It’s not a secret boruto did not hesitate to remove once-important female shinobi from Naruto to take on painfully stereotypical roles or simply remove them from the limelight altogether. While the anime does indeed give these and other Naruto female characters more screen time than the manga, some might consider this additional focus to be worse as it makes it worse. highlight their importance to the larger plot. And yet, a few episodes have shown Boruto’s needless mistreatment of these characters in a way that’s almost fan-worthy.
Of the main female ninja Naruto cast aside in Boruto, Ino and Sakura benefited the most from the aforementioned brutal appeals. In episode 171 of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Sakura decides to interrupt her daughter’s training with Sasuke to test her resolve by fighting. Sarada is clearly so stunned by the idea of saving up with her mother that Sakura actually feels compelled to remind her daughter that she is, in fact, a Jonin. However, the training session didn’t start for quite some time, just because Sarada froze in silence.
Boruto admits the series got rid of its female ninjas
A few seasons later in episode 177, Ino’s son Inojin is paired with a ninja named Kohan as part of a new sensor initiative run by Ino’s mother. When Kohan talked about his mother with such respect and admiration, Inojin clearly couldn’t understand why the other ninja knew about her because he asked Kohan if she was really that famous. Incredibly, after hearing her achievements, Inojin reasoned that since he had only seen her work in a flower shop, it was real for her to be put in charge of this important initiative. okay?
In both scenes, Ino and Sakura’s children react as strongly as they do themselves as this is the first time they see their mother as a warrior or strategic asset that can protect Konoha. Their skepticism in thinking that they are more than they were portrayed in Boruto serves as a blow to how far Ino and Sakura’s characters have fallen. Sarada and Inojin’s surprise that their mother is actually more capable than they realize, is tantamount to outrage among many fans at how unimportant their parents have become. Aside from their utter surprise, it should be said that neither of the children saw this side of their mother until almost 200 episodes of the series. While the effect won’t change, it has a much bigger impact when it happens so late in the series.
Not just a brutal call
Both episodes really demonstrate the importance of Ino and Sakura while justifying Boruto’s questionable choices for them. In Sakura’s case, Sarada was not only impressed by her mother’s strength and abilities during their match, but Sakura also proved herself to be a better trainer than Sasuke. Meanwhile, Ino has not only successfully managed the sensory system, but also revealed that she both enjoys using her sensory skills and running a flower shop equally and would never consider closing down. his shop to pursue the other. It was a choice she made and enjoyed rather than forced. Of course, fans will definitely love it if boruto didn’t put Ino and Sakura or any of their female companions in such a position in the first place, but at least the anime is addressing these issues directly instead of ignoring them entirely like the manga.
boruto: Naruto Next Generations is streaming on Crunchyroll.