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Re: The Anime/Manga Pairings FC
Highspeed!!! It's been a while. You should drop in every once in a while man!!!
And by you guys, honestly it's just really me =[
Lol, but besides that, I've actually done some thinking, and at first it seemed that her confession was a little shady. Now I honestly feel that she hasn't really lied about anything, I feel that she's bending the truth more as well as leaving out some details about the over situation. Here's why, and I'll go by each panel and page BTW.
She told him that she loves him; I don't think there could be any real debate to this due to the fact that been shown that she has slowly realized the importance as well as the impact that Naruto has on her life through their "development chapters". We all have know (though some are more willing to believe it than others though) that there was always the potential for Sakura to have feelings for Naruto. The extent of her love for him though has yet to be seen, all in all though I think that was the honest truth.
The next panel down she states that she doesn't care about Sasuke anymore and that she was crazy to ever love him. This part right here is tricky, and it's really all about how you analyze it, but in my opinion the very fact that she is willing to suggest that she doesn't care about Sasuke any more after all they've been through prior to and after he left just shows that she probably doesn't care for Sasuke as much as she did. That being said, she probably does still care about Sasuke, but the fact that she is willing to move on with her life, just shows that Sasuke isn't as important to her than he used to be and that she is capable of living her own life without him.
Onto the next page, we see the Naruto questions exactly why Sakura feels this way and what could have hap pend to cause this change in her. She responds by saying that she "has come to her senses, there is no use loving a missing nin or criminal, she's not a child anymore, that she's being realistic." This statement right here I feel is another truth, because honestly the kid she fell in love with 4 years ago isn't the same person anymore. At the height of her feelings for Sasuke, he was probably distant from his team somewhat but you could tell that he honestly cared about team 7 and had he never left would have probably become even closer to them. Now though, he is a missing nin, as well as a criminal, far from being the person they knew all those years back, and that fact alone would make it very difficult to continue caring for them when he him self has turned his back onto them and left. So she's basically doing what she said, she's being realistic.
Next she asks Naruto if he could stop chasing Sasuke, and that she doesn't need the promise anymore. Going back to what I said earlier that the very fact that she would be willing to suggest this just shows that she understands that Sasuke isn't the most important thing in her life anymore, that the people around her and their lives take priority over a never ending chase that in the end could cause the lives of thousands. IMO Her facial expression in the panel seems to be showing what Naruto has done countless times before, smile in the presence of heart breaking pain, you can tell that it hurts her to say this and to face the facts, but it looks as if she is hiding her feelings about it from Naruto because she doesn't want him to worry any more than he has.
From there Kiba has a flashback where she asks the rest of the rookies to allow her to handle how everything is brought up to Naruto, there seems to be some details left out probably to be brought about later, for the sake of speculation and discussion I'll just leave it at that.
Page 13 has Naruto question her once more, with her denying that anything hap pend, he shoots a pissed off glance towards Sai, probably feeling that he had a hand in all of this, then he reminisces about Sakura's feelings and reactions towards Sasuke in the past.
Page 14 is the hug, looks like Naruto had a slight shock to this sudden display of affection, the onlookers look tense most likely due to the atmosphere and the most likely questioning the overall situation.
Now on page 15 she begins to state how Sasuke keeps on getting further and further away from them, but that it was Naruto who has always been there standing right by her side the entire time and the she's realized how he is. I don't think it's really possible to question this, it's true that ever since the beginning of part 2 that she has shown alto of admiration for him, that he would encourage her and push her, and show how far he would really go for her. We've all pretty much seen how her feelings for him could have developed in part 2 and how he's supported her since the very start of the series.
Sakura then goes on to state that he's the one who protected the village and that now everyone loves and admires him as she does, she also tells him how she's seen his development from being a failure in the academy to being a heroic top class nin. She then states that Sasuke keeps causing havoc and that it breaks her heart how much he's changed from when they knew him. So in my opinion everything I've seen so far in page 15 is pretty honest as well, and I know I've already stated these points, but she stated it with her own words, that she has slowly fallen for Naruto for what he's done for her all this time, and on the flip side Sasuke isn't even the same anymore and that he only causes team 7 pain and grief.
The last panel in page 15 has Sakura state how Naruto brings her peace and she was about to state that from the bottom of her heart that she loves him. Now, honestly why would Sakura even lie about this ? Why would Sakura lie about loving Naruto ? I honestly believe that she was telling the truth, I don't feel like she would ever play with Naruto's as well as her own emotions like that and to that extent. I believe that if she didn't love Naruto then this whole conversation wouldn't have hap pend, and that she would have cut straight to the point. The reason why this conversation is happening is because she doesn't want to cause Naruto any more pain, that all she wants is for Naruto to be happy and to relieve this feeling of his that he's trying to carry the world on his shoulders.
From there on page 16 Naruto grabs her shoulders and moves her away and looks into her eyes, still not believing what he's hearing. Page 17 she her self questions why Naruto is upset and makes the comment that she has fallen for him instead of Sasuke, that a woman's heart is like the Autumn sky (she tells him this with a smile on her face BTW). Basically once again you can see that she's trying to hide the pain of the truth, that the rookies plan on hunting Sasuke down. Now people have been giving her character a hard time about "a woman's heart is like the Autumn sky", basically saying that if she can change her mind on who she loves so easily then couldn't she do that again? Honestly I think she's just saying anything to reassure Naruto that she is over Sasuke and that she has feelings for Naruto so I don't think that statement is all that big of a deal.
From there Naruto states that he hates it when people lie to themselves, I repeat, he hates it when people lie to themselves, no where did he say that she's lying to him though. Most of the arguments and discussion's arising from this chapter are about what exactly Sakura is lying to her self about, some say it's her feelings for Naruto, others say that she's lying about not loving Sasuke anymore. In my opinion it's not so much lying to her self as opposed to her hiding her feelings about giving up on Sasuke, I'm sure that we all can agree that she doesn't want to give up on Sasuke as he has history with team 7 and that she genuinely cares about him as a friend, teammate, and (ex) love interest.
All in all, I think next chapter Naruto is going to really make her thing about all of the feelings and tension that has risen from this conversation between the two of them. Especially if she decides to tell Naruto about the rookies decision, since we know Naruto determination can never be fazed.
After analyzing this chapter, I can honestly say that I enjoyed it thoroughly =]
Anyways, Highspeed, like I said, you should pop in every once in a while. You know I always enjoy having a good conversation with you =]
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Last edited by ralatone; 10-30-2009 at 12:42 PM.