Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is an anime I like, but it has several flaws that make me prefer Naruto and Naruto Shippuden more. Boruto Episode 246, which came out on April 24, 2022, highlights a few.
Before I start, let me be clear that this is not a hate/bashing article. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations has a lot of good things to offer.
Seeing familiar faces interacting with new ones is one of my favorite things about this series. But when I compare it to Naruto, Boruto has to grow a lot before it can stand on its own.
Boruto Episode 246’s ugly crying is a minor point for me, but it’s trending. So why is this causing drama among fans, and will the anime be able to recover?
I think Boruto will continue and improve, especially now that the original creator, Masashi Kishimoto, is back as the writer for the Boruto manga.
Why is Boruto Ugly Crying Trending?
When the Naruto manga ended in 2014, Shueisha asked Kishimoto to work on a sequel. But Kishimoto declined and nominated one of his assistants, Mikko Ikemoto, to take care of the art and Ukyo Kodachi as a writer.
This doesn’t mean Kishimoto was against the idea of a Naruto sequel. Initially he was the project supervisor and stated that he wanted Boruto to surpass Naruto.
But I believe Kishimoto declined to make a sequel because he wanted to work on a new project called Samurai 8. Unfortunately, Samuar 8 had a short run between May 2019 and March 2020.
Kishimoto also encouraged Ikemoto to use his art style rather than imitate Kishimoto’s. In other words, even though it’s set in the same universe and will always be compared to its predecessors, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was always meant to be its own thing.
Boruto’s ugly crying is attributed to the animation. And since Episode 246 is the last upload, this is the latest complaint about the series.
But it’s not the only one.
Should you read or watch Boruto: Naruto Next Generations?
Unlike most adaptations between manga and anime, the mediums telling the story of Boruto and his friends are different, but still canon. The manga begins as a retelling of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, while the anime is a prequel to the film.
This means we get a single story from two different times in his universe. So you don’t have to watch the movie to understand what’s going on.
Boruto: Naruto the Movie was my first encounter with Boruto and I enjoyed it. The film gives fans what they want and shows newcomers what the animation is going to be.
Naruto’s story was about a boy who was determined to become Hokage. However, Boruto’s story is a bit different because despite his strong resemblance to his father and having a similar name to him, Boruto wants to be his person.
Naruto and Shippuden gave us epic combat, character development, and decent pace for most of the arcs. On the other hand, Boruto has given us epic battles but is lacking in the other two.
Boruto: Next Generations balances between the old and the new. Some fans want to see more old faces, but Boruto is meant to be about the next generation.
I love Sumire and Mitsuki! Their backstories are a great example of keeping the old relevant and showing what’s great about the new.
One of the things I hated about Boruto Episode 246 is that a few seconds of the fight was not shown. We can hear Boruto going after Funamushi, but for some reason we don’t get to see the sky and mountains until the end of the fight.
This is confusing and defeats the purpose of a fight scene; the only times we shouldn’t be able to see what’s going on is when there’s smoke or when we learn how a character is reacting to the fight. So I don’t want to see the backgrounds unless the characters are looking at it.
Does Boruto: Naruto Next Generations deserve the hate it gets?
No, but unfortunately it is popular to pressure every anime. People like conflict and drama. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations isn’t perfect, but neither are Naruto or Shippuden.
No anime, manga, novel, web novel, game, or other medium you can think of is perfect. Perfection does not exist because everyone has their own opinion.
And that’s fine. Did I like Boruto Episode 246? Yes, it was an average episode. I didn’t care that Tenma died, but I was heartbroken when Kagura died.
And don’t get me started on Kurama; I lived for every episode he starred in!