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A new generation of Ninjas!note 
"Yes, I am a ninja. But there was a time when I held a deep resentment towards ninjas. The greatest ninja of the village, The Hokage. Lemme tell you this right off the bat. This isn't the story of a boy aspiring to become Hokage. That's my dad's story. Make no mistake, start to finish, this is my story. I am the Hokage's son and whether I like it or not, my dad is part of my story. The ninja who realized his dream, the Hokage and ... my tale begins as I began rebelling against my father for not paying me enough attention. In case I wasn't clear the first time, this is MY story. But in the beginning, for a short while ... my father played a central role in my story too."
Boruto Uzumaki (Opening narration of Chapter 1)
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In a World... rife with Ninjas, one boy seeks to become the greatest ninja there ever was. This is not that story.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a Spin-Offspring sequel to Naruto. Set fifteen years after the Fourth Ninja War, the ninja world enjoys a prolonged period of peace and prosperity, brought by the efforts of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki, and his allies, as well as radical technological advances which have greatly modernized the Hidden Villages. In this setting, a new generation of ninjas led by Naruto and Hinata's eldest son, Boruto Uzumaki, is being formed to inherit the world.

The series is written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. Kodachi was the author of Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage and co-author of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Ikemoto was an assistant to Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto for the past 15 years. Kishimoto has a supervising role over the Boruto manga and he authored a one-shot manga that preceded the series, Naruto Gaiden The Road Illuminated By The Full Moon that was adapted in episode 39 of the anime.

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The manga series began in Spring 2016 and is published monthly. The manga begins right after the end of Naruto Gaiden, starting with an adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie before moving on to new content. There's also a novel series published by Jump J-Books, which details further adventures in Boruto's life.

The anime adaptation began broadcasting in April 2017, with Kishimoto promising that he would "make it better than Naruto." The anime follows the same story overall, though it starts with new original story arcs that take place before the start of the manga to give some time for the manga to advance forward. Toonami announced that they would begin airing Boruto come September 29th, 2018, notably while its predecessor, Naruto Shippuden, was still airing on the block.


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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Momoshiki takes quite a turn in the manga's designs. He is much more humanoid here, with added long hair and a more Bishounen appearance. His skin is also black and white instead of red.
    • Temari in Boruto and Boruto: Naruto the Movie lacks the Exhausted Eye Bags she had in Chapter 700, which makes her look younger.
  • Adaptational Badass: Sakura got hit with this in the anime adaptation of Naruto Gaiden:
    • In Gaiden Chapter 6, she got warped away by Shin's Space-Time Dojutsu because she was standing next to him and his clone, and she wasn't fast enough to move. However, in Episode 21, Sarada was the original target, but Sakura pushed her out of the way and was teleported in her place.
    • In Gaiden Chapter 9, her "fight" against Shin merely consists of her running around and getting things thrown at her, including getting smashed against a giant rock pillar. However, in Episode 23, this fight was considerably extended, where she put up a good fight against Shin, gaining the upper hand and catching him with the aforementioned pillar.
    • Also in Gaiden Chapter 9, Sasuke defeats Shin rather quickly and by himself, by catching Shin off-guard and crushing him with the Susanoo. However, in Episode 23, this fight was also considerably extended, where Sakura helped him defeat Shin—he teleported her close enough to cripple Shin with her Super Strength.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Kashin Koji makes a brief appearance in Episode 53, casting a genjutsu on Katasuke.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • In the anime, the kids have different clothes in the Academy episodes than they did in Chapter 700 of the Naruto manga, which was loosely adapted in Episode 24. Sarada in particular is dressed in a school uniform, when starting in Naruto Gaiden she would be using her trademark qipao she would use in all her subsequent appearances.
    • Hinata's hairstyle is a bit different between the anime and manga. In the manga, her bob is more curved. Although this is more of an Art Shift.
    • In Chapter 700, Hinata is shown with long hair. In Boruto, Hinata has short hair even during Boruto's academy days.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The chapters covering the movie has often new shots, dialogue and information in it. For example, Momoshiki points out that even though Naruto is the strongest Ninja in the world, he has no way of passing his power to his son.
    • In Chapter 10, after defeating Momoshiki, Boruto gets a vision of the latter where he remarks on his bloodline of Senju mixed with Hyuga, making an ominous prophecy that one day "His blue eyes will take everything away from him", and at the end Boruto removes the bandages of the hand that dealt the final blow to him revealing a mysterious seal on it.
