‘Smaller and More Useful’ – Boruto Manga Number 72 Review

Momoshiki on the cover of “Smaller And More Useful” (Screengrab: Boruto Manga Number 72)

boruto manga chapter 72, titled “Smaller And More Useful,” was all about the threats our heroes will soon face. Code doesn’t play around.

With Eida agreeing to Amdo and forcing Code to back off, I liked the conversation Amado and Shikamaru had on the phone. In a way, in previous chapters, Shikamaru made the unexpected offer to take Eida into Konoha so she could get to know Kawaki better, saving Amado’s life.

Amado continued to cast a little shadow on Shikamaru and I look forward to seeing these two interact more. Shikamaru knows that Amado has a lot of ulterior motives. But he can’t do anything about Amado’s intentions yet. Both characters have genius intellects. They are playing a game of chess whether the rest of the cast members realize it or not. It remains to be seen who will emerge as the winner.

Eida and Daemon standing against Code reduced his attack power. Code had another trick up its sleeve, though. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been too surprised by a narrative decision in… boruto for a while. So yes, to ‘Smaller And More Useful’ to really deliver.

Code lost the cyborg siblings, but he went on to form an army of tiny Ten-Tail clones (with a weird humanoid shape) to even make it to the playing field. While it’s unclear how strong his minions are, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re capable of giving Jonin-level ninjas a rough time. The fact that they can move through Code’s Claw Marks made them very dangerous.

My fingers crossed that Code decides to send some of the minions to Konoha so we can watch the OG characters, as well as Boruto’s younger classmates, fight them. If the minions attack only Boruto and the rest of Team 7 while they are away from the village on a mission, it’s a missed opportunity. I wanted boruto manga to spend time developing the supporting cast.

As for the emotional beats in the chapter, we’ve seen Hinata cry for Boruto. I think it was a good thing for the creative team to let Hinata share what she’s worried about. Although he rose because of the Karma seal, Boruto died. So it made sense that Hinata feared for her son’s life as he prepared for a new mission. As an ex-ninja, she realized the risks Boruto entailed in such a profession. But she is also a parent.

Coming to Himawari I’m not sure what her scene with Hinata was supposed to portray. Did Himawari want to become a ninja, but is she hesitant to do so because she doesn’t want to worry about her mother? hmm. I mean, Himawari already goes to Ninja Academy in the anime.

I liked how Himawari told Hinata that she wanted to become a ninja to help Boruto. Her will to train and get stronger reminded me how motivated Sakura was to level up to help protect Naruto and Sasuke.

As Code prepared to unleash his army, another major threat was that Momoshiki still wanted to take over Boruto’s body. As it turns out, while Momoshiki can no longer be fully revived, he’s fine with simply seizing control of Boruto’s physical body while trapping our hero’s psyche deep in the astral plane. Momoshiki is actually looking forward to living Boruto’s life for him. Apparently, Momoshiki has seen the future and the time has come for Boruto to feel despair and lose his will to live. And that’s when Momoshiki will take over.

Some other thoughts and questions:

  • Why were Eida and Daemon wearing fur coats as they prepared to go to Konoha with Amado? Don’t they have a high tolerance for the cold? Can a ninja with some powerful ice attacks harm them?
  • Amado better have a plan to make Kawaki fall in love with Eida because she made it very clear that she would have Daemon kill Amado if he didn’t play matchmaker.
  • I wonder what will bring Boruto to despair. Is the death of a main character imminent?
  • Shikamaru possibly sending Boruto, Salad, Mitsuki, and Kawaki on a mission to meet Amado and the cyborg siblings doesn’t make sense to me.
  • Yes to Naruto noticing the change in Kawaki’s behavior. All the work Naruto did to help Kawaki become “nice” was reversed as Kawaki regained the Karma sign and became immensely powerful. There is no one in the village who can restrain him.

What did you think of ‘Smaller and more useful’? Do you think Code will send the followers to Konoha?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haqi

Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology and an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books, including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games and movies.

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