Story: Masahi Kishimoto
Art: Mikio Ikemoto
Script: Ukyo Kodachi
Translation/Adaptation: Mari Morimoto
What They Say
Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Boruto may be the son of the hokage, but he wants nothing to do with his old man. He has a relatively easy life with a caring mother, a cute little sister and a lot of natural ninja talent. He thinks he has it rought and likes to take the easy way out. This includes non-sanctioned ninja tools.
Boruto’s teammates, Sarada and Mitsuki, have decided to take the chunin exam. Boruto asks Sasuke to be his teacher, so he can learn all about his father’s weakness. If he can make a rasengan, Sasuke will agree to be his teacher. Boruto is determined and puts in a lot of effort to learn the ninjutsu, but ultimately ends up cheating. Sasuke reluctantly takes on Boruto as his student.
Ninja from all over the shinobi world come to take in the chunin exam. Boruto’s team passes the first and second rounds and makes it into the finals. Unfortunately, the attention Boruto wants from his dad is less than what he’s hoping for.
The last part, which is almost like a bonus story, reveals more about Mitsuki and his connection to Orochimaru. It also reveals how he becomes independent from Orochimaru, who’s still rather devious, but a little soft in his old age.
Why am I reading this? I thought about that too when I opened up this manga. I honestly did watch every episode of Naruto, but I couldn’t begin to keep up on the manga. I told myself that I had to steel myself for a long journey if I was to commit to this manga series. You know what? I’m totally ready for it.
This first volume of Boruto doesn’t match the anime that begun airing this season. It actually closely follows the Boruto movie instead. I really enjoyed the movie, so it was fun to read it in print version. However, my favorite part of the entire manga is the end that was not included in the movie, which is about Mitsuki’s background. I really like Orochimaru and delved right into this piece.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: April 4, 2017