"Alice, I don’t know what you were like when you were human. But…I do know what Alice is like now! You’ve got a short temper, a bad habit of kicking people, and a foul mouth, but…you’re actually really nice, and quick to cry and sometimes a total idiot, and you’re a pig like no one would believe! You’re not ‘Alice’ because you’re human. And you’re not Alice because you’re a chain! Your gestures, the way you think, your expressions…so that you can show us what it means to be ‘Alice’ through each of those- We’ll always be watching…! So-! Alice…you’re fine just the way you are!”
Interview with Junko Takeuchi ”SHE IS NARUSAKU *O*”
"Interviewer: So, the chronicles of a grown up Naruto begin at last. Can we expect any major changes to his voice and your performance to reflect it?
Takeuchi: Well, both young Naruto and grown-up Naruto are the same character, but…I’m going to imagine that some amazing stuff happened in the two years not chronicled in the original manga, and approach the role as if it were brand new. As for whether or not there’ll be changes to the voice or not, I won’t know until I actually do it… well, maybe it won’t change (smiles). I’m intending for half of the elements in my performance to consist of what we’ve built up until this point, and for the rest to be a brand new character. I’m really excited about it.
Interviewer: Will his relationship to Sakura and Kakashi undergo changes as well?
Takeuchi: I don’t think there will be major changes. But, for instance, where before he would have surely tried a brute strength approach, he might not; where before he would have simply tried to plow forward, he might stop and think. That’s where we’ll see his growth. I feel Naruto grows stronger the more people there are whom he cares for and needs protect, and the Naruto we’ll see in Shippuden will have a better grasp as to how to protect them. I think he also has more power to work with now, too. But he’ll still be as reckless as ever (smiles).
Also, I’m eager to see what happens, romantically with Sakura. I mean, little by little things have started looking up, right?
Interviewer: Well, that’s true.
Takeuchi: And that’s why I’m worried things will go terribly wrong! If things are going well right now it means it’ll be difficult* later on, so will you please stop getting worked up so easily, Sakura-chan!”