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You guys can spin this so-called Naruto Sakura true love affair all you want. The fact of the matter is that Sakura sudden interest in Sasuke's love was prompted purely by Ino's crush. Hinata was the only girl at the Ninja Academy that had feeling for Naruto but all the other girls had feelings for handsome Sasuke. Naruto's first impression of Hinata was no different than his mother's first impression of Minato. Naruto thought Hinata was weird and Kushina thought Minato looked flaky and even girly. If Kushina had told her son that when she saw Minato for the very first time at the Ninja Academy that he was the most handsome boy in the village that would have set the wheels in motion for Naruto and Sakura living happily ever after since Naruto's had a crush on Sakura.
As for going ape-shit that depends on Naruto's true feelings. If Sakura's love confession was sincere, enraged Naruto would have exploded into nine-tailed form after seeing Sasuke trying to kill Sakura from behind. When Hinata "died" Naruto exploded into six-tailed form all on his own without Kyuubi's influences because I believe that Naruto in Sage Mode knew that Hinata's feelings was sincere. When Naruto wasn't sure whether he could defeat Neji and began to doubt himself, it was Hinata not Sakura who told him to never give up, she believes in him and kick Neji's behind. I cannot see Sakura saying those encouraging words to Naruto or sacrificing her so-called love for him. When Naruto was treated as an outcast, Hinata was always there for him and her feelings were always genuine and she really does care for Naruto despite what people said about him. She was the only one that cheered him on at the Ninja Academy matchup against Sasuke and so-called love confessing Sakura never even bother to do so. I am quite sure that Hinata would have cheer Naruto on when he fought Gaara, Kakuzu, Nagato, Kakuzu, Diedara, Zabuza, Haku and Sasuke and also supported his effort in avenging Pervy Sage's death.
Firstly, the concept of "love" is not something a 16 year old children can grasp. I don't care how "mature" they are because they are ninja, none of them are experienced in the ways of love, not to mention they are a bunch of hormonal teenagers. Not saying I have all the answer for love at my old age of 22, but to say these characters know what the hell love is is absurd.
Examples. 1) Sakura's obsession with Sasuke. Like all young girls, Sakura "loved" Sasuke because he was handsome and intelligent. O, great reasons to "love" someone Her reasons to keep "loving" him can be chaulked up to the trauma of him leaving so early when she thought she loved him. Fact of the matter is Sakura doesn't love Sasuke because she has no reason to, her obsession with him at the moment is connected to the trauma she suffered, and like all teenagers she has no control over her emotions.
2) Hinata's obsession with Naruto. Are you kidding? How many conversations had they had before they spoke? She admired him because he was brave and handsome. Ok....She first admired him because of what reasons again? What was there to admire about a cowardly, stupid, and rude young boy? Or did she like him because he was just different and awkward like she was? How can you tell someone you love them without ever having a meaninful conversation with them? People love to say Hinata's "love" for Naruto is so sincere...blah, blah, blah. The truth is, her "love" for Naruto is no different than Sakura's love for Sasuke or Naruto, she simply presented it much better than Sakura ever did.
Naruto was treated as an "outcast" when his friends didn't know any better when they were all 12 and 13. He didn't help matters by acting like a child and being a complete and utter moron either.
As for Naruto exploded when Pain "killed" Hinata, he did so when his seal was at its weakest. If any of his friends had been killed in front of him he would have acted the same exact way. He did not do that of his own free will, whenever his emotions got out of wack, the Kyuubi influenced him into using his power, he nearly removed the seal under the Kyuubi's influence if not for Minato, so please don't make things up.
As for why he didn't explode when he rescued Sakura, well shit idk, maybe he didn't want to kill her while she was in his arms, and he no longer needed the Kyuubi as a crutch to fight his battles. He had better control over his emotions, and if he did go ape-shit at this point he wouldn't need the Kyuubi to do so.
Even if Sakura's feelings for Naruto are fake, its at least understandable why they could be real. No one knows Naruto like Sakura, no ones spent as much time with him outside of Jiraiya. Whos name was Sakura screaming for during the Pain invasion? Naruto's. And who ran to Naruto first when he came back? Sakura.
And wow, Hinata would have cheered on Naruto while he fought people....woo she should win a medal for that. Should be give her a sign and pom poms too?
Delbi, but no matter how much you want to spin the Naruto Sakura's love, there is not one evidence in the black and white pages of Naruto's manga to support your facts. As for the age factor, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
As for the Sakura-Hinata comparison, they both want acknowledgment from their interest. I'd argue that Hinata understands Naruto more than Sakura does Sasuke, but that would continue the Sasusaku-Narusaku-Naruhina debate, which no one wants.
My point is, people seem to think Hinata's love for Naruto is sooo much better than Sakura's love for Naruto or Sasuke when in fact it isn't.
And for what it's worth, Naruto has never once expressed any feelings for Hinata while he has repeatedly done so for Sakura.
@Delbi - I think most of your points are reasonable except for the part about Hinata never being there for Naruto. I think throwing herself in Pain's way at his defense counts for something. But yes, it is just admiration on her part that she's misunderstood as love for now, just the way Sakura has misunderstood her own feelings for Sasuke.
Even though Sakura confess her love to Naruto, she knew that she was lying to him when she said that she don't care about Sasuke at all anymore now that he's a criminal because when she confronted that criminal, she told him that she regretted not going with him and was willing to betray the leaf for him. I only wish that Kakashi-sensei could have heard what Sakura told Sasuke. Sakura loves Sasuke so much that she was willing to kill Karin to prove her loyalty.
I think by this point, we are all going around in circles and making the SAME points over and over again. Is there anything new? I need something new! So, here's to something different:
Would Tsunade and Jiraiya have worked in the long term, or was it doom to end badly? Now, I think the killing point in their relationship was Orochimaru/the kyubi. Now, first off, I think sooner or later, Tsunade would've came back sooner or later, probably because of debt, and probably would've wanted to settle down, to probably help with the debt. However, the kyubi attack, which happened before Orochimaru's defection, probably is what made Jiraiya over the edge to begin with. He looses his favorite student, who was like a son to him, then he looses his best friend. If it wasn't for that, maybe he would've stayed...
I really needed a new topic.
Hinata actually loved Naruto for who he was, different reason from Sakura loving Sasuke. Naruto was a failure, no one special, but what Hinata loved about Naruto was his will and dedication, how he never gave up no matter what. Sakura "loved" Sasuke because he was mysterious, good-looking, and talented. Hell, if it weren't for Sasuke, then Sakura may not have tried to treat Naruto better, though she started to gain respect for him after seeing what he could do.
As for Sakura saying all that to Sasuke, she said it so he'd trust her so she could kill him. She simply didn't have the balls to do so.