Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Masashi Kishimoto and Ukyo Kodachi
Illustrator: Mikio Ikemoto
Publisher: Viz Media, LLC
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Vol. 1 follows the story of Boruto and his friends as they enter the Chunin exams. Boruto despises his father and hates the title of Hokage. He refuses to be like his father, and chooses Sasuke Uchiha as his mentor (Naruto's former rival). Boruto is persuaded by a scientist to secretly use a new Ninja Scientific Tool in the matches, which comes in handy on the second round of the exams when he is outnumbered. Meanwhile, Sasuke returns from the castle of Kaguya, bringing word of dangerous new enemies. Readers also learn about Mitsuki, an artificial being created by Orochimaru, who eventually chooses his own path rather than the two choices put forth by Orochimaru and an older Mitsuki clone.
This story follows nearly the same order of events as portrayed in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, with the exception of Mitsuki's backstory. This novel also begins with the flash forward found in the first episode of the Boruto T.V. Series in which Boruto is all grown up and fighting Kawaki, an unknown villain. Like all Naruto graphic novels, this is read from right to left in traditional Japanese style. Occasionally, some of the fight scenes can be hard to interpret, especially if the reader is not used to reading Manga or have not seen the animated T.V. Versions first. Considering this is a sequel series to Naruto, a lot of plot points and characters will not be understandable unless the original series is read or watched first. Overall, is is an exciting beginning to a new series by Masashi Kishimoto.
*Contains mild violence and minor language