I personally agree that Sakura loves Naruto and she has already chosen him over Sasuke. Kishimoto stated she was telling the truth in her confession and she already thought negative about Sasuke in 540 she has let go of all romantic feelings for him and the only thing remaining is her bond to him. If Kishi wants to show the reader that Sakura loves Sasuke more than Naruto then he has done an awful job in showing it. If she does love Sasuke why can't Kishi just made her betray the entire village and Naruto and just go to Sasuke and tell him she loves him and wants to be with him forever? (minus her fake betrayal when her true intentions were to kill him). Even if she knows she's wasting her time in doing so because Sasuke could care less about her and he will try to kill her for the third time, but it doesn't matter because she loves him right and doesn't true love conquers all right? As long as she tells him and dies loving him then nothing will matter to her because she loves Sasuke, now if this manga was a piece of crap like Twilight then maybe that might happen but then again Kishi doesn't read crap.
Anyway agree to disagree I really don't know what Kishi has to do to show fans that Sakura loves Naruto even with RTN movie and still some doubt her feelings for him.
Thanks. I think Sakura may fear she still has remnant of feelings for Sasuke (Naruto planted those seeds of self-doubt in her head by his words- Sakura loves Naruto deeply and thus takes anything he says with passionate and conviction to heart) so her failure makes her loathe herself, thinking what a terrible person she is that she is sick in some way because she failed in ridding herself of all bonds whatsoever to Sasuke, and fears what she has sitting in their is some sort of fragment of sick romantic bond to a person that has willingly embraced violent hatred and darkness. What she doesn't realize is this isn't romantic love but the team mate bond.
Kishimoto doesn't just spell it out from Sakura's and Sai's POV, but once Naruto understands it, from his as well- When he finally begins to get it, what happens- His mental image of Sakura as the unchanged 12 year old Sasuke fangirl shatters
. Naruto was "lying to himself" too. He was rigidly seeing Sakura as his 12 year old fantasy, the unattainable girl. Sakura does throw a crack in that mental wall he'd built up by his own foolish internal decision. We get that when we see his acceptance, if flippant, of Sakura's romantic feelings. That flippancy is something he regrets almost as soon as he did. When Sai in a polite way calls Naruto on his behavior when he knew Sakura is in love with him and everything she was doing was for him, Naruto looks a bit ashamed and his mental image is of Sakura as she really is now. Note as soon as he starts talking about her feelings for Sasuke, Naruto's mental image shifts to an image of her as the 12 year old unattainable Sasuke fangirl.
He also was "lying to himself" with his image of Sasuke- Gaara tries to gently wake up Naruto, but again Naruto acts badly, he wants to cling to his illusion of Sasuke. These "lying to himself" points had to be broken. It takes Naruto passing out to finally process things.
Pay attention to what Naruto says to Sasuke when he rescues Sakura- "She's a member of Team 7 too." Nothing at all about Sakura having any kind of romantic feelings for Sasuke. Naruto has finally come to understand what Sakura is dealing with, when it comes to Sasuke. Sakura and Sai were right, she has moved on romantically from Sasuke and fallen in love with Naruto. Sakura knows and embraces freely her romantic feelings for Naruto, we see that in her confession, in the way she looks at Naruto when he rescues her, and even in her words of determination to be beside Naruto (note the deliberate pause Kishimoto puts in between Sakura thinking of herself besides Naruto, then extending it out to everyone. I see a similar thing done during the love letter nin's confession, note the chapter break and Sakura's untroubled, kind but neutral expression when she says "I already love someone." Kishimoto deliberately puts the chapter break in at this point. Then we get the next chapter, the lover letter nin is continuing on even he even says "it's hopeless then, and starts praising her to the skies and says whoever she had loved must be wonderful- guess what this just painfully reminded her of- her hopeless one side crush on Sasuke, and the monster he had become, and she clearly is tearing herself down as someone awful and sick a person she really must be for failing to rid herself of all feelings for a person who willingly embraced becoming a such a monstrous person.
I'm not hacked off, I'm just exasperated at still seeing even some people who call themselves narusaku shippers not getting the plotline.
I just don't get why so many teens and 20 somethings in the west just have so much difficulty understanding shonen manga romantic plotlines, even when it feels as obvious and spoonfed as the romantic plotline in Naruto does to me. Teens and 20 somethings have had free and easy access to since they were young kids to anime and manga, while there were no regular manga being published and available to 40 somethings in US, Canada and the UK until we were into our adult years, and only the rare dubbed anime on TV until we were in our twenties as well.
Why do the majority of 40 something western manga and anime fans get at least shonen manga romantic plotlines with ease, and even did so when were in our 20's, when it was such a serious effort to get hold of in our youth?
With me, part of the answer is because I was a voracious reader anything I could get my hands on about Japanese history and culture since I was a young teenager (read Tale of Genji in English translation when I was 14- that's what I started with literature wise...) I learned the basics of the language, made friends with Japanese exchange students, etc... in my early adult years.
But I was rare to go that far in wanting to know that much in depth about Japanese history and culture- even amongst my generation. The most I saw my other age peers of anime/manga geeks (outside of seriously seeking out of access to anime and manga in the original Japanese) do was learn as much Japanese as they could, and seek out friendships with Japanese exchange students on their college campuses- hoping to find a Japanese anime/manga geek amongst them... Many didn't even do that. There were no wiki websites back then (heck the internet was still the text based Usenet rec.arts. newsgroups back then.) nor even even information books about the various anime and manga sold in America, much less translated and sold in America. There was lots of open sharing of information, like what I still do, on elements of history and culture that popped up in the shows. But everyone seem to have no problems following romantic plotlines. I never recall any comments about say Kaori being "too violent" or not actually being in love with Ryo in City Hunter, and the plotline showing the development of Kaori and Ryo falling in love with each other was done way, way more subtly than Kishimoto has done in Naruto... Yet we knew very quickly, just by picking up on things vaguely hinted at.
As for RTN tying into manga canon- wouldn't work, even in the movie "real world" there are clear divergences from manga canon. No, what RTN is, is Kishimoto doing a variant of the manga canon world in the "real world" to give a shorthand version of the story- thus Naruto and Sakura, despite being 16, act somewhat like their early part 1 selves in the real world beginning of the movie. Then they go into the freaky genjutsu world where they gradually transition to something similar to their early part 2 selves. Thus Sakura is able to somewhat teasingly tell Naruto they had been on the "longest date ever" at the end of the movie.
Edited by ciardha, 07 August 2012 - 04:05 AM.
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