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Translations: Bleach 595 (2)
I'm not quite understanding why that means Sakura's talking about Naruto. I don't think she was hiding anything. I wouldn't be like, "Sorry, I'm in love with John Smith." Why would you be specific with a random person? It's been shoved in our faces that she loves Sasuke. Karin also said so and I'm assuming she knew this on a chakra based level. As well as Kishimoto's own confirmation of this. As Sai said, she's committed to her love for Sasuke.
I don't see why everyone thinks shes hiding something. It was an awkward moment and "I like someone else" was all that needed to be said, really. She didn't have to give the guy specifics.
Last edited by MysticAzure; May 20, 2011 at 03:11 PM.
So, what I get from that is that Kishimoto doesn't really like Sakura as a character and describe her as an "unpleasant" person.
But, he also say that people are always talking about Hinata and comparing them, and he reply simply by saying: "She's not Hinata".
I think that basically mean "Stop talking about Hinata, she's never going to be an important character in this manga."
But that might just be how I see it...
Whatever he's trying to make Sakura out to be is not showing up for the readers, I think. She was not much like a heroine when she lied to Naruto about her feelings, although he intended for her to be one. Now he's calling her unpleasant. And yes - she's definitely had her unpleasant moments, but I wouldn't use that word to define her entire character.
At the end, he did say she's improving in that respect, so at least we can hope for something better from Sakura. Thank goodness..
You know, I always wondered something. How come Sasuke can have such a positive effect on Naruto and not a positive effect on Sakura when it comes down to bonds or love.
For Naruto, Naruto grows and develops better and stronger for his motivation for Sasuke and is drive to save him is apperant with his active interest with the guy.
While with Sasuke, Sakura is always sad or distant when being with him. And for the record has always cried or broke down when Sasuke was getting hurt or Sakura was getting hurt by him.
While Sasuke and Sakura have positive relationships with Naruto respectively and close bonds. Sasuke has both a neutral yet one sided relationship with one of his team mates yet this so called strong and passonate rivalry with Naruto. Why does Sasuke have to have a positive and a negative impact on both characters(or specifically Sakura).
Especially romantic wise, whats going on through Kishi's head when he writes Sasuke with anyone not Naruto or Itachi.
Last edited by sho87; May 21, 2011 at 01:44 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
IIRC, this was written before she confessed to Naruto.
So basically, he was talking about the confession, saying that Hinata would finally give it a shot.
And we saw the result!
In any case, I don't know exactly what Kishi is planning for both Sakura and Hinata, but it's safe to say that the romance in this manga is at a stalemate.
In over 10 years of writing, the romance didn't move much.
Kishimoto stated that he hopes Hinata has more progress with Naruto in that line.
Honestly, why does anybody still pay attention to his interviews at all?
He's never going to give away anything, he's a writer. Delivering vague indecipherable answers is practically a law for them. No writer worth their salt is ever going to give away any major part of their own story, ever.
Writer interviews are all more or less the same, lots of perspective on things that have already occurred and when somebody asked a question relating to the future they are greeted with phrases like "I wonder if.....", "It would be interesting if...", and "I'd like to see...". And all manner of other sentences which end in question marks.
And occasionally outright lies. Like "This will be the year of Sakura and Kakashi."
Kishimoto said Sakura and Rock Lee symbolize human weakness(in the beginning). Neither character has a clan or have we seen their family. They are flawed and have to make up ground on the others to be great ninja. Unlike with Sasuke and Naruto, Sakura likely comes from humble origins. She lacks their genes and lineage. Her family was not Uchiha, Hokages, or even apparently ninja. I think Kishi likes that Sakura is an outsider in a sense and an underdog. Of course we can find out Sakura is a long lost Uzumaki and everything goes out the window, but this is how I see Sakura.
I never get the feeling Kishi really likes Sakura. He still sees her as very flawed and lacking maturity. It's easy to see the characters he really likes. Sasuke, Naruto, Shikamaru, Minato, Killer Bee, Gaara. But I do feel he wants to do right by Sakura and make her a great shonen heroine. In that case, the next few chapters will be interesting.
It was done in U.S. Shonen Jump about 6 years ago. Given how much Kishi changes his mind and all the things that have happened since then, it's irrelevant to anything currently happening.
Last edited by Jessie; May 21, 2011 at 01:30 PM.
I get the feeling that Kishimoto-sama could care less about Sakura's hidden potential. Why didn't he put a Genjutsu user type on Kurenai's team? As for being flawed, lacking maturity and have to make up grounds, which genius character is not? To say that Sakura likely comes from humble origins, you may be right but I would say that Sakura comes from a wanna to be noble clan, which may explain her haughtiness attitude towards Naruto and Sasuke can do no wrong to Sakura. If Sakura receive heroine status during and after this Fourth Great Shinobi World War, it will be in the area of medical treatment.
Fact of the matter remains that these are teenagers we are talking about, they wear their emotions on their sleeves and don't know how to properly express them as shown by Sakura.
As for Sakura not being important, she damn well is. Not knowing about her past doesn't mean anything because her past before Team 7 doesn't affect the plot unlike Naruto and Sasuke's.
Sakura is essentially the most important person to Naruto. He's risked life and limb for her, and vowed to bring Sasuke back for her.
As much as Naruto loves Sasuke like a brother, his love for Sakura is deeper than that for just a sister. He is attracted to her, and isn't willing to sacrafice her like he is ready to do with Sasuke when he told them they may both die if they fight.
On the flipside, Sakura is only one of three people Sasuke has shown he has feelings for along with Naruto and Kakashi. Everyone else he loved is long dead, and Hawk doesn't count for anything seeing as he tired to kill one of them and left the other two for dead.
Now, her importance in terms of fighting and the outcome of the war isn't important, but she is more important to the two main characters than any other living character.
Just think for a second, if Naruto would to be set off at this point by the death of anyone, who would it be? It would be Sakura, his teammate, the girl who takes care of him, the girl who does love him in some aspect.
When Hinata "died" Naruto went ape-shit in large part to the Kyuubi's influence. If that happened to Sakura now, Naruto would go ape-shit all on his own, mark my words. Just look at how pissed he was when Sasuke tried and failed to kill her. If he had succeeded he would have let loose ever ounce of power in him to destroy Sasuke.
I think the last thing I would ever compare Sakura to is Naruto.. She keeps giving up. She doesn't understand others feelings, and tends to be very selfish.
I think she was either just giving the guy the brush off, or she was talking about Inari .. He has a similar personality to Naruto, but knows how to compliment a woman.. And he doesn't have all the ninja baggage.
Last edited by Rosebunse; May 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost