Ain’t it just beautiful? I honestly think the greatest thing about this picture is the fact it shows that Sakura is the reason Naruto and Sasuke were able to seal Kaguya away.
Before I go any further, I just want to state that this isn’t going to be an article bashing Sakura. But before I can talk about why Hinata would be a better fit for Team 7, I need to talk about what’s wrong with the current model.
Sakura has been a very poorly handled and designed character from the very beginning. Out of the members of Team 7, she was the only one with no real aspirations or reasons for getting stronger. Naruto has been alone pretty much since birth and was shunned by the entire village for reasons he had no control over. He wanted to become stronger so he could become Hokage so everyone would finally acknowledge him. Sasuke witnessed the brother he so dearly loved and admired slaughter his entire clan and so grew up without a family. He wanted to become stronger so he could seek vengeance against Itachi as well as resurrecting the Uchiha Clan. Kakashi grew up with the shame of his father forever hanging over his head and was also the reason both his team mates died. He wanted to become stronger so none of his team mates would ever be killed again. Sakura has no real back story and her only aspiration was to end up with Sasuke.
Throughout her whole life she’s been very two dimensional. There have been glimpses of potential here and there but not enough to warrant her being the main female character of the series. There wasn’t much character development for her because there wasn’t much for her character to be developed from. There was no jutsu she specialised in and the only thing she had was that she was book smart which lost all relevance very quickly. To try and make up for this she became a medical ninja which automatically sidelines her for most fights. The super strength she gained isn’t even used in a way that can be classed as taijutsu. She just throws punches and kicks with power behind them.
All in all, Sakura was doomed to fail from the very beginning.
Hinata, on the other hand, would have bought so much more depth to the series, had she been the main female protagonist. Lemme break it down for you.
- She’s a woman in a man’s world
- She’s an introvert
- Gentle Fist
- Neji, the Head and the Branch families
One thing I want to point out is that Hinata is as much a caged bird as Neji is. She has no choice but to become Head of the Hyuga even though everyone knows that she isn’t cut out to be the successor but she can’t do anything about because she’s trapped by destiny and tradition. This could be her reason for wanting to become stronger. Firstly, to prove to her father that she is worthy of being his successor. Secondly, to prove to Neji that his father wasn’t sacrificed in vain by surpassing her cousin in every way shape and form, whilst removing the ‘darkness’ in his heart. And thirdly (if Kishimoto wanted to hit it out of the park), so she could become Head and abolish the whole Head/Branch system and then step down to allow Neji to become Head. That would actually make Naruto perfect.
Well that’s my take on it folks. Hinata, even in the role she has now, has done more for the Narutoverse than Sakura ever could. If the Hyuga was made lead female she could have done so much more. Alas, what’s done is done but maybe we’ll see a better constructed Team 7 who all have so sort of actual depth in another lifetime.