WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Subsequent Generations Episode 217, “Decisions,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
We have seen the Naruto anime’s titular protagonist energy up big-time due to Kurama in a number of key fights. The 9 Tails Demon Fox has granted him immense chakra, placing him on par with previous Hokages similar to Hashirama and Tobirama, with their bond ultimately seeing him surpass them in talent. Now within the Boruto sequence, as Naruto unlocks his strongest kind with the fox, this Baryon Mode truly homages The Matrix’s Neo when he is the One.
Neo because the One was merely elegant — one thing that is change into iconic in popular culture as a result of how badass he got here off within the ’90s and 2000s. When the hacker meshed the true and digital worlds collectively, he might freeze and dodge bullets, bend actuality, fly on the pace of sunshine, struggle with one hand, and minimize an intimidating bravado that left Mr. Smith and the brokers clueless on cease him.
Naruto reaches this fever pitch top as he fights Isshiki in Boruto, rocking the identical swagger and preventing fashion whereas proving he is all-powerful in a god mode that not even his solo movies featured him in. His stances are just like Neo, together with the fluidity of his motion echoing the taijutsu Neo displayed in opposition to Smith’s goons. Naruto even stands to the facet, defending after which hitting with one hand as if he had been within the Matrix, transcended and studying Isshiki’s each transfer.
It turns into a full tribute when he smacks Isshiki away, then beckons him in with one hand. It is that Bruce Lee conceitedness, which Neo additionally did when he referred to as Smith and the brokers in for extra throughout their many scraps. To prime it off, the way in which Naruto’s flying by means of the air together with his chakra cape, hovering and dodging Isshiki’s spears are all just like Neo in his black trenchcoat within the sequels when he understood his full potential.
Positive, the colour scheme is totally different however Naruto’s look, motion and the way in which he retains stunning his enemy reeks of the tips Neo saved pulling from underneath his sleeves, horrifying Smith and the machines that deployed brokers.
It is actually superb what number of parallels there are to each chopping unfastened like this, realizing what their final kind is. And paradoxically, identical to Neo was taking part in a ready recreation with Smith in The Matrix Revolutions, luring him in and killing time, Naruto’s doing the identical and hoping his physique can outlast Isshiki, thus stopping him from being reborn in Kawaki when the body dies.
In Neo’s case, he rewrote Smith’s code and physique. Right here in Boruto, Naruto is simply attempting to cease Isshiki from doing that in one other sense of irony. Sadly, whereas Neo was profitable in his quest, Isshiki’s getting the higher hand as he bleeds a weakened Naruto out, proving the alien is a lot better than brokers in a program’s assemble.