If there’s one theme that’s clear as day when watching Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, it’s that Naruto became an workaholic. And as a fan who has watch this man grow up from an annoying brat to the seventh Hokage, only to see him in the state that he’s in, it’s kinda depressing. It also got me thinking that maybe his compulsively tendency to overwork could possibly have given Kawaki the chance he needed to take out or worse…kill Naruto. 


Before we get started, lets first look at the effects of someone who’s classified as an workaholic.

A workaholic is a person who works compulsively. While the term generally implies that the person enjoys their work, it can also alternately imply that they simply feel compelled to do it. There is no generally accepted medical definition of such a condition, although some forms of stress, impulse control disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder can be work-related.

In addition, workaholics tend to be less effective than other workers because they have difficulty working as part of a team, trouble delegating or entrusting co-workers, or organizational problems due to taking on too much work at once. Furthermore, workaholics often suffer sleep deprivation, which results in impaired brain and cognitive function.


In the world of Naruto, I’d wager that cognitive function is pivotal aspect of being a ninja and if Naruto spends his time working like the way his does, on top of been deprived of sleep, this will impact him to some extent. Even though we see Naruto as basically the next shinobi god, he’s still an average human. A human that needs their rest. I personally think that his quest to maintain peace may in fact be putting more strain on him than he thinks. And even though we see him fight against Momoshiki in top shape, it’s still clear that he’s beginning to slow down. And if this keeps up for a couple  more years, (Boruto’s teen days) then yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised at that point.

So when the time comes to protect his village when Kawaki strikes, toll from his overwork finally catch up on him and ultimately be what causes his defeat. It’s honestly one of the only reason I can see a shinobi like Kawaki take on Naruto. As for Sasuke, there is word on what could’ve happened for him to not be in the village. That’s a theory for another day.

Let me know more what you guys think about this?


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