Saturday, 3 June 2017


Boruto: Naruto the Movie
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 95 Mins
Audio: English DD 2.0 Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 5/6/2017
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Kataske, head of the Scientific Ninja Tool Team asks Naruto to allow new ninja performance tools into the Chunin Exams, but as he refuses, Boruto sets himself up as Katasuke's test subject without his knowledge.

Its hard to believe we have got to the point where Naruto has spawned another spin- off series with Boruto.

Sasuke Uchiha sets off the movie with a fight scene complete with heart-stopping visuals that show how far he has come as a leaf shinobi. As many will already know a lot has changed since the last series as both Naruto and Sasuke have got married, settled down and had kids.

Boruto is Narutos son who has had to learn to get used to his dad being absent. Who would have thought that being Hokage would involve such long hours of nothing but paperwork. One of the running jokes is Boruto asking if he's talking to his dad or just another shadow clone. Sasuke has a daughter, Sarada who is a mix of her father and mother Sakura. She certainly has her temper at times. Sasuke also keeps a distance from family life as he protects the village by going on vital missions when trouble is looming. Boruto and Sarada have friends and they are all the sons or daughters of famous leaf shinobi.

Boruto goes through life unhappy with his dad not bring around, causing mischief as a way of getting noticed. He doesn't understand why his dad has to be Hokage when he wanted him around so he could watch him grow up. You get to feel for Hinata as she has to tolerate his moods and explain that his is a hard and important job.

Like Naruto, his son wants to prove how much he has grown in his skills and asks Naruto's rival, Sasuke if he will take the large step of becoming his tutor. His hastily misjudged assumption that Sasuke wouldn't accept him as his student leads him to prove his worth in another way, teaming up with Katasuke using a ninja performance tool to compete with at the Chunin Exams.

Boruto doesn't realise how much people are expecting him to be as good if not better than the hokage at the games and his hasty mistake could cost him the respect of his father. The movie reminded me of the Chunin Exams from the original Naruto series where it was the threat of Orochimaru and his henchmen that descended on them. Here, another familiar threat comes to disrupt the games and it is  Kinshiki and Momoshiki who want to capture Naruto in order to create another Chakra fruit to grow immortal and stronger, in the same way Kaguya did.

While the serious main storyline continues, we are treated to some comical, yet somehow tragic snippets of life in the village; it is Himawari's birthday and Naruto sends a shadow clone instead of visiting and celebrating with him, causing Boruto to be convinced he doesn't care about being with them. It is up to Hinata to remind him Naruto is the hokage and has a busy job of making sure the village is safe, plus there's the mounting paperwork to consider. Sarada notices that Sakura is excited about Sasuke arriving home to stay for a short while, and we know why (she acts like a schoolgirl just thinking about it). Konohamaru has grown, becoming Boruto, Sarada and Mitsuki's teacher, adopting an unusually serious tone with his students though they are not as young and impressionable as he imagines when a crisis strikes.

The movie ends in a series of understandings; Boruto has to come to terms with his father being the hokage in a job that requires his undivided attention, that he does care about his family, but there will be times he has to send a shadow clone along (you saw his desk!), Sakura knows Sasuke won't always be around either, but as she is his equal in strength, she can look after  herself and Sarada while he's busy investigating outside Konoha for insurgents. For Boruto, all is not lost as Sasuke accepts that he is young and needs guidance just as Naruto did when they were young. A great reveal at the end explains Mitsuki's ancestry that will surprise.

Bonus Material:  The Day Naruto Became Hokage, 90 Second Trailer and 30 Second Trailer.

Summary: Boruto: Naruto the Movie is a great way to kick-start the series and set up new and interesting main characters, letting Naruto and Sasuke take a back seat! Excellent!