This arc is the twenty-second arc of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime. It covered episodes 228 to 230. It is preceded by the Chūnin Re-Examination Arc and followed by the Great Sea Battle of Kirigakure Arc.
One morning, Hinata asks Boruto to wake up Kawaki as he has an important meeting at the Hokage's office that he cannot miss. Boruto, however, doesn't do it and after losing to Himawari in rock-paper-scissors, he goes to wake him up. Naruto explains that since Kawaki is already skilled, he has no need to go thorugh the Academy and as such, assigns him D-rank missions with other teams; Kawaki performs poorly as he is unable to properly sync with his interim teammates. He falls asleep during the mission with Team 5 and he scares the client unconscious during his mission with Team 15. On top of this, Kawaki refuses Shikadai's invite to play cards with him and trains alone. Frustrated, Shikadai and the rest consult with Boruto who tries talking to Kawaki about it but is only rebuffed.
In a last attempt to help Kawaki, Naruto assigns him a C-rank mission to escort Mozuku with Shikadai and Chōchō to the Land of Calm Seas. Kawaki, however, bluntly admits that he isn't fit for a shinobi and leaves the room with Shikadai merely saying that he will take on the mission, regardless of Kawaki's intentions to join or not. Kawaki is then approached by Suika Kannonji who gives him his pay for completing his missions; Kawaki visits the taiyaki shop and purchases two for himself before overhearing a young child asking his mother to buy him some. Elsewhere, Boruto discusses with Shikadai and Inojin about Kawaki's behaviour and later, Boruto confronts Kawaki, concerned about his mission. This results in Kawaki running away and Hinata predicts that Kawaki simply just struggles to form positive relationships with others. Kawaki spots Sarada and after speaking to her, he decides to join on the escort mission, albeit arriving late.
In a forest, Kurobane and Jujumaru interrogate a young boy from the Land of Calm Seas before killing him; they both proceed to go to the Land of Fire. Elsewhere, Shikadai explains to Kawaki what the Land of Calm Seas is and is irritated by Kawaki's disinterest. Mozuku also lashes out, worrying about his well-being considering Kawaki's blunt self-admittance to not being a shinobi. At the same time in the Hokage Residence, Konohamaru gives Naruto and Shikamaru new intel about a boy's corpse and they discuss about the similar incidents happening in other countries. Meanwhile, Team 7 is on a D-rank mission guarding livestock when the cows suddenly get agitated as they spot Kurobane and Jujumaru; Boruto smells blood on them and expresses his belief that something is very wrong.
Kawaki and company stop by a river for a lunch break and Kawaki has a conversation with Mozuku and they find common ground on the fact that they grew up in poor conditions. At night, the group are attacked by Kurobane and Jujumaru with the former stealing Mozuku's box while the latter trapping Kawaki and company within a barrier of blood. Kurobane escapes while a battle ensues: Mozuku attempts escaping the barrier but finds himself losing control over his own body; Shikadai knocks Mozuku unconscious before he could kill himself. Kawaki fires an energy blast but the threads repair themselves, resulting in Jujumaru repeatedly boasting about how no one has escaped from his barrier unharmed before. Shikadai takes a moment to think before asking Chōchō to attack the threads; he is then able to deduce the speed at which they regenerate. Before Chōchō could attack Shikadai and Kawaki, Shikadai captures Chōchō in his shadow and has her attack Jujumaru. Jujumaru counterattacks and injures Chōchō before being knocked out.
After tying Jujumaru up, Kawaki interrogates Mozuku who explains everything concerning the Land of Calm Seas: an epidemic was affecting the population and the daimyō was monopolising the treatment. Mozuku's teacher was a doctor who had secretly developed a faster-acting cure but is forced to go into hiding and rely on his students to complete the cure. Mozuku begs the team to recover the cure and Kawaki takes it upon himself to do so even if it meant breaching the orders of Shikadai, who was the acting team captain. Kawaki parts ways, telling Shikadai to return to Konoha with the injured Chōchō. Kawaki and Mozuku chase after Kurobane who is revealed by Mozuku to be working as Anbu in service of the daimyō. Back in Konoha, Konohamaru reveals that all of the murdered victims were from the Land of Calm Seas and Naruto orders an emergency dispatch from Team 7 to assist Team 10; Mitsuki receives the news and muses over how Boruto's intuition was correct. Shikadai stops for a moment to let Chōchō rest and bump into Boruto and Sarada who had abandoned their mission (having asked Mitsuki to complete it) to check on Shikadai; Boruto is dismayed when Shikadai tells him that Kawaki went off on his own.
Kawaki and Mozuku catch up to Kurobane who taunts them before casting a mist barrier. Out of the mist comes clones of Jujumaru which Mozuku wrongly deduces is a result of genjutsu; he tried and failed to release the genjutsu leading Kurobane to explain how his technique extracts water from living things. Kawaki and Mozuku suddenly become thirsty and Kurobane attacks them with a real blade; Kawaki deduces that Kurobane's real body was somewhere and dissipates some of the fog with Fire Release and after finding him, strikes him. Retrieving the box, Kawaki is then surprised when Mozuku protects him from Kurobane's blade which he had manipulated after pretending to be unconscious. Kurobane attacks Kawaki again but Boruto destroys the blade with Rasengan and Shikadai traps Kurobane with his shadow, preventing him from escaping. With Mozuku's last words, Kawaki forges forward to complete the mission with Boruto and Shikadai helping; they are then attacked by pursuers who are stalled by Boruto and Shikadai. Kawaki meets with Mozuku's teacher who is then held at knife-point in order to force Kawaki to give up the medicine, however, after handing it over, he kills the assailant, revealing that the box had been empty the entire time. Kawaki then gave the medicine to Mozuku's teacher before leaving with Boruto and Shikadai.
|#||Episode Title||Japanese Airdate||English Airdate|
|228||"Kawaki's Path to Becoming a Ninja"||12 December 2021|
|229||"Breach of Orders"||19 December 2021|
|230||"A Wish"||26 December 2021|