The Naruto-verse is no stranger to dark undertones. Over the years, we’ve witnessed the series subtly dance with serious issues—suicide, child warfare, and perhaps most upsetting of all, it’s disturbing nonchalance towards human experimentation.
Orochimaru embodied this sinister facet in the original series. He kidnapped, imprisoned, and ended the lives of countless individuals, all in the ruthless pursuit of his personal goals. One would assume that the aftermath of the war would have compelled Konoha to purge itself of such malevolent practices. However, a chilling theory surrounding Moegi in Boruto suggests otherwise.
Moegi’s Wood Release might be due to Scientific Experimentation:
There is no information provided about how Moegi learned to use Wood Release. One theory is that Moegi was a test subject who was experimentally given the ability to use Wood Release, rather than learning it from someone else.
- This theory disregards the idea that Yamato taught Moegi Wood Release, since it seems unlikely someone could learn such an advanced kekkei genkai purely through instruction. Instead, the theory suggests Moegi gained the ability through artificial means, much like Yamato himself (who is known to have been a test subject given Wood Release abilities).
If confirmed, this theory would raise serious ethical questions around the notion of “scientific ninja” that is often promoted in Boruto. It would imply that Moegi’s skills were the result of secret, likely involuntary experimentation to give her abilities without her consent. This would contradict the ideals of progress and humane discovery represented by the “scientific ninja” concept. It also opens up the possibility that there is a dark side to how some ninjas gain their powers in the modern shinobi world. Rather than powers gained through training and hard work, Moegi may represent powers gained through questionable science experiments.
The Human Experimentations in Konoha explain Orochimaru’s involvement in the series
There is mounting suspicion that Orochimaru might return to villainous ways in Boruto. A major red flag comes from the Sasuke Shinden novel, where Mitsuki reveals Orochimaru takes a sudden interest when he learns Sasuke is training Team 7.
But perhaps we should consider whether Konoha has struck a sinister deal with Orochimaru. We know the modern ninja outlook emphasizes using science to enhance abilities. If Konoha wanted to recreate the human experiments they conducted on Yamato, Orochimaru would be the perfect, unethical collaborator.
- This could explain how Orochimaru is allowed to roam free despite his crimes against Leaf. Perhaps the village has enlisted Orochimaru’s skills in forbidden science to create powerful ninja like Moegi, turning a blind eye to unprincipled methods. Such a partnership would signify Konoha compromising its morals, and Orochimaru returning to villainy by conducting covert human experiments once more.
The Cost of Konoha’s Secret Human Experiments in Boruto Two Blue Vortex
If this theory about Konoha and Orochimaru conducting human experiments is true, it raises the troubling question of how the Leaf is any better than Kara.
- While their end goals may differ, both groups would be responsible for inhumane experimentation on their own people. Shinobi could no longer claim the moral high ground as heroes and protectors if they also secretly sacrifice innocents for greater power, as Kara does. This potential hypocrisy suggests the “end of the shinobi age” mentioned in Boruto may refer to more than just technological advancement. It could signify an end to the romanticized view of shinobi as noble warriors.
This theory challenges the fundamental identity and principles of the Leaf Village. It remains to be seen whether Boruto’s era truly brings positive change, or simply hides injustice under the veneer of scientific progress.
The dark undertones surrounding human experimentation have lurked in the Naruto franchise long before Boruto Two Blue Vortex. Theories about Moegi’s origins suggest Konoha has not purged itself of these sinister practices. The Leaf potentially conspiring with Orochimaru to conduct covert experiments would signify Konoha morally compromising itself, making the village no better than villainous groups like Kara.
More than just the shinobi age ending, confirmation of such activities would force Konoha to reckon with the principles it claims to uphold. The question remains whether the future brings positive change, or simply conceals an unprincipled pursuit of power that has always existed under the surface.