… just few of the questions I have asked myself. Yes, I know it, from here on the statements according to which I really need to check a mental health institution and all that bullshit propaganda started on Tumblr from the followers of a certain shepherd – but we’re not here to talk about that anyway – will seem more and more viable, right? Meh, I don’t really care about what other people have to say, it’s a theory, take it as such and let’s move on.
Therefore, I am here to talk about the theory I have been telling you about for a certain time now. I want to apologize for leaving you guys wait so much, those of you who don’t know what I am gonna be talking about, and for those of you who do have an idea, those of you who have helped me on this crazy path, this crazy road, those of you who stood besides me when people started calling me crazy and whatever names, who watched me even in my lowest point and still stood besides, thank you! Many of the things I am going to be writing here wouldn’t have probably be written if not for your help! So thank you!
To that troll who tried “selling” everything that’s going to be written here as “solid proof from a secret source I have”, try again. Stuff like these aren’t gonna work with us. There are certain details that give you away, just so you know. Anyway, moving past that as well… the theory!
Like I said in the very beginning on H&E when I asked some of the guys there if they would be interested in helping me gather some info for the theory, I don’t want to raise anyone’s hopes up, this is just a theory, like always! Might happen to get true like it happened before with almost all my theories (don’t know if I have some unfulfilled ones besides the latest with Sakura and Kaguya, but I have a thought about that one too, but anyway), might not happen and all this will stay at the stage that it is now, that being theoretical. So hope we’re clear on this one.
Now, let’s get to the real deal. Like I have been telling ever since the beginning, although congratulating myself the NaruHinas and SasuSakus, thing I didn’t mind doing, despite how illogical it seemed to me and many other fans around the world – we all know that, there’s like 5% of the people who do like the ending but those are the people that say we, the rest, who believe there’s something fishy with this ending, are crazy so you do the math – but moving on, however, I am afraid I might have been quick in congratulating them. However, I am not taking my words back. If in the end it’s proven that Chapter 700 was the real end and NaruHina and SasuSaku are canon and married, then so be it! However, I stiiiiill have a little doubt that this is actually 100% the true ending, given that it logically contradicts every literary law and law that the manga has established for itself. Thus given it contradicts that, I am still inclined to believe differently, as in the following I will be writing about in this theory.
As I told you on my Tumblr and on H&E although going back and forth, everything about this ending is weird. Everything up to the half of chapter 699 is hella weird. It defies logic and the very laws Kishi established the construction of this manga on. It can’t be that even non-NaruSaku fans see this. Even NaruHina and SasuSaku fans themselves, I have few in my inbox telling me how they cannot believe their pair became canon like that and that even them don’t support it and don’t ship it anymore. I am not BS-ing you and those of you know themselves. Hell, even NaruSasu fans said that the most logical pairing if not NaruSasu given its heavy development in the manga, would be NaruSaku along SasuKarin given its mirrored construction as the counterpart pairing to NaruSaku, the dark pairing, the yang of it.
So that’s why, given certain details I have observed along with certain details others have helped me observing, I theorize the following: that Chapter 700 isn’t the canon ending of Kishimoto’s 15 years of work, in fact, the true ending is The Last: Naruto the movie – that’s why they keep sending us insistingly to see the movie, all this is a genjutsu, as in the all known Infinite Tsukuyomi, that chapter 700 is only the pre-movie chapter like the special Road to Ninja chapter was for Road to Ninja. That in reality, NaruHina and SasuSaku aren’t canon but they will receive a closure in The Last movie, however, that movie will be about the bloominglove between Naruto and Sakura, while Naruto and Hinata get their last moment, the moment that will bring them closure before either of them moving on with their lives and love, so to speak.
Now, why do I say this? Well, I have tons of reasons to believe so. I will start first with explaining why I don’t think Chapter 700 is canon and based on certain details why do I believe it’s a genjutsu. It all boils down to the previous movie, Road to Ninja.
Let’s take it on steps… Remember that on November 4, when the Databook 4 was released the chapter preceding Road to Ninja was as well sold? Remeber the initial poster that announced the said event?
At that time, everyone asked themselves why, along with Volume 71 and the release of Databook 4, the publishers decided to have attached the Road to Ninja chapter?
