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The Couple

The Couple

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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Team 7

In the beginning of the series, it is revealed that Naruto had a crush on Sakura, although she only had eyes for Sasuke and treated him as an annoyance, much to his dismay.

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When Sakura first makes an appearance, Naruto is shown blushing and stating that 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. Before the team members were revealed, Naruto was shown to envy Sasuke and part of it was due to Sakura's infatuation on the Uchiha.

When the teams were finally revealed, Naruto cheered 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 Uchiha to give a chance for him to talk to Sakura. Transforming to Sasuke, he would later approach 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 to where she replies that he was annoying. 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 more nicer to Naruto.

When later called annoying by Sasuke, Sakura realizes how wrong she was in her treatment of Naruto 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. The next day, when the just newly formed team is waiting for Kakashi, Naruto decides to prank him for being late by planting an eraser on the door. Although she scolds him for doing such a thing, her 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.

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 was her turn and asked to confess her dislikes, she plainly pointed out in a comedic fashion that it was Naruto; much to his dismay. During the bell test when Naruto shows off his Shadow Clones, Sakura is shown to be incredibly impressed; by even stating that he was pretty good. After the team failed to pass the first test, they are given another chance. This was to test to see the group's view of comrades. Being ordered to not share food with a tied up Naruto, Sakura decides to go against it after the Uchiha and is shown to be the one about to feed Naruto who was blushing at the time. At the end, the team passed.

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 down 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 was running towards the enemy. However, it was revealed that he had wanted to grab his headband. Surprised by his action, Sakura is shown to be admiring his will and soon begins to notice his improvements in training as well.

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Naruto cheers Sakura on

When the team is shown practicing tree climbing, Sakura completes it with ease; showing off her chakra control. Naruto then pleads for Sakura's advice where they then whisper in secret. When Naruto later meets Haku, he comments how Haku was even cuter than Sakura, but is disappointed when he finds out that Haku is a male. During another encounter with Zabuza and finally Haku, she is shown to worry over the safety of Naruto and the rest of her teammates. At one point, she 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

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After the Land of Waves Arc, the Team meets up in the morning preparing for a new mission. Kakashi is however 3 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

Before the chunin exams, when the group is approached by Konohamaru Sarutobi and His team, the little shinobi asks Naruto if Sakura was his girlfriend. As Naruto blushes about the thought, Sakura punches the group 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 genins, Sakura notices how unusually quiet Naruto was and is just about to cheer him up thinking that he was nervous and scared. During the writing test, Sakura notices Naruto's struggle and begins to forfeit with intention of protecting his dream of becoming Hokage, but stops when she sees him lifting his hand up.

Chuunin Exams Arc

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. She then screams to Sasuke that Naruto it's not like him, but at least he's not a 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 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; 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 adds on by comparing Naruto to Earth while Sakura to Heaven.

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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 tried to make Sakura forfeit, Naruto loudly cheers her on telling her not to give up. Thanks to his cheering, an Inner-Sakura awakens and
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forces Ino out; the two then finish their battle and ends with a tie. Before Shikamaru's battle, Sakura tells Naruto he should worry about himself and thanks him cheering for herWhen Naruto faces Kiba, 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 as well. Silently 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. He is then shown to be the Victor. During Naruto's match with Neji, Sakura is shown cheering him on with the rest of Konoha 11. 

Invasion of Konoha Arc

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Naruto saved you

When Sakura is immobilized by Gaara's sand, Naruto fought Gaara with the promise to save her. When thinking about the similarities with Gaara, Naruto lists Sakura among the people who first 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. He then tells Gamabunta to avoid hurting her, while pressing the urgency of saving her. Even after being out of chakra, he checks on Sakura from a distant and notices her unconscious form before turning back to Gaara with determined look on his face. One last time, he manages to call forth chakra. After the defeat of Gaara, when Sakura and Sasuke watched Naruto train, Sakura thanked Sasuke for saving her. Much to her surprise, he confessed that it was Naruto. Thankful, Sakura turns to watch Naruto and gives him a genuine smile.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

When an unconscious Sasuke is embraced by a relieved Sakura, Naruto smiles sadly at the two before walking out. Tsunade then notes Naruto  is more sensitive than he looks. 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 then decides to confess to Naruto about Sasuke's unusual behavior and the possible path he might take. Naruto then cheers her up and denies that Sasuke wasn't like that and she didn't need to worry.

