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Impressions: Boruto: Naruto Next Generation Set 1

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Here Comes The Next Generation

Almost two years after Boruto: Naruto the Movie, the inevitable anime sequel to Naruto: ShippudenØ…—Boruto: Naruto the Next Generation came out in Japan which is a year after the manga’s release. As much as I enjoyed the Boruto movie, as you can see in my review, a whole Boruto continuation is something that I wasn’t completely thrilled about. On one hand, I did really want to see Boruto’s story but not at the large scale of a long running series. (It has over 100 episodes as of this month!)

My biggest gripe with the anime is how it started. The manga adapted the movie, which was kind of expected, but at least it was interesting. The anime started off way too peacefully, with Boruto and the rest of his generation dealing with academy shenanigans. While rewatching the English dub, which is my first time watching it, thankfully the pacing felt a lot faster, as the anime took at least three months to during its initial run to catch anyone’s attention. However, even in one sitting, it really wasn’t any good at all. A lot of it was slice of life, and episodic. Sumire was a boring antagonist, too. 

Boruto: Naruto Next Generation Set 1 (Blu-ray [reviewed], DVD)
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Licensed By: Viz Media
Released: April 9th, 2019 (NA)
MSRP: $29.99

As for the Blu-ray set, if you manage to get the Walmart exclusive set, then definitely go for it as the shirt is nice. As for the Blu-ray itself, it’s nothing too special—it offers the same features as most Viz Media home releases, such as the clean version of the opening and ending songs, the story board and trailers of their other releases. It’s always nice. Another issue that I will keep mentioning is that none of these releases have official English subs that goes with the English dub. While for the most part it’s completely understandable, being able to read what they say really helps as well.

Despite BorutoNaruto the Next Generation being somewhat unnecessary to begin with, and the story should have just stopped at Shippuden, the series does have its great moments and that’s why I have grown to enjoy it. The initial 20 to 30 episodes or so are bored but the series does get more interesting when it reaches Sarada’s arc and the movie retelling, so I can’t wait for those to get their home release soon. Even past those arcs though, the series does get very stale many times, even right now, 100 episodes later, but it’s a series I’m willing to stick with. While I particularly didn’t enjoy the first initial episodes at all, I really aim to have the entire series in Blu-ray as they release. Any fan of Boruto should definitely pick it up. 

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