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The Couple

The Couple

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NaruSaku (Japanese ナルサク NaruSaku) is the term used to refer to the romantic relationship between Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno

Their Relationship

Part I

Introduction Arc

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When Sakura first makes an appearance, Naruto is shown blushing, stating she was a very cute girl who he liked. Thinking she might sit next to him due to the fact she was looking in his direction while smiling, he waves his hand to welcome her. However, she instead shoves him away and steals the seat next to Sasuke Uchiha, much to his annoyance and dismay. Naruto is shown to envy Sasuke, much of this due to Sakura's interest in the Uchiha

When the teams are finally revealed, Naruto cheers in delight at the announcement of the pink haired kunoichi's name while she looked down in dismay. Later, Naruto decides to lock away the Sasuke to give a chance for him to talk to Sakura. Transforming to Sasuke, he approaches her. Sitting alone on a bench, Sakura is shown thinking to herself about her flaws. Looking up, she sees Naruto in Sasuke's form who compliments her forehead, causing her to blush. Wanting to know her personal view on himself, the Uzumaki asks her. Sakura bluntly replies and states that he was an annoyance. She then confesses to the transformed Naruto that she just wants the Uchiha's acknowledgement and leans in to kiss him. While leaning to receive the kiss, he realizes to himself why he liked her so much, but this is quickly interrupted with a stomach ache. Upon rushing to the restroom, Sakura comments to herself of how shy he was.

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Sakura wanting to be nicer to Naruto.

When later called annoying by the real Sasuke, Sakura realizes how wrong she was to treat Naruto so poorly and decides to be nicer to him. Upon returning back from the restroom, Sakura greets him, but this instead causes Naruto to become suspicious if it was just Sasuke who transformed into her. His stomach begins to rumble again and he rushes back to the toilet, angering Sakura. Not long after, when the just newly formed team is waiting for Kakashi, Naruto decides to prank Kakashi for being late by planting an eraser on the door. Although she scolds him for doing such a thing, Sakura's inner self is shown to approve of this. When Kakashi finally arrives and is hit by the eraser, her inner self is shown cheering for the success of Naruto's prank.

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Team 7

When the team is finally chosen to introduce one another, Sakura is shown to be baffled by Naruto stating that he wanted to become Hokage. When it is her turn to express her likes and dislikes, she plainly points out that she dislikes Naruto, much to his dismay. During the bell test when Naruto shows off his Shadow Clones, Sakura is shown to be impressed.

After the team fails to pass the first test, they are given another chance. Though ordered to not share food with the tied up Naruto, Sakura decides to go against it after the Uchiha's volunteermend and is shown to be the one to eventually feed Naruto. She also defends her actions along with Sasuke when Kakashi fakes a severe scolding. At the end, the team passes.

Land of Waves Arc

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On their way to Tazuna's, Naruto decides to be overly cautious, sensing that somebody was following them. After Kakashi Hatake confirms to his group that they are being followed, he tells everyone to duck and Sakura is shown protecting Naruto with her body. It is revealed the enemy is Zabuza Momichi

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During their battle with by Zabuza, Sakura is shown scolding at Naruto, who runs towards the enemy. However, it is revealed that he had wanted to grab his headband. Surprised by his action, Sakura is shown to be admiring his will. She soon begins to notice his improvements in training as well.

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Naruto cheers Sakura on

When the team is practicing tree climbing, Sakura completes it with ease, showing off her chakra control and earning Naruto's praise. As Sasuke and Naruto continue to struggle, Naruto pleads for Sakura's advice where they then whisper in secret, even out of Sasuke's reach (much to his chagrin). At one point during the next session of the training after Naruto and Sasuke finally manages to complete it, Sakura screams for Naruto's safety as he falls from the top of a tree, but is relieved when it turned out to just be a joke. During another encounter with Zabuza and finally Haku|Haku, Sakura is shown to worry over the safety of Naruto and the rest of her team. She later is relieved when Naruto is shown to have defeated Haku. As the team begins to head home, Sakura comments on how Naruto and Inari are such crybabies.

Chunin Exams Arc

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After the completion of their mission, the team meets up in the morning, preparing for a new mission. Kakashi is however three hours late and is later scolded by Sakura. After the return of the mission, Sakura is shown carrying an exhausted and injured Naruto, scolding him for pushing himself too hard.

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Naruto's reaction to Konohamaru

The group is approached by Konohamaru Sarutobi and his team and Konohamaru asks Naruto if Sakura was his girlfriend. As Naruto blushes at the thought, Sakura punches him in annoyance before walking away. However, Konohamaru begins to mock her and this causes her to chase the two around in a comedic fashion. When Team 7 enters the room with the rest of the genin, Sakura notices how unusually quiet Naruto is and is about to cheer him up, thinking he was nervous and scared, and is irritated when he immediately banters with the other genin. During the writing test, Sakura notices Naruto's struggle and begins to forfeit with intention of wanting to save his dream of becoming Hokage, but stops when she sees him lifting his hand up and slamming it down in resolve to keep going on, inspiring her.

In the Forest of Death, when Sakura and Sasuke are left paralyzed by Orochimaru, Naruto quickly comes to their aid. Sakura and her teammate then watch in horror as Naruto attacks the enemy ninja. When Naruto is knocked out, Sakura pins him to a tree with her kunai to keep him from falling. Sakura is shown to be touched when Naruto accuses Sasuke for being someone else since the "real" Sasuke is no coward. When Sasuke is down, Sakura pleads for the unconscious Naruto's help.

During Sakura's encounter with the sound ninjas, Sakura's desire to protect Rock Lee, Naruto and Sasuke, the people who've protected her, and inspiration to fight back. After the Sound Ninja's leave, Naruto dreams about saving Sakura from Orochimaru. He then wakes up startled and notices her chopped hair, but Sakura tells him she wanted an image change. Before the preliminary rounds, the group open the scrolls that summons Iruka Umino, congratulating them on their advance. Before they go off, they ask about the purpose of these scrolls and Iruka explains the Heaven and Earth process of how one needs the other to be complete. He then gives an example stating that Naruto was Earth while Sakura was Heaven and needed to learn from each other as they needed both to be considered as a full shinobi.

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Naruto Cheers Sakura On.

During the preliminary matches exam, when Sakura was to face Ino Yamanaka, Naruto, along with Lee and Kakashi, cheer her on. When Ino tries to make Sakura forfeit, Naruto loudly cheers her on, telling her not to give up. Thanks to his cheering, Inner-Sakura awakens and
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forces Ino out; the two finish their battle and it ends in a tie. Before Shikamaru Nara's battle, Sakura tells Naruto he should worry about himself, but also thanks him for cheering for her, even saying that had he not, she would've lost. When Naruto faces Kiba Inuzuka, Sakura is shown to silently encouraging him. When Kiba begins to mock Naruto, Sakura is shown thinking to herself how she used to think the same, but how wrong she was. Silently and to herself, she tells Naruto to show everyone who had always doubted him to be proven wrong. As she says this to herself, Naruto is shown to quickly get up and finish his face off, him being the victor. During Naruto's match with Neji Hyuga, Sakura is shown cheering him on with the rest of what will become the Konoha 11

Invasion of Konoha Arc

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When Sakura is immobilized by Gaara's sand, Naruto fights Gaara, promising to save her. When thinking about his similarities with Gaara, Naruto lists Sakura among the people who acknowledged him and saved him from his loneliness. With her life at his stake, he manages to summon Gamabunta while telling himself that he'd protect Sakura no matter what, with Sasuke even saying that he knows Naruto can save him, Sakura, and the others. He then tells Gamabunta to avoid hurting her.

Search for Tsunade Arc

After the defeat of Gaara, when Sakura and Sasuke watched Naruto train, Sakura thanked Sasuke for saving her. Much to her surprise, he confesses that it was Naruto. Thankful, Sakura turns to watch Naruto and gives him a smile.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

During the fight between Naruto and Sasuke at the hospital's rooftop, Sakura pleads her teammates to stop, but with no avail. Not wanting to watch the fight any longer, she pleads again for the two to stop and rushes in between both of their attacks, only to be saved by Kakashi. A distracted and worried Sakura is then approached by Naruto, who tries to cheer her up, but also tells her to never throw herself into a fight like that. Sakura then decides to go on a date with Naruto, much to his surprise, in order to confess to Naruto about Sasuke's unusual behavior and the possible path he might take.

That night the two go to Ramen Ichiraku, Teuchi praises Naruto for bringing his girlfriend on the date. Speechless, Naruto imminently confesses that he wasn't her boyfriend while blushing at the same time, Sakura though didn't hear the comment. Naruto noticing that Sakura was zoning out asks fii she was alright. Although hesitant, Sakura tells Naruto about the Cursed Seal's aggressive side-effects. Naruto then admits that he met Orochimaru while looking for Tsunade, much to her surprise, and that he[Orochimaru] desires Sasuke. Noticing Sakura's reaction to this, Naruto reassures Sakura that Sasuke wouldn't do anything with Orochimaru, because he's strong. Reacting to this, Sakura tries to give the Uzumaki a smile.

