‘Their Resolve’ – Boruto Anime Episode 251 Review

Mitsuki tells Boruto to be true to his feelings in ‘Their Resolve’ (Screengrab: Boruto anime episode 251)

boruto anime episode 251, titled “Their Resolve,” showed some characters making their decisions pretty clear when it came to how they’re going to handle the current war. I can’t wait for Boruto to come face to face with Ikada again.

The previous episode gave us a flashback to Ikada’s past, as a baby, and why Araumi was determined to let Ikada unlock his true potential and lead the Funato clan during the war. One of the things I like about the current arc is how the writers have tried to make the characters a bit gray instead of black and white.

Yes, the Funato Clan is at war with the Hidden Mist Village. However, there were certain legitimate reasons why certain people were frustrated and decided to support the Funato clan against the Hidden Mist Village. One of the political aspects seems to be about a war between the old and new ways. Of boruto bring many technological advancements after the events of Narutosome people still didn’t like to step aside and let those in power change the way things used to be.

Chojuro wants to tame the seas through technology to help everyone, but his ambition seems to have ignored those who are justifiably concerned about a group of engineers who have the power to control the waves and fish, sail, etc. The current anime -boog gives us another story that revolves around the debate between science and nature.

With the larger political affairs being handled by Chojuro, Boruto’s arc is more focused on his friendship with Ikada and wanting to end the cycle of hatred. Even though Boruto and his friends are ninjas, they’re not the kind that easily kill people. This is the very first major war that Boruto and his teammates have experienced, and I think the writers did a good job exploring the emotions in the cast of young characters.

Funamushi’s little boy who comes to attack Boruto in episode 249 really shocked our main hero. The experience allowed Boruto to open his eyes to the impact such a war had on families. Boruto had killed Funamushi and now his son was ready to kill Boruto. Not only that, but Ikada had fallen on the dark side as Boruto played a part in seriously injuring Ikada’s sister Seiren (which led to Funamushi attacking Boruto in the first place).

Trying to stop the cycle of hate and revenge was a big part of Naruto. And I think it’s good that such a theme is being re-explored through Boruto Uzumaki because times have changed. If handled properly, the current arc can do wonders for Boruto’s character development.

Like his father, Boruto is ready to stop the cycle. However, I liked how Kawaki expressed his frustration with Boruto’s thought process. According to Kawaki, as ninjas on the battlefield, they had no time to think about who to kill or spare. If someone came at you with the intent to kill, you must strike back.

Since Kawaki was the hot-tempered one, ‘Their Resolve’ enabled Mitsuki to step in and support Boruto. In my opinion, it would be correct to say that Mitsuki knew Boruto’s personality much better than Kawaki and Salad. Mitsuki believed in Boruto’s instincts and it was nice to see Mitsuki urging Boruto to listen to what his heart was saying. Regardless of whether Boruto could stop the war, it made sense that his character at least tried.

Now that Boruto, Mitsuki, Salad, and (a reluctant) Kawaki went to Chojuro to try and persuade him to end the war, I liked that not everyone agreed with Boruto’s decision. Buntan and Kyoho still wanted revenge for losing Kagura and Hebiichigo. I think in the upcoming episode Metal, Iwabe and Denki will try to make Buntan and Kyoho a little sensible.

As far as I could see, Chojuro is ready to negotiate with the Funato clan. However, Araumi is his biggest hurdle. Araumi wouldn’t shy away from a fight, especially after losing two of his children during the war and watching his youngest son Ikada unleash his true power.

Araumi’s disagreement with his eldest son Isari served as another example of the old versus new theme. Araumi was terrified to regain control of the seas, while Isari realized that their clan would have to operate differently if they wanted to coexist with other communities in the Land of Water.

I don’t know about you, but Araumi killing Isari was quite unexpected. There is currently no return for Araumi. He is willing to do whatever it takes to win the war. If I were to present a theory, I think Boruto will use his Talk-No Jutsu on Ikada and Ikada may have to play a part in beating his father. I don’t see this arc ending without Araumi’s death.

I highly doubt that Ikada will be killed unless he uses his sea-ruling power to sacrifice himself, while also killing his father and ending their family’s bloodline. hmm.

What did you think of ‘Their Resolve’? Do you think Ikada will listen to Boruto?

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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