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Thicker Than Blood - Naruto and Sasuke

Title: Thicker Than Blood
Author: cephiedvariable
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Naruto Uzumaki/Sasuke Uchiha
Spoilers: The entire series, more or less, up to about Chapter 295
Author’s Notes: This essay is extremely image heavy. This is because a lot of the subtext between these characters speaks for itself (rather, it's in the subtleties of the art). Also, everything you'll read here is predominently manga focused since I'm an elitist who doesn't particularily appreciate the anime. I also, uh, kinda went over the word count. All this aside, hope you all enjoy! ^___^;;

If both you and your opponent are first class ninja, you can read each other's minds when your fists meet. There's no need for words.Collapse )

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i was wondering if you would update this now that several developments have been made? you're style is so spot on--i just entered the fandom (and, as you mentioned/forewarned, nearly threw up my hands and said 'forget it' when i was assaulted by the multitude of cracked out pairings and "pairing fangirl 'tards"), i loved your analysis because it followed so closely to my conclusions.

raw: exactly why i liked it. i'm not one for boyxboy pairings, my first ever was yugioh's yuugixyami, and it was for the same reason i fell for my second--sasukexnaruto. unlike yamixyuugi (well, maybe like poor yuugi), damn right sasuke and naruto aren't good for each other, and damn right does sasuke and naruto need each other.

I was compiling an FST for this pairing and it quickly spiraled into a shippuden sasukexnaruto manifesto. oi veh.

You wrote this a year ago; you might not even be involved in the fandom anymore. But...just in case you are...

Please indulge us with your fantastic presence and honour us with your brilliant mind on the time skip developments? (I think I used enough adjectives)

(Anonymous)

Brilliant!!

wow this is the best analysis of their relationship by far and it coincides with my feelings on it too. *take that sasu sakue fans*. heh j/k. I love BL relationships more so than anything but unlike most fangirls and fanboys i actually want depth to those relationships. i want those characters to have the history, and the emotions behind it instead of "well their hot together". *rolls eyes*. although naruto and sasuke do look very good together as well. Keep up the excellent work. do you have any analysis on any other couples....preferably BL ones?

Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance ^^
Bravo. This indeed outreaches to every NaruSasu/SasuNaru fan. And it helped me get a reason as to why I even like the pairing. I didn't have a reason before, but now I do. Thank You! And I'll surely read all of those fanfics!
Probably a bit late for a comment but I just found this today *smacks head* and it's amazing!!

I had no idea about that Naruto had aimed for Sasuke's forehead protector during the End fight, less did I know that there was symbolism behind it... (I don't actually know if they had shown it in the anime or if it's only in the manga, but aah, if they did it's really my mistake for not noticing it.)

I've been trying to give excuses for Sasuke not killing Naruto during that Valley of the End fight, not only because of the Mangekyou Sharingan, but you said it! Naruto actually enabled Sasuke to take his first step of freeing himself from Itachi! Wow!!

I have to say that the more recent chapters have shown Sasuke's sentiment towards 'the ol' days'~~ *___* This is great. SasuNaru is my OTP *dances*

Thank you for writing this!!
That's why I love the pairing. It's exactly what you said.

But the sad thing is, that I can't do any justice for the pairing with my painfully OOC fanfictions.

It takes amazing talent to bring out the intensity and intricacies of their love/hate relationship, so I thank you for this.

I'm actually speechless. This was beautifully written and your arguments were clearly defined and reasonable, taking into account other views as well as your own. Really awesome seeing as you just about concisely summed up my feelings on the characters, the pairing, and the fandom.

Maybe I'll just shut up and ask to marry you instead. ;)

But really, AWESOME JOB!
It's been a year since you writtened, but I just found it.. so I will comment anyhow =D

I like my complicated angst, muted pain, unhappy endings and, occasionally, violent sex.

Gosh, you summarized exactly the reasons for my sasunaru love =D Because it is complicated, and angsty, and so much unresolved issues that will keep you at the edge of your seat =D

But I do love happy endings after a whole load of angst.

I totally agree with what you have written, and that is probably how I have felt, but i couldn't put it into words like you did..

And this is the reason why I love SasuNaru (about the seme/uke thing that you writtened, well I still like Sasunaru... but with lots of rivalry as well). I couldn't find any other pairings in any other anime that can rival that of theirs.
Holy crap this is such an incredible essay, very very nice job. <3
WOw... just... WOW.

(Anonymous)

PIKA!

Meh...Nice manifesto but you didn't get much of my attention..I'm not a cridict or anything but it was kinda boring and I just skimmed throught it...No prob,thought.