You know what I mostly base my theory on? I feel like I need to tell you before continuing… It’s basically on certain connections I’ve made thanks to the literary devices Kishi uses, along with the fact that all this, Chapter 700, Road to Ninja, The Last: Naruto the movie seems to me as strategic placing (in Chapter 700, aka design feint – I will explain this a bit later) and strategic planning as well. As we know, apparently Kishi has been working on this movie, The Last: Naruto the movie for 2 years now and apparently, according to the director of Naruto Shippuden anime, Kishi had the ending planned for 8 years ago, there are only slight changes made in this last chapter… This seems itself very suspicious to me. If NaruHina and SasuSaku were the “real” end, why show so much NS interaction/development, why mirror it so much with SasuKarin as the two of them being the Yin and Yang of the manga in terms of hetero pairing, not talking about NaruSasu, they top us all, let’s be real here, no matter who enjoys it or not or in what way. But still, why show so many moments like these, if NaruSaku and SasuKarin weren’t meant to be canon?
If NaruSaku and SasuKarin weren’t meant for canon, why Kishi would bring these two pairs when Naruto and Sasuke, the guys who have strongest bond of this manga, their death signifying the theft of the light of hope, in a chapter entitled curiously enough The Real End, the pairings that were shown through a simple literary device named mirroring were NaruSaku and Sasukarin, the ones being besides Naruto and Sasuke respectively with all their being, fighting until their last breath were Sakura and Karin respectively?
Why show Sakura and Karin going all out in for Naruto and Sasuke respectively?
Why show Sakura going all her way out, risking death by chakra depletion, all to keep Naruto alive if they weren’t meant to be together?
The same which can be said about Karin as well, given all the risks she subdues herself to in order to get to Sasuke and save his life, even though it was supposedly too late? Like Naruto, and her mirroring-counterpart in Chapter 663 Sakura, Karin displays for Sasuke’s life and safety a power beyond the human condition, because as we’ve learned back in Part 1 “When you have a certain someone who is special to you, when you have something special you want to protect, only then you can become truly strong!“
Not only this is mirroring between two of the most important bonds in this manga, but it’s also mirroring with the third and maybe the most important one to this manga, NaruSasu, forming thus another one of the triad concepts in this manga, given that it’s a common concept Kishi uses that I have already been talking before.
Kishimoto paralleling Sakura’s actions in Chapter 663 entitled “Absolutely” and her case of risking her live for Naruto because of chakra depletion with those of Naruto’s back in Part 1, in Chapter 134 named Naruto’s Ninja Handbook, where Naruto’s ninja way as a character takes shape and it’s known as one of his strongest qualities, where he, likewise Sakura in 663, risks his life in order to save hers, ironically, in the same fashion by chakra depletion, where Naruto was using his last bit chakra to summon Gamabunta in order to protect Sakura, the same way Sakura used her last bit of chakra to keep Naruto alive at all costs, points once again towards the strong love between those two and how they are fated one for another, not only because it’s romantic and written in the stars but because they have risked their all, selflessly, in order to keep the other one not only happy overall and living a good happy life, but literally alive.
However, the said chapter it’s the same chapter in which Sakura is alluded as being Naruto’s this (girlfriend) by Gamachiki, while showing his little finger, the same way Konohamaru did back in Chapter 34.
And while in chapter 34 Sakura makes sure to assure herself that the statement according to which she is Naruto’s girlfriend is wrong, years later, when the same thing happens in 631, Sakura not only gets flustered not addressing the issue herself, not responding to it, but she neither denies the implication of being Naruto’s girlfriend.
And ironically, these sequence of actions where Sakura risks her life for Naruto follows after Chapter 631 where the most controversial parallel gets confirmed, as in Sakura is indeed the one like Kushina, therefore, it’s implied by the story Sakura should be the one Naruto must find like his mother, not Hinata, the weird one.
No, I am in no way undermining Hinata, I am just showing the parallels here, just so we’re clear.
Therefore, why make NaruHina and SasuSaku canon, after you’ve built an entire manga showing that the fated love of this story, the same way it was with Minato and Kushina, should be NaruSaku, along with its mirrored counterpart, SasuKarin that also parallels MinaKushi in its more maybe weird and darker – if you want to call it like that – way to some and Karin being the other girl confirmed to be as Kushina Uzumaki?
Therefore, as I said, Chapter 700 to me seemed very suspicious from the very beginning when I started seeing the spoilers.