After Sakura tries to go after Sasuke from leaving the village and fails, Naruto and his team are shown waiting outside the gate. They are approached by Sakura, and with Shikarmaru questioning about how he knew what happened, Naruto begins to question her. Instead of giving an answer, Sakura in tears, desperately begs Naruto to bring Sasuke back to her, believing him to be the only person who can. Looking at the crying Sakura, Naruto gives her a pained smile and confesses that he knows how it pains her, telling her he can also understand. He then gives Sakura a thumbs-up, making a lifetime promise to redeem Sasuke and bring him back, and that he will never back down on that in union with his ninja way.

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The promise

Surprised and feeling guilty, Sakura has a flashback on how she used to always look down on Naruto, but how Naruto always knew, was always there for her, willing to do anything; these thoughts quickly brings her to more tears, and she thanks Naruto while hugging herself. Kiba happily goes along with the promise, and after they leave, Lee tells Sakura that Naruto would definitely keep his promise, having done it with the "nice guy" pose.

When the team comes back and Sakura finds out that Naruto failed the mission, instead of getting angry or disappointed, Sakura tries to cheer him up. When the Uzumaki notes to Sakura that he hasn't given up, she promises him that she'll also get stronger so next time they'll could get Sasuke back together. In reality, however, Naruto secretly felt that he had failed in his promise, and becomes depressed. The two part ways as Naruto leaves the village to be trained by Jiraiya while Sakura decides to take a similar route and requests that Tsunade take her as her apprentice.

Part II

Kazekage Rescue Arc

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Sakura blushing while asking Naruto if she has grown.

When Naruto finally returns to the village, Sakura is one of the first (first in the anime) to greet him. She is shown surprised by how much he's changed. When she asks Naruto if she looks more womanly, he plainly answers that she looks the same, much to her chagrin, to which Jiraiya replies to himself that Naruto still can't understand women. Sakura then notes how Naruto had clearly matured more, but quickly dispatches this thought when Naruto reveals his even more perverted than his Sexy Technique, punching him for ruining all the admiration she held for him.

When they train together later, Naruto is shown to be impressed (and terrified) by Sakura’s strength as he and Sakura work together to retrieve the bells from Kakashi. They start trying to work together and even create a humorous plan to get the bells. The plan succeeds, and Naruto and Sakura hold up the bells to Kakashi while smiling playfully together. After training, Naruto and Sakura start up a conversation, completely ignoring Kakashi's words as they plan a Team 7 get-together. Kakashi bails, however. Naruto then nervously points out that the two are alone. He asks Sakura out for a date based on the get-together's premise to which she agrees, but only if he pays. The two then walk around town together. Sakura then giggles when Naruto outbursts over how he is the only remaining genin among the group that competed in the Chunin Exams.

After the news of Gaara's capture and meeting Chiyo, Sakura later learns one of Naruto’s burdens and is greatly saddened when Naruto tells her that he was the container of the Nine-Tailed Beast, questioning him on how long he has been targeted by Akatsuki in fear. Having a flashback of Naruto alone as a child causes Sakura to ponder upon what would happen to the Jinchuriki if the beast was extracted from them. When Chiyo explains that they would most likely die, Sakura bursts into tears. After saying Sakura cries a lot, Naruto then claims that he would rescue Gaara which causes Sakura to frustratedly exclaim she is worried about him, but she is quickly cut off by him walking away, leaving her further worried.

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"Sakura-chan...you're great."

Sakura later proves her skills as a talented medical ninja by saving Kankuro's life. While removing the poison from his body, Naruto comes into the scene and is shown to be impressed. While the medical nin is shown explaining to a group about the complicated medical procedures, Naruto is again shown impressed, commenting to himself how great she was.

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The group later runs into Itachi Uchiha, and after discovering who he was Sakura becomes angry due to be notifiying that Itachi had caused both Naruto and Sasuke so much suffering. During the fight with him, one of the genjutsu's used against Naruto was his failed promised towards Sakura. As Naruto struggles to break Itachi's genjutsu, Sakura and Chiyo transfer chakra to his body, causing him to break free. However, Naruto is shown to still remain dazed. Noticing this, Sakura slaps her hand on his face, causing Naruto to snap out of his trance but clearly confused by what she was doing. Later during Sakura's fight with Sasori, she is shown using Naruto's life time promise as one of her motivations.

When Naruto chastises everyone for not understanding the jinchuriki, Sakura worriedly looks at him and says his name. The two also team up to give Chiyo their chakra. After Gaara's retrieval and revival, Naruto and Sakura mourn over the death of Chiyo together.

Sai and Sasuke Arc

When Sai is introduced to the group, Naruto, who had met him earlier, greets him in disgust, whereas Sakura is shown surprised by his similar looks towards their former teammate. When Sakura is later torn up by how Naruto was over Sasuke, she tells Sai that the two were like brothers. Sai then questions her actions to why she was being gentle with Naruto, but is quickly interrupted by the Uzumaki himself. Sakura's deep concern for Naruto is later shown when Naruto enters his beast form. Seeing how much pain he was in, she has a flashback of a smiling Naruto and quickly runs to his side in tears while pleading with him that she'd save Sasuke for him. However, she is knocked away by and receives a major gash on her arm from one of the tails. After Kabuto mostly heals her and Naruto is qualmed, Sakura runs back over to Naruto in tears, showing concern.

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Sakura healing Naruto

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When healing Naruto afterwards, Sakura expresses her desire to be useful to Naruto. Despite her wound, she continues to heal the Uzumaki and soon asks Yamato to teach her the technique to stop Naruto's Kyubi form. She is quickly saddened when he tells her that he was the only who had this ability, saying that, as usual, the things she can do for Naruto are small and meaningless. Noticing this and her wound, Yamato claims that the important thing are Sakura's feelings, causing her to look up in confusion. Smiling, Yamato tries to say something, but is quickly cut off as Naruto begins to awaken. Upon waking up, Sakura is shown to shed tears of joy upon his revival. Seeing this, Naruto thinks Sai insulted her, and immediately tries to "aid" her, getting punched in the gut for his dense nature in the process.

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Later on, the trio is shown discussing about Sai's betrayal. When Yamato finally decides that they should go after them, Naruto begins to stretch his arm and immediately faints, causing him to fall to the ground. Sakura then quickly rushes to his aid, and holds him in her arms. Noticing his heavy breathing, she becomes worried and concludes that he hasn't fully recovered yet. When Yamato advises her to leave him there, she quickly outbursts in disagreement. However, Naruto quickly assures her that he would be alright, although Sakura is still noticeably worried. Standing to his feet he claims that he would be following the group, but is shown struggling not to fall causing Sakura to be more concerned.

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The three then begin their pursuit on Orochimaru. While traveling through the forest to reach their destination, Naruto and Sakura are both shown struggling with their injuries. Naruto is quickly shown to lose consciousness from time to time to the point of almost being hit by a branch, which Sakura notices. Sakura who is swinging behind the group slips from the pain in her arm and begins to fall. Naruto then desperately tries to grab her, but misses. Instead, Yamato managed to catch her instead. Naruto soon expresses his concern over her condition. Looking at the injury on her arm, he questions her where as she lies that it was from Orochimaru. Yamato then says that Sakura must heal herself, since the mission depends on her healing. Although Sakura says she'll be fine, Naruto sides with Yamato and advises her to not to push herself too hard; he even compliments her every juncture which causes the medical nin to blush and look down until he mentions about her "Brute strength." While Sakura is sitting alone healing herself, Yamato confirms to Naruto that it was him while in his beast form who wounded her which leaves the Uzumaki shocked and devastated. Yamato then advises that if he wants to save Sasuke and protect Sakura, he has to do it with his own strength; Naruto, having an illusion of Sakura [and Sasuke] walking, agrees.

Later, the group reunites with Sai and runs into Sasuke. Sasuke chides Naruto for chasing him around rather than train to be Hokage, but Naruto makes a reference to his promise by saying that he can't be considered a Hokage if he can't save his friend. When Sasuke tries to cut down Naruto, Sakura gasps and tries to stop Sasuke verbally. After Naruto gets knocked down by Sasuke's Chidori Current, Sakura remembers that she said she and Naruto would bring Sasuke back together, and finally sums up the will to attack Sasuke. However, as Yamato jumped in front of her, they were stopped as Orochimaru intervened by telling Sasuke to leave them for the time-being. After the group fails to retrieve Sasuke, Sakura tells Naruto that even if they failed here, they'll continue to get stronger together. After the mission report, Naruto asks Sakura out, but is declined as she states that they were ordered to remain home; Naruto then tries to make excuses on how they could avoid getting noticed, while Sai watches the whole time.

