Daddy Issues – Boruto’s Not the Only One Who Has Them
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.
While their classmates practice with their fathers, Sarada observes Boruto painting graffiti on his father’s stone face (ironically not unlike said father). Sure enough, Naruto shows up to ridicule his son who engages in a game of “Catch me if you can.” Boruto runs down an alley and comes across Sarada, who reluctantly covers for him and diverts Naruto. She then accuses Boruto of painting the stone faces as a cry for attention, though he claims he’s merely trying to break the record from the last time he and Naruto played tag. However, his victory is cut short by Shikamaru’s Shadow Paralysis who lectures him not to cause too much trouble for Naruto, as some of it affects him as well. He remarks how similar Naruto and Boruto are, in that they don’t know when to quit, to which the latter vehemently objects. Shikamaru then sends Shikadai to fetch Naruto’s Shadow Clone, remarking how alike he and his own son are.
Sarada later meets up with Chōchō, though her mind seems elsewhere. Out loud, she muses how relaxed everyone seems despite upcoming graduation exams, thinking becoming a ninja is pointless. Chōchō adds that she wouldn’t mind the tests if they could change her weight, remembering that she has to train with her father later. Sarada encourages Chōchō to go train as it’s a “special time” for her and her father, who then shows up across the street to meet her. Embarrassed by the display, Chōchō comments how she and Choji are “different in every way,” wondering if Sarada is anything like her father. Sarada admits she doesn’t know, as she has no memory of what her father even looks like.
At home, she looks at the collection of family photos, wondering where Sasuke is now. During dinner, she asks Sakura if her needing glasses comes from her father. Failing to get a solid answer from her mother, Sarada resorts to researching the Uchiha clan at the library. Her research turns up information on the Sharingan and how it awakens through “deep emotional trauma.” She tries to search for more data pertaining to Sasuke, but finds the information is restricted. Later, she tries asking Sakura again but receives the same vague response, leading her to wonder if her parents are even really married. Sakura punches the ground in frustration which ends up collapsing the house, which in turn causes Sakura to faint. After Shizune takes her to the hospital, Sarada sifts through the rubble and finds the family photos. She then discovers that Sasuke’s photo is actually a group shot of his former Taka teammates, including a woman with glasses eerily similar to her own.
Having learned there is no record of her birth in any of the village’s hospitals, Sarada decides to ask Shizune, now wondering if the spectacled woman in the photo is her real mother. Ultimately, she receives the same vague answers. Later at a café, she observes Chōchō lecturing her father about super-sizing his food in front of her and her mother lecturing both of them for eating such food in the morning. Fed up with the conversation, Chōchō notices Sarada and joins her, confiding that she believes Choji and Karui aren’t her real parents since she looks nothing like them. As “proof”, she recalls a memory of when she had a high fever and a “handsome, manly man” brought her some medicine and patted her head, and believes him to be her true father. A passing Mitsuki overhears and says he can tell she belongs to the Akimichi clan without even looking at her crest, dismissing her theory as “tragic heroine syndrome.” Chōchō invites Sarada on a journey to find her real parents, and Sarada heartily agrees, deciding to try and find her own father.
Is it possible to hate the title character of a series? ‘Cause it’s no secret that I’ve gotten tired of Boruto’s childish animosity towards his father, but even more so that he’s stooped to copying his dad’s old pleas-for-attention playbook. I hope more than ever that this drastically changes soon. As for Chōchō, I’m starting to like her less and less as well. Sure, every kid goes through a phase where they wish they had different parents (usually after they get grounded or lectured), but Chōchō seems to have gone beyond a phase into pure delusion. Not every kid looks like their parents (up until I was 15, I didn’t think I looked like either of mine). Chōchō looks more like an even mix of both her parents’ looks, but I’m guessing that didn’t occur to her.