The mere fact that, due to the manga being a monthly release, the first ten chapters are almost nothing but an adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and not new content. Then things start to fishtail from the events of the movie a little. And one could assume that the artist was trying to use this time to refine his artwork before he got to the actual meat of his story.
The Mitsuki Disappearance Arc. It is the longest arc in the anime thus far (spanning from Episodes 71-91), progressing through multiple phases, settings, and subplots throughout. As a result, while the arc can be polarizing, it is generally agreed that it could have been comfortably condensed at several stages without subtracting content.
A small complaint leveled towards the movie was that, after the final battle, the issues Boruto had with his dad just don't really get addressed, as once they return to Konoha, the movie ends. In the Boruto anime, after the battle with Momoshiki, Naruto takes some time off to spend with his family; and to make up for respectively missing and ruining Boruto and Himawari's birthdays, Naruto (the real one and not a shadow clone) brings a birthday cake for both of his children and Naruto, Hinata, Boruto and Himawari have a nice birthday party together. For many, it makes Naruto look better as a parent, while also providing a satisfying resolution to the arc.
Boruto's victory over Momoshiki in the movie, while good, was seen by some as being a waste since Boruto's victory came across as it simply being a victory handed to him because he's the main character. Plus, Naruto and Sasuke aren't given a reason for why they don't defeat him. In the anime, Naruto and Sasuke do overpower Monoshiki, but both are too exhausted to defeat him, so Boruto steps up to defeat him since the other Kage are also unable to do anything. The anime also makes Boruto actually have to fight Momoshiki, instead of casually one-shotting like he did in the movie, showing that Boruto, while significantly weaker than everyone there, is a capable Ninja.
Sakura vs. Shin, despite Boruto being weekly series in contrast to other series that are made per season.
The final battle with Momoshiki in the anime (which had to be re-done from scratch due to the latter's final form being different from the movie) has a superb animation that many fans and reviewers consider even better than the movie's.
Boruto, Sarada and Chocho vs. Kakou on Episode 87; although not quite to the degree of the aforementioned battle with Momoshiki, the animation was highly praised by both viewers and reviewers.
Konohamaru Vs. Jugo in Episode 99, was a sweetly animated fight.
Gaara and Shukaku vs. Urashiki Otsutsuki in Episode 121.
Boruto and Shinki vs. Urashiki in Episode 125.
Awesome Music: Kana-Boon's Baton Road, the series' first theme song by the same guys who did 'Silhouette' for Shippuden.
Boruto himself has been this since his first appearance in Naruto's Distant Finale, and while people started liking him better after the movie, he's still very divisive. Parts of the fandom believe that the constant comparisons he gets with Sasuke and Naruto can get tiring, and the manga being overly focused on him (to the point Mitsuki often feels like a background character with no more than a couple lines) causes many to complain, and that's without speaking of his overconfidence and arrogance in the anime, since he can come across as an ungrateful Spoiled Brat. They often criticize the comparisons, saying that Boruto's story is an attempt to re-hash Naruto's story without everything that made Naruto so special. Those who like him argue that the parallels are to be expected, and that the manga due to being monthly needs to just focus on Boruto, and of course most of Boruto's personality issues are solved in the movie. However, after the Momoshiki arc, everyone seems to have come to like him.
Chocho Akimichi. Most of the general fanbase agrees that unlike Choji, Chocho is too pretentious that it makes it hard for almost anyone to like her. This was especially evident in the Chocho arc as people grew too impatient to deal with a 3 episode arc dedicated to her, some opting to skip the three weeks they were airing. In a Poll hosted by a user on Reddit, Chocho was voted the least liked character of the new generation. However on the other side of things, people enjoy Chocho's confidence and find her a good role model for being okay with one's appearance. These two sides are often extremely divided.
Konohamaru. Is he someone who was completely glossed over by the writers in terms of being robbed of his full potential to possibly be like Kakashi, for example, despite having learnt a Rasengan by Naruto when he was a teenager? Or is this justified, as Kakashi undertook more dangerous missions when he was young, in contrast to Konohamaru's more meagre tasks like cat rescuing? Furthermore, the anime and manga have given him more times to prove himself as the leader of Team 7, although the execution and events have also divided viewers.