At first, I thought that maybe this is really it, but then, as I said in the beginning, I remembered the fact that Kishimoto sold along with Databook 4, the chapter preceding Road to Ninja, and that’s when I connected everything.
As we all know, in one of his interviews Kishimoto said he showed things in Road to Ninja that could not otherwise do in canon manga. At first, people thought that he was talking about only Sakura’s parents and some moments between Naruto and his parents, after Chapter 700 came out, people thought that what he meant by that is that the only way Kishimoto could show NaruSaku would be through Road to Ninja, otherwise he was pushed to change his intentions and so many other suspicions. Most of us thought about the pairings and other moments, but what if Kishimoto actually meant the Infinite Tsukuyomi? Basically, in Road to Ninja we have a glimpse of howexactly the Infinite Tsukuyomi works, we gets to understand its mechanisms.
What if this is what Kishi was talking about, besides the other details such as Naruto and his parents, Sakura’s parents and so on? We all suspected that he won’t introduce in canon manga Infinite Tsukuyomi in effect, thus we thought we only had it in Road to Ninja, but what if he did introduce Infinite Tsukuyomi in canon manga in effect and thus, that being Chapter 700?
After all, The Last: Naruto the movie is said to be chapter 699.5 of the manga. If we take a good look, from the half of Chapter 699 (aka page 15 to 16) the characters started all acting OOC. And this is where I call your attention to Road to Ninja and this detail of OOC-ness at the half end of 699.
Remember Road to Ninja’s very basic concept? The basic imagery of it? It’s basic detail design? Well, let me remind you:
Get the point? Everyone was upside down! As in, everyone was acting OOC. What’s the primary detail we have observed in characters in Chapter 700? Yeap, they all act OOC! Therefore, this strongly indicates given the behavior of all the characters in the chapters from the half of 699 until 700, that they are in a genjutsu, that Kishimoto’s Chapter 700 is a symbolism and some sort of precedent to The Last: Naruto the movie which is the real ending of the manga. Why else are we advised to see the movie if we want to understand that chapter?
So if The Last: Naruto the movie is supposed to be chapter 699.5 like it’s suggested to us here:
Given the contents of Chapter 700, I fairly believe that this scenario is all part of an Infinite Tsukuyomi and the answer lies in Road to Ninja. Why in Road to Ninja? Because Road to Ninja was sold along Databook 4, which in terms of Naruto’s importance to Sakura and Sasuke’s importance to Sakura, the direction of things were subtly made pretty clear, who’s the one who raises her spirit up and makes her bloom and who is the one making her heart feel unease…
As we can see from the translation, although the translator mentioned that doesn’t want to be biased, we can clearly see by the very fact that such an implication was made – that according to which Sakura is the only one who understands him, Naruto, well – that in Sakura’s heart Naruto holds a very dear place and it implies that the same way Kushina was the one who understood Minato the best, it is implied that such a case happens between Naruto and Sakura as well… By such choice of wording Kishimoto is subtly pointing towards Sakura to be Naruto’s other destined half, the same way Kushina was for Minato and in another weird way, how Minato was for Kushina, if we look from the Jinchuuriki point of view (similar case with Hashirama and Mito Uzumaki as well).
So, the databook implies that Sakura understands Naruto the best. How can we tell that? Well, by simply reminding ourselves of a certain period of time, back in the old days. Let’s turn a bit to Sai arc. First of all, remember the volume’s cover art? If not, allow me to remind you, along with some other little details that connect between themselves and that as well, explain why in The Last: Naruto the movie Sai’s kanji is bonds.
As we can see from the above image, the major point of this volume and Sai’s poster kanji was the meaning of bonds. He understood such meanings thanks to Sakura, as we can observe from the imagery used in the cover art design – Sai together with a Naruto holding an axe having Sakura’s name written on it. What the axe with Sakura’s name symbolizes in that chapter is basically as shown and stated in Databook 4, that the one who gets Naruto the best is Sakura, as thanks to her Sai gets to understand the important bond between Naruto and Sasuke. When Sai first gets punched by Sakura in what it appeared to be Sasuke’s name, he didn’t understood why the fake smile, but he was quick to observe that because it hurts Naruto so much when he hears someone bad-mouthing Sasuke given he feels him like a brother, Sakura is quick to act on the one who put Naruto through pain, thus Sai gets the very well known punch, which later prompts him to observe Sakura’s rather gentle nature towards Naruto, despite her being quite a roughyoung lady.
