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The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 2

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 2

A Tale of Two Worlds

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 2 was a surprisingly good episode. There wasn’t action or thrills of any other variety. But it had a lot of great world-building. And, as it turns out, that world-building began with a literal explanation of the current state of the world.

According to Sonju, the world as the children know it has been this way for 1,000 years. Previously, they thought that the appearance of the demons and the eradication of humanity was a relatively recent event. That’s not the case. He also explains that the only place you’d find humans nowadays is on the farms, of which there are many.

However, the really big reveal comes when Sonju mentions that the world is actually split into two sides. On one, where they’re currently located, you have the demon’s domain. And on the other, you have the human’s domain. Also according to Sonju, when this split happened 1,000 years ago, some humans were offered to the demons to be bred as a source of food — which lead to the farms.

Sonju from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Sonju

This explanation of the world actually sounds fairly familiar. In Somali and the Forest Spirit, the world is set up in a similar way. Somali, a human child, is abandoned on a continent run by monsters who eat humans. A forest guardian finds her and travels with her to reach the human continent.

That’s basically the same plot that we’re seeing here in The Promised Neverland.

It’s also important to note a few things about Sonju’s story. First, he’s only heard of this human side of the planet — he hasn’t seen it. Second, he’s never heard of anyone getting there. And third, it doesn’t really make sense for the humans to offer some of their own up to the demons to be bred for food. What do they get out of it? Peace? Both sides got peace, so why did the humans pay this added tax?

Surviving the Great Outdoors

In this episode, we also learned a bit more about Sonju and Mujika specifically. They’re not necessarily “good” demons. But they don’t eat humans, so in that regard, they are “good” in the eyes of the children. I’ll get into why they don’t eat humans later on, but they also don’t support the idea of human farms or many of the other norms of demon society.

And since they’re friendly to humans, Sonju and Mujika have decided to escort the children to the coordinates where they believe they’ll find a hidden human settlement on the demon side of the planet. But, if there’s a human side of the planet, why aren’t they headed there?

That will no doubt be their ultimate goal (if the human side really does exist at all), but they have some other goals to accomplish along the way. Not every child was rescued from the farm they fled. We know that Phil was left behind, and I believe they left behind every child under two years old as well. So, they want to rescue them.

Mujika teaching the children to cook from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Mujika teaching the children to cook

There’s also the fact that other farms exist around the world. With this knowledge, Emma and Ray decide that they need to free the children of all those farms too. Basically, they plan to completely eliminate the practice of eating humans on the demon side of the planet.

Anyway, during their travels, Sonju and Mujika plan to teach the children everything they’ll need to know in order to survive in the wild. This includes what plants are edible, how to cook, how to hunt, and more. But, it’s unlikely that they’ll teach them how to fight demons considering they seem to largely be pacifists.

Rather than actual combat training, my guess is that Sonju might teach them how to make the smoke bombs he used when he rescued Ray. He might have some other non-combat tactics to teach them as well in case they’re cornered.

Religion of the Demons

One of the most interesting aspects of this episode was how it touched on religion in demon society. We don’t know exactly what their religion is, but the Sonju claims that he and Mujika abstain from eating humans for religious reasons. Many religions have bans on certain food items, so that’s not all too surprising.

But the fact that the only creatures Sonju claims they won’t eat are humans might give us a hint about their religion. On one hand, it could simply have to do with their religion not believing in the domestication of animals for food — which is what the humans are to demons.

On the other hand, their religion may have originated with the deal that the humans and demons made 1,000 years ago. This makes much more sense to me. The founders of their religion were probably the demons who wanted peace with the humans. And there was probably an anti-peace faction that demanded the farms be created.

This would also explain Sonju’s limited knowledge about the human side of the planet. Perhaps he knows it exists solely due to the teachings of his religion. It’s possible that it’s not even true, and that it’s just a story meant to illustrate some values held by the religion’s followers.

Emma praying over a vida plant from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Emma praying over a vida plant

One more thing I want to mention regarding demon religion as a whole is that there does seem to be some truth to it. By this, I mean that it doesn’t appear to be blind faith. There is a single, observable proof that some aspect of demon religion — not necessarily the one Sonju and Mujika follow — is real.

Of course, I’m talking about the vida (life) plant. This is the plant that the demons pierce through the hearts of the children when they’re harvested from the farms. As Sonju explains, these plants are actually used to pierce the hearts of all creatures the demons consume.

