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Mitsuki is one of the three lead characters in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and my favorite of the bunch. He is a fantastic new character who feels very different from the other members of the cast, who are more or less just slight reskins of previous fan favorites from the Naruto manga and anime series.
With how fantastic the mysterious Mitsuki is, I decided to create this Mitsuki Boruto guide to shed some light on him.
The Mitsuki Boruto guide is going to focus on this troubled son of Orochimaru, the famous villain from the Naruto manga and anime series. As a member of the current Team 7 and one of the lead characters in the current Boruto series, he has his own set of fans these days.
He is absolutely one of the most powerful shinobi of his generation, and his skills are pretty unique. Here is everything that you need to know about this fantastic character in Boruto, from his history so far to some elusive fun facts.
Bottom Line Up Front
Mitsuki is a member of the Hidden Leaf Village Shinobi Academy and someone who joins the cast relatively early in the Boruto manga and anime series. Mitsuki is the son of Orochimaru, the infamous Naruto villain who experimented with creating this artificial human.
He is one of the three protagonists of the currently ongoing franchise, alongside his two partners, Boruto Uzumaki and Sarada Uchiha. Together, Mitsuki and his two best friends form the current Team 7, the ninja team that goes on missions and attempts to protect the village from villains.
His abilities include stretching his limbs, utilizing snakes in battle, and much more. He is one of the strongest ninjas of his generation.
Who is Mitsuki in Boruto?
Mitsuki is one of the three main characters in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime series. The ongoing serialization dives into the plot following the events of the beloved Naruto series and showcases the new Team 7 at the heart of it. On that ninja team is none other than Mitsuki himself.
Alongside the two other members of Team 7, Mitsuki is one of the main characters in the series. He is a dark and mysterious character who has a lot of interest in the main character, Boruto, and the Hidden Leaf Village as a whole. That said, his past is entirely unknown at the start, giving him a unique placement in the cast.
Most of the members of the cast, like Boruto and Sarada, are explicit continuations of their parents, even if it is a mix of both of them. That said, Mitsuki is quite unique in that, while he might have connections to a past Naruto character, he is wholly his own person and identity.
He is the son of Orochimaru, one of the most famous Naruto villains of all time, and an artificial human being. However, this has not stopped him from forging his own path that is built around being an altruistic shinobi rather than being like his parent before him. Given how unique Mitsuki is, he quickly became one of the most popular Boruto characters. Personally, I can attest that he is my favorite of the Team 7 bunch, though I do like all three of them.
Mitsuki has a pretty unique appearance that is roughly similar to Orochimaru but not by much. His unique look is all his own, with no genuinely striking resemblances to others in the past.
He has two paramount looks in the Boruto series so far: his Team 7 outfit and another one that is a little bit spoilery, so beware of the second section if you’re not caught up on the series.
Team 7 Outfit
For the most part, Mitsuki keeps his general look throughout the Boruto manga and anime. He doesn’t change his appearance that much at all, honestly, keeping the same available outfit from his debut in the ninja academy to joining Team 7 with only some minor changes to it here and there.
The Team 7 ninja outfit that he wears is not too different from the shinobi clothing that others wear, just that the style and color scheme are unique to him. On the bottom half of his body, he wears dark blue pants that are slightly loose-fitting.
On his feet are some attractive black sandals that leave his toes and heel of his feet exposed but go all the way up to almost his knees. These sandals are almost like a mix of slip-on shoes and boots in a way, adding some layers of protection to his legs.
On top, he wears a long-sleeve ninja top that has three different colors to it: a darker blue on one side, a very light, maybe periwinkle blue on the other side, and a thick white strip down the middle of the two. He wears a simple brown belt around his waist that binds the outfit together.
His face is somewhat similar to Orochimaru in that he has a snake-like look to him. His eyes are a sharp yellow color with piercing pupils that are both sinister and intriguing. His face is quite pale, almost in a deathly way, likely imitating the skin color of his parent, Orochimaru.
His hair is a very light blue color that is almost white at times, nearly matching the off-color of his ninja outfit. Finally, once he joins Team 7, he begins wearing the signature ninja headband on his forehead. It has a dark blue band on it.
Overall, the general theme of Mitsuki’s outfit in Boruto is to be loose and flexible. This is likely for a couple of reasons. For one, it is like this to allow him to remain flexible on the battlefield so that he is not restrained by his clothing while still having some limited protection. The other is likely to complement his body-stretching capabilities so that he does not tear up his outfit each time he uses it.
