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Naruto: 10 Hilarious Sakura Memes Only True Fans Will Love

Naruto has grown into a huge franchise with the anime and manga winning many hearts all over the world. The universe created by Masashi Kishimoto is undoubtedly one of the best Shonen universes in Japanese anime, and, he has also created some hugely popular characters that fans have come to love and adore. Apart from the hilarious “Naruto Run” memes and the awkward “Dattebayo” phrase that has been a popular slogan amongst the youth, Naruto is also loved for its brilliant characters like Itachi Uchiha and Nagato Pain.

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However, one character that has failed to shine despite the many adulations that the anime series has received is the third member of Team 7, Sakura Haruno. Having one of the worst character arcs in the series, her character has failed to reach her potential despite the many episodes that she has come to enjoy as part of the series. While the show has focused on other characters, she has always been the butt of jokes for hardcore fans, inspiring some of the funniest memes that only a true fan would understand.

10 Invisible Sakura

One of the most hilarious and strange things about Sakura has to be her ridiculous obsession with Sasuke, while the latter even fails to acknowledge her. She had even told Naruto once that she was desperate to receive Sasuke’s love. However, Sasuke, who was always preoccupied with the greater things, never really cared for Sakura or her feelings and has even tried to kill her, which makes this meme extremely funny.

As Sakura complains to Sasuke that sometimes she feels like he doesn’t even notice her, he puts the nail in the coffin by wondering where these words are coming from and exclaims saying that he didn’t know that even benches could talk. While this did not really happen in the anime, this perfectly sums up Sasuke’s attitude towards the cringy obsession Sakura held for him.

9 What If?

Sakura Haruno from Naruto is probably one of the most hated characters in the series, and the fanbase is more or less undivided on that opinion. However, there exists another character from an anime known as Fairy Tailby the name of Natsu Dragneel, who probably enjoys the same kind of hatred from its fanbase.

According to this Reddit user, asking if someone hates Natsu, is like asking if someone hates spiders. The answer is obviously yes. Therefore, the meme stating that probably Natsu and Sakura are the same is hilarious on so many different levels.

8 Ultimate Ninja Move

Be it the battle with Zabuza, or that one time that Sasuke almost killed her, or the time when Naruto and Sasuke had to intervene to save her from Madara after she had been stabbed, Sakura is probably the weakest link in the entirety of Team 7.

This, coupled with the fact that she never learned a signature move of her own despite training under the Legendary Sannin Tsunade, makes this meme even more hilarious. With the many intricate hand-signs of the series, Naruto has developed his Rasengan, Sasuke his Chidori, Neji his Byakugan; however, the ultimate ninja move for Sakura remains the precious dialogue of “Naruto! Sasuke! Help me!”

7 Good Joke

It is true that Sakura is an underappreciated and underrated character of Narutoand that her love for Sasuke is something that is quite commendable at times. However, it gets on the nerves of fans, especially when she hesitates to kill Sasuke, even after he had already tried to kill her not once but twice. Furthermore, Sasuke might have many questions that fans want answers for, but it is a well-known fact that Sakura is nowhere close to his power level or skills.

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The fact that she even attempted to kill Sasuke, a ninja far superior to her in strength and someone, for whom she holds immense love, is hilarious in itself. The meme accurately mocks this situation by calling Sakura’s resolution to kill Sasuke all on her own, to be nothing short of a grand joke.

6 Say What?

Sakura delivered these lines of dialogue toward the final episodes of Naruto Shippudden, and fans couldn’t help but let out a huge roar of laughter. Despite the fact that she had trained under Tsunade, Sakura is nowhere close to the power levels of her Team 7 colleagues, Sasuke and Naruto.

Sasuke and Naruto are not just supremely powerful, but they are the reincarnations of Indra and Asura, holding within them the same chakra that the Ōtsutsuki sons had, owing to the resumption of the transmigration cycle after the death of Hashirama and Madara. Therefore, Sakura’s declaration is nothing short of being ridiculously funny.

