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I don't recall Sakura doing anything other than what she was told to during the fight with Sasori. She didn't fight by making her own decisions. Chiyo told her everything she should do and controlled almost all of Sakura's actions. That doesn't show Sakura is good. Sasori would kill her in under a minute if she was by herself.
Btw, DMS, I don't think Sasori is one of the lower ranks. You still seem to forget that Sasori let himself die. He could of dodged the attack and if he did, he would have easily won and the only thing he would have to do is do some puppet reconfiguration.
Sakura is overall weak. Having impressive strength means jack squat if she's slow as hell. Who is she gonna hit? Naruto would destroy her. Let's see her medical jutsu do anything when the RasenShuriken blows her to pieces.
The only medical ninja I respect in this manga is Kabuto (Oh yea notice how Kabuto schooled Shizune and Tsunade, WHILE taking a full blown Rasengan to the gut).
You seem to forget that even though Sakara wasn't knowledgeble about Sasori's attack at start by the end she was dodging his moves WITHOUT Chiyos help even Sasori complimented her saying she wasn't a brat to to take lightly, because she was reading the puppets movement just by looking at his hand movement.Originally Posted by PredatorNar
Tsunade taught Sakura to dodge like that. That's one of Sakura's skills, since a dead medic-nin can't help/save her teammates. Sure's she's not as strong as Naruto or Sasuke, but one has a demon fox sealed inside him and the other has a bloodlimit. Since Sakura has nothing but her own hard work that perfected her chakra control and her brains, which she trained to be smart enough to read her enemies' movements, I think she's a great character, on par with Rock Lee, who showed that talent can only get you so far but it's hard work that makes you good.
No one mentions Sakura's foresight in bringing antidote for Sasori's poison. If she didn't do that, Chiyo wouldn't have lived. Sasori didn't just acknowledge Sakura for her dodging skills, or her incredible strength, but he himself said that she had done something he couldn't: Not only did she figure out the antidote to his poison, she made it from scratch. Sasori said himself that if he didn't have the ingrediants and the exact dosages for what was needed, even he - the creator of the poison and antidote - would not be able to make the antidote correctly.
So what if Sakura isn't as skilled as Naruto or the guys at ninjutsu or taijutsu (I'm not counting genjutsu because I waiting for actual evidents that she's going to FINALLY get a chance to learn some :P and excel in something she has both the chakra control and brains for!), she's good at things they're not. We don't need everyone to be good at the same things. And another amazing skill she has is that she's very good at reading her teammates too, which is one reason why her and Chiyo worked so well together. Sakura, unlike her male counterparts, doesn't vie for attention or boast about her skills. She's usually far more focused on the importance of the mission.
Just because Sakura and the rest of the girls are not "strong" like the guys doesn't mean they're not strong in other ways that are also needed in battle. Being predictably weak, being underestimated and surprising the enemy, that's also an asset. Being a ninja isn't always about fighting, there's spying, infiltrating, information gathering, sabatoge, and hell, half the time your opponent could be stronger than you, but being able to beat them up fairly doesn't mean in a real fight that person will lose to you. Everyone got their own skills and people grow and change all the time. (Ex. Pre-timeskip, Naruto wouldn't have been able to beat Kiba up fairly, but his farting gave him an advantage - so, as you can see, luck also has an importance in a fight. Things happen.) And keeping your teammates alive and healthy enough for them to continue to fight, is also something that is needed - example, Naruto after sprouting tails would not have been able to heal fast enough to continue with the mission of following Orochimaru if Sakura had not been there to heal him. And her running after him when he lost control, just a reminder, no one informed her or the team that Yamato had the skills to stop Naruto from going berserk. I can see it's perfectly reasonable for Sakura to lose her head when she thinks that no one can help Naruto and that if she could just get through to him that he doesn't need to become like that to keep his promise to her by himself, than her running to him isn't as foolhardy. She's also never seen him lose control, so she doesn't know that he can't be reached at that time.
Last edited by blueweber; July 04, 2007 at 03:04 PM.
Actually I'd put Sakura on par with Sasuke in terms of Taijutsu. Sasuke might have speed over her, but in terms of actual skill they are on par. With some offensive Medical Ninjutsu she could render Sasuke temporarily blind or paralyzed limiting his ability to fight. Not to mention her raw physical strength. Fighting a Medical Ninja in close combat is tantamount to commiting suicide as demostrated by Kabuto. You can't afford to get any physical contact between yourself and a Medical Ninja or risk damaged muscles, nerve endings, shattered bones, severed ligaments etc....
