Boruto: Two Blue Vortex, the much-anticipated sequel to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations has recently made its debut, also marking the return to the storyline after a 3-year time skip.
There have been drastic changes in the story, one of them being the shift in the leadership of Hidden Leaf Village with Shikamaru Nara undertaking the role of Eighth Hokage.
Other changes include differences in character designs, rise in power level, disappearance of some major characters, and so on.
Now that Shikamaru is the 8th Hokage, there has been a question being asked around the Naruto Community. Is Shikamaru the Smartest Hokage of All Time? Over the course of the Naruto Series, his unparalleled intelligence has made him a standout character.
This article will delve more into his skills, abilities, powers, and the challenges he might face in the post-time skip era.
Shikamaru, 8th Hokage In Boruto: Two Blue Vortex
Shikamaru Nara is the 8th Hokage of Konoha in Boruto: Two Blue Vortex.
Following the presumed death of Naruto Uzumaki, the 7th Hokage of the Leaf, his most trusted advisor and friend, Shikamaru Nara was selected to step into the prestigious role, with Sarutobi Konohamaru as his assistant.
With Naruto’s presumed death, Shikamaru’s responsibility have multiplied as he navigates the Leaf Village which is now in turmoil. Everyone in Konohagakure believes Naruto’s Son, Boruto is responsible for his death.
Everyone in the Village has been affected by Eida’s Omnipotence ability except Sarada Uchiha and Sumire.
Shikamaru who is often lauded as the most intelligent brain in Konoha faces numerous challenges to restore peace in the village. Now with the departure of Sasuke Uchiha from the Village in these critical times, his situation has become even tougher.
Although Shikamaru’s intellect sets him apart from others, his recent memory alterations because of the Omnipotence power puts him at a major disadvantage if he remains unaware of this fact.
Powers And Abilities of 8th Hokage
While Shikamaru Nara might not be among the physically strongest shinobi in Naruto Verse, his intelligence sets him apart from even the most powerful Naruto characters.
Shikamaru was the first of the Konoha 12 to pass the Chunin Tournament. His signature techniques revolve around Shadow Manipulation. They are:
- Shadow Imitation Technique
- Shadow Neck-Binding Technique
Except for the Shadow Manipulation Techniques rooted in Nara Clan’s History, what truly sets Shikamaru apart from others is his exceptional intelligence and strategic abilities in battles, with an IQ surpassing 200.
His strategic brilliance has been the reason for the completion of critical missions, as well as for conducting interrogations.
While being the victim of memory manipulation caused by Eida, Shikamaru is now actively trying to locate Uzumaki Boruto while also dealing with the imminent threats caused by Code, and other adversaries to the Leaf Village.
As Boruto: Two Blue Vortex continues its story post-time-skip, Shikamaru being the 8th Hokage in Boruto has been the center of focus in the community.
With his unmatched intelligence, strategic abilities, and determination, Shikamaru now stands as the beacon of hope for the Hidden Leaf in these uncertain times.
Fans are eagerly waiting for the release of Chapter 2 of the Boruto: Two Blue Vortex, which is set to release worldwide on September 20, 2023. The Chapter will be officially on platforms like Manga Plus, and Viz Media.