Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 1×267 Review – “Kawaki’s Cover Blown?”

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Sosha being her messy self in ‘Kawaki’s Cover Blown?’ (Screengrab: Boruto Anime Episode 267)

Boruto anime episode 267, titled ‘Kawaki’s Cover Blown?’, dealt with Kawaki’s dynamic with Eiki while also having him come face to face with the threat against Kae.

With the anime writers making Osuka go through some character development in the previous episode, it made sense for the creative team to have Eiki finally develop, too. Eiki’s been against Kawaki ever since Kawaki came to the Ninja Academy on his mission to protect Kae. ‘Kawaki’s Cover Blown?’ had Eiki find yet another way to undermine Kawaki to get closer to Kae.

Someone ended up giving Eiki a note that stated that Kawaki was a real ninja. And with the students being asked to bring homemade ninja headbands for the upcoming school play, it made sense for Eiki to think that this would be the perfect opportunity to reveal the truth about Kawaki. As a Genin, Kawaki would have a real ninja headband. Eiki just needed to find the headband and expose him.

I liked how the writers decided to give some layers to Sosha. I was interested to know why she was portrayed as the student who knew the tea about basically everyone in her class. The latest episode showed Sosha’s passion for investigative journalism and then going ahead to expose what she had learned to cause drama. I love messy characters. Also, she had enough integrity to not post news until she had concrete proof. In a sense, her interest in wanting to get to the bottom of things was a skill that would be useful in her career as a ninja down the line.

I think everyone would agree that Kawaki’s cover would have been blown in front of his classmates if Osuka hadn’t stepped in at the right moment. Wanting to repay Kawaki for saving her life in the previous episode, she was quick enough to pick up Kawaki’s real ninja headband before Eiki could get to it. I liked how Osuka, the daughter of two famous actors, demonstrated her improvisation skills to help Kawaki.

As for Eiki, I think he needed a harsh wake-up call. In his goal to reveal Kawaki’s secret, he put the lives of his classmates in danger while also damaging the set Neon and the rest worked hard to build. Hopefully, he learned his lesson and will get off Kawaki’s back in the upcoming episodes.

While kids still don’t know about Kawaki’s secret, I think it’s clear that someone inside the Ninja Academy does know why Kawaki enrolled. The mysterious hooded figure was likely the one that handled Eiki the note about Kawaki’s ninja headband. And, unless I’m wrong, I think the same hooded figure was the one who tried to attack Kae in the infirmary.

I don’t know if the writers are trying to confuse the audience or not, but the proportions of the hooded figure do resemble Hana a lot. I really don’t want Hana to be the assassin tasked with killing Kae. But let’s see what happens.

With the school play being about the Legendary Sannin, I think the writers did a good job of connecting Orichimaru leaving the Hidden Leaf Village and his friends Jiraiya and Tsunade with Kae understanding that she too would need to leave soon. I get that the real dynamic between Orochimaru, Tsunade, and Jiraiya was extremely simplified for the school play, but at least it did what it was supposed to do to drive the scene between Kae and Kawaki. Yes, Kae will be leaving soon. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t make the most of the time she got left with her new friends.

Other thoughts:

  • Everyone looked cute in their outfits for the school play. I liked how the writers allowed the kids to play the characters they wanted without making everyone be all gender-specific about the casting process.
  • While we still don’t know the end goal, we did get to find out (as certain fans expected) that the group who hired the assassin wanted Kae off the board to make her younger brother the heir to the throne.
  • I think Kawaki handled the situation with a crying and remorseful Eiki well.

What did you think of ‘Kawaki’s Cover Blown?’

Do you think Hana is the assassin?

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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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