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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 4 Blu-ray Review

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“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” is inferior to its predecessor.

Comprised of episodes 40-52, the fourth volume of “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” begins with a Konohamaru led Team 7 (Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki) embarking on a training mission involving a deed to a village bridge and a rogue ninja. After that arc, expect stories about a bank bomber, the thieving Byakuya Gang, powers, illusions, Team 5 undergoing exams, Team 15 capturing animals, Boruto’s birthday, White Zetsu creatures, along with other surprises in store.

“Naruto” was one of those rare anime series that became an international phenomenon and it was easy to see why with its likable characters, intense action, and the often imitated Naruto run. Given that it has become a franchise, it’s not surprising that a spin-off series now exists titled “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” which revolves around Naruto’s son Boruto at the Hidden Leaf Village Ninja Academy. Sure, Naruto does appear in this spin-off (he is now a father and the Hokage), but he is not the main focus. 

I’m sure many “Naruto” fans will dig into this series in order to delve further into the “Naruto” mythology and universe, but, in my humble opinion, it doesn’t hold a candle to the previous “Naruto” series. One of the core problems with this series is that it never feels fresh. It always feels like it’s trying to mimic what came before rather than telling unique stories that further the universe. The plots and the characters simply feel too familiar and not distinct enough. Even the titular character is a shadow of his father (not to mention overly whiney and headstrong). Granted, a lot of series stick to winning formulas because it is assumed that is what fans want, but it’s lazy from a creative perspective.

Another puzzling element of “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” is how it’s structured. This batch of episodes start off with a Boruto mission, but later on it shifts focus to other teams. I’m all for exploring other characters, but it feels cluttered and unfocused when watching it chronologically.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? A colorful hi-def transfer.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 2.0 Stereo. How do they sound? The English dub is a hard pass from me. Stick with the original language Japanese track. Extras:
* Chibi stickers
* Clean opening and ending
* Storyboards
* Art gallery
* Trailers for other Viz Media titles
* An interview with English cast member Robbie Daymond (the voice of Mitsuki).

January 23, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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