Originally Posted by Dagoro
You're too kind.
Best to stick with Fanon when it comes to pairings in this manga, at least for now anyway. Despite the Hinata confession, the NS fiasco and the fact that Sasuke tried to kill the 2 girls that actually liked him beyond good looks every possible relationship is still 1 sided.
I hoped that Kishi would bring some aspects of it into clarity with Naruto's brief return to Konoha, but unfortunately hes rushing right into the training/war. That says a lot about his sense of urgency when it comes to writing about romance.
I know its a subplot but damn....
Well, I say possibly for a few reasons... the story is incomplete, so there is still a chance for Sakura to improve (or at least, to get back to what she was pre-Konoha invasion #2)... also I don't watch or read much anime/manga anymore, so I'm willing to bet there are shittier female leads out there... and well, I don't like to speak in absolutes... especially when it comes to interpreting a weekly shounen.
And for a long time, I really adored her character. I still do in a lot of ways. But I'm quite disappointed with Kishimoto's direction... =/ And I know a lot of people are feeling this way when it comes to her character, especially long-time fans like myself.
Agreed. If the SasuSaku fandom wasn't so talented, I'd probably drop the pairing entirely. I may start to look for really epic fanfics and see if I can get back into reading those... been so long though, and I don't have the patience or time to sift through ff.net....
In part 2, romantic feelings have just been used a melodramatic plot devices... They aren't really adding anything substantial to the story, like they did for me in Part 1.