Kakashi has been unnecessarily condescending to Sakura for Part 1. (And gave 0 training to Sakura after part 1.)
Kakashi even told Naruto about Sasuke's whereabouts for the month, but left Sakura in the dark. That led to Sakura being worried to death about Sasuke for a month straight, because they just fought Orochimaru.
(And it didn't occur to Naruto to tell Sakura about Sasuke being with Kakashi. )
What happened to all that "Teamwork" nindo that Kakashi was preaching at the start of Team 7? Teamwork does not mean keeping each other in the dark about who he's training. What if your teammate mysteriously vanishes from your ninja squad- right after you three fought Orochimaru, and no one tells you what happens to him until 1 month later? No wonder Sakura was worried sick, she wasn't worried because she was in love with Sasuke or a Sasuke fangirl, she was worried because any reasonable person left in the dark would be WORRIED.
(And Anti-NS or Anti-Sakura people point this out and say that Sakura is thinking about Sasuke during Naruto's match and that Ino is a better person. Honestly, this scene should not have happened, and wouldn't have if the author made Kakashi tell Sakura that he didn't run away but is training with him. Even Naruto knew and wasn't worried. This is just more panel time excuse for more Sakura obsession with Sasuke, which many people grew sick of. )
I really hate how Kishimoto wrote Sakura's anger off to be like "It's alright," like she's a pushover accepting this treatment from Kakashi.
Ino would have made a better character, Sakura just became a PUSHOVER despite her anger. That's not how "teamwork" should work, she should not have let this slide.
Honestly Sakura was worried about the mark for 1 month straight, Kakashi should have said something about that and said where he's taking Sasuke.
Otherwise, all the information she had was: Sasuke suddenly VANISHES from the Hospital, with the Curse Mark. He could have been either kidnapped or, if he "ran away" which is Sakura's theory, he could have died in a ditch somewhere.
Naruto knew about Sasuke's whereabouts, as did Kakashi, but not Sakura. These mini things make Sakura not treated as a part of Team 7, despite her usefulness, she was not entirely useless.
A good scene:
But no, here she is made into a pushover.
(admittedly this panel isn't over Sasuke, it's over her being "jealous" of Naruto being stronger, and wanting to work harder.)
But ALL THESE EXTRAS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF KAKASHI TOLD SAKURA THAT SASUKE DIDNT DIE OR VANISH:
Look how sad she is, we have so many panels where this "Sasuke..." is shoved in our face, even more prominent in the anime.
If she's been THIS scared/worried about Sasuke, then she should do something about Kakashi keeping team secrets from her.
Because he comes back and she's like this to Kakashi for hiding it. even though Ino expected Sakura to be mad (since if that were Ino, Ino would be mad):
Edited by Toby, 08 March 2019 - 03:39 AM.