Kishimoto was surprised by Sakura and Rock Lee’s popularity among fans, especially in America, as he never intended them to play leading roles. Kishimoto suggested that fans should sympathize with Sakura because she is “physically weaker” and is a girl, which is considered insulting and diminishes their positive qualities. Despite Sakura’s high popularity in a worldwide poll, Kishimoto still seemed surprised and overlooked the positive impact both characters have made in the Naruto legacy.
Over the years, Naruto‘S Sakura Haruno And Rock Lee have overcome so much both inside and outside the series to become two of the most beloved characters in the iconic story of super-powered ninjas. Surprisingly, one person surprised by their popularity is none other than creator Masashi Kishimoto. It seems like Kishimoto never intended to play roles that would get fans excited about them.
In 2006, Shonen Jump (USA), the American version of the popular Japanese manga anthology, Weekly Shonen Jump, interviewed Kishimoto to give his American fans an “up close and personal” look at the work. pretend their favorite comics. As revealed in a NarutoHQ interview, Kishimoto was asked a series of questions. Kishimoto was also asked to explain in detail his thoughts on Sakura and Rock Lee’s popularity in the Naruto fandom, despite their lack of special powers like stars Naruto and Sasuke.
Kishimoto’s answer proved to be neither simple nor benign, especially for the American audience the interview was intended for. Kishimoto was surprised that Sakura was such a popular character among American fans. His reaction shows that he wouldn’t be surprised if fans ignored Sakura. In his second reaction, he admitted to seeing how some fans might sympathize with Lee because his only ability is Taijutsu – pure human-based martial arts power in Naruto. But then he becomes even more surprised by Sukura’s popularity by suggesting that because she is a “girl” and “physically weaker” than the others, it is natural for others to feel sympathy. It’s natural to her.
Kashimoto’s shocking answer to a simple question
“Is Sakura famous in America? Well, Lee only has Taijutsu. And as a girl, Sakura was physically weaker than others. So I can understand why it’s easy to sympathize with them. They represent human weakness.”
Kishimoto’s answer to the question ended with the most shocking statement – namely Sukura and Lee represent and symbolize human weakness – which, according to his analysis, means it’s natural for fans to pity them. Hence, their popularity. This statement is especially insulting given the fact that in a story filled with so much ignorance, contempt, and lies, Sakura and Lee stand out as two of the story’s most kind and diligent characters. story.
Kishimoto’s comments might be acceptable if, in the years since the interview was published, he has developed a deeper understanding of how fans perceive his character. But, at least for Sakura, Kishimoto is still surprised at her popularity among Naruto fans. In 2023, Kishimoto expressed shock when he learned that Sakura ranked third in NARUTO99’s global popularity poll. Sakura’s position not only surpasses that of the series’ main characters but also undermines Kishimoto’s argument that she is popular because she is weak. At least this time, Kishimoto mentioned that he was proud of her popularity.
Kishimoto ignores all the benefits that Sakura and Rock Lee added to the Naruto legacy
This is a pretty clear statement from the person who created them, and one might think that they wanted them to be as famous as possible, as positive and uplifting heroes rather than examples of human weakness. By simply focusing his understanding of their popularity on their gender and lack of natural ninja ability, Kishimoto diminished their status.
Sakura’s perseverance and patience have as much to do with making Sasuke better as Naruto’s friendship. Rock Lee’s empathy and kindness were the bridge for Naruto to be accepted into the Konoha community. These are the traits that suffer the most Cherry blossom And Rock Lee with Naruto fan base. If only they could make the same impression on their own creator.
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Set two and a half years after the events of Masashi Kishimoto’s original anime, Naruto Shippuden continues the titular hero’s efforts to become the best ninja in Konoha and bring his old friend Sasuke Sasuke back to the light. The 500-episode series features the return of allies such as Sakura Haruno and Naruto Uzumaki’s mentor Jiraiya, as well as the villainous organization Akatsuki.