Right before Sasuke left the village, Sakura asks Naruto out on a date. During the date, Teuchi praises Naruto for bringing his girlfriend on the date. Naruto then imminently confesses that he wasn't her boyfriend while blushing at the same time. But instead, Sakura did nothing. Still worried, Naruto then assures Sakura that Sasuke wouldn't do anything bad, because he's strong. Reacting to this, Sakura tries to give the Uzumaki a smile.

After Sasuke left the village, Naruto and his team are shown waiting outside the gate. They are approached by Sakura who then desperately begs Naruto to bring back Sasuke since he's the only one who can probably stop him. Looking at the crying Sakura, Naruto gives her a pained smile and confesses that he knows her feelings for Sasuke and know how it pains her, telling her how much he can understand.

Promise of a LifeTime

The Promise

Naruto then makes a lifetime promise to bring back Sasuke. Surprised and feeling guilt, 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 tears. When the team comes back and she finds out that he failed the mission, she doesn't hold it against him but tries to cheer him up. When the Uzumaki notes to Sakura that he hasn't given up, the soon-to-be medical nin promises to him that she'll be stronger so next time they'll do it together. 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 who greet him. She is shown surprised by how much he's changed, both physically and mentally. When she asks Naruto if she looks more womanly, he plainly answers that she looks the same to which Sakura replies he still can't understand a girl's feelings. When he finally claims to have come up with a technique even more perverted than his Sexy Technique, she punches him for ruining all the admiration she held for him.

When they train together later, Naruto is shown to be impressed by Sakura’s strength as he and Sakura work together to retrieve the bells from Kakashi. After training, Naruto asks out Sakura for a date and she agrees only if he pays.

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. 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 is shown to burst into tears. Naruto then claims that he would rescue Gaara which causes Sakura to be in frustration as she exclaims It's you I'm... but she is quickly cut off by him.

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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 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. It was shown that Naruto asked Sakura to carry her backpack and She handed it to him.

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During the fight with Itachi, 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 placed their hands on his shoulders causing him to break free. However, Naruto is shown to still remain dazed. Noticing this, Sakura smacks his cheek causing him snap out of his trance. Later during Sakura's fight with Sasori, she is shown using Naruto's life time promise as one of her motivations. In the end of the arc, Sakura and Naruto mourn for the loss of Chiyo who greatly influenced both their lives.

Sai and Sasuke Arc

When Sai is introduced to the group, Naruto who had met him earlier greets him in disgust where as 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 and wounded by one of the tails.

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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 kyuubi form. She is quickly saddened when he tells her that he was the only who had this ability. Noticing this, Yamato claims that the important thing is Sakura's strong feelings, but he is quickly cut off as Naruto begins to awaken. Upon waking up, Sakura is shown to shed tears of joy upon his revival.

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Later on, the trio are 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 grabs her hand and assures her that he would be alright. 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. Sakura who is swinging behind the group slips and begins to fall. Naruto then desperately tries to grab her, but 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. Still worried, he advises her to not to push herself too hard and even compliments her which causes the medical nin to blush until he mentions about her "Brute Strength." Due to Sakura's injury, the group decides to take a break. 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. Later, when the group fails to retrieve Sasuke, Sakura tells Naruto that even if they failed here, they'll continue to get stronger together.

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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 while 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.

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. While watching, Sai is shown to be glancing back and forth between the two in awe. 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 Hidan/Kakuzu arc, Sakura is shown healing Naruto’s broken arm and warns him that it’s too dangerous to use the new learned jutsu. But Naruto replies that it'd be alright as long as she heals it for him. While eating ramen with Sai and Sakura, Naruto complains he can’t eat because of his broken arm and Sakura offers to feed him, which leaves him happily surprised. The moment, however, is interrupted because of Sai causing Naruto to get upset. After the Itachi Pursuit arc, Sakura watches as Naruto is upset and saddened by Jiraiya’s death and encourages him as he goes to train to be a toad sage.

