Boruto begins years after the Fourth Great Ninja War. Uzumaki Naruto has achieved his dream of becoming Hokage and is now married to Hinata Hyuga. They have two children, Boruto and Himawari. Naruto spends most of his time dealing with the affairs of the Hidden Leaf Village and barely has any time for his family. The show follows Naruto's son Boruto and his attention-seeking exploits as he enrolls into the ninja academy.

From the start, it becomes very evident that the Hidden Leaf Village has undergone a transformation and integrated modern technology into their life. This is very evident by the train that circles the village and the hand-held game consoles that Boruto and his friends while away their time on.

We can also see the previous generation of Shinobi taking on important roles in the village

Boruto and his secret ability

As the son of Naruto and Hinata, Boruto inherits a mysterious eye ability similar to the Byakugan of the Hyuga clan. Although he is unaware of his powers at the start, they slowly manifest when a dark aura that only he can see seems to possess his friends and cause them to rampage out of control.

Boruto is shown to have a strong and caring character. This is evident by the way he goes out of his way to help a boy who is getting bullied. A major similarity between the two shows is how Boruto uses the same technique as Naruto did at his age; i.e the Kage Bunshin No Jutsu or the Shadow Clone Technique. Boruto is as mischievous as Naruto when he was young and regularly gets into trouble due to his antics.

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Was a sequel really necessary?

As a spin-off and a sequel to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto, Boruto has received positive reviews from across the globe. For anyone who has seen Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, it would be easy to wonder if after 700+ episodes a continuation was really required.

Naruto's story followed Uzumaki Naruto and his struggle to prove himself as one of the strongest Shinobi's in the world. Throughout Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, we see Naruto slowly grow and mature while learning how the control the Nine-Tail Fox's power. Through unwavering will and dedication, we see him slowly gain the respect of his peers and elders.

Boruto's story is slightly different in the sense that Boruto wants to be his own ninja. Feeling overshadowed by his father's accomplishments, Boruto sets out surpass. We see a role reversal in teachers as Naruto's protegee, Konohamaru Sarutobi is now Boruto's teacher.

As only 15+ episodes of Boruto are out till now, it would be too soon to judge whether the show will follow the same pattern as Naruto and have a number of filler episodes or would the creators keep the show short and sweet.