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SOOOOO! As a few people were speculating, it turns out Naruto was grabbing Hinatas hand because of Shikakus plan which INVOLVED grabbing peoples hands to transfer power, NOT out of romance. Naruto was doing it because he remembered the plan and needed to go through with it since he was close to giving up.

My goodness, Kishi. You seriously had to do that right before a long break?
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prettyangel92 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
well, we all know Kishi loves to troll Naruhina fans
Inferno180 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
While it was releving to see that the main purpose of the hand holding was to commit a plan, if anything this just means the pairing stuff is back to what it was before.

NaruHina is back to being unconfirmed and at the same time NaruSaku is still in the game.

By this same measure, many fans are still going around making their own assumptions, despite how the hand holding ended as soon as this chapter started, many NaruHina fans are saying it was symbolic because it was the real naruto and he did it for a few moments, others say while he did tag many others with power, its still confirmed.

To clear this up:
Is NaruHina confirmed? No its not, its still just a possible pairing. The hand holding of last chapter was significant for Hinata, not Naruto. Naruto again had no romantic intent and though some fans are trying to use the line "you've been by my side the whole time." They don't realize the context, again Naruto is replying to Hinata ABOUT THE SITUATION NOT HOW SHE LOVED HIM. Obito nearly broke Naruto but Hinata's speech and Kurama's input got him back in. The hand holding as I see it for now, was merely a way to both thank and consulate Hinata for a brief moment over both cheering him up and for Neji.

Why did Hinata revive the power first? Easy she was the closest, might as well had used her as the lab rat for enhanced chakra. Naruto had just snapped out of a daze, the hand moment was brief but important for Hinata, yes it was the real naruto but now the real naruto is over with kakahsi and team guy, does this mean if he tags them its special for them as well? No because everyone got power, Hinata is not special in that case.

Was chapter 615 a NaruHina moment? Yes, Yes it was but it was that a moment and its passed. 615 was about Naruto realizing whats really at stake, nothing between them romantically. It was about how Naruto had been entrusted with so much and how everyone was willing to die for him to succeed. Its not up to Naruto alone, the only way he could succeed is from the help of others which is already being proven from the Ino-Shika-Cho formation in 616. Hinata was the secondary character of this chapter to remind Naruto exactly for that and she who just lost Neji her own cousin, it was her own cousin she lost but slapped naruto out of it to prove to him that Neji dying and everyone helping each other was proven Obito's statements of hopelessness wrong. Hinata had her big moment, the motivational speaker, now the speech is over and the spotlight has shifted. 616 dealt with Shikamaru and Ino mainly over the loss of their fathers and how the mantles had been passed on. Hinata had her moment, its over.

Was 615 romantic? Yes for only Hinata, Naruto did not think either way about romance, he was thinking about how the fight was not hopeless and gave Hinata the first enhanced chakra. Hinata thought romantically but Naruto did not give a rats ass either way over romance, they are in a battle for the fate of the world, Naruto is at least smart enough to not think this way.

What about Hinata's role in 616 she punched the ten tails? Hinata merely tested the power, the air palm is a rather weak technique in the hyuga clan, but it was enhanced to the point as it could deflect a punch from the imperfect ten tails, everyone is figuratively as strong as naruto was when he had the four tails or in sage mode, some equivalent. That point acted as a moment for Madara and Obito to realize the shit just got real and how if a minor tech could block a punch, then what would a normally powerful move do? The results: The Choji and Choza had the immense strength to hold down the ten tails as if equals and the Nara clan got the power to immobilize it fully, and Ino was able to move even faster than Naruto and hold Obito for much longer (though Obito being very powerful was still able to shake her off and remain awake).

What about Sakura, she was nowhere to be seen? Yes what about Sakura, she was not seen (save Ino's flashback) but that does not mean she is not present, Sakura is still very much around the battlefield and doing her role most likely. Keep in mind the real time of the battles, the NaruHina moment seemed like 5 mintues but it was just more like 10 secs in real time (manga and anime always do this stuff for the drama, a dramatic drag). Same thing with Sasuke and co, the battle with Kabuto and where they are currently (back in Konha) are all occurring at the same time. Sakura's parents were much in the same way they are now, they always existed and were present just not in the main focus.

