Shikamaru’s Hokage Appointment: A Laughing Matter for Some Fans

If you’re a fan of the Boruto manga, you’re likely aware of the wild developments currently unfolding in the series. If not, here’s a quick update: the Boruto manga series has recently undergone a time skip, leading to significant changes in the Konoha village.

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Warning: This article contains spoilers of Boruto Manga!

In Boruto manga chapter 81, spoilers reveal that both Naruto and Hinata remain trapped in another dimension, with their location known only to Kawaki. Meanwhile, the rest of the Shinobi world believes that Boruto is responsible for killing the 7th Hokage, leading to accusations that he is a murderer.

With Naruto, the 7th Hokage, absent, Shikamaru has taken charge of the Konoha village, potentially making him the 8th Hokage. However, some fans argue that Shikamaru isn’t truly a Hokage, as Naruto is still alive and the village is under the influence of Eida’s jutsu.

Regardless of the debate, it’s undeniable that Shikamaru is currently serving as the Hokage of Konoha village, whether officially or not. This abrupt shift in power has not been well-received by many Boruto fans, with some mocking Shikamaru as the weakest Hokage.

Critics of Shikamaru’s appointment as Hokage point out that, despite his impressive IQ of over 200, he may lack the physical strength to protect the village against a powerful enemy. They argue that Kakashi, with his prior experience as Hokage, would have been a more suitable choice.

Shikamaru has always been depicted as a character who can change the course of a battle with his intelligence. However, when compared to the raw power possessed by some of the other Konoha residents, he might not be the best choice for Hokage.

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Fans React To Hokage Shikamaru

Here are some comments from the fans on this matter:

One netizen has drawn a connection between Shikamaru’s appointment as Hokage and the foreshadowed destruction of Konoha, as seen in the opening scenes of the Boruto anime.

Sakura, one of the members of Team 7 and widely regarded as the most powerful woman in Konoha in terms of raw strength, was also suggested as a potential candidate for Hokage. Her formidable abilities and experience have led some fans to believe that she could be a strong leader for the village.

Another netizen has outright refused to believe the Boruto leaks, expressing certainty that there’s no way Shikamaru would be chosen over Kakashi.

It’s worth pointing out that the situation is still shrouded in mystery. We don’t yet know whether Kakashi was offered the position of Hokage and declined, or if there’s an entirely different explanation for Shikamaru’s appointment.

Boruto chapter 81 will be officially released on August 20, 2023. Do you think Shikamaru deserves to be the 8th Hokage? Let us know your opinion in the comment section. Also, check out 6 Naruto Characters Who Could Have Been Great Hokage.

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