“Boruto: Two Blue Vortex” Manga Issue 9 Review: Nine Tails

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Inojin, Shikadai, and Chocho on the cover of ‘Nine Tails’ (Image: Boruto Two Blue Vortex Manga Issue 9)

Boruto: Two Blue Vortex manga chapter 9, titled ‘Nine Tails’, had Jura and Hidari target Himawari Uzumaki while Shikadai, Inojin, and Chocho tried to protect her.

With Jura and Hidari meeting Himawari at the end of the previous manga issue, the entire fandom’s been waiting for an explanation for the two Ten-Tails tracking her down in such a manner. I liked how ‘Nine Tails’ didn’t drag things out. The initial reasoning was right there in the chapter’s title. Somehow, Himawari had Kurama’s chakra inside of her.

I mean, Kurama still being alive wasn’t much of a surprise to me. In the world of Naruto/Boruto, chakra has been known to transcend the usual rules of life and death. In a sense, you can’t completely destroy energy. So, Kurama being able to house himself inside Himawari was possible in such a setting, especially considering her Uzumaki heritage.

I’m looking forward to learning more about how Kurama was able to pull this off after we saw him dissipate once Naruto vs Isshiki concluded all the way back in Boruto manga chapter 55 (2021). Did the Tailed-Beast leave some of his chakra inside both Himawari and Boruto when they were born? Did Kurama’s chakra in Boruto fail to materialize (unlike Himawari) when Momoshiki chose Boruto as his vessel? Hmmm.

Jura and Hidari decided to consume Himawari to better understand why they were sensing Kurama’s chakra from inside her. Of course, Shikdai, Chocho, and Inojin wouldn’t let that happen on their watch. I liked how they worked together to free Himawari from one of Jura’s attacks. Jura even complimented them on their teamwork. However, it was obvious Team 10 wasn’t a match for the two humanoid Shinju clones. Jura released a single circular attack from his eye and it resulted in a huge explosion. Team 10 needed to make a quick retreat.

Himawari’s emphatic nature came into play as well. She didn’t want Team 10 to put themselves in danger because of her. As Jura had said earlier, they only needed Himawari. They had no issue with Team 10. With Himawari making contact with a cub Kurama at the end of the current chapter, I’m looking forward to learning more about their connection and if Kurama will bestow some of his chakra to Himawari to help against the current threat.

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Cub Kurama talks to Himawari in ‘Nine Tails’ (Image: Boruto Two Blue Vortex Manga Issue 9)

Another major twist came during Kawaki vs Boruto. With Kawaki ignoring Jura and Hidari to face off against Boruto upon his return, I liked how the titular hero made easy work of Kawaki. Boruto even questioned if Kawaki had been training during the three-year timeskip… the shade!

While he kept his cool at first, Kawaki activating his Karma Mark freaked Boruto out. Turns out, Boruto still hadn’t managed to control his Karma Mark and he needed to put distance between himself and Boruto when their Karma Marks began to resonate. Kawaki’s definitely going to use said weakness to his advantage.

Some other thoughts and questions:

  • Team 10 didn’t get any reinforcements and Salad and Sumire were still far away because… plot!
  • No, seriously, where the heck are the adult ninjas? Did Rock Lee, Konohamaru, Kiba, etc. decide to go on vacation together?
  • Boruto using little toads to keep him and Kashin Koji aware of what’s been happening in Konoha was smart.
  • With Team 10 flying Himawari away from Konoha and Boruto in pursuit, I want to see Boruto vs Jura and Hidari.
  • Kawaki’s Ninja Tech afforded him near limitless regenerative abilities. Note of the word “near limitless”.
  • Salad finally getting to see a Shinju version of Sasuke is going to be interesting.
  • The fan theory of a cub Kurama being somewhere out there has kind of come true, I guess.

Did you read Boruto: Two Blue Vortex manga chapter 9 ‘Nine Tails’? What did you think of it?

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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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