Then she showed some very mature behavior and impressive skills in the rescue Gaara arc. After that? Everything went downhill and i grew to despise her.
Things about her i really despise:
- she is violent in a way that is not funny or appropriate
- she keep throwing away the maturing she has done
- she gets angry/agressive over things that aint worth it
- she puts too much on Narutos shoulders and then goes and puts even more on them while trying to make the burden lighter
I think Sakura is still stuck in Chapter 1, only thing that changed is her body and she managed to learn healing to an admirable point.
Maybe Kishi will manage to redeem her somehow but i doubt it, there isnt much time left for her to mature and make past mistakes forgotten.
- Her violent tendency's/aggressiveness etc.
I think it's funny and appropriate. It's the manga version of a wink and a punch on the arm. In manga all that stuff is exaggerated for effect. I think it's charming, much the same way i think it was charming when Kagome did that stuff to Inyasha.
- She keeps throwing away the maturing she has done.
Yes, she does. But where does the fault lie with that? I don't think it belongs with her character i think it belongs with the way Kishimoto shoehorned her onto the sidelines after the kage summit. No character suffers on his narrative whims like she does. I lump her putting too much on Naruto's shoulders right in there with this. Kishi seems to want Naruto and Sasuke to be the center of the universe and that means Sakura has to get out of the way, even though that goes against the grain of the character he seemed to want to develop her to be. He turned her from a promising warrior to an emo cheerleader with first aid training.
And it is my sincere hope that undoes that real soon.
Last edited by Jammin; May 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM.
What Sakura really needs is to stop chasing for love form boys and find love within herself. I think that would be the best way to redeem herself because every time someone says Sasuke, she becomes so lame. if she can truly get over Sasuke she would go up like 80 points with the fans.
Kishimoto keeps saying he wanted to keep Sakura as normal as possible, but i think he fails to realize normal people fall in love get their hearts broken and then move on. there's noting normal about this Sasuke love. it's unhealthy
Sakura's different. She is supposed to be the heroine. I mean, the bulk of her character was spent trying to become a warrior in her own right, like her mentor Tsunade. But, because the whole world is supposed to revolve only around Naruto and Sasuke(the mighty incarnations of the Uchiha and Senju), Sakura's character(as a vanilla human being) is always forced into the gutter so that those two can look good.
She has become Lois Lane to Naruto's superman. Which is just....horrible.
I wouldn't say she's Lois lane, cause Lois lane is pretty good on her own.
Anyway, Sakura attempting to hang with "the boys" is clearly the problem, seeing as her good points lie in a completely different direction. During the invasion she was able to dish out some orders and work to help with others with some good effect. The same now during the war. Unlike Naruto who has no skill in it and Sasuke who sucked at it, Sakura has shown a good ability to command and work together with others. Instead of trying to make her a fighter and continuing with the tried relationship issues, this is what Kishi should be focusing on for her.
Jammin, I would agree with you if not for this tiny little comment:
Lois Lane is very, very good character in DC Comics if you ask me. Comparing her to Sakura of Naruto manga is just really, really inappriopriate. I mean it xdQuote:
That was basically why she was a reporter(a never-ending excuse for her to constantly getting into trouble).
I don't like it, but the archetype that Sakura is being morphed into is the same as the Lois Lane i was familiar with, even though Sakura started out with the ambition of being more of a hero in her own right. I suppose, if you don't like the Lois Lane comparison how about Spiderman's Mary-Jane Watson. It's all the same thing more or less. A female character who's very purpose is to be saved...over and over again.
Sprinkle on a little bit of sexual tension and some soap opera goodness and you've got yourself the "basic model of superhero love interest".
Last edited by Jammin; May 20, 2011 at 08:28 AM.
So I know different Lois Lane <though she seems to be saved too, it doesn't mean its constantly that way or her character is so much poor than Sakura's developments> She is a "strong" character, literally. Sakura's character isn't <in psychical sense I mean> Sakura can have doubts concerning some things, Lois Lane <usually xd> don't.
Actually thats better analogy - she seems really to be such kind of character like Sakura, not necessarily comparing her to "saving part", but to the character of both characters in general <and while "restarting" Spidey they made her as side kick now, to make much more girls be saved <half-joking> >Originally Posted by Jammin
Yeah, with Mary-Jane Watson comparison I strongly agree xD <they even have similar colour "theme" >
BUT like I said earlier: I agree on what you wrote about Sakura - she's probably the only one with such a poor development on her part from Kishi : ( <I can't even say that such minor random characters like Tenten are poorly developed, because thats not the case: Tenten hasn't got any real development at all, so it stays the same; on the other hand Sakura had really, REALLY nice developments <if Kishi wanted to> and than she just put her as some minor character comparable to Tenten..> Maybe I exagerate a little xd
Lots of people keep saying she's the most human and flawed of all the characters in the manga. And personally thats a load of bull.
I wonder if Sakura has daddy issues that would explain everything!
Last edited by dragoon3646; May 20, 2011 at 09:04 AM.
What your said about the Lois Lane being emotionally stronger is true. But that's the natural evolution of the princess archetype, given time they transition into the emotional "rock" for the hero(but of course they still need saving quite frequently...that never changes). Mary-Jane Watson used to have that role too before....
If the story goes on long enough they inevitably turn into the hero's "rock" emotionally. If this is indeed the path Sakura goes down, and i hope it isn't, given enough time that's the role Sakura would take on as well.
The thing with Sakura is that i think she has been developed for so much more than that.
During stuff like the Sasori fight she shows that she was a warrior with medical talent(like Tsunade) yet recently she's completely lost that fire become all nurse and no warrior. Which seems to me to be in direct conflict with that earlier aspect of herself.
She's not helpless, and i am eager to see her remember that about herself. Because that's what makes me like her as a character.... she's got fire.
Last edited by Jammin; May 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM.
Lois Lane being a damsel in distress is understandable. She throws herself into bad situations and can't really defend herself. Sakura's job is to deal with the bad situations, so she has focused on self-defense all her life. And somehow she's a damsel in distress too. Fail.
Before Sakura can become anyone's emotional "rock," she has to become strong internally. And she is quite strong, but her confusion/lack of conviction about Sasuke is her major weakness. If she doesn't regain that conviction, she won't grow as a character. I think she will grow eventually, but I really hope Kishi hasn't assumed that conviction equals dropping the entire Sasuke ordeal into Naruto's hands.