Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 1×48 Review: The Genin Documentary

Boruto 48 review anime The Genin Documentary
Iwabe, Denki, and Metal in ‘The Genin Documentary’

This week’s episode of Boruto, titled ‘The Genin Documentary,’ focused on Team Udon with the three young ninjas trying to prove themselves worthy after their failure to help anyone during the Byakuya Gang arc.

I was expecting Iwabe, Denki, and Metal to do something in the previous episodes. It would’ve made more sense if Iwabe learned from his mistake and tried to make amends while the Byakuya Gang was still in the village. While we didn’t get that, ‘The Genin Documentary’ did show Udon’s team realize what it meant to be a ninja.

The single-episode plot didn’t have a major antagonist. However, it still managed to show some cool jutsus. The lesson Iwabe, Denki, and Metal had to learn dealt with understanding how their job as a ninja is more than knowing flashy moves.

We also got to know some interesting things about Udon. I enjoyed the fact he was able to convert his sinus problem into a special jutsu. Konohamaru’s friends have come a long way and I hope to see more of them. I wouldn’t mind an entire scene showcasing how well Konohamaru, Udon, and Moegi work together as a team.

Coming to the plot, with the Chunin Exams right around the corner, Naruto decided to get someone to create a documentary to increase the number of applicants at the Ninja Academy. Naruto not appearing happy about there being fewer Genins than before didn’t make sense to me. Due to much-deserved peace, which he worked hard to bring into the world, of course, there wasn’t going to be much need for young ninjas anymore. Naruto should’ve been glad about such a change.

Anyway, while the episode did allow Team Udon to save the documentary crew, the entire sequence felt like an excuse to show cool ninja moves. Team Udon could’ve easily grabbed the people in danger and evacuated the falling building.

Next week’s episode will focus on Sumire’s team.

What did you think of Boruto this week? Did you enjoy ‘The Genin Documentary’? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

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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