The biggest twist that the franchise of Naruto has had in recent years is that aliens have a very important role in its mythology, especially in regards to the Otsutsuki clan. This might actually make a lot of sense considering the Japanese mythology that he also draws inspiration from. Recall that Naruto used to be a series about ninjas and a boy’s quest to become the strongest his people have ever seen., in the hokage, the regent of the village hidden among the leaves. For its part, Boruto, the sequel series to Naruto, drastically shakes up the ninja formula by introducing a major unexpected twist in the form of aliens?
Boruto already has a pretty mixed reception., with a couple of happy fans of his different proposal from the original and much of his fandom wishing that the series had ended with Naruto becoming hokage and ending the last ninja war. Now, this latest twist put off a lot more people. However, what they may not know is that this alien revelation actually makes a lot of sense.
To the creator of the series, Masashi Kishimoto loves extracting aspects and characters from Japanese mythology and incorporating them into Naruto.. He has done it since the beginning of the series with characters like Kurama, the nine-tailed fox or with the strongest jutsu in the series, as well as with some fan-favorite characters like Pain or Kaguya Otsutsuki herself. Similarly, while the villainous Kaguya Otsutsuki is now the first of the confirmed aliens to have invaded Earth, she too hails from the world of Shinto mythology, one of the predominant religions in Japan.
The story of Kaguya from Naruto in Shinto mythology
Similar to how Kaguya came to Earth from space, a thousand years before the events of Naruto, the story of Princess Kaguya is the oldest known story in the Japanese Shinto tradition.. Her story begins when a bamboo cutter finds a girl in a bamboo shoot. Having no children of his own, he adopts the girl and he and her wife raise her. After this, the bamboo cutter finds gold every time he does his work and quickly becomes rich. Kaguya grows into a beautiful woman and many seek her hand in marriage, including the emperor. She rejects them all, stating that her heritage does not allow it. She becomes erratic and finally reveals that she is a being from the Moon and that it is her time to return. A heavenly entourage arrives to pick her up and she reluctantly goes with them, leaving gifts and letters for her family and friends on Earth. When her parents fall ill, the emperor takes the gifts and burns them on Japan’s highest mountain as a message begging Kaguya to come back.
In the anime series, Kaguya grew up completely and with bad intentions since her arrival on Earth, contrary to the myth that represents her as a caring and loving being who wants to take care of humanity. If there’s one thing both depictions have in common, it’s the fact that Kaguya is an alien from another world.. While his fans may argue that the addition of aliens to the Naruto lore doesn’t work in favor of the series or its more established mythology, one thing they can’t say is that it came from nowhere.
Aliens as a source of evil in Naruto didn’t get the best reception from his fandom, but there’s no question that it’s actually in line with Kishimoto’s earlier adaptations of the Japanese myth. However, even though the ancient story is about a kind-hearted being, Kaguya Otstutsuki and the rest of his clan are terrible villains in the Naruto/Boruto franchise. While there are plenty of ways Boruto strayed from what made Naruto great, he was following the ninja playbook of the original with his alien reveal.even if he could have better merged this idea with his existing lore.
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