The first reason the demons do this is to make some kind of offering to the gods. The second reason is so the blood from the creature is drained, thus preserving the meat for longer. But interestingly, the plant only drains the blood when a prayer is offered — that’s observable proof that there’s something to this religion of theirs.

Conclusion

What do you think about The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 2? Do you think Sonju’s story about there being two halves of the world is true? What do you think the other human farms will be like? And what do you think the origin of Sonju’s and Mujika’s religion is? Let me know in the comments.

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Re:ZERO Episode 40

Re:ZERO Episode 40

Otto Suwen

I don’t think that Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 episode 40 was all that amazing of an episode. But I will say that I’m glad we finally got some backstory on Otto. Otto isn’t one of my favorite characters in the series. However, his backstory makes him much more interesting.

Obviously, the biggest piece of Otto’s background information that we got is that the name of his ground dragon is Fulfew. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t previously known. But at the same time, I could very well be wrong about that. It’s possible that he mentioned Fulfew’s name even back in Season 1.

But actually, it was interesting to learn more about how his divine protection works. Back in Season 1, he had mentioned that he was able to communicate with animals. Specifically, I believe this line came when he and Subaru were fleeing from Betelgeuse in his monster form.

Young Otto talking to Fulfew the ground dragon from the anime series Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2
Young Otto talking to Fulfew the ground dragon

Not only can Otto understand what animals are saying, but he can even talk back to them as well. Originally I thought that he could simply understand them. But as it turns out, he can have full conversations with them. And when he was younger, all of his friends were animals.

Unfortunately, at the start of his life, Otto’s divine protection was more like a curse than a blessing. He could hear so many voices all at once that everything sounded like a jumbled mess. It wasn’t until he was older that he learned to seal and selectively use his divine protection.

It also seems that while he could always hear the voices of animals, he has to use magic (or maybe just extra brainpower) to actually understand them. This is why he was fine hearing hundreds of voices at once as a child, but his nose started bleeding when he was using his divine protection while fleeing from Garfiel.

Buying Time for Subaru

Considering the fact that Garfiel has beaten Otto twice in previous timelines, killing him in one of them, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Otto didn’t stand a chance this time around. And even though he had some traps and plans laid out, it’s not like he put up that much of a fight.

But he got the job done, mostly thanks to some help from Ram. Ram siding with Otto and Subaru is potentially very telling. As she states, she would never go against Roswaal. So you could take this to mean that Roswaal actually told her to help Subaru.

I don’t believe that’s the case, though. While I do still think that Roswaal is laying plans for just in case Subaru succeeds, I don’t think he would actively help Subaru win their bet. As Ram also says, she’s still helping Roswaal, just in her own way. So it’s safe to assume that Ram thinks Subaru’s success at this moment will help Roswaal in the long run.

Garfiel vs. Otto and Ram from the anime series Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2
Garfiel vs. Otto and Ram

Something else we have to consider here is that there’s more going on than just Subaru needing time to talk to Emilia alone. Remember, Garfiel is going into a rage because Emilia was missing and then he was unable to find Ryuzu Shima. This means that it’s the disappearance of Ryuzu that Otto and Ram planned for, not necessarily Subaru’s talk with Emilia.

So what’s really going on here? I think Subaru left Emilia’s side in the middle of the night to speak to Ryuzu. He probably tasked Ryuzu with protecting those at the mansion, which is why she’s gone. Since Ryuzu is a clone, she may not actually be bound to the Sanctuary by the barrier.

And if this is the case, he knew that Ryuzu’s disappearance would antagonize Garfiel. I don’t believe Subaru was counting on Emilia suddenly disappearing as well. He just wanted Otto and Ram to keep Garfiel occupied until he could return to Emilia’s side.

A Reason to Believe

Alright, let’s get it out of the way. Subaru and Emilia finally kissed. Technically Emilia actually kissed Subaru in an earlier timeline, but he was already dead at that point. So this is the first real kiss. Good for Subaru. He’s accomplished the first step of his dream.

The kiss aside, I liked what they did with Subaru’s and Emilia’s eyes in this scene. Throughout their whole conversation, we saw Emilia reflected in Subaru’s eyes. But we didn’t see Subaru reflected back in Emilia’s eyes until the very end when she finally trusts him again.

To be honest, it was predictable, and even a little cheesy. But I still liked it nonetheless. And, something I’m remembering now is that the last time eyes were focused on in this series was actually just before Emilia kissed Subaru’s corpse in Season 2 Part 1.