5 Silly Sakura

Sakura, during her first days at the Ninja Academy in Konoha, tries to win the attention of Sasuke like many other girls in her class. However, in order to gain his attention, she discards Sasuke’s queries about Naruto saying that they should not care about him as he is a troublesome kid causing fights intentionally.

She further goes on to say that this is because he has not had a normal childhood and that by not having parents he hasn’t learned any social etiquette. However, unknown to Sakura, even Sasuke is an orphan, which makes her comments very insensitive, which they were, to begin with. This meme stating that it is only possible for a character like Sakura to crack a joke about being an orphan to another orphan thereby makes it all the more hilarious.

4 The Biggest Lie

While there are many well-written relationships in Naruto, the one between Sakura and Naruto has to be the funniest. In the episode "Sakura’s Feelings," Sakura confesses to Naruto that she loves him and that she has let go of her emotions for Sasuke, as he has joined the Akatsuki and is nothing more than a common criminal. Naruto, who remembers how Sakura had confessed to him about her desperation to receive Sasuke’s love, reprimands her by saying that he hates people who lie to themselves and that she should go back to the village as he knows what her feelings are.

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Sakura tries to convince Naruto, but the protagonist has become wise to Sakura’s feelings by then. The fact that makes this meme so hilarious is that, despite saying those things, Sakura asks Kiba to go and search for Sasuke at the end of that episode, and, by the end of the series, she ends up marrying Sasuke instead of Naruto. Thankfully, Naruto always deserved someone like Hinata, anyway.

3 Even Morpheus Can't Help

This meme is nothing short of genius, whereby it does a crossover between The Matrix and Naruto and reiterates Morpheus’ famous dialogue to Neo regarding the true nature of the Matrix simulation.

The meme shows him telling Sakura the same thing he had told Neo regarding the Matrix simulation: people who enter it can become anything they wish to be. Sakura, who is by far the most useless member of Team 7, asks whether she can be useful or not. Morpheus’ reply stating that it is impossible deserves nothing short of a guffaw.

2 You Reap What You Sow

While there are many things on Naruto that haven’t aged well, Sakura memes are evergreen. One of the most permanent aspects of these memes is them featuring the fans’ hatred for the character.

Therefore, this iconic boardroom meeting meme template asking everyone about their opinions on Sakura Haruno, with the one saying “I like her” being thrown out of the window is absolutely accurate with what hardcore fans feel about Sakura’s character and their reactions to people who state that they like her.

1 One-Punch Woman

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, with her God-like powers, is arguably the toughest villain that Team 7 had faced. However, the way she got defeated with Sakura coming and delivering the final punch, thereby breaking one of her horns and giving Sasuke and Naruto the chance to initiate the Six Paths Chibaku Tensei fūinjutsu is quite strange and hilarious.

Being completely useless throughout the series, the fact that it was her final punch that helped Sasuke and Naruto save the world makes this meme an absolute genius.

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5 Ways Sakura Is Different In The Naruto Manga (& 5 She's The Same)

Despite the amount of filler that the Naruto anime has, it does an admirable job of faithfully recreating the characters from the source material. There aren't huge deviations in the plot like some other shonen anime have, like Soul Eateror Shaman King. But that's partially why so many fillers exist.

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Those filler episodes are the only times the characters deviate much from their manga counterparts. The addition of Hiden novels from the blank period of the timeline before Naruto becomes Hokage also adds little deviations from the manga, despite being canon.

10 DIFFERENT: She Was Never Kidnapped To Lure Out Another Member Of Team 7

While Kishimoto played a role in the light novels by illustrating them, they are not technically part of the manga. All of the Hiden material is intended to help fill out the blank period between the end of the series and Naruto's rise into becoming Hokage. Sakura is initially painted as a damsel in distress within her own novel, getting drugged and kidnapped by Kido. He hoped to lure Sasuke out so that he could evolve the Uchiha's eyes even more and then take them for himself.

