In a recent Boruto popularity poll, Sarada Uchiha beat out Sasuke and Sakura to claim third place. What makes it so popular?
Boruto has a large and dedicated fanbase that just can’t get enough of the show’s ninja-filled world. And with any large fan base there are debates about character popularity, and everyone has their own favorite and least favorite characters. This is especially true with Boruto, as it not only has its own cast of characters to love, it also features many super popular characters from Naruto. However, when Viz Media did a character popularity poll, a surprising character came in third.
The first and second positions in the poll went to Boruto and Naruto, which is not surprising considering that they are the protagonists of their respective series and therefore get most of the attention. However, in third place was Sarada Uchiha, the daughter of Sasuke and Sakura. In fact, Sarada actually beats her parents in the poll, with Sasuke in fifth place and Sakura in sixth. But why is Sarada so popular?
Sarada, naturally talented due to her parents, is very skilled with the chakra. This chakra allows you to greatly increase your strength and channel it into devastating attacks. She is also talented at many ninjutsu, and her sharingan powers allow her to copy other people’s movements within moments of seeing them. However, due to Sasuke’s various secret missions, Sarada grew up without her father for long periods of time, with only her mother for support.
This led to Sarada having a crisis and debating whether Sakura was her real mother, and she eventually went on a quest to find out more about her father. During this search, she had to accept both her parents and her own feelings of abandonment. Despite this, he is a very open person, unlike his father, and often wears his emotions on his sleeve. Although he has a fierce temperament, which means that he is not someone you want to cross paths with.
It’s not hard to see why Sarada is so adored by fans. For one thing, she’s a well-developed female character, which can be hard to find in mainstream shonen. Unlike many main female characters, Sarada’s goal is not to find romance or pursue a boy she has a crush on. Instead, his goal is to improve his skills, help people, and ultimately claim the title of Hokage, something that no member of his clan has ever been able to achieve. This noble goal is inspiring and sets her apart from other main female characters, while also giving her an underdog charm that’s hard not to support.
In addition to this, Sarada’s education is handled in a fascinating and nuanced way. While Sarada’s family lineage grants her impressive powers, her life is not a walk in the park, and she is often shown striving to overcome her problems and improve herself. This makes their path more interesting and identifiable than similar characters who manage to waltz through life thanks to their hereditary powers. Additionally, the story addresses how difficult it would be to have parents like Sasuke and Sakura and how Sasuke’s long periods of absence would affect a young child emotionally, something that is rarely mentioned in fiction. Sarada’s arc of dealing with her upbringing and seeing her parents for who they are, flaws and all, is powerful and easy to identify for anyone who has struggled with a difficult family growing up.
Sarada’s powers are amazing too. It can defend itself against powerful enemies, and thanks to its analytical nature, it can defeat people with much stronger abilities. He can even defend himself when fighting alongside Boruto. Something that clearly shows how strong and talented she is. This, combined with his enormous variety of powers and unique approach to combat, allows him to steal the show regularly with battles that are exciting, visually stunning, and creative. The most notable example of this is her fight with Buntan Kurosuki, where Sarada tricks Buntan into electrified water so that she can ignite the resulting hydrogen, causing a devastating explosion.
Weather Boruto has a fantastic core cast, it’s not hard to see why Sarada is so popular within the fandom. He’s a fun character who contributes a lot to the plot and overall atmosphere of the show, while also having plenty of depth and a full, thoughtful arc. Hopefully he has more time in the limelight so his fans and those still on the fence can enjoy his captivating personality and heroic journey.
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