Kagura is kind of popular for bringing back the prequel's darker elements, however, there is an equal share of viewers who find the character's execution less than compelling. Supporters will point to his childhood trauma and his coercion into joining the New Seven Swordsman of the Mist as tragic. Detractors will point out that his "trauma" wasn't all that traumatic, especially given the standards of the franchise as a whole, and that he is simply weak-willed and overly-emotional, hence the ease with which the villains manipulate him.
Another big point of contention is the new art style by Ikemoto, some people are okay with it, while others claim that the characters look horribly Off-Model. This has been lessened somewhat thanks to the Art Evolution and characters' re-design the series is getting◊ in the latest chapters.
There's also the fact that the first issues of the monthly manga are dedicated to retell the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, some people think it's a good idea since many fans have not had a chance to watch the movie yetnote The DVD release for North America would not come until March 2017, while others consider it a waste of space and shameless filler. It should be noted that this is a common practice in the Anime/Manga industry, where the beginning of a new sequel series starts recapping the canon events shown in another medium before tackling new story arcs. See Dragon Ball Super for an example.
Sarada's normal outfit, a waist high skirt and high heels with implied panty shots, in addition to an alarmingly form-fitting and revealing nightwear/loungewear in Chapter 13, has sparked a lot of debate for being exceedingly risque for a girl who's only 12 or 13 with people accusing the author of sexualizing a preteen, while others think people are overreacting to the outfit. The anime changed the outfit up to be more modest.
The aforementioned Mitsuki Disappearance Arc has been divisive. Some praise it for its character development, world-building, and the great action scenes of the final battles, while others find it an unnecessary, long-dragged and redundant storyline which only serves to retread ground the series has already covered. Also despite of its name, Mitsuki (who is a fan favourite) features relatively little in it. Not helped by the fact that it is following on the heels of the much-acclaimed Versus Momoshiki arc and when it was announced that the next arc would be the adaptation of Naruto Shinden, it only made fans to want the arc to end sooner.
The world is no longer a Retro Universe as over the last decade it's quickly modernized. Is this a good, reasonable change or does it ruin the aesthetic of Naruto?
The Lighter and Softer tone of Boruto; some fans dislike it and claim that they miss the life-or-death situations of the early episodes of Naruto, while others enjoy the Slice of Life episodes as they bring more characterization and screentime for both the new and the previous generation. The latter group also points out that unlike the previous generation, the main characters are living in an era of peace, they lack the Dark and Troubled Past of their parents, they also need to undergo some training and Character Development before they can tackle missions, and that the series will eventually get hit with the Cerebus Syndrome, as shown in the prologue.
Which is better, The Anime or the Manga? The Anime is praised for the high quality of the animation of several battles, its fleshing out of the next generation characters and their relationships with each other, and the world building of the New Era Ninja World; While it's also criticized for its lack of story development. The Manga on the other hand is praised by its build up of its Myth Arc and introducing interesting villains; while criticized by its slow pacing (this due in great part to its monthly release), different art style, and overt focus on Boruto and Kawaki. It's very common to hear fans saying that either of the Anime and Manga are good while the other not so much. For what it's worth, Word of God have said that both the Anime and Manga are Canon, which drives the wedge even further on the fandom.
Captain Obvious Reveal: The Byakuya Gang arc feature a young thief named Ryōgi with Undying Loyalty to the gang's leader because he saved him in the past from his parent's murderer. Fans of the original series (especially to those who watch the movies) are quick to guess that the gang leader was the one who killed Ryōgi's parents and the entire "rescue" was simply a ploy to gain his trust and to use him as a tool due to Ryōgi's talent in Ice Release techniques. Frankly it would have been a bigger reveal if Gekko DIDN'T kill Ryogi's parents.
Sumire gets a lot of flak from Boruto/Sarada and Boruto/Mitsuki shippers for being somewhat similar to Hinata (even though she's more talkative than Hinata was for most of the original series) and having a crush on Boruto. It goes the other way as well, with Sumire fans bashing Sarada for the Gaiden arc and her characterization while praising Sumire's own. Some Boruto/Mitsuki fans held the opinion Boruto should have let Mitsuki kill Sumire.
