‘The Rusty Sword’ – Boruto Anime Episode 231 Review

Tsubaki shows her determination in ‘The Rusty Sword’ (Screengrab: Boruto anime episode 231)

boruto anime episode 231, ‘The Rusty Sword’, focuses on Tsubaki and the guilt she’s been carrying alone for a while. As a fan of Tsubaki, I enjoyed watching this episode.

‘The Rusty Sword’ opened with a flashback in which Tsubaki trained with a very capable samurai named Sazanka. I enjoyed seeing how Sazanka, while clearly top of the class, didn’t let his ego get in the way of being kind to a young student like Tsubaki. Sazanka looks forward to wielding Lord Mifune’s legendary sword Kurosawa one day. But things changed drastically for Sazanka when he faced Tsubaki in the Swordsmanship Tournament.

In the present, Tsubaki and her team were tasked with tracking down a group of bandits who were attacking and stealing from merchants. I liked how the team realized they were dealing with a samurai as an injured merchant was re-traumatized after seeing Tsubaki in his hospital room. Not only that, but “The Rusty Sword” also well conveyed Tsubaki’s conflicting emotions about revealing that the samurai in question was none other than Sazanka.

Because she won the fight by chance in the past and her competitive nature, Tsubaki blamed herself for Sazanka’s decision to stray from the path of the samurai and focus only on acquiring power, even if that meant taking a few steps along the way. many people had to be killed. Poor Tsubaki couldn’t even force herself to draw her sword against him. The weight of the guilt and the fact that he was still stronger than she was inhibited her movements and ruined her determination.

The boruto anime showed us how Tsubaki has changed since her arrival in the Hidden Leaf Village and agreeing to work with ninjas. By being part of Namida and Wasabi’s team, she began to understand the importance of friendship and trust. ‘The Rusty Sword’ showed that Tsubaki didn’t have to carry the burden of her guilt alone. She had friends she could count on.

Although a significant portion of the boruto fandom didn’t like to see Wasabi promoted to Chunin, I think she treated her team pretty well in this episode. She gave the right orders when dealing with a bunch of bandits. Wasabi also gave Tsubaki a much-needed pep talk to help her realize not to blame herself for Sazanka’s horrific actions. He decided to become power hungry because he couldn’t control his ego and accept that he lost to a young Tsubaki. His behavior and emotional problems had nothing to do with Tsubaki.

While Wasabi, with the help of Namida, used Talk No-Jutsu to help Tsubaki regain her confidence, I appreciated that the episode made sure Tsubaki didn’t use Talk No-Jutsu against Sazanka. I enjoy seeing heroic characters make tough decisions against unreasonable opponents. Not every situation can be addressed by giving an emotional speech. Tsubaki had no choice but to take down Sazanka, even though there was a power gap between the two.

I will say I wish Sazanka vs Tsubaki was a little longer. Their final fight happened too quickly and came down to who had the skills to pull off a single attack. But that said, ‘The Rusty Sword’ was still an enjoyable episode that added another layer to Tsubaki’s character and strengthened the bonds within her team.

What did you think of ‘The Rusty Sword’?

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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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