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Boruto: Naruto Next Generation is a spin-off series from Naruto, one of the most popular anime series of all time.
The story follows the exploits of Naruto Uzumaki’s son, Boruto, and his comrades from the Hidden Leaf Village’s ninja academy finding their ninja path.
It’s no secret that many Naruto fans aren’t interested in watching Boruto. While part of the hate is reasonable, it isn’t entirely justified. The series isn’t at all bad when approached with an open mind.
Below are some insights/spoilers from the series’ major events to prove this.
Be warned, Major Spoilers ahead! (This article will be updated as the series progresses).
Spoilers updated to; S1, Ep 252: Shinjiru kimochi
1. The Time-skip Prologue
We got a time-skip prologue in the first episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Konoha village was destroyed, the great stone faces were gone, and Naruto and Sasuke were nowhere to be found.
We did see Boruto fighting Kawaki using Sasuke’s sword and wearing his cloak and headband. During the battle, Kawaki declared that he would send Boruto where he sent the Seventh Hokage.
This scene has caused a stir among fans who believe Naruto and Sasuke are dead. Some people believe Kawaki killed them, while others believe they are trapped in another dimension.
We believe there are high chances they aren’t dead but trapped in another dimension since Kawaki never mentions their death explicitly.
This would be the ideal approach to get them out of the picture and allow Boruto to shine without upsetting the fans.
The time-skip prologue was a brilliant approach to capture the attention of Naruto fans and get them hooked on Boruto, keeping them in suspense.
Read more: Does Naruto die?
2. The Return of The Otsutsuki
We all thought sealing Kaguya would put an end to the Otsutsuki, but we thought wrong.
Since the fourth great ninja war, Sasuke has been exploring other dimensions and gathering information about the remnants of the Otsutsuki clan.
He confirmed that there are still a few after discovering an entire shrine of alters and holographic images dedicated to them.
On the way back, Sasuke encounters Kinshiki and Momoshiki, two Otsutsuki seeking out Kaguya’s whereabouts.
Sasuke fought them with just one hand, a sword, and his rinne-sharingan but fled when he realized he couldn’t fight them both at the same time.
Read more: When Does Sasuke Come Back?
3. Killer B Almost Lost His Tailed Beast, Gyuki
Momoshiki and Kinshiki eventually arrived in the real world and set off on their quest to find Kaguya’s scattered chakra. Their search led them to Killer B, where they immobilized and defeated him.
Afterward, Momoshiki extracts Gyuki’s chakra from Killer B. However, despite the attacks, Gyuki and B both survived and later fully recovered.
B was able to survive because Momoshiki didn’t absorb the real Gyuki but the clone.
4. Naruto Also Almost Lost Kurama
Unsatisfied with Gyuki’s clone chakra, Momoshiki and Kinshiki invaded Konoha in search of more chakra; Naruto-tailed beast, Kurama.
They appeared in Konoha during the Chunin Exams and created massive chaos.
Naruto and Sasuke fought together to protect the village but to no avail. Ultimately, Momoshiki captured Naruto.
Momoshiki and Kinshiki took Naruto to another dimension and bound him to begin the ritual of extracting Kurama’s chakra from inside him. After absorbing half of Kurama’s chakra over time, Sasuke, Boruto, and the four other Kage arrived to rescue Naruto.
5. Boruto Becomes an Otsutsuki Vessel
Karma is a diamond-shaped seal exclusive to the Otsutsuki Clan. It serves as a backup file for the consciousness of an Otsutsuki.
An Otsutsuki can use the karma seal they placed on a vessel to resurrect themselves after death. Afterward, the seal will modify someone’s genetic pattern, transforming them into an Otsutsuki.
Momoshiki Otsutsuki implanted the karma seal on Boruto before his death to revive himself using Boruto’s body as a vessel.
However, karma offers Boruto access to a variety of unknown powers. As the mark evolves, it also allows Momoshiki to manifest and take complete control of his body for brief bursts during which he can act freely.
6. Boruto Travelled Back in Time
Urashiki Otsutsuki sent Boruto and Sasuke back in time using Karasuki, a turtle-like device.
