For many Naruto fans, Sasuke has been a character quite close to their hearts besides Naruto. Even though Sasuke doesn’t play a major role as such in Boruto, fans still hope to get a glimpse of him in the sequel.
However, Naruto is infamous for killing off some major characters, and Sasuke might not be an exception to this rule. Several chapters from Boruto have raised major death flags for Sasuke, making Sasuke fans fear for his safety.
However, rest assured, because Sasuke hasn’t died in the Boruto manga or anime yet. But, there are strong speculations about his death, since Boruto is seen fighting Kawaki using Sasuke’s sword and carrying his belongings in a post-time-skip scene.
Let’s take a look at all possible clues that hint at Sasuke’s imminent death, and if there are any chances that he might survive after all.
Sasuke’s Death Flags
Many subtle clues sprinkled throughout the Boruto manga point toward Sasuke’s death. A certain scene from one of the recently released chapters, chapter 75, strengthen our doubts even more.
1. Sasuke’s sword, headband, and cloak in post-time-skip
Right at the beginning of the manga, we witnessed a short flash-forward sequence featuring a battle between adult Kawaki and Boruto. In this sequence, we see Boruto fighting Kawaki using Sasuke’s sword, and he’s wearing the cloak and headband of his mentor as well.
Kawaki even makes a bold threat to Boruto by saying that he will send the young shinobi to the same place he sent the Seventh Hokage, which makes it clear that Naruto is in critical condition.
We can safely assume Sasuke is in a similar position or even worse, since he’s nowhere to be seen in the flash-forward sequence. He can’t be seen in Boruto’s vision of the future in chapter 75 either, where Boruto and his allies are supposedly hunting down a rogue Kawaki.
However, Boruto carrying Sasuke’s belongings in the future doesn’t cement the theory that Sasuke might die. It’s also quite possible that Sasuke is imprisoned in another dimension by Kawaki.
2. Sasuke’s resolve
In chapter 69, we see Sasuke have a brief conversation with Boruto after he fails to protect him. Boruto confesses how he was ready to die at Kawaki’s hands to save the village, and how Kawaki understood his resolve.
But things become more ominous when Sasuke revisits Boruto’s statement later on. He says something along the lines of ‘showing his own resolve’.
If Boruto’s resolve meant sacrificing his own life, Sasuke’s resolve might hint at the eventual sacrifice of his own life.
Why Sasuke Won’t Die? Possible Reasons
Though there have been some death flags in the series regarding the older ninja’s death, it’s also quite possible that Sasuke won’t die in Boruto.
No one can deny that Sasuke, as a character, has a huge fan base in the Naruto fandom. Many fans have confessed that they continue to read Boruto to watch their two favorite heroes, Naruto and Sasuke, in action again.
Killing Sasuke will disappoint a lot of Sasuke fans, and they might even stop reading the manga altogether. This might eventually hurt the overall marketability and sales of the manga.
Finally, Sasuke has already undergone severe ‘nerfs’ in his abilities after his Rinnegan Jutsu is taken away in his fight against Isshiki Otsutsuki. Even though he’s still powerful after losing Rinnegan, one hand, and one eye, he isn’t as big of a threat as he was before losing his battle with Isshiki.
Killing Sasuke at this point in the manga will be incredibly unsatisfying, since he is not a huge threat, and he still hasn’t received a complete arc of his own in the manga yet.
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Its publication began on September 21, 1999, and continued till November 10, 2014, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga has collected 72 volumes in tankōbon format.
Naruto Shippuden is Part II of the anime series, which follows an older Naruto as he attempts to save his friend Sasuke while at the same time – addressing the looming threat of the criminal organization – Akatsuki – who are targeting him for their grander scheme.
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