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Isshiki’s successor is as scary as him

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 on Viz Media.

Since the death of Isshiki Ōtsutsuki, Boruto fans have been wondering when the next wave of attacks from the aliens will arrive. Isshiki’s Ten-Tailed Beast is still in hiding, so he could still create the God Tree and invite other clansmen from across the cosmos. Momoshiki is also present in Boruto’s body, which means that the fight is far from over.

Boruto chapter # 55 reveals that Isshiki’s successor is not an alien at all. He’s actually one of Kara’s members, Code, and he just got a gift from the boss that makes him equally scary.

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As Naruto’s team recovers from combat, Code rests in his secret dimension, where the Ten Tails sleep. However, Isshiki mentally projects himself towards the teenager, making it clear that his soul is about to be extinguished. There, Code has a White Karma mark on his hand, unlike the black one Boruto and Kawaki had for genetic rewriting.

Isshiki tells his loyal servant how much he loves and will miss him, and that he gave him the mark. As hinted at in the anime, Code is confirmed to be a failed prototype of the Ship. Now we know why Code was jealous of Kawaki – it felt like a pirate version that didn’t work. Isshiki reveals one more secret and increases his confidence.

Isshiki activates the brand, giving Code a gift that boosts his confidence. Now Code can upgrade and become a new Ōtsutsuki, a hybrid of human and alien. As for Isshiki’s last will, he wants Code to continue his legacy through one job: go after Boruto or Kawaki, feed the beast, and then use the blooming fruit of the Tree of God. Once Code eats it, he will gain all the chakra of everyone who has ever lived, as well as their knowledge, becoming a god. You can then travel to various planets and repeat this process, which was Isshiki’s mission in the first place.

Although Code was kept in the dark, it wasn’t because Isshiki mistreated him. It merely protected Code as a backup, allowing him to link up with the Ten Tails and possibly control them. Taking advantage of their bond in the anime, Code graciously accepts his master’s treatment and begins to recite his goals as Isshiki fades away.

Code is obsessed with killing Naruto, Sasuke, and Amado’s traitor, but Kawaki and Boruto top his kill list. He wants to make them pay, turning them into a chakra meal. The manga has yet to showcase Code’s powers in full, so fans are eager to see what this brand can do to ordinary humans and if he is truly worthy of being the new Isshiki.