Anime Review: Boruto Episode 5

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

Review:

Boruto episode 5 starts off with Boruto and his friends coming across a man who had been kicked out of the academy after failing. But Boruto recognizes the dark aura around him like he had with others in previous episodes and goes on to help the man free from the aura. But along the way, they bump into a strange boy they’ve never seen before.

After the incident, Boruto and his friends go to the academy for the day, where the strange boy they met appears once again. He introduces himself as Mitsuki and immediately, we can see how strange his attitude is compared to the other characters. He seems more robotic, emotionless, and indifferent to many things. However, Mitsuki is shown as a pretty powerful shinobi as he wins his fight with no problem.

The episode shifts focus for a while to Shino-sensei as he sulks about how he doesn’t think he’s fit to be a teacher. At the ramen shop, he engages a discussion with his former teacher Kurenai-sensei about this topic, to which she encourages him to be himself. As a result, the next day at school, Shino goes all out to the point of looking ridiculous.

Shino throws a party to welcome Mitsuki. With food and friends and puppets, he throws the ultimate party. But unfortunately, it doesn’t all go as well as he thought. He makes the puppets “come to life” but as soon as one of his students touch it, the bugs that we all know associates with Shino come out, scaring everyone. Mitsuki decides to get rid of the bugs, after someone requested it, and summons a strong gale of wind that destroys everything. And it really surprised me how no one questioned how he could summon such a powerful wind when he is as young as the other students.

Shino gets yelled at by other people because of the chaos and the class are on their own as Shino sinks into a state of depression. But soon, there’s a man that starts destroying what’s left of the school and Boruto and the others go and investigate. Boruto finds out that he is covered in the same dark aura as the man this morning and decides to save him. Mitsuki then appears out of no where, saying that he knew Boruto could see the aura.

This leaves us with the question of who Mitsuki really is and how he knows Boruto can see the auras. He seems like the only one who knows what is going on and this leaves an air of mystery around him, especially since in one of the scenes he acted really suspicious as a snake slithered up his arm. Orochimaru connection?

The scene continues and everyone goes in an all-out attack to save the man. And this is the first time we see Sarada in serious action, which was great. Boruto, however, gets carried away and pulls himself and the man they are trying to save off the three story balcony and towards their death. Mitsuki fortunately saves them in time with a gush of wind and peace settles once more. Except in Shino, of course.

The day ends and the episodes goes towards Shino again and his insecurities of being a teacher. These insecurities overwhelm him to the point that something dark (assuming the dark aura we’ve been seeing) enters into his body. The next day, Shino invites Boruto, Mitsuki, and Shikadai to meet with him. But instead of them expecting a timid Shino, they see a dark Shino threatening their lives.

Thoughts:

This was a great episode to watch. We are finally introduced to Mitsuki and we get to see more about the aura. The episodes are really picking up now and I feel in the next few episodes, the action in Boruto will begin to increase and we will get more into the plot.

The characters are getting more individual as we can see their different interests more and I’m liking how even though they are very similar to the old Naruto characters, they are starting to have their own sense of identities.

I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next, especially with the dilemma of Shino being trapped in this dark evil. I’m eager to find the answer of what this thing really is and how Boruto is able to see these things when everyone else can’t.

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