Some thoughts as a Sakura fan…

And in the end you know who fucking ironically gets “shafted” and tarnished the most out of every-fucking-one? Sakura, my dear lord, Sakura…!

As I said first and foremost I am a Sakura fan before a NaruSaku fan…before I am a NaruSaku fan I am a Naruto fan, before I am a fan of both of them individually and together I am a fan of what the story contextually shows me.

But because of this whole popularity and money BS Sakura gets it the worst. Potential, she had enough. In people’s eyes it’s the very one thing that damned her – her love to Sasuke. And you know what’s worse? That I’m sorry but I partially agree with that. Like I said, it’s like Sasuke is her dark side, takes out the worst out of her, takes out the energy out of her – hell, she cried so many tears for him. But she cried tears from her own ignorance. Because in this dynamics Kishi portrayed her as selfish and thus we all know the rest of the story.

And she was supposed to raise out of that, because in the end it’s not a matter of being a girl or a boy or what fucking ever: you don’t depend on a person that way. It’s hurtful for both parties involved. And we both see what the SS dynamics imply for both Sakura and Sasuke.

But at least Sasuke had his interesting background along with cool flashy jutsus so somehow he’s spared of all the fandom hate. But Sakura isn’t.

On Sakura lie all the fandom’s burdening hate. Popularity, despite once being high, at the end of it it didn’t matter because otaku voices screamed poor Himata-hime sama.

And I would’ve had no problem if they had screamed for a proper Hinata. But Hinata somehow makes it out of this because she’s curvy, she has boobs, her selfishness is differently displayed, she’s angelic, she’s submissive, you know all those things that the majority prefers (because the minority like me wanted a different Hinata; like Sakura, wanted a Hinata independent of Naruto’s/Sasuke’s existence and hoped that was the route Kishi would go and it sure seemed like, in his own way – or so I thought…).

She’s popular. She’s liked. Sakura isn’t. That much, that her heroine status is robbed and not only this but Studio Pierrot also mocks her status in a commercial to advertise The Last: Naruto the movie.

It would have been fine with either of both as Naruto’s and Sasuke’s counterparts if properly displayed. But it wasn’t. And not even that it wasn’t not even that frequently displayed, the times it was, it wasn’t even properly. Let’s say you kiiinda shaft NaruHina, you know, you put the dirt under the rug – but that’s what it becomes in the middle of this dirt cue Naruto’s character and all the rest that’s implied in The Last -, but SasuSaku? I am sorry but I don’t care what anyone has to say no one in their right mind portrays SasuSaku like that and then make it have babies, I’m sorry.

I agree that in the middle you could invent stories such as God knows what but the problem is you displayed the pure dynamics between those two characters as non-functional. Instead you show a better working dynamics between other cases such as NaruSasu, NaruSaku and SasuKarin in respect to Sasuke and Sakura’s characters as standalone characters and how they develop around the others.

So you see this is why not only Sakura gets shitted the most in the process because she’s ripped of everything – non-resolved plots in canon and regression of character in the end / The Last but also why popularity matters destroy the series…

Too bad because with all its good and bad parts, Naruto could’ve been an epic story without the implications at its end…

 

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Bryon (3 years ago)

I concur with you, Chatte, as I’ve said a lot of times at Heaven & Earth and to a friend that I feel like Sakura got the most hosed by the turn of events and Studio Pierrot’s blatant favoritism and listening to otakus more than letting Kishimoto-sensei do his manga the way he wanted to do it. =/ It’s why I refuse to folow any other works of Kishimoto-sensei’s, becuase he’ll just be a quitter and a sell-out and ruin his characters.

    Jazzy Jeff (3 years ago)

    Kishimoto ended his the Naruto series the way he wanted the only people who display blatant favoritism are you NS tards who think your couple should have been made official. Chatte thought that the last two chapters were just illusions generated by the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Kishimoto did not sell-out he ended the series on his own terms and did concede to the selfish whims of obsessed fans.

      umyeah (3 years ago)

      agree!! if Kishi wanted to kill sakura then so be it. Its not anyone’s story but his. Funny thing is, even without Sakura, the story would’ve run. The POAL was never for or about her. It was always about Naruto and Sasuke. I don’t get why sakura fans are so entitled because she is the main heroine – for goodness sake the manga is still titled “Naruto” so everybody else is disposable. Sakura doesn’t even have a redeeming factor.