9 SAME: Her Crush On Sasuke Developing Into Love

For better or worse, one of Sakura's defining characteristics is always her love for Sasuke. It started when she developed a crush as a young academy student. That carried over to the start of the series and lasted the entire length of the story, eventually leading to them having a kid together. It's a shame that much of her character arc was merely focused on getting Sasuke back, no matter the odds. It never let her develop much as a character.

8 DIFFERENT: Sakura Never Joins Team 10

Team 10 is known for consisting of Choji, Shikamaru, & Ino. In the time before the start of Shippuden, a second Chunin Exams is held, and Ino offers Sakura the position vacated by the already graduated Shikamaru.

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She agrees and joins the team, working rather well with them until the exams are once again called off. In the manga, none of this happens at all. The time period skipped over completely during the time skip, only showing off how much Sakura had grown as a ninja.

7 SAME: She Has The Desire To Be As Strong As Sasuke & Naruto

Beyond her thoughts of Sasuke, another key part of her character in part two is a desire to keep up with Naruto and Sasuke, and not be seen as too weak in comparison. She hates having to rely on them for everything, never capable of handling things herself. It's part of what makes her fight with Sasori underrated. Unfortunately, she's never able to come close to them in either the manga or anime, despite the last-minute attempt during the fight with Kaguya.

6 DIFFERENT: Sakura Never Offers To Train Ino In Medical Ninjutsu

In the manga, Sakura and Ino stay as rivals for the extent of the series until the time skip. The anime adds a little more depth to the relationship, showing Ino jealous of Sakura's newfound powers as a medic. It leads her to ask Sakura if she will train her, which Sakura agrees, but only if Ino acknowledges she'd be Sakura's junior. In the manga, Ino would never stoop to asking Sakura for anything, seeing how they were both too desperate to one-up each other.

5 SAME: Her Rivalry With Ino Is Based On Feelings For Sasuke

Sakura and Ino used to be the best of friends when they were academy students, which is apparent in how Ino protected Sakura from bullies. Sadly, it became strained once Sasuke came into the picture.

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They both ended up with a crush on the Uchiha, leading the two of them into becoming rivals in the process. It's one of the more underrated relationships in the franchise as it's always developing. In fact, the two of them manage to come back together as friends around the time of Naruto's wedding.

4 DIFFERENT: She Couldn't Complete The Healing Resuscitation Regeneration Technique By Herself

This technique was only used by Shizune during the manga and required the aid of others to even pull off. It was used on Neji there, showing off just how complex the technique was and how precise the medical ninja had to be. In the anime, Sakura was not only able to pull off the technique but did so on her own. That's a step above what was possible in an attempt to show how strong Sakura had become. To the anime's credit, she did nearly faint during it.

3 SAME: She Trained Under Tsunade & Became A Renowned Medical Ninja

One thing the series did extremely well was showing off how Team 7 paralleled the Legendary Sanin, each of them not only gaining training from their mentor but embodying many of their characteristics. Tsunade was perfect for Sakura, helping hone the natural strength she already had and giving Sakura the ability to be the ideal support character in battle. That's what she ended up being in the world, showing off her healing capabilities to a great degree.

2 DIFFERENT: She Didn't Create Her Own Military Ration Pills

As the anime is allowed more time to flesh a character out, they give accolades and accomplishments to characters who would otherwise go unnoticed in the manga. Sakura got some of that same treatment as her skills as a medical ninja were expanded upon, letting her do things that weren't seen in the manga. One of those is her military rations--the same rations she ended up having a competition with Ino over during Naruto's Wedding.

1 SAME: She Had Multiple Suitors Who Desired To Be With Her

While Sakura always had her eyes set on one man, multiple other suitors wanted to slide in and replace Sasuke. Naruto is the most well-known of those, mostly because Sakura led him on for far too long. However, he was far from the only one--Rock Lee also held an ever-loving crush on her. To her credit, she did flat out reject him, much like Sasuke tried to do to her. Despite being a character who was made fun of for her looks as a kid, she clearly had enough charm to attract others to her.

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Sakura Haruno

This article is about the Naruto character. For the Wandaba Style character, see Sakura Haruno (Wandaba Style).

