Anime Review: Boruto Episode 3

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!

– My Anime List

Episode 3 Review:

The episode starts out with the kids at the academy practicing their shuriken throws. Boruto, however, decides to whip out a massive shuriken, causing him and his friend to get in trouble. Boruto, Shikadai, Inojin, Metal, and a few other character go to work on Naruto’s stone face,  which Boruto had broke in the first episode by crashing a train into it.

As the episode continues, Shikadai accidentally insults Metal Lee. Shikadai upon returning home then gets a lecture from his father. If it wasn’t already known, Shikadai is the son of Shikamaru and Temari, both who do appear in this episode. When the two old characters appeared on screen, it was a happy sight to see since we see the original characters coming back, and we really see how much they’ve grown since the first episodes. Furthermore, seeing Shikamaru and Temari was heartwarming, although it was a little weird seeing your beloved characters legitimately start a family, especially when you just saw an episode of Naruto which featured the both of them young.

The next day, Shikamaru decides to apologize to Metal Lee only to find him acting strange. Metal Lee engages Shikamaru in a fight and Boruto and Inojin jump in right before it gets too dangerous. By then, we see another glimpse of Boruto’s eye, which we can clearly see does not resemble Byakugan at all, but something completely different. I’m really curious as to what this eye is, especially since it doesn’t seem that Boruto knows either.

Boruto, Shikadai, and Inojin then work together to defeat Metal Lee, and succeed after Metal gets a knock in the head. They make up and they all become friends.

I think the only thing that is bothering me with the new Boruto series is how similar the children are to their parents. It’s great that their parents’ legacies are being carried on, but I want to see more variety when it comes to these characters, and hope that they will have their own identity. Because right now, it seems that their identity is only with their parents, and we only know them by their parents.

At the end of the episode, we get a scene with Hinata and Himawari. Naruto also appears, but only for a few seconds. Boruto asks Hinata about the Byakugan, possibly to find out about his eye, but gets no clear answer. This really rises up the suspicion in the series and even though barely anything happened in the first few episodes, it keeps the curiosity in tact that makes the watcher continue watching.

They’ll probably keep introducing new characters for the next few episodes, but a few characters I’m really interesting in getting to know are Sarada and Mitsuki, the two characters who seemed the closest to Boruto in the Boruto movie. I’m wondering how they will play into all of this and how exactly did they become such close friends with Boruto, despite the fact that they barely know each other now.

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