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Some time after returning to Konoha, Naruto is shown walking outside for some fresh air while Sai is seen studying books in the library. He is shown reading aloud about suffixes and the importance of each to himself. Curious, Sakura approaches Sai and greets him to where he in embarrassment, tries to cover the books that he was reading. Naruto who is still walking through the village has a flashback about the encounter he had with Sasuke and just as he snaps out of his trance, Sakura and Sai arrive to see him sitting on a bench. Naruto then questions Sai's presence and complains that both Sakura and Sai interrupted him, lying that he was devising a plan to go with Sakura on a date. The medical nin then advises him that he should better go study ninjutsu instead. While Naruto argues with Sakura, Sai notices the close relationship between the two from what he learned previously in his books about the importance of suffixes. Watching the two, he blushes and asks to join them to where the two stare at him in confusion. Sai goes on by saying he had read a book on how name suffixes and nicknames work, and Sakura gives him poor advice by saying he should focus on one's qualities, giving Naruto the nickname "Stupid Naruto", causing him to gently try to appease her. When a misled Sai promptly calls Sakura "Ugly Dog", she tries to attack him; Naruto holds her back, resulting in both[Naruto and Sai] of them getting slapped.

Hidan and Kakazu Arc

Naruto is shown training with both Kakashi and Yamato as he tries to learn a new technique with Sakura and Sai watching in the background. Sakura is shown to come visit casually and is quickly impressed by the Uzumaki's vast improvements. Upon returning home, she is seen looking at their Team 7 photo and sheds a tear.

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At the end of the mission, Sakura is shown healing Naruto’s broken arm and warns him that it’s too dangerous to use his newly learned jutsu. Naruto replies that it'd be alright as long as she heals it for him. She argues that medical ninjutsu doesn't heal every injury completely, so he won't be fine immediately. Naruto, however, states that her healing him makes him happy, leaving Sakura confused.

While eating ramen with Sai and Sakura, Naruto complains he can’t eat because of his broken arm and Sakura, moving her chair and leaning in closer to him, offers to feed him, which leaves Naruto happily surprised and blushing. The moment, however, is interrupted because of Sai, who tries to feed Naruto himself. Sakura and Naruto immediately get on his case. When Kakashi comes by, he tries to appease everyone by feeding Naruto himself, and eventually is the one to do so, much to Naruto's dismay.

Itachi Pursuit Arc

At one point, Sakura comes to Naruto's apartment and finds him having just woken up and eating breakfast despite it being noon. After lamenting his laziness, Sakura tells him to get dressed. Surprised, Naruto teases her if it was a date. Angrily, Sakura yells that Tsunade had summoned them. When they arrive, they discover that Sasuke had "killed" Orochimaru. After also learning he's going after Itachi, the pair resolve to search for Itachi and use him as bait for Sasuke, becoming part of the Eight Man Squad.

Invasion of Pain Arc

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When Naruto discovers that Jiraiya has been killed, Sakura tries to stop him from leaving the meeting in frustration, even trying to reason with Tsunade to let her go follow him. As Fukasaku prepares to depart, Sakura is shown looking down at her left where Naruto is sitting on a pole in sorrow.

After Pain attacked the village, seeing the village in ruins, in the midst of despair and disaster, Sakura screams for Naruto to come back soon. With Naruto arrived, Sakura then finds herself watching him from afar with the help of a Hyuga as he attacks the village invaders, and silently cheers for him when he defeats the Asura Path in a single blow. Sakura is shown being concerned for his well being when she found out he transformed into the Six Tails, and gets everyone to evacuate. While healing Hinata, Sakura remarks to her feelings.

When Naruto returns back to the village after his talk with Nagato, Sakura scolds him and hits his head for being careless, but thanks him for saving everyone with a warm embrace. While the rest of the Konoha 11 smiles happily at the scene, Sakura is later among those who hoisted him into the air multiple times.

Five Kage Summit Arc

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Naruto comforting Sakura.

When Kiba informs Team Kakashi that Danzo has become the Sixth Hokage Candidate, Sakura immediately disagrees, with Naruto following suit. As Sakura and Naruto confront Sai about Danzo is planning regarding Sasuke's matter, they are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of two members of Team Samui who demand to be told all they know about Sasuke. Not knowing who they were, they begin to fight with Sakura being hit and thrown on the ground by Omoi. Naruto then interrupts the battle by rushing immediately towards Sakura; catching her. When discovered that Sasuke was now in the Akatsuki, Sakura and Naruto are shown as shocked.

At the end, Naruto discovers that Killer B is a jinchuriki, agrees to tell the Kumo shinobi of Sasuke. After Naruto leaves with the group, he again is shown to refuse as he remembered both Sasuke as a comrade and his promise to Sakura. Resulting into getting brutally (and willingly) beaten by Karui, Sai comes to his aid and later bandages to his wounds. Asking Naruto if he could notify Sakura, Naruto refuses and states that he would heal by himself just soon enough.

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I can't even keep my promises.

Seeing this selfless act, Sai is later shown thinking about the bond between Sakura and Naruto in comparison to himself. In a flashback, Sai bluntly asks Naruto if he likes Sakura after the two talked to her, to which Naruto quickly gets embarrassed. Sai continues to say he read about a book that says when you are with someone you like, you always smile and that Naruto had always done that around Sakura. He then adds on if Naruto has ever told Sakura how he felt to where the Uzumaki replies by stating that since he wasn't able to keep his promise to her, he really can't.

Feeling compelled as a friend, in the present, Sai confesses to Sakura about Naruto getting beat up and how he left to go convince the Kage to spare Sasuke. Going on to say that despite not knowing both of them [Naruto and Sakura] well and not being able to understand feelings, Sai stated that he could tell that Naruto loved her. With a flashback of thinking back to all the things that Naruto had done, Sakura began to wept. Sai continues to tell her that he thinks she's hurting Naruto by encouraging him to keep the promise to bring Sasuke back, which she takes as fact. Finally wiping away her tears, Sakura asks Shikamaru to let her be the one to talk to Naruto about the group's decision to kill Sasuke, citing that Naruto is a fool for liking her, which he agrees to do.

In an attempt to release Naruto of the promise, Sakura, accompanied by Kiba, Lee, and Sai, travels to the Land of Iron where she confesses her love towards Naruto. Stating that she no longer loved Sasuke and asks for him[Naruto] to come home and give up on the promise and Sasuke; much to Lee and Yamato's dismay, Sakura pulls Naruto into an embrace and cites that while Sasuke keeps breaking her heart, Naruto has always been by her side. Stating that he was now a hero, Sakura confesses that she had now just realized that the prank-filled loser she once knew now was an amazing man that she can be eternally close to. Shocked and pushing Sakura away, Naruto shouts out to Sakura that he hated those who lied to themselves. Stating that no one would travel across a continent to just confess their feelings, Naruto states that he no longer cared for the promise and had always intended to go for Sasuke himself. Sakura angrily defends her confession and states to Naruto that he has to think of himself for a change instead of getting himself hurt by the Akatsuki, eventually leaving in frustration. However, as Sakura turned away to leave, she is shown silently apologizing to Naruto to herself.

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After Naruto regains consciousness and overhears from Yamato that Kakashi had gone after Sakura to save her; knowing that his teammates would die in the resulting conflict, Naruto tricks Yamato with a shadow clone and follows Kakashi. When Sakura makes a failed attempt to kill Sasuke, Naruto comes to her rescue before the Uchiha could strike kill her with her own poisoned kunai, catching her just in time while getting a scratch on the cheek from the kunai.

Setting Sakura down, Naruto then chastised Sasuke for trying to kill their own teammate. Countered in Sasuke stating that he no longer saw any of them as his teammates, Naruto finds himself rebunked. Sakura however backs Naruto up by citing his resolve to help Sasuke even when all of Konoha didn't, but in response Sasuke continues to state his plan to destroy Konoha. When the two surrogate brothers charge at each other with the Chidori and Rasengan, Sakura pleads for the two to stop. Showing concern when Naruto says he will be satisfied if he and Sasuke die together the next time they fight, Kakashi offers to deal with Sasuke himself in order to keep Naruto safe and allow him to be Hokage, Naruto again makes a reference to his promise. At this point, Sakura decides that she is a failure as she always found herself leaning onto Naruto for support and states that all she could do now was just "have faith in" both of her teammates.