Fictional character from Naruto

Sakura Haruno (Japanese: 春野 サクラ, Hepburn: Haruno Sakura) is a fictional character in the Narutomanga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Sakura is depicted as a kunoichi affiliated with Konohagakure (木ノ葉隠れの里, English version: "Hidden Leaf Village") and a part of Team 7, which consists of herself, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and their senseiKakashi Hatake. Sakura initially has an infatuation for Sasuke, praising him at every juncture, and heaps scorn upon the less-skilled teammate Naruto. Over the course of the series, she begins to shed this singularly driven persona and grows more appreciative and accepting of Naruto. Besides the main series, Sakura has appeared in several pieces of the Naruto media, most notably the spin-offNaruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (2015) and the sequelBoruto: Naruto Next Generations (2016) where she is portrayed as a doctor named Sakura Uchiha (Japanese: うちは サクラ, Hepburn: Uchiha Sakura).[1]

Sakura has become the series' female lead, although she was not immediately intended for the role. Kishimoto has had difficulty drawing her character, resulting in Kishimoto inadvertently emphasizing certain parts of her appearance, including her large forehead. In order to make the character more appealing in the second part of the series, Kishimoto designed her costume in a way that makes her look more like a martial artist as well as more beautiful during later chapters. Chie Nakamura voices the character in the animated adaptations of the series, while Kate Higgins plays her in the English dub.

Numerous anime and manga publications have praised and criticized Sakura's character. She was initially noted to be a stereotypical shōnen character, representing a love interest for the protagonist, and was said to serve little purpose at the beginning of the series beyond being comic relief. Her emergence from this stereotype as the series progressed has been celebrated by many reviewers. Amongst the Naruto reader base, Sakura has been popular, placing high in some polls. Several pieces of merchandise have been released in Sakura's likeness, such as action figures and key chains.

Creation and conception[edit]

An image depicting a young girl

Although Sakura Haruno is the most recurring female character in Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto did not originally intend for Sakura to be the heroine of the series. Kishimoto attributed this to him being unable to draw good heroine characters and fashioned Sakura as a girl who could not understand men, the best example of a heroine he could come up with. Sakura's creation is a result of Kishimoto's desire to make a somewhat irritating character who was well-intentioned.[2] Despite these elements, Kishimoto is fond of Sakura, as he feels that many of her personality traits are common among all people, thus giving her a sense of real humanity.[3] When asked in an interview if there was something about Sakura's background that had not been revealed, Kishimoto explained that he had never thought of that as Sakura is a "normal girl".[4] Kishimoto has often been asked by readers about why he did not show Sakura's parents until the film Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie. In response, he said this would not be entertaining as Sakura did not belong to any clan unlike other characters so her parents were civilians.[5]

When designing Sakura, Kishimoto focused on her silhouette and created a costume as simple as possible. This is a divergence from the other main characters of the series, whose costumes are very detailed. The leggings are the most notable aspect of her design, as they are meant to show that she is very active.[2] At the start of the series, her leggings extended below her knees and closely resembled trousers. As Part I progressed, the leggings became increasingly shorter and tighter.[6] Similar to his inexperience in drawing heroines, Kishimoto lacked the experience needed to make Sakura "cute" when he first began drawing her; although he implied that her appearance had become cuter since then, Kishimoto and much of the Narutomanga staff agreed that Sakura had been "far from cute" at the start of the series.[2][7] In retrospective, he found Sakura one of the hardest characters to draw, alongside Sasuke Uchiha.[5] Kishimoto first planned Sasuke and Sakura's romance in the early production of Naruto.[8] In regards to Sakura's feelings for Sasuke, Kishimoto tried to write them as realistic as possible but ended up getting complaints from young girls about her.[5]

