Boruto Naruto Next Generations Anime Episode 217 Review
Boruto The anime episode 271, titled “Decision,” was about Kawaki making an important decision to determine the future of the human world. Kudos also to the anime team for giving us an awesome fight choreography during Naruto vs Isshiki.
‘Decision’ was a very action packed episode and I enjoyed every second of it. Naruto is a beast in his Baryon mode. He was able to dodge Isshiki’s attacks with ease and counter with a few powerful blows. In my opinion, the best fights in the Naruto/Boruto franchise involve Taijutsu. This week’s episode gave us a lot. I replayed a number of moments just so I could really take in all the beauty of Taijutsu.
The scene where Naruto triggered a combo while Isshiki was in the air reminded me of the Tekken series of games. Another cool scene was Naruto stopping Isshiki with his chakra tails and punching him in the face. Naruto’s Rasengan explosion was also pretty to watch. What good scenes! “Decision” will clearly end up landing quite high on the “Best Battles” list for many in the fandom.
Baryon Mode gave Naruto the ability to easily throw away Isshiki’s heavy cubes and even follow Isshiki’s chakra rods (which Sasuke struggled to monitor with his Sharingan). Sasuke being surprised by Naruto’s Baryon mode made me smile. Of course, Sasuke would be surprised because, let’s face it, Baryon mode didn’t exist at the time. Naruto Shippuden years. In my opinion, this is a brand new bonus that Kishimoto later thought of to help Naruto resist Isshiki in the Boruto franchise and raise the stakes.
As for how Baryon Mode works, we got an explanation from Kurama. It turns out that the massive boost given to Naruto in such a mode was produced by consuming Naruto and Kurama’s chakra. Baryon Mode would continue to function until Naruto or Kurama (or both) were exhausted. Naruto is ready to die to ensure Isshiki’s defeat and protect everyone. Naruto had to pay attention to his moments and make every action count in order to avoid wasting precious chakra. He even needed to keep the frivolous thoughts out of his mind.
Not only that, due to the fact that Baryon Mode is all about consuming chakra, it was also able to shave the opponent’s chakra due to the connection of all chakras. So while Isshiki’s body was strong enough to withstand Naruto’s blows, the villainous Otsutsuki couldn’t prevent his life energy from being drained. Even though Isshiki had 20 hours to live, he only had five minutes left after his intense battle with Naruto.
There is one thing that troubled me, however. If Baryon Mode removed the chakra of a person it came into contact with, why didn’t it harm Boruto when Naruto decided to protect his son by placing him inside the one of the chakra tails? Is Naruto able to choose when he wants Baryon Mode to remove a person’s chakra? Or is a person’s chakra depleted only when Naruto has used his fists? Hmmm.
The emotional moments of “Decision” came from Kawaki. We had a scene where Amado is quite surprised to learn of Naruto’s very generous nature. Naruto’s chakra still fed Kawaki’s prosthetic arm as he battled Isshiki in another dimension. However, Naruto’s gift also turned out to be a curse for Kawaki as Isshiki was able to tap into Naruto’s chakra present in the prosthetic arm to summon Kawaki to the battlefield.
I liked the way the anime writers handled Kawaki’s emotional turmoil. Kawaki is a character suffering from PTSD. Remembering his childhood made it difficult for him to breathe or even move. The way Kawaki, while in hiding, remembered how Jigen / Isshiki treated him was pretty well done, in my opinion. Jigen / Isshiki used to count down from 10 to 0 to force the Kawaki kid out of hiding, otherwise they would destroy something the Kawaki kid loved. Isshiki has used the same tactics in the present tense, this time with Naruto’s life at stake.
Remembering Naruto’s love is what gave Kawaki the courage to stand in front of Isshiki. He wasn’t going to allow Isshiki to kill the Hokage because of him. And while it’s clear that Kawaki is in dire need of real therapy, I can’t fault it. Naruto/Boruto too much because this type of media has always been about how the power of love can give you the strength to face your demons instead of going for real therapy sessions.
At least the concept of therapy exists in the Naruto/Boruto world. Sakura developed clinics to help children with psychological problems after the Fourth Great Ninja War in the Sakura hiden novel. I wouldn’t mind a scene or two showing Kawaki going through a psychological assessment and getting the help he needs from a professional.
With Kawaki facing Isshiki, and Naruto, Sasuke and Boruto down for the count, I look forward to what will happen next!
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Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.