Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the sequel to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto. Initially, when the manga was announced, there was great excitement as fans were under the impression that they would be able to see their favorite characters in action again.
However, it was quickly confirmed that the sequel would focus more on the new generation of ninjas and that Boruto Uzumaki, the son of Naruto Uzumaki, would lead the next generation. At the time of the announcement, no one had any idea about Boruto and his properties. After Boruto: Naruto The Movie came out, the fans were absolutely furious with Boruto. So, what started this huge chain of hatred towards Boruto Uzumaki?
Boruto: Naruto The Movie targeting the Otsutsuki invasion of the Hidden Leaf. Two members of the Otsutsuki clan, Momoshiki and Kinshiki, made their way to Earth. They wanted to punish Kaguya Otsutsuki and take the chakra fruit, but they were surprised that Kaguya was missing. So they decided to get their hands on the chakra fruit instead. While exploring, they managed to locate the Hidden Leaf due to Naruto’s immense chakra.
Naruto and the rest of the Kage were aware that they might face a high-level threat, but they were unable to cancel the Chunin exams. In the exams, Boruto used a scientific tool given to him by Katasuke. For quite some time no one was aware of Boruto’s actions, but it all came to light when he fought against Shikadai Nara. During their fight, Boruto was cornered by the Nara clan’s prodigy, so once again Boruto had to rely on the scientific tool to turn the tide of the battle in his favor. This led to Shikadai admitting defeat, but Naruto eventually picked up on this eerie incident. He asked Hinata to use her Byakugan to scan Boruto, and to her surprise, she found he was carrying something on his arm.
When Naruto got confirmation from Hinata, he approached his son and disqualified Boruto from the exams. This incident shocked everyone Naruto fan and made them loathe Boruto. The main reason behind their hatred was that Boruto had managed to tarnish Naruto’s reputation, which took him years to build. One of the biggest differences between Naruto and Boruto is their talent. While Naruto struggled to use the power of the Nine-Tails, Boruto is already able to use Karma. He managed to add Lightning Release to the Rasengan, a feat that even Kakashi Hatake couldn’t match. Obviously, Boruto is undoubtedly more talented than Naruto in terms of skill at their respective ages, and for all his talent, Boruto relied on cheating, which didn’t paint a pretty picture.
Comes across as very lawful
Naruto had a terrible childhood. He had absolutely no one to take care of him, and most of his childhood Naruto had to live on his own. Over time, the villagers began to respect Naruto and treat him as their messiah. His role in the Fourth Great Ninja War cemented his position as one of the greatest ninjas of all time. As the story progressed, it became extremely clear that Naruto had to struggle to live a good life. Only thanks to Naruto’s efforts, the next generation, including Boruto, can live a relatively peaceful life.
Boruto and the rest of the newer generation did not have to witness wars and bloodshed. They grew up in a relatively quiet environment. As Hokage, Naruto continues to make an extra effort to ensure that harmony reigns throughout the world. Despite seeing Naruto’s workload, Boruto wanted his father to spend more time with his family. It was clear that Naruto only stayed in the office because of work, but Boruto was not ready to understand. He even brought up Naruto’s parents, which was a really stupid thing to do, and it infuriated the fans even more.
When Boruto met Sasuke, the latter explained to him how Naruto used to be. Sasuke made Boruto understand that when he grew up Naruto was labeled a failure and a monster. Eventually Boruto realized the importance of having a father, and he started to respect Naruto a lot more.
However, Naruto fans could not forgive him so easily. The team behind Boruto manga didn’t help either. On several occasions they treated Naruto and the rest of the old generation very harshly. In the fight against Isshiki, Naruto lost Kurama, one of his best friends. Things got worse when Sasuke’s Rinnegan was destroyed by Boruto, who was under Momoshiki’s control. It’s unfair to blame Boruto for these incidents, but when the manga loses the reputation and image of some of the main characters Narutoit’s not easy to overlook something like that.
Although Boruto is not that likable, he has improved a lot. Boruto is now fully aware of his father’s greatness and looks up to him. Fans should also keep in mind that Boruto is still a kid, and it’s not fair to hold a grudge against someone so young. Currently Boruto is on the right track, so it shouldn’t be long before Naruto fans are beginning to respect Boruto.
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