Sakura's most well-known physical characteristic is her broad forehead. Consequently, because of this Kishimoto at times focuses too much on drawing it in scenes or promotional artwork where Sakura is featured prominently. This results in her forehead appearing too large.[7] When designing Sakura in her Part II appearance, Kishimoto decided to change her clothes to a more lively karate suit style. The upper part, though, still had a Chinaesque feeling to it, so as to make her more feminine.[9] During Part II's last story arc, Kishimoto tried making Sakura look more beautiful, most notably when she joins Naruto and Sasuke in the final fight against the creature Ten-Tails.[5] Due to Sakura having little popularity within readers, Kishimoto decided that Hinata Hyuga, whom he acknowledged had more popularity, would take a more active role and become a heroine.[5] Despite deciding that Naruto and Hinata would end up together since the early stages of the manga, Kishimoto thought it would be interesting to throw Sakura in the middle to form "a messy love triangle." Nevertheless, Kishimoto said romance was not what he wanted his series to focus on.[10] In the middle of the manga's final arc, Sakura is given a love letter. The real reasons for this is that Kishimoto wanted to give the anime studio material to create animated only episodes.[5]

In the animated versions of Naruto, Sakura was voiced by Chie Nakamura.[11] Early in the first series, the actors were told by Kishimoto that Sakura would end up marrying Sasuke. Nonetheless, most of them started having doubts as during the first anime, Sasuke abandoned his teammates. As a result, by the second series, Nakamura was often asked by other people if her character would instead end up with Naruto. When Sakura married Sasuke in the end, Nakamura was happy because Sakura stayed true to her feelings.[12] In an interview, Kate Higgins, who does the voice acting for Sakura in the English dub,[13] remarked the development of Sakura in the series, stating that she turned into a more complex character as she became more sensitive and caring.[14]


In Naruto[edit]

Sakura is a young ninja who is a part of Team 7 alongside Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha under the leadership of their senseiKakashi Hatake.[15] Within Sakura resides "Inner Sakura", a manifestation of her inner emotions; in addition to comic relief, Inner Sakura represents Sakura's actual opinion on things when she outwardly displays something opposite.[15] As Sakura has a deep infatuation for Sasuke, many of her earlier appearances are dedicated to her continued effort to win his affection.[15] She accompanies the rest of Team 7 during all of its early missions, though she does little to contribute to the battles that take place. Sakura lacks any unique traits that would set her apart from the rest of Team 7, although Kakashi notes that she has an excellent control over her chakra early in Part I.[16] As a result, Sakura stays on the sidelines, content in allowing her teammates to protect her and defeat their opponents. During the Chunin Exams, when the rest of Team 7 is left in need of her protection, Sakura realizes that relying on others to fight her battles has been unwise. She resolves to better her ninja abilities from that point further,[17] and she takes a more active role in Team 7's battles throughout the rest of the series. After Sasuke's defection from Konohagakure at the end of Part I,[18] Naruto's failure to bring him back,[19] and Sakura's inability to help either of them, she becomes Tsunade's apprentice so that she can do more for her teammates in the future. Since then, Sakura makes it her personal goal to bring Sasuke home.[20]

After training under Tsunade for two-and-a-half years, Sakura acquires the ability to heal wounds, becoming one of the most experienced medical ninjas.[21] In order to secure her survival to heal others, Sakura also develops superhuman strength by building up chakra in her fists; by storing a vast amount of Chakra in her body over 3 years, she awakens the Byakugō Seal, a jutsu considered to be the pinnacle of chakra control.[22] Thanks to this, Sakura joins Team 7 as a medical ninja to save their ally Gaara from the criminal group Akatsuki. With help from the elder Chiyo, Sakura defeats the Akatsuki member Sasori, who gives her hints of Sasuke's whereabouts.[23] The new member of Team 7, Sai, uses his intelligence to track Sasuke down, but once again they are unable to prevent him from escaping.[24] While disappointed in their failure, Team 7 tries once again to find Sasuke, although after almost apprehending him they lose his trail and are forced to return home. As they search for Sasuke, Sakura learns of the various hardships Naruto faces because of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox creature sealed inside him, which is being pursued by the Akatsuki. Saddened by the impact both forces have had on his life, Sakura becomes protective of Naruto and tries to do whatever she can to help him overcome these obstacles. Sakura later resolves to kill Sasuke after understanding he is becoming a menace to the villages.[25] However, when she fails to do it, Naruto decides to settle things with Sasuke himself. When a war against the remaining Akatsuki is announced, Sakura participates as a medical ninja.[26] She later moves to the fighting side when the Ten-Tails creature is released, and she battles it alongside Naruto and Sasuke.[27] After Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes, Sakura sees him off as he decides to travel the world in search for redemption and shows signs that he finally accepts her feelings for him; he pokes her forehead and thanks her right before his departure.[28] In the epilogue, set years after the end of the Fourth Ninja War, it is shown that Sakura and Sasuke had married and had a daughter, Sarada Uchiha.[29]