Invasion of Pain Arc

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Sakura Hugs Naruto (It finally happened)

Sakura Thanks Naruto

After Pain attacked the village; when she sees the village in ruins, in the midst of despair and disaster, Sakura screams to the top of her lungs for Naruto to return. When he does finally return, she could only find herself watching him from afar as he attacked the village invaders. Sakura was shown being concerned for his well being when she found out he turned into the Six Tails. When Naruto returns back to the village after his talk with Nagato, she scolds him for being careless but thanks him for saving everyone with a hug.


Five Kage Summit Arc

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Naruto comforting Sakura.

As Sai, Sakura and Naruto are discussing about 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 her to catch her. At the end, Naruto agrees to tell the latter about Sasuke even as Sakura continues to disagree.

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I can't even keep my promises.

Sai is later shown thinking about the bond between Sakura and Naruto to himself. Sai then bluntly asks Naruto if he likes Sakura to which the Uzumaki 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 can't until then.

Feeling compelled as a friend, Sai then tells Sakura that he thinks it's obvious that Naruto loves her, which brings her to tears thinking about all the things Naruto has done for her sake and even asking herself how can he love such an idiot as her. He continues to tells her that he thinks she's hurting Naruto by encouraging him to keep the promise to bring Sasuke back. Finally wiping away her tears, the medical nin asks Shikamaru to let her be the one to talk to Naruto, which he agrees to do. Sakura then vows to herself that she won’t be a failure anymore.

Overwhelmed, Sakura travels to the Land of Iron where she confesses her love towards Naruto so he can no longer bear the burden of the promise of bringing Sasuke back. Altough shocked at first, he claims the confession is false and claims he would still go after Sasuke even if the promise doesn't stand. Sakura angrily defends herself and tells Naruto he has to think of himself for a change instead of getting himself hurt.

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Later in the arc, when Sakura makes a failed attempt to kill Sasuke, Naruto comes to her rescue before the Uchiha can kill her with the poisoned kunai. When the two face off, Sakura pleads to herself for the two to stop and is concerned when Naruto says he and Sasuke will die together the next time they fight. After this encounter, Naruto is uncouncious from Sakura's poisonous kunai and Sakura smiles as he sleeps peacefully. When the group returns to the Leaf Village, Sakura defends Naruto when the rookies question him on what happened and how he wants to handle Sasuke. 

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 Haruno Sakura is approached by a injuried ninja couple and although the orders were to not take in anymore patients, Sakura was unable to turn them away after the kunoichi begged them as she didn't want her husband to die in her arms. Right after Sakura agrees to help, the couple reveals themselves as impostors and attacks Sakura. However, she is quickly saved by Uzumaki Naruto's Clone. Surprised and worried that he came to the battlefield, she scolds him.

Later in the arc when she rushes to Naruto's aid with the rest of Konoha 11, she is shown thinking about Naruto and the tasks that he is always put upon; promising to him and herself that they are going to be together this time.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc

When Neji sacrifices himself for the sake of Naruto and Hinata, Sakura is shown watching in horror as one of the members of Konoha 11 falls. After somehow surviving the attack, Konoha 11 and the rest of the Shinobi Alliance rallies around an exhausted Naruto. With the shinobi's losing hope, she reassures them and rallies them with a speech as she heals Naruto.

When the shinobi's are attacked by a Tailed Beast Ball, everyone is surprised when it quickly disappears. Namikaze Minato then appears on the scene and asks if he's late. Shocked and aware that he is an Edo Tensei, she becomes worried and ponders if he's with the enemy. Noticing her doubts, he quickly assures her.Looking at the medical nin healing his son, he ponders.

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

He then bluntly asks if the two were in a relationship. Naruto then answers him that "more or less it" was true. Sakura then headbutts Naruto and tells him to save energy. Minato then asks for the medical nin to take care of his son. Sakura quickly becomes puzzled when Minato mentions that their friend was on his way.

