Toneri Otsutsuki has been an important part of the Boruto anime up until now, and it looks like he’ll have some role to play in the future as well. We first saw him when he tried to tell Boruto about his eye, the Jougan. Toneri appeared in Boruto’s dream, and told him that his eye will help him save the world. Many thought that this would be it, and Toneri won’t be returning after this.
But, soon after that, Momoshiki Otsutsuki and Kinshiki Otsutsuki were revealed in the anime. It appears that Toneri Otsutsuki was well aware of these two as well. He confirmed that Gods will step on Earth very soon. As the current filler-ish Boruto episodes continue, we didn’t really expect much of action here. But, I think everyone was surprised when they saw Toneri Otsutsuki in the latest episode. Toneri said something that I don’t think many will have paid attention to. But, I really think it was important.
At the end of Boruto’s 34th episode, fans watch as the hero had a tender moment with this Academy classmates under the stars. The show then switched to a tag scene featuring Toneri as the ninja watched over the Earth. Fans watched as the last member of the Otsutsuki branch clan was brought to his knees, and Toneri began coughing up blood.
“Nothing remains unchanged. Fate is always flowing,” the ninja could be heard saying before adding: “Boruto, with destiny as your opponent, how will you fight to the bitter end?”
Fans of Boruto will know Toneri briefly as the fighter did appear before the boy once before. The Otsutsuki member came to Boruto in a dream to tell him about his special Dojutsu. Toneri told Boruto danger was coming to the entire ninja world, but the boy’s right eye is the key to stopping a great darkness from encroaching. The ninja originally debuted under the Naruto franchise in The Last: Naruto the Movie. The canonical film followed Hinata after the heiress was taken by Toneri, and Naruto went to rescue her friend and learned about his own feelings for Hinata long the way.
So far, there is little known about Boruto’s mysterious power, but Toneri knows more than he will let on. The ninja comes from the Otsutsuki clan, a family who is able to tap into the legendary Tenseigan Dojutsu. An animator on Boruto previously confirmed Naruto’s son has not unlocked that power, but it is instead one known as the Jogan which translates to ‘Pure Eye’ in English. The power which Boruto wields in one that could make his destiny as dangerous as the one Naruto claimed growing up. And, if that is the case, then Boruto has a very long road ahead of him as he prepares to save the world.
It also makes Toneri’s arrival on Earth even more possible. I mean, this guy has been on the moon for too long now. I don’t think he’ll just be there for the entire series. There will be a point in time when he meets Boruto, and I think that’s inevitable. Boruto is going to meet Toneri, and I’m really excited for that. But, I don’t see that happening in the near future of the series. I’m also curious about what Toneri said. What is it that Boruto is going to lose? I think the series is going to take a dark path ahead, and that’s just what Naruto fans are used to.
But, that’s just my thoughts on this episode. What did you guys think about it? Let me know in the comments section below.
Toneri was born into the Ōtsutsuki clan’s Branch family, leading to his eyes being sealed within the Energy Vessel for the Tenseigan at birth. Growing up with his father on the moon, Toneri desired human friends, unlike the puppet servants that served his family. On multiple occasions, the two would take the passageway to Earth to spy on the Hyūga clan in Konohagakure. While observing Hinata Hyūga, his father decided that they would come back in ten years to make her Toneri’s bride. Following his father’s passing during his youth, Toneri was left alone with no other companions as the rest of the branch family had passed away as well.
Toneri carries hatred towards mankind for weaponising chakra and plots to destroy humanity as punishment, a goal which he states that the branch family desired for a thousand years. He usually displays a calm and cool demeanour driven to completing the Thousand Year Plan to wipe out the shinobi world. He has also shown to be hypocritical, despite hating humanity for using chakra as a weapon, he used it to attack Naruto Uzumaki and the rest of the rescue team.
Due to his love for Hinata, he wishes to take her away before the world is destroyed. Toneri shows a softer side towards her after she “accepts” his proposal of marriage such as giving her free reign over his castle and showing her the location of the Tenseigan and the Mausoleum of Hamura even asking her to make him a scarf and share tea with her. Toneri even agreed to spare Hinata’s sister the doom he planned for mankind and the eventual return of her Byakugan if Hinata accepted his marriage proposal. However, upon finding out that Hinata only loves Naruto and the reason she “accepted” his proposal was to save her sister and stop his plan as per Hamura’s orders, he shows a very jealous side toward Naruto and loses his calm demeanour, as a result he not only destroyed the scarf intended for Naruto but also brainwashed Hinata to make sure she would not “betray” him again. He also has a sense of entitlement as shown when he said that Hinata belonged to him. Part of his attraction to Hinata was due to the strength and potency of her untapped chakra of Hamura. However, despite being in love with Hinata, he did not stop her from leaving upon realising that she and Naruto love each other.
His zealotry made him stubborn as he refused to pay heed to Hinata and Naruto’s attempts to convince him to stop his destructive plan, and it took him being saved from a near-death experience for him to be persuaded. After learning that Hamura never wanted to destroy the world, Toneri expressed sincere regret in his actions. Wishing to atone for his sins, he decided that the Moon would never again approach Earth and to live alone on the Moon in peace. Even years later, while staying away from Earth, he continued to watch over it, seeking to keep the peace for the planet itself.