After this encounter, Sakura silently thanks Naruto for helping her with their dream of seeing Team 7 smile again. Naruto then falls unconscious from Sakura's poisonous kunai and Sakura freaks out upon realizing the cause. She then assists him when he is one the verge of vomiting, while laughing nervously in the belief she is the cause of Naruto's poisoning (which Kakashi agrees with). When the group returns to Konoha, Sakura defends Naruto when the rookies question him on what happened and how he wants to handle Sasuke to the point where it works, although she also starts to wonder what Naruto is hiding. The two later walk together to help with the rebuilding, where Sakura states that she believes in Naruto and knows he is doing the right thing, resulting in Naruto getting a double shock (both from the comment and from Kakashi and Guy's "last" competition). 

Before the war, Sakura excitedly tells Naruto who was eating ramen at the time that Tsunade had finally awoken from her coma. As Naruto makes a 'hell yeah' pose, Sakura gives him a big grin.

Shinobi World War Arc

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When Itachi tells Naruto never to forget his friends, and Naruto starts thinking about them, Sakura is the first person to come to his mind.

When Sakura is approached by an injured ninja couple who later reveals themselves to be imposters, Sakura although is attacked, is quickly saved by one of Naruto's clones. Worried and surprised to why he was on the battlefield, Sakura is quickly cut off into wanting to question him when Naruto asks if she was alright.

Later when Sakura rushes to Naruto's aid with the rest of Konoha 11, Sakura is shown thinking about Naruto and the tasks that he was always put upon, promising to him that he wouldn't be alone this time as he had her and the troops.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc

After somehow surviving the attack of the Ten-Tails, Sakura along with the rest of the Shinobi Alliance rallies around an exhausted Naruto. With the shinobis' quickly losing hope, Sakura reassures the entire army and rallies them with a speech on Naruto and how he considers them all comrades. Stating that they must all be willing to die for him and each other just like he is for them, Sakura makes a promise that she will fully heal Naruto back to health so they can begin the battle.

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"Well, that's more or less of it."

When Minato Namekaze arrives onto the scene and asks if he is late, Sakura quickly ponders if he was an enemy due to his Edo Tensei. Noticing Sakura's doubts, Minato quickly assures her and bluntly asks after observing her healing Naruto if she was his girlfriend. Naruto gives an answer of a "more or less" which leads to Sakura ultimately headbutting and silencing Naruto to save his energy. Minato then asks for Sakura to be gentle with Naruto, thinking to himself that Sakura's temper reminded him of Kushina.

When Sasuke arrives onto the scene and begins to leave with Naruto, Naruto tells Sakura to get some rest after thanking her for healing him. However, Sakura quickly follows the duo and states that she also wanted to fight alongside them. After hearing this, Naruto smiles. With Sakura demonstrating her newly found power in the battle against the clones, Naruto is surprised and notes to himself that he wouldn't get on Sakura's bad side again in the fear that she might actually "kill" him next time.

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Later as the battlefield rages, Sakura turns to a Byakugan user and asks the status of Naruto and her teammate. She is then confirmed that the two are safe and are "smiling". After the attack of the God Tree is calmed, Naruto's feelings and memories are spread throughout the troops. During the transfer, Sakura is shown to be shocked and overwhelmed by the many hardships her teammate has endured, even saying that she can feel his heart. When Sakura notices Shikamaru's healing speed, she notices it being the cause of Naruto's chakra. Growing worried, she thinks to herself about Naruto and exclaims that he shouldn't do too much. But this is reassured by Ino that he is doing all of this unconsciously. Watching the battlefield when Sakura spots the Rasengan that belongs to Naruto and the members of Konoha 11, Sakura is shown silently cheering them on, and even sheds a tear.

When Naruto is brought to Sakura, Tsunade, and other medical ninja by Gaara, Sakura is shocked to see his state and quickly rushes to his aid, somehow being the only one with enough chakra to do so. Being taken by Gaara to heal Naruto by Tsunade's order, Sakura who notices Naruto's unconscious and dying state continuously begs him to stay alive as she works to heal him, telling him that he's strong. Soon, Sakura comes to the fear of thought that Naruto might die.

Final Arc

Fear of a Loss

Sakura Fearing over Naruto's Death

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Sakura performing CPR on Naruto

As Naruto's heartbeat becomes weaker, Sakura finds her medical ninjutsu to have no effect. After being informed by Gaara that the only possible hope in keeping Naruto alive was to carry him to Minato, Sakura slices open Naruto's chest and grabs his heart. Using the little chakra she still has, she manually begins pumping his heart and performs CPR on him. Remembering Naruto's proclaimed dream to become Hokage, a determined Sakura tells him that she would not allow him to die. When they arrived at Minato's area, she was shown still tirelessly pumping Naruto's heart. As the Fourth began to transfer Yin Kurama's chakra into Naruto, only to be stopped by the Black Zetsu that intercepts his action and absorbs all of the chakra, Kakashi teleports both Naruto and Sakura into Kamui's dimension. Obito Uchiha who arrives soon afterwards tells her he wants to save Naruto. Although Sakura is worried at first, she eventually chooses to trust him and lets Obito transfer Kurama's chakra into Naruto, saving his life. After Naruto wakes up, Sakura quietly says his name in relief. After Naruto leaves the dimension with his new powers to save Guy from Madara, Sakura, despite still having animosity towards Obito, thanks him for saving Naruto's life and decides to consider him an ally for now.

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Naruto saves Sakura from Madara's clones

As Team 7 prepares to face Madara Uchiha, Sakura who is wary at first, charges head forward at him while releasing the Strength of a Hundred Technique in an attempt to create a diversion. She is quickly stabbed by Madara's staff, shocking both Naruto and Kakashi. Sakura however ignores the attack and tries to land a blow at Madara, but is stopped by the 'invisible wall'. Naruto sensing this quickly comes to her aid and grabs her into a safety zone. Sakura reassures him that she is okay and doesn't need to worry. Later, she is shown amazed by Naruto when he restores Kakashi's eyes.

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Sakura thanking Naruto

Inside Sasuke's Susanoo, Naruto defends Sakura and Kakashi when Sasuke tells them that they were of no use at that moment. The Uzumaki comments that Sakura and Kakashi would had devised a better plan to defeat Madara than Sasuke (even saying that he himself couldn't make a better plan), but Kakashi eventually appeases him. Once Kaguya comes out and summons another dimension alterating the terrain right into a river a hot lava, with team 7 falling, Naruto is saved by Sasuke, but still pleads to save both Sakura and Kakashi as well. Relieved to find that they were hanging closely, Sasuke confirms to Naruto that the only reason Kakashi and Sakura were still there was because during the Infinite Tsukuyomi, they just happened to be there when he activated the Susanoo. Naruto sticks up to the team, reminding the Uchiha of the bridge scene. Sakura is then seen thanking Naruto and is later saved by one of his tailed-beast hands (along with Kakashi) when falling into the lava stream. After placing her by one of his clones, he entrusts it to keep Sakura along with Kakashi safe. Sakura is shown amazed as Naruto curses Black Zetsu for taunting the deceased Obito.

After Kaguya is defeated and Sasuke calls for a revolution, watching as Sakura is knocked out by one of Sasuke's genjustu, Naruto immediately comes to Sakura's defense saying that Sasuke's action wasn't needed. After Sasuke leaves for the Final Valley, Naruto reveals to Kakashi about his lifetime promise to Sakura.

When Sakura and Kakashi finally arrive at the Valley of the End, Naruto and Sasuke are revealed to have lost both their dominant arms. Sakura quickly comes to both their aid with Naruto happily calls out to her. As Sakura begins to heal them, Naruto thanks Sakura while Sasuke apologizes to her for everything he has done. With the trio smiling, Kakashi then remembers when he first laid eyes on his team and happily comments that they had finally returned.

Evidence

  • In the beginning of the series, it is revealed that Naruto has a crush for Sakura.[1]
  • Kushina's dying wish was for Naruto to find a girl like her. Sakura was compared to Kushina by Naruto's father, noticing their resemblance in personality.[2]
  • Sakura has been shown to be protective and supportive of Naruto and his dream as well as his bond with Sasuke throughout the series.
  • Sakura has shown grateful for everything Naruto has done for her and holds to one day repay back these actions.
  • Sakura has been teased and/or pointed out as Naruto's girlfriend by many of the other characters of the series.[3]
  • Despite having a crush on Sakura, Naruto acknowledges her love for Sasuke.
  • Naruto has been shown to recklessly save Sakura numerous times throughout the series [4]
  • Naruto and Sakura are known to constantly bicker, often ending with Sakura comically punching Naruto, although all of these arguments quickly subside.
  • Throughout the series, Sakura and Naruto have been shown to hold a great amount of respect and admiration for each other's skills and abilities.

