The following article contains spoilers for Boruto manga chapter 53, read ahead at your own discretion!
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Manga Chapter 53’s end scared the hell out of every Sasuke fan. In the ending moments of the chapter, we witnessed Boruto, with Momoshiki manifested in him, destroying Sasuke’s Rinnegan.
While nerfing powerhouses like Sasuke will only pave way for the younger generation of Shinobi to step up to the challenge and be more strong, it is still too big of a handicap in the fight against Ohtsutsukis. So, let’s dig deep into the Naruto franchise and calculate the possibilities of Sasuke getting his Rinnegan back and at what cost.
How can he get the Rinnegan back?
There are various ways through which Sasuke could get his Rinnegan back; let’s understand each one of them:
1) Naruto’s Yin Yang: Naruto used the Yin-Yang release which he received from Hagoromo Otsutsuki to heal Kakashi’s eye in Naruto Shippuden. Here, Naruto could do the same and bring Sasuke’s original eye back. Then, Sasuke can awaken his Sharingan and then Rinnegan again as he has mastered the Senju Chakra; which still runs in his body.
Sasuke awakened the Rinnegan thanks to the Senju chakra he received from the Sage of Six paths. He was telepathically sent to meet the sage after being stabbed by Madara. There, he received the Ying release which ultimately led him to awaken the Rinnegan.
But then, naruto being able to use the Yin-Yang release and Sasuke getting his Rinnegan is only possible only if Kurama is alive.
2) Obito’s laboratory: If you remember the Naruto: Shippudden series well, then this should have clicked to you already. Obito has a secret laboratory with multiple pairs of Sharingans. Sasuke could use one of the Sharingan preserved in the lab.
2) Shin Uchiha: Shin Uchiha was a test subject of Orochimaru, who grew to praise the Uchihas, especially Itachi Uchiha. He has multiple pairs of Sharingan, so there’s a possibility that Sasuke could use one of them. His “sons” also had Sharingans.
A wild guess in both of these possibilities could be that Sasuke uses one of Shin Uchiha’s eyes or a Sharingan from the Laboratory to use the Izanagi, preserving his Sharingan in the process.
3) Amado: We know that Amado is an amazing scientist and can also create Dojutsu. Amado created a special pair of eyes for Delta, which could absorb and release ninjutsu. This Otsutsukis have shown similar abilities, maybe they were the inspiration for the eye. Amado could potentially create a good Dojutsu for Sasuke to use, for which he could take a sample of Kawaki and Boruto’s DNA as both of them have Otsutuski genes mixed with theirs; which could help him to create a better dojutsu.
Why is the Rinnegan so important?
Anyone who has been watching/reading Boruto for a while already knows the answer, Otsutsukis.
Boruto is the only individual who can teleport to a different dimension if we exclude Sasuke. Following the incidents of chapter 54, it seems like Boruto can still open the dimensions but it won’t look good for the shinobi world if he becomes unconscious.
If Sasuke doesn’t have his Rinnegan, then Momoshiki could just manifest in Boruto and trap Naruto and Sasuke in a different dimension. That is all that he would need to do to take these two shinobis out of the game. However, even if Naruto and Sasuke somehow manage to defeat Momoshiki, their fight won’t end there. As stated before, Otsutsukis are alien invaders, another visit by them is inevitable.
Now from a more fighting standpoint, Sasuke has one of the best abilities, Amenotejikara. The ability allows Sasuke to switch places with anything in a 10-metre range. We’ve seen how clutch this ability has been; Sasuke destroyed Momoshiki’s rinnegan in the climax of the fight and also swapped places with Kawaki in Chapter 53, which ultimately led to Isshiki’s defeat.
But, is this necessary?
Even though we’re thoroughly discussing how Sasuke could have his Rinnegan back, what’s the point of all of this if he actually does get it back? Shock Value? Destroying the Rinnegan only for Sasuke to conveniently get it back wouldn’t make much sense plot wise.
It should be obvious to the fans that Naruto, Sasuke and the older characters have been nerfed continuously and this will continue till the time comes where the new generations can shine.
The protagonist of this Boruto, not Naruto or Sasuke. The biggest utility that the Rinnegan could provide was travelling through dimensions, which drained off huge chunks of Sasuke’s chakra. This role can be fulfilled by Boruto and his chakra consumption seems to be lesser than that of Sasuke’s. Moreover, Boruto has a lot of room to grow, which could potentially increase the effectiveness of this justu as well. We also know that Momoshiki has not manifested in Boruto post-time skip, meaning that the Rinnegan might not be that necessary.
With Naruto, Sasuke, Boruto and Kawaki returning to their world, we might get our answer soon. While Sasuke getting his Rinnegan back would be a massive buff, it’s not very likely to happen. However, I do believe that the Rinnegan would be important when Momoshiki manifests.
So, what do you think of it? Will Sasuke get his Rinnegan back? If no, then why? If yes, then how? Comment your thoughts down below!