In the new manga mini-series, Sarada figures out the girl in glasses with Sasuke to whom Sarada seems to look like (the glasses, the face). I was wondering if maybe Sakura isn't her biological mother and that Sarada is a child of Sasuke and the other girl in picture.

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  • Let's not forget the healing technique of Karin. Sasuke has bit Karin's hand quite a few times. :) – Gyanapriya Jun 19 '15 at 6:41
  • Yes Sakura is Sarada's mother, it is revealed that in anime where Shin is antagonist. – ashveli Jan 21 '19 at 5:50

Everything in this answer takes place after Shippuden ends and should be considered a spoiler.

In Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Sarada is unsure of who her real mother is after finding a picture of Sasuke with Karin. Since Sarada had never meet her father she follows Naruto to meet Sasuke and find out the truth about her biological mother. When she meets Sasuke he says that its nothing to do with her and leaves it at that.

Naruto Gaiden: Manga image

Later in Orochimaru's hideout Sarada ask Suigetsu about Karin to see if she was there in the hideout or if he knew who her real mother is. Suigetsu did know the answer but remembered that Karin had an umbilical cord in her desk. Suigetsu thought it was from Karin's birth. He then did a mouth swab on Sarada and preformed a DNA test. The test was a positive match. This leave Sarada to think that Karin is he biological mother.

Naruto Gaiden: Manga image

It is later revealed that Karin could not be Sarada's mother because she was the one who delivered her. Karin tells Suigetsui that the umbilical cord he tested was Sakura's and that she was Saradas biological mother.

Naruto Gaiden: Manga image


Some fans are stating as fact that Karin is Sarada's biological mother based on the result of a DNA test in chapter 700+7, but the test does not make this clear.

In chapter 700+7, Sarada gets a genetic (遺伝子, idenshi) test. The Japanese words for "DNA" (デオキシリボ核酸, deokishiribo kakusan) and "DNA test" (DNA型鑑定, DNA-gata kantei) are not used.

Sarada goes into it with the assumption that doing so will conclusively determine who her birth mother is. Her assumption is based on a photo she saw in chapter 700+1 of Karin standing next to Sasuke, who she believes to be her biological father.

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The result of the test is that she has a genetic match (一致, icchi: the image above from page 20). However,

= it is unknown what genetic material Suigetsu matched Sarada's saliva swab to. Suigetsu found something in Karin's desk which he believes to be from the time of Karin's birth (on page 19), but 1) what item he found and tested is not shown and he does not mention what it is, 2) whether Suigetsu's assessment of it dating from Karin's birth is unknown, and 3) even if it dates from that time, it is unknown whether the item contains Karin's genetic material (the possibility that the genetic material belonged to someone other than Karin remains)

= there are ways Sarada and Karin could have a genetic match without being mother/daughter

= even if Sarada and Karin have a genetic match based on Sarada being conceived from Karin's egg, it is possible that Karin was not the birth mother (such as surrogacy, egg donation)

= the storytelling lead-up within the chapter to this scene implies that the reader should not put too much trust in genes alone through the following plot points.

  1. On page 9, Sakura says that Ochimaru is even a bigger idiot (大バカ者, oobakamono) than Orochimaru because he doesn't at all understand what is important to a parent (親にとって大事なものが何かまるで分かってない!Oya ni totte daiji na mono ga nani ka marude wakattenai!)

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  1. On page 15, Ochimaru says that humans are merely "slaves to genes" (遺伝子の奴隷, idenshi no dorei) and that any individual's connection to any other person can be proven by such (その繋がりも全て証明できる, sono tsunagari mo subete shoumei dekiru)

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  1. On page 22, Suigetsu feels likes he might've done something bad by conducting the genetic test (…ぼく…なんかまずいことしちゃった感じかな?, ...Boku... nanka mazui koto shichatta kanji kana?)

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  1. On pages 22 to 23, Sarada violently reacts to believing she now knows who her biological mother is (we could say, she overreacts: she verbally disowns Sakura as her mother)

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There is still room for someone other than Karin to be Sarada's birth mother. If the reader is meant to trust Sakura over Ochimaru regarding what a parent is, and to dislike Sarada's turbulent reaction to the genetic test result, the reader should not 1) interpret the test as conclusive, and 2) even if Karin is the biological mother, to not interpret Karin as the "real mother" because parenting is not simply about biological ties.

Whether Karin is Sarada's biological mother or not has not been stated in canon, but adoptive mothers are real mothers in the full sense of the word, so Sakura is Sarada's "real mother" even if Karin is her biological mother. Likewise, adoptive daughters are "real daughters" of the parent/s who raise them without being related biologically. The relationship between adoptive mother, adoptive daughter, and birth mother is given a careful treatment in Kodomo no Omocha (also known as Kodocha or Child's Toy) manga volumes 3 to 4 and in episodes 17 to 19 of its anime adaption. For more information about the complicated situations of people who grow up without knowing who their biological parent/s are, see the documentary films The Invisible Red Thread, Birthplace Unknown, Foster Child, Anonymous Father’s Day and Breeders.

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    I think it is time to update you answer – mirroroftruth Jul 6 '15 at 6:09

Karin (the other girl you're talking about). It's a very minute possibility that Karin is the mother of Sarada.

The reasons being:

  1. There was no relation whatsoever between Karin and Sasuke until the end of war.
  2. After the final fight, Sasuke went to explore the Ninja world. And before leaving, he tapped on Sakura's forehead. The tapping symbolizes love, and affection. This is similar to what Itachi did to Sasuke. So it's a very minute possibility that Sasuke would maintain sexual relations with a girl at that time.
  • The latest episode changes everything. So the minute possibility turned out to be true. Karin is Sarada mom.. – Clarskon Jun 12 '15 at 3:57
  • oor maybe sakura and karin are related, we do not know who sakura's parents are. Her mom might belong to uzumaki clan which will make sakura and karin related, hence the match. – ankyskywalker Jun 12 '15 at 17:11
  • then again, Suigetsu did seem to have some trouble finding Karin's DNA – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Jun 12 '15 at 18:00
  • We know who sakura's parents are, They were shown when Kakashi's story was being shown, Kakashi and Third visited the house of the three pupils of Kakashi. This was when Sakura's parents were shown. Also the rare ability that Karin has make the possibility of her being related to Sakura very small – Clarskon Jun 13 '15 at 4:20
  • @Abhinav Rajput, please see my answer to this question: chapter 700+1 does not itself state that Karin is Sarada's mother (though Suigetsu and Karin think so). It's still possible but not conclusive – seijitsu Jun 16 '15 at 1:40

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