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#5421 Orenji

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:32 PM

QUOTE (Malverstation @ Aug 9 2012, 08:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know right? sweatdrop.gif They need to take this issue somewhere else.

But what I was wondering, if the promo said that Naruto has no parents and no girlfriend....they are insinuating that Naruto has a girlfriend in RTN. Well, considering the only "date" mentioned in the movie is at the beginning and the end....both between Naruto and Sakura. I don't remember reading that promo but someone mentioned it earlier. And heh, if you ask me, Naruto looks uncomfortable and not enjoying AU|Hinata. I never got the impression that he would like her.


I think maybe that was to specify that Naruto is pretty alone when it comes to the love department.

Though I would totally welcome Naruto having a girlfriend in the AU.. Well let me specify, MEMNA having a girlfriend in the AU, even if it was Hinata. Because that means its the alternate of what would really happen (:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:53 PM

QUOTE (Malverstation @ Aug 9 2012, 09:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know right? sweatdrop.gif They need to take this issue somewhere else.

But what I was wondering, if the promo said that Naruto has no parents and no girlfriend....they are insinuating that Naruto has a girlfriend in RTN. Well, considering the only "date" mentioned in the movie is at the beginning and the end....both between Naruto and Sakura. I don't remember reading that promo but someone mentioned it earlier. And heh, if you ask me, Naruto looks uncomfortable and not enjoying AU|Hinata. I never got the impression that he would like her.

If you ask me, I think Kishi dodge the question of Menma having a girlfriend. It's a good chance that he didn't care for anyone as he was obsessed with powers according to the spoilers. That said if he did have a girlfriend, I said Kishi did it nicely to dodge AU! Sakura. Remember, she's not in the movie and even the anime one had her amnesia. So, Kishi did a good way to prevent the possibility with AU! Sakura.

If you ask me again, I would say act 3 was a clear indication of a new generation surpassing the old as well as the parallel. The focus was on Naruto's family. Once Sakura was captured, from there on, it was parallel galore. You have Naruto doing the reenactment of Minato, you have only Naruto going against the biggest threat of them all, Tobi/Menma, Sakura is chained, they're in a sacred place, water on the ground, the rescue, and hell, we even have Kyuubi. That really screams new generation. Even a SasuSaku fan saw it as a new generation of MinaKushi. That's a hell of a accomplishment.

Edited by NaruSaku4Life3g, 09 August 2012 - 03:06 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

So can't wait for this movie to be subbed.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:08 PM

Everyone, I know this discussion of how people perceive Sakura branched off of another discussion about the movie Road to Ninja and a reflection of how it portrays Sakura, but it's straying further and further away from the topic in the confines of the context of the movie. Because of the different amount of things presented in this film, this thread is turning into an generic/general discussion of different topics on the Naruto series. As many others may want to chime in on the discussions you're talking about, without having to read the posts mixed with reactions, discussions, or continued spoilers of Road to Ninja, I ask that you guys please separate your debate into another thread.

Also, if you have issues with another poster on the thread, please discuss it with them in a private message. Airing it out in front of everyone can make things uncomfortable for other posters. When a debate becomes more about critiquing someone personally, then it's time to agree to disagree and move on, or again to discuss those issues in private. We're a single shipping fandom, we're united by this belief and desire that NaruSaku is canon. And while we may have differing views, that doesn't mean we should become hostile towards one another. So please, let's move on and celebrate and discuss our different views in a positive manner.

With all the spoilers we've collected someone could easily re-make the movie, creating their own dialogue? Any brave soul want to attempt this feat for us while we wait for the movie's release on dvd? I'm sure we'd all love you forever. tongue.gif

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

So far, what intrigues me most about this movie (other than the NS bonding) is this Menma character. I've always wondered how Naruto would have turned out if his parents hadn't died and as such I am really looking forward to see Menma's personality. I know he's supposedly being controlled by Tobi at one point, but I also wonder what his "canon" personality is. If he's supposed to be the opposite of Naruto does that mean that he's selfish, deceitful and that he has no confidence. Well, that would certainly make for an interesting villain. laugh.gif

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:19 PM

QUOTE (chouzu_tao @ Aug 9 2012, 08:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Everyone, I know this discussion of how people perceive Sakura branched off of another discussion about the movie Road to Ninja and a reflection of how it portrays Sakura, but it's straying further and further away from the topic in the confines of the context of the movie. Because of the different amount of things presented in this film, this thread is turning into an generic/general discussion of different topics on the Naruto series. As many others may want to chime in on the discussions you're talking about, without having to read the posts mixed with reactions, discussions, or continued spoilers of Road to Ninja, I ask that you guys please separate your debate into another thread.

