Boruto: Who is Kawaki? Will He Kill Naruto?


The Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Manga has had a lot of speculations revolving around its cast for a while; concerning Naruto, Sasuke, Boruto, Momoshiki Otsutsuki, Isshiki Otsutsuki, Kawaki.. (the list just goes on).

With Kawaki’s proper debut in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ anime series, the anime-only fans are intrigued about him as well! Here, we’ll try to answer most of the questions fans of both, the anime and the manga series may have!

NOTE: This article contains spoilers from the Boruto Manga series.

So, Who is Kawaki?

Kawaki is a young teenager who was bought by Jigen from his drunkard father; so that he could be trained to be the perfect vessel for Isshiki Ohtsutsuki. While Isshiki promised to provide Kawaki with safety, he couldn’t care less about the boy in the start. Reason? Because he was not the only one to be brought by Jigen with an ulterior motive in mind.

Jigen promised to give Kawaki a “present” when they would truly become parent and child. For them to have this bond, he took the boy to Amado’s laboratory, where Kawaki was put inside a glass vessel beside fourteen other boys.

As you may know, Jigen is the vessel of Isshiki Otsutsuki. Here, Jigen (Isshiki) plans to infuse all the boys with his Karma seal and the survivors will become his next vessel. With Kawaki being the only survivor, his days of preparation to become the “perfect vessel” began.

Kawaki rightly described these days as hellish, since Jigen constantly berated him, calling him a mere vessel and physically abusing him if he questioned his orders. Under Kara, he was also subjected to extensive body modification.

Jigen taining Kawaki
Jigen training Kawaki

After being traumatised severely from such experiences, Kawaki developed trust issues and was fuelled with hatred as well.

However, after Naruto took him in as a member of his own family, acknowledged him and also got support from Boruto and the other characters, we witness a more confident, happy and protective Kawaki; going as far as to sacrifice his arm to protect Naruto and Boruto.

Well, okay. Why is he so important in the series?

All of this is set-up in the series with his connection to the Kara organisation, which is led by Jigen (Isshiki Otsutsuki); clearly making him an important part of the Boruto series.

As seen in the first page of the first chapter of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Manga, Kawaki claimed to have “sent” Naruto somewhere from where he possibly can’t come back.

boruto vs kawaki chp 1

He also threatens Boruto to send him to the same place as his father. This is the biggest reason to justify just how crucial Kawaki is to the storyline of the series. He is possibly the main antagonist of the series. Willingly? Maybe.

Will Kawaki kill Naruto?

The biggest questions that the fans have had since the start of the series is probably about Naruto’s death; will he die or not? With many people assuming that the former protagonist would meet his end in the Boruto series, one of the most likely picks would be Kawaki killing Naruto.

But, is that even possible?

At the current point of the series, Naruto is too strong for Kawaki to handle. However, that’s assuming that Naruto is at least at his base power. During the last scenes of chapter 53, we saw Naruto’s exit from the Baryon Mode and Sasuke’s Rinne-Sharingan being destroyed by Borushiki.

Momoshiki attacks Sasuke
Momoshiki attacks Sasuke

It would be safe to assume that Naruto is in a hyper-weakened state right now and so is Sasuke. If Kawaki was to somehow gain Momoshiki’s karma, he could potentially kill Naruto. There is also a small chance that Isshiki’s karma could still be left in Kawaki!

However, Kawaki said that he “sent” Naruto somewhere, implying that the Hokage isn’t actually dead. There is a high possibility that he was sealed away or sent to a specific dimension.

So to answer in short; Kawaki won’t kill Naruto, who has been like a father figure to him. Instead, overpowered by the karma seal, Kawaki may seal Naruto away in some other dimension, cutting him off from the rest of the world.

All in all, Kawaki is a good character who is fleshed out well so far and it seems highly likely that he would voluntarily harm Naruto and his family.

We should also keep in mind that Boruto is the main character in the series now and the original creator of the Naruto series, Masashi Kishimoto stated that he is not hesitant about killing other important characters to move the story forward. Well, only time will if what I think is true or not!
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