Like pointed here and by Kishimoto himself through Shikamaru’s mom, Yoshino Nara (which is coincidentally or not another branch of cherry trees) even the roughest woman is tender to the man she loves, Kishi once again implying Sakura loves Naruto romantically, since we have Sai pointing Sakura’s gentle nature towards Naruto, while in the same chapter Sakura states that if it werenţt for Naruto and him feeling Sasuke as a brother, if she would have heard Sai badmouthing Sasuke once again, which caused Naruto pain, she would have sent him flying right away. But because Naruto decided that he is willing to cooperate with Sai in order to save Sasuke, so will she. In order to keep Naruto from harm, Sakura not only wants to save Sasuke but also abide by any law that’s established along the way, all that so Naruto won’t suffer any more. She not only wants to protect him but his heart as well which prompts Sai, as reminded and shown, to notice Sakura’s gentle nature for Naruto.
On the other hand, in the same Databook, when it comes to Sasuke’s profile in Sakura’s databook entry this is what we get…
As we all know by now and whoever believed otherwise, like I said, only fooled themselves, Sakura will always hold Sasuke dear, will always “love” him, but not in the way a majority of people would be inclined to think, as in romantic love, but more of a brotherly type of love, as I said I believe here given that Naruto was the one who complimented her forehead in Chapter 3, given that as we see, this kind of love hurts her from the very fake smile it is shown to us to the anxiety and insecurity that her heart is engulfed in whenever that type of love she holds for Sasuke is brought to discussion.
As we can clearly see between comparing the two instances aka Sakura in the NaruSaku concept and Sakura in the SasuSaku concept, we’re dealing with two types of Sakura’s so to speak. Like the symbolism of her name, when she as flower baths in light (Naruto) she comes to life (命 ), she blooms, while in darkness (Sasuke) flowers can only whiter and die…
Therefore given this interesting symbolism Kishi added throughout the manga, this underneath of the underneath, given what Naruto and Sasuke are represented as (Light and Darkness respectively, just so we’re clear) think in conjunction with that and what we saw in Sakura’s Databook 4 entry for both of them, towards who is Kishi exactly pointing here really…? SasuSaku or actually… NaruSaku?
As we all know, one of the most shocking things about this ending, that started happening around the half of Chapter 699 (which I frankly consider to be narrative feinting along with Chapter 700 but hey, maybe it’s just me…) is the fact that the one who gets to have an interaction with Sakura’s forehead is Sasuke, despite everyone expecting it to be Naruto at some point, given Chapter 3 and what significance it holds in terms of Sakura’s real heart desireand NaruSaku.
Curiously enough, Chapter 3 itself is named Sasuke Uchiha, while the cover art pictures us a young Naruto with a crow next to him, crow which if we recall, symbolizes Itachi Uchiha’s best known jutsu: Tsukuyomi. Behind this imagery, a moon on the background as we can all recall.
Therefore, to me all this seems like a similar set-up to the one in Road to Ninja, as in Infinite Tsukuyomi which supposedly showed the “real” heart’s desire, however, at the end of it, Sakura and Naruto both realized what they really want and should be grateful for, thus NaruSaku were together side by side even when we were shown the reality check. Maybe it’s the same with Chapter 700, right?
For you to understand better what I mean, we’re gonna be taking it on turns, with imagery comparison along with concepts from both the manga’s contents and finale as well as Road to Ninja.
What’s the message written as description in Road to Ninja?
This was the message at the time in order to understand Road to Ninja. This time, however, they did it a bit differently… They made use of the fact that the world is with its eyes set expecting the manga’s finale and made Chapter 700 (a symbolical thematic number for this manga) into some kind of a trick chapter, which at the surface it appears in a certain way, but as long as you try to see underneath the underneath, some things appear, some connections that make you question the validity of the chapter and think that no wonder that we are being sent to see The Last: Naruto the movie. The same way it happened with the chapter preceding Road to Ninja, as we can see from its message.
What are some of the things that one notices weird and telling about this chapter?
