Boruto: Naruto Next Generations revolves around Naruto’s son Boruto growing up in a post Ninja War era. Boruto is ‘Naruto Shippuden’ anime’s direct sequel. It premiered on April 5, 2017. Crunchyroll and Hulu air the anime in its original Japanese audio and English subtitles. Viz Media airs the anime’s English dubbed version.

Naruto’s story ended with the Fourth Great Ninja War and now, Boruto is dealing with the war’s repercussions. The anime is great and has created its own identity. It no longer lives under the ‘Naruto’ shadow and has a huge fan following all around the world.

However, the anime has way too many filler episodes and that’s just getting on the fans’ nerves. In some sense, filler episodes are great as it develops the characters in depth. These episodes are not part of the original storyline featured in the manga series. Its main purpose is to maintain a healthy gap between anime and manga. Additionally, this allows the manga artist more time to create storylines before they are adopted into the anime series. However, the Naruto spin-off series tends to get carried away with its filler episodes.


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Boruto: What’s Bugging the Viewers?

There was also a considerable amount of filler episodes in Naruto Shippuden. These episodes developed the anime characters and their backstories. The spin-off anime’s filler episodes serve the same purpose. However, the fans are not receiving it well as they used to earlier.

The reason behind this is both the sheer volume of filler episodes and the quality of some of them. Some of the filler episodes aren’t as good as fans expect them to be. Along with capitalizing on each of the anime’s characters, a filler episode adds value to the series if they’re good. In this case, the quality is not up to the mark. These episodes seem more like ‘stalling episodes’ rather than ‘filler episodes’.


Naruto Shippuden
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Real Reason Behind These Filler Episodes!

As the Boruto anime and manga came out at the same time, a little stalling might be justifiable. Mikio Ikemoto has illustrated the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga. Mikio stated that he needs time to develop the manga’s storyline. As the anime is based on manga, if the manga’s story is not developed, obviously the anime cannot advance.

Both the formats have the same parallel running storylines. The anime and the manga should both be considered canon, and keeping these two canons balanced is a challenge.


Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
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The anime’s production team is playing their cards by taking advantage of the Naruto franchise’s loyal fanbase. Not all the fillers are bad, but fans don’t want to see the excessive quantity and sub-par quality. So, the anime is hanging in there as far as its loyal fans are in support of it. The production team needs to act or the thread might just break off.

We will bring more insights very soon, until then stay tuned and keep reading for all the latest updates!