also why does every ASS and pro SN shipper ignore that Sakura has an effect on Sasuke that nobody else has??? that there is something Sasuke has only ever been able to find in Sakura??? Why do they always claim that we ship SS so Sakura can “save” Sasuke and “change” him??? wtf???
Nobody ever talks about her saving him from the darkness and changing him. That’s honestly what I hear most from the SN shippers tbh. Putting all the weight on Naruto to save him, and how Naruto will be the one to make him see the light and to change.
I’ve never seen anyone claim this in the SS fandom. Because that’s not what the ship is about, it’s about Sakura who accepts everything that Sasuke is, like she’s done since around FoD, and eats away his darkness with her love (literally, quoted by Kishimoto in the databooks) and makes him feel less lonely. Sakura, who heals Sasuke, instead of saving him or changing him. That has always been what Sakura has done to Sasuke. Reaching him with her simple feelings, not with fists, and accepting him for who he is. Never pretending to understand exactly what he’s been going through, like Naruto likes to do (which also pisses Sasuke off every time he says he gets exactly what he’s going through).
Kishi has made it a point to show that Sasuke has benefited from her love, and he’s made it a point to show that Sasuke is both Sakura’s weakness and her strength. Her feelings for him are what have made her grow up, and what have made her so resilient and determined. Sakura may not be the one who will get to “save” Sasuke, but she has very well been set up as the one who will help heal him. And not change him, like so many people like to assume we say.
There is something that Sasuke finds in Sakura that he finds in no one else and that’s is fucking fact from the databooks. So sit the fuck down and stop shoving words into the sasusaku fandom’s throat, threatening that we romanticize an abusive relationship and we’re basically disgusting for that, when that’s not how their relationship is even portrayed in the first place.
And it’s so dumb to erase the way Sasuke has treated Naruto so horribly simply because they were destined to make peace. That doesn’t = complete respect on Sasuke’s part, nor does it erase every recent time he’s ever actually put him down and tried to kill him just because, or every time he ignores Naruto until he’s actually relevant.
Sasuke needs everyone on his team. He finds his friendship with Naruto, and his comfort in Sakura. Kakashi and Sasuke’s bond has sadly never been put on the forefront, but he’s provided Sasuke with incredibly mentorship and lessons about treating his friends right, lessons that he’s learned from and has allowed him to grow and respect the both of them a little more, and then encompass as precious people. He even found something in Itachi that he could not find in anyone else, either. Itachi, who will forever be Sasuke’s most important person.
To put all the weight and importance on Naruto just because they’re destined to make peace and that Naruto is supposedly destined to absorb Sasuke’s darkness and thus they’re the only ones who could ever fully help each other grow to fruition is ridiculous. Just because Kishi said that one could not write them growing and developing without the other, does not mean that they cannot grow with other people. That’s ridiculous in notion to assume only one person could make you grow. That doesn’t mean that they can only ever learn everything from each other and reach their full potential only with each other. Just that they codependently develop, that once one grows, the other does too. They’re destined to be part of each other’s lives and are best friends, even brothers as Naruto likes to say so many times, but man why in the world would that ever mean that this is the only Sasuke-viable ship.
Ugh so ranty, but point is, it makes me so frustrated to see people constantly ignore the fact that Sakura is able to give Sasuke something no one else can, and for people to think that this was only in part one and Kishi hasn’t maintained that throughout part 2 and hasn’t shown how much Sakura’s role isn’t to try and save him by fighting him like Naruto does, then all hope is lost.
If Naruto was all Sasuke needed in life, he wouldn’t make it a point to keep bringing Sakura and Kakashi back in their respective roles towards him. Sakura, as the girl who accepts him wholly, and knows there is still the kind boy she used to know in Part 1, just like Naruto knows is still there too, who thinks she can’t let Naruto take that ‘burden’ alone. Who reaches him with her feelings, and the passion she feels for him. Who he holds gratitude for, for loving him so deeply and wholly. Who he could not respond or return the feelings, could not let in (and not would not) because of his revenge. Who he let talk that night he was trying to leave, and let say everything she wanted to say while he tried explaining his side, too, instead of just knocking her out from the start and just leaving.
I mean fangirl all you want about Naruto and Sasuke’s bond (I know I do) but fuck, pushing away the horrible, horrible way Sasuke has treated Naruto, and still keeps treating him even now because they’re 'destined to make peace’ and ominous shit like that, like that apparently makes everything okay, while ignoring that there’s something Sasuke can’t find in Naruto that he finds in Sakura and that he hasn’t treated as horribly and actually went out of his way to be kind to her–basically ignoring every time he’s ever treated her nicer for like the five times he was ever rude to her… well yeah, we’ve got a double standard, biased problem.