Proof of Oneself
Under his father and grandfather’s guidance, Boruto spars with his aunt Hanabi. Boruto has sought this match in order to win acceptance from his father, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t activate his Byakugan in any form. He begins to doubt that he even saw the shadowy warped chakra at all, and feels even worse when people begin to think he lied. But then Boruto sees another person being manipulated by the mysterious shadow.
Still determined to prove his Byakugan is for real, Boruto agrees to spar with his aunt Hanabi. Despite giving it his all, he is unable to manifest his powers. That night he leaves the Hyuga Clan compound in search of food only to come across another possessed ninja, this time the actor who plays the heroic ninja Kagemasa. Naruto takes the enraged actor down with the help of Sarada, reaffirming his belief in his eye power.
Between these more action-packed moments are a few shorter scenes featuring conversations about Boruto’s abilities between Naruto and Hiashi, but the episode rushes between these reflective scenes so quickly it is hard to feel much impact from them. Same goes for the opening battle with Hanabi, which does feature some inventive use of shadow clones from Boruto, but ultimately cuts short Boruto’s dojutsu ambitions in an unsatisfying way. The resulting episode feels rushed, with me struggling to figure out what I’m supposed to take away from these odd conclusions.