This is basic a thread done in response to the sudden surge of Anti-Sakura threads that been popping up lately. I, with all due respect, find most of the stuff being said in these threads to border on ludicrous. Some even claim that where was virtually no growth in the context of her character. But before i start just let us get something clear. I am not a Sakura fan, i merely have respect for the character that she has blossomed into. So please dont start with the "You are nothing more than a biased Sakura-Tard!" crap. Let us put into perspective the issue that people may have with the part 1 Sakura: 1) That she was basically a Sasuke-Tard. 2) That she doesn't really acknowledge Naruto. 3) That she was horribly weak 4) And the newest trend. "She socked Sai so that means she is immature." Did i miss any? Well that is all i can remember so i will just deal with those 4. 1) That she was basically a Sasuke-Tard. -Yes she was, i doubt even a Sakura-Tard would deny that. But what was the issue? Did it suddenly become a crime to have a bloody crush? I must have missed the bloody memo then. Yes she had feeling for Sasuke and at the beginning you could claim them as shallow. But what of now. They were friends and teammates for nearly a year i think. Next to Naruto the closest the Uchiha has been connected to in a long time was Sakura. While in the past she worshipped the person that he was presumed to be. The cool, handsome genius that he was hoisted as but in the end she suprisingly better than Naruto knew that deep within his heart he was too weak to resist the gift offered to him by Oro. Mind you that Sakura understood him better in this sense than Naruto. And now when it comes to Sasuke in part 2 it isn't about getting him bed anymore. Yes, i do believe that she does indeed loves him, but up to now her priority in concern to Sasuke was to save him from himself. Not about her feelings or her crush or the fact she more or less acted like a love sick puppy. But to save him, both as teammate and friend. 2) That she doesn't really acknowledge Naruto. -In the beginning yes, this was a fact. Actually this was one of the main reasons i hated her in part 1. But obviously if u actually noticed in the course of the manga she did indeed acknowledge him. Minor acknowledgements true but the fact is she did. Let me note a few specific events. (Sorry Miz, but i need to borrow this. I am too lazy to comb the entire manga again.) ~Zabuza arc, when Naruto got back his forehead protector: "What is this feeling? This is Naruto?" ~ Chuunin exams, part 1: But that silly dreams of yours, I don't want to see it crushed. ~Chuunin exams, part 2, to Sasuke: At least he's not a coward! ~ Chuunin exams, part 2: *thinking of Sasuke, Lee AND Naruto* I want to be like you guys. ~ Chuunin exams prelims, after Ino fight: Thanks Naruto, if it weren't for you yelling like an idiot, I would have lost. ~Chuunin exams prelims, Kiba fight: I used to make fun of those words, but I was wrong. Go Naruto! ~ Chuunin exams, part 3, after Naruto's victory: *sigh* I'm a little jealous. When I see you, I feel I have to do my best, that is an incredible thing. ~ rooftop: [while she didn't believe Sasuke at first, when he repeated, she smiled at the thought instead of looking disappointed. But Sasuke put it best: She didn't see him go all out. Neji isn't really comparable to a psychopath monster like Gaara, and previously she did see Naruto making a complete fool of himself in most missions.] ~ before the Konoha 5 set off on the rescue mission: Only you... (note that there are plenty of other people in Konoha) ~ before the Konoha 5 set off on the rescue mission: He understood me all along... (note that acknowledging his strength and knowing that he understood her are two different matters. After all, she knew by then that he was strong, but he did act rather dense around her) ~ hospital: (realization of how hard Naruto works) Next time, we'll go together. ~ post-timeskip: upon realizing that Naruto has Kyuubi, she cried for him. ~ post-timeskip: This time, I'll save them both. The point where she truly acknowledged him was of course when Naruto promised to bring back Sasuke, she knew that he understood her, thus acknowledging Naruto's for the person that he is rather than the person she was always thought to see. 3) That she was horribly weak -Strength has never been an issue with me so i openly admit i don't understand it when people obsess with how good a character is based on how powerful they are. Shouldn't the point of who and what they are be more important? Anyway since people obsess about it i will bring it up. In Part 1 yes she was weak, hell i believed that she was without a doubt the weakest of the lot. So then he had people yapping around about how pathetic she was, how useless she was as a shinobi. It was horribly funniest when it came from Hinata fans. I love Hinata, she is my fav female character but it was funny as hell when you see the very same people who diss Sakura as weak then prattle on about their love for a character who was nearly as weak and without a doubt an inferior shinobi. She use to fail at missions because they unsettle her., at least Sakura didn't. Now on to Part 2 when not only is she useful but actually somewhat powerful, then people complain that she doesn't deserve it or that it came from nowhere. Huh? What is with you people. From day on it has been stated that her strong points are her intelligence and chakra control, perfect for learning medic based ninjutsu. And she has been training for 2.5 years people, how is it a sudden power boost? Honestly you have Kishi telling you that she is talented through the mouths of both Kakashi and Tsunade but u lot persist in ignoring the damm bloody creator of the manga. Sometimes there is no pleasing people.............. 4) And the newest trend. "She socked Sai so that means she is immature." -This one has to be the crappisest of the lot. I really don't understand how people came to this conclusion. Considering that during the event she successfully completed three major objectives. ~ Stopped Naruto from leaving Sai as nothing more than a bloody mess. ~ Stopped Sai from continuing to attempting to get a rise from Naruto. ~ Generally insuring peace is kept. She showed the maturity and composure to make a judgement call that was correct. Kishi was attempting to show her as mature but instead form seeing it form the view of the mangaka some people are so afraid to admit that they were dead wrong about Sakura that they totally twisted the event to suit their own hate and prejudice. Honestly you people are weird. Note that in the end these are merely my opinions and truthfully i can't tell people how to think. And i doubt that this would change the way that Sakura bashers act, but hey. I can rant about can't i? Cheers.