So we all know that Kishi loves dem parallels. And I was just thinking what if he draws another one?!? Because look:
He draws so many parallels/mentions (which I will show later in this rant) between 226 (hospital scene) and 175 (Valley of the End) scenes. I would not even be surprised if Kishi does another hand fight parallel next chapter LOL. And now he’s even drawing a parallel between 175 (Valley of the End) to current chapters like 693.
And can we just appreciate the symbolism Kishi is showing here after 400+ chapters?! Because the Valley of the End is where Sasuke abandoned Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi, (Team 7 love T_T), and Konoha. But now the Valley of the End is where Sasuke will listen to Naruto’s reasoning (unlike 175) and decide to
get his head out of his ass come back to Konoha!!!! Because let’s be real here- the whole manga revolves around Naruto becoming Hokage and chasing Sasuke to come back home- to friendship and love. If Kishi ends it any different, I will go ape shit. Not only is there a “physical” chase for Sasuke, Kishi even makes Naruto have a metaphorical chase after Sasuke in terms of strength:
Anyway, time to go back the main topic: there are more mentions of the hospital roof scene during the first Valley of the End scene:
In these panels, Sasuke even mentions that Kakashi and Sakura aren’t there to stop them. Yet this time, Sakura and Kakashi are actually there during SasuNaru’s conversation and left behind while Sasuke and Naruto head to the Valley of End. SO I’M PROPOSING WHAT IF SAKURA AND KAKASHI COME IN BETWEEN THE BIG SASUKE VS NARUTO SHOWDOWN JUST LIKE THE HOSPITAL SCENE?! I mean there were so many parallels between the hospital roof and the Valley of the End before!! Why not make this scene another parallel with the current chapter of the Valley of the End???
Because remember Sakura has an affinity for genjutsu.
Kakashi knows it:
Sasuke knows it (I mean we all know that Sasuke cast that genjutsu so Sakura won’t get in the way of the fight but he’s probably banking that his Sharingan/Rinnegan is strong enough to sedate her):
So I don’t see why it’s not possible for Sakura to break out of the genjutsu and be like “Oh hell nooo. Sasuke did NOT just knock me out again” and go after Naruto and Sasuke. After all, she’s already done watching their backs:
Anyway, I feel that Kishi drew that SasuSaku parallel to clearly let everybody, including Sasuke, know that Sakura STILL LOVES him and there’s no misunderstandings or anything (Yes ASSes. I’m looking at you). And Sasuke does not understand how could Sakura still love him after all this time so what’s the perfect way of letting him know?? It’s during this important fight because this will be the defining moment where Sasuke chooses to continue with the path he’s walking or to pick differently (Just like how he chose to walk on the path to Orochimaru rather than stay with Konoha). And I think Sakura will play a big role along with Naruto in why Sasuke will come back. So she has to come during the Valley of the End fight >:O But I know, I know. It’s a big assumption that Sakura will since Kishi likes to shaft Sakura off to the side >:((( and that her love confession may be already Sakura’s part in Sasuke’s return. ARGH.
But then again, why is Sakura on the Valley of the End cover when she wasn’t even in that chapter? ;) You tell me.
On a side note, there is this reoccurring theme about the Konoha forehead protector or Naruto not being able to land a scratch on Sasuke’s forehead.
But Naruto does scratch it- yet the Konoha forehead protector guarded Sasuke’s forehead and now the scratched protector symbolized that he’s a missing nin:
Then Sasuke’s forehead protector drops and represents his abandonment of the village:
So maybe since Sasuke doesn’t have a forehead protector anymore, Naruto damages Sasuke’s forehead or something during this fight (NOOOO) and thus why Sasuke has to wear that gangster bandana getup because Kishi doesn’t wanna give anything away (
thought this is total crack. I hope it’s not true.
Eh but that’s off topic ;) thanks for reading!!