After Masashi Kishimoto’s closing Naruto series, the author passed the torch to the next generation with the serialization of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. As the name implies, the series focuses on the next generation of ninjas and is set in an era of peace that Naruto Uzumaki and his generation fought for. As expected, boruto Set years after the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War, there are very few disturbances in the world, but over time, the threat from the Otsutsuki and Kara organizations put the world in danger once again.
With Boruto Uzumaki and his generation at the center of it all, boruto has turned out to be quite an intriguing series so far with countless incredible moments. Yet it has not reached the same heights as Kishimoto Naruto series. When the series was initially announced, fans hoped it would rectify the mistakes of the previous series in more ways than one, but Borutos writers keep making and making the same mistakes in some ways Narutos glaring weaknesses even worse.
Lack of time for side characters
As can be seen from the name of the series, Boruto Uzumaki is the main protagonist of the story and, presumably, the main character. From the very beginning, fans have been told that boruto is his story and not his father’s, which is important to make clear that Naruto and his generation are not there to take over, but to nurture. boruto has certainly done a great job in this regard, as young Uzumaki has been a great protagonist, even if he falls short in some ways. Together with him, people like Kawaki are also focused on a lot. Simply put, Kawaki is the Sasuke of the series and thus often takes center stage.
Since his introduction, he has become one of the main characters in the story and has grown into an interesting character, perhaps even more than Boruto Uzumaki in some ways. Both Boruto and Kawaki enjoy quite a bit of panel time in the story, but other than those two, the other characters barely get any attention. This looks a lot like Naruto, where Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke slowly took over the story and everyone else faded into the background, only worse. Of Narutothis shift was gradual and with borutoit’s been there from the start.
Even Boruto’s own teammates, such as Mitsuki and Sarada Uchiha, barely get any attention. Fans see the two progress off-panel all the time and then get the occasional little moments to shine, but they just don’t seem important to the story. Sarada, aspiring to become the Hokage, was almost never given a chance to prove her worth and Mitsuki, a medical prodigy, remains as underused as ever. Konohamaru Sarutobi, their teacher, has long since ceased to play the role of teacher. In fact, he hasn’t had any significant moments in the… boruto manga not at all, which is the exact opposite of Kakashi Hatake from Naruto.
Even the other old generation characters don’t play as much of a role as they should and that’s a blatant failure of the writer. When it comes to other ninja teams, fans have little to no expectations of them as they have barely appeared in the story so far. Shikadai, Inojin, Chocho, and Metal, among others, have had nothing to do with 70 chapters of the series, which just goes to show how much wasted potential the series currently carries.
No focus on the world around you
While Naruto certainly wasn’t the master at focusing on the world around it, it certainly did a mediocre job that didn’t leave the fans too surprised or too sad – just pleased. The opening arc of the story took fans to the Land of Waves, where their culture and people were fully explored. Later, fans even got to see Sunagakure, their geography, how the people lived there and how this village compared to Konohagakure when it came to military might.
As clear, Naruto was certainly not too shy to explore the world of ninja and immerse the fans in an amazing world filled with many characters who eventually became fan favorites such as Gaara, and others. When it comes to boruto, however, this aspect of the narration was completely omitted. Although the boruto anime certainly makes up for it in some ways, like giving arcs to the fans in Sunagakure, Kirigakure, and even Iwagkure, the fact remains that the manga is ultimately the actual work of the author.
In the boruto manga has disappointed fans time and again by the author’s decision to summarize the story around Konohagakure and make Boruto Uzumaki and Kawaki the only two narrating characters in the story. Everything from the side-cast to building the world is a huge weakness of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. In characters like Shinki, Kagura, Shizuma and many others, the series has a lot of untapped potential that could make it much more interesting and act as a breath of fresh air.
At the same time, including the ninja world adds a whole new layer of depth to the story and adds realism to it. Needless to say, everything revolves around Konohagakure, and is centered around Boruto Uzumaki and Kawaki. As the story moves closer to its timeskip, fans can see the side characters gain in importance and hopefully play a more significant role in the story. At this point, however, the writers are definitely not up to standards and while some aspects of the manga are great, others that have become apparent over the course of the story need immediate attention.
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