Kakashi’s test for Team 7. Sakura faints when Kakashi tricks her with a genjutsu into thinking Sasuke is hurt (1,2,3). Sasuke hears her scream, and recognizes her voice. Sakura later sees Sasuke buried, and thinks he is decapitated, so she faints again. Sasuke waits next to her until she wakes up. She hugs him and cries when she realizes he is fine.
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)
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).
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
Sakura puts her life on the line to save Sasuke from one-tailed Gaara (1,2,3)
Sasuke gives Naruto the “save Sakura” speech (1,2).
Can ask you something? There's one thing really bothering me about sasusaku...i can really forgive sasuke for trying to kill sakura but i really dont get why he had to Put her in the damn genjutsu to torture her
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.
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.
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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.
When you broke me in the past, you granted back the closure I needed in due time. As a SasuSaku shipper, I read the manga with my heart ready. I wasn’t prepared for what you had in store for us in the Gaiden.
I had even forgotten its release date, and just logging onto Tumblr reminded me it was due. After all you’ve put the Uchihas through, Sakura one of them in the frontline, I thought that after 698 chapters you could have let them be happy. Your new gen is interesting of its own right without the need to mess with the adults. I wasn’t expecting for you to persecute our precious Uchiha daughter like the rest of the cursed clan. And I’m still jaded you’ve dragged HER, yet again, another Uchiha, through so much dirty pain.
The fact is, you love Sarada as much as us, you’ve put incredible thought into designing both her personality and physical appearance. You ensured nobody would write SasuSaku but you. This Gaiden is about her, about this family. Are you making us suffer for her this much so that we’ll love her even more?
All I ever wanted from this manga was happy, fulfilled team 7. Naruto, hokage matured and respected, Sakura, accomplished confident and happy with her love life, Sasuke, my baby, healed from childhood trauma, rebuilding his clan with honour. Everything in canon is consistent with the message of redemption, tolerance, family values, moral strength and integrity.
And then you throw THAT chapter at us. I was distraught, I felt betrayed, and robbed of the number one reason I grew this attached to the manga, Sasuke’s happiness. In the process you crushed Sakura, dragged her to her limit. Just how much can a single woman endure? I ached so much for her. It’s so unfair. Life happens, but let her catch a break, will you? After all she’s done and given already? After becoming the most accomplished woman in their world? The tone of the original manga was so unlike the sudden disillusioned twist to reality.
For me to support you, Kishi, past original, I need the following:
Sakura is keeping Sasuke’s secret from their daughter.
Pre-Sarada - Sasuke healed, and happy with Sakura, Naruto, and everybody else. Sasuke accepted in the village.
Enough with the persecution of the Uchihas. The manga is about reconciliation and friendship, stop torturing always the same people.
Sasuke and Sakura NOT out of touch, or at least with life-or-death problems separating them.
Sasuke = Itachi 2.0, with the warm thought of his family keeping him company in the journey.
Please don’t have Sasuke and Sakura meet again as strangers. People change. That’s a huge problem for me. If they’ve drifted apart like would be natural IRL after 12 years, I couldn’t bare to see them learning to trust each other all over. This is my dealbreaker.
Parent sharingan activation by Sarada maybe.
For the love of god let me see Sasuke love. Either Sakura or Sarada, ideally both. Go hug your child, you Uchiha survivor, make up for the lost time because your daughter is perfection incarnate.
I thought they all learned from Itachi that obscuring the whole truth from a child isn’t a smart move. I’m extremely bothered that Kishi seems unable to detach from the same-old tropes. There is more than one way to have a character suffer, and you’ve beaten the core themes of the gaiden to the bone (Sasuke away from Konoha, Sakura waiting silently and strongly, children’s only troubled past being the absence of a parent).
I haven’t stopped loving my SSS family and the individual characters for an instant. But I’m wondering how and if Kishi can recover from this sort of blow. I doubted him, did he truly cave in to the editors’ pressures? After a good night’s sleep, I doubt he’d compromise 15 years of core values for a 10-chapter story. The happy resolution wasn’t ever in question, but I won’t support post-original SasuSaku no-matter-what as long as they’re together. I don’t WANT them together at all costs. I ship SasuSaku because everything in the Original points to Sasuke and Sakura finding happiness in each other. If it turns out they haven’t in their 20s, I can’t back Kishi on such choices, I’ll thank him for the rest, but grant my characters the life they deserved in fanon.
Well well, I wasn’t expecting to feel this much from just a sequel, after I thought it was “over” for the main characters. The whole fandom is listening to you again, so that’s a smart move, you sly Kishi.
;( Do you think Kishimoto will take back those 12 years? I don't believe it takes 12 years to kill someone. Sasuke leaving for the 3 time was a slap in the face for us SS shippers because we all wanted him happy. If there wasn't any SSS family just with T7 there together would've made me happy we weren't asking for a damn kiss dammit. What reasons could cause him to leave for 12 years? I'm forgiving him if he went to jail only lol.D; Maybe Sakura doesn't want to tell Sarada? 2 elders are alive.
Considering the sequel is a miniseries, maybe as short as 10 chapters long, and that the 700 original preserved for the major part a character consistency for S&S, I don’t see how Kishimoto could screw up so bad if he didn’t have an exquisitely evil and heart-wrenching resolution in mind. Right now it could go either way. As to what are my guesses? I haven’t got the slightest clue, with Kishi it’s pretty much impossible to predict the details. The Kaguya definitive defeat is a possibility… but why staying away for so long with his sharinnegan teleportation? Being on a quest to save his family or the Uchiha honor is good too, but why hide it from Sarada? The “saving Sarada from Itachi’s desease” or “to cure her eyes” are far-reaching, but I can’t exclude them with Kishi. The JP fandom is into the genjutsu hypothesis and it’s spreading among us westerners, it would justify Sakura’s odd behaviour. However this option too has low chances imo with the forms I’ve seen circulating so far.
Kishi hinted at existential!Sarada, an extension of existential!Sasuke’s obsession with the meaning of family, clan, shinobi, village, and life lulz.
That’s why I’m pretty confident with the Sasuke = Itachi 2.0. Does Kishi want people to love Sasuke as much as his brother? idk
Kishi dug a very deep hole for himself, so I am concerned with the solidity of a plot twist resolution which doesn’t undermine the essence of the characters involved. For now I’ll roll along with my critical eye open.
Sasuke gone is a slap in the face to anyone who learned anything from this manga about friendship and redemption, so don’t worry too much. If he hasn’t experienced happy days in Konoha with Sakura, Naruto, and the others, I’d say there’s no justice in the plot. For the first time in so long I’m concerned with where the story is heading. Thumbs up to Kishi for achieving so much AFTER the series ended! Sarada didn’t deserve to get dragged into petty drama, but look at the fandom, so many non-SS folks feel for her and wish her the best. Kishi’s choices seem effective to the least. Sakura also needs to be his accomplice, if she has to “forgive” Sasuke once again, I won’t be able to support this sequel. Sasuke doesn’t need any more forgiving, and his redemption was over by the end of Sakura’s Hiden. Sakura’s most sane chapter panel hints that this is the case. It bugs me it’s always the Uchiha, but what is there to do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ there’s a reason why this clan stole my heart.
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): Naruto21
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
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.