There’s many fans of the Naruto franchise all over the world. I’m one of them. Its no Dragon Ball or One Piece, but it’s considered in the Top 5 recent shonen anime series without question. Its successor, Boruto…welllllll. Look its not that I don’t like Boruto, I do. I actually dig the new take on the series. I just view it from a different lens than a lot of other fans. Boruto: Naruto the movie came out in 2015. Now five years later, the manga story is FINALLY progressing.
See, i’m a big fan of the Boruto manga over the anime. The art is a bit grittier, less cutesy or safe. It reminds me of the early seasons of Naruto in a way. The main reason I like Boruto the manga is that it is devoid of filler. Filler are the plotlines that originate in the anime and are not in the manga at all. The franchise is no stranger to filler content. Both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden have entire seasons full of filler. I can recall skipping entire calendar years of the anime just to stick to the creators storylines.
NOT ALL FILLER IS BAD, BUT TOO MUCH IS TERRIBLE
I’m not implying that filler is terrible either. Some really great content arises from filler content. Dragon Ball Z had a memorable episode centered around Goku & Piccolo gaining their driving licenses to avoid Chi-Chi’s wrath. It stands as one of the most hilarious episodes I have ever seen in the Dragon Ball series. Naruto’s filler has been used to flesh out favorite characters like Hinata or Shikamaru. Time is precious to me, and there are so many anime vying for my attention. I prefer sticking to the story.
This is why it’s high time to jump into Boruto now if you’ve avoided it. The newest story arc deals with one of the earliest stories in the manga. The new sequence for Boruto shows new characters that impact recent chapters in the manga right now. We will soon meet Kawaki, who will be an important character moving forward. We’ll learn much more about the Karma mark on Boruto’s hand and its connection to a fearsome new enemy, Kara.
FILLER ISN’T GONE FOR GOOD
As said above, Boruto the Movie released in 2015. The manga didn’t come out until AFTER that movie. Since that time, no stories have been animated that came from the continuation of the story. Until now. Make no mistake, this turn for manga content is great, but it can’t last. The manga currently only releases every month in V Jump in Japan. There’s currently only 10 volumes of the manga for the anime to develop. The anime has (including the Boruto movie that launched it) has only converted 4 of those volumes. The most recent 2 episodes, are burning through Volume 4. Its easy to see that the anime will run out of material pretty quickly, most likely by the end of this season. When that happens, the fillers will return out of necessity.
As the manga content was very good, I would encourage you to jump on board with Boruto now and enjoy the ride thats coming! Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is currently streaming in the US on Crunchyroll and Hulu.