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Now that the first major story arc of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations has come to a close, I thought I’d take a look at how it compares to its predecessor. While it definitely has a leg up in certain areas and is good in its own right, overall, Naruto was considerably better when it came to story, characters, and emotional impact. To be fair, I’m only going to compare content from their first arcs.

I will give Boruto that it deals with much more mature themes than Naruto did this far in such as suicide, nationalism, brainwashing, imperfect families, etc. The most mature theme Naruto dealt with for the longest time was discrimination until they added in characters like Gaara and Neji. However, this is about the first arcs and those two characters were added in later. Boruto does an excellent job of balancing all these different themes in a way that Naruto doesn’t really manage to do until later on, mainly in Shippuden.

*Spoilers for the first story arcs of both series ahead. Proceed with caution*

As for the overall story of their first arcs, I believe both are good and have minor flaws, but Naruto edges out Boruto here as well. Boruto’s combines a bunch of introductory sequences into an over-arching plot of a man trying to seek revenge against the Leaf Village for past wrongs. The story revolves around a special ability that Boruto picks up, that is still unexplained as of right now, allowing him to track the chakra energy being stolen from various villagers in attacks. Eventually, it is revealed that the ninja academy’s class representative is behind the attacks and that she is the daughter of the man seeking vengeance against the Leaf Village. Boruto senses her reluctance to move forward with her plans and eventually talks her into returning to the village and seeking penance for her crimes.

Naruto splits the first arc into two, dealing with the introduction to the world through various episodes then getting into its first big story. Naruto and his team are sent to protect a bridge builder named Tazuna from a drug kingpin named Gato. Tazuna is under attack because the bridge he is building to the mainland will effectively put a stop to Gato’s empire and he sends assassins after them. After defeating the swordsman Zabuza, the team trains and eventually face off against him and his apprentice Haku on the bridge days later. Naruto also taps into a hidden power, that of the demon fox sealed inside him, and defeats Haku who is revealed to be a refugee from a nation that hates people with abilities like his. Haku was given meaning by service to Zabuza and sacrifices his life to protect him. Gato then decides to dispose of them all and Naruto convinces Zabuza to help him take down the kingpin.

Both are pretty good stories, but Naruto shines brighter here. The end results of both arcs are the same: the main character talks the villain (class rep in Boruto and Zabuza in Naruto) into stopping their plans. Fans of the series as a whole are very familiar with this plot line. However, Naruto’s result felt earned whereas Boruto’s result felt forced.

The bond between Haku and Zabuza, as well as their tragic backstories are brought to the forefront here. Kishimoto does a great job of making you care about them both, despite being villains. When Haku gives up his life for Zabuza, you can tell he cares but he just won’t admit it because it goes against his ideology. When Naruto speaks to him, he finally cracks and joins the hero in taking down the true villain.

As for Boruto, we get basically 5 minutes of backstory for the class rep and it’s only in one episode. As an audience, it’s hard to care about her or what she’s doing since not only is it much more convoluted than Zabuza and Haku’s story, it’s less fleshed-out. She’s also been redeemed and is returning as a recurring character once more. As a result, her story has less impact than Zabuza and Haku, who both died at the end of the arc. Sure, those two come back later, but it’s brief and it serves as a measure of character growth rather than hindering the story like the class rep’s redemption.

It’s only just finished its first arc, but Boruto has been a little disappointing so far from the perspective of someone who wanted to give the Naruto universe another try. It might work as an entry-point series for some, but as someone who grew up watching the original series, despite its own issues, this series hasn’t lived up to my expectations. It isn’t bad, in fact it’s a good first story arc. However, it pales in comparison to the quality its predecessor had at least as of right now.

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

Gaming

“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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NASA’s cool new laser system is being used to send astronauts videos of their pets

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To send and receive messages to and from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA has built the first end-to-end wired system that works both ways. With its 1.2 gigabits per second speed, which is faster than your home internet, it sent pictures and videos of cats, dogs, and even the occasional parrot to the astronauts who are currently on the station.

Space communication is slow for more than just the reason that light moves so slowly. It took over a year to send a few days’ worth of observations from missions like New Horizon, which was the first mission to Pluto. It will be possible for future missions to carry more instruments with better resolution, but that won’t help much if we can’t get the data back to Earth.

Lasers can make the speed at which data is sent much faster. A mission called Psyche is going to look into the metal-rich asteroid with the same name. It has an infrared laser system on board called Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC). Last year, it was shown off from 40 million kilometers away, which is 16 million kilometers (10 million miles).

It took DSOC an extra month and 3 million kilometers to get to the important stuff. Of course, Psyche sent a video of Taters, a cat, chasing a laser dot.

But this only went one way. The video was put on Psyche before it opened. At the moment, there is no quick way to send that much data to a spacecraft so far away.

But the ISS is not like that. The mission operations center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, sent data to ground stations from Texas to Hawaii. The first set of data included pictures and videos of the staff’s pets. At these points, it was changed into infrared laser signals and sent into space.

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As you might expect, the signals weren’t sent straight to the ISS. Instead, they were sent to satellites in geosynchronous orbits 22,000 miles above Earth. From there, everything was sent to a receiver that was temporarily attached to the outside of the ISS. All of those valuable bits were sent back to Earth, showing that the system works both ways.

We are used to information traveling at the speed of light, so this may not seem very impressive, but it was very hard to do technically. Radio waves can only carry so much data at a time. Infrared lasers can carry more data, but delays can cause important data to be lost over these distances, let alone the ones NASA wants to use these systems for in the future. A new “store-and-forward” process was put to the test during the demonstration. This process checks the quality of data and either sends it right away or stores it for later use.

A High-Rate Delay Tolerant Networking (HDTN) system was created so that this could happen four times faster than it could before. Astronauts on the Artemis Mission will need improvements like these so they can connect to the Internet instead of sending their videos in grainy black-and-white like Apollo astronauts did.

NASA’s Kevin Coggins said in a statement, “Not only did they show how these technologies can be an important part of NASA’s future science and exploration missions, but it was also fun for the teams to “imagine” their pets helping with this innovative demonstration.”

We commend NASA for the technology and the things they sent, but we can’t help but feel like they missed a chance. These pets belonged to astronauts Randy Bresnik, Christina Koch, and Kjell Lindgren, as well as to people who work for NASA but have never been to space. We especially like Astrid the Beagle because the breed is linked to scientific progress.

Still, none of these astronauts are on board right now. The current crew must miss their own pets and would have liked a video from whoever is taking care of them. Next, astronauts will face-time with their excited dogs (the cats won’t mind).

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