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celestialucy  asked:

Do you know any sasusaku moments episodes from pre-shippuden ?

YESSS! 

(though I will cite the manga only, because… canon. The episodes you can find by searching the respective chapter on Narutopedia ^.~)

(OMG I’m going to turn this into a master post and reference, thanks for asking the question!)

INTRO

LAND OF WAVES

  • When attacked by ninjas, Sasuke could have chosen to protect either Sakura or Naruto, he defends Sakura (not a big deal, as Sakura was next to the client, but still relevant)
  • Sasuke is jealous of Kakashi for stealing his thunder while defending Sakura.
  • Sasuke wants to know Sakura’s secret for her chakra control, and blushes while asking Naruto.
  • Sakura defends Sasuke from Haku’s attacks.
  • Sakura finds strength in Sasuke’s attitude.
  • Sasuke is dead worried after hearing Sakura’s scream (x). Sasuke re-awakens his sharingan right after this! To defend his team!
  • Sakura and Kakashi believe in Sasuke and Naruto (x).
  • Sakura starts feeling distraught after not seeing Sasuke standing Next to Naruto (x), and runs to Sasuke with the client (x).
  • Rule #25, “[…] A Shinobi must keep their emotions inside […], you must possess a heart that never shows tears”, she floods her face with tears over Sasuke’s death (1,2,3)
  • Sasuke wakes up and doesn’t know how to react to Sakura’s tears and sincere concern (1,2,3) (This whole Haku scene is filled with NaruSasu moments as well, these two bonded at the bridge ^_^ but this time I’ll stick with SasuSaku references only in this post)

PRE-CHUUNINS & FIRST EXAM

  • Sasuke is tsundere of the playful interactions between Naruto and Sakura. (x,y)
  • Sasuke tells Sakura that she needs to improve. (x)
  • I’m not going to include minor fangirling moments.
  • Sasuke notices that Sakura doesn’t feel confident of the Chuunins (x). Sasuke tells Sakura she has the best genjutsu detection. (x) One of my favorite panels. Sasuke understands Sakura and knows just how to cheer her up. Yet, he’s not fake and praises her unconditionally. He tells the truth about her strengths and weaknesses.
  • Sakura is worried, impressed, shocked, and protective of Sasuke in his fight with Rock Lee (1,2,3,4,5,6) she jumps underneath Sasuke to dampen his fall (x)
  • Sakura feels inspired by Sasuke’s excitement for the start of the Chuunins (x)
  • Sasuke dislikes Ino’s hug (x)

SECOND EXAM / FOREST OF DEATH

  • Sasuke protects Sakura from the Naruto’s impostor (x), and Sakura reciprocates (x)
  • Sasuke shows Sakura some ninja spirit in action (x)
  • Sasuke is worried for Sakura, who is petrified by the fear of Orochimaru (x)
  • Sasuke stabs his thigh to gain control and save Sakura (x)
  • Sakura notices Sasuke’s distress (x).
  • I’m not going to count the many times Sakura reacts to Sasuke’s feats in battle, but if you want to see them, you can read ch. 48 onwards.
  • Sasuke is bitten by Orochimaru, Sakura witnesses everything, and supports him through the pain, and some more, and she shares the pain with Sasuke, a very emotional scene.
  • Sakura takes care of her boys, in particular Sasuke (x,y) and resolves to protect them (x,y).
  • All of chapters 51&52 show Sakura’s fear and determination to save her teammates. (x)
  • In ch. 53, called Sakura’s decision, Sakura fights with all her might, endures blows, wants to protect those dear to her, and cuts her hair to set herself free (1,2) (those precious hair she took so long to grow, and that Sasuke-kun thought were attractive in a girl)
  • The first time Sakura says “it’s your turn to watch my back” (1,2) Sakura is a badass in ch. 54.
  • Sasuke wakes up, and lets the curse mark take over his body for the first time, raging over Sakura’s state, saying the famous “Sakura… who did this to you”.
  • Sakura doesn’t recognize old Sasuke-kun after his “avenger epiphany” (1,2,3,4), “this isn’t Sasuke-kun” (1,2)
  • “Sakura willingly and bravely calms the rampaging Sasuke under the influence of the cursed seal. Sakura’s heart, thinking of Sasuke, devours the wicked power.” (1,2) the power of her love is stronger than the hatred of the curse mark.
  • Naruto doesn’t notice Sakura’s bruises, but only her shorter hair. Sasuke seeing through Sakura’s lie. (x)
  • A cute panel with Sasuke asking for Sakura’s opinion (x).

