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In Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke’s relationship throughout the years has been a complicated one to say the least. After years of standoffishness, friendship, betrayal, and reconciliation, the two are finally together as a married couple. While Sasuke being out of the house all the time might make him look like a terrible husband, there’s a balance and trust between these two that’s often overlooked.

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Almost immediately after their marriage and Sarada’s birth, Sasuke left his daughter with his wife Sakura to embark on a long mission to protect the village from the shadows. Since then, she has taken care of their daughter all on her own. Sakura has pretty much raised Sarada as pretty much a single mother.

Back in Naruto Shippuden, during the time Sasuke was rogue and separated from the village, he was completely cut off from Sakura in both heart and physical presence. He only had his thoughts on revenge, and honestly could care less about his old comrades and village. He didn’t once again align with Sakura and the others until much later.

In Boruto, however, he is separated in order to protect his family and friends, not hurt them. Because he has something he wants to protect, he takes on the darkness of the village and the mystery of villain Kaguya’s supposed return. Instead of fighting for personal reasons, now Sasuke fights for others—and while Sakura definitely has a yearning to meet him, she also has a very strong bond of love with him that allows them to be apart from each other for long periods of time. She understands her husband’s guilt over his actions and knows that what he is doing is for the sake of her and their daughter as much as it is for the village as a whole.

Her absolute trust in her husband leads to conflict with Sarada, who doesn’t trust their bond because she doesn’t remember seeing them together. When the three do reunite, it’s obvious that the two will do anything to protect Sarada—and prioritize her over their own reunion. When Sarada asks her father if his feelings are connected to Sakura, he says they are. When she asks how he knows this, he replies:

“Because you exist, Sarada.”

In Boruto, Sasuke Is a Jerk Who Loves His Daughter

Even if the couple is apart, Sarada is the thing that keeps them moving on together because she is proof of their love. Sakura raises their daughter within the household and trusts Sasuke to stay well and guard the village. On the other hand, Sasuke trusts Sakura to protect herself and their child. While he deeply cares for her and will go to rescue her if needed, he also believes in her strength.

Let’s just remember that Sakura used to be a character who always had to be protected and saved in the first part of Naruto. Now, one of the strongest ninjas in the entire ninja world has full faith in her to protect herself and others. Having that level of trust—especially from someone who stopped trusting everyone in the world until only a few years or so before his daughter’s birth—is a major sign of the balance and understanding the two hold in their relationship.

A true power couple, while they have a bit of an odd relationship, their hearts are always connected via their daughter. While the circumstances might not be the best for the husband and wife, their trust in each other and respect for one another allows them to maintain a strong bond, no matter how far apart they are.

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Boruto: Next Generations is currently airing, and is available to watch for free with subtitles on Crunchyroll. The original Naruto and Naruto Shippuden sequel anime are also streaming there.

Comments (1)
  1. To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand SasuSaku. The relationship is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical romance most of the subtelty will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Sasuke’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The SS fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these scenes, to realise that they’re not just romantic- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike SasuSaku ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the depth in Sasuke’s existential catchphrase “I’ll see you soon” which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Kishimoto’s genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them.

    And yes, by the way, i DO have a SasuSaku tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for true Sakura fans only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid

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