Unpopular Opinion on Hiashi
I still hate Hiashi.
I don’t care if he’s a doting grandpa. I’m glad for Boruto’s and Himawari’s sake, but it’s not enough for me to redeem his character. Not after all the abuse he piled on his children and his clan. Right now, it’s incredibly vague whether the branch clan members are free or if Hiashi ever made amends with his daughter. I’m leaning towards no on both counts.
The writers are being strangely mum on the state of the branch clan. Instead of addressing the issue, they decided to empty out the entire compound save for Hiashi and his daughter. Seriously, the place is a ghost town. Either the writers are going to absurd lengths to whitewash the past, or they are saving the branch seal revelation for a gut punch in a later episode.
Also, Hinata still has a strained relationship with her clan. She avoided telling Boruto ANYTHING about her clan or her past. When she hears Boruto has the Byakugan, she isn’t just surprised, she is upset. Naruto’s words imply that the Hyuuga training is brutal as ever (remember, this training made Hinata go temporarily blind at one point). Neither Naruto nor Hinata want to put their kids through that.
More telling is the fact that Hinata does not accompany Boruto on his visit. The ever-busy Naruto goes, and Himawari goes, but Hinata stays home. Neither Hiashi nor Hanabi seem surprised that Hinata is missing or ask how she is doing.
Yes, I know Hiashi smiled at Hinata during her wedding. Big whoop. Hinata’s dream wasn’t to be called “pretty,” it was for her father to accept her as someone both kind and strong. He never apologizes to her or gives her the acknowledgement she craved for the entirety of Naruto. You can theorize that maybe, possibly, he apologized off screen. But considering Hinata’s attitude towards him during the wedding arc and her current avoidance of all things Hyuuga, it’s unlikely that reconciliation ever happened.
The show implies that Hinata’s cut ties with her toxic past and found validation in raising a family with Naruto. Good for her. And good for the kids that they still get to visit their amazing Aunt Hanabi. But Hiashi can go die in a dumpster for all I care.