Unofficial Evidence

Openings/Endings

  • In Naruto Ending 12 - "Parade", Sakura catches a falling leaf while Naruto walks away. Staring at the leaf, Sakura holds it until it breaks into several pieces, forming a human-like shape. As the figure holds out its hand, Sakura reaches to grab it, but suddenly wakes up in her room. In the background a poster is seen that says "Live a life of love".
  • In Naruto Shippuden Opening 2 - "Distance", there is a series of shots that jump between Naruto's bloody hand rising and clenching into a fist, and Sakura turning to her right and crying out something.
  • In Naruto Shippuden Opening 8 - "Diver", Naruto is drowning in a sea of red water, when Sakura puts her hand on his back, at which the water changes to blue, and pushes him toward the surface. Later (after Sakura), many other supporting characters also place their hands on Naruto's back.
  • For Naruto Shippuden opening 9 - "Lovers" - the lyrics appear to relate to Naruto consoling Sakura about her decision to kill Sasuke and how much they have been through together. Lovers (Original and English translation lyrics).
  • In Shippuden Opening 10 - "Newsong" Naruto is shown running recklessly. In the middle of a plain where Sakura appears to be waiting for him, Naruto suddenly stops rather close to her and starts leaning in close to her face, while she leans backwards in embarrassment.
  • At the beginning of Naruto Shippuden opening 12 - "Moshimo", Naruto and Sakura are seen walking together through the village, thinking about Sasuke.
  • In Shippuden Ending 12 - "For You", Jiraiya pushes Naruto toward Sakura, causing Sakura to flinch in surprise, and Naruto to walk away in embarrassment.
  • In Naruto Shippuden Ending 16 - "Mayonaka no Orchestra" (Midnight Orchestra), a naked Sakura stands against a steamed window as she draws Naruto's face.
  • In Naruto Ending 17 - "Freedom" (Second Version), Sakura is walking with a stormy sky above her, but as she gets closer to her destination the sky becomes very sunny. She eventually comes to Naruto, who is sitting on the ground watering a plant. Standing up, he gives her a big grin; after initially looking worried, Sakura smiles back at him.
  • In Shippuden Ending 22, Sakura raises her hands upwards, and the shot fades out to one of Naruto in such a way that Naruto's head appears between her hands.

Shounen Jump

Shounen Jump's 2010 Calendar

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A calendar released by Shounen Jump in 2010 had April 3rd marked as ナルトがサクラを好きになった日, which can be translated as "The day on which Naruto fell in love with Sakura", or "The day Naruto came to like Sakura", since 好き (suki) is used to mean both like and love in the Japanese language and is also commonly used for simple crushes.


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Shounen Jump Valentine's Spread

In Shonen Jump's Valentines Day edition, main characters featured a female from their series' in hearts. Sakura appeared as Naruto's valentine.

Fillers- Part I

Land of Tea Arc

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Naruto carrying Sakura on his back.

When Naruto creates a Rasengan underwater, a whirlpool appears. Naruto is able to save Sakura from drowning, swimming to the surface with her. Naruto carries Sakura on his back, but trips, causing the two of them to fall to the ground. Sakura pretends to be passed out, hoping Sasuke will perform mouth-to-mouth on her. However, Naruto attempts this instead of Sasuke, disgusting Sakura, who quickly pushes him away.

Late on the mission, Idate flirts with Sakura, greatly angering Naruto.

At one point, Naruto and Idate decide to execute part of the mission alone; Sakura immediately protests and is only stopped by Sasuke.

Land of Rice Fields Arc

While on a mission with Sakura, Jiraiya and a girl named Sasame, Naruto battles a man named Kagerou and eventually hits him with a Rasengan. However, the Kagerou is able to escape with the aid of his two allies. After being reminded of Sakura by Jiraiya, Naruto quickly runs to her side, but asks Sasame of her well-being first, angering Sakura.

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Naruto catching Sakura.

In Orochimaru's hideout, Sakura nearly falls into a trap with spikes at the bottom. Naruto is able to save her, walking on the walls with his chakra, but due to poor chakra control, he slips himself.

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Sakura crying for Naruto.

Sakura later finds a room and meets Kabuto. After nearly being hit by a kunai, Sakura is protected by Naruto, who tells her to be wary of their enemy. They briefly battle with Kabuto and suddenly, Kabuto uses chakra threads to squeeze his heart, causing Naruto to take damage as well. Sakura attempts to cut the chakra thread allowing Kabuto to control Naruto, but to no avail. Sasame hands Sakura a special tag that is able to cut the rope. Naruto and Kabuto separate as the chakra seems to have hurt both parties badly. Naruto falls over and Sakura goes over to see how he is. Naruto looks dead and Sakura begins to cry saying out Naruto’s name; then his heartbeat returns and Sakura looks up to see Naruto’s face all red. Naruto says his chest hurts and gets a punch for making Sakura worry.

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Naruto protecting Sakura.

Moments later,Sakura,Naruto,Sasame were facing the mutant form of Sasame's cousin. Naruto begins fighting and Sakura is forced to knock Sasame out in order to prevent her from interrupting the fight.Naruto is wrapped into a cocoon-like shell and sliced in half by Arashi supposedly. Instead, the real Naruto comes out and defends an attack that was aimed towards Sakura and saves her life, risking his. Sakura begins crying and apologizes.

Trap Master Arc

In the beginning of the arc, Naruto is seen walking with Sakura. As Naruto talks about the recent construction on the Leaf Village, he notices Genno. Genno and Naruto decide to go to Ichiraku Ramen, taking Sakura with them. After Naruto accepts Genno's unfinished bowl of ramen right after finishing his, Sakura scolds him, only to be dismissed by Naruto, telling Sakura that she is the most harsh person, greatly angering Sakura. In her defense, Sakura replies that the reason she is so harsh to Naruto is because he is always at fault.

The next day, Sakura greets Naruto when he wakes up outside his window. They walk together to the Hokage's office.

During the Trap Master Arc, it was shown that Naruto "needed" Hinata, but in actuality, needed her to check something out with her Byakugan. Sakura was with Hinata at the time, and seemed angry, thinking the same thing as Hinata.

Fillers - Part II

Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc

A kunoichi called Fūka trapped Naruto in order to use her Kiss of Death technique, attempting to extract his chakra. Moments later, Sakura and Sai arrived at the scene and Sakura became angry after seeing Naruto "making out" with the villain kunoichi.

In episode 71, Naruto is trying to bring Sora back to his normal mental estate, but Kurama's chakra overpowers him,making him go berserk. Naruto continues to try to talk to Sora. Sora, however, launches a projectile at Sakura, which Naruto deflects. Naruto charges forward, but his leg was grabbed by Sora and slammed to the ground. Sakura runs over to heal him just as Sora creates a white ball of chakra in front of his mouth.Shikamaru notices the chakra and tells Sakura to duck down. Yamato covers all the other shinobi with a wooden barrier. Naruto protects Sakura with his own body, and he is relieved after he saw she is unharmed, although she is concerned. She runs over to him when he collapses from his multiple burns sustained while protecting her.

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc

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Sakura has a flashback of Team 7

While Sakura, Tsunade, and Kakashi discuss the latter going home, Naruto, who has camped out in the hotel to start his training the moment Kakashi recovers and is now taking a nap, shouts "RASENGAN!" in his sleep. Irritated, Sakura walks over to his bed and yells at him to wake up. This causes Naruto to jolt up right, albeit half-asleep. Naruto then slowly turns to his right and, due to his half-consciousness, accidentally calls Sakura an "ugly whore". Sakura then gets extremely angry just as Naruto realizes his mistake.

As Naruto is shown training with Kakashi and Yamato, Sakura is shown watching from afar with Sai. Moments later, Sakura is shown collecting ingredients from the pharmacy to create a soldier pill and comments to herself how Naruto was pushing himself too hard and she has to do her best to support him. In the following day, Sakura arrives to the training grounds with Sai following behind her. Ensuring her that he would most likely need the pills, the latter leaves with Kakashi delivering the basket. Upon receiving the gift, both Naruto and Kakashi are surprised by the note that came along with it, which explains what the soldier pills are and encourages Naruto to keep working hard with a "Hell yeah!". Surprised by how much Sakura cared for him, he eats one of the pills but spits it out in disgust due to the flavor and soon returns to training. Sakura is then shown to casually visit the Uzumaki as he trains and is shown impressed by his vast improvements. Oblivious to the pills' taste, she continues delivering dozens of them daily, along with further notes such as "Hell yeah! Hell yeah! Hell yeah"! Eventually, Sai (who had a pill himself) tells Sakura how they taste. She denies this, but finally eats one herself, causing her to freak out.

Upon returning home, she is shown staring at their Team 7 photo and remembers the moments the Team shared. In one of her flashbacks, she is shown impressing Naruto to where he compliments on how awesome she was at tree climbing. After blaming herself for not being able to do any important things for Naruto, she then remembers Yamato's words about her feelings for Naruto. From the training grounds, Naruto notices a shooting star while he lays on the grass to rest. He is shown holding tightly to his heart the notes Sakura had written for him. 

