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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 remember first reading this and I was like, "THIS THIISSSS ! ♥ "

& I still am. I love how you explained why many fangirls like this couple not because it's just 'hot' but what bonds Naruto and Sasuke have.
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hmm..

i wonder what you think about new developments.. naruto even stopped talking in the manga..o_o he's very emotionally chaotic, i guess..
you still love the fandom? .. or it got too old XD

(Anonymous)

So I still love this manifesto after...a long time, let's leave it at that. You just...augh, you take the relationship from such a practical POV and weigh it in every direction, and citations, LOL. They're great. Some of the blurbs in the manga don't strike me as much as they do when you push them together into a full dialogue of what the character says. (the bit in Rivalry sounded so pleading and desperate)

But you must update!! >:O Or at least write a PS blurb or something. Um, please? Because HOT DAMN the drama in the past couple chapters. With the confession bit with Sakura and everything else...phew boy things are heating up.
...in every sense possible. (for post reference chapter 476 is going to come out soon) SO I WANT TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.

..if there even are any, I've been following this manga for a ridiculously long time.

(Anonymous)

OH CRAP.

I didn't mean to call you a ho!
That was a mistake, due to me being an idiot, starting to type, "holy crap", then remembering to type my username and password and, like a fool, hitting enter. Guh. Sorry. Anyway, for my actual comment!

This is possibly the coolest thing ever. I love you for writing this, it made me think so much! Sometimes I forgot that everything you were saying wasn't strictly fact, haha. I'd write a ton about my thoughts on each little part, but really, the first couple sentences said it all.

Also, all the links to manga pages, as well as the "infamous gif" link, are not working. Meaning the site you linked to is messing up--I don't know if that's temporary, though. The same goes for the few images there were.

This essay is a gift for all true fans of Naruto, whether they like SasuNaru or not, because it takes all the little undertones of the manga and shoves them all right in your face. It's a blessing for readers like me who often don't read between the lines. Besides, you even give good arguments against the pairing.

So just...thanks for writing it!
Hey!! I really liked just about everything you wrote, oh, but one thing, for some reason I don't seem to be able to see the images, is something wrong with them?

(Anonymous)

Inspiring.

Breathtaking. I just can't even articulate how insightful and just all around spectacular that was. Madam, if the sasunaru movement were to have a lead advocate, i would bow before you in a second.

Don't listen to the critics, you have said perfectly what the rest of your fellow sasunaru fans were thinking. Thank you, so much, for that.
It's really amazing!! This manifesto describes exactly how I think about SasuNaru!!
Can I translate it for an Italian SasuNaru forum, please? *ç*
With the link of the page and the credits, of course!!^^

Ottimo lavoro e grazie mille!!!^_^
I did commented on this before....2 years back. AND I STILL FREAKING EVERY WORD IN THIS. TT^TT

I am so hoping that you will write another one for Shippuden. After all the hoo-hahs happened until the latest chapter--chapter 485. IT IS THE VALLEY OF THE END VERSION 2.0!!!! Of course we need to see the end of it. BUT, I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE THIS...TO PART 2, of course.

Sorry for the CAPS LOCK abuse. I just have to beg the AWESOMEST you to continue this. ;w;
"Sasuke, on the other hand, has an inefiority complex about as wide as Russia"

My God yes, the poor boy got mental problems & an ego so wide he probably would need another house just too fit them into it (or "How Konoha train too physically strong & mentally unstable ninja" =D).

But this was an awesome manifesto, everything about it was right, and I totally agree on Sakura part: she was the one with the more balance (she could mold her chakra perfectly since the beginning after all), and now she is the strongest mentally speaking.

At first, I thought she was annoying, but now, I love her, despite the fact that I can’t really see her in anything but a platonic relationship with either Sasuke or Naruto (& the fact that in the world of het!pairing, I like Hinata & Naruto better). But if Kishi put them together in the end, I won’t be angry, even if as far as I concerned, the SasuNaru pairing is as CANON as it is doomed.

(I just hope she won't end up like Tsunade, who is the last one standing of her own team...)

Even after all the years and my almost inactivity concerning the fandom, I still see this as the best character analysis of both Naruto and Sasuke not as a ship but as the two main characters driving the series.

(Anonymous)

SERIOUSLY!

To me it is extremely obvious. I just feel I should say this. Before I read the Naruto manga I was a complete homophobe, and I was oblivious to fandoms and such. The Valley of the End thing had my mind spinning, but what really got me was the conversation with Jaryia(sp?)after wards. I couldn't even fathom the possibility that Naruto would still be for getting Sasuke back after that fight ... but he was. At that point I was just shocked. Honestly at that point I realized there was no way I could hate something that beautiful. It changed my outlook on life. I am not impressionable at all, and people never inspire me. I am probably as far away from the stereotypical sasunaru fan you can be. Male(not gay), a logical thinker, not unstable in emotion, and I belong to a subculture that would be more that just a little unforgiving on this matter. I was not trying to "justify the pairing as I read it". I read it, and it jumped out at me all at once.
heh that's pretty fuckin cool :) I always like the idea of naruto and sasuke being in love with each other because i feel that what is shown that they have does a lot more for the idea of romance then the idea of romance necesserily does for what they are shown to have-in other words what they have is worthwhile whatever you want to call it (and I like calling it love because it gives me faith in the concept). I do hate it when ppl say they can't be in love with each other cus it makes me think that they feel there's nothing untangible about being in love. I'm probably being overly romantic, but that's the only way I can look at the idea of love without feeling some horrible constraint which negates the whole idea. That being said I have total respect for people who view what they have as platonic, i mean it may just be wishful thinking on my part. But to me if the idea is to mean anything there has to be the possibility

sorry for confusing message just wanted to write something

(Anonymous)

Do you have any plans to update this? Or maybe find someone to update it? Not only are the pictures missing (Very sad!) but there are so many things missing in this now (although it is amazing how true everything still remains!)... things like their wind elements, and that scene with Kakashi thinking how Naruto is doing *everything* for Sasuke, Sakura's confession doing next to nothing for Naruto, Sasuke's and Naruto's confrontation (one in which he was fully ready to KILL Sakura and Kakashi, yet stops to TALK with Naruto... seriosuly, could there be any more of a consession towards Sasuke's true feelings?) - oh yeah, and don't forget how Naruto was all like "If I have to die, at least I'll die WITH you" (ok Juliet!)... so yeah what I'm trying to say is I really hope you update this, or that you post to the sasuxnaru community asking if someone would be willing to take it over.
nice
Nice manifesto ^^. Thank you for articulating some of the things I love about the series in general, not just Sasuke and Naruto (although Naruto/Sasuke is my OTP). I constantly find I am having to defend myself against people who think the series is crap or "gay" (don't you hate it when people say that?),
but I have always sensed there's been some deeper reason WHY this is my favorite anime and I haven't been able to articulate it. At least, not until I read this:
"what makes it so different is that it does not travel that typical succession of increasingly powerful villains. The story of Naruto is truly the story of the underdog, as it is also the story of corrupted power and genius gone wrong"

That's what I found missing from say pokemon or dragonballz or even Bleach, and I thank you for explaining to me the mystery of my deep emotional connection to the show and to it's main character.
I still come back to this manifesto now and again, I love it so much :D ahhh but it's such a shame the pictures have vanished, the manga panels illustrating each point made it so amazing...
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