Let’s start with the first one:
Interestingly enough, Kishimoto starts his chapter with Bolt making an interesting statement: a real shinobi can pull a prank without them even noticing! For the magnitude of a chapter such as Naruto chapter 700 Kishi’s choice of words is really interesting if you ask me as if he’s saying that he is putting a prank without us, the world’s eyes, even noticing. Speaking of the world’s eyes, the dialogue continues with a remark from Shikamaru’s child saying how there are gonna be lots of look-outs in the whole village.
Like somehow Kishi expressing through this chapter that everything in it, its contents it’s a prank and he still does it despite knowing the world’s eyes, the lookouts are there to watch his every move.
I have been thinking about Bolt’s words you know. Many people assume that given the whiskers on his face and Hinata’s daugther, NaruHina must be canon and happily ever after married, but as I keep looking at the kids, all I see is similarities with their what should be – in a way – their real parents.
Let’s take Bolt for example.
Despite supposedly being Hinata and Naruto’s child, he loves pranks like Naruto and Sakura.
Despite supposedly being Hinata and Naruto’s child, he wears a necklace and we see Sakura will be wearing a necklace that we know little off. However, from what we know from manga’s history, the matter of necklaces first started with Hashirama, one of Naruto’s parallel, that passed down in the family the respective necklace . So if, supposedly this necklace is also a necklace passed down to Bolt, does that mean his actual parents are Naruto and Sakura sice we see no such thing on Hinata nor Naruto in neither The Last or Chapter 700. Instead, the only one who wore a necklace at some point was Naruto – who coincidentally enough got broken when Hinata interfered in Naruto’s fight with Pein, getting later almost killed due to Kyuubi rampage -, and as we can see from the design sketches from The Last, Sakura. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not… but it does make one wonder.
It is funny how Bolt says that a real shinobi can pull a prank on people right under their noses or without them even noticing, whichever translation you prefer, refers subtly to one of the most valuable ninja lessons:
Coincidentally enough or not, this very lesson is introduced to us in Chapter 247 entitled “The Growth of the two”, in which Naruto and Sakura’s growth individually as well as a pair is shown. An interesting succession of facts is the one in which Naruto and Sakura try to win over Kakashi by giving him spoilers of the last joke at the end of the Icha Icha series, the book written by Jiraiya, supposedly being the same book Kishi launched as “The tales of Gallant Jiraiya”, where something happens with the main character and seemingly, the truth is another. Kakashi, fearing to hear the spoilers, covers his ears and closes his eyes, after which Naruto and Sakura mention the very basic skill needed by a shinobi: see underneath the underneath. At the end of that day, similar to Road to Ninja’s case, Naruto and Sakura go out on a date, showing the first signs of a changed perspective from Sakura’s end to Naruto’s one – she now accepts on going on dates with him.
Therefore, given the paths they have taken with Road to Ninja, where they heavily advertised a seemingly NaruHina and SasuSaku -centric movie that a large amount of people were convinced that it will be so, however when it actually came out it was heavily NaruSak-centric, in the context of family love, the kind of love Naruto needed, as well as in the context of the other significant half and how two halves combined form a home, Kishi once again clearly paralleling via Road to Ninja that Sakura is the one Kushina talks about when she mentions to Naruto he should find a girl like her, therefore Kishi once again establishing that Naruto’s destined half is Sakura, this time in canon manga, despite its paralleled counterparts failure, it is expected for Naruto to surpass the previous generations and win the girl’s heart and have together with his other destined half, Sakura, the family he so much longed for and in her own special way, she longed for as well – given that by the end of the movie, together with Naruto in their journey, Sakura learns how important her parents are, despite her initial convictions.
So as I was saying before, given the paths they took with Road to Ninja, what they actually showed and what it actually was about, let’s more forward to some interesting observations…
When we look at these details and remember ourselves towards what really Road to Ninja implied at the end of the movie with NaruSaku, given the so-called manga’s finale gets to be even more unbelievable and makes you question it even more. I mean, Road to Ninja heavily suggested what we already mentioned above, meaning this:
And so so many others. Besides these fairly obvious parallelisms between Sakura and Kushina in chapter 631, what we also have introduced here in terms of NaruSaku symbolism, the concept of red thread of destiny/red thread of fate, via Kushina when telling the story of how she fell in love with Minato to her son, Naruto.
It was because, as we all know, Minato complimented her red hair, that which up until that point has hated it so much, and with Sakura, it is shown to us in Chapter 3, that the one who compliment her most hated feature, like it happened with Kushina when Minato complimented her hair, was Naruto.
