That’s it. That’s the manga.
But…ashamedly I’ve finally — after 5+ years — fallen out of the Naruto fandom. Not entirely! I still get story ideas for them, I still talk to friends about the characters, but I think I got weary of waiting for the manga to be released, etc. I’m sure that I’ll come back when it’s finished (which I’m sure is soon), but I fear it’s going to have a neat little NaruHina ending, packaged all cleanly to look like the perfect happy ending for Naruto who never had a family, etc. And I want him to be happy. But he didn’t have a normal life, so why would he have a normal ending to his story? I don’t choose ships based on the way the characters look together or how I think they would be in an ideal world or in spite of canon. I choose ships based on what the characters tell me. And…I can’t be okay with another Avatar-style ending that feels…wrong. Wow, I didn’t even know I felt like this until I started writing it. I don’t want to be disappointed with Kishimoto. And I’ve always been the person in my group encouraging others to be patient and have faith in his writing, but I’m just not sure I can keep the faith myself. I need to see the ending to know if it’s worth my time because, again, Aang and Kitara…I’ll never forgive them for that, haha. Wow, this sounds like an angry shipper’s rant about how I didn’t get my ship. I swear I’m not like that. I just don’t believe in supporting canon ships when they feel so…tacky, fake, wrong for the story? If he can make it feel natural and true, I’ll take any ending Kishimoto can dish out, ship or no ship, just to be clear.
The other reason I’ve been scarce might be connected to the fact that I’ve also developed an unhealthy obsession with countries and shipping them together via historical events…Yup.
But there have been a few questions lately hitting my inbox and other places as to whether I’m okay, so I wanted to reassure everyone that I’m definitely okay and happy and alive and all that stuff. :D Just busy, and writing all the damn time, and enjoying being married to my wife now that it’s legal in California again. <3 XD
Despite everything, not a day goes by that I don’t think about Naruto and feel inspired, and I am incredibly grateful for that and the people I’ve met through this fandom. I can’t wait to see how it ends either way! Please take care of yourselves!
Sasuke is having trouble with asking Naruto if he wants to hang out sometime.