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Re: Naruto Pairings FC
To me, it’s all but a question of SasuSaku versus NaruSaku. I have disregarded NaruHina ever since Part 2. Firstly, they’ve barely interacted for more than thirty minutes of their lifetime. Yes, I’m sure of that. When Hinata was first introduced, Naruto called her a “dark-haired weirdo who always seemed to be looking at [him].” So they’ve probably never talked. They did talk once before Naruto fought Neji. That’s it. After that, there was a series of arcs. Before Naruto left, they didn’t talk either. Hinata fainted before she could talk to him. Even in post-time skip, there was nothing except for Hinata fainting again. So no, Naruto will not “realize that he’s been in love with Hinata all along” because there is no “all along”. I don’t know about you, but I think that a relationship should be based on more than thirty minutes of interaction.
People think that Hinata has this big impact on Naruto’s life just because she was one of the first to acknowledge him. I for one believe that she didn’t give Naruto “true” acknowledgement, but rather, she admired him because she was able to relate to his being an underdog. This is why she never helped Naruto when he was down. She admired him because he could get back up on his own. Hinata wasn’t Naruto’s first “true” acknowledgement. Team 7 was. They were the first ones who openly acknowledged his existence. And that’s what truly mattered to him.
Hinata and Naruto don’t share the same pain either. Those two were both insulted for being losers, yes. It enrages Naruto – he works for recognition, too. But it wasn’t his most fundamental pain. Loneliness is his true pain. The pain of having nothing. He showed it to Gaara as he was crawling towards him on his chin in order to protect the people who saved him from the pain of loneliness (Iruka and Team 7).
The only two pains Hinata used to share with Naruto back then are gone now. The pain of being a loser and the pain of not being acknowledged. Is Naruto still a loser? Well, to Sasuke, maybe, but to everyone else? Nah, he even brags about maybe being stronger than Kakashi and Iruka this time. Does Naruto still need to be acknowledged? Hell no. He even felt sorry for Gaara because he had so many people who cared about him while Gaara didn’t.
Naruto’s new pains are the pain of losing Sasuke and the pain of being a Jinchuuriki. Hinata has never even mentioned anything about Sasuke and even less about the Kyuubi. Basically, Hinata lost her relevance to Naruto’s life. Everything she “could be” for Naruto, Sakura already is. She is just like Inari, Zabuza, Neji, Gaara, and Tsunade: people who were redeemed but aren’t main characters.
Wait a minute, so what was the point of her crush on Naruto? Just like Neji and Gaara’s admiration to Naruto. Just like Inari and Zabuza and just about everyone else that gets redeemed. Her admiration to Naruto (vowing to do her best, too) has caused her to fight against Neji and to believe in herself. Her theme was to show the readers that if you believe in yourself, you can be strong and become a whole new person. She has her own life and her own background story. Getting Naruto’s heart isn’t even one of her goals. She wants to get acknowledgement from the Hyuugas. She has been redeemed because of her admiration on Naruto; therefore, her crush isn’t really pointless even if she doesn’t end up with Naruto.
- Their relationship
No, their relationship doesn’t make me want to have them end up together, either. Where’s the fun in there? It’s so calm. It’s so comfortable. The only thing that the people are looking for is the blushing and the amorousness. Nope, sorry, not interested. Go watch a shoujo anime or something. You’ll get what you want. Of course, you can like it for the sweetness, but shounen mangas don’t usually center on sweetness and romance. That’s why most of the shounen couples are paired up for comic relief and such.
There’s still hope, I know. Sakura’s feelings are still undefined, and that is where all hopes of SasuSaku are pinned. With Sasuke making an attempt to kill Sakura in Chapter 308, taking away Sakura’s love for him would kill SasuSaku.
But I think that’s the only leg to stand on, really. Feelings which are undefined. Does Sakura still have romantic feelings for Sasuke even after 2 and half years without interaction? Or will those feelings completely diminish? In my opinion, it’s entirely possible that her romantic feelings for him have long gone. She now views Naruto and Sasuke as equals. She doesn’t really go “I’ll save Sasuke” anymore. It’s now, “This time, I’ll save you both”. Then we have this whole Chapter 297 thing. I’m not saying that her feelings really are long gone, but it’s possible.
- Their relationship
I think that a relationship with these two would also bore me. Here, we have a renowned cool guy, and on the other hand, we have a fiery, wild girl. Sasuke lacks this ability to be someone... silly. It would make him look rather odd. He’d hold Sakura back from ever being funny. Besides, Naruto already has that “silly guy” role.
Whenever Sasuke was around Sakura we always see Inner Sakura appear. She can’t act herself whenever Sasuke is around, because she always wants to impress him, which is precisely what degrades Sakura into an annoying Sasuke fangirl. We always see the worst of Sakura when she’s around Sasuke, but when she’s around Naruto, she seems to want to try her best to be strong. And it is precisely because of Naruto that Sakura became an awesome medic nin who could surpass Tsunade one day. Sasuke is like the winter that makes the flower shrivel up while Naruto is like spring which makes the flower bloom.
One last thing I hate about SasuSaku is the angst. I believe that angst isn’t love. Angst is depressing, cold, and self-centered. It fits better in a soap opera where nobody is happy.
Last edited by Hiroshi; 07-17-2008 at 03:03 AM.