Although in a much lesser degree than before, Hinata, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are still getting this. Every little negative or not-completely-perfect part of their relationships is nitpicked by the still upset shippers as evidence that they should get divorced or that they're terrible husbands/wives. In some fanworks this involves literally killing one, so that their widow(er) can date someone else.
The fanbase utterly LOVES Himawari, for being the Badass Adorable daughter to Naruto and Hinata, and (similar to Sarada) think she would have been a more interesting protagonist than Boruto.
Although not to the degree of popularity as Himawari or even Sarada, Sumire Kakei has gained her own following rather quickly. It helps that she's somewhat similar to Hinata, the previous generation's biggest Ensemble Dark Horse, but there are also those who find her femininity and appearance rather refreshing by itself.
Out of the next generation kids that aren't Sarada and the Uzumaki kids, Shikadai and Inojin get the most attention. Though some dislike Shikadai for being too much like Shikamaru and not enough like Temari, fans enjoy both boys bishonen looks. Unsurprisingly, they're both a Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
For years fans hated Hanabi despite having literally nothing to go on. When she was given characterization in The Last: Naruto the Movie, her peppy personality was nothing like fans expected from her. Boruto shows that even as an adult she's still energetic. Fans quite like Hanabi's personality and design.
Metal Lee continues the family tradition of being the beloved underdog. Many fans also appreciate that Metal is actually a rather different character from his father, having incredible natural Tai Jutsu talent but freezing up because of his nerves as opposed to Rock Lee having zero aptitude but not really caring for other's opinions.
Wasabi Izumo became popular after Episode 37 of the anime when she revealed that not only can she use Medical Ninjutsu but she also has a jutsu that cloaks her with a cat-like appearance that also increases her speed, which impressed a lot of people who thought of her as a Satellite Character.
Konohamaru's old teammates, Udon and Moegi, who had less than 20 panels in Naruto surprised the audience. Even more, Udon surprised people with one of his abilities.
Ever since the series started, fans have been speculating about Kawaki's true identity, with some theorizing that he's the future Tentou, Iwabee or Denki. All for naught with the knowledge he is an entirely separate character Team 7 meets while fighting Kara.
Likewise, there are a lot of fan theories regarding Boruto's magical eye. The consensus is that it's related to kama, an ability both Boruto and Kawaki possess.
Some fans theorize that Jingen, the leader of Kara, is in reality an older Mizuki, due to having a similar hairstyle and color.
Kashin Koji revealing that he can use Toad summons and the Rasengan, has sparked a lot of theories about his connection to Jiraiya.
Prior to Boruto, Konohamaru was very frequently shipped with Hanabi, despite them having next to no interaction, since it's assumed they're both single and they're roughly the same age. Episode 50 caused even more shipping as the two get drunk for the night and it's revealed that Hanabi calls Konohamaru "senpai".
Like his father before him, Shikadai gets paired off with his Chunin Exams opponent Yodo. Even moreso, Chocho is very frequently paired off with Shinki due to her finding him handsome and him actually being amused when she went all out.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Sarada's lighthearted comment about Boruto's eyes from the movie gets a dark connotation in the manga, in which it gains a significance related to Momoshiki's dark prophecy.
Hilarious in Hindsight: After The Reveal of Boruto: Naruto the Movie that Mitsuki is Orochimaru's "child", there were several joke fanworks of the latter trying to act as a responsible parent including at least one where he attends a parent-teacher meeting at the Academy. Come Episode 35 and we see Orochimaru doing exactly that.
Mitsuki is completely devoted to Boruto, tends to get physically very close to him, calls him "His sun" and outright tells him that he is his reason to become a ninja. Mitsuki even has a portrait of Boruto beside his bedside table. Considering that it's the only single piece of what you could call a possession, that says a lot. Later, Boruto seems to have completely gotten used to Mitsuki's admiration, even declaring that Mitsuki would never stop liking him since they were so close and that they were practically in sync at all times. During the Mitsuki Arc, Mitsuki says that Boruto was the light and sun of his life and that he might have grown human enough to cry if Boruto ever dies.
