Three years have passed, and Konoha continues to thrive despite the turmoil faced by the “mysterious deaths” of Naruto and Hinata; Shikamaru took it upon himself to lead the village’s future while fighting Ōtsutsuki.
In this article, we will highlight why Shikamaru is the perfect choice to become the 8th Hokage of Konoha (Sorry Konohamaru). If you haven’t caught up with the current installment of the Manga, please check it out before viewing this article. Now, without further ado, let’s get started!
Shikamaru and Shikadai, as seen on the cover of “Shikamaru Shinden: A Cloud Dancing in Forlorn Falling Petals.”
Why is Shikamaru the 8th Hokage in Boruto Two Blue Vortex?
Journey to adolescence-Enter the storm of loss, hardship, and the relentless rain of responsibility
Shikamaru is one of the smartest people in Konoha; Although initially lazy and shirking responsibility, Sasuke’s quest leads him to his first failure as captain and leads him on a journey to become one of the village’s most important figures. me.
Tsunade would take advantage of the power of Shikamaru’s intelligence by making sure she assigned him missions that would benefit the village and his comrades.
In addition, he was further involved in being an advisor to both Kakashi and Naruto during their respective reigns, as well as being the main coordinator of the Unified Shinobi, it is well understood that Shikamaru was indeed ready Get ready to reach new heights thanks to your intelligence and support from your teammates.
Shikamaru as the Eighth Hokage, from Chapter 1 of “Boruto-Two Blue Vortex.”
In Shippūden, we see a number of times how Shikamaru has changed from season one, especially after Asuma’s death; Shikamaru faces the important challenge of protecting his wife and children and doing everything to create a better future for the next generation.
His iconic victory over the immortal Hidan revealed Shikamaru as a more changed individual as he experienced the emotional turmoil of losing his teacher for the first time, it was heartbreaking to watch but also giving the character the feeling of being called back to his failure in part one.
Here, we see Shikamaru also smoke a cigarette to honor his deceased Master and symbolically show the maturity he gained from the incident and that he is not the child who ran away. running away from responsibility but is a changed man, ready to take on missions which we will see more of in the next part.
Pain, war and fatherhood– Overcoming the storm to enter serene
As we move deeper into the storm, we see Shikamaru now stepping up to help his friend, Naruto, who has also lost his beloved Master, Jiraiya; however, Shikamaru is tasked with decoding Jiraya’s secret message he left behind.
However, Naruto, still grieving over his Master’s passing, could not focus on the task at hand. So he decided to take his friend to visit Kurenai, who was pregnant at the time.
Shikamaru explains his responsibilities to Naruto through their combined visit to Kurenai from Chapter 406, “The Key to the Future”.
After their brief meeting, Shikamaru further explained that the era in which they lived did not allow them the opportunity to grieve or mourn the loss of their close comrades. Instead, they should take their departure as a sign to inspire and become better than what their Teacher was.
This is also a sign of Shikamaru’s understanding of his responsibilities and how he shares this knowledge with Naruto, with whom he chooses to continue his efforts so that he can achieve his dream of becoming Hokage and through that . His words could inspire the next generation of Shinobi.
After the brief meeting, Shikamaru further explained to Naruto that they had no time to grieve and must move on, continue to work hard and become as great as their Master. From Chapter 406, “The Key to the Future.”
This is also where we see the beginnings of a more serious relationship between Shikamaru and Naruto as friends who strive to push each other. We will later see how Shikamaru and Naruto’s influence on each other helps them continue to push each other forward.
Over the course of a few chapters, we see Naruto return to Konoha amidst its destruction after mastering Toad Sage Mode to fight off the Six Paths of Pain monsters.
As we continue the story of the Fourth Shinobi World War, we see Shikamaru and many other Shinobi such as Itachi, Killer B, and Iruka’s influence on Naruto develop his personality, and he was eventually able to overpower Kurama and use his Chakra to bond with other Shinobi on the battlefield.
Of course, war comes with losses, and one of them is when Shikamaru was near death, he remembered Naruto’s influence on him and he even made Shikamaru feel guilty for being lazy and make him responsible.
He apologized to his father for not being willing to join him, as he was the only one qualified to be Naruto’s advisor when he became Hokage.
Shikamaru passes! From Chapter 649, “The Will of a Shinobi.”
This shows Shikamaru’s less shared emotions under his more serious and reserved shell and in this scene his teammates like Naruto and Sakura share their respective emotions like how chakra to help him overcome while the Monologue about how his friendship with Naruto helped him become the responsible Shinobi he is today.
