As the first episode of his new show comes to a close, Boruto Uzumaki makes an audacious claim: “Whatever path I choose, it’s got nothing to do with dad. I’ll walk my own path. Cuz’ this is my story!” A bold statement for a new series following in the footsteps of Naruto, one of the biggest anime sensations of all time. I had my doubts about Boruto going in, but this first episode sets a solid foundation, and contains a few surprises that give me hope the show will make good on that promise to show us something new.
“The age of shinobi is over.” These are strange words to hear in the opening moments of the sequel to Naruto, but a quick tour around the Hidden Leaf Village shows us exactly what the speaker means. The visages of the Hokage still watch over Konoha, but advancements in technology have made the village a more modern place, complete with trains, skyscrapers, and fast food. The times have changed, and even the son of the Hokage doesn’t understand why ninjas are so important, quickly dismissing the lifestyle as “so uncool.” Urged on by his family Boruto does fall in line, but not without leaving an Uzumaki-sized trail of destruction in his wake.