Shizuma's relationship to Kagura is textbook grooming. He befriended Kagura when his classmates ostracized him out of fear, leading Kagura to believe that Shizuma is the only person that believes in him. He also is constantly touching Kagura, especially on his face and acts like a jealous lover when he fights Boruto yelling "You can't have him, he belongs to me" and "I won't let you take him from me". While Shizuma's intentions were to use Kagura as a weapon, the subtext is there.
Shikadai and Ryogi in the Byakuya gang arc. Their interactions and their meeting up to play Shogi together was remarked upon by several fans as resembling an actual date.
Informed Wrongness: Shikamaru's pep talk with Shikadai in episode three earned him a lashing from Temari. He told Shikadai that getting scolded is supposed to teach him a valuable lesson. The scene paints Shikamaru as being in the wrong because Temari took his words out of context and claimed that he was telling Shikadai it was okay to get in trouble.
Shikadai has a lot of fans but at the same time a lot of viewers think he's too similar to his father. While other characters are either a mishmash of their parents or their own characters personality-wise, Shikadai is basically Shikamaru with Temari's eyes. Some fans are disappointed that he isn't more snappy like his mother or that he doesn't use wind jutsu.
Boruto Chapter 15's introduction to "Kara" spawned many of these complaints regarding the organization showing way too many similarities to the "Akatsuki" of the original series. This however has lessened with subsequent appearances, as significant distinctions between the two have emerged.
Episode 38 revealing Boruto, Sarada and Mitsuki are the new "Team 7" resulted in several complaints about how their original team 3 designation was more original.
Boruto is often called too similar to Naruto, whether it be because of his design (in The Last he had purple eyes but by Chapter 700 this had been changed to blue) or his fighting style (he knows several jutsu that Naruto does, such as Shadow Clone and Rasengan).
Episode 112 was massively hit with this, as it was about choosing who would be a Chunin. It seemed Sarada was going to be elected, but then Sasuke interrupts Naruto, discouraging this decision. So, Shikadai was elected instead. This earned the ire of many viewers, who deemed it too similar to the original series, where Shikamaru was the only one who became Chunin out of his teammates.
Like You Would Really Do It: Kankuro's Heroic Sacrifice and apparent death in the Urashiki Returns arc, was received with this reaction by viewers; unsurprisingly, he is shown to have survived despite having received the full blast of the explosion.
Magnificent Bitch: Sumire Kakei's true name is Sumire Shigaraki. A seemingly shy, sweet young lady, Sumire is the successor of the ROOT ninja Tanuki Shigaraki and seeks revenge for her family's stigmatization by destroy the Leaf. Playing the innocent, Sumire infects others with negative emotions to harvest their chakra for her creature, the Nue, manipulating all around her and even using an attack to injure herself to deflect suspicion. Sumire manages to outwit and elude even other veteran ninja while summoning the Nue to destroy the village, only being stopped by Boruto helping her to realize how much she loved the mask she created and the friends she gained along the way.
Himawari, who awakened her Byakugan and knocked out Naruto with one strike! Fans are now certain that Himawari is more powerful than Naruto, Madara, Kaguya, etc.
Hinata, who as a mother is shown to terrify and intimidate both Naruto and Boruto when pushed too far. It doesn't matter if you're the Main Character, the Hokage, or The Chosen One; if she tells you to get out, YOU GET OUT! Then there is also her status as the Queen of Gluttony.
Boruto's lack of drawing skills coupled with Shikadai and Mitsuki's flabbergasted reaction to it, turned into the source of several parodies.
Boruto gushing over the prospect of having the Byakugan has become the source of several GIFs on Tumblr.
TWO AND A HALF MINUTES note In the first episode adapting Naruto Gaiden , Sakura mentions that her first date with Sasuke only lasted that exact amount of time. Many jokes were had at her expense for this fact, adding more fuel to the already base-breaking family dynamic she and Sasuke share.