Given how some of the canon events of the manga tie in very well with the events in Road to Ninja, it is my fair belief that the response of it, the underneath of underneath of Chapter 700, lies in Road to Ninja. But in order to understand that, you’ve got to go and watch The Last: Naruto the movie.
However, as we’ve seen and established by now, Road to Ninja was the movie that set even Japanese fans to call NaruSaku the MinaKushi 2.0, the new generation of MinaKushi given the parallelism. Now, what do we know as a big symbolism to the two pairings, like we said earlier? That they’re bound through the red thread of fate. Like I said in that theory of mine called Fated Love: Bound by the red thread of fate, given certain details, it is alluded to us that the pairing that’s meant to be it’s NaruSaku.
What does the concept of red thread tells us?
It means “fated lover” and that they’re bound by fate or a “red string”. In other words “girlfriend”
Red string is always put on pinky finger. Therefore, that’s why we have the drawings depicting the finger equaling girlfriend.
The two people connected by the red thread of fate (運命の赤い糸, unmei no akai ito) are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.”
The concept is that two people who are destined to be together are attached by an invisible red string bound from a male’s thumb to a female’s pinky finger (though nowadays it’s become more common to show both parties attached at the pinky)
As we saw up there, for Kushina, her destined love came in the form of Minato complimenting her hair, however, as we’ve seen in canon manga, Naruto doesn’t get to confess to Sakura either and at the same time Sakura doesn’t get to find out who the one who complimented her forehead back in Chapter 3 actually was. The fact that it was Naruto, not Sasuke and instead we get this:
An image with Sasuke being the one to forehead-poke Sakura is a very Itachi-esque fashion, while Sakura gets in a weird kind of way, her wish fulfilled in regards to her forehead and Sasuke. Only that the way Sasuke pokes her forehead is very brotherly-like, the way Itachi did with him as well:
Given the context of things, I’d say Kishi is actually alluding at a family-like type of love between Sasuke and Sakura, given its parallelism with the dynamics between Itachi and Sasuke (that of brothers of course), to me like I said it would seem he suggests that the love existent between Sasuke and Sakura is the brotherly type, as we’ve always suspected and it has been confirmed to us recently when Sasuke paralleled Team 7 members to its family, which means he views Sakura as a little sister now, the same way Itachi saw Sasuke as his dear little brother. So we get to see the differences in terms of Sakura and her forehead implications when it comes to SasuSaku dynamics and NaruSaku dynamics.
As we can observe and said already, when it comes to SasuSaku and Sakura’s forehead, it’s all wrapped into a brotherly type of love, however, when it comes to NaruSaku and Sakura’s forehead, Kishi heavily implies romance and parallels it to Minato’s compliment on Kushina’s forehead, that which constituted the aforementioned red thread of fate or as known to you the fated love concept.
Speaking of the red thread of fate or fated love concept, before actually going further in theorizing why I believe that the end is not the true one but a hoax under the Infinite Tsukuyomi mask, let’s dwell a bit more into this concept of fated love started through MinaKushi and continued through NaruSaku with a bit of mirroring in connection to this – SasuKarin.
Now, we all know the whole concept of Secret Lovers in regards to NaruHina, right? According to which, in a game, Naruto and Hinata paired together would mean Secret Lovers however, it was brought to my attention back some time ( I will verify this once again though!) that the respective translation is actually falsely translated from Japanese to English and that the combo between Naruto and Hinata, when paired together is named “Secret Love” not “Secret Lovers” – probably alluding back at that time to Naruto’s secret love for Sakura and Hinata’s secret love for Naruto. This concept if you ask me, makes much more sense than the secret lovers one, especially if we take into consideration the following:
When combining Sakura and Naruto, you get the “fated love” card. By now, with the manga we established the fact that Kishimoto, via the parallelism between Sakura and Kushina suggests so as well, that Naruto and Sakura are fated lovers.
Now, what do we know about The Last: Naruto the movie‘s intro?