    • Because of the lack of story material to adapt, the anime began by covering Boruto's early days as a student of the Ninja Academy.
    • The anime episodes that cover the movie adaptation have extra scenes added, like the ones in which the participants of the Chunin exam from the other Hidden Villages are given more characterization and screentime, and we get to actually see their battles.
  • Age Lift: The characters look older than they did in Chapter 700, despite the anime beginning before that chapter.
  • Amazon Brigade: Team 15, formed by Sumire, Wasabi and Namida, with Hanabi as their Jonin-sensei.
  • Animal Metaphor: The domestic goose and its inability to fly on the Juugo Arc is used several times throughout the arc to state that You Can't Fight Fate and that you can't overcome your own genes' limitations; at the end of the arc the goose is able to mount in flight and joins its wild brethren, much to Boruto's cheers.
  • Batman Gambit: In Episode 11, in order to increase their chance to encounter another Ghost incident during their mail routes, Shikadai invites their friends to help them cover more ground. After they leave, the person responsible for the Ghost attacks starts another attack at the post office, which was the intended plan for Boruto and the gang since they figured out that they were being watched so they had to force the attacker to attack the only blind spot left.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation:
    • In Episode 12, when Boruto and Mitsuki talk about Naruto, Boruto says "Kaa-chan ni deredere shite." For some reason, the English subtitles on both Crunchyroll and Viz translated that to "He makes Mom do everything," which is egregiously bad because a more accurate translation would be "He is lovestruck towards Mom" and all of the non-English subs give a similarly faithful translation—the French subs translated it to "Il est gaga devant maman" ("He is gaga in front of Mom"), the German subs translated it to "Er himmelt Mama an" ("He adores Mom"), and the Italian subs translated it to "Fa tanto il carino con la mamma" ("He's so cute with Mom").
    • Crunchyroll's subs have erroneously translated a couple of times that "It's been 10 years since the last Ninja War", when in the original Japanese dialogue, the characters are actually saying "It's been over 10 years since the last Ninja War"Explanation .
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Boruto is a male version towards his father Naruto. He acts bratty, boastful and loves attention. He also constantly acts out due to his desire to have his father's undivided attention.
  • Breaking The Cycle Of Bad Parenting:
    • Sasuke had a distant relationship with his "Well Done, Son!" Guy father. He's trying to be a more affectionate father towards his own daughter Sarada after spending a long time being away.
    • Hinata is a kind but still strict mother to both Boruto and Himawari. Contrast to her own father Hiashi who was emotionally distant and looked down on Hinata because he thought she was weak.
    • Gaara ends up adopting a son named Shinki. Shinki is shown to be very happy with Gaara and Gaara himself is very encouraging towards Shinki. Compare that to Gaara's father who ordered his death when he was still a child.
  • Call-Back:
    • A subtle one, in Episode 3. The mysterious dark chakra from the first episode returns, this time affecting Metal Lee. Once again Boruto's eye powers activate, allowing him to see it, but once again he doesn't realize this fact. It's only when he arrives home, and is reminded of Himawari activating her Byakugan, that he starts to suspect that this is the reason why only he can see the dark chakra.
    • In Episode 5, when Mitsuki is talking to an unknown person about Boruto, he wants to see if Boruto is his "sun". This is a reference to Mitsuki's side story "The Path Shine by the Full Moon's Light".
    • In Episode 18, when Naruto takes Boruto to Ichiraku Ramen, he tells his son that that's where he took Hinata on their first date, which is a reference to the two-page manga short written by Kishimoto in a databook that was released with The Last: Naruto the Movie. Later, Boruto learns that Hinata holds the record for the most bowls of ramen eaten (46), which is a reference to the ramen-eating contest in the omake of Shippuden Episode 95.
    • In Episode 53, Urashiki Otsutsuki mentions to Toneri, the events of The Last: Naruto the Movie.
    • In Episode 93, Ino gives Himawari a pair of sunflowers as a thank you gift for her helping Inojin rediscover his passion for drawing in Episode 33.
    • In Episode 102, Karin mentions to Sarada her debt to Sakura when the latter saved her life after being stabbed by a then-darkness-consumed Sasuke.