BORUTO'S DADnote Crunchyroll on a tweet promoted the availability of the original Naruto series referring to the main character as "BORUTO'S DAD", this was met with laughs and many fans jokingly started making edited title images of "BORUTO'S DAD" Shippuuden, The Last: "BORUTO'S DAD" The Movie, "BORUTO'S DAD" Ultimate Ninja Storm... etc. The fact that VIZ Media and several professional reviewers later picked on the joke sealed its status as a meme.
"Hey, Boruto's Dad is a kinda cool character! Do you think they'll make a sort of prequel about his story?"
FOOD + WATER VIEW = HOW TO WOO AN UCHIHAnote With Episode 23's scene of Boruto sharing a squid with Sarada while looking at the ocean, Boruto/Sarada fans were reminded of a similar scene on the adaptation of Itachi Shinden in which Itachi's childhood sweetheart shares a dango stick with him while looking at a lake.
Some fans blame both Kodachi and Ikemoto for the decision to apparently kill Naruto in the opening, in reality that was Kishimoto's idea.
One of the sticking points of the manga has consistently been Ikemoto's artwork, which is considered to be a poor imitation of Kishimoto's. As a matter of fact, Kishimoto had actually directly encouraged Ikemoto to not use Naruto's artstyle, leading to Ikemoto attempting to diverge from the styling of the original series.
As mentioned under Broken Base above, some fans are not happy of Kishimoto handing over the development of the story and characters to other artists; he however, still holds a degree of creative control as a supervisor. These are especially noticeable with the anime Episodes 8-9 which were widely well-received after which Kodachi revealed in a tweet that Kishimoto had provided a lot of input on the scenes with the Hyuga.
The same goes for the episodes covering the adaptations of Naruto Gaiden and the Mitsuki one-shot The Path Lit by the Full Moon, which were originally written by Kishimoto, as they have been very well received by the fandom. On the other hand the Naruto Gaiden was well received for its fight scenes (most notably Sakura vs Shin) as well as Sasuke's more caring expressions, contrasting his dark past.
While it might be weird to see Ao with a gun, the video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 already had a guest character who often shot bullets rather than kunais at their enemies. Before that, Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 had Bando, who used a BFG.
Energy swords have appeared in the series before, there was a villain on a Filler arc of Part I Naruto that wielded a lightning blade said to be once used by the Second Hokage.
Padding: A ton of it in the manga. Despite having already run for over 30 chapters, the series could probably be fit into under 20 with relatively little being lost, even including the recap of the movie. Long stretches of time consist either of fights which repeat the same choreography, and dialogue scenes which serve to reiterate the same plot points multiple times. A full seven chapters (over half a year in real-time) passes between the fight with Ao and the next encounter with Kara, but all that happens is Kawaki's introduction and him adjusting to living with the Uzumaki family.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Sumire was very divisive early on, with people feeling that she was too much of a Hinata Expy, but without the depth. A lot of people would eventually come around to her by the end of the anime's first arc, where she's given a unique backstory that explained her behavior, showed an interesting (and unique) power set, and went through major Character Development.
There's plenty between Boruto/Sarada, Boruto/Sumire, and Boruto/Mitsuki fans.
Prior to Boruto there was some between Inojin/Himawari, Inojin/Sarada, Shikadai/Himawari, Shikadai/Sarada, and Boruto/Sarada fans. It decreased slightly due to the lack of interactions between the characters in Boruto, but it still pops up.
Considering it was one of the intense ship wars out there, much of the ship-to-ship combat from the original Naruto came over to Boruto. Naruto/Hinata vs Naruto/Sakura vs Naruto/Sasuke vs Sasuke/Hinata vs Sakura/Hinata and Shikamaru/Temari vs Shikamaru/Ino wars still exist, even if they're less brutal than before.
In a weird example, fans of Naruto/Sasuke and Naruto/Sakura tend to be displeased by Ship Tease moments between Boruto and Sarada due to seeing the relationship as basically redoing their ship that didn't become canon; Some of the most extreme ones openly claim to ship Boruto/Sumire purely out of spite. Boruto/Sarada shippersnote and also for that matter, sincere Boruto/Sumire shippers don't tend to take these comments well.
