¡Volvimos, no joda! ¡Gracias JJ!
To celebrate the return of our beloved FC, I'm making a new contribution to our Q&A section, since past year, the ANS argument of the autumn skies has been attempted to be used against NaruHina as well, and stretched in an attempt to call a double standard on our fandom. So in this response I'll elaborate on the reasons why that argument doesn't apply to NaruHina, and in advance I'm telling, this post will also touch NaruSaku in an anti light.
First of all, the root of the "Autumn skies" argument, it's chapter 469
, which as you might remember, is when Sakura faked a confession in an attempt to get Naruto out of the pursuit of Sasuke. Ever since then, Sakura's words in that chapter have been used as part of an ANS argument to show the absurdity on why Sakura would switch to Naruto and some other gags.
Now let's take a look at what the proverb means and how do Japanese use it, from the Womansword
On the other hand, the Japanese have several insults based on the linking of women with certain character faults. "Rotten as a woman" is an insult hurled at Japanese men by accusers of both sexes. Onna no kusatta yo na is a standard reproach for guys whom Westerners might call wimps or sissies. These fellows may also be assaulted with a negative word built from two woman ideograms, memeshii (effeminate). Both men and women are offended when someone denounces them as "womanish" (joseiteki). The trait that often shakes loose this avalanche of abuse is mealy-mouthed indecisiveness. Sometimes the criticism is cloaked in poetic imagery. "A woman's heart and the autumn sky" (Onna-gokoro to aki no sora), croons a proverb. The connection is that fall weather in Japan shifts quickly, just as the moods of a woman's heart. The word onna-gokoro is usually used in the context of love, where such fickleness is generally unwelcome.
Basically, the proverb marks heart fickleness as an innate defect on women, as part of a long tradition of a not-so-egalitarian culture in Japan, you could consider it as one of many equivalents to the "women have long hair and short mind" proverb (which I'm sure, everyone agrees on being a highly sexist remark).
So right into the argument, it is denounced on how the "autumn skies" argument is used against NaruSaku, but apparently it is an act of hypocrisy to expect Naruto to be "fickle" by switching to Hinata.
First of all, the primary reason why this argument is used against NaruSaku is because Sakura herself
appealed to the proverb in an attempt to convince Naruto to go back to Konoha while she was going to execute her plan (and surely Sakura fans must have felt relieved that she didn't mean those sexist words), basically telling Naruto that her heart could change from Sasuke to him as easily as she could change from Naruto to the next guy she comes by.
So, it's actually an argument born from manga canon in its original context, and since no other pairing has had the proverb used on it, it remains as something exclusive to NaruSaku when it comes to mockery and to highlight the falseness of Sakura's confession to Naruto. And by looking at the canon pairings in the manga, one can see that Kishimoto does not depict his female characters as fickle, Tsunade's heart is still with Dan decades after his death, Yahiko stands as the only man Konan has ever loved in her life, and Kushina has had a love relationship with Minato since she was 12 until the day death did them apart.
Now why can't the same argument be used against NaruHina as well? First reason, because as the sexist proverb it is, the "fickle as Autumn skies" proverb is meant to be used only on women, and as gross as it may sound, it can't be used against Naruto since he is a guy, unless you want to imply some things about him that would kill his chances at having an heterosexual relationship, OR if you suscribe the mindset that begot this proverb and assume that Naruto doing a "womanish" action is a degrading act as a man.
In fact, attempting to use this logic against any couple where the guy is the one whose feelings change shows a great deal of ignorance on Japan's culture and expressions, and it would also mean to subscribe the sexist "rotten as a woman" mindset that is highly looked down upon in a great deal of the Western countries and which Japanese women are trying to dismount from their society nowadays.
Second reason, because our fandom doesn't want him to switch over to Hinata over the idea that he can easily switch from one woman to another, we want him to switch his feelings for Hinata because he can find a desirable partner in her, a person with whom he could settle down, raise a family and live happy. Not to mention that the idea of Naruto being someone who switches easily from one person to another comes as a contradiction to his very character (the loyalty by which he defends his friendship with Sasuke says it all).
Of course, there's the (erroneous) concept that Naruto is too faithful to the idea of forming a romantic relationship with Sakura, but fact is, since chapter 183
he's accepted that Sakura loves Sasuke and has been willing to remain supportive as her friend, in the flashback of chapter 457
, the imagery of him letting go of Sakura reinforces this, and lastly, his firm rejection
of Sakura's confession shows that he isn't set on getting Sakura at any costs.
But then, someone might still want to call "double standard" on us by claiming that we are saying Sakura switching to Naruto is a sudden act but Naruto to Hinata isn't. Facts as they stand, regardless of all speculation built on Sakura's feelings throughout part 2, Sakura herself
on chapter 469 already made it clear that a change of her romantic feelings would come as a sudden act (ironically enough, both Naruto and Sakura are aware of this fact). On Naruto's side, besides the moments in which he's shown acknowledging a distance with Sakura in the romantic plain (shown in the above paragraph), when it comes to how he sees Hinata, in his eyes she moved from being a weirdo
, to the kind of person he really likes
, and after her confession, she was the one he singled out
of the group of endangered people, and the one whose peril triggered his anger
(and mind you, I'm using Naruto's words here).
So while manga has given us concise evidence that NaruSaku can only happen as a result of Sakura suddenly switching to Naruto could because she can't have Sasuke (and yet, her feelings for the Uchiha got confirmed), in NaruHina's case we don't get anything remotely similar to that, in fact, we can see that Naruto's process of getting over his crush on Sakura has come from a long time ago, and so does his change of perception on Hinata as a person. And after receiving Hinata's confession
, we just have to wait if his changes of perception towards Hinata can also reach the romantic plain as well.
So here's my contribution to the Q&A section, and may the NH FC stay strong after our long absence.
I also want to thank Mademoiselle Reiyel, Commander Kukuku and my compadre Sennin for beta-ing this LAP during the wait for the FC's return.