THIRD EXAM

  • Sakura is worried about Sasuke’s pain from the curse mark (1,2),  and Sasuke reacts to Sakura’s tears (x) - which is quite significant. Those who say Sasuke is cold-hearted have no clue on who Sasuke truly is.
  • Sasuke asks Sakura to not get involved with his problems, when he’s obviously apprehensive about them (1,2,3) - beautiful beautiful panels. One of the first instances of eye porn between Sasuke and Sakura.
  • Sasuke tells Sakura “I can’t forgive even you if you take that away from me” (x).
  • Sasuke makes the curse mark recede by will alone, at the thought of Sakura’s tears and Naruto. (1,2,3).
  • Sakura and Sasuke share a secret, about the curse mark, which Sasuke considers very personal (x).
  • Sakura is still concerned about Sasuke’s state after he left with Kakashi (1,2), and again when Sasuke fights Gaara (1,2,3).
  • Sakura always thinks about Sasuke even when he’s not around (x). Sakura’s relief when Sasuke shows up (x) for the match.

INVASION OF KONOHA

ITACHI, THE HOSPITAL, SOUND 4

  • Sasuke is jealous of Naruto for saving Sakura. (1,2) - look at his face in this last upper right page. And once again later on at the hospital (x) he looks so broken.
  • Sakura has visited after Sasuke every day at the hospital since he got injured fighting Itachi (x), and Tsunade notices (x). Sakura is in tears, hoping for Sasuke to get better (x).
  • Sasuke accepts Sakura’s hug and is uneasy seeing her crying, once again (x). Naruto backs away and lets them have their moment.
  • Sasuke is torn between his Team 7 feelings, and his desire of revenge with Itachi (x).
  • Sakura thinkgs about Sasuke from her bedroom window at night. She bonded with Naruto over the same goal of making sure Sasuke would be okay. (1,2,3,4)

CHAPTER 181

  • Sasuke decides to defect Konoha, but he is in pain at the thought of leaving his team (x).
  • He is surprised to see Sakura on the road, right in front of the bench where they first talked (x).
  • Sasuke represses his emotions as he walks past Sakura (x).
  • Sakura asks Sasuke to be more open with her, moments of silence are shared between the two (x).
  • Sakura misunderstands Sasuke’s intentions and thinks that he hates her. This behavior still repeated in 678 onwards, when we know what the reality is, Sasuke is afraid to care too much (x).
  • Sasuke doesn’t remember saying that Sakura was annoying (x).
  • Sakura’s memories (x).
  • Sakura: “It won’t bring anyone happiness. Not even you, Sasuke… nor me…”. Possibly my favorite panel in the chapter. Sasuke is so embarrassed! I can feel that his breath stopped at this obvious preliminary to the confession.
  • Sasuke thinks he’s different from the rest of his team (x).
  • “I love you with all my heart” (x).
  • Sakura is willing to give up on everything and help Sasuke with his revenge just to stay next to him, a desperate plan (x).
  • Sasuke’s smirky “you really are annoying”. He is unable to respond to the love confession, but once Sakura starts talking nonsense, he finds his chance to speak.
  • Sakura, thank you
  • He lays her on the bench. (x)

THE PROMISE OF A LIFETIME

I can do Part II if you want too ^_^.

I hope you guys can find this as a useful reference! This took forever to do.

OK WHAT WAS IT AGAIN, THOSE ASSES SAYING KISHI IS SHIPTEASING? That Kishi cannot write romantic bonds, that SasuSaku isn’t well developed? SasuSaku isn’t for the faint of heart for sure XD

Under the cut I’ll place some of the most beautiful panels, in case you’re too lazy to click on the links ;)

Keep reading

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Appearances and perception aren’t going to tell you anything - Itachi Uchiha

Sasuke as a child was a very different person from whom he grows up to be.

Talents and ambition are there, but the hopeful, trusting, loving side of him is about to get lost, as the Uchiha massacre unfolds by the hands of Itachi.

This is the first stage of the excruciating and disappointing concatenation of mental states that Sasuke is going to go through.

anonymous asked:

can I ask you for your explanation why Sasuke didn't care about Sakura when she was falling into lava seriously? first I thought it was just "destroying my bonds" but he did save naruto all the time

Ah ha!