Subaru kissing Emilia from the anime series Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2
Subaru kissing Emilia

Now more than ever, I’m certain that Subaru is on the right track to escape the loop he’s been in. Resetting now would make this whole scene between him and Emilia a lot less compelling because we would know that he has to do it all over. But, that also means Emilia needs to complete the trials within 2 days or they need to figure out another way to defeat the Great Rabbit.

I’ve also seen some concern over whether or not Otto and Ram survived their fight with Garfiel. If they didn’t, it would likely mean that this isn’t the final timeline for this loop. But, while Garfiel has killed Otto in the past, I don’t think he did this time. He wouldn’t kill Ram. And since Ram was defending Otto, he probably wouldn’t kill Otto either.

Conclusion

What do you think of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 episode 40? Did you like Otto’s backstory? Where do you think Subaru disappeared to in the middle of the night? And do you think he’s finally on the path out of this loop? Let me know in the comments.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Episode 25

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Episode 25

Rimuru’s Busy Life

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is back with a second season, and for some reason, I decided to review it on a weekly basis once again. If you’re familiar with my review(s) of the first season, you’ll know that I’m not exactly the biggest fan of this series. I gave the first season a 5/10, after all.

And I have to say, after watching episode 25, the second season seems like it’s going to be more of the same. It still has generic art, the animation is pretty standard, and the plot isn’t anything special either. Not that I was expecting any of those things to change, but they’re worth noting.

I actually think the new OP for the series does a great job at showcasing what it is: Absolutely generic in every way. You could slap this OP at the start of just about any fantasy anime and it would fit. It includes every trope in the book in terms of OP shots.

Rimuru wearing samurai armor (also Shion and Shuna) from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
Rimuru wearing samurai armor (also Shion and Shuna)

But, I do have one good* thing to say about the OP. It actually reminded me more about the first season than the minute-and-a-half-long slideshow of a recap we got. That recap didn’t remind me of anything I didn’t already know. The OP at least reminded me of the existence of characters I had forgotten.

Anyway, in this episode, we saw Rimuru leave the school he was teaching at behind. It’s time for him to go back to the forest and lead the country he founded. And the reason he chose to return now is that he and the country of Eurazania to the south are entering into diplomatic relations. Eurazania is the country ruled by the Demon Lord Carrion.

Catching Up

If you’re reading this review, I’m going to assume that you’re a fan of TenSura. And if you’re a fan of TenSura I’m going to assume you watched the special episodes (and episode 24.9, which I assume is a recap) that released between the first season and this season. I did not watch those and I don’t plan to watch them.

I’m also assuming that if you watched those episodes you have a better idea of where the first season left off than I did when I started episode 25. For everyone like myself, this episode was a pretty good refresher, despite the fact that most of the episode was extremely boring.

We were reminded of Rimuru’s time teaching at the magic academy. We were reintroduced to the “champions.” And the concept of demon lord domains was re-established. With everything this episode went over, I’m not entirely sure why a dedicated recap episode is necessary.

The Champion Youm from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
The Champion Youm

To be clear, there are still a lot of things I don’t remember about the first season. But I feel like this episode touched on everything that’s really important. Whatever was left out either doesn’t matter or will be brought up again at a later point when it’s relevant.

Oh, and speaking of recapping the previous events of the series, remember when the first season concluded with a recap episode? What was the point of that if they were just going to make another recap episode before Season 2 and have the first episode of Season 2 effectively be a recap as well?

Veldora’s recap was pretty entertaining, but having three recap episodes effectively back to back doesn’t seem like the greatest idea. I wonder if this season is going to end with a recap as well. Actually, this season is split into two separate cours. So maybe both cours will conclude with recap episodes.

Eurazania’s Delegation

The only truly new content of the episode came towards the end when the delegation from Eurazania arrived in Rimuru’s forest. This delegation included three of Carrion’s top subordinates, known as the Three Beastketeers. I know — that’s a really bad name for their little group.

Despite their group title, I do think that these three characters are somewhat interesting. Eurazania is a country of beastmen, and each of the Beastketeers is a different beastman species.

The leader of the Beastketeers is Albis, the Golden Serpent. From her character design, you probably wouldn’t guess that she’s a serpent beastman. However, once that was revealed, I did notice that she has a similar color palette to Gorgon from Fate.

