Anko Mitarashi was one of the most powerful and interesting characters in Naruto. In Boruto, they have reduced it to a practical joke.
Of all the legacy Naruto characters to play a role in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the one with the most untapped potential is still Anko Mitarashi. Anko began life as one of the Chunin Exam supervisors, before becoming a complex character with a complicated history with then-main antagonist Orochimaru.
On paper, her transition to the 43-year-old woman we see in Boruto Honestly, it’s a pretty clever and interesting way to write it. She has taken on the role of teacher, in a very different place in life, while still having some immature aspects of her personality. However, instead of using this setting to explore a character with intense past trauma growing up, she becomes the butt of jokes and almost irrelevant to the overall plot. Anko fans can’t help but feel like the character got dirty by not having any real role in the plot.
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Anko’s flattened personality neutralizes any attempt to develop her
In the original series, Anko had a lot of development and trauma that could have been fascinating to explore upon entering Boruto. She was older than Naruto but had a similar level of immaturity. She idolized Orochimaru when she was a child, but was used and manipulated by him. She is constantly defined by her relationship with the villain, both by how much he taught her and by how he placed the Cursed of Heaven seal on her neck, being the only one to survive the process. He finally revives himself through the curse he placed on her, and she finally feels responsible for all the crimes he committed.
Anko Bow in Boruto seemed to open the door to her continued growth, showing her in a more mature role and a position in which she can help raise the next generation of ninjas. Because of this, you would think that she would have a relationship with the new characters or offer insightful advice. However, outside of the arc of graduation exams, she is irrelevant to the overall plot. It has a few scenes here and there, but none of them are important, and it does very little action on its own that progresses through the narrative.
To complicate things, Orochimaru he now has a son, Mitsuki. There is a lot of potential for Anko and Mitsuki to have a complicated and nuanced relationship due to their ties to Orochimaru, but this is never explored. It’s somewhat troublesome that Orochimaru, a villain who made Anko’s life miserable, plays a more constructive role in Boruto’s plot as one of the many people whose lives were derailed by him.
Anko’s character has become a practical joke
The fact that Anko got heavier Boruto it’s not a bad thing. The bad thing is the practical jokes and the stereotypes to which it is subjected. In Boruto, Anko comes across as lazy and addicted to food. People constantly comment on her body or her inability to find a husband. They treat her like a failure, despite being an incredibly powerful character who helped save the entire ninja world on more than one occasion.
These jokes could have been countered by her active participation in the larger narrative, even as a distant adult. However, she does not. The only fat stereotype Anko doesn’t fall into is being constantly on a diet or worrying about her weight, which, while a nice change of pace, doesn’t change how troublesome her playing is.
Compare Anko’s characterization in Boruto which of My hero academiaThe plus size heroes, Fat Gum and Inku Midoriya. They’re both heavy characters, but they’re given non-stereotypical personalities, compelling character arcs, and, in the cases of the mighty Fat Gum, opportunities to get in on the action. This comparison makes it clear that Anko’s role in the narrative is to serve as a walking joke, with only a couple of scenes here and there to remind the audience that, yes, she is one of the most powerful ninjas out there. You can’t help but feel like it was dirty.
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