Post Reply Why are the ANBU Black ops ninja utterly useless/undermined except for select few??
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Posted 6/17/16
So I've been re watching Naruto eps that pertain to involvement of ANBU ninja, and I understand that the ANBU are "supposed to be an elite special forces unit superior to the main military of Konoha. Also, to be considered for recruitment is an acknowledgment of one's exceptional skill and prowess. So WHY is it that there have been only a handful of shinobi whom have been recruited or are still apart of ANBU talented? Again I say in my opinion why is it that these shadowy characters who are portrayed as powerful, given such mediocre and talent-less jobs and skill sets? Despite my enjoyment of the entirety of the show, this same question has loomed in my head for the majority of my time watching Naruto.
Posted 6/17/16
Because they aren't the main character or supporting cast.
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Posted 6/17/16
Because ANBU stands for

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Ninja

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Useless
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Posted 6/17/16 , edited 6/17/16
My guess would be that they only seem useless to us. They are probably way above the par for the average ninja but because a majority of the show focuses on ninja that are more like sorcerers than ninja, it makes them seem weak and useless in comparison.
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Posted 6/17/16
The prevalent anonymity of the Anbu makes them ideal "cannon fodder," since them being "faceless nobodies" makes it more difficult for people to sympathize with. Also, in the Narutoverse, the Anbu are the closest to accurate shinobi, but Kishimoto clearly favors showy characters. It's not as though the Anbu are at the bottom of the barrel in terms of abilities; it's just that their secretive nature renders them easy to sacrifice, and they're largely shoved aside in favor of "non-shinobi" shinobi.
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Sai was my favorite character.
Posted 6/17/16

Iberjib wrote:

My guess would be that they only seem useless to us. They are probably way above the par for the average ninja but because a majority of the show focuses on ninja that are more like sorcerers than ninja, it makes them seem weak and useless in comparison.


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