Naruto: Shikamaru’s Hokage Status, Explained

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Shikamaru Nara, a central character in “Naruto”, gains even more prominence in “Boruto”, especially after the sealing of Naruto Uzumaki, the 7th Hokage. The absence of Naruto, presumably dead, creates a leadership vacuum in Konoha. Shikamaru emerges as a key figure in this scenario, assuming significant responsibilities. However, his position as Hokage remains unofficial, an intriguing point in the narrative.

The Destiny of Naruto Uzumaki

Naruto faces severe challenges in “Boruto”, especially marked by the confrontation with Isshiki. Although he was one of the most powerful shinobi, the battle with Isshiki and the use of Baryon Mode resulted in the death of Kurama and a significant weakening of Naruto. Subsequently, Kawaki, concerned for Naruto’s safety, seals him in a dimension where time does not flow, creating the illusion of his death. This event deeply shakes the village of Konoha, losing not only its leader, but also the strongest shinobi in history.


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Shikamaru’s Interregnum

Naruto: Shikamaru'S Hokage Status, Explained Shikamaru Nara

Naruto’s supposed death begins a timeskip in “Boruto”, where Shikamaru is seen occupying the Hokage’s office. He is recognized as the 8th Hokage by the village, but not officially. Shikamaru, despite assuming the duties and responsibilities, refuses to formally accept the title, remaining a candidate for the position. His face is still not carved into Konoha’s mountain, symbolizing his status as an acting Hokage. This aspect of the plot reflects Shikamaru’s hesitation and the possibility that Naruto is still alive.

Future of Hokage Title

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The Hokage’s position in Konoha remains uncertain. While Shikamaru acts as an interim leader, the narrative suggests he may never become the official 8th Hokage. Naruto could return and resume the role, or the position could eventually be filled by another character, such as Konohamaru or Sarada Uchiha. This dynamic keeps fans eager for the next developments in the series.


Accessibility of the “Boruto” Series

For fans of the Naruto universe, “Boruto” is available for official and free reading through Viz Media, on Shonen Jump and on the Manga Plus app. The next chapter, “Boruto: Two Blue Vortex chapter 7”, is scheduled for release on February 20, 2024, keeping the fan community in continuous anticipation for the development of the story and the fate of the beloved characters.


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