Manga Review: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Vol. 14

Title: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Full. 14
Author: Masashi Kishimoto (Creator), Mikio Ikemoto (Art), Ukyo Kodachi (Story)
Publisher: Namely Media
Language: English
Format: Digital
Pages: 176
Genre: Shonen, Battle
Publication date: May 3, 2022

The story

Part 14 of boruto sees the conclusion of the fight between Naruto and Isshiki. At the end of the last part, we saw Kurama and Naruto merging. This new mode is called Baryon mode and is described as a kind of nuclear fusion. While other modes, like the Six Paths Sage mode, rely on power drawn from another source until it’s consumed, the Baryon mode combines Kurama and Naruto’s chakra until it runs out completely.

Of course, we all know what happens to a person when his chakra runs out. This means that the battle between Naruto and Isshiki is now a race against time; However, Isshiki, who still has plenty of time, knew nothing about any of Baryon Mode’s skills. When a person is hit by a physical attack by someone in Baryon mode, some of their life force is stolen from them. This means Isshiki’s time to live is cut short with every blow he takes!

By the time he realizes this, he has only five minutes to live. Isshiki becomes smart and realizes that Kawaki’s prosthetic arm is powered by Naruto’s chakra. He uses that link to teleport Kawaki to their location. His goal is to implant him a brand new karma before his life force runs out. With seconds to go… he succeeds… or so he thought.

Now that Isshiki is defeated for good, it’s time to go home; however, an unexpected event takes place that pushes Sasuke and Kawaki to their limits. Once that situation is resolved, it’s time to return home; however, the threat is far from over. The volume is shutting down with Code receiving a message… a message that will cast him as the next major threat!

characters

Even though most of this part was devoted to action, there was still quite a bit of character development going on here.

First of all Kurama. Watching him grow up from a rampaging, raging tail beast was quite a journey. Here he has another defining moment that shows the clear bond between himself and Naruto. Without going into too much detail about Baryon mode and the outcome of the fight, Kurama ended up being one of the best characters in the series in my opinion, and this book shows that perfectly.

Although his appearance was brief, Code became your typical religious fanatic. Nothing is more dangerous than someone who blindly follows a higher power and performs deeds in their name… especially when Code is about to receive a HUGE power-up.

The bond between Kawaki and Boruto continues to grow. After the fight, Kawaki vows to stay with Boruto until his karma is completely erased. After Boruto helped him get rid of his, he felt he owed it to Boruto to free him. They start acting like a pair of siblings, which really shows how much they are connected.

Final Thoughts

There was a lot of great action in this part coupled with some pretty big plot twists. While it is true that Isshiki is gone, no one has left that struggle unscathed. This was the kind of fight where the aim was to shift the balance of power. You could even say that this was the moment of passing the torch as it is now time for Boruto and Kawaki to get stronger and reach the levels that seemed unattainable as they were overshadowed by Naruto and Sasuke.

We also know that the Otsutsuki clan is far from finished with their mission. Momoshiki is still a threat and now faces a radicalized code. And since everything has gone according to plan, we also need to see how Amado will take things into account in the future.

There is still a lot of story to tell, but this is one of the most impressive parts of Boruto so far and one of the best by far! I don’t see things picking up again in Vol. 15 because everyone deserves a little rest. I’m sure we’ll get an info dump, and maybe we’ll see Code take its first steps, but that’s about it. Our characters have earned some R&R after this arc. Let them have it!

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This item has been submitted for review by VIZ Media.

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