Based on the preview, I assumed the focus would shift around the main protagonists and their fathers. Technically it did, but some of the focus was more concentrated on some areas than others. Understandably, the spotlight mostly belonged to Sarada who, at least in my opinion, is the only one who truly deserves to have daddy issues. Boruto’s father may be busy, but Sarada’s father is just gone. Like any child in her situation, Sarada searches for information on her father and begins to question her own origins.
I noticed from the preview most of this mirrors the “Day Naruto Became Hokage” mini-movie. I did figure there’d be more to it than that, but it did seem a little redundant to me. And of course, there would definitely be more of Boruto and his issues with his father (really hope he gets over it someday ><).
With the focus on Sarada, I really didn’t expect too much other than an understandable amount of father issues. I’ve gotten the impression that she doesn’t even have a clue what her father looks like (You’d think Sakura would keep a picture of him or something ><). Once again, I was surprised by the lack of Boruto in this episode, but hopefully it doesn’t stay that way for long.
I was a little confused to see another Sharingan user in the preview, and a little creeped out ’cause he wasn’t blinking. It does look like Sarada is about to get more than she bargained for in her search for answers. Chōchō’s delusional mindset also seems to have reached a whole new level. Once again, there was a lack of Boruto in this episode but I suppose that’s to be expected with the current storyline. Hopefully, things get better soon for everyone
Somewhere in the world, Sasuke clashes with a hooded figure. He manages to knock them down with his Chidori, and finds his attacker bearing both the Uchicha crest and the Sharingan. Meanwhile back in the Leaf, Sarada’s runs to Naruto’s office, hoping to get some answers about her father. Inside, Naruto receives a message by hawk from Sasuke about the boy who attacked him. He contacts Kakashi about it, who speculates the boy is either a Uchicha survivor or he’s connected to a certain someone. Sarada arrives outside the door just in time to overhear Naruto talk about meeting with Sasuke in person. Later, she meets Chōchō by the village gates just as Naruto is preparing to leave. Moments after he departs, Boruto arrives with a bentou from Hinata. Sarada steps up, offering to deliver the bentou to Naruto, but Boruto refuses. He intends to give Hinata a piece of his mind, saying she should know better, but Sarada still insists. Shikamaru tells her where Naruto is heading and after Boruto reluctantly hands her the bentou, she and Chōchō take off.
When they stop to rest, they’re suddenly attacked by the same boy who previously attacked Sasuke. He introduces himself as Shin Uchiha and attacks them, claiming his “father” told him to retrieve Sarada (although Chōchō seems to think he means her). The girls fend him off, but when the boy moves to kill Chōchō, Naruto arrives to intervene. Shin’s eyes then shift to reveal the Mangekyō Sharingan and he attempts to attack them with remote controlled weapons. However, Naruto activates Sage Mode to stop them, much to the girls’ surprise. Shin effortlessly dodges Naruto’s attacks, until a shapeless Sharingan-bearing creature advises him to retreat and then vanishes (in a manner similar to Kakashi’s Kamui). Impressed by seeing him in action, Chōchō begins thinking that Naruto might be her “real father,” even putting his hand on her head to test the theory (but ultimately rejects it). Still believing Shin was targeting her, she wonders aloud if she’s become the “fair maiden that everyone’s fighting over.” Naruto assures her that Sarada was most likely the target, and decides to allow the girls to continue on with him, feeling returning to the village would be too dangerous.
Chōchō despairs over their journey being diverted from finding her “real father,” now asking what Sarada’s father is like since she’d never met him. Sarada admits that she doesn’t remember him, and Naruto describes him as being handsome and popular with girls, always getting top grades at the Academy (all of which he also accredits to himself). He adds that Sasuke was also his rival even now, and that Sarada reminds him of both her parents in both her appearance and fighting style. Sometime later, they approach tower where Naruto had arranged to meet Sasuke. Once again, Chōchō can no longer keep so they decide to take a break. Anxious at being so close to her father, Sarada sneaks away and heads for the tower, while her overwhelming emotions awaken her Sharingan. She enters the tower, completely dark save for a single torch. A cloaked figure emerges from a shadowed corner of the room and as he steps into the torchlight, Sarada is overjoyed to recognize him as her father. But before she can say anything, Sasuke draws his sword and, seeing her Sharingan, asks if she’s “one of them.”
I really didn’t except Sasuke’s response to seeing Sarada. Sure, it’s understandable he’d be cautious of someone approaching him, but pointing a sword at your child? You’d think even he would recognize his own daughter. And then there’s Sasuke being targeted because he killed Itachi (technically, he didn’t). It irritates me when villains, minor or major, uses rumors like that as motivation without even looking into it. I remember Itachi’s death pretty well, and as I recall, he died from a long-term illness and Sasuke did not actually kill him. I’m not sure how widely known that information is in the Naruto world, but I doubt it’d be hard to find. Besides, I’m positive Itachi wouldn’t want to be avenged (He cleared the air with Sasuke; let me the man rest in peace already ><).
I am still very irritated with Chōchō. Her delusions about her parentage and being the center of people’s attention is one thing, but she keeps chiming with unnecessary comments, most of which are grossly irrelevant. And I must admit, I was a tad embarrassed by her inability to keep up with Sarada. Yes, she could just be that out of shape, but even Choji could keep up with his teammates. And it’s not just her stubborn adherence to finding her “true parents” that bugs me. She goes off half-cocked with absolutely no idea of who to look for? Was her plan to just walk up to every man she sees and ask if he’s her father? At least Sarada has someone in mind, misguided as it may be.
