there is a youtuber called swagkage and he made a video awhile ago on why people hate sakura so much (you should watch it!) , he's not very bias and explains well and although i LOVE sakura i think its healthy to point out character criticism because every good character has flaws.
Okay Anon, I’m about to go on a little rant here, because I refrained from talking about this topic before, but now I’ve been given an excuse. I saw the video you’re referring to shortly after he released it, and it was in fact that very video that made me remember why I was always so sceptical to try out new Naruto reviewers on YouTube in the first place.
He prefaced the discussion by saying how he apparently didn’t hate her, and that the video wasn’t meant to attack or defend her, and yet he spent the majority of the video attacking her and talking about her in a very hateful manner. You can very easily explain why you think a character may be hated without using language such as calling her ”pretty worthless”, which he did just a little over a minute into the video. He didn’t say how “some people” thought that she was pretty worthless, he actually said that she is pretty worthless. Now, in a video where you said that you don’t hate her, how it’s not meant to attack her, and how you’ll try and look at things objectively, how can the very first thing you say about her be that she’s pretty worthless? That is not looking at it objectively.
He then went on to completely misunderstand her “Now it’s your turn to watch my back” quote by insinuating that she wanted to walk in front of Naruto and Sasuke, as in catching up with them skill and power wise, and then he actually mocks her for it by saying how “she was never at any point even close to being half of the shinobi they were”. That entire criticism is null and void when you realise that quote was never about catching up with them skill wise in the first place, she simply wanted to stand alongside them in the battlefield and be the one to protect them for a change. But this guy’s unbiased right? This guy’s indifferent to Sakura right? Of course he is…
He then went on to throw shade at her “negligible” accomplishments relative to the amount of screen/panel time that she received in comparison to the support characters. And just from this, I can not only tell that he has a very limited definition of what can be considered an “accomplishment”, but I can also tell that on this point, he again doesn’t know what he’s talking about. If he were to make a list of the “accomplishments” of each of the other members of the Konoha 11, and compare them with Sakura’s, he’d see what an ignorant comment that was.
He then throws more shade at her by saying how apparently the sound ninja in the Forest of Death made Sakura look “pathetic”, and would then have to be saved by Sasuke who took care of them with no effort, despite the fact that Sasuke was awakening with a Curse Seal activated, despite the fact that these sound ninjas took out Lee, who beat a normal Sasuke with minimal effort at the time - he went on to mock Sakura for having to be saved against those guys? You see, if this was an impartial video, like he said it was going to be, he could have at the very least given Sakura the credit she deserved for trying her hardest to protect her friends who were knocked out. Did he do any of that? No.
And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, he then went on to say how her “worthlessness” was truly put into perspective during the Sasuke Retrieval arc, and you know what his reason was? The ridiculous justification he gave can basically be summarised as “because she didn’t get to go on the mission, whereas the others did and they got to shine”. How can you be so short sighted as to actually bash a character because they weren’t able to participate?
I’ll put things into perspective for you Anon. I’ll reiterate that at the very beginning of the video, he said:
- That he didn’t hate Sakura
- That he was indifferent to her
- That the video wasn’t meant to attack her
- And that he’d look at things objectively.
And yet, the following juvenile nonsense where he paints Sakura as nothing but a stuttering fangirl, is what he put as the friggin’ description to the video. You know, the thing that tells you what the entire video is going to be about, a video which apparently wasn’t supposed to attack her:
And he wants to lie and make himself seem impartial, when as I said and have proved above, he spends the majority of the video doing the complete opposite - he used hateful terms, he definitely wasn’t being indifferent to her, the video attacked her at every opportunity, and he wasn’t looking at things objectively at all. I gave an example of how he could have, but not once did he ever in that video try and look at things from multiple angles. That’s how you look at things objectively, something which is a foreign concept to this person.
All of the above didn’t even cover half of the things he said about Sakura, and I could have easily gone on and on debunking each one of his points and giving him a lesson on “impartiality”, but honestly it’s not worth it. I really wanted to though, because the levels of stupidity and hypocrisy only increases as the video goes on. Case in point - he calls her “stupid and selfish” at the 10:10 mark because she apparently tried to take on Madara, the Juubi and Obito by herself “to satisfy her own ego”, despite the fact that she never tried to take on the Juubi or Obito, and she wanted to act as a distraction against Madara so that Naruto and Sasuke would be able to catch him off guard - Sakura had no intention of taking him on by herself. And he’s meant to be objective? Sure. You’re right that it’s healthy to highlight character criticisms Anon, but you’re wrong about this person; he is not unbiased, at least not with regards to Sakura.