But he did care ;) don’t underestimate Uchiha Sasuke, last surviving heir of the Uchiha clan, holder of the eternal mangekyō sharingan and of the rinne sharingan. We Have Kakashi and Sakura falling into the lava,

what is Sasuke’s reaction?

First he looks up, then he turns, and uses his eye powers to save Naruto. Without turning again, HE is the one to tell Naruto how Kakashi saved the three of them.

Tsunsuke ensured the rest of the team was safe by instincts, as usual, because:

Remember that Kishimoto meant to leave Sasuke ambiguous for as long as possible. 

Sasuke is best described by the following quote:

Mind what people say,

not what they do,

for deeds will betray a lie

- Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5)

when he says that no one’s safety matters except his and Naruto’s, Naruto sees right through him.

Can he really argue with that?

Why is he hiding his eyes?

(spongebob meme credit: amitds )

anonymous asked:

Hi! I don't really watch the naruto anime but I do follow the manga. Can I ask for a list of SasuSaku episodes? Or at least where Sakura or Sasuke is the focus? Thank you very much!

There are two anime series, Naruto Original, and Naruto Shippuden. This is hard to answer because anime episodes often cover 2-3 chapters at a time, and the SasuSaku moments are scattered all over the place. Kishi’s art is better anyway. So I’ll focus only on the most important.

I made a list of SasuSaku manga moments for part I on this post, in which I believe I haven’t missed anything up to the time skip. Sadly, I didn’t get around yet to finish Part II, but it’s coming.

Here’s a short chapter to episode list:

  • Ch. 3,4,5,6 (Sakura’s crush, the first “you’re annoying”, “what I love is… *stares Sasuke*”, Kakashi’s genjutsu tricks Sakura into thinking Sasuke is hurt, etc.): Naruto 3, 4
  • Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33 (Sasuke “killed” by Haku and Sakura’s tears - compare to the tears form the genjutsu): Naruto 17 (end), 18, 19
  • Ch. 34 (Sasuke to Sakura - you need to improve - inner Sakura crushed): Naruto 20
  • Ch. 36 (Sakura’s depression and Sasuke’s words that cure her): Naruto 21
  • Ch. 38 (Sakura catches Sasuke as he falls from the fight with Rock Lee): Naruto 22
  • Ch. 47 (Sasuke saves Sakura and himself from Orochimaru): Naruto 28
  • Ch. 53, 54 (Sakura blossoms, cuts her hair, protects Sasuke & Naruto)Naruto 32
  • Ch. 55, 56 (Sakura halts and reverts Sasuke’s curse mark): Naruto 33
  • Ch. 66 (“I won’t forgive even you if you take that away from me”, Sakura’s advice to Sasuke): Naruto 38
  • A lot a lot of Sakura worrying in all the episodes post curse-mark.
  • Ch. 129 (Sakura risks her life protecting Sasuke’s unconscious body from Gaara): Naruto 75, 76
  • Ch.133 (Sasuke’s “take care of Sakura” and “I won’t let those dear to me die before my eyes again”): Naruto 78
  • Ch. 138 (Sasuke makes sure Sakura is alright): Naruto 80
  • Ch. 172,173 (Sakura rejoices after Sasuke wakes up at the hospital from Itachi’s encounter): Naruto 98,99
  • Ch. 181 (Sasuke defects Konoha, “I love you with all my heart”): Naruto 109
  • Ch. 257 (Sakura resolves to protect and save both Sasuke and Naruto): Shippuden 13
  • Ch. 267 (Sakura is startled to know of Sasori’s connections with Oro, hence inquires aggressively about Sasuke): Shippuden 21, 22
  • Ch. 286 (Sakura punches Sai for insulting Sasuke): Shippuden 36
  • Ch. 305-307 (Team 7 finds Sasuke): Shippuden 51
  • Ch. 453 (Sakura cries because Killer Bee’s team has come to kill Sasuke): Shippuden 197-198
  • Ch. 469 (Sakura’s fake confession, in which Naruto says “I hate people who lie to themselves”, cause he knows Sakura is still in love with Sasuke): Shippuden 206
  • Ch. 474 (Sai and Naruto discuss Sakura’s feelings): Shippuden 208
  • Ch. 483, 484, 485 (Iron Country, mutual murderous attempts, Sasuke’s darkness): Shippuden 214, 215
  • Ch. 540 (Sakura refuses a love letter cause she’s still in love with Sasuke): Shippuden 278 
  • Ch. 631-633 (Sasuke’s return, “it’s your turn to watch my back”, “the smirk”) Shippuden 372, 373

There are some sweet OVAs and fillers, but as they’re not canon, they’re akin to fanfiction, if you’re interested.

