Chapter 60 of the Boruto manga was a slow but super emotional ride. Filled with amazing developments, the chapter covered a range of topics from Code and Eida’s Joint Venture, to Sumire’s growing distrust towards Amado, the effects of Amado’s pills and Kawaki’s new “home”. Since we have so much to cover, let’s not waste time and jump right into the chapter analysis!
For this chapter analysis, let’s break it down in sequence and understand whatever there is to the scenes in detail!
The first thing that Boruto chapter 60 reveals is Code’s abilities from Shikamaru’s perspective. As we had guessed before, Code’s power allows him to pass through his claw’s marks, no matter the distance. This is exactly like Minato’s Flying Raijin ability. However, we don’t believe that Code’s ability is as fast as the Flying Raijin.
While Amado said that Code can move instantaneously, it should take at least a second or two for him to move through the marks. Nonetheless, Shikamaru did a good job figuring out Code’s abilities and how he was able to guard Ten-Tails.
Search for Code:
Everything that Konoha has learned about Code came from their investigation to find him. They’ve found his claw marks near Konoha and all the other villages have reported sightings of such marks as well.
Shikamaru isn’t sure about what the next right step would be, since he knows that Code can barge in whenever he wants to with these marks; but this could very well be a decoy to spread their resources thin as well. They also tried to interrogate a bunch of Kara Outers but to no avail. Sai and Shikamaru decide that their best bet is to keep a watch at these markers and Code’s targets: namely Naruto, Kawaki, Boruto, Amado and Sasuke.
With a quick page showing Konoha’s ninjas keeping an eye on Kawaki (implying the same for others as well), we shift to a conversation between Sumire and the always enigmatic and sus doc Amado.
Sumire asks Amado about what he plans to do with Kawaki after implementing the boy with a Karma seal. To this, Amado replies that while he isn’t trying to hide anything, he doesn’t want to share it with Sumire since it is a personal matter but will share it with Kawaki.
He also tried to assure Sumire that her fears are baseless and he has no intention of doing Konoha wrong. Knowing that Amado won’t reveal anything, she switches the topic to what Amado is working on, i.e. the container. Amado directly asks her to leave, which only fuels the suspicion.
Seeing this, Amado reminds her that he has no intention to do anything wrong to Konoha and that he has already discussed the matter with Katasuke. The scientist states that his next work shall become a powerful Ally. While we don’t know who or what it is, there’s a chance that it could be Kashin Koji or even Delta.
However, there’s a chance that it might be someone else! We believe that whoever it may be, they’ll resemble someone from Konoha since it seems like Amado likes to pay homage to the past’s heroes. For example, Kashin Koji is a clone of Jiraiya, Code’s powers are similar to the Flying Raijin, Delta’s ability inspired from the Rinnegan, etc.
During all of this, we also see Boruto talk about his pills for a brief moment. It seems like nothing has changed over the course of a week, however, we know that this won’t be the same later. While many are wondering what the side effect could be, we believe that it could cause Boruto to have fits. The pill shouldn’t be able to control Momoshiki completely, and he’d lash out in ways using Boruto’s body, further feeding Boruto’s fear of hurting his loved ones.
Code and Eida’s Joint Venture:
Daemon seems to be having a great time riding Code’s shoulders and meeting his old friend Bug. During this, Code uses his abilities to get a grasp of Daemon’s reflexes and abilities. Daemon seems to have super fast reflexes and it seems like he has a few more things up his sleeve.
Code also explains that he can “teleport” one person at a time using his claw marks. While Daemon was about to reveal his card after Code asked him to, Eida stops her brother from doing so.
This basically confirms that Daemon’s ability is more than just reflecting attacks. It seems like Daemon’s body reacts to attacks subconsciously. We can’t really guess more since there’s zero information about him. It is also revealed that Eida has more abilities as well! While the ability itself hasn’t been revealed yet, we think that this ability is linked with Daemon in a way or the other. Maybe they both need to do it together or it’s a combination attack of sorts. There’s no way to know right now since we’ve only recently met them.
Kawaki’s new “home”:
Kawaki notices that people are looking at him even while he’s simply moving around the town. He remembers that Shikadai mentioned that there were both false and true rumours about him. Unsure about his presence in Konoha, he wonders if what Jigen or rather Isshiki said is actually true.