Why didn't Sakura get any power? She's useless: This one we don't know, we assume Naruto gave her power or more likely those who needed it for the time being. If anything Kakashi and Guy did not get any power boost either but remember theres a good reason for this, they just had it. Just like how sage mode is a 3rd source of power for Naruto, he can use it to substitute and supplement his own supply but he is limited in how many times he can enter sage mode. So its no surprise if Kakashi and Guy need a bit longer before they can become devastating. Sakura we don't know, she could have gotten it or not gotten it, Kiba got it yet he did not fight. This is the only thing I'm unsure of, if they suddenly have many wounded I could see Sakura getting pumped up for hyper speed healing or if they need it, a very strong physical attack. Sakura we need to wait and see, I could see the medical one but I could also see naruto needing help for a major physical attack from Sakura, Lee, and Guy, but maybe others as well.

Is Sakura going to have a moment? Yes, Yes Sakura will have her moment, remember above anything else regardless of pairings, Sakura is part of team 7 and part of the conflict, even if Naruhina was confirmed back in 615, it would make no difference for this, Sakura was there when Sasuke did bad stuff not Hinata. Naruto and Sakura are the team members with Sasuke not Naruto and Hinata. Kishi even said all characters will have a big moment, what this means for sakura is unknown but we know her being a main character will have something to do. Sakura is still the heroine, just as Tsunade is healing the other Kage off screem, Sakura could be prepping for a big role. Remember back in 615, though the NaruHina moment was just very short lived, we have no idea what Sakura reacted too, it could have been Hinata's speech or it could have been Tsunade in some way, the Sakura panel was important but we still have no idea for what.

So who loves who and what is the pairing status? As I said in the start, the pairing stuff is back to normal, Kishi just trolled both NS and NH fanbases. Hinata is still the only one with a direct love. Naruto we have no idea (no proof he is over Sakura even with the confession and no idea about Hinata especially considering Hinata's confession is still unaddressed), Sakura finally we know she loves Sasuke as of 540 but seemed depressed, She still likes Naruto and has genuine feelings, just we don't know how those feelings are, its true Sakura was depressed about Sasuke and she has hinted a couple times she may love Naruto (the bridge, possibly jealous of hinata from the healing moment after pain attacked her, possibly for something over hinata's speech in 615).

Again its nice to have the tension eased up over these pairing wars but only time will tell, I mean what if Kurama ends up thinking Sakura was like Kushina, if that happened then I think we would know where that would lead. Sakura is around, I don't think she ditched or went to the kages, we should see her soon. Remember Hinata, Shikamaru, and Ino all had their moments they even all just lost someone (Neji, Shikaku, Inoichi). If Sakura loses Tsunade, you all realize what this means considering how Sakura is a main character and Tsunade is a major one with an important role.

NaruSaku is still a possibility and it could come around, if everyone has a major moment, what I would love to see for Sakura regardless of pairings is her surpassing Tsunade, maybe getting the title and mantle passed on right here, it may seem like a cheap power boost to Sakura but she could be put in a very important position soon. Especially when it comes to Naruto and Sasuke what will she do? (most likely just have faith in Naruto or possibly even help him to fullfil the promise, it would be neat to see Sakura do something like "Its not just a promise, its because we are a team Naruto and we need to fullfill that obligation to Sasuke). I can dream but we just need to see.

So its nice things are back on track with action for a while, lets see how they play out but we know for sure Sakura has an important event coming and it should be good.
rehamlove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
hhhhhhhhhhh yes you are right amanda-sama
kishi knows how to play with our feelings :D
anyway i love this chap so much :love:
UltranX2010 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
told you all it was gonna happen. no one listened. I just ignored all the craziness, enjoyed my birthday, got sick, still am sick, and tried a new digimon online game. I mean do you really think a pairing is gonna be confirmed already when there is 1 1/2 to 2 years still left in the manga? I think not.
manzr Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Kishimoto: Problem?:icontrollfaceplz:
ASSASSINBIATCH Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, one of the greatest examples on how Kishimoto is really good with cliff hangers. Kishimoto is really a great writer and he creates all of these cliffhangers to keep us on our seats but thankfully doesn't troll at us like Kubo. Instead Kishi uses different techniques to keep the story entertaining. :D
Ryeharo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhhhh, my depression ends here. Read the chapter last night then read this journal now thought, "huh...never seen it that way before. Fuck you Hinata."
I feel good now. :D
KsNandS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kishi is the biggest fucking troll of this century, and the thing that makes me crack a smart-ass grin is the fact that he took a three-week break to let us all simmer.

