WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Subsequent Generations Episode 230, “A Wish,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Within the Boruto anime, Kawaki has discovered it tough to narrate to the teenagers in Konoha. They could not stand his brazen perspective, in addition to how he always disparaged aspiring shinobi within the Hidden Leaf. Nevertheless, Boruto and Sarada stored plugging away to inculcate him into the fraternity, steadfast of their perception he’ll finally heat to their bigger household. Episode 230, nevertheless, reveals that as a lot knowledge as they share, neither of them is his finest teammate — as a substitute, it is somebody not even from Staff 7.
Kawaki has been impressed with Boruto’s Staff 7, however not sufficient that he desires to hitch. It is why he was despatched with Staff 10 on one other mission to escort Mozuku to the Land of Calm Seas, solely to run into battle with Shikadai and Chōchō. Fortunately, Boruto and Shikadai helped him fend off assassins, however the toll was dire.
Mozuku died and Chōchō was wounded badly, with Kawaki himself passing out and waking up at a Konoha hospital. When he discharged himself, he felt damaged — Mozuku had sacrificed himself to save lots of him, resulting in Kawaki rethinking the concept of household. This attachment and loss left him responsible and shouldering a burden he by no means felt earlier than. Kawaki had not been groomed to care by Kara’s terrorists, who solely used him as a weapon.
Fortunately, Shikadai intercepted him and proved to be what a depressed Kawaki wanted. He escorted him to their iconic cemetery, exhibiting him the place all of the Konoha-nin had been buried after years of wars. Shikadai revealed his grandfather’s grave and expounded how Shikaku and different heroes fought tooth and nail so the teenagers might benefit from the current. However extra so, he reminded Kawaki that loss of life is a pure a part of life.
However moderately than come off stiff and robotic, Shikadai oozed compassion and empathy, claiming accountability as he was the workforce chief. He confessed all of them needed to share within the failures of such missions and that Kawaki can not beat himself up transferring ahead — a throwback to Naruto when his father, Shikamaru, consoled Naruto after Jiraiya’s loss of life.
Letting go, in any case, is what Mozuku would have wished for Kawaki to evolve into a greater hero, honing and harnessing his full potential. Kawaki listened attentively, exhibiting a mature, accountable Shikadai respect that he hasn’t present anybody else to this point in Boruto.
The icing on the cake got here later, when Naruto met the forlorn teen on the Hokage Mountain and confirmed Shikadai gave Kawaki a passing grade. It made him a genin as Shikadai was impressed how selfless the outsider was. This perception impressed Kawaki to be higher, leaving him desperate to work with Shikadai down the road as a result of professionalism and camaraderie the latter exuded, reminding Naruto he can certainly depend on his younger leaders.