Can we stop lying and saying what Naruto did was out of simple rivalry and selfishness and avoid the fact that he was the only one who never gave up on Sasuke? Sakura freaking says this, it’s canon. Ship whatever the fuck you want, but don’t leave out the good qualities in team 7//Naruto for ur dang ship.
Like sure, call them out on shit, none of them are perfect but don’t say Naruto was never soft with Sasuke, that he did not love him, platonically or not, you don’t just declare to bear the hatred of someone and die with them and look forward to understanding them in the afterlife if you don’t love them in some aspect or another, or in all ways. It’s not important to me whether it’s brotp or otp to you, just acknowledge eeeet.
Naruto could not kill him but also could not let him destroy Konoha.
Partly because, and I quote “I won’t let you be alone again, we both know what that’s like …”
So tbh Naruto is objectively, a loyal and dedicated friend and it doesn’t have to be romantic, it’s just truth.
Sasuke and Naruto also both agree that they communicate best through fists, they are ninjas, and competitive at that - so your rampaging that they fight means they just hate each other makes zero sense when they literally spell out why they have to fight.
Sasuke: Naruto became his closest friend and also wants power, refuses it because he could not kill Naruto. Later on says he must kill Naruto because its the only way to achieve total darkness and be completely alone.
Naruto: I won’t let you hurt the tailed beasts or konoha, I can’t let you go because I feel the same and you are my closest friend and I can’t let you be alone again so we will just die together because I wont be the hero that just kills you.
This includes Sakura who had her own reasons for attempting to kill Sasuke, just like Kakashi did.
You may agree or disagree for their reasons why but all of them came from good intentions, albiet with their own human fallacies and imperfections but it was still out of a place of caring.
All of team 7 love each other, that is all