SasuSaku is not abusive

I am not satisfied with any of the “SasuSaku is not abusive” posts I’ve seen so far.

Abusive partners monopolize the victim’s life against their wishes and consent. They blackmail the person in, with intimidation and belittling. It may or may not involve physical abuse. The abuser brainwashes the victim into thinking that everything is the victim’s fault. When the victim tries to escape, the abuser leaves them no chance. The abuser seeks power over the victim. The victim becomes their object of manipulation. They have to obey their every whim.

The helpless sense of unworthiness caused by the abuser, the inability to regain freedom. THAT is abuse.

Sasuke NEVER manipulated Sakura. Never did he try to use her. He treats her as an equal. Much more so than any other character. The times Sasuke verbally hurt Sakura, it wasn’t out of malice, he was being honest. There’s nothing wrong with stating the facts. Pretending a person has no faults will leave them stagnant and halt their growth. A loved one won’t hide that truth from you.

In fact, Sakura learned from him, and grew stronger because of his words. Sakura is the one who doesn’t give up on Sasuke. She doesn’t want him to take the path of darkness. She gave “all she’s got” to rescue him. When Sasuke nearly hurt Sakura, it was instinctual self-defence. Sasuke isn’t a repressive figure towering and controlling Sakura against her wishes. All the hurt in their relationship is caused by Sasuke’s shattered past. Sakura wants him to share his pain, set him free from that burden.

Exactly because Sasuke is broken, she suffers too. Her determination and strength, her ability to shine bright despite experiencing second-hand trauma… this is what makes this relationship phenomenal to me. That’s why I’ll always ship SasuSaku, and why a SasuSaku ending would be a priceless message. I believe in the redemption from evil-doing. I believe in not giving up on those who still have good in them. I believe in finding the strength to stand up, no matter the pain. I believe in looking past deceiving words, understanding a person’s true intentions, and supporting them to be righteous and functional once again.

Sasuke gave Sakura strength. He made her grow. Sakura won’t let Sasuke ruin his life and consume his soul. She is a beacon of light in his world of shadows.

anonymous asked:

Why are people saying SS is problematic and that the source of it all is Sasuke. I'm not sure Sasuke has never been abusive to Sakura in fact he is the only character besides Ino that understands Sakura the best. Sasuke never was abusive I read it in a SS blog unfollowed him/or /her because it was awful how they depicted Sasuke as being abbusive and an absent father. I wanna know your opinion your not bias and you talk so eloquently.

Ah, the same old “SS is problematic” rigmarole. 

Yes you’re right, Sasuke is very attentive of Sakura and sees through her well. Sasuke is the source of most of SS’es problems, but that does NOT make SasuSaku problematic. Even someone as troubled as Sasuke found his happy ending, with the only girl he grew close to. And no, Sasuke has never been abusive. From the little we see of Sasuke in 700, he’s most likely NOT an absent father. Let’s get this last point out of the way first:

What is the basis of the absent father claims? He’s not in the village at that very moment? Do a few after-school instants characterize an entire relationship? 700 is the preamble to part III and the fact that he’s away is relevant to the plot. Sarada isn’t shown to long for her father, in fact, she’s noticing a similarity between her rivalry with Boruto and her dad’s with Naruto. If Sasuke were an absent father she wouldn’t speak of him so comfortably. And then, Sasuke is so connected to his daughter that he senses her exclamation. The only noises are his, the forest is static, the scene shifts toward him as his daughter is still talking, with the “…” it’s clear there’s nothing in the forest. Come onnnn. He’s clearly reacting to her. The lengths people will go to justify what they wish they saw… smh fandom. 

Part of SS’s struggles is also how Sakura thinks Sasuke sees her. I’m mentioning them, but this does NOT make them problematic. How can people call SS problematic if we haven’t even seen their dynamic as a mature couple? Almost no bond is ever the same before and after a relationship has been established. Is it okay to drop someone while they’re at their worst? How do the nuptial vows go again? “Through thick and thin (similar vows apply in Japan and other non-JudeoChristian traditions). Before getting into a relationship, Sakura reaffirms the earnest quality of her unconditional love, all this while never compromising her values. So from Sakura’s side, the love is admirable. 

