Re: Naruto Pairings FC
NaruHina isn't crack. ^^; It's not an off-the-wall pairing in any way. It gets attention in canon (still waiting on something big in Part II though), and is acknowledged in the databooks, in video games, in the anime, the fillers, konoha gakuen special, etc.
And yes, in part I, Naruto's view of Hinata was transformed. She told him of her admiration and lifted his spirits. A lot of people like to exaggerate Hinata's shyness around Naruto... and also knock down what transpired between them... but Naruto let down his guard with Hinata, and spoke about his fears. He keeps up a smile around most others...
Kinda like when Sasuke started telling Sakura about how 'he cried that night' and that he had to 'kill him', during the bell test. Sakura didn't fully understand what he was talking about, but its very unusual for Sasuke to admit to any weakness at all. So I wonder why he told her that he had cried...
I just like that. Its nice seeing Naruto and Sasuke let down their walls, even for a moment. And I liked how they each did it with Hinata and Sakura. :3 Its just nice. XD