In other media[edit]

Sakura has made several appearances outside of the Naruto anime and manga. She is in all eleven feature films of the series: in the first film — Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004), she battles Mizore Fuyukuma and later defeats him;[30] in the second — Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005), she helps Naruto and Shikamaru Nara in their battle against Haido and his subordinates;[31] the third — Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006) — has Sakura battling the hired ninja Karenbana, whom she defeats using her enhanced strength;[32] in the fourth — Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007), Sakura, Naruto, Rock Lee, and Neji Hyuga are assigned to escort the maiden Shion;[33] in the fifth — Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008), Sakura is assigned alongside Naruto and Hinata Hyuga to help a girl, Amaru, and her sensei, Shinnō, return to their village while in the process learning of an upcoming invasion of the Sky Country;[34] the sixth — Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009) — has Sakura and Naruto desperately following and trying to bring back their sensei, Kakashi, who has gone on a suicide mission to prevent the Fourth Great Ninja World War;[35] in the seventh — Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010), Sakura and the rest of Team Kakashi are sent to capture a missing-nin, Mukade;[36] in the eighth — Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011), Sakura assists in the battle against the demon Satori who has been released from the Box of Enlightenment;[37] in the ninth — Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012), Sakura and Naruto are transported to an illusion world by Obito Uchiha in which instead of Naruto's parents, Sakura's parents were the ones who sacrificed their lives in preventing the Nine-Tails from destroying Konohagakure and were thus deemed as the village's heroes;[38] in the tenth — The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014), Sakura, in her young adult years, sets out alongside Naruto, Sai, Shikamaru, and Hinata to rescue a kidnapped Hanabi Hyuga, Hinata's younger sister;[39] and finally, in the eleventh — Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015), Sakura watches her daughter's participation in the Chunin Exams.[40]

She is also present in all three of the original video animations produced for the series, helping Naruto and Konohamaru to find a four-leaf clover in the first original video animation,[41] joining her team in escorting a ninja named Shibuki to his village and helping him fight the missing-nin that stole the village's "Hero's Water" in the second,[42] and participating in a tournament in the third.[43] A light novel titled Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze (2015), written by Tomohito Ōsaki and illustrated by Kishimoto, focuses on Sakura sometime after the events of The Last: Naruto the Movie, where she, now a celebrated medical ninja who is in the middle of opening a new mental clinic with Ino Yamanaka, becomes worried when a conspiracy that threatens to destroy Konohagakure is using Sasuke as a scapegoat, potentially ruining his chance at redemption amongst the villagers.[44] In Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (2015), Sasuke's travels keep him away from his family. As a result, his whereabouts become a touchy subject for Sakura, who assures Sarada over the years that Sasuke will return home once having completed his mission. After punching the ground in a fit of rage over Sarada asking if she and Sasuke are married, Sakura discovers her daughter has left the village in search of Sasuke. By the time she catches up to the two, they are in the presence of Shin Uchiha, whom Sakura attacks. Afterward, she is teleported away with him to his hideout, where she declines to assist him with her medical skills and pretends to be helpless in order to gain information on him. After Sakura battles Shin, she is rescued by her husband, and they return to the village following Shin's defeat. Soon after that, Sakura and Sarada see Sasuke off to his journey.[45] Sakura later serves as a spectator for Sarada while she participates in the Chunin Exams and saves both herself and other onlookers from falling debris, afterward healing Hinata.[40]