There is one other appearance change for Mitsuki, and this one is a little bit of a spoiler for the series. Mitsuki eventually gains the ability to activate his Sage Mode. During this time, his appearance changes, and he powers up in a significant way.
This snake-themed Sage Mode features Mitsuki, usually having the same exact outfit that he usually wears but his aura and face change drastically. It starts with the aura that surrounds him. A blue-green color provides this cloud of chakra around the young shinobi and enhances his strength.
Furthermore, there is a swarm of ethereal blue snakes that appear around his body as well. Lastly, his facial expression matures and darkens, with his eyes turning entirely to a sinister yellow color. Cracks or veins appear around his face, giving a darkened look for him.
Lastly, his hair changes to a stark greenish-white color due to the aura around him, and it stands on its ends. His hair is wholly spiky, and looks like little light green flames. A single demonic horn appears on his forehead, completing this intense transformation for the powerful protagonist.
Mitsuki has a fascinating personality, which is arguably one of the best parts of him. I like how serious but funny, mysterious, and almost sarcastic he comes off. There are elements of Orochimaru’s devilish smile and personality that Mitsuki has, but there is so much more to him than just that.
Mitsuki has that aura of a person who knows more than he is leading on. I would argue that he is one of the most intelligent characters in the entire series and well above the likes of his classmates and rivals in terms of intelligence.
He is a tactician in a way, knowing what needs to be done and having plenty of confidence to boot. He is not afraid to take on someone more prominent, possibly more robust, and older characters. He seems not to have any fear at all, and it makes him quite the compelling fighter.
There are several key relationships that Mitsuki has in the Boruto series. I even think that some of these bonds are at the very heart of the show, and the series would not be what it is at all without them. The first of these has to do with the parent who created him, Orochimaru.
Given their history within the series, Orochimaru is one of the most complicated characters in the Boruto series. Everyone hates the infamous villain, but there is an argument that they at least love (if you can even call it love) their child in Mitsuki.
Though Mitsuki does not adhere to the plans that Orochimaru has for him, this does not stop the former antagonist from letting him be free to choose his own path in life. I think they genuinely care about their son and will do whatever it takes to give him the best life possible. It is one of the only humanizing parts of Orochimaru.
Then there is the relationship between Mitsuki and Boruto, with the two leads’ friendship being a defining part of the storyline. When they first meet, Mitsuki sees Boruto as his “sun,” or the counterpart to his darker self. They complement one another well, being rivals, brothers, and best friends.
There is a certain level of understanding between the two since they are so different from one another. They have vastly different upbringings, beliefs, strategies, and personalities. That said, they care for one another and find a way to work nonetheless. This is a valuable part of the series.
When it comes to Sarada Uchiha, the relationship between Mitsuki and her is a bit more complicated. They are not super close, but I think they are good friends nonetheless. They do not bicker and fight as much as Boruto and Sarada do, but there is a level of animosity and rivalry for sure between Mitsuki and her.
The voice actor for Mitsuki, the son of Orochimaru, in the anime adaptation of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is Ryuichi Kijima. Kijima is a voice actor that I am honestly not too familiar with outside of his role as Mitsuki due to the lack of roles in anime and games to date.
That said, there are a couple of notable ones that he has in the past, like Gido in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Keiichi in Darwin’s Game. Hopefully, we get to see more from him in the future.
On the other hand, the English dub voice for Mitsuki is a legend in the business: Robbie Daymond. Daymond has had countless iconic dubbing roles in the past, like Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon Crystal, Chrollo in Hunter x Hunter, and Megumi Fushigoro in Jujutsu Kaisen.
However, there are two roles that I particularly would like to draw attention to. The first is his role as Eighth Brother in the Star Wars Rebels animated series that he reprises in the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show on Disney+. The other is my favorite role for Daymond, and I think his best one is Goro Akechi in Persona 5. Especially in Royal, he nails perhaps the best character in that JRPG series from Atlus.
As one of the main characters in the Boruto series, Mitsuki is someone who should not be messed with. He is one of the most powerful shinobi of his generation, and it shows in the abilities that he has at his disposal. There are roughly three main areas of skills that he has, and each of them contributes to making him one of the deadliest prodigies of his time.
Healing and Stretchy Skills
First up, there are the general skills that Mitsuki has at his disposal. He is a strong fighter that has been bred for the literal purpose of taking out his foes. To this point, he also needs to ensure that he is able to sustain himself in battle, and because of this, he has immense healing capabilities.
