I seriously feel so let down by Kishimoto when it comes to Sakura. Early on I remember reading that he felt he sucked when it came to female characters. Turns out his self-assessment of is abilities was correct.
He did so well with her at first. She developed nicely as a character, going from a whiny little fangirl to a smart, strong and accomplished kunoichi.
But lately its like she’s allowed her emotions to rule her too much and she’s slipped back into being that weak little girl. While she may have strengthened physically, its like she didn’t grow at all when it came to mental strength.
She’s allowed her friends to bully her into making stupid decisions. Sai’ rightly feels guilty for her current course of action. As does Kakashi and he should feel that way. I still don’t understand why he would keep the truth about the massacre from her.
She’s a part of Team 7 and every bit as invested when it comes to Sasuke, why would Kakashi not make her privvy to the same information the rest of the team has? It shows no respect for her and well who can blame her for deciding to take matters into her own hands, when she’s treated with such little consideration?
What did Sai think she was going to do when he laid that massive guilt trip on her concerning Naruto? On the one level, Sai is right, her initial selfishness pushed Naruto on the course he’s on. But really Sakura has no need to feel guilty for the fact Naruto keeps chasing after Sasuke.
Yeah he’s partially doing it to keep his promise to Sakura, but Naruto is also going after Sasuke for his own sake. Sasuke was his team mate too and he wants to get him back as badly as Sakura did. She isn’t forcing Naruto to go after him and he’s pretty much shown that he would still go after Sasuke even with Sakura absolving him of any need to do so.
Then we have Sasuke, even though Sakura was there to kill him too, I can still think of him as an utter douche bag for attempting to kill her.
Sakura hesitated, she still couldn’t really bring herself to do it and only Karin’s warning and Kakashi’s arrival stopped her from being killed by him. He really has lost his mind if he can have so little disregard for his former friends and current team mates.
Again Sakura gets pushed to the side with Kakashi’s arrival. Its no longer about her once again, but now Sensei and student. All this build up about her confrontation with Sasuke is over in the blink of an eye.
Hopefully Naruto catches up soon before things go too far. With so much character butchering in this manga lately. Kishimoto would be nuts to kill off Kakashi at least he’s stayed pretty much true to his character, so I’d hate to see him go.