Sakura Haruno is one of the most divisive characters in anime. People hate her personality, her Sasuke obsession, lack of backstory, and her powers pale compared to Sasuke and Naruto. All this is true. Sakura is terrible to Rock Lee and Naruto in the early seasons. With Sasuke, she just pathetic. He tries to kill her several times and she still “loves” him. But they get married and have a daughter, so I guess it’s okay. So how can she be my favorite? Only if I ignore all of that and focus on what she could have been or should have been. Sakura is terrible because Kishimoto wrote her that way. That’s his right as the creator of Naruto, but I think he did her a disservice. I cover why I think Sakura isn’t useless and why I like her on my 20th Day of the Salty Anime Challenge.
Sakura’s potential is wasted in the beginning of Naruto. She was superior to Naruto and Sasuke with chakra control, genjutsu, and she’s smarter. Unlike them, however, she wasn’t gifted with the chakra of the nine-tails or blessed with the sharingan and curse seal. Sakura shines briefly in the beginning of the part 2. After training with Tsunade, she develops super strength and masters medical jutsu. Sakura’s biggest battle moment is the fight between herself, Chiyo, and Sasori. During the battle, Sakura impresses the far more experienced Chiyo and Sasori.
I originally favored Naruto over her, but I was more impressed with her abilities. She had a lot of potential, but had to work harder than her teammates. I believe that “Sakura’s transformation from the beginning of the series, both personality and ability, changed more than anyone and she had to work with less than her teammates.” If you judge Sakura from her anime portrayal you’ll hate her, but if you look at her potential and ignore the limitation of how she’s written you might love. I do.
Asuka Langley Sohryu is the fourteen-year-old pilot of the Evangelion Unit-02. A child prodigy, she earned a university degree as a teenager. She even speaks several languages. Asuka has a high synchronization ratio and is an exceptional Eva pilot. However, her self confidence dwindles when she loses to the angel, Zeruel. This causes her sync ratio and effectiveness to decline. When Asuka is mentally sound she’s among the best if not the best Eva pilot. Unfortunately, in Evangelion, no one is mentally secure for long.
Mikasa Ackerman (AOT)
Mikasa Ackerman is the adoptive sister of Eren Yeager. She is a genius, has mastered vertical maneuvering equipment, she can kill Titans with high speed and efficiency. She is considered to be “as valuable as a hundred average soldiers.” Her skills are rare among soldiers. When the Thunder Spears was introduced, she easily mastered them. Mikasa is able to carry up to eight spears and has greater accuracy than the weapon’s inventor. Mikasa’s stats are rated at 10/10 for Combat, 9/10 for Initiative, 8/10 for Wits and a 6/10 for teamwork.
Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Genkai is the psychic pink-haired, foul mouth old woman. She’s the master of Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. Generally, Genkai has a hard and cold personality. Genkai can come across as a bit amoral. She is willing to do anything necessary to get what she needs for herself. Genkai was considered above a B class demon in her prime. She is among the most powerful characters in Yu Yu Hakusho. Genkai possesses a great amount of experience. She’s a smart fighter and master tactician. Toguro claimed that “she makes all tactics useless against her.”
Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
Originally Sakura is a useless ninja that burdens her teammates, Naruto and Sasuke. However, after training under the legendary Sannin Tsunade, she becomes one of the greatest medical-nin. Early on she was proficient in chakra control. This allows her to use jutsu without wasting any. Her chakra control increases as she trains under Tsunade and is able to build chakra into her fist providing her with “monstrous strength.” Furthermore, she can “send chakra throughout her entire body to lift greater mass, and improve her ability to withstand crushing blows.”
When she releases her Strength of a Hundred Seal she can preform techniques at a greater scale. She can use the Summoning Technique. By summoning Katsuyu, Sakura can “have her split apart and attach itself to others, Sakura could remotely monitor many allies at once, healing and replenishing their chakra as needed.” Sakura can heal the most fatal injuries. Sakura is highly intelligent, with an excellent memory.
Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)
Tatsumaki (Tornado of Terror) is an S-Class Rank 2 professional hero. She’s one of One Punch Man’s most powerful heroes. An esper, her sister considers her a “monster.” She’s the most powerful esper, even surpassing Geryuganshoop. Tatsumaki can lift hundreds of large boulders. According to Yusuke Murata, she can “lift the entirety of Z-City with ease.” She can sense when her younger sister is in danger, she has incredible reflexes, fly through the air at high speeds, and can withstand gravity 300 times normal. She can also erect barriers that can endure powerful energy blasts.