He is well-trained when it comes to first aid and helping someone quickly recover in fights, be it himself or someone else. This comes in handy with his teammates as he can help someone out when the going gets tough while also holding himself in battle.
The general ninjutsu that Mitsuki uses in fights has to do with the stretchiness of his limbs. He is able to Mr. Fantastic his way through struggles, extending his arms and legs to do some crazy maneuvers in battles. This includes wrapping around foes to trap them, reaching an object far away, or pulling himself to a destination.
There is a lot of versatility in the stretching ability that he has, and it emphasizes the way that he moves around the battlefield.
The movement that Mitsuki has in fights is also enhanced by the fact that he is exceptionally malleable and flexible. His speed is uncanny in battle as he puts on the persona of a snake. He can whip around the enemies and sneak up on them before they know what happened.
He also has snake hands that he can use for the healing mentioned above and scouting techniques for locating a missing person. The snakes that he controls also grant him the ability to perform lightning elemental abilities that can shock foes in submission.
Many of the snake-like abilities that he has come from Orochimaru, his parent, and creator. The intelligence of the former villain is also present in Mitsuki, allowing him to think fast on his feet and outsmart his enemies.
Finally, the last ability that we see in Mitsuki later in Boruto is his Sage Mode. This transformation sequence for the protagonist allows him to enter a trance-like state. At this time in the story, he has not found a way to control the transformation power-up, but it has proved immensely useful in specific battles.
Besides the apparent appearance change, Sage Mode grants Mitsuki the ability to become even faster and deadlier than before. He is a true powerhouse in this mode, able to keep up with foes that are much older and more experienced than him, including even Orochimaru. He is also seen as possibly the youngest person in history to unlock Sage Mode.
Mitsuki is one of the three main characters in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series, so he spends a lot of time at the forefront of the pages and episodes. Because of this, here is your ample spoiler warning for the Boruto series to date for the next section as I explain his prominent role in the story arcs so far.
Joining the Shinobi Academy
Prior to the start of the Boruto series and Mitsuki’s initial debut at the end of the Naruto manga, he was created by Orochimaru, one of the main villains from the first half of Naruto. The shinobi legend-turned-mad scientist trying to explore immortality created Mitsuki as basically a clone of themselves.
They attempted to enforce their beliefs and ideals on the boy named Mitsuki, who fought back and showed that he had his own thoughts and desires in life despite being an artificial human. Because of this, Mitsuki was allowed by Orochimaru to become his own person and enroll in the shinobi academy at Hidden Leaf Village.
He finds Boruto, the son of 7th Hokage Naruto, and follows him as the “sun to his moon.” They become instant friends, but there is a lot of mystery surrounding Mitsuki as he keeps his origins a secret.
They train together and go on missions with one another, working as a team as they prepare to become shinobi someday. Mitsuki is present in most of the story arcs from the start of the manga and anime series.
Team 7 Member
Eventually, Mitsuki earns his right to be part of a ninja team. In the end, he, Boruto, and Sarada Uchiha are thrown together into a team that is later turned into the new Team 7. This allows Mitsuki to fill one of the roles of the previous legendary Team 7, who were the stars of the Naruto series.
The trio has a difficult time working together at first, but they are able to go on missions and fulfill their duties well enough. Their work as a team goes well until, unfortunately, it appears like Mitsuki is betraying everyone by leaving the team and the village to go on his own.
Boruto and the others pursue him, trying to figure out what is going on. It turns out that he has joined up with a team of fellow clones like himself who wish to get revenge on the society that mistreats them. Though it appears like Mitsuki is part of them, he reveals that he was only there to stop their less-than-good intentions and defeats them.
Fighting Kara and the Otsutsuki
This leads to Mitsuki and the others entering into the longer story arcs in the series, like fighting against the new Kara organization. This evil group infiltrates the Hidden Leaf Village with their own goals that involve the young Kawaki, and Team 7 plays an integral role in fighting them.
Mitsuki participates in the fights, unlocking his true abilities and fighting some dangerous foes that genuinely test his abilities. This leads to some stark revelations about the Otsutsuki group, the true enemies in the storyline. Mitsuki and everyone succeeds in holding these enemies back from destroying the village and everyone. The series continues from there, with Mitsuki currently playing a role in the ongoing Code Arc.
