“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” Manga Issue 38 Review: He’s Bad News
The latest Boruto manga chapter ended up showcasing Jigen’s immense strength during his fight with Naruto and Sasuke. Considering who Jigen is supposed to be, Naruto and Sasuke having a tough time handling him in ‘He’s Bad News’ makes a lot of sense.
I know many fans have been waiting for Naruto and Sasuke to go all out during a battle (I’m one of those fans), so it was fun to see the two unleashing their power in ‘He’s Bad News’ to try and take down Jigen. However, the current villain’s just too powerful. Not only that, but he’s also quite strategic. He was able to counter whatever Naruto and Sasuke threw at him.
The good news is that Jigen’s body has a limit. Even though he was able to defeat our powerful heroes, I was happy to see fighting them wasn’t easy for Jigen.
Also, while some fans might not agree, I do think Jigen’s extraordinary strength makes sense. If we go back to the Naruto manga, Sasuke and Naruto weren’t able to defeat Kaguya. They were only able to seal her away – and that, too, with help from Sakura, Kakashi, and Obito.
With Jigen’s body being a vessel for Isshiki Ōtsutsuki (who’s likely Kaguya’s partner), it made sense (at least to me) that Naruto and Sasuke couldn’t win such a battle on their own. Things might have turned out differently if Sakura, Kakashi, Shikamaru, or the rest of the Kages were present to offer some sort of assistance.
As far Jigen sealing Naruto away, that makes sense, too. The Naruto franchise has always been about sealing powerful opponents away, especially if killing or redeeming them isn’t an option. Jigen was aware of Naruto’s strength and trapping the Seventh Hokage in a container made strategic sense.
It’ll be interesting to see the rest of the heroes trying to figure out a plan to rescue Naruto as well as defeat Jigen.
Sasuke’s going to be an emotional mess because he had to leave Naruto to fight another day. I liked how he was able to teleport next to Sakura. I’m not sure, but I think he was able to pinpoint her location because of the wedding ring he gave to her during the events of the Sasuke Retsuden novel.
Talking about Sakura, why the heck wasn’t she already at Naruto’s house? We know she was with Ino when Jigen attacked. When Naruto was teleported away, Sakura should have dashed toward his house as soon as possible. Also, why wasn’t the village’s police force at the residence already? Did Ino just tell them all to not worry even after her telepathic contact with the Hokage broke?
Seeing everyone be chill about Naruto being teleported away from the village by a mysterious enemy made no sense to me.
At least Salad decided to go to Naruto’s house. We got to see Kawaki’s prosthetic arm (powered by Naruto’s chakra) fall on the ground.
I can’t wait to see what happens next. I think Kawaki will be sharing more information about Jigen and what the Kara organization wants to do. I think Kashin Koji will play a role as well.
And I’m going to say this right now, I understand there are fans who ship Salad and Boruto. But, in my opinion, I think Salad and Kawaki are going to end up being romantically involved. She might even be one of the reasons Kawaki comes back to the good side after he turns evil (or something similar).
Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts with Boruto manga chapter 38 with us. What did you think of ‘He’s Bad News’?
There’s fan speculation that because of the events that occurred after the Naruto and Sasuke vs Jigen fight, Naruto is going to continue being sealed for a very long time.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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