I want to meet him and shake his hand and say "Congrats on trolling the world... AGAIN." |"DDDDD
Asunabara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NeverEndingLust Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kishi. You damned sly troll you. Lol I loved this chapter! It was freaking awesome! Loved the samurai page too! Sakura looked so beautiful! Can't wait until she shows up! :D
sukiharuno Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
omg tht had me in a stir
kimmy122122 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
this chapter kinda made my day... :D
Dudeitsdani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
damn kishi is a troll x'D
LizzieBCT Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
asdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklASDFGHJKL YES YES YES!!!!
HarunoSakura33 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeeeeaaahhhhh !!! I'm soo happy now....buahahah NH fans :D
But in this chapter i noticed that Sakura didn't show at all......!
Chanzina Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
i realized that all along, thanks to dat amazing ns video you guys (I think lol) posted :) thank you kishiiiii
MangaFreak17 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So this was basically the Shikamaru, Ino, Choji chapter (3 weeks ago was Hinata) Sakura will be coming soon enough :D
FlyingLion76 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kishi you sly bastard :D
Kiiro-sama Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I like the samurai armor that Sakura's wearing in the coloured page.
And when I saw how powerful Hinata got after receiving the power from Naruto, I thought that if Sakura gets the same power she will be freaking strong. One punch and the Juubi will be in little peaces.
KsNandS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you posted this comment! That was a beautiful drawing of the Samurai armour on them both! ^^
Kiiro-sama Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks. :D
It would be good to cosplay it, but it's a little hard to make the armor.
assassins-fate Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I KNEW IT (not because of Shikaku's plan)!!! There is no romance between Naruto and Hinata! 8D

Kishi is such a troll! :XD: Those people who thought Naruhina is canon actually felt for it!

And I starting to wonder, what's inside of the wooden box that Shikaku hid? 8D
cherryblossom2100 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kishi is such a troll, I support NaruSaku and NaruHina (although I support NS a teeny bit more) I was happy that one of my ships had a chance in the last chapter but this new chapter has thrown everything in the air and I don't know what to do anymore
BettyDeLaCost Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
chiyuu-kun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Plus, the colour spread indicated that Kishi KNOWS who the heroine is. Therefore, we all should too. Naruto's in love with the same girl he's had feelings for from day one!

This chapter was well worth the wait! I loved it :love:
Sakura, we're waiting~! :XD:
Kirabook Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I suspect soon Sakura will get a bit of focus since she wasn't exactly shown in this chapter.

I also want to say to those still on the fence about Sakura not being in this chapter, I recently wrong an essay about the timeflow in the Naruto vs. # of chapters. Everyone agrees that only about 5 minutes or so passed in this chapter right? The same applies to the last x-amount of chapters since the war started.

Relax, Sakura not being in screen for 5 minutes is nothing to panic over -although she technically did have a panel with Ino-. She'll get her time soon enough. If she doesn't, then Kishi has other things planned since again, he verified Sakura is a heroine on the cover and the added text was "Flowers Dancing on the field...make your moves heroes and heroines!"
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Inferno180 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Wow, one of my speculations was right, all to the plan.

Well Kishi is a troll master, end a chapter at a high note, break for 2 weeks, then have certain fanbases worked up, then just go right to passing out power.

I even said he could let go of hinata as soon as the chapter started, looks like naruto just also had a moment with shikamaru, ino, etc.

Well this chapter puts everything back to normal. Just its neat to see how everyone can get power. Makes me wonder if Naruto could give Shino power to make super bugs or Sakura (as most of us want) to see some huge medic boost. Something tells me Kakashi and Gai will get enhanced.

