The influence of Japanese culture and the myths that surround it are not a secret in Naruto and Boruto. In fact, Kishimoto has drawn some parallels between Japanese mythology and his work. So some gods known from his folklore are honored in the world of ninjas, mainly driven by respect for some principles present in Japan. The sample of the above are the terms used by the mankaga to give life to the characters in Naruto and even coin one or another technique that has a real-world origin, for example, the Totsuka sword (a clear reference to Shinto myths) which uses Susanoo (as its namesake deity), or the god Kagutsuchi, named in one of Sasuke’s techniques.
The new Jutsu that will be shown in Boruto could have divine origins
Thanks to Kishimoto’s admiration for his own culture, this tradition of his work continues in the sequel to Naruto, Boruto.. The latter, centered on the son of the Seventh Hokage, sends us to new battles in which there will be a jutsu of a higher level to discover and, therefore, will allow us to closely observe the techniques that precede it (and very surely also related to it). with their respective analogies).
In hindsight, Naruto was the man behind the Uchiha, a clan of ninjas who played a pivotal role throughout the series. In this way, the users of the ninjutsu, in addition to the recognition that this power gave them, had gotten there thanks to the Mangekyo Sharingan, a sacred inheritance. So much so that his abilities had a “divine” touch, since, as we mentioned earlier, their names come from Japanese mythology. Kishimoto decided to base some of his characters on divine entities, among them we find Susanoo (God of the Sea), Tsukuyomi (God of the Moon) and Amaterasu (Goddess of the Sun). Therefore, Boruto was no exception, since the mankaga not only takes up the most outstanding elements of the Shinto myths, but also uses them in a truly literal way with the characters and their respective stories. In the sequel to Naruto, for example, Otsutsuki possesses a jutsu, called Sukunahikona, whose main function is to instantly shrink objects to microscopic proportions. At the same time, in the Shinto tradition Sukunahikona, the God of healing and sake brewing, is depicted as a dwarf deity. The latter should not be lost sight of, considering the remarkable analogy between Jutsu and the Japanese god.
The Shinto myth has many more symbols in Naruto and Boruto than those that appear literally
In short, homonyms are not the only topic we can talk about in terms of the influence of Japanese tradition on Kishimoto’s work. One of them is Kurama, the nine-tailed fox, although he has his respective differences with the archetypal Monks who were attributed mystical qualities. The curious thing about all this is that a wide range of symbolism that appears throughout both series, Naruto and Boruto, have resurfaced in many ways, ignoring that both the characters have borrowed their names from the myths, as well as the techniques that actually have a relationship with the most important elements of mythology. Possibly some aspects have changed or evolved to adapt to the world of the Ninjas, but it is true that there is a context behind it that we could have missed if we are unaware of the myths of the Shinto religion.
It would therefore be worth taking a look at the histories of each of the Naruto and Boruto characters and the origin of the justsus in the real world to understand how they work in their own context. At the same time, there could be details that take us closer to the battle that Boruto will have to fight to save his father and Sasuke.
Kishimoto has done a great job in weaving elements of Japanese folklore into his works and it’s great that Boruto has carried on that tradition., in addition to confirming that we will be able to see more surprises regarding the Jutsus, now of “divine level”. It remains to wait for Boruto’s advances to know how this mission will end, which is practically in the hands of the son of the Seventh Hokage. Could it be that the eponymous deities can continue to guide the world of ninjas and, in this way, the ninjas manage to save the day?
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