The manga extends over Sasuke’s darkest years, it is not representative of stable Sasuke. Like we’ve been saying forever. Problematic/abusive relationships can be identified because the victim is unable to refuse the partner’s manipulative demands. Sasuke’s problem is the opposite, he tries so hard to escape those bonds. Never has he been controlling, never has he forced them to do something against their wishes, he never played the victim in order to gain something from Sakura or any one of his friends. Was Sakura hurting? A lot, but it was second-hand suffering because she’s very empathetic, and Sasuke’s pain is massive.

Does Sasuke have the right to be so broken? After all, Karin, Kimimaro and others lost their clan too. Hasn’t Kakashi seen his father die before his eyes? Some readers can’t forgive Sasuke for having been a thorn in the side of many, but I feel empathy for him. He was betrayed and brainwashed by the one person he loved the most. It isn’t just the tragedy of what he had to endure, but how he found the strength to survive one shocking revelation after the other. His thoughts were manipulated too many times. He could trust no one. No bond with a person so broken can be easy. Yet, this girl and team slowly gained ground into his heart, “I don’t ever want to watch those dear to me die before my eyes again” he thought could grow emotionless, he tried to rationalize feelings, but failed. That’s not how feelings work. Sakura is Sasuke’s special girl, the proof is scattered all over the manga. Even him, shattered as he was, mistaken as he was, recovered the unconditional love he had lost with his brother. Can you imagine how comforting Sakura’s love must be, for someone this hurt?

At this point we’re going in circles. Us SasuSaku shippers see an inspirational story in which a guy, who believes to have lost his right to be happy ever again, finds the truest love in someone who knows him well, who both saw him shine, and at his lowest. Despite having seen it all, and despite not approving of his choices, she still believes there’s good left in him, she wants him happy.

By rhetoric and the blindness of a bias, those who want to see evil will find it anywhere. If someone sees abuse in SS, they’re free to taint their glasses of whatever shade they choose, let them be my guest to steer clear of our fandom. Because nobody can guilt-trip us into loving this ship. In fact, guess what? THEIR persecution falls under abuse.

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What about that “SasuSaku is abusive” argument again? I hope this puts your case to rest once and for all.

Sasuke successfully “chidori"ed through Naruto AND Karin, but you don’t see us calling your relationship abusive. In fact, Sasuke never caused physical (or emotional without growth) damage on Sakura, EVER, unlike Naruto. On the contrary. He praised her and called out her weaknesses, which inspired Sakura’s personal improvement.

Sasuke hurt Naruto, but that’s okay because they’re boys? And when Sakura does it she’s weak and, look! She can only cry and lol she needs saving all the time! Sakura didn’t succeed because she loved Sasuke too much to harm him. Sasuke, on the other hand, was on the pit of the Curse of Hatred during the Iron Country Arc. He didn’t bat an eye at "killing” Karin because she was on the way of his revenge. Our shattered Uchiha blindly had to use self-defense against Sakura too. He was startled and raging. The attack wasn’t planned and geared against Sakura. It was instinctual. Sasuke wanted to destroy all of Konoha anyway, everyone at sight if necessary.

The Curse of Hatred isn’t that different from the Kyuubi rampage. In both cases, Sasuke’s and Naruto’s rationalities are clouded by wrath. This manga is about broken ninjas. If you’re in for a ship, you have to stomach these conflicts. Otherwise, go read some fluff and leave canon alone.

Now, please. NaruSasu is the reason I stuck with the manga for almost 700 chapters. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate the bond between Naruto and Sasuke shouldn’t waste their time reading it. And don’t accuse me to be a mediator only now. I’ve written a few pro-ships posts in the past, and dozens of you NaruSasu shippers followed me because of it, but dropped as soon as you saw the SasuSaku, all the while I kept on sharing pro-NaruSasu posts. I would have liked our fandoms to be pals. BOTH Sakura and Naruto have given to Sasuke the family and comfort he was missing. Our last surviving Uchiha needs all the support he can get. Sasuke has been very strong, but even the toughest among us need anchors in their lives, it’s human nature.

