Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Brings Back an Old, But Important Lesson


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Boruto, like his father, has to learn a tough lesson before he becomes a ninja. And there’s only one person who can deliver it effectively.

Boruto and his classmates have completed the Ninja Academy’s final exam. But, the exam was no easy task as it was a 24-hour survival exercise with three of their teachers and one surprise guest: Kakashi Hatake. The goal of the exam is to get the bell Kakashi is holding on to. And Kakashi isn’t playing around with the students. The reason why, though, is he wants the Boruto and his peers to learn an important lesson. Never abandon your teammates to fight alone.

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This is the exact same lesson Kakashi imparted on Naruto way back in the early episodes of Naruto. It’s to instill in Naruto and his teammates how important teamwork is; that being a ninja isn’t about ego or being the strongest. That lesson shapes how Naruto develops as a character and we see him straining to uphold it all throughout the series. The same lesson rings just as true for Boruto as it did for Naruto. Much like his father, Boruto needs to learn the world doesn’t revolve around his ego and his want to prove he’s better than his father is insignificant to the lives of those around him.

It’s quite fascinating when you think about this since Boruto comes from a very different background than his father, Naruto. Naruto was a poor student who always got in trouble, while Boruto is an adept student who is the top of his class and, in many respects, is a genius. While he doesn’t look down on his peers like other favorite child geniuses from the Naruto franchise—I’m looking at you Sasuke—Boruto has the attitude of “leave it up to me and ignore the consequences.” We’ve seen this in previous story arcs in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, particularly during his class trip to the Land of Water. What this ultimately does is leave his friend in very real danger since he’s acting on impulse, not in the best interests of the group.

Even in Boruto’s Peaceful World, Prejudice Still Runs Deep

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Thus, when we come to the Ninja Academy’s final exam we see Boruto goes for the big prize without considering the ramifications of his actions in regards to his classmates. He essentially leaves his friends companions to “die” so he can satisfy his ego. Yet, the idea of the test is for the students to work as a team to defeat the teachers and Kakashi. This isn’t overtly told to the students, but is implied in Kakashi’s description of the exam. Hence, the very act of going it alone defies the purpose of the exam. So what happens to Boruto when he does exactly this? He’s thoroughly trounced by Kakashi to the point of embarrassment.

Boruto isn’t the only student who falls for this trap, either, as every student is played for a fool. It’s just a good handful of them were keen enough to work in small groups. Unfortunately for them it’s not enough since they’re acting according to on their own agendas and ignoring their classmates. So, what is the solution to Boruto and his peer’s conundrum? They all need to work as a team without abandoning anyone.

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But, why is it so important Boruto and his classmates learn this? They live in a peaceful world. Simply put, the ninja’s in this world are traditionally a military organization. Because of that, valuing your teammates is important. And it’s something that can’t really be taught in the classroom. True, their teaches tried to impart these lessons on the students. But, Boruto and company treated them more as games rather than valuable lessons. But, when their future is is on the line did they realize exactly what it means to value their comrades. Once Boruto and his friends understood this, passing the final exam is no hurdle. Just a minor nuisance.

Now, Boruto and his classmates are going to have to keep that lesson close to their hearts, especially if Boruto’s going to show he’s a better ninja than his father.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.


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