Shikamaru has proven himself to be one of the smartest ninjas in Hidden Leaf Village throughout all three Naruto series, becoming the first member of the first generation of the animated franchise to become a Chunin on exams. With the Shadow Ninja being the Seventh’s right-hand man, fans are worried about his latest assignment. As Boruto and Kawaki battle the infamous Code, the new leader of the Kara Organization, the rest of Konoha wonder how to handle the deadly situation that arises.
Warning . If you haven’t read the final chapter of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga, Chapter 64 yet, you should turn around now as we’re going to dive into spoiler territory.
Since the battle against Jigen, Naruto has been at a disadvantage as Kurama died due to the Baryon Mode that the Seventh Hokage had to use to confront the leader of the Kara Organization. No longer having the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox at his disposal, Shikamaru has decided to join Naruto as a backup as they prepare to face Code alongside Boruto and Kawaki. Luckily for Konoha, Naruto has one more trump card up his sleeve: Sage Mode, the transformation he learned from studying from Jiraiya and learning more about his own inner abilities.
While Shikamaru is no slouch when it comes to power, with his mastery of shadow manipulation allowing him to control the movements of his opponents, he may not be ready to face the powers of Code, Boruto, and Kawaki. . Shikamaru reveals to the Seventh himself his intentions to join the fray alongside Naruto:
No one thinks about trying to stop you. I will accompany you. Since, unfortunately, Sasuke has not yet returned from the Code hunt, and Sai is on call at the Amado. I know. It’s going to be dangerous. I don’t want to argue with you. Just be thankful we don’t stop you. We’ll leave as soon as Boruto is located.