The latest chapter of the Boruto manga came out few days back. The manga is quite ahead of the anime, well in fact a LOT ahead of it. Anyway, in the 17th Chapter that is titled ‘Ao’ we see an old ninja friend back in the manga all alive who was presumed dead. But there’s a catch?? He’s currently working as an ‘outer’ for the organization Kara (the new akatsuki) and hasn’t contacted with the Hidden Mist Village ever since. We still don’t know if Kara is some evil organization or what.
So, considering if you were a big fan of Ao, then you may not have the same opinion about him. The latest chapter of Boruto catches up with Konohamaru as the ninja explores an abandoned ship that seems to have been carrying something. With the item missing, the Jounin attempts to retrieve the data about the package, but he is cut short when a comrade of his is injured.
Back in Konoha, Boruto and his team have a very tense conversation with Naruto before they are assigned a mission. And, as the chapter ends, fans are stunned to know that Ao has since renounced his loyalty to the Blood Mist Village and is supporting a new organization known as Kara.
After Ao runs into Boruto’s team during their mission, the man is seen sitting on a train with a member of Kara’s inner circle sitting behind him. Ao does not seem surprised by the man’s sudden appearance, and the Kara member explains just why he has come.
The masked ninja Kashin Koji explains to AO that, “The reason for this is because of a certain complication that has arisen. We’ve lost the vessel, The elders are in an uproar about it. I don’t know the reasoning behind it, but since they were fiddling with things as if they were toys, this kind of situation…”
When Ao asks what he is meant to do about it, the Kara member says the former Mist ninja has helped them before. The war hero casts a genjutsu on a Konoha scientist to learn more about the Leaf village’s Ninja Scientific Tools, and the Kara member expects Ao to help his organization retrieve their lost vessels.
The Old ninja is not convinced by the idea but Ao agrees to it and says “Indeed, I suppose it’ll be the first time in 16 years that I’ll be partaking in some actual combat.”
Ao was a hero of heroes of Mist village. Ao acted as a close advisor to the Mizukage during the Fourth Great Ninja War, but many had thought Ao died during the conflict. Boruto not only revealed the ninja survived his encounter with the Ten-Tails, but he has since abandoned his home to make his bed with a group being hailed as the next Akatsuki.