Boruto: Naruto Next Generations “The Enemy, Ino-Shika-Cho!” Review
Yep, I can certainly say that now this is feeling more like the Sasuke chase from the Naruto series. Still different in a number of ways, but certain things are subtly tossed in here and there to make this feel nostalgic without using old characters. For this week, that familiar add-in just so happens to be what you get when you throw the friends of the rogue ninjas in their way to bring them home. Does Ino-Shika-Cho go through with their mission? Do they end up letting them go? That’s what we want to find out.
Boruto and Sarada had a big week when finally hit with the revelation of who and what Mitsuki really is. They knew a half-truth that sent them on this mission, but it was knowing the full truth that would test how far they were genuinely willing to go. Facing Team 10 this week is the next big challenge. You know that these two will inevitably get past Team 10, but the question is how.
Using Team 10 like this was a bold choice if you ask me. Compared to other teams they do have the most reliable combination, but there’s something about them you sometimes struggle to take seriously. They’ve barely mastered any of their special jutsu, and they have the most going for them to be personally compromised. Maybe they were counting on their friends being able to listen to them, but who knows. This was a big moment for Shikadai, well another one. For how far he has come to get to this point, and the resolve he made after the exams, this was the time to see the kind of call he could make when having to bring Boruto back. For Cho-Cho, this was interesting as well. Like Shikadai, this is personal for her as well being the best friend of Sarada. I only wondered how seriously she would take this when most of the time it is Sarada being the mature of the two.
So with that said, I was kind of impressed by what Ino-Shika-Cho was capable of. I still wouldn’t call them a dangerous trio, but I could go along with formidable. They showed that there was some development since the exams. Most in some way picked up some new tricks, so I would assume that this was the time to show off how far Ino-Shika-Cho had come too. Even if we wanted a big fight between them, that isn’t the kind of thing we should brace for from this story arc until it hits a climax. Not when there’s so much ground to cover between getting to Mitsuki, confronting him, and probably having to deal with the company he has taken. When you have all of that to expect, there’s very little room to slow down the pacing just to deal with the distraction that is Team 10. Not distraction in a bad way, but they are what they are when they are in Boruto and Sarada’s way. How the confrontation ended was great considering there were other ways this could have ended which would have been a little predictable. They shook things up where there was greater dissection of the situation, and Shikadai in contrast to Shikamaru in the past made a different choice that wasn’t simply giving in.
I was also delighted at the small help that Boruto and Sarada received. It was from an unlikely source and while I could immediately tell who the person was before the reveal, it was good to know that things still are not so straightforward about this mission.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations “The Enemy, Ino-Shika-Cho!” was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it would have turned into another thing where a shouting match occurs, they clash a bit, then go on their way. It made a big difference that this was not the case. It was much more than what you possibly expected from these young shinobi.