The way I see it, if Sasuke was a girl and everything else in the series remained exactly the way it is, they would be 100% canon. I think the same would go if Naruto were a girl and Sasuke stays a boy. Because they're two guys and it is a shounen manga series, they most likely won't canonically end up in a romantic relationship together. Sasuke will probably end up with Sakura and Naruto with Hinata. But the connection the two boys have is more honest and romantic than anything else, i love it
Okay, first of all thank you for the comment anon! I have seen this particular argument several times (for several different ships) and it always seems to be something the fans rally around. Now, I’m not saying I disagree with this…. but im basically saying I disagree with this.
Look, if either Sasuke or Naruto were a girl it would be a completely different story. The REASON Sasuke and Naruto are such soul mates is because they have this lasting bond of brotherhood and friendship. If one of them were a girl it would completely change the dynamics. They would have been set up as a couple from the beginning. It wouldnt be a shounen. Whoever was the girl would be a piece of trash in the eyes of fandom and the remaining guy would be shipped with the next best guy.
Look i’ve lived through a lot of fandoms, and I know where this argument stems from, I really do, but it’s flawed reasoning. It’s important that they’re guys, EQUALS, FOILS, not distracted by weird sexual tension that would surely be forced upon us every other goddam chapter if one was a girl.
I’m not saying they don’t have sexual tension as guys because oh. my god. They do. So much. It’s just that it’s not forced, not trying to be something it’s not. It just is, and if one of them were a girl, and it was a heterosexual relationship WHICH IS SO SO SO VERY RARELY AN EQUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE (BECAUSE OF SOCIETY AND THE PATRIARCHY AND A LOT OF OTHER BULLSHIT) IT WOULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS. YOU’VE FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED THE NATURE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
And this is why you’ll never see me reblog Naruko ANYTHING. If I ever post genderbent SasuNaru they’re both gonna be girls okay because then the relationship remains on equal footing, the same boundaries and restrictions that would not be there if they were opposite genders. I’m sorry this got so long i’ve been holding this in for a while
THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT!
One of the many reasons why I love sasunaru is because of the way Kishimoto presents it. Their relationship is genuine. It's not forced. it's not done for queerbaiting purposes, it's not done for ratings, or for the series to be popular with the fujoshi crowd. If someone 20 years from now- who knows nothing about Naruto- picks up the manga and starts reading, they will definitely get a vibe that maybe, Naruto's feelings for Sasuke are not just bromance.
You said it so beautifully that I now have a few tears in my eyes!
They’re really just… soul mates. Some may argue that Naruto just cares about everyone passionately, and while it’s true (he did risk his life to save Gaara), it’s still not on the same level with Sasuke. I mean, what kind of guy looks at a shooting star and places his hand over his heart, and thinks, “Sasuke..” Really? That sounds platonic to you? This is different from him being just being dedicated to saving a friend.
Their relationship is so complex that it really scares me sometimes to think about it. What I would have liked to see (and this is only for analysing purposes—I definitely wouldn’t want it to happen, perhaps as an alternative world that Kishi can draw later), is how either of them would react if the other dies by the hands of someone else. Naruto wanted to be the one who killed Sasuke so that he can die with him (hence the ‘we will both die’). I honestly think Naruto would lose it completely if Sasuke died. He’ll probably kill himself, the guilt from not being able to save—or die with—Sasuke becoming too much. As for Sasuke, I really can’t predict what Sasuke would do since Kishi doesn’t want to make him ‘too emotional’, and since, you know, all his precious people already died. So it can really just go both ways. He can either snap or just close off completely. Either way, it’ll still affect him greatly.
Literally all I want from a character arc resolution for sasuke is for him to just smile. Just once.
I wish this didn’t need to be said but,
don’t be an asshole about other people’s ships!
just like what you like and leave everybody else alone, alright?