  • Call-Forward:
    • In Episode 13, Naruto mentions that he thought Kakashi was enjoying his retirement in the hot springs. He would be doing this during the events of Naruto Gaiden.
    • In Episode 18, a newscast mentions an upcoming 5 Kage meeting in Konoha, the one that takes place in the Naruto manga chapter 700.
    • To Boruto: Naruto the Movie:
      • Episode 45: A newscast mentions the upcoming Chunin exam of Boruto: Naruto the Movie that will take place in Konoha.
      • Episode 50: The Jounins discuss their students in preparation for the exam.
      • Episode 51: Katasuke is seen designing the wrist Ninja tool whose use of it will cause Boruto to be disqualified from the Chunin exam.
    • In Episode 103, Sumire expresses her intention to join the Science Ninja Tool Research team.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In the anime, Shino is treated as a Butt-Monkey by his students every time they don't listen to him, abandon him, or say negative things about him. In Episode 5, it's revealed that Shino takes this treatment personally and he begins to have doubts about being a teacher. His doubts also makes him vulnerable to being possessed by a chakra-like snake.
    • It gets even worse when you take into account that people have been ignoring/neglecting him for the entire series, so much so that "Shino was forgotten again" became a running joke.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Word of God states that the series would start by being Lighter and Softer than Naruto, before taking the dark turn that is shown at the very beginning.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Darkest Hour: If we take the dialogue as true, the Seventh Hokage, Naruto, is dead, Konoha is destroyed, and only Boruto stands up to the aggressor.
  • Designated Girl Fight: During the Field Trip arc, Sarada is the only girl in Boruto's class to become part of the fight, and she fights one of the girls in the new Swordsmen of the Mist group.
  • Doting Grandparent: Hinata's father Hiashi, who used to be a borderline Abusive Parent to his eldest daughter, absolutely adores his grandchildren. His first reaction upon seeing Boruto was to smother him and his sister in hugs.
  • Downer Beginning: Naruto is taken out, or worse, dead, and the Leaf Village is destroyed.
  • Dramatic Irony: Naruto takes Kawaki under his wing out of his intention to prevent him from suffering the same ostracizing Naruto had during his childhood; Judging by the events shown on the Flash Forward this didn't turn out well.
  • Drunken Glow: Not ALL the blushes are Ship related....
    • A flashback shows Naruto being taken home drunk by most of his male friends. Not only is Naruto's face flushed but his entire face is pink. Several of the others faces are pink as well. Sai even had a faint blush.
    • When Konohamaru, Moegi, and Shino are shown drinking, Konohamaru and Moegi's faces are flushed. When Hanabi starts drinking with them her face turns completely pink (as does Konohamaru's).
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hiashi and Hanabi Hyuga made their Time Skip debut in the anime before they have even appeared in the manga.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sumire almost destroys the village near the end of her arc in the anime, but she's brought in and reaccepted into the academy despite this.
  • Education Mama:
    • Hinata has shades of being this. During Boruto's suspension, she made sure he kept studying in order to keep him from falling behind. She was also very unhappy to learn that he tried to fake an excuse note to get out of class and confronted him with her Byakugan.
    • Temari is an even worse example as her reaction to discovering that Shikadai cut class was to smack him in the face.
    Shikadai: Compared to my mom, yours is mild.
  • Eject the Loser: Sai's stage in the Chunin Exams works in this way: He asks yes-or-no questions, and examinees must stand on Trap Doors marked "yes" or "no." Below is a pit with ink at the bottom, and he says that anyone with ink on them when time runs out will fail the exam. The first and only question is a trick question, and every participant gets dropped. What he wants to see is the examinees reacting quickly enough and finding ways to break their falls so they don't touch the ink.
  • Evolving Credits: The second ending sequence, with "Sayonara Moon Town" by Scenario Art, does this. It initially shows Sarada's alienation from her parents as she struggles to understand their situation. However, after episode 23, when they're finally back together as a family in Konoha (albeit temporarily), the sequence now changes to show her happily holding her parents hands.
  • Expy: Shojoji, based on his abilities and true nature - as a fat, ugly old man - inspires some connection to Aldrich, Saint of the Deep - both are voracious eaters of men, who show the ability to assimilate the abilities of what they eat, and actively enjoy devouring humans while seeking to transcend humanity. The sole difference is that Shojoji has not yet "softened into sludge" or moved on to higher order prey, though he is capable of distorting his body and extending his jaw to an uncanny degree.
