[[ Canon information about the Uchiha clan learned from Itachi Shinden, in no particular order:

  • The Uchiha did not live in a district prior to the Kyuubi Attack. They lived in scattered, single family homes. 
  • The district is riddled with security cameras. Judging by the description used upon their reveal, they are video-only.
  • There isn’t an acting group of “clan elders” above Fugaku. Fugaku is the Captain of the Police Force and the head of the clan, though he must answer to the collective pressure of the clan and steer them as best he can.
  • It is tradition to bring the eyes of felled Uchiha back home, so they do not fall into the wrong hands. They are possessive of their Kekke Genkai, to this extent.
  • The Uchiha are not allowed to take positions considered “central” to the village. IE, ANBU, Hokage. Anything that would allow them to be too close to the Hokage or enact any sort of regulations/laws in the village. This has been in practice since Senju Tobirama’s reign. 
  • The KMPF was specifically created to keep Uchiha out of these sorts of positions. 
  • Uchiha Itachi was the first official entry of Uchiha into ANBU. 
  • Uchiha Shisui was the unofficial entry into ANBU, answering only to Hiruzen himself.                                                             ]]
Why Sakura Haruno is my role model

Literally every time I go on the Naruto tag on any social media platform there’s an overwhelming amount of hate for Sakura. For example:

And it’s something I’ve never quite understood because she probably has the most character development out of any of Kishimoto’s characters.

Let’s start out with how we meet Sakura, shall we?

When we meet her, she’s like just every other twelve-year-old girl: rude, shallow, misunderstanding, petty, and obnoxious. She’s a very realistic character, because as a someone who was once a twelve-year-old girl, just about everyone I knew was like that, myself included. She alters her appearance to impress a guy who ignores her. She competes with someone she used to call her best friend. She complains about her hair and always makes sure she looks good for Sasuke. She’s rude to Naruto because she finds him annoying (which just about everyone else had that opinion and treated him terribly, I don’t know why people like to highlight just Sakura’s juvenile rudeness). Basically everything about her was immature and annoying. I could understand the hatred towards her if she was a static character, but she’s so far from that.

Sakura had a pivotal moment in which character development hit her in that pretty little face of hers and in my opinion, she became one of the strongest female characters of the show. 

I’m talking about when she chopped off her hair in the chuunin exams.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen this made fun of. She was defending Sasuke and Naruto with her life, and people make fun of her efforts. Kishimoto wouldn’t have made such a big scene out of her cutting her hair if it wasn’t important. When she cuts her hair to escape from the sound ninjas, she is literally cutting out the vanity and pettiness of her life and buckling down to be the strong kunoichi she needs to be. Her hair meant a lot to her (the way every 12-year-old girl’s hair means a lot to them). She grew it long so she could be the prettiest for Sasuke. Her and Ino competed to have the prettiest, longest hair. Everything about her hair was shallow and vain, and she knew it. The hair-cutting scene was symbolic of her getting rid of the pettiness of her life and becoming strong. Never again does Sakura have long hair. It’s always kept short. From that point on, she no longer cares to impress people with her looks, she just cares to protect her friends. It’s from that moment on, that she becomes a strong person.

Flash forward to the final few chapters of the manga when her, Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi are all battling Kaguya to save the entire world. She fights along side Naruto, who has the power of the nine tails giving him strength of godly proportions, and Sasuke, who has at the point both the Sharingan and the Rinnegan— two of the most powerful eye jutsus. Both Naruto and Sasuke have immense strength because something they were born with. They were born into that strength. Sakura is an average ninja. She has no Kekke Genkei, no family jutsu, nothing. She is entirely normal. It’s her own power that she worked her ass off for that allowed her to keep up. It was even her final contribution that lead to Kaguya being sealed and humanity being saved. She went from freaking out about her hair and her diet to taking out a god and saving all of humanity. If you don’t think that’s character development, I don’t now what is.

Now, personally, she’s been a roll model to me ever since I was in grade school and watched the show on Cartoon Network. To anyone else who lives in their siblings’ shadows, I’m sure you’ll empathize with me here.

I’m the middle child with an older brother and a younger brother. My older brother has a natural aptitude for basically everything he does. I’m not exaggerating. I’ve never seen my older brother not be good at something. He had a 4.0 GPA without even trying. I’ve never seen him study, not once. He was good at every sport he played. He was a wiz at video games and puzzles and just about everything. He was a natural genius. My younger brother, on the other hand, wasn’t as naturally brilliant as my older brother, but his motivation to become the alpha-brother drives him to one-up my older brother in everything they do. In other words, my entire life, I’ve been living in the shadows of my brothers who are literally good at everything.

And then there’s me. I’m not dumb, not by a long shot, but I’m not like them. I don’t have the natural gift to be great at everything. I work hard to get my decent grades and keep up with everything in my life. But even then, I don’t even compare. I’ve grown up always one step behind my brothers, and to use Sakura’s words, “always looking at their backs”.

Growing up alongside Sakura has always given me hope that if I keep trying hard enough, I’ll catch up. That no matter what, it’s possible for me to be strong. I may have to work hard, but I can do it. It’s possible for an ordinary girl to make herself extraordinary. She’s always given me hope that I can be good enough.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Sakura Haruno is, and always will be, my role model.

Ugly ass terf that looks like they exfoliate their skin with a fried egg: “Um, trans women and bisexuals are just bitter because I won’t date them. They can’t have these pimply ass cheeks and that makes them cry at night :) Kekk-o!”