Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
by Amy McNulty,
How would you rate episode 129 of
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ?
A solidly humor-focused installment, this week's outing is an entertaining trip to the past—both for Boruto and his audience. It's been a long time since the dearly departed Jiraiya graced us with his presence, and even though he's at his most generic this week, it's still great to see him again. In the same vein, while Tsunade is still alive and kicking in the current timeline, she's been almost entirely absent from Boruto's adventures, making her latest appearance feel like a reunion with an old friend. The initial meeting between Boruto and young Naruto goes about as awkwardly as one might expect, and it's an amusing clash of two similar yet different personalities. (Strangely, no one seems to notice that the two are practically identical in appearance.)
While there's no shortage of comedy this week, not all the jokes hit their marks. At no point is this more apparent than the scenes with Jiraiya. Although his perverse nature often served as an effective vehicle for comedy in the parent series, the peeping tom schtick goes on here for several beats too long and is only intermittently amusing. Strangely, Boruto barely seems fazed by the fact that one of the legendary Sannin is a complete lech or by his father's complicity in the Pervy Sage's schemes. In fact, rather than express any bemusement, Boruto opts to roll out his new Sexy Jutsu—a promising bit that isn't really mined to its full potential.
With the time travel story in its earliest stages, episode 129 lays out our heroes' mission and provides plenty of laughs along the way. Naruto and Boruto may butt heads, but by episode's end, they've established a good rapport. If the rest of the storyline can maintain the same balance between comedy, callbacks, and genuine heart, this may well prove to be one of Boruto's finest outings.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
Amy is an author who has loved anime for over two decades.
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