The Naruto franchise has followed the story of Naruto Uzumaki since he was a child, detailing the life of the future Seventh Hokage as he became Konoha’s savior while also struggling against countless villains along the way, but the franchise created by Masashi Kishimoto still had plenty of years that the series didn’t cover. One fan artist has taken the opportunity to imagine what Naruto Uzumaki might have looked like wearing a “post-genin” uniform, which would have been displayed most likely between the ending of Naruto: Shippuden and the start of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
The life of the Seventh Hokage has changed by leaps and bounds in both the anime and the manga following the fight against the head of the Kara Organization, Jigen. Forced to employ the use of a new transformation known as “Baryon Mode,” Naruto had to say goodbye to the Nine-Tailed Fox living inside of him as a result of this power-up, which had killed Kurama in the process. With the manga focusing on the battle against Code and the anime diving into a new set of Chunin Exams, Naruto is still struggling with the major loss but remains one of the most powerful ninjas within the Hidden Leaf Village.
Reddit User Gusmaox shared this new take on Naruto, showing what the Seventh Hokage might have looked like during the years between Shippuden and Boruto in which he was able to finally move past the level of Genin and begin his rise to becoming the next leader of Konoha:
For quite some time, many fans have theorized that Naruto’s days are numbered, with the next generation of ninjas taking the reins of the Shonen franchise. While the death of Kurama threw fans for a loop, readers of the manga were recently shown that despite losing the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox, the Seventh still had some major tricks up his sleeve. Vowing to assist Boruto and Kawaki with their fight against the current leader of Kara, Code, Naruto revealed that he is still able to access the power of Sage Mode and has set out to help his sons with their terrifying battle.
What do you think of this new look for Naruto? Would you like to see a series that explores the days between Shippuden and Boruto? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Hidden Leaf Village.
from Ultimate Comic Blog