look really cool pounding one around and asking where the boss is. I guess she had to be saved by Boruto but I like her playing it off as just wanting to be dramatic but still thanking him and Boruto screwing up the mission by not allowing them to tail the boss due to him not paying attention. Seems like something Sakura would of scolded Naruto for but Sakura also would of been totally useless in the original 3 man team and just been all ragey tsundare while Sarada feels more legit in being kind of ticked off but doesn't overreact to it as much. I guess she is still sort of following Boruto looking down on men outloud but eh it's not annoying here and I like that moment between her and Mitsuki. And the actual jokes here like Miri being asked by Shikamaru if she had a light for him to smoke or Boruto and friends looking to get cards and Boruto only getting super rares of his dad and not the card he wanted was good stuff. I guess I'm looking forward to this arc more if we are getting original content and can expand the characters more since we're not limited to a movie having to focus just on Boruto's struggles but will with aution due again to that Tetou brat. Maybe he'll wind up actually being enjoyable or going through decent development but he looks like one of those "oh man won't it be so good when you're taken down a peg only" sort of people.
     
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    Here are my thoughts on Boruto Chapter 12.

    You know last time I was complaining about how Tentou just reminded me of an annoying rich kid stereotype and felt like someone just there to be taken down a peg but surprisingly we actually did get development and emotion from the kid and have a reason for him to actually bond with Boruto. Seems like Tentou also has "daddy doesn't pay much attention to me" issues but solves his just by trying to pay for things and wants to be more of a ninja to get his father's attention and Boruto realizing they have that in common and helping train him in the art of shurkien throwing (heh too bad Shuriken usually doesn't wind up helping in an actual battle. Just ask TenTen about that) and the two actually becoming friends. This is a lot like the Naruto/Konohoamuru connection of "even smaller kid bonding with our main lead who you think is a brat but has this thing in common with our hero and the two becoming friends over it" but honestly I think this works better then that as Boruto though joking with him at first with the sexy harem actually feels like he's trying to teach him important stuff and Tentou actually coming around rather quick with the "i'm going to stob my snobbery". And the fact this was actually a quiet chapter just focused on that. Yeah there's the whole "boss of those bingo book ninjas took over as the care taker oh no he's up to something" ending but otherwise this is just a chapter of the two bonding and getting along and I admit I don't have a problem with that. It's not too funny or action pack but the actual character development and bonding was nice and actually gets me to like Boruto better and since he is the lead here guess we need that and using the whole card thing as a goal more for him ties into the last chapter well too. So solid just character talk chapter here which I wasn't expecting but glad we got.
     
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    Boruto Chapter 13 is out so here are my thoughts on it.

    Honestly this is still a good chapter in this pretty simple arc. Tentou gets kidnapped by this guy who wants to hold him hostage and no one else seemingly really knows and can do anything about it except Boruto who takes it upon himself to save the kid. And I do like the reason why Boruto knew and honestly though part of it seems a bit in your face I think the actual comparisons with the ninja cards and who is on them and how useful they are in comparison to actual Tentou's situation works and I do like Tentou not just wanting to be a hostage pawn even if the only thing he can do is threaten to off himself and Boruto saving him at the last minute. Standard but if you like and get the characters that's fine as I'm not expecting a master piece off the bat. Hell this honestly works better then Konohomaru actually really building up more just how the two have this relationship and where to go from here.

    I think my main problem with this though is something I've said before: I know this is called Boruto but I wish we had more a focus on the other characters. Since honestly the bits we had of the main team were good. I like Konohamaru having this super messy office and offering the team a B mission and Sarada determined to ace it due to her dream of wanting to be Hokage and even the moment she shared with Boruto understanding why he wouldn't be there. And... I still wish there wasn't so much of her character focused on crushing on Boruto but again at least she isn't annoying about it or anything. But I have a feeling we won't really see her and Mitsuki on this mission or just hear about it and not see any of them and honestly I don't want that. I want to see the adventures of the team and of the group and not just the lead kid. I get that Naruto had a problem with that as well but that should be something this series should try and fix not just double down on. Otherwise fine chapter. Don't know how long this arc is going to go on for but still liking it more then I thought even if again wish there were focus on other things then just Boruto and Tentou or knowing at least we will get a focus on those other things.
     
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    I hate Sarada's clothes, whoever designed that should be burned
     
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    Thoughts on Chapter 14 of Boruto.

