Sasuke and Sakura are two of my favorite characters in the entire series naruto 696 chapter scans. Naruto manga 696 is heading towards one more of its beautiful chapter which is yet to release this Wednesday.
One of the themes in the manga is how pure Sasuke is despite everything that’s happened to him and everything he’s done. Not good or bad, necessarily, but pure. Naive, in a sense. Easily manipulated.
In fact, a lot of his actions can be chalked up to him being manipulated by the people he perceives as superior to him in some way. Itachi manipulated him into avenging the Uchiha clan by killing him. Orochimaru manipulated him into defecting from Konoha with the promise of power. Obito manipulated him into a homicidal rage so that he would willingly work for him.
But for the first time, after Itachi disappears for good, Sasuke starts questioning the world around him. He starts following his own intuition, rather than a path that others have laid out before him. For the first time, his superiors, the past Hokages, don’t try to manipulate him into aiding them. And for the first time, Sasuke makes a decision all on his own: to protect Konoha.
so I’m already a little bit more sympathetic towards them and forgiving of their shortcomings than, say, someone more apathetic towards them would be. Not to mention, I ship SasuSaku, which only makes me even more sympathetic towards them and forgiving of their shortcomings — especially in regards to each other.