The Golden Serpent Albis from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2
The Golden Serpent Albis

Second in command is Suphia, the White Tiger Claw. I thought that maybe she was supposed to be a white lion, but a white tiger makes sense too. At the very least, the fact that she’s a big cat beastman of some sort was pretty obvious by her design, demeanor, and fighting style.

The final member of the Beastketeers is where some theorizing comes into play. Grucius is literally just called “Runt.” At first, I was thinking that maybe this implies Grucius isn’t a member of the Three Beastketeers and is instead just a random grunt. But that wouldn’t make much sense. Why specify that there’s three of them if there are actually more?

So I’ll assume Grucius is a wolf beastman. The term runt can be used for any animal, but it’s most commonly used when referring to canines. And his grey hair is sort of wolf-like, I guess.

I’m looking forward to learning more about the various types of beastmen. The one thing I do enjoy about this series is looking at the various countries and cultures that make it up.

Conclusion

What do you think of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 episode 25? Do you think this was a good episode? Did you watch the specials and episode 24.9? And what type of beastman do you think Grucius is? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan Episode 64

Attack on Titan Episode 64

Helos and the Tybur Family

Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 64 is one manga readers have been waiting for. But, I’m actually looking forward to the next episode even more because we’re finally going to see the Warhammer Titan. I’m not counting that as a spoiler because it’s literally included at the end of this episode.

Anyway, in this episode, we got to see Willy Tybur recount the secret history of the world known only to the Tybur and Fritz families. As a reminder, the Tybur family are the true rulers of Marley and the Fritz family are the rulers of Paradis. By all accounts, they should be enemies — but as it turns out, they aren’t.

As we’ve already known for a while, King Fritz vowed never to use the Founding Titan’s powers again. All of his descendants are also bound by this vow, which is why the titans have remained on Paradis for the past 100 years. However, since Eren isn’t a member of the Fritz family, that vow doesn’t bind him.

Willy Tybur from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Willy Tybur

Back before the Eldians were banished to Paradis, the Tybur family that holds the Warhammer Titan sided with Marley. King Fritz then made a deal with them to end the fighting. He would exile himself and his people on Paradis Island and the Tybur family would create a false narrative to feed the rest of the world so that they would stay away from the island.

This false narrative came in the form of Helos, a fictional Marleyan hero who supposedly fought alongside the Tyburs. So, why does Willy reveal that the hero Helos is fake? Because the peace that the Tyburs and King Fritz agreed to is no more. A true threat to the world has awakened — Eren Yeager.

Though, it is ironic that Eren only became a threat because his homeland was invaded. And the reason his homeland was invaded is that the Tyburs allowed the world to continue believing that the Paradis Eldians were a threat.

Old Friends

While I’m sure the highlight of the episode for a lot of people is going to be the appearance of Eren’s Attack Titan, I much prefer the conversation between Eren and Reiner. Last week, I wrote about how Reiner is a victim of war and suffers from PTSD because of it. That was on full display this week.

We basically got to see Reiner go through the five stages of grief within a matter of minutes. He goes from being in denial about Eren being in Marley to accepting that he’s probably about to die before Willy’s speech is even over.

Reiner apologizing to Eren from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Reiner apologizing to Eren

Honestly, all three characters in this scene are great. Eren’s all calm and collected because he knows that he has his enemies right where he wants them. All of Reiner’s past trauma is combining into a glorious mental breakdown. And Falco is piecing together the situation on the fly and realizing the role he played.

Going back to Reiner for a moment, though. I love how despite his mental breakdown just moments before, he immediately turns to protect Falco when Eren begins his transformation. Reiner may be mentally weak, but he still always puts others before himself. He listened to Eren so he wouldn’t kill all the people in the building above them and he’s willing to sacrifice himself to save Falco.

But there is one complaint I have. I get that Eren’s eye color is green, but I really don’t like his control over the Founding Titan being depicted through glowing green eyes. I would have rather his eyes become silver like all the previous Founding Titan wielders. The manga even depicts his eyes as silver, such as on the alternate cover of volume 30.

The glowing silver eyes we’ve seen before in the anime are way more intimidating. They really make the Founding Titan wielders look godly/otherworldly.

Declaration of War

Little did Willy Tybur know that what was meant to be his declaration of war against the Paradis Eldians would actually turn into Eren’s declaration of war against the rest of the world. Also, in case you didn’t notice, Eren ripped Willy in half. So R.I.P. Willy (unless he’s the Warhammer Titan).