        Chatte Georgiana (3 years ago)

        But that’s the point because the POAL was for and about her. It’s part of Naruto’s and Sakura’s development. But besides the POAL there’s also the fact that Naruto has a bond with Sasuke outside his bond with Sakura and overall bond with Team 7 and the point was that Naruto wanted to save Sasuke for himself too, not only for that POAL. But the POAL, my friends, it is about her and for her because here we have displayed a very much respected characteristic of Naruto’s nindo: aka I never go back on my word…

      Bryon (3 years ago)

      @ Jazzy Jeff – It isn’t about being NS for me, asshole, it’s about being a NARUTO fan first and foremost, and Kishimoto-sensei spat on the characters just to appease other parties rather than having the stones to do what he aimed to originally do and what he showed. You are just trying to be salty because you won, but you know it’s a pyrrhic victory since it had to be from outside influences. You just want to be a dick because no one wants to share your idea and have their own opinions.

      So why are you here unless you are trying to be a dick to Chatte on purpose for her having her own opinion and sharing it, same as me? It’s because you think we should be a troll who “accepts” the ending as fact when we don’t HAVE to?

        Jazzy Jeff (3 years ago)

        Kishimoto wrote and completed the manga just as he intended he changed his original idea which is not unusual for any writer when they start. NS tards like you are the only people who are not pleased. How am I salty I respect the canon it was flawed but it had a good story and Part 3 will be just as good. Your fandom have been the sore losers since because your pairing lost you sent death threats to the Kishimoto and his assistants and created Facebook pages calling for their murders. Your an hypocritical asshole fans who do not agree with your opinion are stupid but if they point out your flaws you just deny them.

        If Chatte is going to keep writing biased opinions and insist character bashing is posting information responding to her prejudice is appropriate.

        Light (3 years ago)

        Sakura would still be a shitty character even if she ended up with Naruto.

          Guy (3 years ago)

          @ Light

          Probably yes because Kishi’s proved himself to be a terrible writer with female characters but at least we wouldn’t have the problem of the representation of a negative relationship such as SS, and MAYBE it would resolve the problem with Sakura being an insecure fangirl around Sasuke

        Light (3 years ago)

        Since you claim that Kishi changed the ending to meet SP’s requirements, I want you to answer this: besides the so called pairings that you claim Kishi changed, what else about the ending of Naruto was Kishi “forced” to change? I mean, you said SP forced Kishi to change the ending from his original plan, right? I want to know what other parts of the ending did Kishi change.

      HalfDemonInuyasha (3 years ago)

      “Kishimoto ended his the Naruto series the way he wanted”

      Right, sure…yet in one interview, he says that he planned things to end the way they did a mere 3 months prior to the end. Just a week later, in another interview, he suddenly changes it to say “since the beginning”. Please, it ended the way Studio Pierrot and their otaku fans wanted it to end, not Kishimoto. If it was truly planned out that way, then the development between characters would have been significantly different throughout the entire story, not only in a completely separate movie that forcefully retcons some events while throwing in others that never existed before.

      “only people who display blatant favoritism are you NS tards who think your couple should have been made official.”

      And just like I pointed out on other blogs, people like you go and completely ignore everything posted in favor of making it about nothing but the pairings. The VERY first thing said in this post was…

      “As I said first and foremost I am a Sakura fan before a NaruSaku fan…before I am a NaruSaku fan I am a Naruto fan, before I am a fan of both of them individually and together I am a fan of what the story contextually shows me.”

      ….and then Chatte proceeds to tell why Sakura gets shafted, with the issue of pairings BARELY mentioned, yet here you are, looking through everything through pairing goggles and displaying your projection in the most obvious ways.

      “Chatte thought that the last two chapters were just illusions generated by the Infinite Tsukuyomi.”

      And again, you completely ignored the posts. All of that was made clear by Chatte to be nothing but THEORIES. It was NOT said that that was definitely the case, but just something thought up in free time.

      “Kishimoto did not sell-out he ended the series on his own terms and did concede to the selfish whims of obsessed fans.”

