5 Point Discussions – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 89: “A Piercing Heart”

by Sage Ashford

With Ohnoki unconscious, Ku and the other Fabrications are able to run free. Meanwhile, Boruto and Sarada are trapped in a fight to the death! Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. At least one of the Fabrications has different aspirations from “good fight plz”, even if it is just that she likes to play with dolls.  Because Kirara has literally the best ability out of the entire group, she catches both Boruto and Sarada off guard and places them under a genjutsu to do exactly as she commands, which…in this instance is a katana fight to the death.
This fight was a little hard to deal with, considering in most instances, the users aren’t even aware they were placed under genjutsu. Here, both were aware of what happened yet neither of them were able to break it until they were nearly dead. At the last second, Sarada manages to save herself by placing herself under a counter genjutsu with her Sharingan by catching a glimpse of her reflection in Boruto’s sword right before the killing blow was struck. They’re both genius ninja, so this just becomes a way to sideline them for the majority of the episode.

2. For someone meant to be playing a comic relief role, Sekki has experienced pretty good character growth. When we first met him he was a chump who couldn’t even perform his own special move, falling on his face and being forgotten until Boruto ran across him after he got lost in the Hidden Stone’s “training grounds”. Since then though he’s developed enough to use his true strength to help save Ohnoki and Boruto.  All of this boosts the self confidence of a guy who clearly isn’t use to believing in himself enough to believe he can rescue a valued hostage from an army so strong it captured the entire city. He’s definitely shooting a little high, but better that than not trying at all, right?

3. I wanted to say Sekki experienced more character growth than anyone else in this arc, but fortunately we get this scene to prove that not to be true. Just as Mitsuki is about to hand over the first artificial heart to Ku, allowing him to stablize his body, Boruto finally comes out and admits how much of a screw up he’s been. He talks about actually wanting to understand Mitsuki, instead of just taking his friend for granted like he has been since his introduction. It’s sweet, and keeps anyone’s ship dreams of Boruto/Mitsuki alive.

4. You gotta admit, Kurotsuchi knows how to give minimum effort while getting maximum publicity.  She spends the vast majority of the arc trapped, only to appear right when things are starting to resolve on their own and appear to “save” everyone”. Ku’s dying after Mitsuki stabbed him in the chest, Mitsuki and Konohamaru bombed the location creating all the sand golems, but hey–she shows up in time to free the citizens…which would’ve happened anyway once the Fabrications were down. It’s not like the reinforcements aren’t useful, but that doesn’t stop her from being taken out like a scrub in the middle of this arc. In other words:

5. The latter part of this arc has all been about the ticking clock for all of Ohnoki’s Fabrications.  They’re in desperate need of a way to stabilize their conditions, with the mad scientist having found one by extracting the hearts of normal humans and using the data they got from Mitsuki to create unique hearts to finally allow them to stop needing regular treatments to avoid dying early.  Already two of the five have died, pushing themselves too hard trying to fight the Konoha genin.
Now here, just when Ku thinks he’ll be able to get his heart and achieve the power he needs to carry out his own vision, Mitsuki takes advantage of the trust he’s gained to get in a sneak attack. It’s (fortunately) revealed there are no fake hearts, because Mitsuki set the other ninja free and sabotaged their base. This leads to the ending for this episode, which all comes down to a three on three between a weakened Ku, Kirara, and Sekiei. Surprisingly, the show hasn’t tried hard to make you feel bad for most of them. Kirara has manipulated humans and nearly killed several so far.  Ku’s understandable and tragic in that he’s born only to fulfill someone else’s desires and isn’t even recognized by his creator as human…but he still wanted to kill five people. The only kid I feel bad for is Sekiei, who only wanted a friend.  He finally got one in Mitsuki, or so he thought, only to be betrayed in the end. Their fight is going to be hard to watch.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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