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But, it was never a romantic interest, and if it was it was barely if at all hinted it. It was more along the lines that Anko worshiped Orochimaru and loved him despite how badly he treated her, or when he experimented on her. She hates him so much because he manipulated her when she was a child. That love, or whatever feeling she had for him is long gone now. Their relationship would be similar to Naruto and Jiraiya's.
I think Neji's death just screams laziness on every level. Kishi needed someone to die. He needed someone important non-"fodder" to die. Kiba wouldn't have cut it. InoShikaChou are immune to death. Hinata, no way. Tenten, who cares. Lee, no freaking way. Shino, uuuuuh. Sooooo, Neji it is. Then he got lazy with his death as well and made it take two chapters before he even showed Lee being by Neji's side. That being said I always found Lee x Tenten a more likely pairing than Neji x Tenten.
Oh, and looks like Kiba has the hawts for Chouji bulking up. He's masking his fanboyism with his "rage face".
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In the epilogue, as one final F U to Sakura fans everywhere we'll learn their offspring created a clan of the worst shinobi in history. Inheriting Rock Lee's intellect and inability to do ninjitsu along with Sakura's near superheroic ability to avoid being useful, they will be a clan of pink haired people known as the....
"Sages of Incompetence" (a.k.a. "The Failsennin")
As if a pink haired little boy wouldn't have it hard enough...
I think that feels about constant with the dark seething hatred he seems to have for Sakura's character.
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After the many ones Gaikage beds every night
Its no different as young girls having a crush on their idols, and Orochimaru was Anko's idol
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I think Anko loved how sadistic Orochimaru was, since she herself is sadistic (dunno if it's the byproduct of being with Orochimaru). But she definitely has some sadistic traits like him.
And I think it's pretty different to Sakura completely-unreturned-love for Sasuke imo. I mean at the she probably saw the guy as a mentor and teacher.
Their relationship has been compared more to Naruto and Jiraiya iirc
What? No mention of Hinata-chan knocking Naruto's shoulder back in place? Once again proving herself as the perfect girl for him. Something a certain pink haired medic ninja could of done if she hadn't disappeared into the cosmos. Maybe she decided to elope with Darui since I don't see him anymore either?
The Sakura and NaruSaku fandom seems to be falling apart. There are two camps. One is still holding out hope that Kishi gives a bleep about Sakura and her not even being drawn is for a reason. She'll show up out of nowhere and do something important. He must be holding her back right? I mean she is suppose to be the main heroine? Well they said the same thing about the attack on Obito and she got blasted. And Kishi keeps giving Hinata ways to stay relevant.
The other group has just given up and believes Kishi hates her, he loves Hinata-chan now, and she'll only be pairing fodder for Sasuke. That is if she is lucky.
There was no direct NaruHina development in this chapter, just an inference. Kishi is making Hinata's dream come true. She is able to stay by Naruto's and she can help him when he needs assistance. It's a moment, but nothing concrete. Who knew the Hyuugas were natural-born chiropractors? I bet Hinata gives a good backrub, or maybe something else to other extremities? Ah...the things one can do with chakra.
Well to be honest what the hell can Sakura really do on the frontline? Rasengan, Fang over Fang, Primary Lotus, Bug Ball, Shadow Possession, Empty Fist, Mind-Transfer, Healing Jutsu. Healing jutsu?!? Just drawing that panel would look silly when put beside all the rest. Sakura is a good healer, but a lousy fighter. Additionaly, since half the medical corps was killed the previous night, the alliance would be stupid to put their remaining healers on the frontline of the vanguard! A lot of people want Sakura to shine, but this isn't her moment. This moment is for the other Konoha 8 members. After this, they're done for the story. Give them their moment.
Now that Sasuke has arrived at his destination he will engage Naruto shortly and not after another time arc. This is when Sakura will be relevant again. This is when Sakura will hopefully break out of her funk and redeem her status as the main female protagonist, but It's not going to be as the lover of Naruto. That ship has sailed. She still might make things happen with Sasuke when things are concluded, but the NaruSaku fans need to read the writing on the tea leaves. The game to win Naruto as the prize is over, but the games for Sasuke are just begining.
Now, that Naruto and Hinata is set in stone, there's is only one reason why Kishi would have Sakura still being in love with Sasuke after all he did (tried to kill her and Naruto numerous times).
And it's because, once Naruto manages to bring him back to the good side, she will be there for him, and will give him the love he "needs".
Way to go, Kishi...
What a great message to give to all of the young female readers.
Even if you boyfriend beats you, and try to kill you, he's just misunderstood, you need to love him even more so that he can see the "light".
Imo it ran further than master and apprentice, but its just me