That finally, everyone’s fate has been decided… Interesting choice of words, isn’t it? So, if Chapter 700 was supposed to be the one that shows us how everyone’s fate has been decided and given the manga’s overall context, implications, symbolism and literary devices which showed us that the fated one for Naruto should be Sakura and viceversa, how comes that everyone’s fate seems to be twisted around as well as everyone there is acting really OOC? And this is where I caught a connection and saw what was behind all of this, the marketing, the weird chapter, Databook entries and whatnot: that connection being Road to Ninja, which heavily implies if you have understoodthe mechanisms of how IT works in RTN, that everyone is actually in a genjutsu in Chapter 700! But at what point did the genjutsu start? In order to understand these questions, we have to take it by turns and establish first, some ground rules, so to speak. Better said to show some details/connections/parallels in order for you guys to understand better where I’m going with this.
So, as established before, in canon manga it is alluded to us that the destined girl for Naruto is Sakura via the parallelism with Kushina and the same thing is also implied in Road to Ninja, despite it being a genjutsu. In their most core parts, Sakura and Kushina are alike, no matter which world we’re talking about and Minato and Naruto respectively are their destined ones and viceversa because the holy rule of the fated lovers bound by the read thread of love is that the two people connected by the red thread of fate (運命の赤い糸, unmei no akai ito) are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
You ask yourselves why do I believe Road to Ninja is the answer? Well, there are those of you who follow me for quite a while on my Tumblr who know that ever since Road to Ninja appeared, I said it’s something about this movie more than it meets the eye and as well as, I have been observing how Kishi brings in canon manga, elements from Road to Ninja, which means there’s definitely something up with it.
Given these instances and the other details I mentioned before in regards to Road to Ninja and the manga, let’s get down to showing why I believe that everyone in Chapter 700 is under Infinite Tsukuyomi. I am gonna divide this on 4 major parts.
I. The surface: NaruHina and SasuSaku are canon
Why do I say the surface? Well, guiding ourselves on the aforementioned theme of this manga presented as a ninja’s most valuable skills, as in being able to see underneath the underneath, NaruHina and SasuSaku are what could be called the surface or the seemingly underneath. However, one must see even past that, underneath of the underneath!
Yes, this would seem to be the surface of things, this would seem to be the real end after all, isn’t it? However, given in this theory we relate things to Road to Ninja, let’s try and explain some possible discrepancies that might occur, such as one of the biggest seemingly discrepancy: the one that shows that NaruHina and SasuSaku are supposedly married and canon in chapter 700. This is where I am gonna bring your attention to a literary device Kishi has once fooled us with before: narrative feint.
Apparently thus, Naruto and Hinata have a kid, but how comes that besides the whisker marks, Himawari looks like an younger Lee and Lee’s son has a similar haircut as Himawari, minus the apple stem like thing.
You might wonder what would Lee and Hinata have to do since they barely interacted in the manga. Well, besides the fact that Lee has proved to have in-depth knowledge of the Hyugas, back in Part 1, they mirror each other in their love for the hero and heroine.
But there is also a scarf which definitely means Hinata is the destined one, not Sakura – some would say. To those people, I need to remind them a certain thing… that being, the narrative feint! Remember Obito’s case? At first, Kishi introduced us with this idea of the man behind the mask. Slowly he starts building him as Obito Uchiha, but at a point in time, Kishi tries to fool his readers into believing that Obito, the masked man, is actually who he is saying he is: Uchiha Madara. Even the haircuts matched, so besides not only feinting us with the narrative, Kishimoto also did it by design. And now I highly theorize he’s doing the same with the whiskers on the childrens face, despite them being only 2 not 3 like Naruto’s, and despite that this only appears when the baby is in its mother’s womb, therefore, given that Hinata isn’t a jinchuuriki, this would have been impossible! Also, given how the kids actually tend to look like, the possibility of a Lee and Hinata blooming romance given their mirroring confessions looks higher and higher. In the end, this is the beginning of love, right? Who is to say that there isn’t a beginning for a love between Lee and Hinata?
For more explaining in this matter, I’d advise you to read Konan-sama’s own LeeHina theory where she basically puts together everything I wanted to express besides what I already did. Thanks a lot for the help, sweetie, once again!
If you asked yourselves about the scarf, let’s compare a bit symbolism between both canon manga and what we have on The Last up until now:
Not only that this happens 2 years after the Great 4th Ninja World war, but even then, Hinata’s feelings didn’t reach Naruto, similarly how she, in chapter 662 entitled The real end, she doesn’t get to reach Naruto, the one managing to do that being however, Sakura. Yes, most probably given that Hinata’s kanji is love, her love for Naruto will have a pivotal role, but like established in the manga, she isn’t the one destined for him, as even if her feelings might reach him, despite content showing otherwise, the destined one for Naruto is none other than Sakura.
