Blu-Ray Review: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2

The adventure of Boruto and his classmates continues within Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2; but what can one expect to receive from this Blu-ray release of the series? Well let’s take a look and find out.

Synopsis:

What’s scarier than facing an army of ninja warriors? School exams! As everyone scrambles to prepare, Sarada goes on a quest to uncover the secret of her birth and find out more about her father, Sasuke.

Will she find the answers she seeks in this shadowy legend? Then Boruto and classmates take a trip to a place haunted by a bloody past—the Village Hidden in the Mist. This is one trip they won’t forget!

Our View:

The next generation of Naruto Uzumaki continues within Boruto: Naruto Next Generations –  Set 2, but this time the focus is on Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter, Sarada Uchiha, rather than the title character. This change of perspective gives Boruto: Naruto Next Generations a complretly refreshing take on the tried-and-tested methods of the Naruto family and leads to some inventive story lines that requires some knowledge of events within Naruto Shippuden.

Initially this set begins with the continuation of events from the previous set, a story which sees the class representative taking on the responsibilities of her clan in an attempt to corrupt and destroy those within the Hidden Leaf. The entire first set of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations led to this one moment and while it ends rather quickly it does illustrate that ‘intense’ shinobi action that Naruto Shippuden was known for. With the conclusion of this story arc, and the class representative being forced into a temporary isolation pending investigation, the pacing shifts to some ‘one-off’ filler styled episodes.

Ironically these particular episodes, even if they do seem like filler content, acts as a nice bridge to the next story arc by flushing out characters personalities and the difficulties they must overcome at the academy, such as denki and his limited abilities as a shinobi. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations continue to remain faithful to the original Naruto and Naruto Shippuden experience, but at the same time attempting to offer something different; and this is true with the core story arc of this set. That being the character development of Sarada and her origins.

During the episodes contained within the first set, and in turn the Boruto: Naruto the Movie, we know that Sarada is the daughter to Sasuke and Sakura as well as being talented and strict; but other than that we know very little about her, her personality or desires as a shinobi. Thankfully the episodes within this second set explore that storyline and give Sarada even more depth and personality than what was initially thought. If Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 1 was focused on Boruto and his relationships with his father, then this second Set focuses on Sarada and her relationships with her parents; and it makes for one entertaining story.

Extras:

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2 features a nice variety of supplementary content that ranges from storyboard artwork to an OVA episode that was originally shown in Japan via the Jump Festa styled event.

Naturally the highlight of the bonus features is the OVA episode, as these types of OVA episodes do not usually get released outside of Japan, and more importantly it has been dubbed into English. Whats interesting about this OVA episode is not just the story, which sees Boruto and his group in search of a Potato Chip thief, but it is animated differently to both the TV series and movie.

Sadly this episode is only 11 minutes in length, which is half the length of a usual episode, but it is fast-paced and just as entertaining as the normal episodes within the Boruto series. The remaining supplementary content includes a storyboard for an episode of the series, textless opening and closing songs as well as some trailers for other anime releases.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50 x2
Region: B
Running Time: 2:49:37 (Disc 1), 2:25:24 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: LPCM 2.0 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2 continues the adventure of Boruto and his classmates, but while the initial episode continues the story line from the first set, of which saw various people within the hidden leaf village possessed by a strange aura, the remaining episodes take on a more unique approach by exploring Sarada’s relationship with her parents and offering a prelude to future story lines. It’s a far cry from the events of Naruto, and in turn Naruto Shippuden, by exploring where one belongs in the world, but it offers something new to the Naruto franchise and, in my view, makes Sarada a much more entertaining character than Boruto.

The story line here is that Sarada, who hasn’t seen her father in years, begins to doubt that Sasuke and Sakura are her real parents; so Sarada ventures on a quest to find Sasuke so that she can find out for herself. However in the midst of all this Naruto and Sasuke are investigating rogue shinobi within the area and this shinobi turn out to be involved with the Uchiha Clan. This mysterious arrival causes Sasuke and Naruto some concern, and when they start attacking Sarada the group team-up to defeat this new, but oddly familiar threat. As mentioned it’s an interesting tale and while oddly familiar it offers the Naruto franchise a new sense of life that differs from past entries in the Naruto franchise.

Outside of the episodic content, of which is presented in both English and Japanese (with English subtitles), we have a selection of content that further extends the running time of mainline content. In this case viewers will find storyboard concept artwork alongside trailers and textless opening and closing songs. Naturally the highlight of the bonus features is the OVA episode, which takes a comical approach and offers a slightly different animation style to that of the main episodes.

Overall Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2 continues to deliver the Boruto story line but unlike events of the previous set, which focused on Boruto and understanding his skills as a ninja, this second set focus on Sarada and her personality; something which has rarely been explored until now. Story line and presentation wise Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2 remains consistent with the previous release but is more compelling and entertaining that further explores the characters and the world they inhabit. Naturally this set is a well worth addition to fans of the Naruto and Boruto franchises; but more so for those wishing to continue the series of Boruto.

Score: review-stars-4

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – Set 2 will be available on Blu-ray via Manga Entertainment in the UK on the 9th December 2019.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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