Also, if you have issues with another poster on the thread, please discuss it with them in a private message. Airing it out in front of everyone can make things uncomfortable for other posters. When a debate becomes more about critiquing someone personally, then it's time to agree to disagree and move on, or again to discuss those issues in private. We're a single shipping fandom, we're united by this belief and desire that NaruSaku is canon. And while we may have differing views, that doesn't mean we should become hostile towards one another. So please, let's move on and celebrate and discuss our different views in a positive manner.

With all the spoilers we've collected someone could easily re-make the movie, creating their own dialogue? Any brave soul want to attempt this feat for us while we wait for the movie's release on dvd? I'm sure we'd all love you forever. tongue.gif


I agree, which why I created the Sakura Haruno: Opinion and Character Analysis on the Naruto General page. We can talk about Sakura there, and I get to see other people's oponion about our favorite little pink haired heroin.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (TerrorKing @ Aug 9 2012, 11:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So far, what intrigues me most about this movie (other than the NS bonding) is this Menma character. I've always wondered how Naruto would have turned out if his parents hadn't died and as such I am really looking forward to see Menma's personality. I know he's supposedly being controlled by Tobi at one point, but I also wonder what his "canon" personality is. If he's supposed to be the opposite of Naruto does that mean that he's selfish, deceitful and that he has no confidence. Well, that would certainly make for an interesting villain. laugh.gif


From what we've heard it sounds like it. Kushina seems the least different of all the characters, the only point of difference in her seems to be that she goes along with Minato's "we're people before we are ninja mindset." Minato has this mindset plus he seems to kind of fit the negative image that manga Kushina judged him as being in the Academy.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:38 PM

New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:55 PM

QUOTE (4000TMNT @ Aug 9 2012, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

QUOTE (4000TMNT @ Aug 9 2012, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

Thank you. I was about to post it, but you beat me to it. No matters. Thanks. smile.gif

Highlight Reels:

- What's that seal like thing on Naruto's leg? It should be Tobi's doing but what is that exactly? Also, looks like Naruto was getting ready to scold Sakura or leave her after Sasuke's comment, which Shadow told the truth after all. Remember he was sitting down, now this scene, he's standing. So yeah, that's confirmed.

- Funny how Naruto got a little scare of Ino approaching him with joy. Interesting to see Sakura reaction for a brief moment when she came to him close. I wonder...

- They skipped AU! Hinata dialogue about Menma. Rats. Oh well, it's funny still. AU! Neji is crazy. Lol.

- Looks like the Hokage's office scene will be fun to watch for us. wink.gif

- Frogs scene seems like good fun. I wish I can see the part when Kakashi goes nuts with Sharingan. I heard it's pretty funny.

- The talk between Minato and Naruto seems like after the big slap.

- AU! Sasuke on the balcony scene seems short. For those who are anti-SS, well at least that's one thing to be happy. Funny, we saw like 80% of Sasuke's scenes.

- Naruto seems to be sadden after the talk with Sakura by the fence. If you slow it down, you can see his eyes were close in a confused feeling before the big explosion.

- Menma should have been in manga. He really sounds like an awesome boss.

- That saturn rasengan is deadly. My god.

- Sakura saying the line of a hero = awesome. Naruto is watching her doing something bravery, but it must be hard for him to watch her get caught by some cloth and soon to be held as hostage.

- Last couple of scenes look awesome. It is confirmed. The place is like the place where Kushina was held in by Tobi. Wow, just wow. It's no doubt it's a parallel now. Hell, he's fighting Kyuubi like Minato would do. Naruto and Menma clash was going to be Minato's Hirashin v.2 reenactment. Too bad we can't see it.

Overall, I am more satisfied now. WHY YOU CAN'T BRING THE MOVIE HERE!!!

P.S. I typed this while listening the theme song of Road to Ninja. It feels like my hype went up again.

Edited by NaruSaku4Life3g, 09 August 2012 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:09 PM

QUOTE (4000TMNT @ Aug 9 2012, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.


So we get to see the scene in which Sakura charges at Menma after her speech of about heroes. Too bad Menma captures her immediately. At least she makes up for it by defending Naruto in the final battle.

It seems we get some additional scenes here and there, but nothing we didn't already know about.

I gotta say, Menma's power is insane. He make a strange rasengan and simply drops it for the whole village to get destroyed. He doesn't even bother to throw it with force, he just lets it fall down. Wow.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:56 PM

QUOTE (NaruSaku4Life3g @ Aug 9 2012, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Highlight Reels:

- Looks like the Hokage's office scene will be fun to watch for us. wink.gif

I look forward to this scene so much.