      I assume you mean he did “not” concede, but it’s clear that he didn’t end it on his own terms and did concede at least to Studio Pierrot, who have even admitted to having a favorable bias towards Hinata and unfavorable against Sakura. Even Kishimoto’s last assistant was a Hinata fan and disliked Sakura last I saw.

      And all the talk about popularity is also true. Interviews have said that popularity was one of the reasons for ending Naruto the way it did, but it’s clear that it was not based on any Japanese fanbase popularity polls because a majority of them had Sakura usually in the top ten most popular characters (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi usually being the top three) whereas Hinata usually never made it to the top tens. Even Neji usually ranked a couple slots higher than her.

        Jazzy Jeff (3 years ago)

        Kishimoto admitted he only created Sakura and Sasuke because his editor suggested it. Sasuke became a major part of his story Sakura did not. I can ignore someone who claims not to have bias against the series then disparages the final chapters with impossible theories she even thought Hinata was married to Lee. All she has done since the film was released is bash the ending, Naruto’s character, the final volume cover, and the illustrated book.

        The only character poll that matters is the Shonen Jump poll placed before certain chapters. Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi and Gaara have consistently been in the top 10 at the beginning of the series. Sakura has fluctuated in and out of the top 10. The Japanese people seemed to vacillate between liking her and tolerating her that would be fine for a side character but for a protagonist it is pathetic.

          guest702 (3 years ago)

          Hinata has placed above sakura in the past couple polls for years when they were last taken and that was a Japan only pole wiki it.

          Guy (3 years ago)

          Japan doesnt hate sakura so much, the westerners do.
          On the last poll, in the databook, she was above hinata

        dejavu (3 years ago)

        you may be a sakura fan first but I can tell you spend waaaay too much time with NS very misinformed and quick to believe anything that comes up without verifying sources. also, with regards to sakura, can you tell me why you guys are so concerned that she did not end up with naruto. was it because it “demotes” her for not being with the hero of the story? whats the real deal? because see here, with all the shitty things that sakura canonically did, she doesn’t deserve even a hair of naruto. and yes I use the term “deserve” , because there is no other way to describe it and no amount of sugarcoating and using politically correct terms can change the fact that she did a loooot of shitty things and does not deserve the ending that you guys fantasize about. I feel sorry for sasuke for even ending up with her.

          Guy (3 years ago)

          @dejavu

          Sakura’s development was fucked up in the end and the worst thing is the way she finished the series.

          Its not a matter of her not finishing up with naruto or anything.
          Its the matter of her finishing with sasuke the way it happened and not acquiring the development that was foreshadowed for her (AKA, not being useless, figthing with naruto to save Sasuke)

          SS was a toxic relationship during the whole part 2 and it heavily damaged Sakura’s character because it always showed her negative side, how useless she was next to him, how she was never able to stand up to him, her big lack of self worth. Sasuke didn’t exactly helped because he was blunt and never cared about love to begin with, Sakura was never able to relate to him and this caused the pethetic outburst from chapter 693 and showed how Sakra’s “love” didn’t really changed from a selfish crush

          So really don’t blame Sakura’s character for her lack of maturity and development at then, blame kishimoto

          He is the one that fucked up not only her but the rest of the female characters by essentially making them pairing fodders

      Shitimoto (3 years ago)

      Is THAT why there are 699 chapters, telling one story, and then like one chapter and one movie, telling a story about completely different characters?

      Yea, the whole love story (which i could not care less about) was always going one way, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, with no good reason, he picked a different girl.

      Even if i don’t care about the pairings, this is just idiotic. It’s like… there was an earthquake, everyone grabbed the person next to them, aaaand then they were married… Not because of feelings, reasons, or anything like that, no, just because they “happened to be near each other”… I really wonder… Is Tsunade shipping on the S.S.Shizune now?

      Probably don’t even want to know what Shitimoto thinks about that, and never should have asked…

      The only Pairing i want, is SG…
      Sasuke -> Grave
      Bastard doesn’t deserve to live…

Ashley S. (3 years ago)

Her love for Sasuke made her stronger as a “Sakura fan” as you refer to yourself as you should know this. Sakura’s true love for Sasuke made her go to Tsunade and ask her to train her. Also anyone with a properly functioning brain can see that SasuKarin had no “dynamic” much less any development outside of showing Karin as straight up creep.

