The recent manga developments suggest that the Boruto series may hint at the sad future for Naruto or Sasuke. This raises the question of who will be the next Hokage. As the series progresses, there will be only a few people who can assume the role. First,

What are the requirements to become a Hokage?

“It doesn’t matter if you are Hokage. Everyone will recognize you. Only those who are recognized can be Hokage. Itachi’s quote is still true. Whom do people recognize? People recognize those who have their trust and are capable of protecting them. Even though Naruto was a mere genin, he did this. Shikamaru and Sakura, Sakura, Hinata and Hiashi are also recipients of this adoration. Who will be the next Hokage from these characters?

Will Shikamaru be the 8th Hokage

He is one of the most likely candidates to be Hokage. He is strong and has demonstrated his leadership abilities during war. His greatest assets are his tactical brain, ability to analyze situations and make backup plans. He can help the village achieve a better future, and strengthen it. Naruto’s incredible power would have made Shikamaru the 7th Hokage. He is so valuable to Konoha because of his superior intellect, he rely on Shikamaru for administration management. Naruto, on the other hand, is more concerned with security and strengthening his military might. Shikamaru is therefore the best candidate to be a Hokage.

Verdict – He Will Be The 8th Hokage.

Is Ino the 8th Hokage of Japan?

It’s a strange choice, but she has shown her strength in war. During the 4th Ninja war, she was the only one who could amplify her chakra. She was also able to perform mind-swap Jutsu multiple times within a single day. She was also able to control Juubito during the war, an unmatched feat. Her current feats in Boruto are not forgotten. She singlehandedly oversees the security of the village using her sensory abilities. She is the leader of the sensory division and does a fantastic job. Thus. She displays her leadership abilities. She could be a candidate to become a Hokage. She is up against some formidable competition. She cannot fight a villain by herself, let alone protect people. She will suffer from physical weakness and heavily depends on Shikamaru to strategize. There are less chances she will become a Hokage.

Verdict : She can, if Shikamaru Sakura, Konohamaru, Shino and Konohamaru die before her.

Is Hinata The 8th Hokage of Japan?


Hinata is a strange choice, but she could be a candidate. Like Ino, she has also proven her strength in battle. She was able to fight several Zetsu’s by herself and even combined her Lion Fists and Hyuga Palm Style. Hinata will also be leading the Hyuga clan after Hiashi passes away. So, she is displaying her leadership abilities.

Even though she had to lose her brother, she kept Naruto on track and ensured that he never lost his hope and focus. This feat enabled them to defeat Obito. As stated in the novels, Hinata continues to go on missions after marriage and post-war. She also possesses the Hamura Chakra, as shown in Naruto The Last Movie. This makes her very powerful.

While she meets all criteria, it is less likely that she will want to be the Hokage. We don’t know what she will do if Naruto is killed or locked away. She will be focusing on her safety and security in the event that Naruto is killed or sealed away.

Verdict : She will not accept the Hokage offer.

Is Sakura the 8th Hokage of Japan?

Sakura has a 99.9% chance of becoming the Hokage if Shikamaru has a 99.99% probability. She is probably the strongest human alive and can possibly surpass Naruto or Sasuke in power. As you can see, she is a strong leader during the war arc. Sakura is also the head of the medic division, and a follower to Tsunade. She can thus heal and fight simultaneously. KCM Naruto’s Byakugou mode is very similar in terms of power.

She is able to control her Chakras and is therefore immune to many of the genjutsu. Tsunade’s physical strength is greater than hers, and she uses less chakra to enhance her appearance. Sakura is also better in medical ninjutsu. Naruto would have been killed without her field expertise. She was also the one who defeated Kaguya and allowed Naruto to defeat Sasuke.

She saved Naruto’s soul after Toneri depleted his vast chakra reserves. She is also the most intelligent student in her class. She is able to understand the system and be a good administrator. This is a requirement to be a Hokage.

She emphasized her physical abilities more and fought against Shin Uchiha. Shin used multiple Sharingan to defeat Sakura.

Despite her many accomplishments, her fans often follow a sheep mentality and look down on her character development.

Verdict: Sakura could become the 8th Hokage

Konohamaru to become the 8th Hokage

It is obvious that Naruto or Sasuke will be the ones to go. Konohamaru, however, is still young and has yet to prove himself in a battle. While Konohamaru may be well-known amongst young girls, the village’s higher-ups have yet to accept him. Only if he is stronger than his predecessors who are still in their prime, can I see him becoming Hokage. This is a huge IF, considering that we also have Sakura, Hinata, and Shikamaru. Some may not agree with Hinata’s inclusion on the list, but she is a housewife. I will clarify this further. Let us focus on Konohamaru now.

Kishimoto also ignores Konohamaru in the manga. His whereabouts have not been revealed after his last fight. This could indicate that Kishimoto isn’t interested in Konohamaru, or that the upcoming fights will make it seem trivial to be a Hokage. All things considered, Konohamaru could become the next Hokage.

  1. He is a better fighter than most adults against Otsuki’s villains.
  2. He is a strong warrior and exhibits great leadership qualities, just like Kakashi.

To prove himself, he will first have to resurface in manga. He will not be able to accept the Hokage title until he does. The villagers and higher-ups will be looking up to Sakura or Shikamaru to assume the mantle.

Verdict – Konohamaru is not the 8th Hokage. He may be 9th but not 8.

Is Sarada the 8th Hokage of Japan?

Sarada has had a dream to become the Hokage since the beginnings of Boruto. She’s bragged about her dream to nearly everyone she knows. Although she has a lot of admiration for the new leading lady it is unlikely that she will become the 8th Hokage. She is still inexperienced, and characters like Sakura, Shikamaru and Konohamaru will surpass her. Sarada has yet to reach her full potential.

If Naruto and Sasuke do die, her grief at losing her father and ideal could lead her to a darker path due to the curse of Uchiha. She might also be responsible for Boruto’s darkening path. There’s no telling where Sarada will go. Sarada may be able to follow the right path with the support of her mother and become a Hokage. She won’t be number 8, 9, or 10, however.

Verdict: Sarada is able to become the Hokage, but not as an 8th, 9th or 10th-ranking.

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