Boruto is still ongoing, but which of the manga and anime’s arcs is the best?
- The “Mujina Bandits” arc introduces important powers and sets the stage for the main antagonists, Kara, in Boruto.
- Code is the main villain in the ongoing “Code” arc, seeking vengeance for Isshiki’s death and showing off his own immense power.
- The “Kawaki” arc reveals Kawaki’s backstory and showcases the power of Kara as Naruto and Sasuke go up against Jigen and Isshiki Otsutsuki.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the continuation of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto series, albeit with a different protagonist in a different era. Set years after the conclusion of the Fourth Great Ninja War, Boruto is set in an era of peace where Naruto rules as the Seventh Hokage of the village and his son, Boruto Uzumaki, is the one filling in his shoes now.
With the aim of becoming a great shinobi like Sasuke, Boruto embarks on an incredible journey in a world that is under the constant threat of the likes of the Otsutsuki, who make themselves more prominent with every passing arc of the story. Out of everything released so far, which is the best arc in Boruto?
Updated on August 22, 2023, by Rei Penber: Boruto has finally concluded its first part and is now heading into new territory with Boruto: Two Blue Vortex. The first part of the manga was thoroughly enjoyable for the fans and it featured quite a lot of interesting arcs, which showcased the growth of Boruto Uzumaki, the bonds that he forged with his friends, and how Konoha faced the major tragedy that was teased in the prologue. Fans can only hope that the quality of these arcs can be replicated in the second part of Boruto. While this list already includes the vast majority of the Boruto arcs, with time, the series has pushed out more of them, as expected. New arcs need to be added to the list and ranked accordingly and, for that reason, this list has now been updated.
7 Mujina Bandits Arc
Although short, the “Mujina Bandits” arc is quite important to the plot as it introduces fans to the major powers at play in Boruto. While most of the plot is about Boruto’s friendship with Tento, the son of the Daimyo of the Land of Fire, the arc also introduces Shojoji, a powerful bandit with the power of the Corpse Clone Jutsu. Shojoji’s attempt to kidnap Tento is successful, however, he is then rescued by none other than Boruto Uzumaki.
Boruto gets to show off his newly learned skills and even goes as far as taking Shojoji all alone in battle. Eventually, his team help rescue Tento and Shojoji is defeated. The most important part of the arc comes at the very end when Kara, the main antagonists of the story, make their appearance. At the same time, Shojoji reveals some information about Boruto’s Karma and the plot finally begins to get more interesting.
Mujina Bandits Arc Villain – Shojoji
The user of the Corpse Clone Jutsu, Shojoji was the main antagonist of the Mujina Bandits Arc. In terms of power, he wasn’t all that impressive, as even the likes of Boruto Uzumaki could take him on in battle.
Shojoji’s biggest strength was the ability to clone others with his powerful Jutsu. However, he was eventually easily taken down by Boruto once his friends had come to back him up. Eventually, Shojoji was used in the story to open up the path to Kara, making Mujina Bandits one of the most crucial Boruto arcs.
6 Ao Arc
“Ao” follows the events of Shojoji’s arc and sees Boruto Uzumaki continue his life without knowing much about the Karma. Meanwhile, Kara, the criminal organization, finally make their move. As a large blimp crashes near the border of the land of Fire, Konohamaru’s group is sent to investigate it and that’s where the trouble begins.
The advanced technology of Kara is finally revealed. At the same time, Ao, a former Jonin from Kirigakure, is revealed to be alive and, worse, a member of Kara. To defeat Ao, Team 7 unites all their forces and Boruto makes use of the scientific technology that he very much detests in the right manner, showing him that it is how a weapon is used that counts. The arc also introduces fans to Kashin Koji and, finally, Kawaki.
Ao Arc Villain – Ao
Ao was brought back in his own Boruto arc for the purpose of getting the fans hooked. He certainly played quite a great role in doing just that when he was made the main antagonist of his very own arc.
