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"A Shinobi's Resolve" (忍の覚悟, Shinobi no Kakugo) is episode 37 of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime.

Synopsis

Kakashi has Boruto pinned down in a way that would require Boruto to break his own arm to break free. He admonishes Boruto's lack of resolve and motivation to change, and reveals his Sukea disguise. Kakashi believes Boruto's influence on his classmates to have made them unsuitable to become shinobi. Mitsuki and Iwabee attack Kakashi, forcing him to let go of Boruto to defend himself and counterattack, allowing Boruto to escape with Iwabee's help. At night, several of the students gather, Wasabi healing Boruto, and Boruto wishing she'd look after Mitsuki, who was injured by Kakashi. Boruto tells them of Kakashi's assessment of their class and Boruto's influence and apologises. Iwabee aggressively tells Boruto he made it this far because of Boruto, something he intends telling Kakashi. Denki and Sumire share Iwabee's opinion. Mitsuki also tells Boruto that by watching him, he learned to do things for other people, by his own volition. The group takes notice of the 24 hour limit, that they still have their bandannas despite some of them having been knocked unconscious before, and that while injured, the teachers have not given pursuit. Boruto determines the exam to be a test of their resolve. Kakashi, Anko, and Konohamaru discuss the exams while watching over captured students, saying the class will fail if they don't come to rescue them.

Boruto formulates a strategy. As the fastest in the class, Metal and Wasabi will distract Anko, while Sumire has Nue, under the cover of several smoke bombs, stealthily equip the captured students with earplugs as Namida also sneaks in. The Anko they fight turns out to be a clone, but the real one gets knocked out by the frightened Namida with a sonic scream. They finish freeing the captive students. Boruto distracts Konohamaru, allowing Denki, Iwabee, and Mitsuki to lock them in place with fūinjutsu, almost suffering a heavy hit from Sarada. Konohamaru stops a hit from Denki, but his target gets hit anyway. Sarada and Boruto had transformed into one another, allowing Sarada to get close enough to cast Sharingan genjutsu on him not to notice Denki's kunai hitting his target. Tsuru arrives, telling them only Kakashi remains. At sunrise, Boruto attacks Kakashi with shadow clones, but more appear than Boruto is able to use. His classmates are disguised as Boruto's clones. Kakashi knocks them down as well, but when Boruto gets close enough and signals it, they all hold Kakashi down with fūinjutsu, like they did with Konohamaru. Kakashi uses Lightning Release against them, but they don't fall back. Boruto only manages to ring the bell before the 24 hours are up. Kakashi passes them all. They're all confused, as they didn't get the bell. Kakashi explains they wouldn't have been able to acquire the bell at all. He explains that in the shinobi world, those who break the rules are scum, but those who don't value their comrades are worse, and when they all came together at him as a team, that's when they passed. Shino congratulates them, and releases the transformation on their bandannas, which were forehead protectors all along. The students celebrate. Iruka scolds Kakashi for being too rough on the students.

Credits

RoleSeiyūEnglish Voice Actor
EnglishJapaneseRōmaji
Boruto UzumakiYuko Sanpei三瓶 由布子Sanpei YūkoAmanda Celine Miller
Sarada UchihaKokoro Kikuchi菊池 こころKikuchi KokoroCherami Leigh
MitsukiRyuichi Kijima木島 隆一Kijima RyūichiRobbie Daymond
Shikadai NaraKensho Ono小野 賢章Ono KenshōTodd Haberkorn
Chōchō AkimichiRyoko Shiraishi白石 涼子Shiraishi RyōkoColleen O'Shaughnessey
Inojin YamanakaAtsushi Abe阿部 敦Abe AtsushiSpike Spencer
Metal LeeRyo Nishitani西谷 亮Nishitani RyōBilly Kametz
Iwabee YuinoShinya Hamazoe浜添 伸也Hamazoe Shin'yaRay Chase
Denki KaminarimonChihiro Ikki一木 千洋Ikki ChihiroErica Mendez
Sumire KakeiAya Endo遠藤 綾Endō AyaErica Lindbeck
Wasabi IzunoNatsumi Yamada山田 奈都美Yamada NatsumiCassandra Lee Morris
Namida SuzumenoSara Matsumoto松本 沙羅Matsumoto SaraTara Sands
Kakashi HatakeKazuhiko Inoue井上 和彦Inoue KazuhikoDave Wittenberg
Shino AburameShinji Kawada川田 紳司Kawada ShinjiDerek Stephen Prince
Anko MitarashiTakako Honda本田 貴子Honda TakakoCherami Leigh
Konohamaru SarutobiHidenori Takahashi高橋 英則Takahashi HidenoriMax Mittelman
Iruka UminoToshihiko Seki関 俊彦Seki ToshihikoKyle McCarley
SukeaKenichi Suzumura鈴村 健一Suzumura Ken'ichiXander Mobus
Enko OnikumaKumi Takaragi宝木 久美Takaragi KumiErica Lindbeck
Dōshu GoetsuKazuki Ota太田 一騎Ōta KazukiChristopher Swindle
Tsuru ItoiMariko Higashiuchi東内 マリ子Higashiuchi MarikoTara Sands
Renga KokubōYo Tokinaga時永 洋Tokinaga YōMick Wingert
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