Naruto has a proud tradition of leveling up its ninja, and it looks like Boruto is falling in line with the gig. After all, the sequel just went live with a brand-new episode breaking down the Chunin promotions, and it seems someone did get a big pay raise.
But can you guess the newcomer who will get to wear a Chunin flak now?
Recently, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations gave fans an update on the Chunin Exams and its results. Episode 112 revisited the event after the test was halted in its final round. The arrival of Momoshiki threw everything into chaos as Naruto was briefly taken from the Leaf Village, but all is back to normal. Or well, as normal as the Leaf Village can get.
As such, it falls onto the Hokage's shoulders to decide who gets promoted, and Naruto must do that now for the new generation. Fans got to watch as the village leader carefully critiqued those who were up to snuff including his own son. By the end, Naruto narrowed down the choice to either Sarada, Sumire, or Denki.
This is why it might come as a surprise to learn that Shikadai was the one chosen to be promoted.
Despite Shikamaru being rather critical of his son's performance, Naruto felt it was right to promote Shikadai to the Chunin level. It wasn't so much his exam performance that convinced the Seventh Hokage as it was his participation with the Iwagakure arc. Shikadai helped resolve the situation which involving several Hidden Villages. Now, Naruto believes the boy is ready to tackle some more challenges, so Shikadai is following in his father's footsteps to become the first promoted ninja of his genin group.
So, do you agree with this promotion decision? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, Naruto follows a young ninja, with a sealed demon within him, that wishes to become the leader of his home village. The series ran for 700 chapters overall, and was adapted into an anime series by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex that ran from 2002 to 2017. The series was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and features the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.