The Attack Titan from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The Attack Titan

Something we should keep in mind regarding this scene is that Eren planned his declaration of war to line up with Willy’s specifically because he knows (most) of the truth. I don’t believe he knows everything since he’s not a member of the Fritz family. But he still does have many of their passed down memories thanks to the Founding Titan.

When you consider what’s found within those memories, it’s not hard to see why Eren would consider the Tybur family to be his enemies. They could have spent the past 100 years assuring the rest of the world that the Paradis Eldians would never be a threat again as long as they were left alone — and they didn’t.

Also, they control Marley, the country that got Eren’s mom killed with their attack. So it’s personal as well.

But, how successful is Eren’s surprise attack really going to be? A large contingent of Marley’s military is onsite, as well as the Armored Titan assuming he wasn’t knocked out or killed. The Jaw and Cart are in a hole, so they’re probably out of the fight, but the Beast is still nearby.

It would seem like Eren’s in a bad spot. However, remember that he has allies as well. We haven’t seen them yet, but he did mention that his letters got to them. If Armin is there, that means Eren has the Colossal on his side. One transformation from Armin could theoretically level the entire square.

When you think about it, the Colossal Titan really is overpowered. Just look at how much it took to take down Bertolt last season.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 64? Is Willy really dead, or is he the Warhammer Titan? What do you think about Eren’s Founding Titan eyes glowing green instead of silver? If you like them more, you’re wrong. And did this episode live up to your expectations? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 181

Boruto Episode 181

Numbering the Inners

To start off this review of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 181, I want to correct some misunderstandings I had in previous episode reviews. First, it would seem that Jigen really is the leader of Kara despite not having the lowest Roman numeral tattooed on his face.

Second, everyone who has a direct connection to Jigen is considered an Inner. Originally I thought that Victor and Amado may simply be scientists working for Kara, but it turns out they’re fully-fledged Inners. And going along with that, I’m pretty sure the triangle tattoo that Victor has is actually the Roman numeral V (5).

The question that then brings up is, what number is Delta? She has a triangle aesthetic, but if Victor is already V (5), then what’s Delta’s numeral? Since her whole thing is triangles, you might think that she’s III (3). But, I think the actual III (3) is the larger man with the beard and mustache — he has three vertical lines on his face.

Jigen is obviously IV (4), Deepa was VII (7), and the man referred to as Code is VI (6). That means we have the numbers 3-7 confirmed. What about the rest?

Well, my guess is actually that Delta is I (1), Koji is II (2), and Amado is VIII (8) or IX (9). Delta does have a single line down her forehead, which is why I think she’s I (1). We can’t see all of Koji’s face, but he has a line coming down from each eye, so I think he’s II (2). And that leaves VIII (8) or IX (9) for Amado.

Now, why am I saying that Amado could be IX (9) instead of just VIII (8)? Well, if you paid attention to the new OP, you’d see that Kawaki is X (10). So if Amado is VIII (8), there still must be — or must have been — a IX (9) before Kawaki. So I think for now we can assume Amado is one of those two numbers, but we can’t say which one.

Who is Koji Kashin?

I don’t read the Boruto manga and I generally try to avoid spoilers of any kind. But occasionally, I do see pieces of discussion happening about it on Twitter. And one of these pieces I saw a while back was about the identity of Koji Kashin when he was introduced in the manga.

There won’t be any spoilers in this review, so you don’t have to worry about that. I actually don’t even know anything more about Koji than you do at this point. All I know is that when his design was revealed, people were speculating that he might be Jiraiya because they look somewhat similar.

Koji Kashin using a fire style jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
Koji Kashin using a fire style jutsu

So what evidence do we have so far for Koji being Jiraiya? Well, he has the lines coming down from his eyes and he has white hair. Those are the two things it seemed that manga readers latched onto. He also claims to have some connection with the Hidden Leaf Village. And he’s proficient in fire style jutsu, which is the Hidden Leaf’s specialty.

Now, why do I think that Koji isn’t Jiraiya? The biggest thing is that Jiraiya died. Sure, it could be retconned so that he survived somehow, but I don’t see that happening. The next thing is that his hair isn’t spiky like Jiraiya’s. And the lines coming down from his eyes are black, not red — something manga readers didn’t know at the time.

And as one, final nail in the coffin, Koji doesn’t have the same voice actor as Jiraiya. Jiraiya was voiced by Hōchū Ōtsuka and Koji is voiced by Yuichi Nakamura.

