Bruh if there’s a Sasuke defense squad then we need to rally up and start a Karui defense squad because lames stay coming for queen.
Seriously though. Sasuke up and joins Akatsuki, the organization hunting jinchuuriki like his former friend Naruto, and without asking any questions runs off to Kumogakure, which had already been attacked by Hidan and Kakuzu. Remember now, no member of Akatsuki was from Kumogakure. So Sasuke takes his crew of kids that have been messed up by Orochimaru and runs off to Kumogakure. Now the Hidden City is on alert. They know people are out there hunting Jinchuuriki, so they have guards watching Bee while he trains. Sasuke and Jugo come across Jay, and it is assumed that he is killed in the encounter. Which either means: Sasuke can’t control Jugo like he thought he could or Sasuke broke his “I won’t kill” rule and his first kill is in Kumogakure. (Because Itachi died from his disease, not from Sasuke’s attacks)
So we have the Team Hebi vs Bee fight. And Bee was just too good for those kids. He escapes, but is presumed captured. Now what do we have? Team Samui, Bee’s students, are sent on a mission of desperation to try to get information on Sasuke so they can rescue Bee.
Let’s get this straight. This is a parallel to the “Rescue Gaara Arc”. Running off to save a Jinchuuriki from Akatsuki with little information to go by.
Interesting side point. Sakura and Chiyo both had reasons to hate Gaara. But how hard did they fight against Sasori even though Gaara had already died by that point? And Sasori wasn’t even the one who captured Gaara, that was his teammate Deidara.
So, enter Karui and her team. They track down Naruto. Let’s break down the encounter. Karui asks about Sasuke and draws her sword on Sakura. Naruto takes Sai’s dagger, parry’s Karui’s sword, etc. etc. Sakura is down and the fight is a draw. Naruto goes off with Karui and Omoi to talk.
Let’s review Naruto’s mental state for a moment. This is the Naruto who was unable to give someone his signature. Someone who was still struggling with his inner darkness. Sasuke, his teammate, who he had hopes of saving has already killed Itachi and was now part of the organization Akatsuki. Now Naruto had “redeemed” Nagato and Konan, so Naruto still thinks he can reach Sasuke. But he’s not entirely sure how yet. His problem is that he’s unable to explain this to people who are justifiably angry at Sasuke. A cycle of anger that Naruto isn’t sure how to break. So he offers himself as a target of their anger, because that’s all he’s willing to do.
Now you’re Karui. Your village has been attacked twice. Your teacher is missing, presumed dead. Not only do you have a lead on the attackers, but his teammates are right in front of you. And they stonewall you. Karui wasn’t just punching Naruto, she was trying to break down the wall of stubborn pride that had been keeping Konoha and Kumogakure at odds with each other for generations. And let’s be very clear. It is Naruto’s pride that makes him think he can save Sasuke. Sasuke, who if we recall, came back all on his own without any talk from Naruto at all. (yes it was a talk from the first Hokage, point is it wasn’t Naruto)
And yet people still blame Karui. Sakura fans say they want her to beat up Karui, even though it was Omoi who kicked her - which leads me to conclude they’re NaruSaku shippers who project a little too much on Sakura because they are being overprotective fangirls who don’t like to face the fact that Naruto was in the wrong and deserved the beating that he asked for.
You cannot underestimate the importance of Kumogakure on the final buildup of the story. Naruto is challenged by the Raikage to find a way to break the cycle of hatred. Naruto goes off with Bee to fight his inner darkness and bond with the Kyuubi inside him. The Raikage is the Supreme Leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, and Kumogakure Nin lead the way in several important battles. To enter the war he had to get past the Raikage. The forces of Kumogakure stand beside Naruto and the other allies in his showdown with Obito and Madara. Only Sunagakure gets as much development for its characters, not even Kirigakure where Zabuza and Haku are from has as much development in war and its buildup.
People can hate on Karui, but they’re wrong. Face the facts, Naruto was wrong about Sasuke. Truth be told it’s not clear how useful Naruto would have been even if he had helped. The range on his sensory abilities isn’t well established, he even needed the chakra rod to find Nagato, so finding specific targets is probably difficult. Point is, Karui did what she did for her teacher. And you couldn’t tell me Naruto wouldn’t do exactly the same if it was Kakashi who had been kidnapped. We know the extent everyone went to in the Retrieve Sasuke Arc, we know how extreme he can get. So if you try to claim that Karui was not justified in her actions, then so was Naruto.