Orochimaru was the most fearsome and evil villain during the first half of Naruto.
His presence plagued the village and threatened it at every moment. He made Sasuke stronger to steal his body and was after Naruto due to his status as a Jinchuriki.
After his past was revealed, his countless unethical experimentations, especially the ones on children, came to light. However, we also came to know his reason for doing so, not that it made his deeds less gruesome and evil.
Orochimaru wanted to learn every jutsu in the world, and to accomplish that, he needed to first become immortal.
Because of this obsession, he murdered countless people and subjected our main characters and many more to such torture.
While he did tone down his activities during the latter half of Naruto: Shippuden, it was still surprising (to say the least) to see him act normally, well as normal as one can expect Orochimaru to be, in Boruto.
This brings us to the question, what exactly happened to him in Boruto?
The few times we have seen him is during parent-teacher meetings or taking care of his son.
Other than the whole deal with Mitsuki clones, we haven’t been privy to any of his nefarious schemes. Has parenthood really turned him good?
1. Is Orochimaru Still Evil or Has He Turned Good?
Orochimaru’s original goal is to learn all the jutsus; in fact, even immortality is just a means to that end. His actions are not fueled by malice but simply by the desire to accomplish what he set out to do.
Due to this, fans argue that Orochimaru was never evil. According to them, Orochimaru is not evil; no, he just likes to kill and snatch children’s bodies to test the limits of mortality and further his goal.
In fact, after seeing his actions in Boruto, such as his attentiveness to Mitsuki and co-operation with Konohagakure, they have entirely written him off as a villain.
Orochimaru is still evil in Boruto and hasn’t turned good. He just seems that way to the audience because he is not targeting Konoha right now, and does not seem much of a threat with both Naruto and Sasuke present.
Furthermore, his interactions with Mitsuki have made him seem like a doting parent, especially when taking into account the terrible parenting record held by others (Yes, I’m talking about you, Naruto, and Sasuke).
Even in the latest Boruto episode, Orochimaru seemed to be extremely concerned about his “son,” and behaved like an actual parent, minus the whole laboratory part.
While he did say that he was simply upset since Mitsuki was a valuable sample, it seemed otherwise.
However, we should keep in mind that his “son,” Mitsuki, is a clone created after countless human experiments, and even then, he’s only treated well because of his use to Orochimaru.
Regarding his co-operation with Konoha, it’s because he’s smart enough to avoid a fight against Naruto and Sasuke, which is why Orochimaru uses more diplomatic methods to get the information and benefits he wants.
In the end, while Orochimaru is lying low, there’s no chance that he’s given up his goals. As long as he pursues them, he will always be evil and a threat to the shinobi world.
2. What Is He Doing in Boruto?
Orochimaru is currently researching the Otsutsuki clan in Boruto and helping Naruto and Sasuke find a way to defeat them. He is doing this so that Mitsuki would be allowed to enter the Shinobi school.
However, what he is actually doing has not been revealed. While Yamato is keeping a watch on him, Orochimaru has his ways to get away.
It seems that he is truly lying low for now due to Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura’s presence; however, that might not be the only reason.
Ever since it was revealed that Orochimaru put a curse mark inside Mitsuki that will kill him if his research is at risk of being discovered, many doubt his intentions.
I. Is There a Secret Plan?
At the end of Naruto, Orochimaru said that all he wanted now was to see what path Sasuke would take. In Mitsuki’s origin story, he even keeps running the same test until Mitsuki decides to follow his path.
In the end, after seeing Naruto, Gaara, and even Sasuke’s journey, he wants to let Mitsuki figure out his own path and become the strongest that way.
Due to this, he also has no opposition to him staying close to Boruto, and in fact, agrees with it. Furthermore, it seems that he’s found a way to extend his life, and simply wants to observe his experiment, Mitsuki, progress.
While it seems harmless, this might just his plan; Letting Mitsuki mature, reach the peak, and then utilize him, whether it be in the way of gaining a new body or a loyal servant.
3. About the Franchise
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto himself.
It came into serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2016. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the series that follows the exploits of Naruto’s son, Boruto, during his academy days and further on.
The series follows the character development of Boruto and the looming evil that challenges the fate of him and his loved ones.Originally Written By Epic Dope