But, it is clear that Koji’s identity is going to be important considering his connection to the Hidden Leaf and proficiency at fire style jutsu. It’s possible related to Jiraiya in some way. We don’t know Jiraiya’s family name, after all. But, I think even that’s unlikely.

Naruto vs. Boruto

Although the exhibition match between Naruto and Boruto was set up to be the climax of the episode, I actually thought it was the least interesting part. There wasn’t any crazy choreography in this fight. And for the most part, it was just Naruto and Boruto standing on opposite sides of the arena.

The first of two big reveals in this fight is that Boruto can use water style jutsu. I know that he used the scientific ninja tool to use water style during the chunin exams. But I’m pretty sure that we’ve seen Boruto use water style since then. Maybe I’m wrong, but I felt like this had already been revealed.

Either way, the water style jutsu Boruto uses here is on a pretty large scale. He doesn’t just create a jet of water as would normally be expected. He’s able to create large waves of water that don’t just dissipate once he’s done with the jutsu.

Naruto facing Boruto's water style jutsu from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto facing Boruto’s water style jutsu

We also saw him combine his lightning style with the water style just as he did during the chunin exam. I liked this because it showed his growth. What he could only do before with the help of a tool, he can now do through his own strength and abilities. Well, except for Kakashi’s Purple Lightning jutsu.

The other big reveal is Naruto’s new prosthetic arm. As was explained, Katasuke designed it to function like the Rinnegan Momoshiki had in his palms. Both Momoshiki and this new prosthetic are able to absorb jutsu. However, Momoshiki is then able to expel those jutsu back at their users with enhanced power.

I’m interested to see how this new prosthetic comes into play. Has Katasuke equipped one of the Kara with a similar tool? Will Naruto end up relying on it too heavily and lose a fight because of that? Or will it actually turn out to be helpful in a future battle?

The Vessel

At this point, I don’t think there should be any doubt about Kawaki being the “vessel” referred to by Kara. He was prominently featured in the new OP, even showing off his X (10) facial tattoo. What’s uncertain is how he’s going to fit into the existing story.

From what we saw of him in episode 1, it’s clear that he’s an antagonist of some sort. He seems to have helped destroy the Hidden Leaf Village and even claims to have done something to Naruto. Then, in the previous OP, he was depicted as a sort of foil to Boruto’s character.

However, in the new OP, we see a different side of Kawaki. Rather than being an antagonist or even a foil/rival to Boruto, he’s shown as an ally. Keep in mind that the events that take place within the OPs aren’t necessarily canon. But even so, we’re shown Boruto and Kawaki teaming up to fight Jigen.

Konohamaru and Mugino from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Konohamaru and Mugino

If I had to guess, I’d say that the fight depicted in this OP is supposed to take place after the confrontation between Boruto and Kawaki shown in episode 1. I think it will be kind of like how Sasuke was an “antagonist” for most of Naruto: Shippuden, but then swapped sides for the final battle during the war.

Boruto doesn’t yet have his own version of Sasuke. He, Sarada, and Mitsuki all get along well and work together. Perhaps Kawaki is the rival that Boruto needs in order to get stronger. I think it would also be interesting if Kawaki is Jigen’s son. That could give him and Boruto something in common if they both want to prove their strength to their fathers.

I really thought Kawaki was going to be shown in this episode, but it seems that we’ll have to wait. I’m guessing that he won’t even make an appearance next week either.

Ao’s Kara Connection

For this last section, I just want to briefly touch on the next episode preview. It appears that Ao is indeed an Outer of Kara. We were shown a scene of him meeting up with Koji, so I’m assuming Ao is the Outer Koji said he would enlist for this mission.

What I still don’t understand is why Ao would join up with Kara. Ao is a hero of the Fourth Great Shinobi War. He’s respected and recognized as a great shinobi. So why would he join a terrorist organization like Kara?

Unfortunately, since we still know absolutely nothing about Kara’s end goal, I can’t even begin to speculate. I doubt Ao is being threatened in any way. One reason for him to join them is if he believes their goal to be a noble one. But maybe he simply joined because Victor saved his life after the war. With Victor dead, Ao might swap sides once again.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 181? Do you think I’m right about the remaining unconfirmed Kara Inner numbers? Do you think Koji is connected to Jiraiya in any way? And what do you think about the new OP and ED? I like them, but they’re not my favorites of the series.

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