Boruto: Naruto Next Generations “Mitsuki’s Will” Review
Up to this point, I would really say that this line of filler episodes have been hit or miss. A few were worth tuning in for, but the rest you could ignore and feel like you honestly missed nothing. This week the series has begun its new Mitsuki-focused arc, and one that is exclusive to the anime, which gets things interesting again even if still filler.Mitsuki connected to this violent exit from the village shakes everything up when now everyone is forced to question all that they don’t know about their supposed friend.
For Boruto, I like that this was another wake-up call for him. That for even as far as he has come, there are still some things he is ignorant about. Sarada did a good bit of foreshadowing last week when she lectured him about making sure that he fully understood the answers he was giving Mitsuki, and this week challenged how much they know about him as a whole. No one wants to pry into someone;s private life, but this is the result of knowing little to nothing about a friend. When the reality of the situation began to sink in, I’m glad that no one really gave Boruto the room to act as if he truly had this close bond with someone. Nothing is as it seems on the surface, and they even provided the right person with the room to speak to say it plain and clear to Boruto. Probably the only person who could without mincing words.
The reveal of Mitsuki being Orochimaru’s son was a big moment for this episode. Some were prepared for this truth, but many were not. It was the older shinobi reactions which grabbed your attention most, because this almost felt like being blind-sided by something they would have probably wanted to know long ago. I can’t say I blame the reaction, or the decision they made about what’s to be done about Mitsuki and his cohorts. These aren’t the kind of people who simply forget about the scars of the past. Not when a village was devastated, and a Hokage lost in the process. With that said, I still did appreciate the defense that Naruto made about accepting Mitsuki. On one hand, it made sense as a faithful gesture to Orochimaru, and on the other hand there was the long-term planning that went into effect by allowing Mitsuki to live in the Hidden Leaf Village.
How Boruto and Sarada handled this truth also mattered. This was a big blow to everything they thought they knew so far. Of course there would be some denial, but I’m glad that it wasn’t too straightforward about how the two took this information. There was obviously some things they weren’t aware of about Orochimaru that makes them ignorant about the past, but their perspective of the reveal said enough about how serious this was. Sarada’s stance was to be appreciated. She can break the rules when she wants to, but at the same time she isn’t someone you want too compromised by emotions.
What this episode transformed into was a bit familiar for those who were seeing the Naruto/Sasuke comparison. I couldn’t help but see the same thing. Not a bad thing at all if you ask me. It was about time that we got something that really challenged the foundation to Team 7.
For this new story, the person who popped up from vacation I think is a treat for everyone who was wondering about where this character has been since the end of the Naruto Shippuden series.
I’m not going to lie, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations “Mitsuki’s Will” was probably a long time coming since they switching up the end credit animation. They leaned into that a bit heavily with the way they posed Mitsuki in contrast to the other two. That aside, this is the better storylines they have created so far, and I actually want to see this one through to the end. It has a promising plot to unfold, potential for character moments, and not to mention action when Boruto and Sarada reach their destination for answers.