Having lost his spirit as shinobi, Ao also served as a tool for Kara, and put fear in Team 7, including the Jonin Konohamaru Sarutobi. Ao was eventually defeated by Boruto after he showed his tricks and skills as a ninja to him. Although Boruto refused to kill him, Kashin Koji immediately made his entry and finished the job for him.
5 Code Arc
The Code arc is the ongoing Boruto manga arc with quite a lot of interesting plot points in it. As the name suggests, the arc focuses mainly on Code, the successor of Isshiki Otsutsuki who plans to have Amado remove all his limiters so he can access his true strength in battle. Code is quite powerful and when he attacks Konohagakure in search of Kawaki, he is stopped by none other than Boruto Uzumaki.
The two engage in an enthralling fight and even Naruto makes an appearance in battle. Momoshiki eventually takes over Boruto’s consciousness and as he aims to attack Naruto, Kawaki brings forth his Karma. This leads to the very first major battle between Kawaki and Boruto, which results in the latter getting stabbed through his chest. With time, this arc will be explored more and fans will be able to judge where it stands when compared to the other arcs better.
Code Arc Villain – Code
After Isshiki’s death, Code became the main antagonist of the overarching plot of the Boruto series. Having inherited a white Karma from Isshiki, Code was entrusted with the Will of the Otsutsuki.
Code plans to avenge Isshiki’s death and show the world what a menace he truly is. Using Amado, Code was finally able to get his limiters off, and, in the process, become the strongest person alive. Eventually, Code will face off against Boruto Uzumaki and Kawaki.
4 Boruto’s Return Arc
Boruto Part 2 begins with Boruto’s Return arc and fans have not seen the story explore this arc too much, given that it just started. As expected, this arc is going to cover the events of the timeskip, which has seen everyone get three years older. Fans got to see the new Hokage elected in Konoha, which turned out to be Shikamaru. At the same time, new character designs for nearly every character were revealed in this arc. Furthermore, fans got to see how each character fit into their new lifestyle, especially Boruto, and Kawaki, given that their lives were switched.
It didn’t take long for confrontation to begin in this arc as at the end of the very first chapter, Boruto Uzumaki returned to the village, as did Code. A three-way confrontation between Boruto Uzumaki, Code, and Kawaki begins in this arc and fans are sure to enjoy what is to come from here onwards as well. It goes without saying that Boruto’s Return arc is going to be very interesting and fans will see how their favorite characters have grown over the timeskip period.
Boruto’s Return Arc Villain – Code
While there isn’t a lot to go off of when it comes to deciding the villain for this arc, it is highly likely that Code is going to be the major enemy. Fans know him to be the overarching villain of Boruto right now and he has just returned to Konoha to destroy everything that Boruto Uzumaki holds dear. At the same time, Kawaki might also play an antagonistic role in this arc, given that he is dead set on killing Boruto Uzumaki.
However, given that the vast majority of this fight will take place in Konoha, it is likely that Code will be given preference. Even Shikamaru recently announced that Code and his 10 Tails Grimes are to be dealt with first and Boruto’s movements are to be observed. This gives fans a clear idea that Code is the main enemy here and he is to be dealt with first of all.
3 Omnipotence Arc
The Omnipotence arc followed the Code’s Assault arc and was focused on the likes of Boruto Uzumaki, Ada, Daemon, Amado, and of course, Kawaki. In this arc, fans got to see Ada and Daemon take up residence in Konoha. At the same time, Kawaki slowly built up his resolve and reached a point where he decided that he needed to get things done his own way. Meanwhile, Code continued his hunt for more power in order to get vengeance on those who wronged Isshiki. In Konoha, fans found out the truth about the likes of the Otsutsuki through Amado.
