(this is super long btw)
i am a sasusakunaru shipper and i had some serious issues with the way naruto ended, without letting my shipping bias come into it
and actually i can let go of all these plotholes except the things relating to team 7. there was a love triangle for a reason. There was naruto loving sakura and sakura loving sasuke for a reason. It wasn’t there for nothing okay it was there for something and that something wasn’t resolved. We never got to see naruto accept sakura’s feelings for sasuke. We never got to see sasuke actually reciprocate sakura’s feelings – yes we got to see him showing that he cared; all throughout part 1, the reunion in part 2, the way he thought about team 7 – NOT just naruto – and those moments of hesitation before shooting her down here and there in part 2, the forehead tap, the apology – there were a lot of hints but there was nothing to blatantly state that sasuke reciprocated sakura’s feelings. Shippers saw them obviously, but I understand people who say he didn’t care, because it was so so subtle.
But anyway I want sasuke to show that he cares about sakura with more than just a poke on the forehead which is yes significant to both of them but neither of them know why it’s significant to the other. Maybe sasuke knows about the complex she had but she never said it out loud so I don’t think either of them know. I want naruto to be the best friend he is and support their feelings, despite having to shoot his own down – which is questionable still, because we never really addressed naruto’s feelings towards the end, since the war started. It was only gag stuff, like when he called her his girlfriend? By the end, I feel his feelings changed, but idk it was never addressed so we never know
I want so much more from team 7 this whole manga was so much more about friendship than it was about love and I want them to address that friendship I want them to resolve that I want them to hug and laugh and be together again team 7 is what made me happy team 7 is what made me believe in myself and so much more, I cant just accept this half assed ending
The fight between kaguya was completely unnecessary, the fight between madara stretched out waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long, it could have been resolved earlier and we could have gotten like 10+ chapters to resolve all these issues
idk like 699 was perfect, despite the lack of attention the other issues got, it had an open ending and there would have been no death threats and hate and all of that crap all the fandoms could have been happy and I mean 700 was fine I guess I like it but there were so many other things that Kishi could have focused on instead of their children and the unnecessary pairing up
I mean personally, by the end of the series, I didn’t feel threatened by narusaku at all, it was just pushed to the sidelines, it was just sasuke/karin moments (don’t even get me started on sasukarin that ship makes no fucking sense and I will never understand how people consider it true love but whatever that’s not the point here) and there were sakura’s feelings addressed, and they were, throughout the manga, directed at sasuke. I mean even by the end, I thought she could have been with naruto, she could have gotten with him ages ago if she wanted, but she just didn’t want, and so she wasn’t with naruto. I think it was that time with the medic nin when sakura thought about sasuke that I realized narusaku wouldn’t ever be endgame.
There was shitloads of development between them – their interaction was shown the most in the series, despite sasuke/naruto being the most important bond – and the development, nobody can deny it existed. But sakura just blatantly rejected any advances made in her direction, all for sasuke and I realized that given all the weird form of caring sasuke had for her, that was shown in intense snippets, sasusaku would be endgame for sure. And I mean, considering I ship that as well, I’m happy about it, I am. I am super happy but…it’s not satisfying. I knew it would be an ss ending but the way it happened…
The forehead poke was a beautiful moment but the way 700 was done was dumb. Like really, it was just a slapped on label like “married” but we don’t know how??? we don’t know when??? We don’t know shit about what happened between 699 and 700 and considering the changes between those 2 chapters, I’m really angry because we’re definitely missing out a LOT of info that I know the movie wont be able to cover.
Idk man I’m angry about the dumb way narusaku had no closure I’m angry about the way sasusaku just happened in an out of the blue but not really way I’m super duper angry about naruhina because where the fuck did that come from makes no sense plus I hate Hinata and I don’t think she’s good enough for naruto at ALL but
What really pisses me off is the lack of resolution between team 7
This whole manga was about their friendship. It was entirely about their bonds – yes, most importantly sasuke/naruto bond but altogether team 7 bond as well. And the way it was just ditched for sasusaku makes me really angry man like I love sasusaku I do but what about naruto/sakura bond???? Why wasn’t that given any time???? What about the team bond??? Including with Kakashi????? Team 7 means everything to me – it means more to me than any of my otps – and it hurts me so much that it was just pushed to the sidelines like that.
I’m ecstatic about the sasusaku being canon but it could have been canon in a so much more better way, WITH the resolution of the team 7 bonds, and with narusaku closure because YOU CANNOT JUST ASSUME THAT WE WILL ASSUME HE GOT OVER A GIRL HE WAS IN LOVE WITH FOR SO LONG, WE NEED BLATANT ADDRESSION, and I cannot accept this ending. 699 has the essence of a real ending, 700 does not, and I’m really disappointed about that.