Of all the Hokage in Naruto, the titular hero is the best of all, as evidenced by his acceptance of others, regardless of their history.
Warning: contains spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter 60!
Naruto’s goal, from the start of his first series, was to become one of the Hokage of Konoha – what he has achieved since then. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter 60 shows how Naruto confronts Kawaki about why he belongs in the Hidden Leaf Village. However, it also shows the reasons why Naruto became the best Hokage.
The first start of the series in 1999, Naruto has become one of the bestselling manga series in history. When the story begins, the titular character, Naruto Uzumaki dreams of becoming the Hokage of his town. Despite his history as an outsider and a big underdog, he made this dream come true. Now, in the sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Naruto proves he’s the best Hokage Konoha has ever had.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter 60 was created by Masashi Kishimoto with art by Mikio Ikemoto. It is translated by Mari Morimoto with letters by Snir Aharon. Inside, Naruto tries to make Kawaki feel more comfortable in the Hidden Leaf Village. Given Naruto’s background, and that of some of his closest friends, he’s the best person for the job. Naruto took the lessons of the previous Hokage and implemented them while taking into account his own experience. He certainly leads by example.
Not only has Naruto grown into one of the most powerful ninjas, he is also one of the most compassionate. During his early life he was underestimated by the villagers in the Hidden Leaf, as well as his peers. No one took him seriously until he proved himself in everyone’s eyes. Where he used to tell everyone to ‘believe’, now he has forced everyone to believe in him with his actions. Despite his rough, isolated start, Naruto does not let him get the best of him. This enabled him not only to strengthen himself in ability and status, but also to be a better mentor and friend to others who were isolated. Previous Hokage in the Hidden Leaf Village took note of Naruto or was very close to him, and this is something he now does with others as a Kage himself.
Sasuke and Gaara were both isolated in their youth, and Sasuke became especially destructive. However, Naruto never gave up on any of them and inspired them to be their best. Now both have exceeded initial expectations, with Gaara as the Kazekage of the Sunagakure and Sasuke as the loyal supporter and friend of Naruto. Yet Naruto’s compassion and encouragement applies not only to friends he has met before, but also to the youth he encounters. Kawaki is also considered an outsider, but Naruto does not see himself in a negative light as a possible enemy. He sees a positive potential future for him – which was an aspect that has always been one of Naruto’s biggest strengths. He believes in salvation and in paving his own way, no matter what others may think.
This positivity and inspirational ability, as well as support, make Naruto an excellent Hokage, not only for Konoha, but also for the wider world in which he lives. The peace that has arisen as a result of strengthened ties between towns is largely due to efforts by Naruto. The connections he has made across the country are unprecedented, but it stems directly from everything he has learned from the past Kage and his own life experience. The future of Konoha and his youth – both home-made and adopted – is bright in light of the example Naruto sets for them.
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