His backstory was about becoming free and choosing your life - but instead he chose his death - just like his father, signalling, that the Hyuuga branch house can be truly free only in death. With him dying, we didn’t get much closure on the Hyuuga. Hiashi failed to protect the only thing left by his brother who sacrificed his life. Hinata’s speech after him dying was cool but mentioning Naruto’s big warm hand was out of place and downright atrocious and made her look like a cold girl. This also trampeled all over Neji’s dignity as a character, as he’s become a sacrificial lamb for a ship. Which also cast a shadow over the ship (NH)it self - Neji’s death brought only a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge avalanche of NEGATIVITY spreading like a disease through the last chapters„ naruhina, the characters, and the movie.
People aren’t stupid, they do get what happened and for what purpose - but it was cheap, stupid and waltzed over character’s dignity. If there has been a way how to make naruhina work without all this negativity, I would’ve loved to see that route, even as a narusaku fan.
So there you have it. I don't know why this had to end in such a bitter note for a part of the fandom.....shipping wasn't supposed to be a big deal in a shonen manga yet, it had such a horribly huge impact on the outcome, the character's image and the feel of the entire manga. I never would've even guessed this is going to become such a big deal and that Neji will be treated this way....well..not only him. But Sakura, Hinata, Sasuke.....and Naruto respectivelly....as well.
IF there are people happy about the ending, I wish them their joy. I would've been just as happy if the end would come out as something I dreamed of.
It was my own fault for investing so much love into a fictional series and so I'll do my best to focus on original works next year. I don't know what it will mean for this account on Deviantart but I want people to enjoy my stories even if they stumbled upon them in a year or ten years later....so I will do my best to keep this account open at least and will inform you if I decided on something radical in the future.
Take good care and thank you very much for all the positive feedback!
Have a pleasant Holiday and don't let these sad things get to you, live your life, focus on important things and enjoy the doujinshi if you can I'll keep the original image of the Naruto series in my heart, I don't regret reading it.
And I'll make sure to start One Piece, if possible
We were definitely NOT delusional, we definitely did not read the thing wrong, and the NS route had definitely been established, but they just didn’t choose it.
Therefore, there’s no reason for NS shippers to feel bad, stupid, with warped view on what is love because the love was there at some point and we filtered it through our own cultural filter. Hope this calms you a bit. And yeah, Naruto didn’t move on. He basically straight out gave up. Because he has seen Sakura’s resolve and considered it admirable virtue. That’s the reason why he didn’t confess. And that is also why we probably won’t see any confession at all - because it just would be pointless. Because the man has his pride and he also respects the woman’s choice. I still would’ve wished, that Kishimoto stepped outside the box and made Naruto fight for her - because he, more than ANYONE IN THE MANGA, had seen fisrt-hand how much Sasuke had hurt Sakura. If he found it wrong, he should’ve fought. He should’ve never given up on her. I highly doubt that Kishimoto decided on NH such a long time ago and feel more like he left everyone in a thick haze, serving us NH moments and right after NS moments. Till the very last chapters.
But that’s all over now. We can only respect the outcome and force our selves into belief, that the end is happy for everyone. Even if it’s not happy for us. And yes, if you feel that the end is wrong in any kind of way, just stick to it, because that’s one way looking at it and it’s NOT wrong.
IS Kishimoto sexist?
After my rage calmed down a bit I realized that we’re talking about Eastern manga, not a western comic. The view and opinion on woman from a Japanese POV hasn’t been as clear as day to me till this very moment. Till I read those lines.
I am still very angry but I am really trying to understand that what we may see as sexist, they see it as a virtue. Giving up on someone you love and moving on because he’s abusive may seem like a good idea to us (and the best idea IMO), but to Japanese, apparently - it means betrayal of your first feelings when you fell for that person and the betrayal of your pride. So to portray Sakura and Hinata never giving up on their first love, Kishimoto felt that this is the best way how to make the women look "loyal, enduring, chaste, virtuous, strong, unwavering"..… Naruto has seen Sakura’s resolve and he loved her for it. At the same time, this very resolve was what hindered them to be together on a romantic level, I guess. Because he would never force him self on her. Because she wouldn’t forgive her self for not saving Sasuke and being by his side, when she claimed how much she loved him at first. This all kind of feels like the outer appearance is so very important in Japan - once you claim something out loud, you have to stick to it, or else they’ll make fun of you/or you’ll seem as a hypocryte. That’s true pride and even though it is kind of admirable, it can result in terrible pain and hurt for that person….There are just so many suicides in Japan out fo seemingly petty reasons… the people there bend under the pressure of society, some break some don’t…… But it all suddenly is so much clearer to me now.
Which doesn’t mean that I am totally fine with it or support this view fully. To me, the right thing for Sakura would’ve been to move on and show that she’s worth of being loved and treated with care and respect.
To Kishimoto, the right thing was to show that one should always stand by his decision from start to finish, no matter the consequences - and that makes you admirable and mature and strong.
Bot POVs are right. The difference is in considering the “consequences” of choices and the way we deal with those.
It’s 2014 today, the manga started in 1999…. things have changed in Japan as well and I am sure that even the opinion of Japanese women has changed. I am also sure that many female readers will be upset by this statement and that is good. That’s why, even though in Europe and US Kishimoto’s view must seem horribly sexist and plain..ridiculous…. He’s basically no sexist -he just happened to be born in Japan and raised by a culture that has a different views on virtue than we do. Which is okay. Which still doesn’t make me obligatory to like it/fully accept it…..but I do understand at least and that’s why I don’t want to be too angry with him.
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