Several months later, Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes based on his service in helping undo the Infinite Tsukuyomi, along with a good word of Naruto and Kakashi’s influence as Hokage. Sasuke intends to leave Konoha to wander the world, curious how different it will appear to him now that his outlook has changed. Sakura offers to come with him, but he declines, explaining that his journey is also one of atonement and that she has no part in that. He then pokes her forehead, promises to her that he will see her when he returns and thanks her. As he leaves the village, he is met by Naruto, who returns to him his forehead protector. Sasuke accepts the headband and credits Naruto for teaching him the true meaning of a shinobi. While on his travels, Sasuke would often help the Five Great Nations whenever something tried to disrupt the peace. Although he often did this without being seen, he often left subtle hints that he was responsible.
The Last: Naruto the Movie
Two years after the war, Sasuke crosses paths with Hiashi Hyūga, who falls unconscious in front of him. He returns Hiashi to Konoha and, while there, discovers a series of meteorites from the Moon bombarding the village. When one particularly large meteor makes it through the village’s defences, Sasuke quickly destroys it. Sasuke vanishes afterwards, lingering only long enough to note to Kakashi that Sasuke himself is the only one who can protect the village when Naruto is away. In the end credits, in correspondence to Naruto and Hinata’s wedding, Sasuke continues his journey through the desert.
Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze Modifier
Main article: Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring BreezeRumours start to spread that someone fitting Sasuke’s description is conspiring to destroy Konoha. Konoha sends repeated messages to Sasuke to try and confirm or deny the rumours, but he doesn’t respond to any; Naruto hypothesises that he finds the rumours too ludicrous to give them any attention. However, when one of the messages mentions Sakura has been captured, he immediately returns to the village. Sakura is able to deal with most of her captors by herself, but Sasuke finishes off the few remaining. He then leaves without even saying hello to his friends. At the end of the novel, it is hinted that Sasuke returns to the village at some point when he states “I’m home”.