  • Food Porn: Episode 12 shows a sample of Hinata's best cooking, with Boruto even commenting that she went overboard, to which she replies that it's because Naruto is also coming to dinner.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Due to Chapter 18 of the manga establishing Sumire as a worker of Katasuke's science department, this makes every one of her wishes in the anime to become a ninja this, as she will obviously have a change of mind in her career. She does this in episode 103.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Episode 7, while being possessed by the ghost chakra, Magire becomes invisible and declares "Only Sumire can see me", this could easily go over the head of many viewers considering that he's obsessed with her, but in reality it foreshadows Sumire being behind the ghost attacks.
    • Mitsuki glares at Sumire very quickly right before he goes out a door in episode 7. This foreshadows that she's the perpetrator of the incidents.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Episode 18, when Hinata is waiting for Naruto to return home the night before his Hokage inauguration (he went out with the males of the Konoha 11), the Uzumaki's calendar shows that he became Hokage in July. So Naruto became the Seventh Hokage during the seventh month of the year.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Many of the new characters are this to their parents from the original series.
    • Played With with Team Konohamaru (Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki) who are seemingly this to both Team 7 and the Sannin. However, some of their roles have been switched around, with Sarada, who would nominally be this to Sakura in Team 7 and Tsunade in the Sannin, not knowing medical jutsu - rather it's Mitsuki who's the medic this time. Furthermore, Boruto is Sasuke's apprentice and admires him, while Sarada has the same dream Naruto had.
  • Happy Ending Override: As mentioned above, after Naruto earned his happy ending by conquering all his adversities in the original series, finding true love in Hinata and later marrying her and having two children with her, in the Cold Opening of this new series we see that the Village of Konoha is destroyed and Naruto is implied to be dead.
  • In Medias Res: The first chapter starts with Konoha destroyed and an older Boruto fighting someone named Kawaki, before returning to the events that happened prior to, or in the manga, directly to the ones depicted in Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Downplayed in Episode 6 when Boruto reveals to Mitsuki about the shadow-like aura possessing certain people and only he can see it. But judging by how calm he reacted and the comment he made in Episode 5, Shikadai suspects that he may know more about what's going on. Played straight with Shino when he also reveals to Naruto and Shikamaru about him being possessed and they both now plan on investigating it.
    • In Episode 8, Boruto now discovers that his right eye has awoken a dōjutsu after meeting Toneri in a dream.
  • It's All My Fault: In Episode 11, after Sumire gets hurt after another Ghost attack in the previous episode, Boruto blames himself for Sumire getting hurt because of his carelessness of delivering the mail which results in him and friends being assigned another job at the post office, preventing them from going on patrol.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to its nature as a Sequel Series, all of the Official Couples from The Last: Naruto the Movie and the Distant Finale of Naruto are common knowledge from the beginning.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Boruto's opening monologue in which he stresses that this will be his story and that his father at one point was only a part of it, seems dedicated to the fanbase to assure them that for his parental similarities, Boruto is not like his father.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite the dark connotations of the opening, Kishimoto said in an interview that he wants to make Boruto a more lighthearted story that little kids can read.
  • Magitek: While it doesn't rely on chakra itself, the Kote Scientific Ninja Tool is capable of casting pre-prepared ninjutsu that have been sealed into a special scroll, including bloodline-specific hiden and elemental kekkei genkai.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The Nue in Japanese mythology is a creature that has the face of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the legs of a tiger, and the front part of a snake for a tail. The Nue here looks just like that, except gigantic, and the snake tail regenerates like hydra heads do.
  • Monumental Damage: In universe example: The Hokage Mountain has been smashed in the battle between Boruto and Kawaki.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Who or what is responsible for possessing people made the mistake to possess Shino. While the past victims had no idea they were being possessed after Boruto and the others saved them, Shino is the only one to realize this and he reported this to Naruto and Shikamaru.
  • Parents as People: As shown in the Gaiden chapters and Movie, Naruto is struggling to balance his life as a husband and father with his responsibilities as Hokage and obligations towards the village.
  • Power Tattoo:
    • Boruto gets one after defeating Momoshiki. Sasuke later comments that this is not normal, that Boruto should be careful and that he'll look into it himself.
