Did Naruto Really Fall in Love With Hinata in the Last: Naruto the Movie?

At the end of The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto takes Hinata and starts to blast his Rasengan, and they end up high in the sky, where Naruto kisses Hinata., When the credits go on, we see that the two marry and have two kids leading a happy family life. Some fans loved it, but others were quite shocked because they wanted to see Naruto end up with Sakura. In this article, we will be looking at the Naruto and Hinata love story through the lens of some popular questions

Did Naruto Really Fall in Love With Hinata in The Last: Naruto the Movie?

Naruto loves Hinata. He did not fall in love with Hinata in The Last: Naruto the Movie, but he was in love with Hinata throughout the whole story. In the movie, he just realized that he had romantic feelings for Hinata since the flashbacks happened in their mission in the film. Considering that his parents died when he was an infant, Naruto could not understand his feelings for Hinata because he had never seen people interact like that before.

  • Hinata triggered Naruto’s Transformation: The only reason why Naruto was able to transform into the 6 Tails was the hatred he had gained when Pain stabbed Hinata. Naruto just turned 2 Tails when Gaara died, and he did not even transform when Jiraiya and Kakashi died. Hinata prompted the worst feelings that Naruto ever felt. Even though the seal was weak, it still needed enough level of fury for Naruto to transform. It directs towards the fact that Naruto had a strong connection with Hinata. When Pain said that love breeds hate, he was not talking about Hinata’s feelings but Naruto’s. The film’s guidebook also confirmed this moment. “Naruto reads feeling of weakness reflected in Hinata’s eyes…. The two were connected so strongly that they could communicate in their eyes.”
  • Naruto was in love with her all along, starting with their childhood, in the academy, and the Chunin exams. Naruto swore with her blood that he would win, and he did. 


  • In the war, after Neji died, Naruto held Hinata’s hand and told her that he accomplished all so far because she was by his side.
  • In episode 151, in the original Naruto series, the mission with Hinata, Kiba, and Chino, when the Hidden Stone Shinobi abducted Hinata, Naruto was so nervous that he even showed Kurama’s eyes, and one of the kidnappers said that Hinata might be his girlfriend.
  • Naruto: The Last was evidence that Naruto had always loved Hinata. In the Genjutsu lake, Naruto went deep into his heart and brought back all the memories of Hinata. 

When Naruto brought back his memories, he blushed involuntarily, and for an instant, he looked at Hinata. The Genjutsu trap did not force Naruto to love Hinata, it just triggered something within Naruto’s heart, and he realized the meaning of love. All of this made him realize that he was in love with Hinata.

Even Sakura was aware that Naruto loved Hinata. When Sakura was healing the unconscious Naruto, he repeatedly called out Hinata’s name. Sakura said- “you finally got it, blockhead.” Her statement not only meant that Naruto finally understood Hinata’s feelings, but he also understood his own feelings. 

In The Last, the Genjutsu only helped Naruto see his own feelings towards Hinata, and realized she had acknowledged him and cared for him more than anyone else ever had. His denseness is a result of never knowing or experiencing it firsthand.

Why Did Naruto Like Hinata?

Naruto had a rough childhood and there was not one person who embraced him for who he was. For years, he had been searching for the one person who would acknowledge him from the bottom of their heart. Naruto realized in The Last that the whole time he thought he had no one, Hinata had been there for him all along and he had been in love with her.

Hinata and Naruto started to develop their relationship when they were young. Naruto was one of the only ones who yelled at Hinata to keep going when the battle with Neji happened and she tried her best. He was also concerned about Hinata when she could have died. When they were on a mission together, Naruto would rush to catch her when she was struck down or hurt. In Pain’s Arc, when Hinata was thrown, Naruto could not handle it and let Kurama take over and ended up having an incredible fight with Pain. Moreover, Naruto also saved her from disguised White Zetsu and from being abducted by Toneri Otsutsuki. Naruto even told her once that she would make a good wife.

Naruto had loved Hinata unknowingly all this time, and it was shown through subtle hints and the development of their characters. But it was only in The Last movie, in the Genjutsu that Naruto realized that Hinata was always there for him and he loved her.

Although the Naruto and Hinata love story was not the best-executed love story, I always thought that they would end together. The signals were all there, not only from Hinata’s side, you just had to pay attention.

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