II. The underneath = NaruSaku & SasuKarin: bound by the red thread of fate
Now, given we have established the said similarities between canon manga and The Last, let me get back on why I believe these two pairings are meant to be.
Given the aforementioned parallel:
we can fairly conclude that based on the myth behind the red thread of fate and what manga has shown us until now, NaruSaku and SasuKarin are bound to be together, Sakura’s and Sasuke’s kanjis giving us strong reasons to believe so.
Let’s first remind ourselves about Sakura’s kanji:
As explained before, Sakura’s kanji letter means life or destiny. Not only Kishi has made this obvious but in his classic subtle way, by having Sakura saving Naruto’s life, where her might as the great medic she is shined the most, but it also showed us that she is the destined one to be at his side given the context of the red thread of fate via MinaKushi explained before.
Also, Sasuke’s kanji is path. In whichever path he chose to take, who was the one at his side, with her unwavering love? Oh, right, Karin! Oddly enough, Sarada Uchiha who was supposed to be SasuSaku’s child looks exactly like Karin! Given the meaning of adding Sarada + Uchiha together, could this mean that Karin is the one to keep Sasuke’s fire around, therefore the union between him and her would symbolize basically, Naruto and Sasuke finally becoming brothers by blood?
Kushina fell in love with Minato because he saved her life and made her see him as a splendid shinobi, changed her and complimented her most hated feature. With NaruSaku, it was Naruto who complimented Sakura’s most hated feature and changed her, with SasuKarin is the fact that Sasuke saved her life and thus made her see him as a splendid shinobi, the same way Kushina saw Minato, but what it mattered most at the end of the day is that although destined to be together, these 3 relationships didn’t based themselves on that only thing, but it was a mutual road, where both parties were there for the other, in good times and in tough times, no matter what. Their string stretched andtangled along the way and still seems to be doing so, but at the end of the day, that string will never break!
III. The middle where the secrets lie = Road to Ninja
I kept talking on and on about Road to Ninja and its connections. Besides the ones that I already made obvious, what it’s interesting to mention is how similar Chapter 700 dynamics are with those of Road to Ninja! Let’s take some turns for example
Tenten -> in canon manga loves weapons and couldn’t live without them. In Road to Ninja she isn’t good at all with them while in Chapter 700 she sells them. For those who know Tenten, we should all know she’d never do that! It’s her gift and her way of becoming in her own way a legendary kunoichi like Tsunade.
Kiba – in canon manga loves dogs. In Road to Ninja hates Akamaru and loves cats -> in Chapter 700 he hangs around with the cat lady, having yet a similar dynamic to that of RTN in terms of personalities changes.
These are only 2 of the discrepancies in character I felt like nothing, however, we can clearly see that something is wrong and most likely this seems to be an Infinite Tsukuyomi.
Seeing the finale with Sasuke poking Sakura’s forehead and similar kids that seem to be NaruHina ones, these only remind me about the initial wishes Sakura and Hinata had in Road to Ninja: to be with Naruto and Sasuke respectively. At the end of the day though, NaruSaku was the one to walk triumphantly.
IV. The real ending, the reality of the facts = The Last: Naruto the movie.
In my opinion, I believe that The Last: Naruto the movie will be the actual real end because if Road to Ninja was made to establish that for Sakura, the right one would be Naruto, in The Last: Naruto the movie we’ll witness how despite the fact that Hinata has her best intentions, the destined one for Naruto will be Sakura, but not probably before having a last moment between Naruto and Hinata, the moment of parting… after which, we will see her taking her clan duties more in serious, maybe? After all, the release of the sketches seem to tell a story… Sakura and Naruto’s were released together, while Hinata’s were released the last, together with her sister, nonetheless.
With these being said, here I conclude my theory, despite the huge amount of other information I could’ve added, I chose to stop here to try and keep it as simple as possible, as I already went far enough. ^_^
Remember folks: all I’m saying here is at a theoretical level and might remain like this forever! Don’t go spreading this around like some true info, like it has happened before! No, this is just my theory and what I believe it happened and might happen, given the information we possess up until this point.
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