@Gemnist and anyone else who’s curious
I standby what I said and I can see that at least two people in this forum agree. It was my intention to shine some light on the similarities between Hinata and Kushina, which I still say are more substantial as opposed to the completely obvious similarities between Sakura and Kushina. If I wanted to do a comparison of the latter I would have probably said something similar to what you wrote. Going back to the similarities Hinata has with Kushina that I stated near the end of my previous post, I made it a point to say “to a more or lesser extend depending on your views” for a reason, and that is because of how differently each of us can perceive the characters of the Naruto series.
If it was Kishimoto’s intention to have Naruto and Hinata be together from the beginning, then I congradulate him on doing one hell of a job messing with all of us.
In terms of Minato and Hinata I agree they have their similarities but again not the point of my previous post.
I’m not touching any more on Sakura’s character development, it may have been bias but I’ve said my piece.
Sasuke and Sakura’s sudden paring…
There wasn’t much actual development but I tried to pay attention to the subtle cues as wells. I’ll only be using parts near the end of the series to simplify my point of “trying to make sense of their paring” and maybe I’m seeing more than what is actually there, either way this is how I see it…
Near the end of the series Sasuke asked Sakura why she like him (he’s asked this question before in a similar fashion, I’m just not sure how many times), she couldn’t answer his question properly because, I assume that the answer was obvious to her, she just couldn’t put it into words because of the complicated relationship that they have. When Sasuke asks Naruto the same question after “losing” their fight, Naruto is able to give Sasuke an answer he can understand. At this point, I believe that because of the close bond that Sasuke has with Naruto and Sakura he summed up that Sakura’s answer would be similar to the one Naruto gave him… The scene where Sakura ask Sasuke if she can join him on his journey and he responds by tapping her forehead is a bit of a throwback to when they were younger but I also think that Sasuke is telling Sakura in his own way that he finally acknowledges the way she feels. In a way it brings their to relationship to a full circle from when Sasuke left the first time, not knowing if he’s coming back, to him leaving a second time and knowing that he is coming back, creating a new beginning which is more or less continuing from where they left off.