Boruto: Naruto next generation‘s anime is being dragged – and rightly so this time. There has always been criticism of the quality level of the animation (or not) in the Boruto anime – and it certainly doesn’t help that a recent episode of the show made one of the biggest continuity mistakes you could possibly make in the Naruto. Universe!
Do you notice anything here???
Yes, from Boruto return after the Christmas break hiatus was not so hot. Boruto Episode 282 featured a story about Sasuke’s search for information on Kara, and a flashback to years before. Sasuke went on a mission to the land of Redaku in the past, and when his search for Kara brings him back to the region, it triggers a flood of memories. Sasuke’s mission in Redaku went awry and he ended up in prison undercover, under the thumb of a ruthless overseer – and a pesky gate-watching dinosaur.
To be clear, Sasuke is an adult in these flashbacks, so there’s no excuse for him having two arms again. Studio Pierrot was almost immediately dragged out for the mistake, sparking a slew of fan reactions, with mocking memes and .gifs being dropped all over the place.
Studio Pierrot what are you doing there… pic.twitter.com/TxaCu9hg9r
— Pride (@PridefuISin) January 8, 2023
Naruto: How did Sasuke lose his arm?
Naruto: Shippudens the final battle cost both Naruto and his friend/rival Sasuke an arm, as they unleashed Rasengan and Chidori attacks on each other (respectively), in a final blast attack to end their rivalry once and for all. However, both Naruto and Sasuke survived the blast; Sasuke lost his left arm and Naruto lost the lower half of his right arm. That catastrophic injury literally and figuratively joined them in blood, and when Sakura saved them with healing jutsu, Naruto and Sasuke were finally united in spirit, and Sasuke was finally redeemed as a hero who would become Naruto’s greatest ally.
It’s that crucial backstory that really makes this animation flaw one of the most unforgivable mistakes we’ve seen. It’s not just a missed detail: it’s the complete negation of the main thematic development for the character of the Naurto Saga and Sasuke, and it boggles the mind trying to figure out how it got on screen.
As mentioned, the Boruto anime has been dogged by criticism since its inception — and mistakes like these won’t do any good to reverse that stigma.
Boruto streams anime episodes on Hulu and Crunchyroll.