Boruto: Naruto Next Generations may have confirmed Naruto and Hinata's relationship, but a recent throwback to the past have Naruto fans in love with them all over again.
In episode 18 of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Naruto takes his son Boruto to an old hangout spot, Ichiraku Ramen. When talking with his son and explaining how special the place was to him, Naruto tells of his first official date with Hinata. Boruto then jokingly ribs his dad and claims that he should have taken her some place fancier, but Naruto stood firm and responded, "No, your mom said 'I'd love to get some ramen."
Reddit user Baejufox then crafted a lovely tribute to this moment by merging the anime scene with the context written in the manga. The manga elaborates on Naruto's and Hinata's date a bit more with Naruto going to Sai to figure out how exactly to go on a successful date.
When Naruto finds out that it is culturally appropriate for men to pay for the date, he is a bit nervous as to where to go as he did not have enough money. But sensing his nervousness, Hinata uses her Byakugan - a technique that allows her to see through objects and even sense a person's chakra - to see inside Naruto's wallet, notices he does not have a lot of money and tells him "I want to eat at Ichiraku Ramen."
This moment highlight's Hinata Hyuga's love for Naruto throughout the entire Naruto series. Fans for years were drawn to idea of a possible Naruto and Hinata relationship in the canon of the story, but it never quite landed into place until the final arc of Naruto: Shippuden.
This is the latest in a few throwbacks to Naruto, and it has been helping fans transition easier into Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as it becomes its own tale separate from Naruto's past adventures. The last throwback saw Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke in their poses for Masashi Kishimoto's debut chapter of the Naruto manga.
For those unfamiliar with Naruto, it has quite a storied history. Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump for 700 chapters. The story follows Naruto, a young ninja with a sealed demon within him taht wishes to become the leader of his home village. The sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and featuring the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.