Neferpitou (Hunter X Hunter)
Neferpitou was a Chimera Ant and one of Meruem’s three Royal Guards. She is one of the most powerful Chimera Ants. She is considered to be Meruem’s “top soldier.” She can see almost two kilometers away, hear from great distances, and has an immense smell ability. He is incredibly strong, able to rip off Nen user’s limbs. Neferpitou also has great speed, reflexes, agility, stamina, and durability. Having high intelligence, intense Nen, and generally keen instincts. According to the “Hunter X Hunter Manual,” Neferpitou’s stats are 4/5 Mind, 5/5 Skill, 5/5 Body, 5/5 Nen, 5/5 Ingenuity, and 4/5 Intelligence.
Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
Yoruichi is a former Captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13 and a former commander of the Onmitsukido. As a Shunpo Master, she has incredible speed that makes it appear that she can be in multiple places at once. Yoruichi is a Hakuda Master considered one of the best hand to hand in Soul Society. She was able to fight against three Shinigami Captains and four lieutenant level opponents without taking much damage. Yoruichi invited Shunko, a combination that fuses Hakuda with Kido. The technique ” enhances her arms and legs for combat, the technique allows her to instantly neutralize an opponent’s movement.”
Yoruichi is also a master of Kido, an expert swordsman, master assassin, and a master strategist. With all of this, she also has a Zanpakuto and has achieved Bankai. However, she has never revealed either her Shikai or Bankai.
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Erza is an S-Class Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. Her magic, Requip: the Knight is a Spatial Magic that allows her to swap weapons, armor, and clothing. She is known for using her ability really fast and is the “only sword Mage known to be capable of Requipping weapons and armor while fighting.” Ezra has over 100 different armors, allowing a great deal of variety in her fighting ability. In addition to her Requip ability, Erza also is a master of “sword magic.” She’s a master sword user, an expert archer, high intellect, expert at hand to hand, enhance strength, endurance and durability. According to “Sorcerer Magazine,” Ezra stats are attack power 5/5, defensive power 5/5, speed 5/5, intelligence 4/5, and swordsmanship 5/5.
Android 18 (DBZ)
Android 18 was the creation of Dr. Gero. Formerly a human she was transformed into an android along with her twin brother. Android 18 is extremely powerful, able to best a Super Saiyan with ease. What makes Android 18 so powerful is her ” continuous and virtually infinite energy supply.” This prevents her from becoming exhausted. She also can increase her skill and power level through training. In addition to this, she has extended youth and longevity. Android 18 also doesn’t need ” nourishment beyond water.” Android 18 is powerful enough to kick a Kamehameha from Super Saiyan Blue Goku away. During the Tournament of Power, she managed to defeat several powerful foes, like Ribrianne, Prum, Jimizu, Cocotte, and Sorrel.
Charlotte Linlin/Big Mom (One Piece)
Big Mom is the Captain of the Big Mom Pirates and one of the four Yonko. Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi. Allowing her to “freely interact with and manipulate souls.”She was also a member of the legendary Rocks Pirates. As a member of the Yonko, she is considered to be one of the four most powerful pirates in the world. The details of how strong she is aren’t clear. In order to assess how strong she is we have to compare her to other strong characters. For example, Luffy is considered one of the strongest characters in One Piece. He barely manages to land a hit on her. All Yonko are considered on par with or stronger than Admirals. She’s also on par with Kaido, another Yonko that is considered the “strongest creature alive.” Also:
She defeated the strongest giant with one hit as a 5-year-old
I have to admit I’m not sure I even like Boruto. The manga series is certainly better than the anime, but I find that neither comes close to the Naruto series, even if Masashi Kishimoto is the editor of the manga. The monthly schedule doesn’t help, but I do like the art style. One of the main problems is the feeling of growth. What I mean by that is all the characters seem to have S Rank abilities already. I make the series feel rushed. Take the BIG three of the series. Boruto Uzumaki, Sarada Uchiha, and Mitsuki. Heirs of the vaunted, Legendary Three Ninja, Jiraiya, Orochimaru and Tsunade and Team 7, Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha, and Uzumaki Naruto. While it true that the 3 Sannin and Team 7 were exceptional, the most recent generation seems even better.