    Chatte Georgiana (3 years ago)

    Lol, what? Sakura’s true love for Sasuke? If anything is her love for both her teammates but the one that really pushed her towards that decision my friend was Naruto. When Sakura saw how much Naruto went through just to bring Sasuke back for the promise he made her, that’s what inspired her to set foot in Tsunade’s office. I think you should read that chapter again because anyone with an indeed properly functioning brain can see that SasuKarin had more dynamic and much more development outside of showing Karin as a “straight-up creep” (on btw, why don’t you call Naruto a straight-up creep now since apparently in those books he’s having wet dreams about Hinata’s arms? But wait, he’s a boy so he must be excused…!) the moment Sasuke Uchiha, sole survivor of a well-known and renown clan in Konoha’s history went for Karin Uzumaki and saw her as the strongest Kunoichi when to him, Sakura Haruno was nothing more than an annoyance so… please!

      O_o (3 years ago)

      everything in your response is incredulous. SK had more development??? what manga were you reading? also, IF sakura had really loved naruto and Naruto really loved sakura, they would have been end game – no excuses.

        Chatte Georgiana (3 years ago)

        Yeah, yeah. Nice deflecting there. But whatever makes you sleep good at night.

        Shitimoto (3 years ago)

        What Manga did you read, where there was ANY interaction between Sasuke and Sakura?

        From the beginning of Naruto, to the end, Sakura ONLY loves Sasuke, because he is the “sweet boy that every girl in town is after”. I have never seen anything that made this change. Sasuke ignored her, abandoned her, tried to kill her…

        Please do tell me which of those interactions established ANY kind of positive relationship between Sakura and Sasuke.

        Sakura’s love is literally based on NOTHING!
        She falls in love with his face, or even his “legends?” in the first episodes, and that’s it.

        This is literally like… i don’t know, someone is overly obsessive with justin bieber, he tries to kill her, leave her for years, and she still prefers him over someone who actually loves her, and worked hard for their love for many years… it’s like… Are you seriously THIS shallow? Just because other little girls like him, you like him too AND have to base your whole life on that? This is PATHETIC… This is what you expect from a 6 year old fangirl in reallife, not from a HERO in a MANGA…

        And on the other side… Sasuke talks more then 2 words with Karin, that’s way more then Sakura gets. All i remember Sasuke saying about Sakura is something like “You are even weaker then Naruto” or something like that… VERY early episode… Karin even gets to touch Sasuke. He wouldn’t have let Sakura touch him for other than healing / combat reasons…

        In the end, both relations are incredibly shallow, but that’s SIMPLY because Sasuke is a renegade… Is is supposed to be ALONE. DEAD in fact. That’s one of the things, this anime was about, remember? They promised us that there would be a fight to the death between Sasuke and Naruto. You can tell exactly where Shitimoto changed his opinion.

        *Sasuke is on his way to Naruto*
        Sasuke: Ima kill him, yay!
        *Sasuke arrives at Naruto*
        Sasuke: OLD FRIEND!!! I LOVE YOU!!!

        It’s like… really? This fast? From one moment in an episode, to the other, the whole plot of Naruto just disappears?

        This ending is one of the most pathetic endings in anime history. Right up there with NGE. Just wondering how much longer until they have to pay for actual physical damage to their property… The makers of NGE got their “studio” spray painted with nasty messages and windows thrown in and stuff like that. With those Sakura commercials they are literally asking to get attacked by insane mad Sakura fans… XD

      Light (3 years ago)

      So, you ship SasuKarin, a pairing in which Sasuke literally stabbed Karin through the heart, and if not for Sakura, Karin would have died. But, at the same time you claim that SasuSaku is a bad ship for the same exact reason, and call Kishimoto a sexist for pairing Sakura with Sasuke. But, you seem fine with SasuKarin. Where exactly do you get your logical reasoning?

SasukeFTW (3 years ago)

Sakura’s love isn’t the problem its that she has zero backstory instead we get a dumb friendship between her and Ino and that she was bullied for her big forehead. Sakura is hated because of her hitting Naruto all the time, the fake Confession, and her treatment of Naruto mentally. Naruto deserves someone who always loved him like Hinata not someone like Sakura. One thing that surprised me about the NaruSaku community is that most of you like Sakura way more than Naruto, you like Sakura therefore you don’t want her getting with an asshole like Sasuke ( Even though he isn’t anymore) and want her to get with someone like Naruto. Sakura treats Naruto worse than Sasuke treats Sakura which is why NaruSaku will forever be my NOTP with SasuKarin.