    I think the main villain of this "arc" was Shojojo so that's what I'm calling him. Anyway this is pretty much just a big huge fight chapter and... you know it may be the son of the title hero vs this fat pig that only really lasted a chapter but I have to say this is one of the best fights of the entire series. Seriously a lot of Naruto battles always had a problem of being too long and "let me tell you exactly how my powers work" and having all these long drawn out back and forths with people expositoning or a lot of just confusing action or super magic eyeball powers that made it hard to care or get into. But this was simple enough: Boruto smashes in the four guards but Shoujo is a lot tougher and can't just be knocked around easily and when Boruto tries bringing ou the shuriken and Rasengan turns out he's got a super power defense barrier ability that yeah he blabs about but in a "ha you can't hit me and I know what your powers and can just take it" which we see as he decimates the four shadow clones even one trying to hit him as he grabbed the real Boruto but gets distracted by Tentou throwing a shuriken at him (man Tenten's going to be pissed when it's this kid who is the first to show the value of Shurkien) allowing Boruto to escape the guy's grip and give him a powerful Rasengan to the back to finish him off. Just a really cool solid way to end this fight. Heck even Boruto with his "you just hire weaklings to guard you?" after easily tearing through the guy or actually trying to straegize how to beat Shoujuojo and his "looks like you misjudged the power of our teamwork" again really amped him as a character and again Tentou actually contributing to the fight was great. It took till... what Shippuden for Konohamaru to actually do something worthy in this series? Took this guy like 5 chapters and again really worked with how this was set up. Again it's nothing extradionary or anything but this is just a really good fight I really got into and if these are the kind of stories and action this series have even if it's too Boruto focused I can dig it. Just really good stuff here honestly that pumped me up in a weird way more then the latest OP chapter. Maybe it's not as grand but the action and flow is more then we've hoenstly even seen from OP in awhile so I have to give this series those props at least.
     
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    Chapter 15 of Boruto is out and here are my thoughts on it.

    I do feel like a one trick record saying this over and over but I do wish we got more of the world and of our supporting cast and not have everything try to connect back to Boruto. And I get that you need a focus on a lead and to see what they can do but honestly I just much prefer teamwork kind of stories and honestly too much focus can make it feel like a restriction then a benefit. I get that a lot from Steven Universe and yeah the original Naruto had that too. Speaking of the original Naruto I wonder how this would really do on it's own as a story because if you were to remove the connection from the previous generation... this feels like an overly simple and straight forward kind of series without too many super interesting bits. Some mark on Boruto connects to some super mysterious new villain group we're just hearing of now called Kara and they have this meeting with all of them in hoods which... feels like tropes even shonen manga kind of moved away from like a decade ago. I mean yeah the original Naruto had some of that as well but the original Naruto came out at a time when that made sense while... stuff like Kara feels like a major throwback. Which may be the attention but I don't have a feeling this would be especially popular or known if it didn't have a brand behind it. I have to admit it also feels weird to have so much resolution and wrap up about this little Tentou arc. I'm sure we'll see the kid again and I do appreciate the character moments but this sort of wrap up feels not even late Naruto but early Naruto which may be the intention but again weird to see for a series now.

    I"m harping a lot on some things but I do honestly like most of this chapter. I really do appreciate seeing Sarada and Mitsuki come and save Boruto especially Sarada leg chopping down on Shojojo's neck. Again I am so glad this is not just Sakura 2.0 in terms of being so useless and we do get to see more of her being cool and do like the two of them coming and demanding stuff from Boruto for saving them and then him later saying he'll take the punishment for the team and Konomharu saying the entire team has judgement passed on them for their actions but being lienent when Tentou's dad came in all blubbering or even Sarada deciding to try the card game and being surprised on Mitsuki's dad being Orochimaru. It just feels like we are slowly but steadily seeming them bond more as a team which I wish the focus of this series was more on. Like actually give us the drama of all parts of the new Team 7 not just "oh let's have all the attention focused on Boruto and this mark on his arm." But again a fair chunk was on the team and that was good and this wrap up did feel satisfying so... solid chapter. Last month did have a better fight which could of been fine resolution but this was good too honestly and hope we actually do get more of the team fighting in the months to come of this series.
     
  20. Neo Ultra Mike

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    Thoughts on Boruto Chapter 16

    A third of this chapter was dedicated to the Kara meeting which may be the first major scene in this series without Boruto really involved at all which you know should be good but it's lame. There's a lot of vague talk for seemingly the sake of vaguness ("the target" isn't as lame a line as "that jutsu" but it's up there in this scenario) of this plan and... there are a couple of characters named but we've just met these guys so we have no idea what they're personality is and what they're like and they don't really make a strong impression here. IMHO if you are introducing a villain group you either need to have someone familiar there to have a focus on or some actual strong or unique personalities to bounce off of. Even if you didn't know Hidan and Kazaku in Naruto Shippiuden for instance at least they had a unique dynamic to bounce off of. Here... I got none of that from this group so seeing them talk about one another and even have one guy take out the old lame and talk about Konoha doesn't really mean anything. Just again feels like we're trying to build up these guys but you've got really nothing to build up and yeah Shippuden at least waited until we knew something about that Atasuki and saw some of them before having a group meeting but we didn't get that with Kara so these guys are a lot of nothing. I do like the battle between Naruto and Boruto especially Naruto sticking his artifical hand in to absorb the jutsu to come behind Boruto and kick him. Reminds me "oh yeah Naruto does still technically only have one actual arm that wasn't something that was just regrown" in a nice way and I like having this friendly match to show off more of the artificial jutsu. Too bad the ending is again focused on trying to build up the villain again and yeah still do not care about that so... that part is lame. A decent practice battle means this isn't a waste but this is not the way Kara should of been built up since at least for me it makes them feel wannabe threatening and tough not actually there. Boruto I noticed as a series does have the attitude of "here is someone trying to do their own version of Naruto but not having the same exact spirit of the original" but there's usually some heart or earnesty that works. Stuff like the opening though doesn't and make the build up of these guys lesser then more honestly.
     

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