Unlike his father, Boruto is the child of two powerful bloodlines, Hyuga and Uzumaki. He’s also a prodigy. Sarada is an elite genin, having inherited the Sharingan and her mother’s chakra control and strength. Then there’s Mitsuki, the “son” of Orochimaru. He was created by Orochimaru to be genetically perfect and has the “potentially more powerful than the Sannin himself.” Boruto has a unique Dojutsu that grants him similar abilities to the Byakugan. He also mastered the Rasengan with wind nature transformation added to it before finishing the ninja academy. It took his father a great deal of training and effort to do the same. Sarada learned how to use collect chakra into her fist, giving her tremendous strength comparable to her mother or Tsunade. She has had no training in this regard. Did she just guess how to do it? Mitsuki has Senjutsu, something that Jiraiya failed to master and took (okay a few weeks) for Naruto to.
Maybe, they have to give this generation a boost since they are competing with ninja tech now. Which basically makes my previous complaint moot, since you can buy ninja abilities. The ninja tech undermines the ninjas period. Normal people can use jutsu now. I don’t feel that anything jutsu has been earned in this series. Sure you should expect the main characters to be the best, but it feels unmerited.
So what do you think. I am off base here? Do you agree? Have you ever read or watched Boruto? What am I missing ?
First I would like to thank Merlin Musings for tagging me. I’ve seen this tag around for a while and was wonder if someone would tag me. Lynn Sheridan is credited with creating this tag. The tag is inspired of course by One Piece. Regardless, Let’s get to my crew:
Display the My Pirate Crew logo and add ‘My Pirate Crew’ as a tag.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
Link back to the original post here (so I can compare your crews to mine).
Select seven anime characters and give them a position on the crew. These are the positions you can to fill. Warrior, sniper, chef, doctor, scientist, navigator, strategist, mechanic, entertainer.
Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
Set sail and rule the seas!
The Navigator – Hyuga Neji
Neji is a member of the Hyuga clan. As a prodigy, Neji is highly intelligent. The reason I have chose him for my navigator is simple, the Byakugan. The Byakugan grants the user a ” near 360º diameter field of vision” and the ability to see over 20 kilometers away, along with vision that can “can penetrate through any solid objects or obstructions.” I think this ability makes him a perfect navigator.
The Chef – Brock
Brock from Pokemon is the former Pewter City Gym Leader. The eldest of nine children, which his absentee father left him in the care of, Brock is known for his domestic abilities. He’s a caretaker at heart, good at sewing, cleaning and of course cooking. He’s also capable of creating food for animals, which could be helpful.
The Entertainer – Mako Mankanshoku
Mako is hyperactive, fearless, silly and funny. She also manages to be lazy with all that energy that result in a clash of personality traits. Mako was the primary source of humor in the Kill la Kill. She can also be quite dramatic and interrupt moments of seriousness.
The Mechanic – Duo Maxwell
Duo is the pilot of the XXXG-01 Gundam Deathscythe. Duo is an expert at communication and computer based work. As a member of the Sweeper Group, Duo loved “tinker with scrap metal and junk computer bits.” His talent is undeniable.
The Sniper – Yoko Littner
Yoko is a member of Team Dai-Gurren in the anime Gurren Lagann. She’s often armed with a range of firearms including a “long range sniper rifle.” She’s a skilled marksman with her rifle, able to hit weak spots from large distances. She has also shown the ability to hit moving targets during high conflict battles.
The Strategists – Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200. He’s able to quickly calculate the limits of his opponents and his allies to create or determine complicated strategies. He’s able to keep track of the location of everyone relative to everything else. He studies behavior of enemies, Shikamaru is able to think ten moves ahead of his opponents.
The Doctor – Sakura Haruno
Sakura has been blessed with Chakra control that has seen her acquire massive strength and Medical Ninjutsu. Sakura is able to heal almost any injury. Sakura’s proficiency in medical ninjutsu is extremely rare. She can extract poisons, as well perform surgeries without a instruments. She’s also able to create poison antidotes effortlessly. Her medical skills ” extends to more standard medicine as well, enabling her to perform autopsies and examine cells with a knowledge of genetics.” She’s even created her own Military Rations Pills.
