Naruto is arguably one of the most famous anime shows of all time and was a cult favorite among millennials around the world. Now, Boruto has taken its place.
Set in the same universe, Boruto: The Next Generation follows the adventures of Boruto, Naruto’s son, and his companions. The anime television series loosely follows the events in the manga graphic novel of the same name.
As a result, some first-time viewers are wondering, “What manga chapter is Boruto on?”
Currently, Boruto: The Next Generation is on Chapter 58 of the Boruto manga novel. During this chapter, Naruto explains to his son how Byakugan works and offers his son the chance the take the suppressant pills to suppress his ability and live a more “normal” life.
One of the themes that really jumped out to me during this chapter and the ensuing anime episodes is Boruto’s development into a wiser, more mature individual. In today’s post, I’m going to do my best to explain some of the latest plot development in Boruto: The Next Generation and answer some of the most common questions I’ve gotten about the popular series. Let’s take a look!
Boruto Anime: The Latest Chapter
Boruto’s success as both an anime series (for tv-watchers) and a [manga] (for those who prefer to read) largely rides on the former success of Naruto. What made Naruto so popular was that it was a successful tv show around the world and expanded far beyond the small country of Japan.
Boruto: The Next Generation contains many of fans’ favorite Naruto characters but focuses on the growth and development of Boruto (Naruto’s son). As the anime progresses, Boruto slowly develops from an energetic, headstrong, and overconfident teen into a wise, caring, and mature young man. This is a common theme seen in Japanese manga stories.
Plot Breakdown of Chapter 58
As I mentioned, the latest episode of the Boruto anime follows chapter 58 of the original manga. During this chapter, Boruto struggles with the Byakugan powers that he inherited from his father. Byakugan or “white eye” powers are regarded as the most powerful of the three eyes in the Naruto universe (along with the Rinnegan and the Sharingan).
Essentially, it gives Boruto the ability to dramatically enhance his vision and perception of the world around him. For example, some of the powers it grants Boruto when activated are:
- The ability to see microscopic objects on an atomic level.
- 360-degree vision to see incoming attacks and view movement around him
- The ability to see another person’s chakra flow and where their chakra energy is concentrated.
Although the power grants Boruto a significant advantage over his enemies, it also comes with one considerable drawback- it has made him a target for the Momoshiki. The Momoshiki are an alien race that have the ability to overtake a host’s body and mind and use their powers for their own devious plots.
In chapter 58 (titled, “The Right Job for Idiots and Bastards”), Naruto tells his son that his Byakugan white eye powers can be suppressed by taking medicine. While it will take away his powers, it will ensure that he’s no longer a target for the evil Momoshiki.
To many fans’ surprise, Boruto jumps at the chance to take the pills. Terrified by the prospect of being taken over and having his consciousness destroyed, he would rather live through life without his powers than risk his life. Throughout the rest of the chapter, Boruto continues to train with team 7 to defend against the impending attack from The Code.
Boruto’s maturity in his decision to take the suppressant pills and his demonstration of leadership abilities in team 7 cause the chapter to end with Naruto and Konohamaru talking. They discuss how Bortuo has grown into a responsible and mature young man and how he is ready to take up his family’s mantle.
What Episode Is Boruto Anime On?
Although the Boruto Anime is currently on episode 201 (“Empty Tears”), the manga itself is only on chapter 58. This is because Pierrot, the production company, has added a number of additional episodes and stories to the original manga to produce more TV shows for us all to watch and enjoy. But hey, as long as I can kick back with my sushi and enjoy more episodes, you won’t hear any complaints from me!
Does Boruto Anime Follow Canon?
The difference in the episode and chapter numbers between the Boruto anime and the Boruto manga series has led many fans to wonder if Boruto: The Next Generation anime series follows the canon laid down by the original Bortuo manga series. As I mentioned above, the manga series is only on chapter 58, while the anime series has surpassed its 200th episode.
When it comes to most Japanese mangas, this is unheard of. Typically, each anime episode includes the content of one or two manga chapters. This means that there are usually more chapters than tv episodes. So why is the opposite the case in regards to the Boruto series?
The answer for this lies in the fact that Boruto’s manga writers have been relatively slow in writing chapters. In fact, recently, they’ve only been releasing one chapter per month! In contrast, most popular Japanese mangas release one to two chapters per week.
This has meant that the producers of the Boruto anime series have had to “fill in the blanks” with additional episodes. While the anime series sticks to the canon and original storyline laid out in the manga, you’ll find that the anime goes into a lot more depth and contains more side stories.
Where Can I Watch Boruto Anime?
Are you looking to catch up on Boruto? Given the popularity of the series, you can now watch it with your Hulu membership. Additionally, it’s also available on Crunchyroll, the American-owned anime streaming site. So, the next time you have some free time off, grab your favorite Japanese candy and catch up on the latest Boruto episodes. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.