Sakura is a playable character in nearly all Naruto video games, including the Clash of Ninja series and the Ultimate Ninja series.[46][47][48] In some games, she uses "Inner Sakura" in combat as well as numerous different genjutsu. Naruto Shippuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen! EX (2007) marks the first appearance of Sakura in her Part II design in a video game, with the second one being Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 (2007).[49] Meanwhile, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (2016) marks the first appearance of Sakura post-Part II; specifically, her appearance in The Last: Naruto the Movie, set two years after chapter 699 of the manga.[50]


In the Weekly Shōnen Jump character popularity polls, Sakura had many times been placed in the top ten and reached the top five once; in the most recent poll, she was ranked twelfth.[51] Numerous pieces of merchandise based on Sakura have been released, including action figures,[52][53]key chains of her Part I (Naruto) and Part II (Naruto: Shippuden) appearances,[54] and various character patches.[55][56] In poll from 2021, Sakura was voted as the sixth best character from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.[57]

Several manga, anime and video games publications and other related media have provided praise as well as criticism on Sakura's character. IGN writer A.E. Sparrow commented that every anime and manga benefited from a strong female presence that Sakura provided for the Naruto series, although characterizing her as "stereotypically girly".[58][59] In a review of episode 110 of the anime, IGN celebrated the culmination of the development of Sakura's character throughout the series and the growing out of the "girly" personality.[60]GameSpot said that Sakura's character had largely been used in the series as a form of comic relief and to often state the obvious.[61]T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews considered Sakura to be a stereotypical echo of similar love interests of protagonists in other shōnen manga and that she was not likable.[62] On the other hand, she was also regarded as "an interesting character to throw into the mix [of Naruto]" by Mania Entertainment's Dani Moure due to how her differences with Sasuke and Naruto helped to balance Team 7.[63] In the book New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, Amy A. Zenger wrote that Sasuke and Sakura's relationship was popular among fans of the series even at the time when the former had not yet reciprocated the latter's feelings.[64]

The character's change in Part II (Naruto: Shippuden) has been praised by Anime News Network's Casey Brienza for being one of the most developed ones in the series, as she has become stronger than her Part I (Naruto) counterpart, which was considerably weaker than Naruto and Sasuke. This allows her to take a more active and appealing role in the series.[65][66] Major praise has been given to her encounters with Sasori and Sasuke owing to her fighting skills and mature reactions, respectively.[67][68] Sakura's love confession to Naruto in later parts of the series has been commented to be one of the deepest lines and parts of the story arc for bringing confusion in regard to whether her love confession claim was as serious as her intention to stop Naruto's suffering. It also came as a surprise as fans wondered what Sakura's real intention regarding Sasuke was, the latter having already become a dangerous criminal during such a time in the series.[69][70]Jason Thompson believes Sakura's feelings were well-handled by Kishimoto.[71] While disliking the romance between Sasuke and Sakura in the original series as she felt it was initially a crush on Sakura's part, Amy McNulty thought the spin-off mangaNaruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring helped to expand the bond between these two as well as their relationship with their daughter, Sarada.[72] Sarah Nelkin of Anime Now praised Sakura's development across the series, mostly in late parts of the story due to how she turns into a stronger person as she grows up and especially when she becomes an adult.[73]

Critic Yukari Fujimoto says that Sakura is an example of Naruto showing a conservative view of women. Ino, Sakura and Hinata place priority on love, treating it as more important than excelling as a ninja. Fujimoto states that during the ninja examinations, Sakura's climactic fight with Ino, her love rival, is conducted on a purely physical level, contrasting this level of skill with the supernatural abilities displayed by her male classmates at this point. When the medical ninja Tsunade is introduced, Sakura takes on a daughter-like role, learning to heal others from Tsunade's teaching, which Fujimoto regards as reinforcing a conservative idea of women — that women do not belong on the battlefield as warriors, only as nurses.[74]

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