The Scientists – Kisuke Urahara
Kisuke is a former Captain of the 12th Division. He’s also the founder and first President of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute (S.R.D.I). Kisuke has developed many inventions, is able to equipment such as his “holographic computer interface.” He responsible for creating the most “amazing” thing in Soul Society. He has managed to create new inventions quickly. He’s a highly capable chemist and medic.
The Warrior – Broly
I’m choosing the new Broly, as the original one was a bit insane. Regardless, Broly is a saiyan with near limitless power. As a member of the saiyan race he’s a born warrior. They aim to become the strongest in the universe, they’re built for fighting. Most notable when a saiyan survives a near death experience they grow even stronger. Broly is the ultimate warrior.
Sakura Haruno or Sakura Uchiha is one of the most hated anime characters. Being in a shonen series that focuses on battle, Sakura is “useless” in battle early in the series. However, in Naruto strength isn’t the only thing that matters (at least early in the series). In Part 1 of the series Sakura’s physical prowess is limited. Sakura’s particular talent that surpassed even Sasuke and of course Naruto was her intellect and her chakra control. During the Chunin exams Sakura is smart enough to both realize that the ten questions are too difficult for most genin’s and answer them.
During the second stage of the Chunin exam, after Oorochimaru gives Sasuke the curse mark, she watches Naruto and Sasuke all night as they’re lie unconscious. She valiantly tries to save her teammates despite being clearly over powered and out numbered. Obviously, Rock Lee aids her, and later team 10, but if Sakura had more power I think critics would have cheered her more. In anime, many fans only seem to value power with courage, not power without it. For this reason Sakura’s attempt to save her teammates goes unappreciated.
In Part 2, Sakura really begins to show her skills. While, the characters in Naruto become better Sakura’s is arguably the most improved (Ino maybe close). She and Naruto face off against Kakashi in another bell test. During this test Sakura first shows her massive strength when she uses her Cherry Blossom Impact. A skill that makes use of her chakra control to devastating effect. When she and the rest of team 7 arrive to Suna when Gaara is kidnapped, she is quickly able to remove the poison found in Kankuro, heal him and create an antidote, which no Sand ninja was able to do.
Sakura’s best presentation of her fighting prowess is her battle with Chiyo against Sasori. Chiyo initially takes the lead in this fight using Sakura as a human puppet, making great use of her super strength. This method continues to prove effective once Sasori uses the third Kazekage’s iron sand ability. However, with Chiyo being one armed her effectiveness as a puppeteer is decreased. During this battle Chiyo notes that Sakura is able to “see through the attack patterns of Sasori,” she is able to deduce the pattern of his fingers and hands.
Even Sasori is impressed with her ability to both fight against him and create an antidote for his complicated poison. Finally, Sakura during the Fourth Shinobi World War is an important medic keeping the allied forces alive. Sakura uses the “Strength of a Hundred Seal,” she spent three years storing chakra a feat that is difficult due to the level of chakra control required. When Naruto is in danger of death, it’s Sakura that saves his life. When her medical ninjutsu fails, she “makes an incision in Naruto’s chest and manually pumps his heart to keep him alive while pleading for him to live because he is close to achieving his dream.” Ask yourself, What would happen if Naruto had died?
Look, Sakura isn’t without her flaws. She was pretty annoying in the beginning of the series, and she treated both Naruto and Rock Lee poorly. While, she was completely useless during battle, she was helpful intellectually and displayed courage. I found her love of Sasuke, who was abusive and tried to KILL her TWICE was ridiculous. However, if you hold that against her keep in mind that Naruto is just as bad in this regard. Her value was never in battle anyway. While it’s undeniable that a in Shonen series, battles are the most important, so Sakura was inherently going to become a secondary character.
Many Sakura haters compare her power to Sasuke and Naruto, they ignore the fact that unlike, Sasuke born with the privilege of having a Sharingan and the curse seal and Naruto given half the Nine-tails chakra as an infant, She was given none of these advantages, but mastered difficult medial ninjutsu and saved many lives. A lot of people seemed to believe that Sakura’s abilities are somehow unearned because we didn’t get to see all her training.
However, we don’t see most of Sasuke’s training or even Naruto’s during the time skip. I think this is mostly a negative bias. Sakura’s transformation from the beginning of the series, both personality wise and ability wise changed more than anyone and she had to work with less than her teammates. She was important to keep the alliance alive during the war. She should be lauded, not decried.