Mitsuki’s Appearances in Other Media
Mitsuki is one of the leading characters in the Boruto anime and manga series, but his appearances do not end with just those. Outside of the main series, he also appears in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which is one of the Naruto Shippuden films, rather than a Boruto one. That is where he debuted as well.
The essential Naruto story for him is in the Naruto Gaiden: The Road Illuminated by the Full Moon spin-off. In this story, fans finally find out the truth about his character, including his life prior to the series and his creation by Orochimaru. There are also the light novels that he appears in as well.
Outside of the anime and manga mediums, he is also present in a couple of video games based on the series. In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 from 2016, Mitsuki is one of the playable characters in the massive roster for the 3D arena fighting game.
In the follow-up to that game, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker in 2018, Mitsuki was once again a main playable character there that you could fight against characters from both series. There are also plenty of cosplays, merch, and fan art that surround the character of Mitsuki. I think he is one of the more fun characters to see people dress up at conventions and the like.
Fun Facts About Mitsuki
Here are some fun facts about Mitsuki that you may not have known about before:
- The first significant popularity poll officially held for the Boruto series in 2021 led to Mitsuki being voted the eighth most famous character. This, understandably, sounds low, but the reality is that he was competing against beloved characters like Naruto and Sasuke. They have a couple of decades worth of history behind them due to this series being a direct sequel.
- Unlike many of the other main characters in the Boruto series, Mitsuki is not based on a previous hero from the Naruto series like Boruto, Sarada, Denki, and many others from the Shinobi Academy.
- Orochimaru is the parent of Mitsuki, but he is not the only child of the infamous villain. There are other clones that were failed experiments in the past that could be considered his siblings. The only notable “sibling,” though, is Log, who was an older brother to Mitsuki.
- Though Mitsuki is one of the main characters in the Boruto series, it was actually in the original Naruto Shippuden anime where he had his reveal. He first appeared in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which is technically a Naruto animated film and canon, following an appearance in the original Naruto manga. That is also where Sarada Uchiha made her debut.
- The name “Mitsuki” in Japanese has many layers and meanings to it in the Boruto series. For starters, Orochimaru gave him the name Mitsuki to be a mix of the kanji for “tsuki” or vessel and the kanji for “mi” or snake. This means that his name literally means snake vessel, which is fitting for being a clone of sorts of Orochimaru.
- However, when Mitsuki forges his own path in life, he changes his name’s meaning and kanji. Instead of the tsuki kanji letter for a vessel, he switches to it being another tsuki, meaning moon. Because of that, he is now officially known as the moon snake in Japanese.
- This is also fitting since Mitsuki considers Boruto to be his sun. Mitsuki is the moon that revolves around Boruto, the main character of the series, and the sun that lights his way.
- This is slight spoilers but only for the first episode and manga chapter of Boruto. At first, it seems that Mitsuki is taking the role of the Sasuke or Vegeta-type character. However, that role might not be the case. He may have a unique position in the end since the newer main character Kawaki will likely be the Sasuke-like person.
Question: Is Mitsuki good in Boruto?
Answer: Yes, Mitsuki is a good guy in the Boruto series, at least up to the current point in the manga. While there are some rare questionable moments for the character, he is a hero nonetheless.
Question: Does Mitsuki have feelings for Boruto?
Answer: If you mean romantic feelings, the answer is unknown. Mitsuki loves Boruto in a platonic way, but it is unclear if it goes beyond that. I do not think it is romantic, but it is likely a one-sided affair, even if it is.
Question: Should I skip the Mitsuki arc?
Answer: This is a tough question that has no clear answer to it. The Mitsuki Disappearance Arc is an anime-exclusive one that is not in the manga. In this way, it is, technically, not essential viewing. However, I think it adds a lot to his character in a way that only enhances the Boruto story. It is relatively long, though, for Boruto filler, so I, personally, skipped through several scenes to get to the good stuff. I recommend doing the same to most viewers.
Mitsuki Boruto Guide: Conclusion
Mitsuki is one of the most memorable characters that you can find in the entire Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime series. Unlike the others in the Shinobi Academy that are near replicants of their parents, Mitsuki stands out as a pretty unique inclusion. He is even quite different than his parent who created him, Orochimaru.
To better understand Mitsuki, I recommend finding out more about Orochimaru and the role that they play in the Boruto series. Orochimaru might be one of the most iconic anime and manga villains of all time, but they play a very different part in the sequel series. It is absolutely controversial, and for a good reason, but I think it only adds some complexity to the fascinating Boruto series.