Boruto finally delivers on his promise as the next generation of Naruto

Warning: contains spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter 68!

With Momoshiki’s sacrifice to rise again borutoKawaki’s channeling of Isshiki and the machinations of Code, it’s an exciting time for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. In the final chapter, the shocking events continue with the return of Delta and Eida’s long-awaited decision to step off the sidelines and join the fray. However, with so many high-wire events taking place simultaneously and Konoha Village being challenged with an existential threat, the most surprising is the absence of Naruto and Sasuke, two of the greatest ninjas of their generation, and current community leaders.


Despite the abundance and diversity of characters, at the core, Naruto has always been about Naruto, Sasuke and the relationship between them. Indeed, most of the stories and all major plot points are somehow connected to the two enemies. This point was made clear in Narutofinal “Kaguya Otsutsuki Strikes”, storyline that revealed that not only were Naruto and Sasuke essential to Kaguya’s defeat, but also that they were the reincarnations of Kaguya’s grandsons Asura and Indra.

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As primary for the Naruto universe as they are, it was no total surprise that they remained influential in the boruto series. This was true despite the fact that the manga’s title makes it clear that the focus of the story should be on the “next generation.” For example, in chapters 9 and 10, both Naruto and Sasuke were active participants in the fight against Momoshiki. Then back in chapter 53, Naruto and Sasuke starred in the defeat of Isshiki, Kaguya’s original partner and member of the Otsutsuki clan. Unfortunately, boruto hasn’t garnered such a devoted following as Naruto did during its run, and it’s possible this reluctance to fully, sincerely transition to the new cast is the reason. However, that seems to be changing.

starting in Chapter 67Naruto’s presence feels more and more like filler. He is quickly sidelined as Boruto, Kawaki and Code take center stage in the chapter. Moreover, in what may be the symbolic “passing the torch”, when Naruto is paralyzed by indecision during the fight, Boruto and Kawaki are the epitome of calm, calm and composed. Indeed, their determination to continue with their “Death Boruto” plan belies their youth and listens back to the younger, sharper Naruto and Sasuke. It also thwarted any plans Kara might have for the time being.

If fans thought Boruto, Kawaki and Code’s central role in the story was just a side note, Chapter 68 shows creator Masashi Kishimoto may have finally decided the time is right for the “kids” to take over. As the village faces a real threat, Naruto, the Seventh Hokage, is so lost in thought that his own staff begins to question his ability to manage events, control his emotions, and think strategically. On the other hand, Sasuke – one of the most confident, self-righteous and focused characters in the manga – surprisingly decides to go visit his daughter and Boruto instead of going with Shikamaru to confront Amado about the Kara shelter issue.

The obvious conclusion of these last two chapters is that the next generation of characters including: boruto, Kawaki, CodeSarada, Delta, Eida and others, are fully prepared to take on the mantles of their elders and continue the story into new horizons – it may not be the old one Naruto yet, but there’s the potential for it to be something even bigger.

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