REACTION & FIRST LOOK – The Naruto franchise has had a very long run and its main character’s story, Naruto, has come to a desirable end. However, after the main series finished, a new one was announced which focused on Naruto’s son, Boruto.
Ever since I have watched the second season of Fairy Tail, the shounen genre has lost its appeal for me. The structure of a shounen anime has become quite stale which comprises: a main character who’s a rookie but pulls through every situation, has a down moment in every arc, comes through the down moment, and takes down the bad guy.
Because of this ever-repeating structure, I have gone away from watching anime series in the shounen series but I was always curious about the Naruto franchise. How did it become popular? Why is it popular?
After watching the first five episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, I was re-awoken to the charm of the shounen genre: its simplicity. Unlike most of the anime that I’ve watched recently, shounen entertains its audience because of simple plot line and that, in itself, is something to praise for.
What I like about this new addition to the Naruto franchise is that Boruto does not require its viewers to have prior knowledge of Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and all other seasons and films which pertain to Naruto’s storyline.
Boruto focuses on a different perspective and that is on Naruto’s son, Boruto. How he undergoes that same progression which Naruto went through. He enters Ninja Academy, creates trouble, and all that.
Although most Naruto fans would not watch this new series since it is basically a repetition of what they’ve seen in the main franchise, for a new viewer like me, I am quite entertained by Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
I hope to watch the whole Naruto franchise since it may provide a new perspective of entertainment while I watch this new series. It’s not the best but it has its charms.