The Salty Anime Challenge Day 20: What is an anime argument that you absolutely hate hearing?

Sakura Haruno is useless

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.


Weekly Shonen (10/04/14)

One Piece

Chapter 762

The White City

ngbnbnbnbnWe flashback to the past with the Donquixote Pirates dining together. They discuss  Law’s beaten by the hands of Corazon. Machvise and Jora then point out Law’s illness, “the Amber Lead Syndrome“. Doflamingo slams his hand down stating that  Amber Lead Syndrome is a “poisoning” and not a disease that could be spread. Doflamingo asks Law “what he hates so much“, and Law replies “that he does not believe anything“, swearing to take “revenge” on Corazon for throwing him out the window.

Baby 5 asks Gladius about the “White City“. He tells her about Flevance, “all the citizens were wealthy and the city was so beautiful it seemed like out of a fairy tale“. The source of all this wealth was “Amber Lead“, it was highly valued resulting in a “bottomless money source“. Gladius and Lao G state that for “100 years, the World Government and the king of Flevance knew the truth about amber lead nearly a century before it was even mined: it was poisonous to handle“. They kept this a secret to maintain their source of wealth fortune from the amber lead. The poison was “slow acting”, with “each generation that was born with Amber Lead Poisoning had shorter lifespans than the previous generation”.

02-031As a result of a “generation gap” in poisoning symptoms, everyone came down with illness simultaneously. People began dying very quickly, and were quarantined by neighboring countries. The World Government saved the royal family, abandoning the civilians. Many of the civilians were shot out of fear if they attempted to seek help from neighboring countries. Flevance eventually ended up going to war with the neighboring countries. The children were evacuated, but Law refused to leave his sister Lamy.

Law’s father failed to convince the World Government to “tell the truth” about the illness being “non-contagious nature of Amber Lead Poisoning“. Law while visiting his sister hears gunfire outside. Law heads outside only to find “his parents, the nun, and all the children shot down” by an invading army . Law began cry as the army burns down the hospital with his sister inside. Senor Pink says “that after going through such an ordeal at the age of ten, it’s no wonder that Law’s personality is messed up“.

tfMeanwhile, Law locates Corazon and reveals a sword and says he has “no right to live since his parents and sister died“. Law stabs him in the back, Buffalo races to tell Doflamingo, who is currently sleeping. The back story of Law was touching and sad. It was surprising that Law now seems so well adjusted considering hi childhood. Considering the fact that Doflamingo said he killed his brother Corazon he can’t die now. I’m interested in seeing why Doflamingo kills his brother and how the “family” reacts.





Chapter 694

Naruto and Sasuke

5656565The chapter begins with Sasuke and Naruto atop the Valley of the End. Sasuke explains his version of “what the Hokage is and should be doing“. He alludes to Itachi and how he was cast out of Konoha for killing his clan. The village created a “framework” in ordered to keep peace and structure in the world. Itachi was used to maintain this framework. Itachi slipped into the darkness and become a traitor and a criminal to the rest of the world. He took all the hate and pain to keep the Fire Country and the leaf village safe. Due to this Sasuke considers Itachi to be, “the True Hokage“.

mihhSasuke states that the title is “more fitting for someone who is willing to accept grudges and hatred of everyone and bear them all“. He says he also “realized how strongly Itachi felt towards his country and village that he would go far to protect them“. He said “Itachi made a mistake by letting him live” because he “became decentralized and dispersed away from him“. He would instead “shoulder the burden of hatred all by himself“. He will rule the ninja world “by making all the decisions and judgments without care of what the people feel“. He will “focus the hatred of the people on himself and unify the villages by doing so“.

The “Sage of the Six Paths” remembers what Sasuke told him what his “idea of Hokage is“. Naruto tells Sasuke that “his plan wouldn’t work since the people wouldn’t allow that to happen“. Sasuke says it “doesn’t matter” as he’s the “only one with the power to take control“. Naruto flashes back to his conversation with Itachi, as he tells Naruto that “taking the burden of hate on your own is the reason why people like Madara turned out the way they did“. He also says “that you need friends, family, comrades to help shoulder everything because if you don’t you will surely fail“.

nbnbbnItachi tried to do everything by himself and that is why he failed in protecting the village. Naruto then tells Sasuke that “if he believes that’s what Itachi would have wanted he didn’t understand what his brother wanted“. Sasuke recalls Itachi’s words during their fight with Kabuto and that he said a similar thing to him. Naruto says that “Sasuke is just going to kill the Kages and the Tailed Beasts“, with Sasuke saying that he’s going to “sever the past“. Naruto says that he can’t get rid of Itachi’s memory like that but Sasuke says he can and that he has. Itachi is nothing but the past now. And that the only thing left to sever from the past is Naruto.

Naruto argues that “everything he learned is from his past and that when you mess up you move on and figure out what to do next, not wipe the past clean but learn from it“. The Sage informs Kakashi that “he will be leaving soon and that the only thing he can do is leave it up to Naruto and Sasuke and believe everything will turn out ok“. The Sage recalls the conversation he had with both of them, Sasuke says that to complete “his idea of Hokage he must kill Naruto because his is the closest thing to a friend he has ever had“. The chapter closes with Naruto and Sasuke charging at each other.

16The philosophy of Sasuke was somewhat confusing. I think I got most of what he was saying but I’m still confused. Naruto philosophy hasn’t changed. Unlike Sasuke Naruto has always been consistent with his views what being Hokage meant. Personally, I think Kishimoto put some theory together just so Sasuke has something to contrast himself with Naruto. Whatever, I guess that battle is the only thing that matters. I hoping that this is the fight that the battle between Kaguya and Naruto and Sasuke wasn’t.


Chapter 599

Too Early to Win too Late to know

b9Senjumaru states that “now that she think about it”, “we were on the topic of”. She says she “forgets to remove the needles after tailoring would be an incurable vice of mine” and she apologizes. She turns to Yhwach stating “that their blades should be able to reach him now”. He responds “is that what you truly believe” then he summons several Soldat from his shadow. Yhwach says that “if the likes of the soul king warrior’s are the adversaries, my Soldat are more than enough”.

He then summoning four elite Sternritter to take on Senjumaru, Sternritter Letter M – The Miracle Gerard Valkyrie, Sternritter Letter X /X-Alias Lille Barro, Sternritter Letter C – Compulsory Pernida Parnkgjas and Sternritter Letter D The Death Dealer Askin Nakk Le Vaar. Askin acknowledges that he was the “only one to be the only one who was promoted from below”. Gerard promising “to cut Askin down”if he gets in the way before attacking Senjumaru, who blocks with her needle. He easily destroys her needle an claims that her “delicate, feminine arms can’t halt my blade”.

06-07She calls for her “minions” in particular the “shield of the soul king”. Pernida attempts to “say” something and “crushes” the giant. Lille makes a comment about Senjumaru “entertaining the possibility that the royal palace would, perhaps fall”. He says that if “comprehension come slowly, reaction will also follow suit”, and that “the royal palace had already fallen, the moment his highness set foot in it”. He then takes out hi rifle and shoots Senjumaru in the head.

There’s no way that Senjumaru is dead, but thing aren’t looking good. While, I predicted that Yhwach would release more sternritters. I’m hoping that this is it for the sternritter reveal. Pernida seems like an interesting character and I wonder what his power really is and of course the others. I’m hoping that Senjumaru puts up a better fight and I can’t wait to see what her Bankai is like.