boruto anime episode 254 entitled ‘The Spiral of Revenge’ gave us a huge conclusion to the Funato Clan arc. And while the climax was disappointing for the lack of action scenes, I have to accept that it made sense.
One of the biggest themes in the current arc was our characters trying to deal with the cycle of revenge. I understand that theme was also part of Narutobut again, when it comes to the genre of anime that boruto falls, a number of themes will be repeated. It’s just how such storytelling works.
‘The Spiral of Revenge’ had Boruto risk his life in the hope that such a gesture would be enough to stop the deadly war between the Funato Clan and the Hidden Mist Village.
I think the writers and animation team did a great job of portraying the gravity of the situation. Seeing Salad and Mitsuki helpless while Boruto was beaten by a bunch of Funato Clan soldiers made for an impressive scene. Boruto forbade them to intervene and the two had to respect his wish. Their self-control was one of the things that led Ikada to understand Boruto’s feelings.
Ikada lost his sister during the war. In a similar fashion, Salad and Mitsuki were about to lose someone very close to them. (I’ll go to Salad to say that soon Boruto was like a brother to her). Salad and Mitsuki’s determination showed Ikada that revenge and hate shouldn’t be the only options when you lose someone. Also, as Kobuna’s response shows, revenge in which someone else is killed is never as satisfying as one might think.
While the scene between Salad, Mitsuki, Boruto, and Ikada helped bring home the idea of learning to forgive and ending the cycle of revenge, I liked that the episode didn’t shy away from revisiting the harsh realities of life. to give. Sometimes the only option was to end a life to ensure the safety of others. I really enjoyed the scene where Kawaki got hold of Araumi and then slit the clan leader’s throat. It was fast and efficient. And honestly, it had to be done because, unlike Ikada, no amount of Talk No-Jutsu would work on Araumi. He would not rest until the Hidden Mist Village was destroyed.
Now that I come to Salad and tell Ikada that Boruto was like a brother to her. I have to be honest. I chuckled a bit then. There are a ton of Salad/Boruto shippers out there. And having Salad Boruto mention a brother-like figure must have hurt.
You know who never called Boruto a brother or even thought of him as a brother-like figure? Mitsuki!
Mitsuki/Boruto for the win!
Before certain Salad/Boruto shippers decide to come to me, I’m just having a little fun with you. Of course, everyone is free to send the fictional characters they want. It’s just that by thinking of Boruto as a brother, Salad reminded me of the bigotry still targeted by Sasuke/Naruto shippers. If certain fans can still send Salad and Boruto after that particular scene, then I think the same fans should have no problem with someone sending Sasuke and Naruto (who also consider each other siblings).
Some other thoughts and questions:
- Props to Mitsuki for keeping his Sage Mode under control after what the Funato clan did to Boruto. The entire army wouldn’t stand a chance if Mitsuki had decided to go on a rampage.
- Why didn’t Momoshiki decide to take over Boruto’s body when he was ready to sacrifice himself? I think we should write that down to plot the convenience.
- Salad not unlocking her third tomo during this episode was another plot convenience as far as my opinion goes.
- I hope Ikada appears in the anime again. I want to see his ocean-ruling powers in a real battle.
What did you think of ‘The Spiral of Revenge’? Did you expect a lot more action?
Let us know.
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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