After reaching a more advanced stage in his training, Naruto struggles in depression as Sakura observes and expresses her slight doubt on his success. However, after hearing Sai insult Naruto, Sakura is angered and threatens to hit him if he continues, mentioning Naruto's feats and reaffirming to him her confidence in Naruto's success. Sai reveals that he tricked her using a book on how to get a woman to express her feelings, knowing all along that she believed in Naruto. Calmed down, Sakura continues to watch and support Naruto in his training, with regained confidence in him.

Konoha History Arc

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In filler episode 179, Sakura comes out from a tent with two water gallons. Naruto comes right behind her and offers to get the water himself. Sakura accepts and offers for them to go together while Naruto is pleasantly surprised. As they head out, Sakura then says that, had she left both of the gallons up to him, who knows where he would go, causing Naruto to grumble that she could trust him more. Kakashi sees them working together and thinks to himself Naruto..who would have imagined?. Then, he remembers the old days when he first got the position as their sensei.

In his flashback, Naruto can be seen spying on his new team in class. Naruto was terribly jealous because Sakura only had eyes for Sasuke. The next day, we see Naruto tying up Sasuke so that he can imitate him and go to Sakura, only for his plan to fall apart as he has to rush to the toilet just as he is about to kiss Sakura. After Naruto comes back, he finds Sasuke much to his surprise, but when he notices Sakura so upset thanks to something Sasuke obviously did, he angrily challenges Sasuke to a fight. After they fight a while, Naruto attempts to catch Sasuke with a sexy jutsu but ends with a shuriken in his butt cheek. Kakashi looks at Sakura and Naruto both running after Sasuke, ending the flashback.

Back in present, Kakashi looks at Naruto and Sakura while they were walking together. He then notes that their close relationship may further elevate the need for him to stop Sasuke for them.

Adventures at Sea Arc

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Naruto confesses he loves Sakura

In filler episode 235, Naruto is on the ground with a kunoichi who is distressed over a law that forces her to marry someone she doesn't love. In order to show her that destiny can be changed, Naruto admits his feelings for Sakura. He goes on by saying that Sakura instead loves Sasuke in the cutest way, and though he would never force her to love him, he will do anything in his power to win her over just as she does for Sasuke, and that the kunoichi should do the same for the person she truly loves.

Later, the kunoichi asks if Naruto will ever profess her love to Sakura, to which he admits he doesn't have the courage. When asked if he was satisfied with that, he says that, although it would mean the world to him if Sakura chose him, he would be fine if Sakura chose Sasuke, as long as she's happy, because regardless he will be watching over her.

Naruto vs Mecha-Naruto

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Naruto hands Sakura a flower

Prior to Mecha-Naruto's introduction, Sakura is shown with Food Pills which she intends to give to Naruto to encourage him while he trains. Walking with her, Sai asks what is it about Naruto that makes her go so far, causing Sakura to smile.

When Mecha-Kurama attacks Konoha, Sakura is shown crying and screams to the top of her lungs for Naruto to return in identical fashion to the Invastion of Pain. Naruto, who is wearing the Mecha-Naruto suit, appears in Konoha in front of Sakura. She is initially worried, but Naruto says everything is fine and reveals his identity, much to her surprise. Before he leaves to battle Mecha-Kurama, Naruto hands Sakura a flower, which she accepts, and tells her, "You protect the flower, Sakura-chan. And I will protect the Sakura-chan - who protects that flower"! At the end of the episode, when Naruto cries over Mecha-Naruto's sacrifice, Sakura appears and blushes as she tells Naruto that she have protect the flower like she promise while he protect her and the village.
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Naruto sadly tells Sakura the one who protect the village was actually Mecha-Naruto. Sakura, however, continues holding the flower throughout the rest of the episode.

Omakes

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  • During the omake after episode 10, Sakura takes Tsunade an interview, praising her and asking her what her beauty secrets are. While Tsunade is ranting about her beauty secrets, Naruto intervenes and tells Sakura not do to like Tsunade because she will end up with a huge chest,which in his opinion,is not appealing and ridiculous. He also says that he likes very much Sakura as she is with her current breast size, and that she looks so much better compared  to Tsunade. This backfires, however, when both Sakura (for commenting on her breasts in public) and Tsunade (for insulting her breasts in public) punch him.
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  • During the omake after episode 27, Naruto and Lee talk about Sakura and how much cooler she has got since the last season but they end up arguing who loves her more and who gets to win her love. Naruto claims that he has the better chance to win her love because he and Sakura are in the same team but Lee ends up pulling out a trump card by reminding Naruto about kissing Sasuke by accident, causing Naruto to end the short in embarrassment.
  • During the omake after episode 57, Naruto has a dream about Sakura and him about to kiss. He woke up due to Sakura, and then she scolded him for not cleaning up his apartment room. She sees a cockroach on the floor, causing her to fall into Naruto's belongings and angrily punch a semi-conscious Naruto.
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  • During the omake after episode 129, Naruto and Sakura are at a festival together, which Naruto tells the audience is a date, though Sakura denies this. While walking in the woods together, the two seem to see the ghost of Hiruzen, which frightens Sakura, holding Naruto tightly, making Naruto blush and have his eyes have neon pink hearts in them. She then lets go of him and punches him, but after Naruto recovers they are shown seeing fireworks together, with Sakura saying that she hopes to do this next year with Naruto.
  • During the omake after episode 142, Hinata has gotten the show more popular by saying "Naruto-kun" in omake 121. Naruto then asks if that is cool to Sakura, getting Sakura jealous. She then says that she could also make the show popular by saying the same thing. Afterwards, though, she was shown getting mad at the director for saying that she wouldn't need those lines. This is the only (official, not canonical) time that Sakura has ever given Naruto a name suffix.
  • In the omake for episode 296, Sakura is being interviewed, at which point she relates her encounter with the Iwa shinobi. The reporters pester her about the other person she loves, causing Sakura to get angry and break the table. While the manga and anime said the person was Sasuke, it is never specified in the omake, Additionally, Sakura only reacts this way around Naruto, whereas she is open about her feelings for Sasuke.

Movies

Naruto Shippuden: The Movie

In Shion's vision of a false future, Naruto is impaled and killed by the tentacles of a large purple dragon-like beast. Sakura is one of the few recognizable people present at his funeral; she is shown to be very distressed, and is presumably crying (her eyes are obscured from view).

A few days earlier in the real timeline, Sakura gets annoyed when Naruto is late for a meeting with Tsunade. Both also notably react in identical fashion (slumped over, with blue steam marks above their heads) when they discover that Rock Lee is substituting for Sasuke and Sai on their next mission. The two are also seen bickering throughout the rest of the film, notably when Sakura keeps elbowing Naruto when they first meet Shion. When Shion sees Naruto's death, Sakura tries to assure him by saying it will cure him of his stupidity, much to his fury.

At the end of the film, when Naruto has survived, Sakura is also seen looking at Naruto with Shion, frowning with her arms crossed as if out of jealousy for the close bond they now share, and opened her mouth in shock when Shion asked if Naruto could be the father of her children.

Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds

When Naruto is told he is to go with Hinata and Sakura on an escorting mission, he is in denial due to wanting to help fight, as well as because of his hostile relationship with Amaru. Sakura then gives him a good-luck charm from Jiraiya, convincing him to come along.

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Sakura and Naruto found themselves in front of an evil monster who identified itself as a version of the tailed-beasts and apparently has taken over Amaru. Sakura tried to fight with it, but was proven to be no match for the monster as she was immediately thrown to the ground. Seeing this and the rest of his friends, Naruto became enraged. The monster traps and taunts Naruto to use his inner power. This eventually causes him to enter his initial jinchūriki form and eventually evolved to his four-tailed state. After fighting with the monster for a while, he turned back to normal when a seal on Naruto given by Jiraiya came off and reminded him of how the tailed beast chakra hurt his friends in which he immediately turned back to normal. After the fight, Naruto holds Sakura in his arms while talking to Amaru. When Sakura woke up, she looked up to see Naruto looking down upon her and gently asking if she was okay. After a few seconds, she misinterpreted the "all weird" look on Naruto's face (bottom right corner of the photo), and badly slapped him, much to his confusion.

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire

While Sakura is healing Sai, Naruto asks if he is doing okay. Instead of replying, Sakura stands up and punches Naruto against a wall before pulling down his shirt at the collar, revealing a gash he sustained on the shoulder. Sakura then chastises him, saying that had he thought out a plan he never would've gotten the wound. As she continues to jabber at him, Kakashi looks at the sky and notes how the two are so similar to Obito Uchiha.

