I didn't know where else to turn to unload my frustrations, so I thought I would try it out here among some fellow Neji/Tenten fans. I wanted to ask, have you all taken a look at Manga #238 and the initial text translation? Are any of you disturbed by Neji's sudden change in character and Tenten's strange, starry-eyed fangirl look directed at Lee? Am I the only who finds this abrupt shift in the direction of the series a little disturbing?
First, Neji. I find it just a little too abrupt and out-of-character for him to be completely reconciled with Hiashi and taking tea from a subservient Hinata a mere days after his return from the Sasuke mission. The Neji I know--or thought I knew--was a good person deep down, but arrogance and stubbornness and pride were still very much a part of his character. This suddenly mellow, personality-less Neji frankly seems like a stranger to me. Am I overreacting? Tell me that I am.
Second, Tenten. She appears so little in the manga that it's hard *not* to dissect each scene in which she appears for aspects of her personality. Maybe that's not valid, maybe I'm overreacting. But her starry-eyed Lee-adoring gaze was a little *too* weird for me and completely threw me off. I never thought of Tenten as the fangirl type (and certainly not a fangirl of LEE, for crying out loud!), but there she is looking like one. I guess what's bothering me is that I thought I understood these characters on some level, but it turns out I have completely misinterpreted their personalities!
Maybe it's too soon to jump to conclusions. But it's a little sad to me that Neji doesn't even seem to be part of the team anymore because all of a sudden he's got his family now. I didn't think that the "reconciled Neji" meant that everything would be peachy-keen within the Hyuuga clan. I thought "reconciled Neji" would simply stop letting the Main House issue bother him and be his own person and learn to appreciate those who have taken him in and stood by him in place of his family--namely, his team. But that's not the case at all, it seems. And if Neji's not so much part of the team anymore, where does that leave Neji/Tenten? I'd always thought Neji/Tenten had some basis in canon, but is the true canon ship Lee/Tenten?
Someone slap me out of this.