Eventually, this arc saw Boruto’s life fall apart right in front of him. Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata were sealed away by Kawaki in his pocket dimension. He then decided to kill Boruto Uzumaki in order to eliminate all Otsutsuki. The two engaged in a fated battle that was eventually stopped by those in Konoha. At the end of it all, Kawaki was on the run and Ada jumped to his rescue and used the power of Omnipotence to change history forever. Using her Shinjutsu, she switched Boruto Uzumaki’s place with Kawaki. The entire world was affected by this and now their memories were altered. In their minds, Boruto was the orphan taken in by Naruto Uzumaki who ended up killing him. Meanwhile, Kawaki was seen as the true-born son of Naruto Uzumaki and the man who now sought vengeance for his father’s death. At the end of this arc, the timeskip of Boruto officially began.
Omnipotence Arc Antagonist – Kawaki
It goes without saying that in this arc, the main antagonist is none other than Kawaki. After a lot of deliberation, Kawaki comes to the conclusion that his way is the right way to deal with things. He breaks every bond that he forged with Boruto Uzumaki, as well as those within Konoha. He turns his back on his own parents and seals them away. He then slices Boruto’s eye, closing it forever and, later on, turns on him as well.
Kawaki would certainly have killed Boruto again if given the opportunity. Thankfully, he was stopped by Sasuke and all those around him. Eventually, he got his way, thanks to Ada, who used the power of Omnipotence to aid him. Kawaki still remains to be a major antagonist in the series and he will continue that role until Boruto finally knocks some sense into him. That said, Boruto Part 2 has only just begun and it is going to take some time for the story to reach that point.
2 Versus Momoshiki Arc
The very first arc of the Boruto series, the “Versus Momoshiki” arc is the manga adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The arc focuses on Boruto’s character and slowly builds him up to the fans. Boruto, being neglected by his father, looks for ways to get his attention and ends up cheating his way to the finals of the Chunin Exams. While this in itself makes for a great plot, the added threat of the Otsutsuki clan, specifically Momoshiki Otsutsuki and Kinshiki Otsutsuki, raises the intensity through the roof.
The manga adds very little to the movie but does change a few things, such as Momoshiki’s character design. The conclusion of the arc sets up the rest of the Boruto series, which is then explored properly in the manga without having any material to base it on.
Versus Momoshiki Arc Villain – Momoshiki Otsutsuki
Momoshiki Otsutsuki was the main antagonist of the Versus Momoshiki arc and served as the biggest obstacle in the path of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Boruto Uzumaki.
As one of the main family members of the Otsutsuki, it was implied that he was stronger than Kaguya Otsutsuki, and, thus, needed the cooperation of Naruto and Sasuke to be taken down. Momoshiki was incredibly skilled with the Rinnegan, but eventually lost the fight when Boruto killed him with a Rasengan.
1 Kawaki Arc
The “Kawaki” arc focuses on the character that every fan of Boruto waited to see since the prologue of the story, Kawaki. With him finally thrown into the mix, the arc gives the fans a glimpse of what his past was like and why Kawaki is as cold as untrusting as he is. At the same time, fans also get to see the power of various Kara members as they make their presence known one by one.
Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha are seen in action once again against Jigen, the strongest member of the Kara. The arc peaks when Isshiki Otsutsuki is resurrected and is then taken on by Naruto Uzumaki, who accesses the Baryon Mode to put a stop to him. Kawaki eventually steps in and tricks Isshiki, killing him off and getting rid of his Karma in the process. Sadly, Naruto ends up losing Kurama and Sasuke loses his Rinnegan in the arc.
Kawaki Arc Villain – Isshiki Otsutsuki
The Kawaki arc remains the very best in the Boruto series so far and its main antagonist, Isshiki Otsutsuki, was one of the biggest reasons for that. Isshiki was, by far, the strongest person in the world of Boruto, apart from Naruto Uzumaki in his Baryon Mode.
Isshiki planned to get his hands on Kawaki to see the fulfillment of his plan. However, thanks to Naruto’s efforts, along with Kawaki’s incredible strategy, Isshiki met his demise, setting the course for Code Arc.