Based on the preview, things are gonna get pretty tense with this little family reunion. As happy as Sarada would be to finally see her dad again, no doubt she’s more than a little resentful towards his absence in her life. I’m sure at some point I’d imagined what kind of father Sasuke would be, but even with all he’s done over the years, I never expected him to be a deadbeat dad. More than anything, I just want to see this Sarada business wrapped up quickly with everything out in the open. And hopefully, Chōchō gets her own wake up call very soon.
I was initially expecting the Ghost arc to continue beyond this episode, but I was happy to be wrong. I was still very surprised that Sumire was behind all the incidents because she didn’t seem truly evil, and she still doesn’t. Sure, people say it’s always the quiet ones but sometimes you just never see it coming. Like his father, Boruto seems to hold a stubborn belief that he can save his friend and hopefully he isn’t wrong.
After following Sumire into Nue’s dimension, Boruto notices a stream of dark chakra and follows it to a tree stump. Nue emerges from the stump and attacks him and, using his new eye, Boruto scans Nue’s chakra network and notices a spot of concentrated chakra at the base of its tail. Nue attacks Boruto again, but Mitsuki appears and pulls him out of the way, explaining that Nue is acting on Sumire’s orders. Boruto asks Mitsuki to stall the creature while he prepares kunai with explosive tags. He stabs one at the base of Nue’s tails and tosses the rest into thick ropes overhead which fall on Nue. Mitsuki attacks the fallen Nue, but Sumire blocks him.
They try to convince her to return with them, but she seems confused, believing her attack against the village to be war. Boruto says she’s merely fighting her parents’ war, but Sumire insists that it’s her own war too since her father was treated like a criminal because of his Root connections despite fighting for the village during the Fourth Ninja War. As a result, she spent her life living in hiding, her only moment of tranquility when her mother combed her hair. When her mother died from the anxiety of hiding, Sumire’s father raised her a tool to exact his revenge on the village, and she can now no longer remember her mother’s voice.
She then exchanges several blows with Mitsuki, who is still intent on killing her, but Boruto steps between them, refusing to believe Sumire’s concern for her classmates was all an act. Mitsuki is surprised by Boruto’s faith, but remembers that Sumire did mention just wanting things to end quickly. Boruto notices the dark chakra around Sumire beginning to dissipate, and realizes that “the Ghost” attacked people who were troubled because Sumire herself was troubled, as it would be easier to infect like-minded people. Stubbornly refusing to believe him, Sumire orders Nue to absorb her remaining chakra and detonate. To everyone’s surprise, Nue doesn’t move. Sumire repeats the order, but Nue simply nuzzles up against her. Boruto determines that although Nue was raised with the intent of being a weapon, it sees Sumire as a parent. He then tells Sumire she doesn’t have use Nue the way her father used her and the Gozu Tennou on her back shatters, its hold on her finally broken.
The chakra accumulated by the Gozu Tennou suddenly becomes unstable and the cavern begins to cave in. Just then, Sumire suddenly remembers her mother’s voice, saying their way of life will end with her generation and that she will always be praying for Sumire’s happiness. The three of them hurry to escape while Nue protects them from the errant chakra. Boruto finds a rift and they manage to escape into the real world, where Shikadai, Inojin, and Denki have been searching for them. Sai arrives with a team of shinobi and offers to help Sumire, which she accepts. Just then, Boruto notices a faint stream of chakra attached to Sumire’s hand and tells her that Nue is still alive. After Sumire leaves with Sai, they suddenly realize they’re late for the Academy and run to catch the train.
I guess it didn’t really come as a surprise that Boruto managed to break through to her, but it didn’t seem like she was totally on board with the whole revenge plan anyway. The preview seems to center on what will become of Sumire’s future at the Academy. I didn’t really think much about it, but I doubt she’s gonna be imprisoned indefinitely since she seems genuinely remorseful.
Since the Ghost arc wrapped up in the previous episode (thankfully), naturally this episode focused on Sumire’s future and whether or she would return to the Academy. I assumed she would since she truly seemed to enjoy herself there, and it should count for something that she surrendered willingly. Though I did wonder if she would even be allowed to return given everything she’d done, surrender or not. Either way, Boruto seemed intent on her coming back.
With the end of the Ghost investigation, I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next. Didn’t really expect a new story arc right away, but kinda thought there’d be something more than a one-episode plot. I was kind of surprised at the lack of Boruto in this episode, but thinking back on it, there were several episodes of Naruto where the title character failed to make an appearance. At least we got to see another first generation character, though it still left a lot unanswered.
I was really hesitant to watch this episode ’cause I just knew I was going to cry. I didn’t even make it five minutes in before the waterworks hit (I actually had to pause and catch my breath ><). I was hanging on to hope that the princes would find a way to keep Heine from leaving, or at least find a way to stick it to Count Rosenberg for butting in. What I didn’t foresee was finally seeing the princes’ elder brother Eins, though I hoped on some level he had nothing to do with Rosenberg’s interference.
Finally, we learn the identity of the culprit behind the Ghost incidents and things get a bit more exciting. Up until now, it seemed like the Ghost’s victims were possessed during moments of weakness. Either that’s still true or it was just a coincidence, but hopefully we find out if these victims were random or carefully chosen. We know Boruto is definitely gonna want to get involved, but I wonder if him being able to see the Ghost’s chakra will actually be helpful.
Once again, I was half expecting Hinako to come clean, at least to her friends, about her true identity. Being the final episode, it did certainly feel like the end, but at the same time, it kind of left a lot of things unanswered.