Difference in this chapter from when he Kakashi got power, power was restored, this is enhanced.

Though everything has subsided, I'm still curious as to Sakura's reaction in 615, still something important to come. Some people have already thought she ran away, I'm sure she is still healing people around the battlefield, we should see her soon. Sakura's reaction still has some importance we will see later on.
HikazePrincess Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's fine with me
i don't have as much love for narutoXsakura as i used to, but i'm not really a fan narutoXhinata
Narusaku4eveer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
i thought that something like this would happen. :D
YumeChan23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I knew it. Naruto doesn't love Hinata and he hold Hinata's hand for transfering power. Kishimoto made this before the long break for the pairing war could be on fire :fanservice:

NHers, please, don't say CANON before the confirmation. The same happened when Hinata had declared Naruto and you know the story: Naruto came back to Konoha and he kept Hinata in the friendzone.

the-pooper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
I haven't read the chapter yet... going to in a minute. But when i read this, I just got the sudden urge to laugh my ass off at those NH that thought it's now "CANON" because of the hand hold. I know not all NH fans thought that the moment was canon, but to those who threw it in our faces... I wonder what they have to say now?

And Kishi... why you the master of trolls?
amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Read it. Naruto doesn't even keep "holding" Hinatas hand like the fans were saying "never letting go of this hand." Yeeeahhhh he does.
the-pooper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist

sorry... it's just I've been bashed so hard here at home, my friend calling me a fool and waving a print out of the holding hands page in my face. :)

I'm going to read it soon. :D
rotcalex2011 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
So now all NH fans must b like ”oh come on -_-” I dnt hate NH but I'm laughing at all them who got way to excited from the previous chapter
Raixaz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was sort of dissapointed, I was waiting for him to give chakra to Sakura :XD: Maybe next chapter... (?)
Ahahaha then Sakura will surely kill everyone with one punch, lol!
sashun08 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Don't worry...i was way ahead of you guys. I gave a spoiler in my art "Together" that there will be talk-no-jutsu, shika's dad plan to defeat juubi will be revealed and the revive of the kages.

I'm reading the latest chapter in japan. You won't believe what sakura gonna do. It's like..."save the best for last"...hehe
Raixaz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
??? I do read the english translation of the japanese chapter that's released just a couple of hours after the release in Shounen Jump.
Sakura hasn't done anything so far, so... I'm sorry, I can't really believe that you know what's gonna happen.
You're on chapter 618 too right?
sashun08 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
my lips are sealed...hehehe
Raixaz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, I still can't believe you.
It would be a different story if you told specifically what will happen and then it really does.
"You won't believe what sakura gonna do" isn't much to go on, it might happen something even if you don't know and is just guessing.

Sorry to go attack on you like this.. :p
sashun08 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
No...its not guessing. manga in japan was waaay ahead from manga english version. Right now, i'm not in japan right now so i read in english version.

In you won't believe what sakura gonna do, i didn't mention for the next chapter. Just like what i said before,i'm tried not to spoil it here in DA.
Raixaz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're talking about the volumes right? I'm so confused now :XD:
Since there's the Mangastream scanlators we always get the new chapter in english just a couple of hours (maybe less than that) after the release in Shounen jump.

I'm still really confused as to what you're talking about what Sakura is going to do.
Please, can you send a note or something and tell me? :) Maybe that'll clear some things out :XD:
If you don't want to, that's fine then. I'll just wait and see :)
sashun08 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Sorry...when i posted my spoiler about RTN last year, i've received an anonymous reader that i shouldn't spread spoilers about the manga and NS latest movie.

About sakura, i think you should wait and see it for yourself. You might see her after sasuke receives answers from Hokage's "flashback stories"....hehehe
LunarSpawnSerenata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Omg!!! Does this mean!?!?!?
xKari-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Digital Artist
I laughed so hard while reading this. . . .I'm not one to bash pairings or people that ship pairings,
but the NH fans that were screaming "CANON" are probably feeling stupid, not the sane ones but some. :lmao:
Narisa18 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was doing and thinking the same thing. XD
the-pooper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
I know exactly what you mean! :lmao:
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