I think we all agree that Iruka needs some more love. For as important as we are led to believe he was to Naruto, Iruka played a pretty minor role in Part II. In fact, I would go as far as to say that he might as well have been killed off during Pain’s invasion.
Also, as much of a NaruSasu shipper as I am, I find it odd that Iruka was the first person who acknowledged Naruto positively, and yet (in Part II) it's Sasuke who Naruto claims acknowledged his existence more than anyone else. So, the guy who did little else but antagonize you did more to acknowledge you than the guy who actually spoke of your good qualities while defending you from someone out for your life?
Iruka, Ikkaku, and Kohari Umino © Masashi Kishimoto
the Umino = Ohama offshoots © me