With the baton being passed down to his son, Naruto is no longer the main character, and will likely meet his death soon.
Fans have seen Naruto grow up from a child to finally becoming Hokage. They saw him fight and survive his way through several enemies and situations deemed to result in death.
Now, after fulfilling his dreams and becoming one of the most powerful existences in the world, it seems like his story has come to an end.
Thankfully, with the release of Boruto, we have one more chance to see him live his life, as well as witness his children forge their own story.
From the very beginning, his death has been foreshadowed, and fans are fearing that the worst has already come to pass.
Does Naruto die in Boruto?
Naruto Uzumaki is not dead, but, he will die in Boruto; it’s just a question of when. Going from Kawaki’s statement in the 1st episode, along with the fact that he’s no longer the protagonist, Naruto’s chances of being alive by the end have reduced quite a lot.
Since Boruto is a Shonen series, all the characters will gradually grow stronger, and sooner or later; they will surpass the previous generation.
To do this, the writers need something to motivate the characters to grow stronger and present enough opportunities for them to do so.
Naruto’s death will be an incident that’ll manage to do both. It will give Boruto a reason to grow stronger, i.e., to protect his loved ones, take revenge for his father’s death, and develop the tensions between him and Kawaki.
Another reason that Naruto will probably die is that his presence is overshadowing his son, who is supposed to be the series’s main character.
Boruto can only take center stage if the current strongest, i.e., Naruto, steps down, or dies.
While using his death as a means to gain power seems heartless and will enrage the fans, it has been done for a long time.
In fact, even Naruto and Sasuke’s powers were developed through the sacrifices of beloved characters such as Jiraiya and Itachi.
To refocus the attention on the current generation and moderate the power levels, the writers will either seal or kill Naruto and use his death as a turning point in the story.
How will Naruto die?
I. Disastrous Results of the New Mode
To save his son, village, and the world, Naruto was ready to sacrifice his life to defeat Isshiki.
However, just when his power was failing, Kurama revealed that he had a hidden form that could help him succeed. Unfortunately, with this great power, came a greater cost.
Naruto transformed into a never-before-seen Nine-Tails form in the Boruto manga with his death as a price.
While Kurama made it clear that the Hokage would die after using this new power, fans are wondering whether any miracle or plot armor will come to his aid.
Naruto will not die in the Boruto manga, and especially not by Isshiki’s hands. In the first chapter of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, it was heavily implied that the Hokage would suffer defeat at the hands of Kawaki.
This means that the time for Naruto to die has not yet come, and the chances of him surviving are high.
Furthermore, Naruto is quite tenacious. Despite being weaker, he has always managed to power up and survive, if not defeat his opponents. The last time he fought against Isshiki, he once again escaped death, so it isn’t surprising for him to do it again.
II. Naruto vs. the God, Isshiki
Naruto does not die in the Boruto manga as Boruto and Kawaki team up to rescue the Seventh Hokage from the sealed container that Isshiki trapped him in.
Despite his poor condition, Naruto recovers and avoids death once again.
When Jigen visited the Hidden Leaf Village to retrieve Kawaki, he was unsuccessful and instead encountered Naruto, the Seventh Hokage.
Jigen then warped Naruto to another dimension where both of them, including the recently arrived Sasuke, embroiled in a battle.
Due to Naruto and Sasuke’s prowess, Jigen was driven into a corner, which resulted in him activating his Karma seal and overpowering them. However, because he expended so much chakra, Isshiki’s personality was awakened.
Isshiki, in possession of Jigen, incapacitated Naruto with his chakra-draining rods, while Sasuke managed to escape.
Isshiki did not kill Naruto because doing so would consume too much chakra, and instead, sealed him. Due to this, all traces of Naruto’s Chakra vanished, and he was assumed to be dead.
Fortunately, Boruto and Kawaki teamed up to locate Naruto’s location, and using by syncing their chakra, they managed to save the Seventh Hokage. However, while Naruto escaped death, how long can he continue to do so?
Does Hinata Die in Boruto?
As soon as Boruto started airing, many fans started placing their bets on which major character would die. Other than Naruto and Sasuke, quite surprisingly, many thought that Hinata would die too, at some point.
In the first episode of the Boruto series, we saw Boruto with Jougan and a scar running down from his right eye.
Many fans assumed that the Jougan was actually Byakugan, which was transplanted from Hinata after her death. However, it was proved wrong as the series progressed.
Other than this “theory,” there are other speculations going around, such as Hinata dying while protecting Boruto during the time of Naruto’s absence.
While Hinata’s death may indeed act as a stimulant for Boruto to grow stronger, nothing has been confirmed yet.
Hinata does not die in either the Boruto manga or anime and is completely healthy at this moment. However, she will die later on to protect her children during Naruto’s absence.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto himself. It came into serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2016.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the series that follows the exploits of Naruto’s son, Boruto, during his academy days and further on. The series follows the character development of Boruto and the looming evil that challenges the fate of him and his loved ones.
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