Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Japanese: BORUTO-ボルト- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS) is a Japanese manga series written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. Serialized in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, Boruto is a spin-off of and sequel to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto, and follows the exploits of Naruto Uzumaki's son Boruto and his ninja team. An anime television series adaptation directed by Noriyuki Abe started airing on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2017. Unlike the manga that started as a retelling of the film Boruto: Naruto the Movie, the Boruto anime acts like a prequel, before Boruto and his friends became ninjas in the later arc.
|Boruto: Naruto Next Generations|
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Sarada Uchiha, Boruto Uzumaki, and Mitsuki
|Written by||Ukyō Kodachi|
|Illustrated by||Mikio Ikemoto|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||May 9, 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 5, 2017 – present|
Critical reception to the series has been largely positive with most critics liking the traits of the main characters, most notably Boruto, who, while resembling his father Naruto, still plays pranks and bonds with his peers. Pierrot's anime prequel also earned praise for its use of both new and returning characters. Shueisha shipped a million units of the manga series as of January 2017.
Years later after the Fourth Great Ninja War, Naruto Uzumaki has achieved his dream of becoming the Seventh Hokage and married Hinata Hyuga, and now oversees a new generation in the Ninja World. They have two children: Boruto and Himawari. Boruto has become part of a ninja team led by Naruto's protege Konohamaru Sarutobi, along with Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno's daughter Sarada, and Orochimaru's artificial son Mitsuki. Boruto meets Sasuke when he returns to the village to warn Naruto of an impending threat. Boruto manages to convince Sasuke to teach him for the upcoming Chunin Exam. During the exam, Momoshiki and Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki, the threat whom Sasuke spoke of, appear and abduct Naruto, so they can use Kurama, a creature sealed inside his body, to revitalize the dying Shinju from the dimension which they came from.
Boruto joins Sasuke and the Five Kages. When they travel to the other dimension in order to save Naruto, Momoshiki turns Kinshiki into a chakra fruit and he ingests it in order to become stronger than Naruto and the others. Aided by Naruto and Sasuke, Boruto is able to defeat Momoshiki. Though dying, noting his killer's untapped potential, Momoshiki lives long enough to have a private discussion with Boruto and warns him that he soon will face much tribulation later on in his life. As Sasuke interrogates a criminal who knows of Boruto's mark, he reveals to Naruto and his underlings that there is a group called "Kara" (殻 lit. The Husk) searching for people with marks.
When the Naruto manga ended in 2014, the company Shueisha asked Masashi Kishimoto to start a sequel. However, Kishimoto rejected the idea and proposed artist Mikio Ikemoto, who had been working as an assistant for Kishimoto ever since Naruto's early chapters, to draw it based on the experience Ikemoto had. A countdown website was used under the name of "Next Generation" in order to promote the new manga. After Naruto ended in December 2015, the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations's serialization was announced. Kishimoto said that he wanted Boruto to surpass his own work. The writer Ukyō Kodachi had been a writer for Gaara's light novel, Gaara Hiden, and assisted Kishimoto in writing the script of the movie Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Besides writing for the series, Kodachi also supervises the story of the anime. However, for episodes 8 and 9, Kishimoto also acted as the supervisor of the anime.
Despite having a lighter tone than Naruto, the series begins by hinting at a dark future. While Kishimoto is not writing the series, he created multiple characters for the staff to use. While not specifying if Naruto or another important character will die, Kishimoto has commented that he finds this situation interesting, clarifying that it would give the authors more freedom as the series develops.
Written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations launched in the twenty-third issue of Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 9, 2016. Original series creator Masashi Kishimoto currently supervises the series illustrated by his former chief assistant and written by his co-writer of the Boruto: Naruto the Movie screenplay. A spin-off manga titled Boruto: Saikyo Dash Generations (BORUTO-ボルト- SAIKYO DASH GENERATIONS) was written by Kenji Taira and has been serialized in Saikyō Jump since the May 2017 issue.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
Uzumaki Boruto!! (うずまきボルト!!)
|August 4, 2016
|April 4, 2017
|2||Stupid Old Man!!
Kuso Oyaji…!! (クソオヤジ…!!)
|December 2, 2016
|September 5, 2017
Ore no monogatari...!! (オレの物語...!!)
|May 2, 2017
|March 6, 2018
|4||The Value of a Trump Card!!
Kirifuda no Kachi!! (切り札の価値!!)
|November 2, 2017
Chapters not yet in tankōbon formatEdit
These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. They were originally serialized in Japanese in issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump.
