Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 1×54 Review: Sasuke and Boruto

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The Uchiha family in ‘Sasuke and Boruto’

The Chunin Exams are about to begin and we’re finally getting the episodic anime adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. While ‘Sasuke and Boruto’ rehashed the events from the animated film as well as the manga, the episode still added a couple of new scenes to flesh out the story.

One of the reasons I have been looking forward to the anime adaptation of the Chunin Exams arc is because I am hoping we’ll get more action sequences. The exams went by too fast in the movie as well as the manga. So, fingers crossed the anime shows more battles between the young participants. I also want to know if Denki, Iwabe, and Sumire’s team will participate in the exams or not. They didn’t in the manga. However, it will be interesting to see if the anime found a way to make them a part of the current arc.

Coming to the events in ‘Sasuke and Boruto,’ we saw Boruto fanboy over Salad’s father. Sasuke saw a lot of Naruto’s personality in Boruto and decided to become his teacher if the young ninja could learn the Rasengan. Of course, to impress the iconic Uchiha, Boruto started training right away.

While I’m still not a fan of Boruto, I’m okay with putting up with his behavior for a few more episodes because I know he’ll change. The disagreement between Boruto and Naruto never made sense to me. It came across as something the writers forcefully introduced because they wanted the two characters to experience some kind of conflict.

I didn’t review last week’s episode because nothing important happened. However, I have to mention Katasuke being placed under genjutsu by a mysterious figure during ‘Himawari’s Birthday.’ We also got a glimpse of Katasuke still operating under someone else’s influence in ‘Sasuke and Boruto’ when he handed the scientific ninja tool to Boruto.

As far as giving us new scenes is concerned, I loved seeing Sasuke coming home. His unexpected arrival made Sakura faint. I’m not saying the two have the ideal relationship (their past is very problematic), it’s just that I can’t help but smile whenever I see the Uchiha family interact.

Also, you should know about the Boruto anime switching timeslots.

What did you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations this week? Did you enjoy watching ‘Sasuke and Boruto’? 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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