I love the deep bond that developed between Naruto and Sakura. In the chapter 4 introductions, she stated “what I hate is Naruto” ~death glare~. In 663 she pumped the little chakra she had left straight into Naruto’s heart. Sakura has done a lot for him. She has tried to protect both her Team 7 boys for the majority of the manga. And I’d be ok with your ship, if Sakura didn’t love Sasuke so damn much, and if Naruto had the capabilities to understand Sakura’s needs, but he never will and he could never make her happy. So sorry, I can’t ship NaruSaku in canon. But you make it work in fiction.

Really, SasuSaku, NaruSasu, NaruSaku are subships of Team 7. And we’re all Team 7 fans. Even SasuKarin or SuiSasu or whatever the hell people ship, they’re echoes of Team 7. SasuKarin is not my cup of tea, but I can see why some people may be into what Karin does. As long as you don’t twist the manga with your severely convoluted proofs.

The story is coming to an end, and I don’t want any of the Naruto fans to close on the series with a bitter taste. Let’s appreciate all of these intense bonds for what they are, and what they were meant to be. There’s more than romantic bonds in life! Everyone fits a different role in the other’s lives, and I want all of these characters I love dearly to be happy and live in harmony, as it was meant to be.

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Within two years of apprenticeship with Tsunade, Sakura, an average girl with no particular skill except good concentration, already matches the level of a Sannin. The Byakugou is a technique that no one except Tsunade and Sakura are capable of mastering.

Sakura can be quite inspirational for young girls. Let’s take Gaara’s rescue arc. The entire medical team of Sunagakure spent three days trying to save Kankuro, and failed. This sixteen year old came in, sized his condition, and within a matter of hours saved his life. 

Sakura as far as I recall is the only girl who won a fight, in collaboration with another woman, Chiyo. Sakura showed great observational skills in matching Sasori’s hand movements to his puppet’s. She planned ahead by making antidotes for Sasori’s poison, proving maturity. There are countless occasions in which she’s shown to have compassion and kindness, toward friends and strangers alike.

Her undying love for Sasuke is heartwarming. As strong as she is, Sasuke is her weakness, her soft spot. Yet, it’s exactly this love that gave her strength and motivation to promote her growth. I find this aspect of Sakura’s love quite relatable.

Sakura haters, begone.

I found these gifs off the internet, if they’re yours and you want to get credit, or if it’s a normal practice to give credits to simple gifs like these, please let me know and I’ll edit accordingly.

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Stalking the Tobirama tag

Ok, I’ve always liked Tobi, but this episode did something special to me. It might have been the close-ups when he stood in front of Hashirama. But I FELT his love and care, his stoic passion. Tobi, baby, ily.

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I’ve also recently read an M-rated fan fiction starring Tobirama as a protagonist. It was beautiful, but it’s not for everyone, read at your discretion

If you still think Sasuke is a douche

you’re probably somewhat narrow-minded and judgmental yourself.

Or you haven’t payed attention to vol. 65

The chapter, 627, is a pivotal moment for Sasuke, a point where the hurt and the rage have finally settled, and are letting space to some rationality.

Sasuke has learned the entire truth on the birth of the village by the Edo Hokages. In these panels he comes to the conclusion that his previous reckless decision of destroying the village isn’t the right thing to do.

Sasuke wasn’t evil, and never has been. He only lacked knowledge, was misled, faced horror, torment, and let hatred overpower his decisions.

This chapter is the place where we see Sasuke’s maturity starting to take shape.

After learning the entire story, 

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Itachi poking Sasuke’s forehead, and eventually allowing closure.

Every now and then I come back to these gifs. And I cry a little.

During his entire life, Itachi distanced his eager loving little Sasuke, by poking him on the forehead. He did so against his wishes, to protect Sasuke’s innocence.

Only in his Edo Tensei form, Itachi finally managed to speak honestly with his little brother, for the very first and last time. He didn’t push him away as usual. He didn’t poke his forehead. He didn’t keep him out of his life and his feelings.

Instead, he drew Sasuke close, placing his own forehead against his little brother’s. Itachi spoke words which came straight from his heart

I will love you always”.

*now excuse me for a second, while I wipe my tears*

Sasuke is open, defenseless, and accepting. It’s the only instance in the entire manga in which words of love are sipping through him and his emotional barrier without resistance.

This is what Sasuke had needed all his life.

My baby.