Awesome

The village of the end got me into Sasunaru too. I read the chapters before and I was like, "They love each other..but so sad they don't have a clue what that means.." This was really well writing. And yes Sasunaru is RAW. I Love it for being like that. In short, I think the same as you. Awesome job!
GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME!!!
You're a SasuNaru fan arnt you?!
Then why in the world dont you know about SARGE! Sarge aka FastForward!
She writes FANTASTIC SasuNaru (and kakairu) fics!!!
PLUS!!! they are ANGSTY!!! hell yea~~~

http://ffw-sarge.livejournal.com/

here, her LJ link.
under 'tags' go click on "Roommates" that is the 1st part of her Sasu X Naru fic...
http://ffw-sarge.livejournal.com/?skip=20&tag=roommates
here the link, makes life easier for you ne?
scroll all the way down to get to chapter 01

"Roommates" is followed by a sequel, "Blood and Tears"
so is double dosage of yaoi goodness~!

ENJOY!!!

-ahsie =3

Im Caught in the SasuNaru Whirlpool. Again <3

First off, i wanna say...i love you (^^) I just read the Naruto/Hinata page (i have no idea WHY O.o), and while i like Hinata very much, i dont support the 'ship. I need my SasuNaru reaffirmation however ^^;;
(Btw, and i know this is asking a lot, but if ya ever get some free time with nothing better to do, can ya give me ur thoughts on Hinata in relation to SasuNaru? I love how you justified Sakura. Half the time im thinking "Why dont they let her DO something?" I read a sweet doujin in Hinatas POV on SasuNaru, but its short and to be blunt, simply not deep enough.)

2ndly! I agree with the idea of Kishimoto keeping all the relationships (although barely) platonic. Its so much more fun when it can go any which way and everyone can enjoy it! (^^)

I heard somewhere that in an interview Kishimoto said something about the Team 7 love triangle. TRIANGLE. If thats true, then that would mean Naruto-Sakura, Sakura-Sasuke...Sasuke? SASUKE-NARUTO!

Is it just me or are Sasuke and Naruto often implied to be each others 'special someone'? Especially in the anime. Although i admit, im only as far as The Preliminary Chuunin Exam Battles. Its so hard to find the Uncut Boxsets where i am >.<

Re: Im Caught in the SasuNaru Whirlpool. Again <3

Unfortunately, I don't have many thoughts about Hinata in relation to SasuNaru. Hinata is actually the only character in the series I dislike- nothing to do with shipping, she just happens to be an archetype I can't stand. I don't really think too much about Naruto/Hinata because, honestly, despite the fact many people believe it has a chance at being canon (and the anime certainly panders to it), I just can't see it. They've had, like, maybe a chapter's total of interaction and although Naruto has a very big heart, Sakura and Sasuke will always be first in his world. I can't really picture him breaking away from that to see Hinata all of a sudden. But y'know, we all have our personal biases.

I don't think that assessment of the love triangle is really a logical conclusion, although I'd like to think so. I think he just meant it in the sense that there's three of them, and no one loves the "right" person. That interview is also very old- I don't know, but I seem to remember him saying something about a love triangle as being Naruto and Sakura's perception of it, rather than what it actually was. BUT I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER- it's been ages since I've thought this much about Naruto, unfortunately. XDD

Well, I don't really take what the anime says (where it differs from the manga that is), since it's not written by Kishimoto and thus not canon (also, bad. Boy oh boy, I do hate the anime something fierce), but I'm a SasuNaru shipper, so of course I'm going to tell you that they're each other's special someone! ^__^ It's more than implied, really: not that Kishimoto ever writes the words "special someone" and not that I think Naruto and Sasuke are actually supposed to be "in love" in the romantic sense, but they are definitely of life-changing importance in each other's lives. Singular life changing importance even.

Hope that answered your questions! ^__^
It's amazing how you hit NaruSasu and it's essence right on target (as in right THERE)...I'm overwhelmed :P I'm so glad you took the time to write this brilliant essay, with the pictures and everything X] and I love how you weren't a fan of the pairing at first..I just LOVED this <3 AMAZING. thank you so much for giving me faith! this is the most perfect manifesto I have read so far ;3
Thank you! I put a lot of work into this- work I can't really put into fandom essays anymore now that I'm in University. But I'm always happy to get comments on this, even over a year after I've written it!

...

a couple words to what you said:....

this is beautiful beyond words, and should be sent to every single Naruto fan in the world.

:bows and turns away:
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