By Juliet Faure
– Posted on 05 Mar 2022 at 14:15
At the end of 2021, Naruto fans faced a new test in what is one of the saddest episodes. Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon, was sacrificing himself after using Naruto’s Baryon Mode, the most powerful form of the current Hokage. However, chapter 67 of Borutoreleased on February 20, paints a portrait of an unremarkable Naruto.
Warning, this article contains spoilers for chapters 66 and 67 of the manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. If you haven’t read it yet, we advise you not to go any further.
If you follow the adventures of Borutoyou are aware that the ultimate wish of the young boy is to be accepted as Boruto, and not simply as son of the hokage. And the least we can say is that it weighs a heavy pressure on the shoulders of the young ninja, his father being not only a war hero, but also the leader of a great world power. That didn’t stop Boruto from trying to distance himself from his father through multiple attempts. However, the last chapter of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations proves to us that Boruto may well make a better Hokage than his father has ever been so far.
Since Boruto received Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki’s kâma, his future is particularly uncertain. Indeed, each time the young ninja uses Momoshiki’s power, the latter takes a little more power over Boruto’s body, which he wants to use as a receptacle. And despite being aware of the consequences, Boruto is increasingly tempted to use the powers of the Ōtsutsuki. Events will take a tragic turn. As Kawaki goes to find Code to kill him, Boruto naturally decides to go with him. It is during this confrontation that Boruto will use kâma to beat Code. Instead, the young ninja will lose control of himself. Arrived too late, Naruto and Shikamaru can only attend, distraught, a particularly heartbreaking scene of chapter 66 of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. It is in a brief moment of lucidity that Boruto asks Kawaki to follow the original plan. The latter is therefore forced to kill his friend and adoptive brother, under the eyes of their father, powerless.
In the last chapter, released on February 20 on MangaMore, fans learn about the aftermath of Boruto’s death, caused by Kawaki. Taking advantage of the confusion, Code tries to escape, but is restrained by Kawaki., who is determined to beat him. Attacked by Code, Shikamaru realizes that Naruto is totally focused on Boruto, to the point of being out of the wise fashion. Shocked, the 7th Hokage of the Name refuses the death of his son, going so far as to ask his friend if he is not dreaming. Faced with the situation, Shikamaru reminds Naruto of the situation and asks him to go and lend a hand to Kawaki in order to capture Code. However, the latter manages to escape thanks to Daemon’s help.
Shikamaru then takes advantage of the moment to address an important issue: what are they going to do with Kawaki now that he killed Boruto? And although it is actually a sacrifice in order to save everyone, Kawaki remains the murderer of Boruto, son of the Hokage. Still in shock, Naruto asks Shikamaru to be more clear about what he means. The problem is that Naruto perceives Kawaki as his own son., and that it is unthinkable for him to lose it. But before the conversation can go any further, Boruto wakes up, revealing that he survived Kawaki’s attack. This is not due to manipulation on the part of the two young ninjas. Indeed, it was Momoshiki’s intervention who, sacrificing what was left of karma, managed to heal Boruto’s wounds. This “resurrection” now means only one thing: Boruto is 100% Ōtsutsuki.
Naruto, a human who also has his weaknesses
Naruto’s dream has always been to become Hokage, but this final chapter reveals some weaknesses in his leadership. One of Naruto’s most valued character traits is the concern he feels for his loved ones, friends and family. He notably proved it in his unwavering will to save Sasuke and bring him back to the village, when everyone had turned their backs on his friend. When he was just a young ninja, this care had paid off and Sasuke had finally returned. But he is now Hokage, and this attitude could prove very dangerous for Konoha and Naruto seems more willing to risk the safety of the village, if it allows him to save his two sons. However, Naruto forgets or ignores one thing: Boruto did not hesitate to ask Kawaki to kill him.
Calling on Momoshiki’s powers, Boruto knew the risks he was taking, but also the consequences it could have on Kawaki’s life. Indeed, if Kawaki had been found guilty of murdering Boruto, he could have been exiled from the village, or even executed. These possible repercussions, however, neither frightened nor stopped the two shinobis, who were ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for their village. And while Naruto is a war hero, that’s not the kind of sacrifice he’s willing to make.
The fact that Boruto is willing to sacrifice himself demonstrates the strength of character within him, but also proves to us that his character has more depth than many fans realize. Both Minato and Naruto are Konoha’s most famous Hokage, so it’s obvious that some of their character traits carry over to Boruto, such as their charisma as well as their natural leadership. Nevertheless, although Naruto is a benevolent character, this last arc proves to us thathe doesn’t have the courage to face difficult questionsunlike Boruto, who turns out to be ready to do anything for his village. This also proves to us that the manga Boruto is still able to surprise us, as with Jiraiya’s clone.