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Posted 6/16/15
I think Sakura often gets labeled as useless because she's starts out as an annoying, love struck girl who doesn't do much for the first 1/4 of the series. First impressions are important, and Sakura doesn't get the best introduction. Most of her first lines and actions revolve around fawning on Sasuke, which becomes tedious to read/watch through. She does offer a lot of early expanation to the audience as midgetmeredith above stated, which techniqually makes her useful, but nonetheless she was still rather annoying.

It isn't until Naruto Shippuden that she makes any big accomplishments, which slowly makes you forget about how annoying she was in the first part of the series. In my mind I still label her as annoying, but I don't think she is useless, at least not in the English definition of useless.

She isn't one of my favorite characters but she does contribute to the storyline.

In short:
Is Sakura useless? No.
Is Sakura annoying? Yes.
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Well, she raised Salad, who may or may not be her biological daughter. By far my most liked character in the new generation so far.

So that's some use i guess...
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kythera wrote:

I think Sakura often gets labeled as useless because she's starts out as an annoying, love struck girl who doesn't do much for the first 1/4 of the series. First impressions are important, and Sakura doesn't get the best introduction. Most of her first lines and actions revolve around fawning on Sasuke, which becomes tedious to read/watch through. She does offer a lot of early expanation to the audience as midgetmeredith above stated, which techniqually makes her useful, but nonetheless she was still rather annoying.

It isn't until Naruto Shippuden that she makes any big accomplishments, which slowly makes you forget about how annoying she was in the first part of the series. In my mind I still label her as annoying, but I don't think she is useless, at least not in the English definition of useless.

She isn't one of my favorite characters but she does contribute to the storyline.

In short:
Is Sakura useless? No.
Is Sakura annoying? Yes.


Thank you. There is a big difference between being "useless" and being "annoying" and people must to learn to differentiate the two. A lot of people find her irritating and inaccurately label her as useless to demean her character because of their own personal preference.

I completely agree with you regarding Sakura's portrayal in the beginning too. But her personality through this time was a deliberate move on Kishi's part, which was why the Chunin Exams arc was such a big deal in the turning point of her development. We are supposed to judge her on how she is perceived. That is, that from the second she cut her hair, stood up and fought, respected herself and grew - our opinions began to change and this continued through Shippuden.

This technique was purposely placed by Kishi so that we could truly acknowledge her character and development. The technique is actually quite common in novels, TV and film so as to better understand the character in question.
Posted 6/17/15
I think she's ok, I've always liked her personality in Naruto
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Posted 6/17/15
She's not useless. Although one might think that with how things end in the manga
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Posted 6/17/15
I've never seen her make a sandwich, so useless. jk
But honestly she has no common sense.
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Posted 6/17/15

dotsforlife wrote:

She's not useless. Although one might think that with how things end in the manga


True I suppose... But people must be aware that with how things end in the manga:
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Posted 6/17/15
I don't think she's useless she helped big time with the fight where
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I honestly very much disliked her in Naruto, but in Shippudden i gotta say she really stepped up her game from learning from Tsunade. I Just feel like in the beginning all she would do is complain, treat Naruto like crap, or adore Sasuke 'till my ears fell off (although I do admit it played a BIG part to making the series great it was still very annoying at the time lol). And her very slow growth didn't help toward the cause either.
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Posted 6/18/15
she is a bad ass beauty
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i hate her all she dose is complain and beat up naruto but she is worthless in a fight only won one fight because she got help from the old granny,And after all the years of telling naruto to bring back sasuke just to stop him in the middle of the series saying dont chase after sasuke anymore because she love naruto now.....she have the nerve to play with naruto heart like that!!!!!! how selfish is that and then naruto end up saving her just to get poison in the end.And naruto the new generations i found out that sasuke daughter isent even sakura daughter,after she case after him for years!! its not her daughter she deserve it really.Hinata is the real war hero.
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Posted 6/21/15
Replying to this comment because the other one is way way to long
I Understand why you brought up Neji and Naruto I'm saying based on what is shown in the anime Official stats don't add up. You say Neji is stronger based off Official Stats, but what have seen there is no comparison Naruto is stronger. Maybe Neji has some hidden moves that would make him stronger but it doesn't matter if he never uses them

As far as Sakura is'nt just some other Medical Ninja. With one exception (curing Konkaro) she hasn't shown herself to be a standout Medical Ninja as well. That's also another problem with Sakura they spent a whole arc hyping her up then she fails to live up to expectations and fades back into the background. She has more screen time than every one in the entire series besides Naruto and maybe Kakashi and Sasuke (I think she has more than them too) and her impact is so small you could completely get rid of her and hand any of useful parts to side characters and the story would be more or less the same.

Holding female characters accountable because of the writing, that's how you judge any character based on how they are written. What am I supposed to judge her on her looks (but that's thanks to the illustrator), her voice (but that's thanks to her voice actor)?

The long list of things she has done. Yes she was in the series congratulations on proving that but most of these things she has done had way less impact than you claim many could be omitted entirely and the others could have been fulfilled by another character. For example the chakra control Tree walking. Sasuke and Naruto where competing before Naruto asked for help. Also going from Sasuke was reluctant to ask for help to Naruto and Sasuke's friendship beings because of teasing I don't see how these things connect and even if they did Sakura's input isn't important in the final outcome. Sparking Shipuden was one of the worst things she has done to the series in my opinion taking a perfectly good story of an underdog trying to gain recognition in a community that hates him into a story about Naruto trying to impose his values of life onto Sasuke and anyone that disagrees with him sure he gains recognition along the way but it is treated like a side note and importance is down played when it was the initial goal. Sure that is Kishimoto's fault not Saukra and even if Sakura wasn't in the series Naruto probably would have still made this turn because Naruto wouldn't have given up on Sasuke promise to Sakura or not and in that lies my point.

Being the voice of explanation is nice sure. But a main character that only explains things to the audience is a terrible character. Any character with some intellect could take that spot and possibly do something besides explaining things. You could also go the route in which a Narrator explains whats going on like One Piece does at times. I would prefer a character explaining things but you don't need a character around all the time and only explain things.

Final point if Sakura's character was completely omitted from the series as a whole it would more or less end up the same with few changes. You can say this with other characters too but she has been in 5 times the episodes of those other characters and if her imprint is that small it's pretty bad. Her effect on the main protagonist was very little, she taught nothing besides helping him climb trees, she didn't influence him to do anything he wouldn't have already done. She had an even smaller impact on Sasuke. The Naruto story as a whole, me personally I don't see any significant input, or nothing only Sakura could have accomplished. The only exceptions being healing Konkaro and maybe inspiring Naruto to learn to control the Kuubi (which I don't really remember it that way I remember him just saying I'm not going to rely on that power anymore but I'm not going to search for the episode to say that is what happened for a fact.)
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Posted 6/21/15
She's not useless.
She's just very annoying.
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Posted 6/22/15
She's definitely gotten stronger throughout the whole series, so she isn't useless especially in the war. She has always been one of my most disliked characters though
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Posted 6/22/15
i mean i guess
but notice how in EVERY naruto opening shes awlays sad or crying...
like she has no reason to cry...
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