Many readers are displeased about Sarada's wardrobe change in this series. In contrast to her more modest outfit that was actually normal and practical for a 12-year-old kunoichi to wear note And actually a blend of the outfits that her parents originally wore, she now sports a waist high skirt and high heels with implied panty shots. The anime ended up covering her up more, much to fan approval.
Chapter 13 caused the fandom to explode in uncomfortable rage at multiple pages dedicated to showing off Sarada in form fitting and rather revealing nightwear that seems less practical and more fanservicey. Keep in mind that Sarada is not even a full-grown teenager yet, she's around 14.
As the series starts with a lighter tone, the first ending theme, "Dreamy Journey" by The Peggies, takes the cake. The song sounds really nice, shows the new characters smiling and even running while a shot of their parents and teachers are seen in the distance.
Himawari Uzumaki is also this mainly because of how young the child is and her interactions with the older cast.
Some fans didn't like the fact that Boruto got a Snake Summoning contract, as they expected him to get a Toad summon just like his father and grandfather before him.
Ino's design gets this from many of her fans. At the end of the Naruto anime she received a new look that made her look more mature. But by Boruto, she's back to her original hairstylenote Chapter 700 also used the hairstyle and if anything she looks younger than she did ten years prior.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many criticized Sumire's choice to forego the Chunin Exams and instead work with Konoha's science department, claiming she would have worked better as a ninja given her powerset with the Nue, and that this was a cheap and lazy attempt to explain her absence in Boruto: Naruto the Movienote Sumire's father was initially invested in science, before his hatred against Konoha. It wouldn't make sense that Sumire would even choose to have the same passion as her father, given he had placed the Summoning Contract of the Nue into her, in order to release it to destroy Konoha.. Subverted in the anime, though, which retcons this part and has Sumire take part in the exams.
Tough Act to Follow: As expected, since it's the follow-up of a very popular manga, Boruto has some really big shoes to fill:
Most fans believe that after the final battles of the main series finale, focusing on smaller scale action could harm the series' appeal, similarly to what happened with Dragon Ball GT.
This is acknowledged by the creators, who have gone on record saying that their biggest challenge is to make Boruto as a character both interesting and distinct from his father, Naruto.
Aoda is just as cuddly as a giant summoned snake can be, but his nice and polite demeanour plus his devotion to Sarada out of his loyalty to Sasuke has endeared him to a significant part of the fandom.
Akkun, the Akuta that befriends Inojin. Which makes its death and its mourning by Inojin a Tearjerker.
Mini-Shukaku from the Urashiki Returns arc, even Himawari thinks he's adorable.
It's very rare for a character that debuted in the movies to actually appear in the canon materials, even if one of the movies is canon for once. So when Toneri made an appearance in Episode 8, people were very surprised as they never expected to see him again.
Same for Sumire appearing in the manga, who was an anime only character.
The same goes for the appearance of Ao in manga Chapter 17.
Episode 51 brought back an old villain: White Zetsu.
The Chocho centric Anime arc of Episodes 67-69, in which Chocho becomes slimmer and more attractive, how the actor who was interested in Chocho only liked her for her physical appearance, and how the rest of the characters point out that Chocho is "not being herself"; despite having the Stock Aesop of "what matters is what's inside of the person" has been interpreted by some viewers as promoting a body-positivity message.
Orochimaru's answer to Mitsuki to his question of whether they are his mother or father, saying that it doesn't matter since there have been times when Orochimaru has been a man, other times a woman, and other times something not of this world, has been widely praised by members of the Transgender community in the fandom.
Win the Crowd: A great deal of fans were certainly not looking forward to another rehash of Boruto: Naruto the Movie; but when the anime reached that arc, fans were surprised for the extra battles and scenes of fan favourites like Sarada, Shinki, Shikadai and Inojin. Also the change in circumstances in which Boruto gets disqualified from the Chuunin Exam has been widely praised as much more emotionally impacting, all to be tied with a completely newly-animated final battle between Naruto and Sasuke Vs. Momoshiki. Because of this a lot of fans and anime reviewers are now declaring the Anime adaptation as the superior version over the movie and the manga.