Love and Potato Chips
Boruto falls back into its normal rhythm with another one-off episode featuring some new characters and a slight nod to the overarching plot. The stars this week are Cho-Cho, Sumire, and potato chips, all wrapped up in a twisted love story that is at times both sweet and terribly creepy. The result is a unique episode with some good moments that show us a new side of the Boruto cast.
Sarada, Cho-Cho, and Sumire realize they have a stalker. Using a disguise jutsu he manages to avoid them at first, but is ultimately captured and confronted by Cho-Cho. The stalker, Magire, is embarrassed when his crush on Sumire is revealed and quickly becomes possessed by the demon beast and sets out to capture Sumire. This romance subplot is new territory for Boruto, and where Magire admits his love for Sumire is more adorable than it has any right to be (and the rejection more brutal).
Of course, the sweetness doesn’t last long, and the sudden shift in tone provides the episode’s strongest scenes. Magire’s eerie notes, writing on the walls, and disturbing dialogue makes the episode suddenly feel more like a horror movie than an action anime. The way Sumire is slowly split off from her friends slowly builds the tension, but it is Magire’s voice acting that does most of the heavy lifting in the creepiest scenes (this whole sequence will also make you wonder where the teachers are while the students are harassing each other). Unfortunately, the horror theme ends rather quickly, leading into a typical action scene where the heroes dodge endless kunai until Cho-Cho steps in to explain how potato chips hold the answer to Magire’s problems.
Oh yeah, the potato chips! Cho-Cho spends much of the episode philosophizing that potato chips are like dating. There are many flavors and you must be open to trying different types to find the one that is right for you. The episode’s entire plot revolves around this idea, with multiple scenes spent building toward the climax where Cho-Cho feeds Magire a delicious chip that changes his mind about stalking Sumire (no, really). I applaud the writers for attempting to create a wholly unique metaphor for their romance subplot, and while I wouldn’t say it is a particularly good metaphor, it does feel perfectly goofy for a show like Boruto and serves the needs of this one-off episode just fine.
I would have never guessed Boruto might try its hand at romance with its latest episode, but they prove that with the right amount of quirk (and creep) they can pull it off. Cho-Cho finally gets some recognition and a chance to share with us her deep thoughts on potato chips, whether we like it or not.