With the new Boruto opening teasing a shinobi future for Himawari, it’s the perfect time to make a key figure from Naruto’s life a mentor.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231, “The Rusty Sword,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
It’s safe to say the new Boruto opening from Studio Pierrot has left fans in awe, not just due to the music, animation, and action sequences, but also for what it teases for Naruto’s daughter: Himawari. It hinted she might go into action soon, or at least be kidnapped by cloaked shinobi, encouraging her brother and his peers de ella to come after her. That said, whether or not the anime plays out in this exact manner, Himawari being tossed into battle is the perfect reason to make Hinata a mentor.
Now, Boruto has been very male-oriented with his teachers. Naruto, Sasuke, and Konohamaru are among the many who’ve been training kids. But with Himawari, a more personal touch could be needed, and seeing as Naruto trained his son from him, this sets the stage perfectly for Hinata to mentor her daughter from her.
Under the eyes of Hinata, Himawari would be able to use more of her Byakugan Dōjutsu, which was hinted at in the past. Hiashi, her grandfather, offered advice on her eyes, something that the Hyūga clan takes pride in, with Himawari showing promise in the episodes where she briefly entered combat. Thus, it’s only right someone from their circle helps her harness her power. After all, Himawari scared Boruto with her strength from her, which is how Naruto feels when Hinata gets angry too.
Simply put, they’re kind of women with hidden strength inside, so it’d be better for the mother to work on this as she can relate. In addition, Hinata having such a close bond with the girl would give the mom agency once more in case Himawari does get kidnapped. She’d get to go hunting, making up for the likes of Sakura and Ino, who are left at home as housewives rather than joining missions when ranks are thin and numbers are needed.
The manga already botched this when Kawaki and Boruto went missing, causing Naruto and Shikamaru to force Hinata to stay in the Hidden Leaf. It’s understandable Konoha would need her to protect its people from her but, it’s her from her so Hinata should have had a say as she’s such a tour de force in battle.
The Naruto movies and anime proved this, so having her help mentor Himawari would be more than enough to make up for the past. It would add much-needed female agency while allowing a warm, motherly angle to develop which is something Boruto does well with Sakura and Sarada, and Ino and Inojin. Still, those bonds are usually outside the field, so it’d be a breath of fresh air for Hinata to incorporate this into her daughter’s training. Ultimately, it’d be a win-win, upping the equality and overall representation of the series, while reminding us Hinata, Himawari and the Hyūgas are as badass as the Uzumaki and Uchiha clans.
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