Boruto and Naruto: the themes that distinguish the two series
Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations, the successor of the masterpiece of Naruto, includes, aesthetically and basically, what it is made of the manga created by Masashi Kishimoto, that is, a world full of ninja, of techniques, of Villages, of enemies who undermine the peace, so hardly achieved, and, as the protagonists, two unstoppable boys from blond hair and blue eyes.
However, the themes from the stories are clearly different and the two stories they want to converge in the purpose equally opposite. There speaks the artist of the manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Mikio Ikemoto, who on the occasion of the hospitality by Planet Manga at the Italian Lucca Comics & Games 2018 has responded to some questions with the fans is supported by Shueisha.
In particular, the author has talked about the different themes that distinguish Boruto from Naruto. It is well known that the two worlds ninja are different, Naruto in the war and Boruto in peace. But not only that. The worlds must also deal with the trend of progress and technology that, very often, they tend to hide themes melancholy very loyal to Naruto.
Here, therefore, the words of the designer when he was asked the question:
“Boruto touches on themes inspired by the problems of the current society, for example, as the inappropriate use of modern technologies. Unlike Naruto, which digs deep into the themes of loneliness and how to overcome it, Boruto focuses on how to get rid of the legacy of their family“.
Lucca Comics Ikemoto Interview 2018 Summary from Naruto
Despite the different issues addressed by the works inevitably linked, Masashi Kishimoto continues to oversee and to be the publisher of the sequel of his fortune. We remember, indeed, that Kishimoto is heavily involved in establishing the concept and the incipit of the stories, supervising the work of Ukyo Kodachi (writer of Boruto) and Mikio Ikemoto. Therefore, the author, after 15 years of issues strongly concentrated on the war and on the loneliness, you managed to turn completely the page, and to adapt the new generation reflecting on it with the current one.
Ikemoto speaks to the inappropriate use of technology and this theme is strongly recurrent. In the manga and anime series, we saw Boruto use technology as a ninja in the wrong way, and be disqualified for the exam only in japan and, briefly, lose the same title of ninja.
Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations is a manga, drawn by Mikie Ikemoto (assistant of Kishimoto during the serialization of NARUTO) and written by Ukyo Kodachi (assistant of Kishimoto during the realization of the screenplay of the movie “Boruto: Naruto the Movie”) with the supervision of Masashi Kishimoto, which is also be the editor. The work is following the manga “NARUTO”. Currently have been published 30 chapters, and the first 23 are collected in 6 volumes.
In Japan they have been published five novels Boruto which inspire the arc initial of the souls of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations until it has reached the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
In Italy, the manga is published by Planet Manga with 5 volumes available.
The series of animated Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations, produced by Studio Pierrot and aired every Thursday on TV Tokyo, has reached the 89 episodes.
Naruto was created by Masashi Kishimoto from 1999 to 2014 inside the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha). With 700 chapters, published 72 volumes total, the work is completely available in Italy under the label of " Planet Manga. The two animated series that have transposed the manga, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, include in total well 720 episodes and the last was broadcast on the 23rd of march 2017. In Italy Naruto has been transmitted completely, while the series “Shippuden” is currently being broadcast on Italia 2 from the September 17, 2018 with the new episodes.
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