|Live beyond your legacy|
|Go ahead and ask me why I love wild Dog from the Leaf, a Fiery redhead from the Cloud together? Sparks will fly and fangs shall be used. They say "opposites attract". but I've never seen likes look so good together (except maybe a certain lazy ass and a bossy blonde from the Sand). Join the Wild Romance, with a different Beauty and her red fanged Beast. |
Lost in the Clouds Ch.1
Wild Side of the World Ch. 1 She let her fingers slide along the covers of the envelopes; her mail had piled up over the last week she had been out on patrols. Something about the feel of smooth, long-dried ink, a sharp contrast to the cough texture of the paper, reminded her she was home. Inside one envelope she felt two separate pieces of paper, of different size and shape, a smile of realization crossed her face and she knew this was the letter she had been waiting for. Wasting no time, she pulled a kunai from her pouch, spun it in her hand, and sliced open the letter in one quick motion.
Due to being the host of a demon fox, which had on at least two separate occasions caused widespread devastation to the Hidden Leaf, Naruto was marked as a pariah whose existence was held in contempt. Orphaned, unacknowledged, and unloved Naruto found himself facing an existential crisis in which his only escape was to somehow gain the recognition of the villagers. Naruto’s solution to this dilemma was to become Hokage, one of the most respectable and renowned positions within the shinobi world.
While Naruto’s desire to be acknowledge is one of his primary character traits, it is not exclusive to just his character. The desire to be acknowledged is a prevalent theme found throughout the story since this trait is also found in the portrayal of characters such as Gaara, Sakura, and Hinata. Due to Naruto’s understanding of the pain of being unacknowledged and alone, he is sympathetic towards others who have faced the same plight He demonstrates this type of sympathy towards Gaara in 138a/138b. This sympathy towards others seeking acknowledgement also causes Naruto recognizes why he liked Sakura in chapter 3. Unfortunately for Naruto his friendship with Sakura would never blossom into romance since Sakura only wishes to be acknowledged by his teammate Sasuke, which despite Naruto’s best efforts it is something beyond his capabilities.
Following this trend of wanting to be acknowledged, Hinata was introduced as a shy and meek character who was burdened by her failure to meet her clans expectations as it’s heiress. Like Naruto, Hinata was put into a situation in which she questioned the worth and meaning of her life due to being a failure. What saved Hinata from this despair and inspired her to change was observing the tenacity and courage of another failure known as Naruto Uzumaki. Ignoring her own welfare, Hinata was portrayed to be more concerned with demonstrating the depth and scope of her change to Naruto than actually winning her hopeless fight against her cousin Neji. It is during this fight that Naruto realizes how incredible Hinata actually is and Lee and Sakura point out how similar the two of them are to one another.
Immediately preceding this event Naruto meets Hinata before his match with Neji and inquires her about the strength of her cousin. Hinata’s initial response only reaffirms Naruto’s self doubt and he proceeds to use his typically chest pounding rhetoric in front of person who had previously demonstrated profound courage and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds. Following this exchange, Hinata reveals to Naruto that he was source of her strength during her match against her cousin. While initially flattered at the remark, Naruto decides to be sincere towards Hinata by asking her if she would still believe her own words in light of the fact that his tough guy persona is merely a defense mechanism to mask his frustration at his own failures. To his surprise he learns that Hinata believes that he too is an incredible person due to the strength he demonstrated by not letting himself fall into despair because of his failures. In gratitude for her words of encouragement and in admiration of her own strength, Naruto states that Hinata is someone whom he really likes.
Naruto’s and Hinata’s initial talk before the Chunin finals is one of the earliest instances in which a third party intervened to dispel Naruto’s doubt, restore his resolve, and set him upon the path that continue his character growth into a person who would not only gain the acknowledgment of his peers, but become a messianic figure whom they would like to walk beside. But before Naruto took the mantle of becoming a messianic figure, his primary concern was obtaining the acknowledgment of his peers since his personal hell was the loneliness he experienced throughout his childhood. But by forming bonds to save himself form this hell Naruto exposed himself to a new form of suffering, which is the pain of having those bonds severed. Upon learning of Hinata love for him and then seeing her supposedly killed, Naruto entered into a state of uncontrolled rage due to pain he felt for failing to save her.
In chapter 431 Naruto’s acute sensing capabilities made him aware to the fact that his mentor Kakashi was amongst the village’s casualties when he arrived to the battlefield and in chapter 435 he personally witnessed the death his mentor Pa toad. Even though both of these characters had fairly close relationships with Naruto, he still didn’t consciously or unconsciously give into his hate and use Kurama’s power. In light of the evidence mentioned above, promoting the idea that Hinata’s near death was the metaphorical feather that sent him over the edge is a weak argument since Naruto admits in chapter 490 that seeing Hinata attacked by Pain filled him with so much rage that he let Kruama’s malice take over without even thinking about it.
“Becoming a jinchūriki, you can lose a lot, and your heart goes hollow, but if you got things you don't want to lose, they become a light to follow! The tailed beasts aren't our only source of strength! What was inside our hearts before the monster... shines like a sun, powers us to any length! That's where our true power comes from!"
In the previous page Killer B mentions that despite the heartache he experienced from the losses he incurred when he became a jinchūriki, he learned to see what he still had, which was physical presence of his brother’s love. While Naruto parents loved him dearly, their death has prevents them from saving Naruto from the hell known as loneliness. But as Naruto comes to realize in chapter 615, his life wasn’t just connected to his deceased parents, but also to the life of a girl who would have experienced a similar fate if not for her cousin’s intervention. The love of this girl whose very name translates to “sun” is the very same love as his “two suns”. It is the same love that saved him from his doubt in the Chunin finals, in his fight against pain, in conquering Kurama, and his confrontation with Obito. Naruto has always longed for someone to not only acknowledge him, but also give him the love that has saved him from his doubt and fear of inexistence. Naruto recognizes and acknowledges Hinata’s love for him and takes her hand into his own. What is truly touching about this moment is that despite the overwhelming monstrosity before them, they both draw strength and courage from the other. This is seen in Hinata’s comment about how Naruto conveyed a sense of safety towards her while Naruto grips her hand as his resolve is rekindled.
While neither Naruto nor Hinata can see their own worth, they can see it in the other and because of this each serves as the others guiding light through life.