For example Sakura could slam the ground knocking Sasuke off his feet and follow up by severing the hamstring on his left leg. Or if she learns the right technique use a contact poison that she has already taken the antidote for and the moment Sasuke hits her he is poisoned....
Nope they are not...
I agree with your point as i too feel that the girls of the series are made to come across weak. None of them IMO would be able to beat their male counter parts. Thought the series we have seen the girls being knocked out or having to wait for a guy to come along and save them prime example would be sakura pre time skip in missions all you heard was protect the client. I know i may be over generalising slightly but it was a similar scenario with the girls of the other teams expect temari (she can hold her own). Also due to the obvious power restraint that kishi gave them you would at least expect them to have decent battles between each other, but of what i did see these battles were more for comical effect than anything else.
Please don't get me wrong i would really like to see the female ninjas being improved onas they come across more as cheer leaders. I really didnt like sakura for that reason but know i am just annoyed with kishi for showing her fight seriously earlier as the sasori fight i loved, for once there was a strong female chacter taking a hit and getting back up and giving it right back. For the first time sakura came across IMO as a ninja in her own right and not just as a supportive side kick, both sasori and chiyo (spelt wrong) commented on how talented she really was, but up untill that point we all had to just assume that she was capable witout seeing any proof. I really hope that kishi shows the groth of some more of the female ninjas as could only improve on an already great manga.
I am rooting for sakura to be a water element user and to perfect a jutsu that is water based but poisons at the same time, she would be great, i have kinda given up hope for ino i'm starting to think it is a lost cause but tenten and hinata i am holding out for them to really being improved on
The only fight we have seen Sakura participate in was against Sasori. Offensive Medical ninjutsu would be wasted on puppets.
the only strong female characters that i've seen naruto are Tsunade, and Temari. Sakura could be strong, but I've haven't seen any fights to lead me to concluding that she is. Most of the time, she's just a back up imo. When comparing their strength to their own class levels of genin, chuunin, and jounin, females I'm afraid to say will never be the strongest, maybe sub par---above average within the ranks, with the exception of Tsunade although I still believe is weaker than Jiraiya and Oro. so to answer your question YES imo.
well i read the first post and in my opinion its wrong because ok ino is so lame i'll give him that... but temari we don't know to much about never saw her fight also hinata haven't seen her yet....
They are not weak, most of them fought against their worst enemy ever for the kind of kunouchi that they are.
temari, tsunade and sakura are the only 3 that have been shown to hold their own. sakura could not compete with sasuke and naruto in a fight because their speed and ninjutsu level is way above hers.
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female she is probably kick ass as she was assigned by the leader to capture naruto alive
plus she also said that they needed to recruit members stronger than previous ones. saying something so derogative about other members probably means she could easily kill them. as she was assigned to capture naruto just now probably means she hasnt captured her own bijuu although this really doesnt mean much as itachi hasnt either.
she also has an odd name. dunno what thats got to do with anything. (Pein)
They are not weak - but seems weaker than male shinobis, that's all.Originally Posted by Miso
But by all means I don't say that there aren't any strong kunoichi; for example Tsunade is/was Hokage, just by this it means she's really strong; not only that, she is one of the best <if not the best - actually it was said that she's the best> medic in the world and can heal on great scale actually, it's a really strong trait.
True.Originally Posted by blueweber
Besides, it's not like women are weak in Narutoverse, it's rather that it's shounen where's no actually for kunoichi more space than for men, it's as simple as that. I, for example, see Tsunade and Temari as strong kunoichi, who can fight on par probably with most of the shinobi <of course excluding "top trier", seriously xP> But because Kishi-sama tends to show us only men - that's the way of this manga.
btw. nope, Konan didn't prove to be so strong, but I admit I like her design. It's sad that she didn't have a proper fight <like, for example, with Aburame 4 members - Kishi could show that fight, and now the only way to see it is by fillers by Pierrot, which.. oh well, I don't have too much hope in termes of quality for that xd> Actually Tayuya seems "more capable" than Konan in some way <yeah, she fought just a "chuunin", but you know: overall image was stronger than Konan's after all xd>
Anko looks pretty strong. She's a special jounin after all, so I think she can beat all the female ninjas(except tsunade and mizukage).
We must not forget about Shizune. Altough we only see her holding that pig, she's tsunade's pupil and I think she's at least a special jounin with many skills.
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