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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 44 - Anime Review

07.02.2018

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A new week and a new episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. This was pretty decent with everything you want from a shounen series: Good themes, plot progression and action.
SYNOPSIS
The Genin get a new mission from the police department. The have to observe, track and report any thing that might have something to do with the Bayakuya Gang. However, the police chief orders them not to get in to a fight, because it might get very dangerous for the young ninjas. Iwabe, like a good shounen character, wants to fight. The next day when they visit a building site, they face a group of Bayakuya gang members who wear a distinctive owl mask. Iwabe runs after the men and he is able to trap them with a new and quite powerful earth jutsu he learned. The gang members are able to break free and during the following short brawl Metal gets injured on the arm. He is immediately brought to a nearby hospital where he gets a cast, but he is still in a lot of pain. As consequence, Iwabe gets blamed by Udon Sensei for his reckless actions. From the news it’s apparent, that there is a growing popularity for the Bayakuya gang and a growing discontent of the population. This matter makes Boruto think. Even his little sister is not quite sure if the Bayakuya gang is good or bad. But Boruto is sure, that there are no good thieves and that he will not root for the gang. The next day, Boruto meets with the scientist we met last week, Mr Katasuke, who gives him a couple of brand new games. We learn, that the higher ranked ninjas are all being mobilized to fight of the threat caused by the Bayakuya gang, which is able to pull off a huge heist. The main characters try to stop the bandits, but they are able to flee.

THEMES
- Growing support of the society for a rebellious group
- Friendship between Shikadai and Ryogi: Friendship between a bandit and a ninja
- Is it right to root for a gang who act for a seemingly good cause? (Like Robin Hood)

VERDICT
This was again a good episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. I was very pleased by the themes, which are very relevant in the actual political circumstances in the real world. I am eager to see how the friendship between Shikadai and Ryogi will develop in the future. However, I hope Boruto gets his chance to shine.

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