I decided to read it not from Sakura’s or Naruto’s perspective, but instead, from Kishimoto’s persepctive.
He said that Sakura was honest yet stubborn, and that he was trying to depict her as a heroine. Okay. Now what was he trying to do with her confession? What was the point of it?
People are really,really ****ing biased when it comes to it.
It’s often said that Sakura was lying to Naruto to manipulate his feelings, and that she was selfishly trying to get him out of the way so she could go get Sasuke. Wrong.
The entire confession was Sakura’s sacrifice for Naruto. First, she was willing to completely give up on Sasuke coming home, just so Naruto was safe with her. She wasn’t trying to trick him, or fool him, or even fool herself; it’s simple. Her words were true. All she wanted was him to be in the village, and not out getting himself killed for what she believed was something that was her fault. She took responsibility for her own actions, showcased her selfless care for Naruto, and was going to throw away her feelings for Sasuke in exchange for Naruto.
And then, when that backfires, and Naruto calls her out on it, she gets defensive; she argues for her ‘lie’. She was being stubborn, and said that only she knew how she felt; which is entirely true. We all know Naruto is dense, oblivious, and completely stubborn; he believed that Sakura would always love Sasuke, and that’s the way Team 7 would always be. Later on, his ‘image’ of Team 7 is shattered; a product of the idea of Sasuke being so evil, and Sakura going to kill him. Two things he didn’t think were possible.
Sakura’s inital plan was to get Naruto to come home with her; she knows he loves her, and she was willing to be with him. She was willing to completely forget about Sasuke. That speaks volumes for who she supposedly cares more about.
Her back-up plan, seeing as how Naruto wouldn’t give up on Sasuke, was to take care of the cause of the problem. Sasuke himself. I think people purposefully ignore this because the don’t want to see Sakura in a good light, or her care towards Naruto. But case in point; she was going to kill Sasuke so Naruto would be happy and safe. She was willing to have Naruto hate her forever, just for him to not come to harm.
Of course, I’m not negating her feelings for Sasuke; she loves him. I’m not denying that. I’m saying that not only does she also love Naruto, but she cares more about him as well. Some NH/SS fans believe that once Sasuke comes back, Sakura will be all over him; that’s disgraceful, and those people need some god damn reading comprehension. She already knows her feelings for Sasuke hurt Naruto deeply; why do people think she would instantly hop on Sasuke, knowing that Naruto would be in pain? Do they not remember that she burst into tears, purely because she learned Naruto loved her? Because she realized all the pain she caused a supposed ‘friend’?
People have this really twisted and entitled view of love. They don’t think Sakura cares aabout Naruto because she loves Sasuke. Let’s take a step back, and say Sakura has no romantic feelings for Naruto whatsoever; as in, Yamato’s words, her actions for Naruto, the way she looks at him/talks to him, none of that exists. She only loves Sasuke. He’s the sole reason she exists.
What does the confession scene tell us about that love for Sasuke? That it takes a backseat for her supposed ‘brotherly care’ for Naruto. Even if part of the reason she was going to kill Sasuke was because she loved him and didn’t want him to fall deeper, that reason doesn’t even count compared to the majority of the sacrifice she made for Naruto.
All in all, the confession wasn’t a detriment to NaruSaku; in fact, especially with Kishi’s words in his interview, it was a HUGEEEEE positive for NaruSaku, and for Sakura’s character.
As a little bonus point, let’s talk 540; Sakura’s reaffirmation of her love for Sasuke.
I’m only going to say this; this is part development for Sakura moving on from Sasuke. Not only does she look sad when she thinks about how bad Sasuke has become, but given the context of the situation (i.e lover-nin saying the guy she loves must be great), she looks disgustedwith herself for loving him. She said it herself in her confession; why does she continue to love a criminal who only breaks her heart?
If all of this ends up being part of Kishi’s grand scheme for NaruSaku, then Kishimoto is a literary genius