Overall, I am more satisfied now. WHY YOU CAN'T BRING THE MOVIE HERE!!!
I'd be fine if they skipped the rest of the unreleased Naruto movies to get to this one in the states.



QUOTE (redragon88 @ Aug 9 2012, 01:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So we get to see the scene in which Sakura charges at Menma after her speech of about heroes. Too bad Menma captures her immediately. At least she makes up for it by defending Naruto in the final battle.

Well in her defense, it doesn't look like Naruto did much better prior.

I gotta say, Menma's power is insane. He make a strange rasengan and simply drops it for the whole village to get destroyed. He doesn't even bother to throw it with force, he just lets it fall down. Wow.

Isn't it crazy? And it doesn't even look like they get out of the way of the blast radius. I can't wait to see exactly how Naruto beats him.


So yes... Menma/Broly ki blast.

Also... what the heck is up with the poor animation around the :40 mark with Kakshi, Gai, and Sakura. It looks like it's from a sub-par episode of the tv series. Everything else looks great.

Tenten vs. Hidan looks amazing! Tenten gets some awesome time! YAY!

Darn it. Everytime I see Kushina hugging Naruto I'm all like whatthekitten.gif shamefulcry0js.gif.

I'm looking forward to the family scenes as much as I am NaruSaku moments.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE (chouzu_tao @ Aug 9 2012, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So yes... Menma/Broly ki blast.

Also... what the heck is up with the poor animation around the :40 mark with Kakshi, Gai, and Sakura. It looks like it's from a sub-par episode of the tv series. Everything else looks great.

Tenten vs. Hidan looks amazing! Tenten gets some awesome time! YAY!

Darn it. Everytime I see Kushina hugging Naruto I'm all like whatthekitten.gif shamefulcry0js.gif.

I'm looking forward to the family scenes as much as I am NaruSaku moments.


Wait........Tenten gets to actually do something, outside of the Rock Lee manga and TV show?
Oh, also, I think it's safe to assume that pretty much EVERYONE on this site is looking forward to the family scenes and Narusaku moments. If you are not then........why are you on a thread about the new Naruto movie IN a Narusaku fan website?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:18 PM

QUOTE (Transformers03 @ Aug 9 2012, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wait........Tenten gets to actually do something, outside of the Rock Lee manga and TV show?
Oh, also, I think it's safe to assume that pretty much EVERYONE on this site is looking forward to the family scenes and Narusaku moments. If you are not then........why are you on a thread about the new Naruto movie IN a Narusaku fan website?

Lol.

I couldn't believe that the last battle is like an reenactment of Kyuubi event. Water on the ground, chained-up Sakura, Naruto being the hero, Kyuubi attacks, the rescue bridal style, biggest threat yet (Tobi/Menma), the Minato's Hirashin v.2 reenactment, protect the love one...I think I got my message across everyone in here. Kishi is no doubt a parallel guy with new generation surpassing old. Even Tobi said that he never got hit like that since Minato. Wow. You know how Naruto surpass Minato: He and his lover Sakura live.

WHERE'S A PETITION TO BRING THE MOVIE HERE!?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE (4000TMNT @ Aug 9 2012, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

Sakura looked so awesome! wow.png I'm guessing that was when Sakura got kidnapped, given that Naruto wasn't wearing the cloak and looked like he was blocked by debris.

Menma sounded totally different from Naruto -- maybe the mask is supposed to distort the voice, but we'll see...

Thanks so much for the link!
QUOTE (NaruSaku4Life3g @ Aug 9 2012, 02:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
- Funny how Naruto got a little scare of Ino approaching him with joy. Interesting to see Sakura reaction for a brief moment when she came to him close. I wonder...

I think Naruto may have just been weirded out by her change in personality in general. Still it was definitely funny to see!
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- The talk between Minato and Naruto seems like after the big slap.

I'm still surprised that Minato hit Naruto at all (though given what he was saying and how reckless he was acting I'd probably slap him if I were his parent - Minato always just seemed so calm - I wonder if real world Minato would have ever hit him?). oh well thats what you get for punching your dad the first time you see him - karmas a b*tch
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- AU! Sasuke on the balcony scene seems short. For those who are anti-SS, well at least that's one thing to be happy. Funny, we saw like 80% of Sasuke's scenes.

Its also one of the worse drawn scenes from what we can see of the previews (in terms of animation quality, that scene is definitely down there).
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- Naruto seems to be sadden after the talk with Sakura by the fence. If you slow it down, you can see his eyes were close in a confused feeling before the big explosion.

