Boruto Chapter 55 kills Naruto’s closest ally in a heartbreaking ending that occurs due to a little white lie.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter # 55, “Legacy” by Masashi Kishimoto, Mikio Ikemoto, Mari Morimoto and Snir Aharon, now available in English from Viz Media.

For some time, it seemed as if the Boruto manga was going to kill Naruto. When he entered Baryon Mode against Isshiki Ōtsutsuki, Kurama said that he would exhaust him and leave him dead, fanning these flames even more, and when fans saw Sasuke worried that he would not respond after the victory, it seemed that the time was near.

Fortunately, Chapter # 55 does not kill the Hokage, but it does kill Kurama, his closest ally. All of this happens thanks to a little white lie told in the heat of battle. It’s a heartbreaking moment for Naruto fans who have become attached to the Nine Tails, seeing the Demon Fox go from being Naruto’s enemy to being more like a brother and eventually a father.

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Naruto has been taken to the astral plane that he often shares with the Tailed Beast, and Kurama admits that it is time to say goodbye. However, he informs Naruto that he is the one to go, exposing the lie. He admits that if he had told Naruto that the Baryon Mode would kill him, Naruto would not have. However, in saying that he would kill Naruto, he knew that the legend of Konoha would be self-sacrificing, so he decided to deceive his host. It’s a smart move to use your ship like this once more, saving the free world again.

It’s really hard for Naruto to say goodbye to someone who took care of him for so long. He lost Jiraiya and got over that, but while begging Kurama to stay, one has to wonder about the mental impact of losing another loved one. Then there is the physical impact: usually if a beast is removed from a host, that person dies, but in Kurama’s case, his chakra just depletes and disappears. Naruto is supposed to be safe and sound, but the side effects are yet to be seen.

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When Kurama was corrupted decades ago, he killed Naruto’s parents and sealed himself in the boy, so his story is definitely bittersweet, full of redemption and a tragic conclusion. Not only did Naruto set an example and forgave the beast, but Kurama forgave the village and promised to protect them with or without Naruto.

Now, the Hokage will have to move on without his best friend, someone who was also like an uncle to Boruto and Himawari. Naruto will also have to get stronger if he intends to stop future threats like Isshiki. Perhaps one day he can use science, new jutsu techniques, ancient scrolls, or chakra mysticism to reconnect with his friend, but for now, Kurama is gone. As Kurama dissipates, the fox warns him to be safe, or else their reunion will be in the afterlife.

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