When Uchiha Sasuke arrives on the scene, everyone is shocked by his arrival excluding Naruto. When Naruto starts to leave for the battlefield, he is quickly followed by Sakura. Sakura then states that she's also a student of one of the legendary sanins and refuses to watch them from behind. After hearing this, Naruto smiles to her. When Sakura demonstrates her newly found power, Naruto is surprised and notes to himself that he wouldn't get on Sakura's bad side again. As Sasuke and Naruto work together to attack the Ten-Tails, Sakura heals the troops.

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Later as the battlefield rages, Haruno Sakura sensing something quickly turns to the 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, the medic-nin is shown to be shocked and overwhelmed by the many hardships her teammate has endured. 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 Uzumaki Naruto and the members of Konoha 11, she is shown silently cheering them on.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc

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Sakura Fearing over Naruto's Death

When a near dying Naruto is brought to Sakura, she is shocked to see his state and quickly rushes to his aid. Being taken by Gaara to heal Naruto by Tsunade's order, she quickly ponders what happened to him. Noticing his state, she continuously begs him to stay alive, telling him that he's strong. Soon, she comes to the fear of thought that Naruto might die.

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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 tirelessly plumping Naruto's heart, as the Forth 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. When Kakashi teleports Naruto and Sakura into Kamui's dimension, Obito arrives soon afterwards and tells her he wants to save Naruto, although Sakura is worries at first. However, she eventually chooses to trust him and lets Obito transfer Kurama's chakra into Naruto.

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Naruto saves Sakura from Madara's clones

As Team 7 prepares to face Madara, the latter suddenly appeares from the other dimension, possessing both of the rinnegan and with Obito now being under the control of Black Zetsu. Even though Sakura was wary at first, she charged head forward at him, releasing the Strength of a Hundred Technique in an attempt to create a diversion. She was soon impaled by Madara's staff but ignores the attack, trying to land a blow at him, only to be stopped by an invisible wall. A shocked Naruto rushes to rescue her and brings her to a safe area, showing concern for her condition. Sakura assures him that she is okay, and that he doesn't needs to worry.

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Sakura thanking Naruto

Later inside Sasuke's Susanoo, Naruto defends her 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, but he is ignored. Once Kaguya comes out, she summons another dimension alterating the terrain right into a river a hot lava and Team 7 begins to fall into it. When Sasuke summons his hawk to save himself and Naruto as well, he ignored his pleas to save Sakura and Kakashi too. However, Naruto  is relieved when he sees both Kakashi and Sakura hanging safely to a rope made from a scroll and tied to a kunai. Sasuke confirms to Naruto that the only reason Kakashi and Sakura were still there is 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.

Evidence

  • In the beginning of the series, it is revealed that Naruto has feelings 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 striking resemblance in personality;[2]
  • Throughout the series, Naruto and Sakura have been shown to share mutual admiration and strong respect for one another
  • Sakura has been teased and pointed out as Naruto's girlfriend by Konohamaru, Gamakichi and Minato respectively.[3]
  • Naruto was shown to recklessly save Sakura numerous times when her life was in danger [4]

Unofficial Evidence

Openings/Endings

  • InNaruto Ending 12 - Parade ,we see Sakura catching a falling leaf with Naruto walking away.She ends up can't keeping her eyes off of it.She keeps it with her until it bursts into green sparkles which eventually forms a human resemblance. As the figure holds out its hand, Sakura reaches to grab it ,but suddenly wakes up in her room. In the background we can see a poster that says  Live a life of love.
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Shounen Jump's 2010 Calendar

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A calendar released by SJ 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.

Fillers- Part I

Land of Tea Arc

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Naruto carrying Sakura on his back.

When Naruto made a rasengan underwater, it blew a large whirlpool. He saw that Sakura was in danger of drowning but managed to grab her and swims to the water surface. Sasuke swims to shore amazed at how powerful Naruto has gotten while Naruto runs across the water's surface holding Sakura on his back.He trips over a rock and both fall on the beach area. Sakura pretends to be passed out, so that Sasuke could do mouth-to-mouth on her. Unfortunately, it was Naruto; much to her disgust and eventually throwing a fitting at him. Then he carries her across the island on his back, due to her small cut on her arm.

