Were there any naruto characters you'd of liked to see their backstory or play a bigger role in one of the arcs? Like ones who were secondary/minor characters that we didn't see a lot of. For example, I'd like to know Kakuzu's backstory. I also would of liked seeing more of some Leaf jonin like Genma, Raidou, etc.
Anko, definitely Anko. I mean, there were definitely plenty other characters that I would have loved to see more of, including Muu, Yugito, Fuu and Samui. But Anko man… I really liked her.
She was my favourite female character when she was introduced, hands down. However, because Naruto and Sasuke got so much attention, other characters didn’t get the attention they deserved, and in my opinion, Anko was one of the biggest examples:
She seemed like a really interesting, badass character with a troubled history, kind of like a toned down, female version of Sasuke. I felt as though she could have been that lone wolf, take no shit type of kunoichi, especially since she also had the Curse Seal.
This is why it was all the more disappointing when she was kind of just forgotten about. Anko wasn’t a character like for example Samui, who I’m sure the majority of fans remember for her chest alone. Anko had a lot of depth to her; she was literally a blank canvas full of possibilities due to her character and ties with very dynamic individuals. But Kishi instead decided to throw the canvas away instead of allowing it to fulfil its vast potential.
Anko was never even shown activating the Curse Seal in the story, which is disappointing because not only did they both have ties with Orochimaru, but she even shared the same Seal as Sasuke, yet another similarity between them. Think about how cool it could’ve been to see her looking out for Sasuke and tutoring him in how to suppress the seal? (Or use/control it, depending on which Angle Kishi may have decided to go with).
If Kishi had chosen to expand on that, we potentially could have had a story line where maybe Anko and Sasuke bonded over their Curse Seal troubles, and from this, Anko could have become like a protective, big sister figure to Sasuke. The potential was there:
It was stated that only 1 in 10 people survive the Seal adapting to your body. So why not show why Anko was part of that special 10%? Too much emphasis was placed on Naruto and Sasuke in the story. A lot of the excess spotlight could have been given to those characters who were deserving of more attention, and Anko was definitely one of them. Unfortunately, due to her severe lack of screen time, her position as my favourite female was usurped by Temari, Konan and Sakura respectively, but Anko always held a special spot in my heart, solely for what could (and really should) have been.