Controlling, over"protective" mother while the father takes a backseat. It would fit the pattern.
It's kinda easy to do so ... Sakura has feelings, ambitions, wishes, etc. but they are very detached from a solid/established background/reasoning. You can only assume and I seriously wonder if this was done on purpose.
As the series went on, I was wondering when Naruto and Sakura will finally reach a point (everything pointed towards this!) where all mental armor falls of. When they would just stop acting strong in front of each other or being each others "wish fulfillers". A point, when their feelings and wishes finally connect FOR GOOD, without just throwing glimpses (like the Hug after the Pain fight or what Yamato said after Naruto turned 4-Tails).
They have a lot of connection points besides just "bringing Sasuke back" and comic relief (which got pretty annoying after a while, because the Ship was not moving anywhere). They are just never addressed.
That reminds me ... why was Sakura so sure that Sasuke would understand her? In what way? He was so far away from her in EVERY aspect I can think about.
It would've been great if the series dealt with this sort of superficiality. But it never did.
This is the only point where I give kudos to Part 1 Hinata.
We barely know anything about her parents other than what was shown in a movie, what Sakura said the one time she mention them in chapter 3, and kishimoto feels they would argue a lot.
On purpose? No. Kishimoto doesn't really plan for this stuff to that degree. Always go for simple answer when talking about Kishimoto writing Naruto. He made Sakura have Inner Sakura to show she wasn't being honest with herself and her feelings as well as that it would go away as she spent time with Naruto showing the positive effect he has on her. Talking about psychology is a step too far with him.
I wouldn't give any praise of Hinata for that. By the time Hinata was introduced Sakura had already move passed the not spending time with him because of social issues. Now she spends time with him, but is frustrated by him being an idiot. Naruto really needed more arcs before the chunin exam. Hinata never spent time with Naruto at the academy. 'Support from the shadows' is not what Naruto needed.
Edited by Bail o' Lies, 16 June 2022 - 01:50 PM.