WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Subsequent Generations Episode 229, “Breach of Orders,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
One of the vital disappointing elements of the Naruto sequence was Sakura, whose character improvement was inconsistent because the manga and anime centered closely on the would-be Hokage and his rivalry with Sasuke. She was given some large moments, particularly within the Kaguya Struggle, however Sakura was nonetheless used largely as a pawn to make Naruto and Sasuke look good — made even worse by shucking her into a wedding with the latter. Sadly, Episode 229 of the Boruto anime confirmed Chōchō is being customary equally, and it is fairly disrespectful.
Seeing as so a few years have handed and Naruto‘s feminine fanbase was so vocal, it might be logical for some course correction to happen by empowering the ladies in Boruto higher. Sadly, that hasn’t occurred with Ino and Sakura given extra duties as housewives, and nearly all of the mentors for the brand new technology being males. To compound the issue, one other lovestruck lady is getting used as a crutch for a essential man’s improvement — akin to Sakura again within the day.
That is emphasised within the mission to the Land of Calm Seas, the place Chōchō is joined by Kawaki and Shikadai to escort Mozuku again residence with a remedy for a virus. Sadly, relatively than give attention to the mission, Chōchō spent more often than not being a fangirl to Kawaki, happening and on about his appears to be like with none actual nuanced cause for liking him.
It is superficial and reeks of the beauty arc Sakura had in Naruto, fawning over Sasuke just for him to hate and threaten her time and time once more. Kawaki would not wish to kill Chōchō, fortunately, however he is not into her, so this felt like an pointless and repetitive Boruto arc that dredged up dangerous reminiscences of previous. Naruto did the identical to Temari, Ino and Karin too, having them lust after Sasuke when crafting one thing extra significant and primarily based in love — per Hinata’s affections for Naruto — would have resonated extra.
As an alternative, this new try at unrequited love with a brand new Sasuke is affordable and finished for laughs, which is not good. Chōchō has already suffered from a scarcity of improvement because the plus-sized, food-loving shinobi whom the fellows make enjoyable of. It is such a nasty inventive resolution as a result of she’s bought a lot potential, as seen when she pushed Sarada to the restrict within the latest shinobi exams, and extra just lately in serving to combat off assassins.
To make it worse, she underwent one thing else Sakura usually skilled: being the sufferer and damsel in misery to be rescued. On this case, Chōchō had a mini-fridging of types as she was stabbed up within the fracas, requiring medical care to make Mozuku vital and a shocking altruistic determine.
It is demeaning as a result of she had finished the heavy lifting to free the fellows, which reeked of Sakura’s previous the place she was a prop to create openings for her male counterparts to hog the glory. Hopefully this regression in Boruto is quickly snuffed out — Chōchō deserves higher and must be an impartial, vital thinker able to searching for worthwhile love out in a extra mature method.