Some people are saying what Kiba has said in Ch 611 as something that he ‘normally’ does which is kid around so whatever he did was insignificant. I’ll agree that’s Kiba’s character (and the fact that he loves dogs makes me love him a lot more). He may not be known for his patience (telling Ino to stop crying) and be as impulsive as Naruto. But Kiba is also a good friend and an excellent judge of truth and lies.
The image above shows Kiba’s strength of character. He knew Sakura was lying outright (to add to the expressions of the others and Lee’s facepalm) during Ch 469. His face said it ALL he didn’t like what Sakura was doing by lying to Naruto. But he held his tongue for that moment because it was his mission to relay the news of Sasuke’s kill order.
But notice that it was Kiba that was here with Sakura at this time. Kiba and no one else. Sure, he’s an excellent tracker but why not Shino who can probably do the same. I’m not going to let Hinata in that fray since, while the Byakugan is a powerful recon tool, I don’t think its really something that ought to be used in tracking people. It’s Kiba that witnessed the whole thing. It was Kiba and not Lee or Sai that had the flashbacks on Sakura’s words —- it was Kiba who knew that Sakura was attempting to manipulate Naruto. Of course we all knew that earlier since her conversation with Shikamaru and Sai made that perfectly clear. But to the rest of the rookies, they never knew her plan. Kiba and Lee are made aware of it at that time only.
So what I am getting at here: Kiba is an honest guy. He doesn’t stray from the truth and we all know that to some degree jokes have always been half meant. Which is why a lot of people are considering Kiba kidding in Ch611 as a positive nudge to NaruHina.
I’m not going around to say that NaruHina is canon already —- it’s not. And if there will be any canon stuff going on in relationships it will happen in the end. But NO ONE (at least thinking logically) can deny that Kiba’s words can reinforce the probability of a NaruHina relationship.
I think the most thing we got from CH611 is that it was the FIRST TIME Naruto has ever been kidded about Hinata. Kiba will not do that if it was false since he knew he would hurt Hinata (considering she is within hearing range). Of course, this kidding stuff could have been brought about by Naruto rescuing Hinata earlier where he looked so cool. But Kiba would not have kidded NaruHina if he knew that kidding them is like rubbing salt to a wound (if there was nothing between them).
The best part of Ch611 is that Naruto didn’t retort back. Normally, Naruto would do something funny (he is Naruto after all) but he didn’t say anything. Of course, you can argue that he’s in the middle of a battlefield but that never really stopped him before.
Kishimoto dedicated such a big panel for Kiba kidding Naruto. Surely such a jest would be relegated to some small panel. But no….Kishimoto made it big. HE WANTED PEOPLE TO READ IT.
So there you have it. Those are my reasons why I think Kiba’s words are significant.
Note: I’m posting this on two tags NaruHina and Anti NaruSaku. I’m not trying to incite a war here (unlike some people) but just practicing my right to post my opinion on a public board. And yes, I also have the right to be HAPPY that my ship had some nice moments in Ch611.