Boruto Naruto Next Generations – Episode 3 Review

Episode 3 – Metal Lee Goes Wild!

Guess the whole school thing is here to stay, at least until the anime gets past the Boruto movie and starts animating the new manga content. Who knows how long that will take. I digress… I will try to be as unbiased in these reviews as possible so let’s get into it. This episode was a mix of the two previous weeks. There was still too much emphasis on the school drama for my liking but the episode compromised by incorporating the dark chakra from the first episode and slowly introducing plot points like the Byakugan and Boruto’s anger with his father. Apart from the obvious character point to differentiate him, Metal Lee is largely Rock Lee from the start of Naruto. It was not explicitly said if Metal has any potential in ninjutsu or if he is like his father but it would help to make him stand out if he did. Throughout this episode, we see different character points from the Boruto movie show up. Boruto is originally not a team player, shown by him rushing into fights on his game and being hesitant about teaming up about taking Metal Lee down. Like I mentioned above, we see Boruto’s dislike of his father. It will be interesting to see if the anime builds on this point so that by the time we reach the movie, the audience will understand more of Boruto’s feelings about his father. (The original movie sort of just thrust that idea onto the audience).

Let’s go through some of the more interesting parts of the episode and speculate their implications:

  1. The first few seconds of the episode we see what appears to be the source of the dark chakra. We don’t see much but it appears to be some sort of beast…. some sort of corrupt tailed beast perhaps?Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 10.22.43 AM.png
  2. Boruto’s special eye makes an appearance again. Late in the episode, Boruto asks his mom about the Byakugan. Viewer’s of the original Naruto will know that what Boruto is experiencing is pretty different than what the Byakugan looks like. Compare the two pictures below:Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 10.29.56 AM.pngHinata's_byakugan.png

First of all, the eyes look very different and that’s without mentioning the popping veins on Hinata. Second, when someone activates the Byakugan, their view changes drastically. The world looks sharper and zoomed in. Not to mention, the user can see the chakra points and circulation in a person, whereas Boruto only sees a dark cloud of chakra over Metal in this case. There isn’t much to go on by this point but my guess is that Boruto has a special mix of powers due to his parents. Byakugan mixed with the remnants of the Six Sage power? That could be interesting indeed.

All in all, Boruto is still a light hearted fun series and since its only the third week its been on air, there is bound to be growing pains. I am still intrigued about the direction the story will ultimately go. I just wish it would pick up the pace a bit and get into some more interesting territory.

またね!(See ya!)

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