    Bryon (3 years ago)

    You obviously don’t know tsundere personalities if you can’t see Sakura hitting Naruto when he acted dumb was meant to be for comedy. It’s a different kind of comedy than what we’re used to. You seem like all the others who think Hinata “DESERVES” Naruto.

    Hinata doesn’t deserve Naruto, same as the opposite of Naruto deserving her OR Sakura. Love is earned, and Naruto earned Sakura’s love. Her confession was genuine, the only part that wasn’t was her claiming she didn’t love Sasuke anymore. That and Naruto thinking that he didn’t deserve Sakura in his head, which is what led things to be as they were.

    You also seem the type to hate Sakura because she’s a strong, independent character prior to 693 and the ending, while rewarding Hinata for being shy, mousy, and pretty, which is bad thinking too, since it belittles both of their characters, as if Hinata’s wasn’t already.

      Naruto is Awesome (3 years ago)

      “You obviously don’t know tsundere personalities if you can’t see Sakura hitting Naruto when he acted dumb was meant to be for comedy. It’s a different kind of comedy than what we’re used to. You seem like all the others who think Hinata “DESERVES” Naruto.”

      I don’t think anyone deserves anyone I said Naruto deserves SOMEONE like HInata who loved him since he was a failure. I get tsundere comedy, it isn’t funny IMO and I said it because most people don’t like it I was stating reasons why Sakura is hated.

      “Hinata doesn’t deserve Naruto, same as the opposite of Naruto deserving her OR Sakura. Love is earned, and Naruto earned Sakura’s love. Her confession was genuine, the only part that wasn’t was her claiming she didn’t love Sasuke anymore. That and Naruto thinking that he didn’t deserve Sakura in his head, which is what led things to be as they were.”

      You are right Naruto did earn Sakura’s love but Hinata has earned Naruto’s love too. Sakura could have loved Naruto but she simpily doesn’t her feelings belong to Sasuke as stated by the manga, Sakura can make decisions on her own she isn’t a child. Her confession was fake where the fuck did you get it was real from.

      “You also seem the type to hate Sakura because she’s a strong, independent character prior to 693 and the ending, while rewarding Hinata for being shy, mousy, and pretty, which is bad thinking too, since it belittles both of their characters, as if Hinata’s wasn’t already.”

      Sakura as a characeter sucks and shouldn’t be a main character. Her feelings for Sasuke have always been shown and stated in the manga, she is independent just cause she loves Sasuke doesn’t mean she isn’t, you are confusing her with Hinata. I don’t like Hinata at all neither do I like Sakura, but Sakura is a MAIN character and Hinata is a SIDE character so obviously Sakura is held at a higher standard which is why I come off as a HInata wanker and a Sakura hater.

      Jazzy Jeff (3 years ago)

      If Sakura hitting Naruto is comedy why is Sasuke’s violence against Sakura considered bad? Sakura did not earn anything related to Naruto she promised to help him rescue Sasuke and played no role in their final battle. Naruto lost his arm and nearly died returning Sasuke to sanity Sakura contributed nothing to reuniting Team Kakashi.

      Her confession was a lie so she could distract Naruto while she killed Sasuke. She failed in that effort and nearly got herself and Naruto killed. Sakura loves Sasuke, Sai, Naruto, Kakashi and Sakura herself confirmed it many times. Sakura earned Sasuke’s love they got married and had a daughter. They even have a wedding portrait.

    HalfDemonInuyasha (3 years ago)

    “Sakura’s love isn’t the problem its that she has zero backstory instead we get a dumb friendship between her and Ino and that she was bullied for her big forehead.”

    And yet Hinata has this whole huge backstory full of details about her, right? Wait, that was only really pertaining to the Hyuga Clan in general and not Hinata herself. What exactly do we even know about Hinata personally besides less than stellar treatment from her father initially, a kidnapping (which had FAR more to do with Neji and his relationship with Hiashi and the Main Branch than Hinata personally) and Clan Heiress stuff, all of which was pretty much completely forgotten about nor revisited at all after the Chunin Exams?