Later, Naruto and Sai are recovering, but the former thinks they have made a full recovery and against Sakura's intentions and Sai's protests the two sneak out of the hospital to have a barbecue with the rest of the Konoha 11 (with Shikamaru paying). When they arrive, however, Sakura suddenly appears and slaps both of them into unconsciousness, much to everyone's dismay. Sakura then takes Naruto and Sai back to bed and slap their backs as punishment. As the two reluctantly get back into bed, however, Sakura smiles and compliments to herself Naruto's good healing, even calling him "My Naruto". As she leaves, Kakashi comes in and gives Naruto and Sai gifts to ease their boredom (in reality parting gifts). Sai's gift is a guide into how to tell if a woman likes you, and as he reads passages over the course of the film, most, if not all, are direct references to Naruto and Sakura's relationship, with the first passage read being "A girl will try to hide her concern for you by getting mad and acting violently" - which, ironically, had just happened twice, causing Naruto to grumble.

Sakura later hears from Shikamaru and Tsunade that Naruto has been imprisoned to prevent him from going after Kakashi. Immediately heading over there, she arrives and questions the atrocity of the act. After Naruto tells her about how Kakashi was acting weird, Sakura suggests that they don't do anything because of what Tsunade ordered. Naruto, however, shows her his parting gift from Kakashi - the bells from the bell test - and how people who abandon comrades are worse than scum, before making another lifetime promise to bring Kakashi back. Remembering the original promise, Sakura becomes concerned for him again, even shedding tears, but makes an excuse by questioning why he doesn't want her to come, and punches him while also breaking down the bars. The two escape, and notably are the only ones to work to find Kakashi throughout the whole film.

Towards the end of the movie, Naruto is in danger, and Sakura states that she will deal with the threat to a petrified Sai and Shikamaru. Sai then explains to Shikamaru that one of the passages in the book was that when the person one loves is in danger, the lover develops insurmountable fortitude to rescue the beloved; Sakura immediately tells him to shut up. At the end, when everyone thinks that Kakashi made a romantic move on Naruto, Sakura gives them a stare and sighs, slouching forward.

Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower

Naruto, Sakura, Sai and Yamato are assigned to capture Mukade, a Konoha missing-nin. When Mukade manages to absorb the seal the Fourth Hokage, Naruto tries to stop him and disappears along with Yamato. Sakura tries to follow them, only to be stopped by Sai's ink bird while she cries and screams Naruto's name.

Almost "immediately" after, Naruto and Yamato come back from the past but they don't remember what happened to them. As Team Kakashi leaves the ruins, they are approached by a girl who claims that she felt a disturbance on the Ryūmyaku. The girl says she's the daughter of the former Queen of Rōran and bears a Konoha Chakra Blade, telling them that her mother received it from a hero in a dream. As she leaves, Naruto claims that he has the feeling he saw her in a good dream. Annoyed, Sakura then grabs and pulls on Naruto's ear and yells at him for having "perverted daydreams".

Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison

When Naruto is accused of A's attempted murder by Tsunade, Sakura is the only one to outwardly defend him despite the plan being for all of them to accuse Naruto of the crimes.

At the end of the film, Sakura is desperately healing Naruto, weeping and screaming for him to not die like this while everyone else can only look on. She also hesitates to let Ryuzetsu heal Naruto, and jumps back in shock when Ryuzetsu holds Naruto's face and kisses him to save his life at the cost of her own. When Naruto wakes up, the first thing he says is Sakura's name upon seeing her. In the novel adaptation of the film, the two also hug each other once Naruto is able to sit up right.

Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja

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There's no place like home. Sakura notably smiles once Naruto does.

This film is notable for featuring many NaruSaku hints due to them being the film's main characters.

While he was walking on the streets of Konoha, Naruto meets Sakura, who had an argument with her family and also stormed out, grabbing Naruto's hand and telling him to go on a date with her. He claims it's just a way for her to take her anger out on someone, resulting in him getting pulled by the ear.

The two go to the park, and while they are on the swings together Sakura rants about her parents. Already feeling lonely due to being the only Konoha 11 member to not get to be congratulated by a parent for the mission that day, Naruto suggests she is being too harsh. Sakura then grumbles why he has to be here, and that Sasuke would understand her. Naruto tries to outburst in disagreement, but before he can, Tobi appears in front of them, and after a brief fight, he activates the Limited Tsukuyomi.
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Naruto and Sakura talking.

Naruto and Sakura are absorbed in a flash of light, with Naruto standing in front of Sakura as if to protect her, and later find themselves still in the same park they were before with no signs of Tobi.

While heading over to tell Tsunade what happened, they run into Team 8. Hinata threateningly asks if they were on a date. Embarrassed, Sakura tries to say otherwise, but also suspecting so Hinata leans in close to her and whispers her a death threat. Naruto tries to calm the situation down, but Hinata gets in his face for trying to defend Sakura. Frightened, Naruto and Sakura flee into town (much to Hinata's fury), where they meet Team 10, who also acts differently than normal. Sakura chastises them for that, but immediately calms down when Naruto places a hand on her shoulder. The Konoha 11, including Sasuke, go to a bathhouse later. There Hinata gets on Sakura's case again, trying to lower her self-esteem by calling her "flat-breasted" as a way for her not to be in a relationship with "Menma" (Naruto). After the group chases after Lee, Naruto and Sakura stand alone in the girls' bathroom, barely clothed and wondering what is going on. After they sit down and talk about all that happened at the Hokage Monument, they realize they are in an alternative reality created by Tobi. Sakura decides to get more info, and leaves before playfully calling Naruto "Menma", much to his chagrin.

Naruto and Sakura meet in the morning, where Naruto complains about how he had to sleep on the streets because he doesn't live where he used to. Sakura laments this, though Naruto can tell she's just laughing at what happened. They then go to try to gather more information about their current world. They eventually run into Shino, who points a pesticide gun at them. Terrified, they flee the scene, much to Shino's confusion. In town, Sakura is shown to have more freedom and is well loved by the village thanks to her father's actions. Naruto happily watches seeing how well she gets along with children, but then realizes she's enjoying herself. As she admits this, he glares at and scolds her for enjoying more the fake world rather than the real one, wanting to go back to the real world as fast as possible. Sakura says she'll help him, but Naruto simply struts away to get more info, and Sakura runs after him. In Tsunade's office, they meet Naruto's parents, who are alive in this world. Tsunade sends Minato and Kushina on a mission to take down the "Masked Man", and Naruto, figuring this man is Tobi, immediately requests to go along. Sakura tries to say otherwise while gripping his arm, but Minato allows the two to come with them. Sakura later notices that Naruto is upset, and he says he is angry over how Tobi made illusions of his dead parents while Sakura looks on. She is then shown pondering over Naruto's parents at home.

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Sakura reasons with Naruto.

In the morning, while they were preparing for the mission, Kushina goes to Naruto and tells him that instead of sulking he should look nice for the hero's daughter, referring to Sakura. Sakura then shows concern when Naruto complains about how he isn't Menma. After they succeed to retrieve the scroll of the Red Moon from the chief toads, Naruto and Sakura walk home together discussing about the events. Naruto, feeling guilty over his parents, quickly runs home saying he has something to do, leaving Sakura alone. Sakura now finds her home too lonely and wonders if Naruto's always felt this way. After seeing Sasuke, who had previously given her a rose, flirting with other women, she decides to run to Naruto's house, finally realizing that the world is fake and is determined to help him find a way to break the genjutsu. Looking trough his window, however, Sakura sees how happy he is after he accepted Minato and Kushina as his parents, and wonders if they should really leave.

Sakura later meets Naruto at a corner, with their roles completely swapped, and asks him if he wants to stay. Although he denies it, he later thinks to himself that he truly does not want to leave. They walk home without saying goodbye or even looking at each other. At the moment, the masked man destroys the village and demands the scrolls be brought back. He overpowers Minato, Kushina, and Tsunade, and then Naruto and Sakura arrive. They realize that this was the man Tsunade was talking about, and that he knows Tobi. Sakura tries to land a hit on him while citing Naruto's philosophies but she is quickly slammed to the ground. After he overpowers Naruto, the masked man kidnaps Sakura in exchange for the scroll and leaves. Naruto tries to leave to save Sakura, but Minato prevents him. Despite the fact that his parents were pleading not to leave, he admits that he is not Menma and takes one of Minato's kunai and the scroll, leaving with Sakura's father's Hokage coat, determined to save the girl he loves at all costs - even the world.

Sakura wakes up finding herself tied up, and meets Tobi who is in this world is a ghost. Naruto arrives to save her, much to Sakura's relief, and the battle between him and the masked man begins. He soon finds out, after the masked man's face is unveiled that he is, in fact, Menma.
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Sakura helping Naruto up.