Don’t forget, during the war, it was Shikamaru who commanded the strategy and attack division of the entire allied Shinobi force and provided strategies to help normal shinobi fend off attacks from creatures like Madara and Juubito.
Of course, the difference in strength was there but with Naruto’s chakra and Shikamaru’s guidance they were able to block some attacks and even shinobi stronger than them.
This cemented Shikamaru’s position as a great leader among all Shinobi forces across the planet.
Therefore, even after the war, the respect Shikamaru received from all over the world remained top-notch.
As mentioned above, these points demonstrate how Shikamaru’s journey in the story, especially with Naruto, helped him overcome and made him not only a perfect mentor to his friend but also planted the seed the future for him to become Hokage.
The lessons from Asuma and Shikaku Nara also helped him become a confident teacher not only to his son but also to Asuma’s daughter when she also came of age.
Shikamaru as a father in “Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring”
Furthermore, in Shikamaru’s role as Naruto’s advisor, Shikamaru had a more systematic approach and harsh outlook (extremely strict, going beyond what is ethical to achieve a specific goal). in making decisions for the safety of his village.
This is best shown when Kawaki is taken care of by Naruto and his family. Shikamaru does not know what will happen in Kawaki, and to protect him from surprise attacks from Kara, he is placed under 24-hour surveillance.
This shows us a more systematic approach, while not completely trusting Kawaki like Naruto, instead he ensures that he is more or less the magnet for Kara to capture him or if he tried to escape from Konoha, it would shake things up with the other Allied Nations.
This would actually cause more problems politically than he expected, which is why, unlike Naruto, the strongest Shinobi and initially not worried about being attacked, Shikamaru, was alone. , making sure to stop and protect Kawaki while monitoring him to see if he has any ulterior motives.
And although Naruto thought his methods were too harsh, Shikamaru knew, unlike other matters, the absence of Kawaki could quickly lead to damage within the Shinobi Alliance itself, leaving other villages even took more drastic measures and went as far as to question Naruto’s leadership abilities, something Shikamaru did not want.
He is also always the first to react when keeping the villagers safe is a priority, knowing Naruto can stop a threat or if he is absent from the village during a dangerous time, as seen in the movie Boruto and his battle. you and Ishiki.
This is also seen with Amado when he threatens his son with his life, and this is where we see Shikamaru’s more protective and aggressive side when he snaps at Amado out of anger.
I felt this was one of the strongest moments of his character, and as a father, no matter how he reacted, I cannot think of any other way for him to doing so when it specifically concerned his son’s safety.
After becoming Hokage, Shikamaru became stricter and attached to Boruto more than “crime” and did not take any word from Sarada as a doubt towards Boruto. This is because in the past, due to Kawaki’s presence in the village and making his son threatened, he lost the friend he secured and became his advisor.
Code begins his invasion of Konoha.
Due to his turmoil, Shikamaru was determined to achieve his revenge on Boruto. Moving forward, while he planned to kill Boruto, who Naruto did not agree to kill, he had to make that choice because his actions had now threatened the citizens of the leaf with the coming of Code’s Claw traces and his surprise attack with the Ten-Tails clones..
This means he has to use every card realistically and make sure it ends up minimizing the enemy’s forces, which are the clones.
While this happened, Kawaki was left to deal with Code and finish off him and other strong enemies along with Delta, Eida, and Daemon.
Conclusion and what’s to come for Shikamaru
I end with many examples that evaluate Shikamaru’s journey with his comrades that helped him form his beliefs, methods of action in dire situations, and most importantly, his role as a Shinobi and what he has to do. do do to shape the future that his predecessors have entrusted to him.
Even though Shikamaru was not favored by Sarada as Hokage, we can all agree that without his involvement, Konoha would not be as stable as it is. As he takes things seriously in dealing with Kara, Code and now the mess Eida has caused with Kawaki, I feel that as the story continues, he will be unpopular with many people. I love it because of my method. At the same time, however, a more direct and calculated approach was needed to combat the forces he was fighting.
Sarada declared that Naruto was her favorite idol more than Shikamaru
We will see this continue with the confrontation of Boruto, Code and Kawaki in the upcoming chapters of the Manga. But for now, with what we’ve seen of his leadership so far, I feel like he’s done very well as a Hokage, despite being under the influence of Eida’s Omnipotent Jutsu .
Only time will tell whether he will succeed or not. and Boruto will be able to reach agreements regarding the disappearance of Naruto and Hinata and possibly have a “truce” against the remaining Ōtsutsukis who always want to cause more problems for Our main characters and everyone have different methods to solve them, one can only be imagined What a real drag it would all be!
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