Boruto just had its own pandemic
Thanks to Kawaki’s shinobi team, Boruto Episode 229 revealed its own pandemic and corporate horror story that intertwines with Big Pharma issues.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boruto: The Next Generations Of Naruto Episode 229, “Breach of Orders”, is now airing on Crunchyroll.
In the Boruto anime, Kawaki wants to repay Naruto for adopting him, so he helps the Hokage by undertaking a mission to escort a young boy named Mozuku to the Land of Calm Seas. However, as Kawaki trudged along with Shikadai and Chōchō to bring it to fruition, the series has just revealed its own pandemic – and a corporate horror story.
The Kawaki team were attacked by two brutal shinobi, Kurobane and Jujumaru, who injured Chōchō. They realized that Mozuku was not taking back art, but something much more precious, which forced him to confess the truth.
His village was destroyed by an epidemic, so his boss, the medical chief Aosa, worked to cure people, only for the feudal lord to monopolize health care. The tyrant pushed up prices so that treatment could only be granted by the rich, forcing the poor to find money or die. Aosa, however, realized it was becoming a pandemic, so he secretly began working on medicine outside of the lord’s supply, to grant everyone medical access.
However, the lord found out and Aosa had to disperse his medical students, or they would all die. He continued to work on his remedy underground, while the teens worked with allies in various countries to discuss their remedies as well. Unfortunately, when the teenagers succeeded and tried to come back, Kurobane and Jujumaru started killing them and stealing their work so that their lord could possess these remedies as well.
It’s a stern indictment against Big Pharma, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rich countries stockpiled the big brand and more effective vaccines early on, causing a shortage in the market and making it even more difficult for poorer countries, which barely could afford it at the time. . BorutoThe story of expands on this, detailing how the elites care about nothing but making money during tough times. They profit from monopolies and conglomerates, especially those affiliated with the governments that distribute and the scientific companies that make these vaccines.
What made matters worse was that Mozuku confided that the Hidden Leaf had a mess of its own to work out. Seeing that he had limited funds from his teacher, he had to be frugal. So, he couldn’t let Naruto’s advice know that this was a high ranking assignment or they would have charged him more for the escort. It’s awful that he had to lie to get cheap bodyguards because something so important to protect all nations should be subsidized or free.
But even in the shinobi world, nothing is free and not much is cheap. Still, it must be understood that, if Mozuku had revealed the importance of his charge, Konoha would have granted such a serious request and toned down matters. Having said that, it is clear that capitalism and business Boruto must be reassessed if the Shinobi nations are to truly prosper as safe and healthy regions.
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