rereading the Kazekage Rescue Arc
...especially in light of How Dark Konoha is, I guess Sunagakure is normal after all. Some Dune-ish desperation in what the Yondaime Kazekage did to his family, but however more loving Yondaime Hokage was, the Konoha counterpart had still sealed the monster into a baby when his wife was going to die anyways.
...anyways, back to How Sunagakure Isn't The Black Hats. Am I the only one who started cheering when orders were given for medi-nins to enact shelters for the civilians, because not a single loss is acceptable! Go Suna!
They just, you can just feel how fiercely
they all love
each other, the Kazekage and Suna
Sudden Thought: Sasori, Yuura, and Temari's departure
I saw this pointed out in several forums and communities while the Gaara Extraction Arc was coming out, that had Temari been there, Deidara wouldn't have succeeded. Other then one more skilled jounin, Temari's specialty is wind jutsu and summons, which would affect Deidara's birds, and be able to defect his bombs. Her long-range attack and defense ought to have created a problem for puppeteers like Sasori as well.
Isn't it convenient that Temari was just
over at Konoha on courier duties and to visit Shikamaru, at the same time the Akatsuki took on the Sunagakure?
Three years of planning, the cautious Akatsuki, the cautious Sasori. Obviously to me, Yuura must have informed Sasori when Temari has left. Another thing I thought of is, what if Sasori has something to do with how Temari has the role of courier in the first place? The eldest daughter of the last Kazekage and the sister of the present one, a skilled jounin...and her job is, courier? On account of Shikamaru, and
probably because she might have felt trapped as the permanent Gaara babysitter in the past, I think Temari did request the role of the courier, but they granted it? Think of the politics involved in letting someone of her position out of the village on a regular basis doing regular missions.
ETA: I feel a plot bunny coming on...or not. Fitting the above into a decent fic would take planning and length like woah, from Sasori's POV.