    Not much.

    “Sakura is hated because of her hitting Naruto all the time, the fake Confession, and her treatment of Naruto mentally.”

    “All the time”? Sure, maybe for completely comedic purposes in Part 1 and early Part 2 (it’s called being tsundere), but you’re also completely ignoring all the times she showed great caring and compassion in the times it REALLY mattered whereas Hinata was hardly anywhere to be seen a majority of the time.

    And did you even look behind the meaning and intent of Sakura’s fake confession? You and other haters act like she made it with a completely malicious intent, to simply string Naruto along and then dump him. The purpose was to try to ease his suffering over the pain of trying to keep his promise to her by “saving” Sasuke. As soon as Sai pointed out that pain and Naruto’s love for her, Sakura’s reaction was completely self-evident and she immediately tried to get Naruto to relent on that promise in order to remove that burden so he wouldn’t possibly end up killing himself over it.

    And mental treatment? Must’ve been something only you could’ve seen because Naruto sure didn’t seem to act like he had any sort of detrimental mental treatment later in the story.

    “Naruto deserves someone who always loved him like Hinata not someone like Sakura. ”

    Nobody “deserves” anyone. That kind of mentality is exactly one of the huge problems with ANY diehard pairing fanbase (and has been displayed far more by the NH side). Saying Naruto “deserves” Hinata or vice-versa only serves to completely demean both characters; Naruto, by making it seem like he should just be handed Hinata without any relationship development or anything, and Hinata by making her seem like nothing more than a trophy wife.

    “One thing that surprised me about the NaruSaku community is that most of you like Sakura way more than Naruto, you like Sakura therefore you don’t want her getting with an asshole like Sasuke ( Even though he isn’t anymore) and want her to get with someone like Naruto.”

    Most logical fans like “Naruto” the story first and then the characters individually, their connections, their development, etc. Pairings are usually pretty low on the list. The more logical fans of certain pairings even look at how the pairings are developed first before the actual results. Even logical Naru/Hina and Saku/Sasu fans have voiced discontent with the ending and movie simply because of how it kills the characters as we knew them in order to force out a pairing result without much real development to back it up.

    “Sakura treats Naruto worse than Sasuke treats Sakura which is why NaruSaku will forever be my NOTP with SasuKarin.”

    Yeah, that’s why Sakura nearly had Team Seven forfeit in the first round of the Chunin Exam so Naruto wouldn’t end up losing his dream of becoming Hokage as opposed to something like Sasuke calling Sakura “useless” and trying to kill her multiple times, right?

      Bryon (3 years ago)

      And that my friends is a burn! :)

      Naruto is Awesome (3 years ago)

      I didn’t bring up Hinata because you are right she is paring fodder I never stated otherwise again read my last comment.

      I’d like to see when she helped him through tough times. I do know the reason for the Confession it was because she felt guilty because she thought Naruto was going through all the pain to save Sasuke for her. She thinks Naruto is doing this because of her which is wrong and doesn’t know the relation between NaruSasu.

      Sakura NEVER was stated to have moved on the fuck. She didn’t develop and get over Sasuke just like Naruto didn’t develop and get over Sasuke really what is so hard to understand about this.

      Sakura was good when she did that because Naruto LIFELONG dream is to become Hokage while Sasuke is just in it to test his strength how is this a moment. Sasuke is blunt and doesn’t sugarcoat things he was right there was nothing she could do, he was an asshole to her, Kakashi, and Naruto. I never get madder than when someone says that Sasuke tried to kill Sakura, Sakura tried to kill Sasuke first you think Sasuke is going to let that happened stop trying to make it seem like Sasuke is this evil manic that went out of his way to track and kill poor innocent Sakura..

      hmmm (3 years ago)

      and here lies the problem of sakura’s fake confession. the problem is not the probable attempt to string along naruto but instead to ease his burden of the POAL. the confession, sans the intent, shows that sakura hasn’t an ounce of understanding of naruto’s character at all. the POAL, as the story progress, have become less and less about sakura and and have become solely between naruto and sasuke. if she truly cared and understood naruto, she would realize that the promise is very important to naruto for HIMSELF and not for anyone else because he loves sasuke. see how entitled sakura is by thinking that naruto would simply stop chasing sasuke because she said so?

