I guess the manga is at its turning point. Spoiler hidden below, don't read if you haven't read the latest manga. Spoiler: Asuma is dead and Shikamaru has his first cigarettes. Because of that, I was thinking about writing the aftermath of the incident. Shikamaru will pick up a new habit (people always complain about their first time), and he'll gain a new summon that would give him abilities similar to Zato-1 from Guilty Gear. Note his deer ear and horn for small touches. The story will have his usual teamate (Ino-Shika-Cho) and Temari so that Shika can be whipped.