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    C&C - Naruto (Uncut) - "Sakura Blossoms!" [7/6]

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    Last time on Naruto:

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    Sasuke and Naruto are both unconscious, and Sasuke is clearly in great pain. Sakura tries desperately to keep them in the best condition she can but she quickly becomes fatigued. The Sound Ninja ambush her and break through the traps Sakura sets, but before they can get a strike on Sakura Rock Lee intervenes and challenges the trio. Rock Lee attacks Dosu and does some damage but cannot get in a decisive blow despite his best efforts and tires himself out, which allows Dosu to get a strike in and puncture Rock Lee's inner eardrum. Rock Lee is left staggering and on the defensive, and all three Sound Ninja are definitely preparing for the kill . . .


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    Now, any grown man who attacks a young girl...

    Rock Lee should be deaf by now.

    Yeah, kunai knives. THAT'LL stop the guy who can rupture your eardrums with his wrist.

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    Okay, for the longest time, ...
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    there has been criticism in the anime or the manga as to Sakura not being as much of a badass character as Naruto or Sasuke and how Masashi Kishimoto is anti-feminist, yaddi-yaddi-yadda. For a while, I had no idea what to make of that because I had a hard time believing Masashi Kishimoto would be write his characters so irresponsibly and not have a point to writing his characters the way he does unless they're thoroughly minor characters like TenTen and Shino. At the same time, I couldn't put the pieces together about Sakura's character and why she's not constantly depicted as "a badass". However I recalled two episodes that made me realized how much it justifies Sakura's character growth and self-conflict with her resolute attitude compared to her teammates. This episode is one of the two that I believe justifies her strength or lack thereof as a character).

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    Hm, could this flashback be...
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    foreshadowing something in this episode?


    So getting her hair grabbed weakens her? Maybe not...
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    There are worse things than getting stabbed...there are teeth!
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    How did we get from there to "Sasuke is mine you two-bit whore back off"?

    Ino, wanna stop flashbacking before Sakura gets brain damage?

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    Well that's certainly one way to get a haircut.





    Also, while the story never made this perfectly clear, I think Sakura was the type of character that thought being a great ninja was simply according to what she studied in textbooks. I mean, we've heard how she's one of the smartest among her peers in the academy and how she's memorized codes and ninjutsu basics. But good has that done when out in actual missions against dangerous ninja or when practicing survival instincts like in the forest of death? Not to mention she has nothing special to make her potentially powerful compared to Naruto and Sasuke as of this episode. Putting all of that together, it makes enough to me that that she's not the strongest or most strong-willed in the real shinobi world and how she's grown to be so self-conscious of that.

    Does Sakura biting a sound ninja's arm down while getting punched until she risks getting a concussion proves she's as strong as Naruto or Sasuke yet? No, but it definitely proves she really cares to be strong-willed and has the potential.

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    Wow, that is an epic haircut!

    Missed the episode, but wished I got a chance to check it out. As much as I like to mock Sakura, it would be nice to see character development from her. Considering how important hair is to Japanese femininity (the old saying "A woman's hair is her life." comes to mind), Sakura cutting her hair is a major sacrifice.
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