        Chatte Georgiana (3 years ago)

        At all? I’d say that’s a bit too much… Don’t forget that it was Sakura the one who made Sai understand what Sasuke means to Naruto which in return and with the help of observations made Sai understand Naruto’s love for Sakura and his bond with Sasuke and why this whole thing it pains him, so I’d tend to agree to disagree here, not to mention that chapters before this, when Naruto turned 4 tails she said she’d be saving Sasuke, so that Naruto wouldn’t have to suffer anymore. The only thing Sakura was oblivious to was Naruto’s true intentions in terms of her feelings for her. It’s not like he wasn’t acting like a buffoon and we all know that in her own way, Sakura considered these things pretty serious.
        The thing is that the promise was made FOR Sakura. The saving wasn’t done only for Sakura but for himself, also. But, the promise, as I said, it was done for Sakura and to Naruto, that meant a lot, considering his character traits.
        So that’s why I disagree with your statements, I’m sorry. The reason Sakura asked Naruto to stop chasing Sasuke is because of pure worrying. I give you that she might have not understood maybe how deep Naruto felt for Sasuke and wanted to save him for his own, I give you that, but only that. And that is because the author wanted some elements to be solely NaruSasu outside Team 7 so if Sakura would know that’d mean Team 7 and NaruSasu wouldn’t be underlined by itself. But Sakura did what she did out of pure worrying and love for Naruto. And she was cornered into believing that Naruto does that only because of the POAL, therefore, you get her asking Naruto to stop chasing Sasuke which despite having good intentions, to some like yourself might look sketchy but it’s nothing more than simply separating and emphasize the importance of some bonds outside the Team 7 dynamic, despite said dynamic uniting them. :)
        But I guess to each their own.

Naruto is Awesome (3 years ago)

Sakura hasn’t regressed at all, please tell me where it is stated that she no longer loves Sasuke. Sakura wanted to go with Sasuke because he isn’t evil anymore and will obviously accept her love, a lot of time has passed since the war, Kakashi head was built and Naruto and Sasuke are healed (They were pretty fucked up so don’t say she had to help heal). You put yourself up for disappointment if you thought Sakura would get over Sasuke just like you set yourself up for disappointment if you wanted Naruto to get over Sasuke this story is about never giving up on people and forgiving.

    Chatte Georgiana (3 years ago)

    But this is not even about her not saying she no longer loves Sasuke? And I never said this story isn’t about never giving up on people and forgiving, but there’s a thing that Kishi lacks very much and that puts his characters in a shitty light and makes some things look cheap and thus easily criticized aka accountability.
    I always said that Sakura will love Sasuke, just not in this way that it does both her and Sasuke and a disservice and given their displayed dynamics and development, that’s what it brands it a regression…
    But I guess to each their own…

      Ryousan (3 years ago)

      It has stated by Sakura that her wished was to return to the good ol`times when Team 7 “smiled together” the whole point of the POAL is regression: for in her eyes the current situation was patological and not the “normal” dynamics that exist between her, Naruto and Sasuke

      But the thing is that in the “normal” dynamics between them, Sakura loves Sasuke in a romantic way and Sasuke seem to be “annoyed” by her. Thus, Hatred becomes the patological agent that changes Sasuke : much like the curse seal scene where Sakura sees the Sasuke in front of her resembling Orochimaru and it doesnpt match the Sasuke she hold dear in her memories. So ,in her eyes, “hatred Sasuke” is not really himself and his actions are not directed but he wants to do, but he thinks he MUST (The Uchiha`s True Revival) which is why he stampedes through all what gets on his way

      When Sasuke achknowledges his defeat and ask Sakura for forgiveness is when he realizes that he was sick(Starving of Love) and is when e can finally tell he has ,indeed, wronged her and thus the “normal” dynamics of the team are restored and they can return to be the ones they were before, albeit scarred and wiser

sally (3 years ago)

I totally agree with your point on sakura going to tsunade to become stronger, because of both naruto and sasuke. Sakura’s who development up until the end was to be strong like naruto sand sasuke, to allow them to finally watch her fight. So there is no denying that.

