I was supposed to post this yesterday…
Naruto and Sasuke
Naruto and Sasuke are both characters that have much in common, yet also have differences that contrast each other. Both of them grew up in the village of Konoha but lived different lives. Naruto is a bubbly character who always seeking the approval of other people in the village since he had no family of his own. Since he was a Jinchuuriki (had the Kyuubi nine tails fox sealed inside of him), he was shunned and feared by the village which led to isolation. Naruto did not have any friends in the village, and the only person he could turn to was his sensei, Iruka. Naruto decided that he would one day become Hokage so he could prove his worth to the entire village.
On the other hand, we have Sasuke. He was the complete opposite of Naruto – cold, aloof, independent. He was seen by everyone as a genius, but similarly to Naruto, he grew up an orphan as well after the massacre of his entire clan. After the massacre, he decided that he would avenge the deaths of his clan and kill a certain man who caused all of this to happen. Even though Sasuke had attention and popularity from other people in the village, he chose to live a life of isolation and go on a path of darkness.
Naruto and Sasuke meet when they are put together on a team at the Ninja Academy called Team 7 with another student named Sakura. When they first meet, they have an accidental kiss in the classroom, which they both find disgusting. They basically decide at this point that they are rivals.
They constantly argue about everything, meanwhile Sakura either tries to stop them, calls Naruto an idiot, or swoons over Sasuke like most of the girls in the academy. Sakura is so caught up in Sasuke and notices how they have a rival thing going on, so she belittles Naruto and picks on him for the fact that he has no parents. Sasuke comes to his defense and Sakura is shocked.
Later on, the team of young ninjas passes Kakashi’s test at the academy. As the series goes on, Sasuke starts to see Naruto as an equal and as a comrade that he respects. During their very first fight in the real world, Sasuke comes to Naruto’s defense once again – this time, by sacrificing his life for him, even though it would mean giving up on his sweet dream for revenge against his late clan.
Naruto is put into shock, and as he experiences mixed feelings of anger, hate, sadness, he awakens his Kyuubi for the first time. They start to grow closer as equals, and Naruto starts seeing Sasuke as an equal as well, rather than someone he should envy because of his strong skills. At the preliminaries, Naruto cheers Sasuke on, and supports him through whatever may come. Sasuke risks his life again during his fight with Gaara, because he doesn’t want Naruto or Sakura to be hurt. At this point, Naruto realizes what he has been looking for his whole life – someone he loves who he could fight for and protect.
Sasuke tries to protect Naruto from his older brother Itachi, but fails to do so, which leads to downs in their friendship. After the encounter with Itachi, Sasuke realizes that he is still weak. He also realizes that his strongest ninjutsu, Chidori, was nowhere even near Naruto’s ninjutsu, Rasengan. He comes to a conclusion that Konoha is not the right place for him to be, and decides to set out on a journey, leaving Naruto behind.
Many many things happen from then on, which if I described in this post, it would turn into a 5k word essay (seriously, I don’t want to go there); but in the end, Naruto chased Sasuke into the darkness, saved him from himself, and truly reminded him of what was important in life.
Naruto and Sasuke are the sun and the moon, which cannot exist without the other.