Good point - I think he was likely doing some personal reflection after that discussion with her.
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- Sakura saying the line of a hero = awesome. Naruto is watching her doing something bravery, but it must be hard for him to watch her get caught by some cloth and soon to be held as hostage.

It is indeed interesting how the roles are reversed here despite them being from the real world - now it is Naruto helpless on the sidelines while Sakura is throwing herself into danger and being a fearless hero.
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- Last couple of scenes look awesome. It is confirmed. The place is like the place where Kushina was held in by Tobi. Wow, just wow. It's no doubt it's a parallel now. Hell, he's fighting Kyuubi like Minato would do. Naruto and Menma clash was going to be Minato's Hirashin v.2 reenactment. Too bad we can't see it.

A thought occurred to me - what if the place where Sakura is brought literally is the same place where Tobi brought Kushina? It can't be that far from the main part of Konoha. Now that would be absolutely mind blowing.
QUOTE (redragon88 @ Aug 9 2012, 02:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So we get to see the scene in which Sakura charges at Menma after her speech of about heroes. Too bad Menma captures her immediately. At least she makes up for it by defending Naruto in the final battle.

She still looked awesome there, imo, given that she was completely fearless and giving heroic lines. She'll just look even more awesome when she saves Naruto!
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I gotta say, Menma's power is insane. He make a strange rasengan and simply drops it for the whole village to get destroyed. He doesn't even bother to throw it with force, he just lets it fall down. Wow.

Menma looks like an absolute boss - effortless.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (4000TMNT @ Aug 9 2012, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
New Video on RTN Movie and has a mini clip of Sakura vs Menma.

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded



Sakura at 6:19. a_spaz.gif eager.gif

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think Naruto may have just been weirded out by her change in personality in general. Still it was definitely funny to see!

Yeah, I know. Still, funny.

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Its also one of the worse drawn scenes from what we can see of the previews (in terms of animation quality, that scene is definitely down there).

Well, just be glad that scene is like very short. Almost 10 seconds. I always thought it will be like 30 seconds, but barely 10 seconds. I guess it goes to show you how Kishi feels about SasuSaku. Ouch.

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good point - I think he was likely doing some personal reflection after that discussion with her.

He probably feel bad for letting Sakura down for actually liking the illusion. Dammit Naruto. Your girl needs your support.

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It is indeed interesting how the roles are reversed here despite them being from the real world - now it is Naruto helpless on the sidelines while Sakura is throwing herself into danger and being a fearless hero.

I love that scene for many reasons. Sakura being the heroine = awesome. Sakura said it in front of Naruo, which I bet he was reminded of himself and how they both deeply cares about their home. And I bet this makes Naruto wakes up further about going back to reality.

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A thought occurred to me - what if the place where Sakura is brought literally is the same place where Tobi brought Kushina? It can't be that far from the main part of Konoha. Now that would be absolutely mind blowing.

Oh man, if I see that happening, my mind will blow up. Actually, my mind is already blown up. The parallel is killing me.

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She still looked awesome there, imo, given that she was completely fearless and giving heroic lines. She'll just look even more awesome when she saves Naruto!

Hell yeah!

QUOTE (Paptala @ Aug 9 2012, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Menma looks like an absolute boss - effortless.

Awesome boss character. Glad that Naruto and Sakura will be the one to witness the epicness. Sheesh, what a date. Get it. laugh.gif

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:05 PM

Just got home form work to see got my copy of the Road to Ninja novelization from Amazon Japan today- happy dance!

Just a quick glance at the end of the novel rendered an interesting point that I wonder will be in the movie. Just by the choice of honorifics Sakura uses with her mother vs her father gives tons away about the family dynamics. Sakura calls her mother kasan, which is just kind a neutral (like saying Mom. If she said okasan that's rather formal and distant- like calling her "mother") with some formal emotional distance, but calls her father tochan (which is on the level of calling him "daddy") at the return scene at the end of the story.

(But we know already from what's been released that Mebuki is not a warm person and is quite prone to saying insulting things about her daughter to anyone and everyone.) I knew when I saw the way Sakura had so little self-esteem in part 1, and even moreso in the flashbacks when Sakura entered the Academy, that at least one of her parents had to be the type who never praised her, just told her how she didn't measure up,etc... and if it wasn't both parents, the other parent had to be passive about this and just say nothing to contradict the other parent. The passive parent might have felt bad to see their child unhappy though, and be nice and treat her to things when the harsh parent wasn't around. It's that second dynamic.

