"Proof of Oneself" (自分の証明, Jibun no Shōmei) is episode 9 of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime.
Hiashi explains to Boruto that if he has awakened the Byakugan, it will manifest itself in battle even if Boruto can't activate it at will, something both he and Hanabi will be able to tell. Hanabi decides to take her father's place, sure it will be all for nothing if he simply throws his back out in the fight. Boruto is up for it. Himawari asks Naruto if Boruto will be okay, as they watch him and Hanabi sparring. Naruto assures her Boruto will be ok. Boruto tries making a distraction using shadow clones and a flash bomb, but Hanabi sees through it. Boruto goes at it once more, this time managing to surround Hanabi with his shadow clones, but she repels them with Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven. Hanabi tells Boruto there is no sign of the Byakugan having awakened in him, but assures him it's still possible it will. Boruto tries disguising his disappointment. Hiashi invites them to spend the night. During dinner, Hanabi plays with Boruto and Himawari, Hiashi telling Naruto not to mind them, as it's a special day. By themselves, Naruto and Hiashi discuss Boruto. Naruto isn't disappointed in Boruto for not awakening the Byakugan, happy that despite it not happening, Boruto tried so hard to prove it did. Hiashi asks about Himawari, Naruto telling him she hasn't manifested the Byakugan since it first awakened. Hiashi asks Naruto to keep him updated and to bring her again if anything else happens. Hanabi talks to Boruto, sure something has happened, otherwise he wouldn't have claimed to have awakened the Byakugan, nor sparred so seriously to prove it. Boruto bumps into Sarada at night, and the two briefly discuss Kagemasa from the movies. Boruto catches a glimpse of someone possessed by the spectre, and follows him to the Academy. He recognises him as the actor who plays Kagemasa, who has put on some weight. He attacks Boruto over his comments on his physique. When he has Boruto pinned down, Sarada deflects one of his attacks. Hidden, Boruto explains the actor's been possessed by a shadow only he can see. Boruto and Sarada defeat the actor using lines from the movie and a diversion with Boruto transformed into a fūma shuriken. Boruto watches the shadow dissipate. The next day, Boruto updates Mitsuki and Shikadai on his eye, saying he doesn't care if it's not the Byakugan, and he just has to prove he has it.
- When Boruto and Sarada deceived Kagemasa with their Fūma shuriken/transformation ruse, it was very similar to the manoeuvre Naruto and Sasuke used against Zabuza Momochi, each fulfilling the same role their parents did. Additionally, both events happen on the same episode of their respective series.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Boruto Uzumaki||Yuko Sanpei||三瓶 由布子||Sanpei Yūko||Amanda Miller|
|Sarada Uchiha||Kokoro Kikuchi||菊池 こころ||Kikuchi Kokoro||Cherami Leigh|
|Mitsuki||Ryuichi Kijima||木島 隆一||Kijima Ryūichi||Robbie Daymond|
|Shikadai Nara||Kensho Ono||小野 賢章||Ono Kenshō||Todd Haberkorn|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Himawari Uzumaki||Saori Hayami||早見 沙織||Hayami Saori||Melissa Fahn|
|Hiashi Hyūga||Eizo Tsuda||津田 英三||Tsuda Eizō||John Demita|
|Hanabi Hyūga||Kiyomi Asai||浅井 清己||Asai Kiyomi||Colleen O'Shaughnessey|
|Kagemasa||Kazutaka Ishii||石井 一貴||Ishii Kazutaka||Christopher Corey Smith|