- "The Vessel" (器 Utsuwa)
- "Blue" (青 Ao)
- "Hands" (手 Te)
At the Naruto and Boruto stage event at Jump Festa on December 17, 2016, it was announced that the manga series would be receiving an anime project, which was later confirmed to be an anime television series adaptation that would feature an original story. The anime series, supervised by series creator Ukyō Kodachi, would be co-directed by Noriyuki Abe and Hiroyuki Yamashita, with series composition by Makoto Uezu, animation produced by Pierrot, character designs by Tetsuya Nishio and Hirofumi Suzuki, and music co-composed by Yasuharu Takanashi and YAIBA. The series premiered on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2017. Viz Media has licensed the series in North America. From episodes 1 to 26, the first opening theme is "Baton Road" by KANA-BOON. From episodes 27 onwards, the second opening theme is "OVER" by Little Glee Monster. From episodes 1 to 13, the first ending theme is "Dreamy Journey" by The Peggies. From episodes 14 to 26, the second ending theme is "Sayonara Moon Town" by Scenario Art. From episodes 27 onwards, the third ending theme is “I Continue Walking” by Melofloat.
A novel entitled The New Konoha Ninja Flying In the Blue Sky! (青天を翔る新たな木の葉たち!Se iten o Kakeru Aratana Konoha-tachi!) was released on May 2, 2017. A second one was released on July 4, 2017 under the title A Call From the Shadows! (影からの呼び声! Kage Kara no Yobigoe!). The third novel Those Who Illuminate the Night of Shinobi! (忍の夜を照らす者! Shinobi no Yoru O Terasu Mono!), was released on September 4, 2017.
The manga has been generally well-received in Japan, with the compilations appearing as top sellers multiple times. It also has one million copies in print as of January 2017. The manga's first volume has also sold well in North America.
Rebecca Silverman from Anime News Network admitted Boruto appealed to her despite having never gotten into the Naruto manga. She praised how the writers managed to deal with the protagonist's angst without coming across as "teen whining" as well as how Sasuke Uchiha decides to train him. Amy McNulty found it appealing to fans of the original Naruto series, stating that while Mitsuki does not have a large role in the story, the side story helps to expand his origins. Nik Freeman, another writer from the same site, criticized Boruto's lack of development when comparing him with his first introduction in the Naruto's finale, and that there were multiple differences as to why both the young Naruto and Boruto vandalized their city. Nevertheless, Freeman also liked Mitsuki's backstory as he did not feel it rehashed stories from the past. Reviewing, the first chapter online, Chris Beveridge from the Fandom Post was more negative, complaining more about the large focus between Naruto and Boruto's poor relationship, the rehash elements of Boruto: Naruto the Movie and criticized the adaptation of Kishimoto's artwork. Nevertheless, she praised the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke as well as the foreshadowing of an older Boruto fight. Melina Dargis from the same site reviewed the first volume, commenting that she was looking forward to the development of the characters despite having already watched the Boruto movie and was also pleased by seeing Mitsuki's role in his own side story. Leroy Douresseaux from Comic Book Bin recommended it to Naruto fans, explaining how the new authors managed to use the first volume to establish the protagonists' personalities. Melina Dargis from the Fandom Post was impressed by the apparent message of the series as she found it was trying to connect to modern audiences with its themes such as parental issues, and the use of technology in contrast to Naruto. Leroy Douresseaux liked how Boruto's character has already started development by the second volume of the series.
The anime was popular with Japanese readers of Charapedia who voted it the ninth best anime show of Spring 2017. IGN writer Sam Stewart enjoyed the focus of the new generation of ninjas and their differences from the previous generation, praising the return of other characters like Toneri as well as famous "Eye Techniques". Crunchyroll's Naruto expert and Brand Manager, Victoria Holden, joined once to discuss whether Next Generations could live up to the success of the old series while still reviewing previous episodes of the series. Stewart enjoyed the characterization of both Shikadai Nara and Metal Lee seeing their relationship and accidental fight as interesting to watch, and that Next Generations managed to improve itself with each episode. Beveridge enjoyed the series' first episode, remarking he felt Boruto's characterization was superior to the one from the manga. In a more comical article, Geek.com writer Tim Tomas compared Boruto with the series The Legend of Korra as, while sharing themes with its prequels, they were still different. Sarah Nelkin considered Boruto as a more lighthearted version of Naruto series, but Amy McNulty from ANN acclaimed its 13th episode for the focus on a subplot that had been developing ever since its first episode and how the revelation of it made the series darker. Stewart agreed with McNulty, commenting on how the developers reached the climax of the anime's first story arc, as well as the characterization of the revealed villain, which impressed the reviewer. Allega Frank from Polygon noted that during the start of both the manga and anime, multiple fans were worried in regards to a flash forward; in this sequence, an older Boruto is facing an enemy named Kawaki who implies Naruto might be dead, so his fate left them worried.
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