    • After being freed of the Gozu Tennou, Sumire is instead linked to the Nue by a circular mark that looks like the Gozu Tennou's eye in the palm of her left hand. Incidentally, it can blink, and was technically a Mark of the Beast before that same beast became an ally.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Among the Gozu Tennou's purposes is the transfer of chakra to the beast it serves as the contract for. What qualifies it is that it does so by latching onto the chakra of people plagued with negative emotions (and amplifying them as a side effect), sometimes until they're so drained of chakra that they're on the brink of death. If that wasn't enough, the very foundation on which it operates is the negative emotions of its user, and it's all but stated to have killed the person who developed and activated it, who had to be connected to tubes and wires by his spine and arms just to place it on his successor.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • Since the anime gives more insight into the character dynamics of the main cast, adaptations of later arcs get colored by the arcs already done for it. For example, Mitsuki already knows Chouchou and Sarada thanks to his introductory arc, so his first encounter with them in Gaiden is Retconned into a simple run in.
    • The Naruto manga chapter 700 was loosely adapted on Boruto Episode 24, some of the significant changes were that the 5 Kage meeting is used by Naruto to warn them of an upcoming threat, and Sarada attempting to stop Boruto from vandalizing the Hokage Mountain, also some of the circumstances are different like Shikadai and Inojin giving a different reason to blow off Boruto's invitation to join him in his prank.
  • Predator Turned Protector: Nue was created to destroy Konoha. However, it has a will and conscience of its own, and is loyal to its contracted summoner, so if the summoner pulls a Heel–Face Turn...
  • Reality Ensues: After leaving the village without permission in search for Mitsuki, when coming back, Boruto and Sarada are both scolded and hugged by their respective mothers, Hinata and Sakura, who were worried sick from their absencenote . And they also get their Genin ranks temporarily stripped by Naruto as punishment.
  • Recap Episode: Episode 50 of the Anime serves as this, as it has the Jounin teachers Shino, Konohamaru, Moegi, Udon and Hanabi getting together to discuss the events and the Genin characters up to that point, in preparation for the upcoming Chuunin exams.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Sumire, Denki, and Iwabe were nowhere to be seen in Chapter 700, Naruto Gaiden, or Boruto: Naruto The Movie. Here, they're important characters from the start of Boruto's academy days. Denki and Iwabe were even retroactively added into the short depicting Naruto's inauguration when it was shown in Episode 18.
  • The Reveal:
    • In Episode 11, the episode reveals someone is in fact responsible for causing the Ghost attacks from a distance and the purpose of these attacks are to absorb all the negative chakra to awaken the legendary creature, the Nue, that is being contained by the Hashirama Cells.
    • Episode 13 reveals that the Ghost attacks were caused by Sumire.
  • Retcon: Metal's teammates go from look-alikes in Boruto: Naruto the Movie to having Denki and Iwabe in this continuity.
  • Schizo Tech: Even more so than in the original series, as modern technology such as laptop computers and credit cards not only exist but are widespread, yet people still use swords, shuriken, and kunai for fighting. And apparently that extends into science programs that allow to create tools able to replicate ninjutsu, which can be highly lucrative for people from beyond the hidden villages.
  • Slice of Life: Several episodes of the anime focus on the family interactions during the daily lives of the new generation with their parents.
  • Skyscraper City: Konoha has significantly expanded into a massive metropolis of high-rises and skyscrapers, thanks to the rise of powerful enterprises after the Fourth Shinobi World War, which introduced modern technology.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Boruto communicates with Toneri in a dream.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Nue exists in another dimension, so it needs a specially prepared jutsu — the Gozu Tennou — that acts as a gateway to that dimension to be summoned. These same portals seem to be part of its repertoire of supernatural abilities as the "Ghost" that Boruto keeps seeing.
  • This Is My Story: How Boruto narrates the events that leaded to the first chapter.
  • Wham Line:
    • Episode 12:
      Mitsuki: I know who's behind the ghost attacks.
    • Episode 13:
      Mitsuki: (The person responsible is) the Class Representative.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Manga Chapter 22 ended with the Kara member, Kashin Koji, using a Toad summon.
    • Chapter 23 showed that he can also use the Rasengan.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Momoshiki's final form is very different from the movie's.


Alternative Title(s): Boruto Naruto Next Generations

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