They must keep the timeline to avoid interfering with the future, like in any other time-travel situation.
Boruto encountered the younger version of his father, Naruto, and bonded with him, learning things about him that changed how he perceived him.
Since it was a filler arc, it didn’t add to the main plot. However, it provided a deeper understanding of the original Naruto plot from a different perspective.
We also discovered that the sharingan is capable of erasing memories. Sasuke used his sharingan to wipe the memories of younger Naruto and Jiraiya to keep the timelines in order.
7. Technology is Taking Over
Back in Naruto’s days, strength was acquired through hard labor, training, dedication, and more training.
However, because of technology’s early emergence in the new-gen Boruto, ninja tools are now available to assist shinobi in their endeavors.
The Scientific ninja tools are in four categories, namely:
This technology allows shinobi to conduct jutsu without using their chakra; in fact, anyone with no ninja training can utilize ninjutsu so long they know how to use the equipment.
The device uses a chakra condenser to amass the chakra required to unleash a jutsu through a specific mechanism that scans Scroll Cartridges.
Naruto disapproves of this equipment in Konoha as he still believes that the old ways of becoming strong are the best approach.
This technology creates prosthetic limbs and artificial organs based on the engineering of traditional puppets and research into the unique properties of Hashirama Senju’s cells.
This technology is powered by the user’s chakra or activated by a jutsu, enhancing and amplifying their natural abilities.
Advanced Technology Type:
This category features enhanced traditional ninja tools that use cutting-edge scientific and technological developments.
These include nonmetal kunai made of super-hard ceramics and compact communication devices, to mention a few.
8. Boruto Gets a Dojutsu – Jougan
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “dojutsu,” it refers to eye techniques such as the Sharingan, Byakugan, and Rinnegan.
The Jougan is a new dojutsu that is exclusive to Boruto. It allows him to detect and visualize chakra pathways, as well as perceive and travel across dimensions.
The eye is somewhat linked to the Otsutsuki, as they are the only ones aware of its great power and the impending doom that comes with it.
9. Naruto Unlocked A New Mode – Baryon Mode
His chakra and Kurama fuse to create new energy—giving birth to an otherworldly level of strength, reflex, and speed, as well as the ability to drain the enemy’s life force per hit. However, this fantastic power-up comes at a hefty price.
Naruto unlocked the baryon mode when battling Isshiki. This was one of the most challenging battles in the series, prompting Kurama to activate Baryon Mode as a last resort.
10. Naruto Tailed Beast, Kurama Dies
Kurama died due to the setback of the newly unlocked Mode – Baryon Mode, and there’s no sign of his resurrection later in the series.
The Baryon Mode grants Naruto tremendous power. But If overused, it consumes the life force of Kurama and wipes it from existence entirely.
This tragic death was crucial in defeating Isshiki and allowing Naruto to live another day.
Naruto is now weak due to Kurama’s death, and he will no longer be able to use the Baryon Mode or any of his other Tailed transformations. This has prompted fans to speculate that he will die soon.
Read more: When Did Naruto and Kurama Become Friends?
11. Sasuke Loses His Rinnegan
A lot happened during the battle with Isshiki Otsutsuki; Kurama died, Boruto got possessed, and Sasuke lost his Rinnegan. What a battle!
Boruto, possessed by Momoshiki Otsutsuki, stabbed Sasuke, causing him to lose his Rinnegan.
The battle against Ishikki would have resulted in Sasuke losing more than just his Rinnegan if Naruto hadn’t unlocked the Baryon mode, which, unfortunately, resulted in the death of Kurama (The nine tails fox).
12. Jiraiya appears in Boruto
Hold your horses! This isn’t the real Jiraiya but a clone with a striking resemblance and the ability to use Jiraiya techniques, such as Toad Summons, Rasengan, and even sage mode.
Amado created Kashin Kojin to kill Isshiki Otsutsuki. His body has been with Scientific Ninja Tools by Amado, making him significantly overpowered.
Read more: Is Boruto Stronger Than Naruto?