Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto
Script: Ukyo Kodachi
Art: Miko Ikemoto
Translation/Adaptation: Mari Morimoto
What They Say
Boruto meets a mysterious boy named Kawaki who has the same Karma mark. Who is this boy and what is the true nature of the cursed power that Boruto has been given? And when Kara members show up to take back Kawaki, will Boruto and his allies flee or fight?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The unconscious boy that team 7 find has the same mark on his palm as Boruto, but it’s the opposite hand. He awakens and is defensive to be surrounded by a bunch of people. Konohamaru tries to ask the boy about the crash, but he has no interest in talking. Just the boy was ready to fight, Garo from Kara shows up stating he needs to retrieve his vessel.
The boy is named Kawaki, and he is the object of Kara’s “cargo” that they were looking for. Kawaki fights Garo while other members of Kara are nearby observing. Garo ends up capturing Kawaki after hurting him significantly. Boruto wants to help Kawaki, but Konohamaru increases the mission to rank S. Even though Konohamaru tells Boruto to stay back, Boruto’s Karma mark reacts to Kawaki’s. They both flare with incredible power. Kawaki takes of Garo and Boruto protects his team. Kawaki passes out and the Kara team decides to watch a little longer to gather more intel on Boruto and Kawaki’s Karma marks.
Kawaki is brought back to the Hidden Leaf village. Naruto decides that instead of confining Kawaki, he’ll be the one to keep close supervision of Kawaki. Naruto gets the other kages to agree, so Naruto take Kawaki home with, but Kawaki thinks he can escape anytime, and Naruto stops each time. Boruto and Kawaki butt heads repetitively, but Kawaki stands down some.
Ah, it’s almost like Naruto and Sasuke all over again. This time it is Boruto and Kawaki. The relationships between them are not at all similar per se, but the tension they create is sure like the rivalry friendship that Naruto and Sasuke and eventually worked out. Personally, I really liked this volume and this turn in the story with Kawaki’s introduction. Naruto has the strongest presence in all of the series, which is nice too. Really looking forward to this in the anime.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: C+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump (Viz Media)
Release Date: November 5, 2019