To this day, I can still remember the very first time that I picked up Naruto Vol. 1 from my local library. I can’t really explain why I decided to read it other than the fact that it looked interesting. I couldn’t imagine the impact that the series would end up having during my childhood. Any time a new book would come out, I went out of my way to either purchase a copy or see if it was available at the library. It’s the main manga series that I grew up reading and what introduced me to many other manga series. Knowing that the world of ninjas created by Masashi Kishimoto would make its return in a spin-off series, I was excited to see how it would unfold. Upon having just caught up and read Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8, that level of excitement is still there.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8, which is published by VIZ Media, is written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto and trasnlated into English by Mari Morimoto, with touch-up art and lettering by Snir Aharon. The volume picks up after Naruto decided to have a walk around the village with Kawaki. They begin to bond over similar experiences, which may help Kawaki bond with Boruto more. The more Boruto and Kawaki bond, the more they become determined to master their Karmas. Meanwhile, Kara members Kashin Koji and Delta plan to enter the Hidden Leaf Village to get Kawaki back. Koji, able to successfully infiltrate the village and leaving Delta behind, watches the two boys as they use their Karmas.
I can’t lie and say that the first few volumes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations weren’t a bit of a pain to get through. A big part of that, which also continues in volume 8, has to do with the scientific ninja tools. I understand that a spin-off series would need to add new elements to make it stand out from the original. However, I don’t know if new ninja technology was the necessary element to make a meaningful impact. Time has passed since the events of the Naruto manga series, but the tools take away the mere essence of its predecessor. Scientific ninja tools took such a major role in the story to the point where it’s getting quite bothersome. The revelation in the previous volume that Kawaki was created from these tools made their inclusion more interesting, but that isn’t enough to get me to change my mind.
I was impressed with how Kodachi writes the ways in which Kawaki is adapting to his new life in the Hidden Leaf Village. I would have figured there would be a lot more defiance on behalf of Kawaki but it was a bit of a smooth transition. I could theorize the many effects this could have on the series moving forward, but it’s clear that Kawaki wants to move on from his time in Kara. The determination he shows to get rid of anything that associates him with that organization is high. But I do wonder how a boy who seems to be warming up to the village quickly could be at the center of its destruction as seen in the first volume of this series. One thing’s for sure, Kawaki’s experiences in the village will surely impact his relationship with Boruto.
Unlike the Naruto series, this series is written and illustrated by two separate individuals. I’m not completely familiar with Kodachi’s writing, but I do know that Ikemoto worked as Kishimoto’s assistant with the Naruto series. Even if I didn’t know this, the art styles in both series are very similar. There are some differences, especially in the adult versions of characters from the Naruto series. However, it felt like I was looking at artwork from the original series while I was reading Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8. The unique designs of the Karma marks look incredible and it’s also interesting that the marks appear on Boruto and Kawaki’s opposite arms. The fight scenes are easy to follow while also adding a brand-new feeling to them. I’m excited to see how the artwork affects the rest of the series as it progresses.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8. It took a while for me to get fully invested in the series, especially since the first few chapters were a retelling of the movie that had come out a few years ago. However, I got fully invested once Kara was revealed and Kawaki was finally introduced. His character is showing progression throughout this volume and I’m sure he’ll continue to grow. I’m more interested in seeing the bond he forms with Boruto and the rest of his family. This is shaping up to be a very exciting arc in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8 is available for purchase now wherever mangas are sold and through the VIZ Media website.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Vol. 8
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 8. It took a while for me to get fully invested in the series, especially since the first few chapters were a retelling of the movie that had come out a few years ago. However, I got fully invested once Kara was revealed and Kawaki was finally introduced. His character is showing progression throughout this volume and I’m sure he’ll continue to grow.