'Boruto's Latest Episode Got Real Deep Really Fast

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is slowly gearing toward its next big arc, but until then, the new [...]

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is slowly gearing toward its next big arc, but until then, the new Team 7 of Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki are still trying their best at their first couple of official ninja missions.

While their first mission quickly took a bloody turn for the worst, their latest undertaking grew just as deep in a different way.

When the trio is called to take on a bank robber, they have a very different vision of the situation in mind than what actually transpires (especially Boruto). Upon showing up at the bank in question, they find a timid man holding himself off in an empty bank while he threatens to blow himself up (with a bomb strapped to his body) and the bank along with him.

Given his timid demeanor, Boruto and the others suspect the man normally wouldn't be capable of such a thing, but his motivation soon becomes clear. Hinting at a class disparity in the Hidden Leaf Village, the man lost his game development job after he tried to report his boss for awful personnel practices.

Having lost his job, he's penniless and depressed and was planning to commit suicide. But Boruto eventually talks him out of it. Getting there, however, was tough to bear as the episode quickly took a deeper thematic turn than anyone would have expected out of a series like Boruto, especially when not in the middle of a huge ninja battle like in its predecessor.

It's interesting to hear about the thoughts and experiences of the post war-Naruto world, especially when put through the filter of the regular folks with regular jobs and not just the battle hardened shinobi who keep the village afloat. It's along the same lines as the initial idea of the series' first arc where the negative ghosts tapped into the feelings of those they possessed and caused them to rampage. Fans are definitely curious as to what kind of direction the series will take if it continues to play with ideas like these.

For those unfamiliar with Boruto's predecessor Naruto, it has quite a storied history. Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump for 700 chapters. The story follows Naruto, a young ninja with a sealed demon within him that wishes to become the leader of his home village. The sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and featuring the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.