The illustrations have already been seen online, but the ones used in the back were nice to see clearly- if smaller than what we saw online- the character sketch drawings for Road to Ninja. Including the one of Sakura with a grinning Naruto face sketch to reference the height difference. And the one used of Mebuki is a different one than the one commonly seen with her arm outstreched with a face sketch of an annoyed Sakura used as height reference. The ones reproduced for the novel shows a front view and 3/4 view of Mebuki with a face sketch height reference of Sakura between the two sketches with a kind of scared and upset look. The one with the Kizashi character sketches is the one we saw where Sakura looks embarrassed. There's one of Naruto I don't recall seeing- he's wearing a T-shirt under his unzipped jacket that has either the blue Uzumaki symbol or the red Konoha version on it. His expression is pouty-faced.

Edited by ciardha, 09 August 2012 - 11:08 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:07 PM

QUOTE (ciardha @ Aug 9 2012, 07:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just got home form work to see got my copy of the Road to Ninja novelization from Amazon Japan today- happy dance!

Just a quick glance at the end of the novel rendered an interesting point that I wonder will be in the movie. Just by the choice of honorifics Sakura uses with her mother vs her father gives tons away about the family dynamics. Sakura calls her mother kasan, which is just kind a neutral (like saying Mom. If she said okasan that's rather formal and distant- like calling her "mother") but her father tochan (which is on the level of calling him "daddy") at the return scene at the end of the story.

(But we know already from what's been released that Mebuki is not a warm person and is quite prone to saying insulting things about her daughter to anyone and everyone.) I knew when I saw the way Sakura had so little self-esteem in part 1, and even moreso in the flashbacks when Sakura entered the Academy, that at least one of her parents had to be the type who never praised her, just told her how she didn't measure up,etc... and if it wasn't both parents, the other parent had to be passive about this and just say nothing to contradict the other parent. The passive parent might have felt bad to see their child unhappy though, and be nice and treat her to things when the harsh parent wasn't around. It's that second dynamic. The illustrations have already been seen online, but the ones used in the back were nice to see clearly- if smaller than what we saw online- the character sketch drawings for Road to Ninja. Including the one of Sakura with a grinning Naruto face sketch to reference the height difference. And the one used of Mebuki is a different one than the one commonly seen with her arm outstreched with a face sketch of an annoyed Sakura used as height reference. The ones reproduced for the novel shows a front view and 3/4 view of Mebuki with a face sketch height reference of Sakura between the two sketches with a kind of scared and upset look. The one with the Kizashi character sketches is the one we saw where Sakura looks embarrassed. There's one of Naruto I don't recall seeing- he's wearing a T-shirt under his unzipped jacket that has either the blue Uzumaki symbol or the red Konoha version on it. His expression is pouty-faced.

Interesting.

Let us know if you find anything interesting.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:08 PM

QUOTE (ciardha @ Aug 9 2012, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just got home form work to see got my copy of the Road to Ninja novelization from Amazon Japan today- happy dance!

Just a quick glance at the end of the novel rendered an interesting point that I wonder will be in the movie. Just by the choice of honorifics Sakura uses with her mother vs her father gives tons away about the family dynamics. Sakura calls her mother kasan, which is just kind a neutral (like saying Mom. If she said okasan that's rather formal and distant- like calling her "mother") but her father tochan (which is on the level of calling him "daddy") at the return scene at the end of the story.

(But we know already from what's been released that Mebuki is not a warm person and is quite prone to saying insulting things about her daughter to anyone and everyone.) I knew when I saw the way Sakura had so little self-esteem in part 1, and even moreso in the flashbacks when Sakura entered the Academy, that at least one of her parents had to be the type who never praised her, just told her how she didn't measure up,etc... and if it wasn't both parents, the other parent had to be passive about this and just say nothing to contradict the other parent. The passive parent might have felt bad to see their child unhappy though, and be nice and treat her to things when the harsh parent wasn't around. It's that second dynamic. The illustrations have already been seen online, but the ones used in the back were nice to see clearly- if smaller than what we saw online- the character sketch drawings for Road to Ninja. Including the one of Sakura with a grinning Naruto face sketch to reference the height difference. And the one used of Mebuki is a different one than the one commonly seen with her arm outstreched with a face sketch of an annoyed Sakura used as height reference. The ones reproduced for the novel shows a front view and 3/4 view of Mebuki with a face sketch height reference of Sakura between the two sketches with a kind of scared and upset look. The one with the Kizashi character sketches is the one we saw where Sakura looks embarrassed. There's one of Naruto I don't recall seeing- he's wearing a T-shirt under his unzipped jacket that has either the blue Uzumaki symbol or the red Konoha version on it. His expression is pouty-faced.


ciardha think you can upload scans of the novel? pretty please. whatthekitten.gif
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