First Impressions: Boruto The Next Generation

Hey Grimms!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything anime geared (that wasn’t related to OWLS) and I apologize for that. I hope this helps ease the pain! Today we take a look at the anime Boruto! I know that episodes have been premiering for a while but I was slow to check them out for reasons I will talk about below. With that said it’s time to discuss my first impressions of the show.

Just a reminder my first impressions are not a “review” exactly. It’s basically my feelings on if I will continue the show or not.

“The life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!” – Hulu

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Move over Boruto… You’re blocking my view of Naruto

It took me sometime to really want to watch Boruto. Here’s the thing. I love Naruto. I LOVE HIM! I loved the show, I love the characters, I love the storyline, and I just love everything. Okay… I could do without the filler episodes but that’s a topic for another day. As you can see though I’m a huge fan so the idea of watching his son and bunch of new characters was kind of… Intimidating to me.

You must understand between Naruto and Naruto Shippuden I have spent years invested in these characters. With the ending of Naruto Shippuden I could just go on believing that Naruto married Hinata and lived a 100% blissful and peaceful life as Hokage. With Boruto I would have to acknowledge that things probably won’t be rainbows and daisies right off the bat. On top of that what if they changed the characters as adults into people I didn’t recognize or like? Or what if I hated their kids? Gah! So much pressure.

As you can see I had a lot of mixed emotions going into Boruto. I finally decided to take the plunge and after watching the first few episodes I can honestly say…

I’m glad I started it.

Now don’t get me wrong in my opinion Boruto doesn’t give me the same feels (so far) that Naruto did. I mean characters alone I prefer Naruto over his son. I know that I’m probably carrying a bit of a personal bias when I say this but I can’t help if I feel this way. I mean related to the character of Naruto off the get go. With Boruto though I admit I have a rougher time about it.

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Look at Shikadai ❤ He’s a little Shikamaru

Maybe it’s because I watched the struggles Naruto and the Hidden Leaf went through but I find myself thinking that Boruto is damn ungrateful. I have to remind myself that at the end of the day he’s still just a kid and all kids have a hard time when they feel like their parents aren’t spending enough time with them.

Still though there are many times I want to swiftly kick Boruto in the face. As Naruto is constantly explaining to him as Hokage the ENTIRE Hidden Leaf is his family. It’s his duty to be there for all of them. I know that as a kid that would be hard to understand but I can’t help but scowl when Boruto gives Naruto a hard time. I just want to shout, “When Naruto was your age he had zero friends or family and had to rely on instant ramen for sustenance so be grateful for what you have you little jerk!”

I do like that Boruto seems to be a different character than Naruto, which is maybe why the writers choose to make Boruto the way he is, so that he didn’t seem like a carbon copy of his dad. I also enjoy seeing the other character’s kids pop up while Boruto is at school. Its fun to see who all ended up with whom Canon style.

The last thing I will say about Boruto is that while I plan to continue watching it at this point I’m mostly in it for the glimpses of the characters I love as adults. The storyline hasn’t really grabbed me what with the whole ghost/possession things popping up. I’m just kind of like, “Meh.”

I admit right now I’m more interested in how Naruto and Shikamaru are handling the situation than I am in how Boruto is doing.

I hope as the show progresses I become more invested in the actually main characters or I can’t see myself watching season two.

What about all of you? Have you given Boruto a chance yet? What did you think?

Until next time!

Peace and Love Grimms

 

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25 thoughts on “First Impressions: Boruto The Next Generation

    1. Yeah finishing out the season will def need to happen before I can give my full opinion. So I’ll be doing a season one review for sure! I’m still not 100% sold but I’m hopeful.

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  1. I know it sounds bad, but I still haven’t really watched Naruto. The enormous amount of episodes just puts me off and witholds me from seeing it. That there now is a new show makes it quite frankly even more daunting lol. Still enjoyed reading your impressions of it, and maybe one day I will take the plunge and finally start watching the series from the beginning 😊

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    1. That’s me for One Piece! Someday…. someday.

      I think the nice thing about Boruto might be that it feels like you could pick it up without having seem Naruto and still enjoy it. I feel (so far) every reference to the past had been explained so you can keep up. It would actually be interesting to see if it is watchable without having seen Naruto!

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      1. Okay, that is good to know. I thought this being a follow up, you would have to have seen Naruto first, but it’s cool to hear you can watch this as a standalone series😊 Thanks, might check this one out now 😀

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      2. Thats what I feel like at least south the first few episodes. I thin k it would be interesting to read a post on watching boruto without Naruto so if you do watch it you should write about!

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      1. Yay! 😊😊 Hunter x Hunter is my favourite anime (Berserk 1997 version is my second fav). Your going to love it! It gets quite dark though and sad. It really is amazing. I watched it all in sub and then bought it haha. The story is just so well told and I love how you get to know all of the characters different backgrounds (including the bad guys) x x

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      2. It does get dark! I like that though but it was a really big surprise. Everything status out so happy go lucky and then things get super REAL all of a sudden. But I feel like that helps set it apart from other shows in it’s genre. I still have to watch Berserk though.

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      3. Yes, I love it so much 😊😊 Lol I remember when my boyfriend started watching it, I saw him watching glimpses and I though that it looked a little silly and that it was some happy anime. Then he got me to watch it, then when it got pass the Hunter exam I was even more addicted to it. I love how it gets so real and you get attach to the characters both the good ones and the bad ones. Oh my gosh yes, watch Berserk! The 1997 one though, it’s so emotional and the music is beautiful. The trilogy remake movies and newer episodes are not very good, they lack the true berserk feel, like the emotion, music and darkness. When you watch the original and it gets to the end, you’ll see that it’s a scarier world than Attack on Titan haha. It’s so dark and scary x x

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  2. Yeah I also find boruto quite ungrateful too, asin Naruto is doing his best to protect everyone from harm and danger and his own son is giving him a hard time. If I was his father, a single knockout jutsu will straighten him out

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    1. Right I have to constantly remind myself that he’s still just a kid but it’s frustrating. I mean Naruto was dealing with so much at that age! Boruto has no idea how lucky he is!

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  3. Yes! That is exactly how I feel about starting Boruto! I’m afraid for the same reasons. I haven’t been into Naruto for as long as most (about 5 yrs now) but fell in love with it pretty hard and quickly. I watched the movie, but have still been pretty aprehencive about the show. Your review has helped with a lot of that so I’ll definitely be checking it out now, though…I’ll still give it a bit more time lol 😅. Great review! ☺

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