Kawkai was sitting on top of Naruto’s statue with a riceball and some water, gazing down on the village. Kawaki is interrupted by Naruto, who tells Kawaki to come back home and have dinner with the family. Kawaki denies it and says that he wants to eat something else since he’s bored of Hinata’s cooking. Like anyone else, Naruto knows that Kawaki is lying. He tells Kawaki to come up with a better excuse next time since Kawaki’s never left a single grain of food on his plate.
This is because Kawaki understands the importance of food, and has never been taken care of so much before in his life. Understanding that excuses are of no use against the Hokage, Kawaki talks his heart out. He says that he likes gazing down upon the village from this spot, he likes to look at the village the Nanadaime protects. But, he believes that there isn’t a spot for him in the village. He doesn’t blame it on the people; rather, he says that he is a troublesome outsider who has threatened this village’s peaceful life.
Furthermore, Kawaki even says that he was cocky and naive before and that Isshiki was right. But even before Kawaki could complete this sentence, Naruto picks him up and carries him on his shoulder. Kawaki seemed to have panicked a bit, yelling at Naruto to put him down and then
Naruto says “Jigen, Isshiki…who cares? I certainly don’t. We’re going home, My stupid son.” This completely calms Kawaki down and he obediently goes back home with Naruto. There, he’s met with his family, Boruto, Himawari and Hinata who welcome him warmly at the dinner table. Since things have finally settled down a little, they decided to throw a welcoming party for Kawaki!
Ugh, my heart *sniffs*. My throat became lump and my eyes felt watery as soon as I read the “my stupid son” dialogue. God, that was beautiful. Naruto always had his way with words, and it always amazes me somehow.
Boruto lends his ninja headband to Kawaki until he gets his own, and it’s such a wholesome moment. He actually looks pretty cool too! One thing to note was that Brouto kept using “if and when”. Here, he won’t force Kawaki to become a shinobi, he’s just letting him know that he can become a shinobi and pursue it if he wants to, he’d always be welcome. This is quite a nice touch to show that Boruto is perceptive and remembers that Kawaki is still unsure about a lot of things.
Another nice touch was Himawari using the vase that Kawaki fixed after breaking it. While he believed that the vase looked ugly, Himawari insisted that it is even more precious to her. This difference in opinion certainly comes from their upbringing. Boruto and Himawari grew up with two loving parents who always taught good values and the importance of one’s intention behind things. Whereas Kawaki never knew what a family was, he never understood the importance of the effort put by people since the only thing someone put an effort in was to abuse him.
Then before sleeping, Naruto talks to Kawaki a bit. He reminds Kawaki that his whole family thinks that Kawaki belongs here, at this house and he can live here for as long as he wants to. He also states that if Kawaki doesn’t feel the same about them eventually, then he has failed his job as the Hokage. Naruto assures Kawaki that they’re searching for Code and he doesn’t need to worry about it. After all, he’s in Konoha; a place where anyone can live in peace. He further says that if this isn’t true, then there’s no point in Naruto being the Hokage.
This was another tear-jerker moment, you can feel Naruto’s expression; he means it from the bottom of his heart. He was an outcast, troublemaker and a threat to the village too; and now he stands proud as the Hokage and the Hero of the village. He’s come a long way, and he wants to make sure that no other kid ever goes through the same hardships as him; simply because no kid deserves to go through such hard times.
Later, Kawaki seems to be thinking that he belongs to Konoha, sort of. While he doesn’t want to resort to Karma, he believes that there’s another way through which he can protect his beloved Hokage and Konoha.
This was an amazing chapter. While people are complaining about the slow pacing and Kawaki’s heavy screen time; we find these things to be essential instead. Boruto Manga had been riding the Shinkansen for a while, speeding through important stops like the Chunin Exams etc etc. I’m glad that the manga’s pacing has become similar to Naruto’s since Kishimoto’s return. He’s taking his time exploring themes and building up characters for their respective climaxes.
We find Kawaki’s screen time to be similar to that of Sasuke’s in the Naruto series. Both of them were the main characters alongside Boruto and Naruto respectively, and the two also received heavy screentime to help build up their characters well.
I’m looking forward to seeing Code and Eida’s next move and also see Kawaki’s further progression; how he completely comes to terms with accepting his new family (if he ever does, that is). I also love how Kishimoto sensei keeps reminding us that Naruto’s life has come in a full circle and just how much Naruto has grown over these years.
With that said, what are your thoughts on the chapter? What do you think about Daemon and Eida’s abilities?
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