Heck even in the chunin exams sakura was protecting not only sasuke but naruto too. Even though kishimoto drew sasuke during her interaction with the three sound ninjas, she never once defiantly mentioned only to protect sasuke or fighting for sasuke. She only mentions both naruto and sasuke together.

This to me is critical since we obviously know this period of naruto was when sakura was a sasuke fangirl and thought about sasuke almost all the time.

And also in any point in time when sakura is fighting in front of naruto and sasuke she wanted THEM the watch her, not just sasuke.

narutoprophet (3 years ago)

I’m gonna’ try and condense my thoughts to only Sakura’s character:

In my opinion, I thought that Kishi was going to make NaruSaku canon in the end. At the beginning of Naruto, it is understandable to hate Sakura, because she does not understand people’s emotions and tries to go with the cool crowd in order to make herself feel more confident. She was infatuated with Sasuke because he had a dark, mysterious personality. She saw how the majority of people thought he was cool, so she joined in so she could try and fit in too.

The beauty in Sakura’s character was that as the story progressed she saw Naruto for who he really was and sadly, a lot of people don’t understand that. The POAL was made by Naruto because he wanted to restore the bond that Team 7 had. He knew that Sasuke was alone and wanted to bring back him back because that was his best friend. However, even though Naruto’s promise was about Team 7 he made this promise to Sakura and this would strengthen their relationship and make them closer to one another.

Sakura did love Sasuke, but her feelings for Sasuke started to die once she made her confession to Naruto. During Sakura’s confession she tells Naruto that she loves him, and she’s sees him for who really is, “The Savior of The Hidden Leaf” and she has been watching him all this time. Naruto thinks she is lying about not wanting to rescue Sasuke because he doesn’t believe that Sakura could stop loving Sasuke. He still sees the 12 year old girl who cried about Sasuke. Sakura wanted to get rid of the POAL because she thought it hurt Naruto. She wanted to get rid of the POAL so badly, that she was willing to kill her 12 year old crush just so Naruto wouldn’t be in pain anymore. Even though this destroys the very idea of the POAL (which is about Team 7) she was willing to throw it all away because she couldn’t make the person that was most important to her suffer anymore.

Sakura doesn’t trust Sasuke and gives Sai a fake smile because she is wary of Sasuke’s actions. If you loved someone, you would want to be yourself around them and not feel like you should watch your back every second. She still wanted to save from the darkness that consumed him, but Sakura’s feelings for Sasuke have changed. This is even stated by Kakashi. I mean I think anyone’s feelings would change after almost being struck with a chidori twice, almost falling in lava, and being put in a cruel genjutsu. I mean, Sakura took actions to seeing that Naruto’s dream came true. From raising her hand in the chunnin exams to pumping his heart in order to keep him alive. And she did all of those things because she shared his dream which was Naruto becoming Hokage. Now that my friends is true love.

Sakura’s character is unique because she represents how women should not go to abusive relationships. SP, however, didn’t understand this and made her go with Sasuke anyway. I understand completely what Chatte means when she says, “Too bad because with all its good and bad parts, Naruto could’ve been an epic story without the implications at its end.” Sakura’s character was broken not because she didn’t end up with Naruto, but because she went with Sasuke. I have never seen a story so well constructed and beautifully made up until the ending. If Kishi and SP ended things properly Naruto would have been a timeless masterpiece. Yeah, there were some asspulls, but the message and morals of each character were very strong and that is how I felt about Naruto anyway.

Note: This is just a condensed analysis of only Sakura’s character. There were many other problems with the ending that i did not address.

    bloomsky (2 years ago)

    I really like your take on sakura’s personality. But sometimes you go overboard. You are so good in observing tiny little details which many people fail to notice. But what stunned me was the fact that how did you miss sakura and sasuke bond?. Bond between naruto , sasuke and sakura is very complicated you cannot undersatnd one’s personality if you leave the other two.

      Chatte Georgiana (1 year ago)

      Thank you very much for your insight and opinion. Now, regarding the bond between Sasuke and Sakura, I didn’t miss it. That’s your take on it. I just have a different take on it. I can very much understand their personality and the intricacies involved, however… that doesn’t mean I find some resolutions let’s say… agreeable. :)

Sakura (6 months ago)

Hinata is useless.

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