This article contains SPOILERS for Boruto: Two Blue Vortex #2From the First Days of the World Boruto story, Uchiha Sarada made one thing clear – her life goal is to become Hokage. More than anyone in her shinobi group, from skills to personality, Sarada has more than what it takes to become Hokage. However, despite these advantages, in a brief sentence uttered in the second chapter of Boruto: Two Blue Vortex, Sarada revealed that she still lacks something very important for a Hokage.
The quote that appears at the beginning of Boruto: Two Blue Vortex chapter #2, is very simple but says a lot about Sarada’s leadership potential. Specifically, when Sarada and Boruto confronted Code and his Claw Grime army, Boruto ordered Sarada to stand back and worry about the people instead of continuing to confront Code. Boruto’s statement implies that he believes Sarada is better suited to protect bystanders and guide them to safety than to fight Code. Surprisingly, Sarada not only complied, but when she stepped back, her only response was a weak: “Boruto, are you sure?”
Sarada’s reaction to Boruto proves that she is not ready to become Hokage
This wasn’t the first time Boruto felt Sarada lacked the strength of a frontline warrior. Furthermore, it’s clear that he also feels like he’s capable of handling a larger villain on his own without any help. Considering how much effort Sarada put into realizing her dream of becoming the future Hokage, the timidity in her reaction to Boruto’s orders was surprising. Historically, the Hokage was the one who led the front lines and confronted the enemy. Indeed, the Hokage were alpha shinobi even in a group of top ninja. By comparison, Sarada’s idol Naruto – who also has a lifelong dream of becoming Hokage – has never encountered a challenge he couldn’t handle. Whether it was taking on Pain himself or going after Sasuke when most believed he had failed, Naruto faced his challenges head-on and was at the cutting edge of a conflict. . Even when told to step back, Naruto still rushed forward.
Of course, Boruto could simply trust Sarada to rescue the villagers, which is also what a Hokage should prioritize. However, the way that scene is presented doesn’t do much for Sarada’s character. What’s even scarier about her leadership is how quickly she puts her trust in Boruto more than she trusts herself. Boruto hasn’t been mentioned in three years. It is possible that Sarada received updates on his progress from her father, but based on Sasuke’s past behavior this is unlikely. However, despite the fact that she was clearly working on improving herself, both physically and mentally, as soon as Boruto arrived, Sarada reverted back to her old self and immediately regained her habits. old habit of playing second fiddle to Boruto.
Becoming Hokage means wanting to wield power
To become Hokage, one not only needs to be proficient in ninja techniques and have harsh combat experience but also have great social skills and more importantly the ability to lead and inspire others, things that can only come from extreme confidence in yourself. While Sarada checks most of the boxes, this chapter demonstrates that she has serious issues with confidence in her own abilities. Indeed, after all the criticism directed at Naruto and Boruto for their portrayal of female characters, readers would expect Sarada to be the one telling Boruto to back off. Instead of, Sarada immediately relinquish all command to BorutoThis is the opposite of what a Hokage would do, meaning that the Sasuke clan heir still has a long way to go.
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