In the battle Naruto is barely able to win, but after being helped by Kurama he manages to knock out Memna. However, Tobi takes over Menma's body and attacks Naruto. As Menma overpowers Naruto, the latter tries to use the scroll when he notices the moon had turned red, but Menma cuts the scroll, causing Naruto to look into Menma's eyes. Naruto's memories are erased, but Sakura rescues him before Kurama is extracted from him.
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Naruto catches Sakura.

She fights Memna until Naruto is able to break free of the genjutsu just in time to save Sakura when she is thrown into the air, catching her and carrying her in his arms while the two give each other an amorous stare, and then defeats Tobi the same way his father did, breaking the Limited Tsukuyomi. Tobi, using his ghost body, attacks again, until Minato and Kushina arrive. Tobi decides to give up and exits the genjutsu world just as Naruto and Sakura are enveloped in a bright light, returning to their world, but not before Naruto thanks to Kushina and Minato for saving him.

As they both return home, Naruto watches Sakura as she meets her parents, happily hugging them. He approaches her, asking her out on a date at a later time, but Sakura tells him they just came back from the longest date ever, much to Naruto's shock. As he heads home, however, he realizes he isn't truly alone even without parents.

OVAs

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Sakura crying over a wounded Naruto.

Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!

When Konohamaru and Naruto team up to find a red four-leaved clover, Naruto approaches Sakura specifically for help despite Sasuke being right next to her.

Shippū! Konoha Gakuen Den!

After Naruto and Sasuke save the girls from the gang members, Ino bothers Sakura about having a crush on Naruto and the scene shows Sakura giving him something, then later blushing and kicking him.

Naruto x UT

Sakura cries, holding a seemingly dead Naruto, with his chest severely wounded, in her arms with Kakashi behind her, her tears falling heavily on her face. At the very beginning, Naruto's arm had fallen down heavily while near Sakura's face, suggesting he was comforting her before the OVA started. Afterwards flashbacks are shown during their moments together as Team 7, and also Naruto and Sasuke battling each other. After the flashback, Naruto regains conscience and places his hand on Sakura's face, causing her to jump back in shock. The two then smile at each other before joyfully embracing.

Video Games

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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Impact - part 130 Walkthrough - Naruto Ending

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  • In the ending of Naruto Shippuden Ulimate Ninja Impact we see see Naruto sitting on the grass, thinking about Sasuke. Sakura appears, and asks if she can join him. She thanks him for everything he has done for her and praises him for never giving up hope. She also says that she believes in him while Naruto is speechless and cheered up. After that they are both shown walking on a path together.
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Sakura doesn't admit that she is paying the meals for Naruto by telling him that she is actually helping Hinata

  • In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, there is a chat between Naruto, Sakura and Hinata in the Friendship Event. Hinata wanted to treat Naruto for lunch, but he started to wonder why was she  buying lunch for him. Hinata wanted to tell Naruto that Sakura has paid some  money for it too, but she was stopped by her, not wanting Naruto to know about it. After  lunch, Naruto thanks them for the treat,and tells Sakura that he knew she paid some of the money. The later  tells Naruto that she has done it for Hinata and not for him because Hinata wasn't having enough money. Naruto smiles and thanks them again as they both leave; commenting that the food was yummy.
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Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 "Full Burst" Friendship Event 2 (Naruto,Sakura,Tenten & Ino)

Sakura covers for Naruto during her conversation with the girls about him

  • In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, there is a chat between Naruto, Sakura, Ino and Tenten in the Friendship Event, which is a sequel to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (Chat between Naruto, Sakura, Ino and Tenten in the Friendship Event). Naruto was shown walking towards Sakura but she tells him that he came at a bad timing and it is better for him to leave. Upon hearing this,Naruto  gets depressed. When Sakura was about to explain the reason why Naruto should leave, Ino and Tenten appeared and saw Naruto. Then they both invite him to join them. Once they were in the dumpling shop, the girls continue their previous topic, Naruto being the main subject of their conversation.  Ino and Tenten mostly talk about Naruto's negative points. After seeing how depressed Naruto looks, Sakura decided to help him out by telling Ino and Tenten about his good parts, which made him feel better. After their conversation, Ino comments that they have a lot more things to say about Naruto but Tenten tells her to save it for next time because if not it will be boring. Naruto then thought to himself that Tenten is a demon and she is nothing like Sakura, who really was thinking about him and saw  her as an angel. Before the girls leave, Sakura tells Naruto to be very grateful to her and that he has to buy her a special anmitsu as a payment for helping him out just now. When the girls leave, Naruto claims that he was wrong since there are no angels in his world.
  • At the non-canon end of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Naruto heads out to go help with Konoha's rebuilding, while Sakura compliments him in narration. Coming to the site, Naruto runs into Sakura, who is the first to see him, immediately standing up to greet him despite going over plans with others. Naruto smiles at her, but before he can do anything else the chakra spirits of Minato and Kushina push him forward towards Sakura, and the two make small talk while the other ninja gather around. The scene then focuses on the picture of Team 7, with Sakura's narration saying that Naruto is a hero whom she loves.

Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth

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Naruto's love letter to Sakura

In the second part of episode 2, Naruto and Rock Lee writes love letter to Sakura and put it in Sakura's bag when Sakura was not looking. Later, Naruto and Lee was upset when they saw Sakura holding a love letter that is theirs (it was actually from them but Naruto saw Lee's love letter and Lee saw Naruto's love letter. They didn't know that they both wrote a love letter to Sakura) and demands to know who would had wrote it. In the end of the episode, when they both grab the love letters, they shred the papers up. Upon seeing the contents inside the letters, they point out that it was their own as Sakura comes over to ask them if they had seen the letters anywhere but its no use and she disappointingly walks away. Lee and Naruto then realize there never was a third love letter and the Naruto takes a moment to explain that a while after Lee snuck his letter into Sakura's bag, Naruto had done the same thing.

In the second part of episode 9, Tenten points out to Hinata and Rock Lee that Sakura is more Naruto's type, then explains that she is a confident girl who can always set up the punchlines and that people are drawn to people who compliment their personalities.

In the first part of episode 11, Naruto and Lee compete to be on Sakura's team for a research mission, but get stuck with Neji. They settle on tailing her, and try to sneak away.

In the second part of episode 12, Sakura is alone in the rain when she sees Naruto with an umbrella. Sakura immediately scrambles under the umbrella, and as the two "snuggle" underneath it Sakura thanks him; Naruto says anything for her, and walks her home.

In the first part of episode 23, Naruto is shown trying to peep in on Sakura while she is bathing, only for Ino to catch him and Lee.

In the first part of episode 32, Naruto fakes illness to be tended to by Sakura, only for Lee to do the same thing.

In the first part of episode 39, the Hidden Leaf Village holds a big Christmas party. In the present exchange war, each team in the survival race. Whoever finishes the race first gets to choose the present first. Naruto and Rock Lee rival on who will get Sakura's present. When they headed to the finish line, they both finished the race at the same time so they get to choose the present first but Naruto and Rock Lee have realized there's one problem. They did not knew which is Sakura's present. In the end, Naruto gets Rock Lee's present and Rock Lee's gets Naruto's present.

In the second part of episode 40, as the New Year approaches, Naruto and friends wrote wishes on the paper. Naruto and Rock Lee wrote the same wish which is "Take Sakura on a date to Shinobiland" and they both fight. Then, Sakura punches them and says "No" and also scolds them. Besides that, Neji claims that Naruto publicly declared that he likes Sakura.

In chapter 16, there is a Road to Ninja special. In the special, Naruto and Sakura are sent  in the genjutsu world and they realized  everyone in the village was acting strange. In the meantime, as they decided to get some ramen at Ramen Ichiraku to calm their nerves, Charasuke, Kakashi and Guy are seen in the restaurant eating ramen with them. Naruto seemed angry seeing Charasuke flirting with Sakura. Naruto was shown jealous when Charasuke grabbed Sakura close to him and told her to come a little closer. 

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Neji, Naruto and Lee faints

In chapter 20 and episode 46, when Naruto and the others find out that the girls are invited to go for a bath house by Tsunade, they decided to peep on them. When they are in front at the bath house, they  heard the girls conversation. Neji blushes and faints after he heard Hinata's and Tenten's conversation about Hinata's chest. Later, Naruto and Lee blushed and faint too after hearing Sakura's and Ino's conversation about Sakura's chest.

Among the Fans

NaruSaku is one of the most popular couples among the fans, rivaled by NaruHina. It's likely supported due Naruto's feelings for Sakura and the development of their relationship. It is a rival couple to SasuNaru, NaruHina, and SasuSaku.

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References

  1. Manga: Chapter 3
  2. Manga: Chapter 631
  3. Manga: Chapters 34, 135 and 631
  4. Manga:Chapters 452, 676 and 484

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