Re: Naruto promise keep to Sakura?
That's a good question. Either way, if Sasuke follows through with his current path as declared in the recent chapter, then it is certain that the promise Naruto made to Sakura in part one is no longer applicable.
Originally Posted by Honord Sage
Some would argue that the promise was made null and void when Sakura was playing with Naruto's heartstrings and told him to stop pursuing Sasuke in the land of iron (first panel of page 12, chapter 469) and then set off to kill Sasuke herself.
However, it can also be argued that she was bullsh*ting Naruto in telling him that since she still couldn't bring herself to kill Sasuke. This evidence suggests that she may have still wanted Sasuke back, but whether she was still counting on Naruto to provide her this dream is up to dispute and mere speculation.
Lastly, Naruto didn't contribute directly to leading Sasuke back to Konoha. If anyone directly convinced him at all, it would be Hashirama and the other hokages during their little story time. Indirectly, Itachi probably contributed the most to leading Sasuke along the path of returning to the village. Itachi set many things in motion from a distance and did his best to ensure that his younger brother traveled a noble path. Also indirectly, Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi, and any other characters that Sasuke may have had residual bonds with over the years may have influenced the redirection of his resolve, albeit this influence was probably minimal at best.
Naruto is indeed free of his promise, whether it was still in effect at this point or not. Most likely, he will be so excited to have Sasuke back in Konoha that he might not even think about the promise until long after the war. In any case, it's up to Kishimoto to decide whether to bring up the promise at all.
I can agree with your first two statements, seeing as either scenario would befit a believable character development.
Originally Posted by DJKS
The third statement, however, is one with which I respectfully disagree. Naruto blatantly said, "I'll be the one to become Hokage!" on page 16 of chapter 631 when Sasuke declared his motive to become Hokage. Regardless of whether Sasuke returns or not, Naruto will refuse to let others get in the way of his life goal.