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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Review – A Mediocre Sequel?

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Boruto is a sequel to the world-famous Naruto series. However, the whole anime community has very mixed opinions regarding this shounen anime. Boruto tries to copy Naruto in a lot of ways, but ultimately it doesn’t manage to do a very good job.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at the various different aspects of this anime and review for ourselves if it is a good sequel or not.

First of all, let’s take a look at the plot of Boruto.

Boruto Anime Poster

PLOT:

Boruto is set after the 4th Great Ninja War. The world is at peace now, and Konoha is seeing many technological advancements under the watchful eye of the great 7th Hokage. All the shinobis are now living a carefree and enjoyable life.

Boruto, the son of Naruto, is the protagonist in this anime. Boruto doesn’t have a very good relationship with his father because of how busy he always is. As the series progresses, we see how Boruto slowly begins to understand what it truly means to be a shinobi.

From the plot alone, you would think the series sounds like a good sequel. But there are still many problems within the series that make it difficult to enjoy for all of us who consider ourselves dedicated fans.

Boruto is an annoying protagonist:

The characters in the Boruto series are not the worst, and as the story progressed, we see a lot of character development. However, the protagonist himself can be extremely irritating at times. The creators have tried to give Boruto similar traits to Naruto’s, but these qualities seem too out of place in the character of Boruto. Boruto appears to be a cheap copy of Naruto which makes the whole show quite unbearable to watch at times.

Repetitive:

Boruto can be difficult to watch for original Naruto fans as the story just seems repetitive at many points during the series. Boruto tries to copy Naruto in many ways, and we don’t really gain anything new or exciting from Boruto. The story did continue to evolve during the series, and so we hope in the future we may get some good new storylines!

Boruto was not needed!

Boruto is a sequel which just keeps dragging out the story of our boy Naruto. In my personal opinion, this sequel was not really necessary as all of us were only watching for the story of Naruto. Boruto is now ruining the reputation of the original series by showing us nothing new. The anime just displays to us that even after becoming the Hokage, Naruto was still unable to live peacefully. Boruto could have been a small 12- or 24-episode sequel to the original story showing us a little more about life in Konoha.

Art and Animation:

The character designs in this anime are good throughout, and the art style has also evolved beautifully. The animation quality in this anime is strong for a shounen anime, and the show features good transitions.

Conclusion

Boruto with his father Naruto

Boruto is not a bad shounen, it is just a bad sequel to the original series. This anime is well-produced and it can be enjoyed by anyone who has not watched the original series.

Boruto’s story is evolving and improving with every new episode, however, this show still does not do justice to the original. Seeing all of our favorite characters being replaced with the new generation can be painful for original viewers.

I would recommend this anime to anyone who is looking for a good shounen but has not seen the original Naruto series. Boruto makes a lot of references to the original anime, but this show can still be enjoyed as a stand-alone series.

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