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Land of Rice Fields Arc

While on a mission with Sakura, Jiraiya and a girl name 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. She got angry and a bit jealous even.

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. 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.

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc

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Sakura has a flashback of Team 7

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. Surprised by how much Sakura cared for him, he eats one of the pills but spats 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.

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. 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. 

Konoha History Arc

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In filler episode 179,we see Sakura coming from a tent with two water gallons.Naruto comes right behind her and jumps in aid to help her carrying. Sakura accepts and offers him to go together while Naruto is pleasantly surprised. 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 ,we see him 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 stuck up his ass.Kakashi looks at Sakura and Naruto both running after Sasuke ,and the flashback ends. Back in present, Kakashi looks on to Naruto and Sakura while they were walking together.

Adventures at Sea Arc

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Naruto confesses he loves Sakura

In filler episode 235, we see Naruto admitting his feelings for Sakura to a kunoichi, explaining that he still loves Sakura and he also said that he will try to win Sakura over as much as Sakura tries to win Sasuke. Stating he would never give up on that. However, in the end Naruto claims that he would be alright if Sakura chose Sasuke over him as long as she's happy.

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
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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 kissing. He woke up due to Sakura, and then she scolded him for not cleaning up his apartment room;
Festival
  • During the omake after episode 129, Naruto and Sakura are at a festival together, when they walk in the woods together. There are strange noises, which frightens Sakura, holding Naruto tightly, making Naruto blush. She then lets go of him, but they are shown seeing fireworks together.
  • During the omake after episode 142, Hinata has gotten the show more popular by saying "Naruto". 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 his name. Afterwards, though, she was shown getting mad at the director for saying that she wouldn't need those lines.

Movies

Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds

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Naruto catches Sakura.

In Naruto movie Bonds, 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. Then we see him holding an unconscious Sakura in his arms looking at her amorously. Sakura  woke up  and slapped him to fill the awkward moment.

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 being a pervert.

Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja

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Sakura watching Naruto.

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. Then we see them in a park, with Sakura complaining to Naruto about her family. All of a sudden, 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, and later find themselves still in the same park they were before with no signs of Tobi. They soon meet their other friends, including Sasuke, all of them with different personalities. After they sit down and talk about all that happened, they realize they are in an alternative reality created by Tobi.

Naruto and Sakura meet in the morning to try to gather more information about their current world, although Sakura enjoys this world as she has more freedom and is well loved by the village thanks to her father's actions. Naruto as pleasantly surprised seeing how well she gets along with children, although he 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. In Tsunade's office,they meet Naruto's parents, who are alive in this world. Tsunade lets Naruto and Sakura join Minato and Kushina on their mission.

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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. 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 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. She decides to run to Naruto's house, determined to help him find a way to break the genjutsu. Looking trough his window,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, 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. At the moment,the masked man attacks the village and demands  the scrolls they 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 tried to land a hit on him 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 save Sakura, but Minato prevents him. Despite the fact that his parents were pleading not to leave, he takes one of Minato's kunai and the scroll, leaving with Sakura's father's Hokage coat.

Sakura wakes up finding herself tied up,and meet Tobi who is in this world is a ghost.Naruto arrives to save her,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 Menma, this world's Naruto.
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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, 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, 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, but Sakura tells him they just came back from the longest date ever, much to Naruto's shock.

OVAs

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Sakura crying over a wounded Naruto.

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.

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Sakura cries, holding a seemingly dead Naruto, with his chest severely wounded, in her arms with Kakashi behind her. After flashbacks are shown flashbacks during their moments together as Team 7, and also Naruto and Sasuke battling each other. After the flashback, Naruto regains conscience, caressing and comforting the crying Sakura, who joyfully embraces him.

Video Games

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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.After that they are both shown walking on a path together.
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  • 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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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.
  • In Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, there is a scene where Naruto kisses Sakura's forehead, he tells her that its charming and big it makes him want to kiss it they then hug. This scene is not offical yet.

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 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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