So after months of waiting, we finally get to learn more about Kawaki and his backstory along with the mark that’s on both Boruto and Kawaki’s hands in Boruto: Naruto Next Generation Manga Chapter 24 – The Lone Boy.
The chapter starts off with with two of the Kara members discussing why Koji is taking long in retrieving the “Vessel” back to base. The discussion itself isn’t too interesting with the only few notable aspect been their distrust of Koji and how Jigen was able to manifest a whole table, with food and everything out of thin air. It’s clear now that the members of the Kara posses some type of alchemy powers that are separate from the standard jutsus in the Naruto world.
After a brief talk among the Kara member, we are brought to Boruto and his team as they further investigate Kawaki’s unconscious body. It’s here that we learn of Kawaki’s dark past and how the Kara were able to get their hands on him. Kawaki’s childhood gives us a clear glimpse of the theme we’ll be seeing in the near future. While Boruto’s presence fills people with hope, Kawaki’s life has known nothing but despair. It’s the contrast of the two characters and how their fate are intertwined. I actually talked about it in my Boruto’s Eye & The Star Of Hope – What Does It All Mean? blog in which I mentioned this exact theme in more details.
Anyways, because Boruto approached Kawaki’s seal, it promoted Kawaki to wake up and unleashed a powerful shock-wave. We then get a more insight on Kawaki’s personality and his attitude towards other people. His personality is definitely rough around the edge, being ill-mannered and foul-mouthed. It’s here however that we learn of the name of the seal on both the characters hand. Their called Karma which is a pretty interesting name for it. If it’s based on the definition of Karma, which means:
“the means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Indian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives – one’s saṃsāra.”
then this might be a clear indication of what we can expect from the boy’s action! Overall, Kawaki’s has already proven to be a fast and formidable fighter, with Mitsuki noting how fast he was when he approached them enemy. It’ll be interesting to see how the story will unfold now that Kawaki is involved.