The Naruto franchise returned in a big way with Boruto: Two Blue Vortex. Every chapter of since Boruto went through a timeskip has delivered major developments. Things are now somewhat calming down as Boruto was able to help defend Konoha against Code’s latest attack. In doing so we learned of certain things that went down during the latest Blank Period for the Naruto Universe. Namely that Sasuke Uchiha has been captured in a mini-God Tree with the Claw Grime that manifested from his absorbed chakra being one of the main villains in the timeskip period.
Now with the release of Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 6, titled “Three Years,” we got even more developments with Boruto at the center of. Specifically, these developments come from Mitsuki and Shikamaru Nara’s respective actions in the latest Boruto chapter.
BORUTO AND KAWAKI HAVE A MITSUKI PROBLEM
One of the many ramifications to Kawaki using Ada’s Omnipotence to change his and Boruto’s history is Mitsuki’s standing. Before the history rewrite Mitsuki was Boruto’s best friend. So when Kawaki rewrote the world’s history Mitsuki saw Kawaki as his best friend who was his “sun.” This meant that during the Blank Period Mitsuki became extremely protective of Kawaki. Mitsuki straight up told Kawaki to protect his “sun” he would kill Boruto personally.
Mitsuki protectionism of Kawaki was shown in Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 6. We learned that they aren’t simply best friends in this new timeline. At some point acting Hokage Shikamaru Nara assigned Mitsuki to guard Kawaki. Adding this job on top of their friendship took Mitsuki’s feeling of responsibility over Kawaki to another level. This was shown when Kawaki mentioned sensing Boruto’s presence Mitsuki immediately knocked out Kawaki so he could deal with Boruto himself.
This development does position Mitsuki to be not only be a problem for Boruto but also Kawaki. Even though Kawaki still wants to do things on his own Mitsuki has shown how far he’ll go to protect Kawaki. This complicates Kawaki’s position even more as he already had trust issues. If he can’t trust his “best friend” there is even more reason for him to do things alone.
Similarly, Mitsuki’s devotion to Kawaki won’t be something Boruto can break easily. Even tapping into the power of friendship Naruto did before does not appear like it’ll work. That’s not going to be a good thing since Mitsuki is not holding back when trying to capture Boruto. As shown, by Mitsuki going full Sage Mode in an attempt to capture Boruto.
SHIKAMARU NARA GOING AGAINST DAIMYO WISHES
Ada’s Omnipotence is certainly one of the most powerful Jutsu’s we’ve seen in the franchise. But for all its power Omnipotence isn’t perfect. We already saw that by the fact that Sarada Uchiha and Sumire Kakei still had their memories of the original timeline. In Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 5 we learned of other holes in Ada’s Omnipotence power. That was from Amado Sanzu discovering specific signs when checking Kawaki that indicate Kawaki’s Kāma modifications were made from him. This would not be the case if Kawaki was Naruto and Hinata’s son as everyone remembers.
Making this discovery even more important is that one of the people Amado tells this to is acting Hokage Shikamaru Nara. Being that Shikamaru is one of the smartest characters in the franchise he would obviously investigate this himself. Based on what we see happen in Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 6 Shikamaru does indeed come to the same conclusion that someone altered the history everyone remembers.
Given that things are happening quickly with Code’s latest attack we saw Shikamaru, with Ino Yamanaka’s help, secretly contact Boruto. Admitting his discovery that Boruto is an Uzumaki, and likely Naruto and Hinata’s real son, Shikamaru becomes an important ally for Boruto.
Adding to the importance of Shikamaru’s discovery is what it could mean for his current standing. Specifically, when it comes to the fact the Konoha Elders are pushing for him to become the official Eighth Hokage. While they are pushing this on Shikamaru they also make mention of the world’s Daimyos being growing impatient with how long it’s taking to find and kill Boruto. Whether Shikamaru officially takes the Hokage title or not creating an alliance with Boruto could put him in direct conflict with the Daimyo.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BORUTO
If not at least the opening but the entire next chapter of Two Blue Vortex will be about Boruto vs Mitsuki. We’ve already seen how powerful Boruto has become even without using his Kāma power. Whatever the results are this will be a big test for how developed Mitsuki has become post-timeskip. His Sage Mode is certainly formidable, but we don’t know if he has grown to match Boruto’s growth.
While the fight isn’t what he personally wants this latest visit to Konoha did gain Boruto a powerful ally in Shikamaru. With Sasuke and Naruto out of the picture Boruto can use all the support he can get. His lone wolf act will only get him so far as the Jura, Hidari, Matsui, and Bug, the self-aware Claw Grimes gang, grow in power.
Having Shikamaru to help can be valuable for multiple reasons. This development could push Shikamaru to accept the official title of Eighth Hokage to counter all of Ada’s Omnipotence changes. Along with that, Boruto is still young and will need the guidance of those who went through wars and other major battles. Shikamaru can fill that hole left by Sasuke, even if it’s from a distance.
There are certainly a lot for Boruto: Two Blue Vortex Chapter 7 to deal when it releases. The sixth chapter set the stage for a lot more development to take place next month.