And when Sakura 'confessed' her love to Naruto, he completely rejected her.
Yeah, that's because part of what she was saying was a lie (the fact that she's completely over Sasuke and is consciously romantically in love with Naruto). Naruto's not an idiot, and he's certainly not going to accept someone's affection as a pity prize. He'd be more than happy to accept Sakura's love, if and when it's completely genuine.
As for Sakura fighting Pain, well, in my opinion that situation was impossible because Sakura's not that stupid. Honestly, what good could she have done? First of all, she's a medic ninja and at the time was in high demand to heal people. What good would she do dead? Second of all, as much as she cares about Naruto, she has enough self-worth to not throw her life away meaninglessly. She obviously is willing to put herself in danger for other people, but suicide? No way.
Hinata, on the other hand, was just blinded by her emotion and worry at the moment and jumped right in without thinking things through and was swept aside immediately. Not the most well thought out plan. Also, so much of her self-worth is tied to Naruto that she would be more than willing to throw her life away for him, which, IMO, is a little sad. Yes, the person you love should be extremely important to you, but your entire self shouldn't be based on their approval. If both of you are comfortable in your own skin, the relationship is that much more like to work out.
However, I agree that if it HAD been Sakura instead of Hinata, Naruto would have reacted even stronger because his bond with her is deeper and she's the girl that he loves. But, considering the circumstances, it had to be Hinata to do it. Besides, Kishi wanted to get the confession out of the way. Woo.
Now we can all accept the fact that every female character from Naruto is completely useless.
Yeah, definitely one of Kishimoto's worst failings. He tries to make cool kunoichi but even when he gives them cool powers he doesn't make them do much of anything! Sheesh. And does anyone else get annoyed that practically only girls are medic ninjas? (except Kabuto, but he's Kabuto ) Even Tsunade ended up being kinda lame. When I first met her, I thought she was so cool, but then she ends up just sitting in her hokage office all day long doing... doing what? Not her paperwork! Not training people! I just thought she should've done way more, but nooo. And then all the women in Naruto are completely obsessed with love, too. I get the feeling Kishi's just another guy who doesn't understand that most real girls don't fall into stupid female stereotypes. We just ARE.
Edited by Win-chan, 07 August 2014 - 03:34 AM.