I hate my partner in English.
We were suppose to brainstorm some global problems and write an essay on it and she just sat there breathing air while I tried thinking up stuff, and let me tell you, I'm not that bright.
So yea, she's there drawing god knows what on her arm while I sit there staring into space, trying to come up with some global problem.
During the whole class period, all I could come up with is global warming and when I ask her for an idea, she says: 'Suck my dick!"
Holy mother of flowers.
Sakura woke up with a start.
Jerking herself up, she scanned the room.
Her heartbeat was rapid and frantic.
She was in Itachi's bedroom, in his bed.
Particles of light from the morning sun seeped through the draperies, giving enough illumination to bring out the colors of the room, soft shades of gray and blue, etiolated from the stingy early light.
The room seemed almost cavernous; huge, hollow and hazy.
She heard the steady streams of water coming from the shower in his bathroom. She hadn't noticed him getting up this morning, and it alarmed her. The though of Itachi waking up and watching her while she slept made her shudder. She was at his mercy, exposed, unprotected.
She had to remind herself not to be so stupid in the future.
With a groan, Sakura laid back down, hugging a pillow, gripping it tightly, and listened to him in the shower. Her head felt light and groggy, her mouth dry. She had way too much scotch, too little sleep.
The thought of Sasuke ran across her mind. How he was, what he was doing. Did he miss her? How would he react when he found out she had slept with his adversary?
She had no choice. She wanted the information about his whereabouts, and if she had to sleep with Itachi to get it, then so be it. Still, Sakura felt a deep, bruising knot of remorse.
The shower water ceased. After a couple of minutes, he came out of the bathroom. He was naked, one white towel slung casually over his shoulder.
Itachi glanced at her, saying nothing, then headed towards the window and opened the drapes, revealing an immense silvery sky. The room brightened.
He strode over to her, confident, at ease, arrogant. In the morning light, without the softening effect of booze and dim light, she was able to view him with a critical eye.
He had an athlete's body, but the smooth slimness of youth had been replaced with a hard-edged solidity. There was nothing soft nor vulnerable about him.
Placing a hand on her bare shoulder, Itachi leaned down to kiss her, but she turned her head so his lips only grazed on her cheek. She folded her arms across her chest. There was no way she was having sex with him in the morning.
His head tilted, amused by her small show of defiance, the straightened, willing to let it go.
He crosses over to the corner and began to dress, talking at the same time.
"Do you know who's house this belonged to?"
She refused to answer. He smiled.
"I don't, either. But it once belonged to a nice family. They were picture perfect, ones you only read from books. A mother, a father, and two little children; a boy and a girl. . " he smiled thoughtfully, as if he was deciding how much he could tell her.
"I needed somewhere to stay and they had the perfect place. Surrounded by the woods, hidden among society. Of course, I eliminated them as quickly as possible. No one to hear their screams for miles."
He headed over to the walk in closet and examined the collection of clothing being hung. Finally, he selected a button-down shirt with a pair of gray slacks. Walking towards the bed, he slipped on the shirt, but didn't button it.
"The last one alive was the little boy. I found the scene highly ironic, like déjà vu. But nonetheless, I slaughtered him just like the rest of his family."
He came and sat next to her on the bed. "Tell me, why are you so desperate to find Sasuke? Why don't you just forget about him? "
"I won't let him go." Sakura clenched the blankets over her chest. Her voice trembled. "I won't."
He leaned toward her and stroked her cheek. Softly, he said, "It's better for you if you did."
She angrily shoved his hand away. Itachi's gentleness did not fool her for what he did. One thing for sure; he did not care what was best for her. His warnings were just a part of the game.
He hovered over her, regarding her actions, and placed his hands over her shoulders. It was a subtle show of force, a tactical move to let her know he was in control. One hand moved on her neck, encircling it, forcing her to look up at him.
His grip on her was firm, but gentle.
Itachi kissed her lightly on the lips. She didn't move. She didn't respond. She refused to give him the satisfaction of a struggle.
He released her and straighten up. "I don't want you returning to town."
"What?" she yelped, scrambling off the bed.
"From now on, you come with me." His voice was firm "Do I make myself clear?"
"That's crazy!" Sakura protested. "What about my stuff? Everyone will be out looking for me; my friends, my family! I can't leave them all behind!"
Ignoring her, he slipped on the rest of his clothes and tossed her hers. "Get dressed. We'll be leaving soon." His voice was low and controlled, purposely devoid of emotion, a voice to be obeyed.
She nodded her head, hypnotized. The air felt charged with tension, prickly.
"Good." he said, and left the room.
He allowed her to head back home to pack. Sakura tried her best to keep her composure as she struggled through the busy crowd, knowing that Itachi was following her closely behind.
"Sakura, where have you been?" a familiar voice chirped, coming from her left. Her blonde friend, Ino, emerged from the crowd, waving. "I tried calling you, but your mom said you weren't home."
The thought of even making up an excuse to her mother made her groan out loud.
"Um, I was out training…in the woods."
"Liar." Ino's eyes narrowed.
Sakura rose her hands up defensively. "Seriously, I was. And I decided to camp out there anyway."
Ino leaned forward and sniffed her friend. Satisfied, she gave a nod of approval and followed Sakura home.
"Well, next time bring me along. It's dangerous out there, you know. I heard someone spotted an Autsuki member there."
"Hm." Sakura replied, glancing around. Where was Itachi hiding?
"So anyway, you should seriously try hooking me up with Sai."
Ino paused and watched as her friend strut off in daze, completely unaware that she was a walking alone. Her eyes narrowed with suspicion as she jogged up to join Sakura.
"Did something happen in the forest?" she asked.
Sakura sighed. "Ino, nothing is wrong."
"Come on!" she whined, blocking Sakura's path. "I'm you're friend! I can totally keep a secret." Reinforcing her word, she stuck out her right pinky.
"Oh Ino," Sakura moaned, hugging her friend. She was one of the few people Sakura didn't want to leave. "I promise you, nothing's wrong. I'm just a little tired, so I'm gonna go sleep, okay?"
"Oh." Ino frowned, still doubtful. Then again, as she carefully examined her friend's face, Sakura's eyes were bloodshot and she was on the pale side today. "Alright, Sakura, you win. Go get some sleep. I'll go find someone else to bother."
"Thanks." Sakura smiled, miserably watching her friend scurry off.
This was a shitty week for me. I got the stomach flu, my boyfriend thinks its romantic to have a super bowl party over at our apartment and get drunk with his buddies while I lurk in the corner, throwing up in a plastic bucket.
Am I gonna let him get away with this?
I'm gonna get just as drunk as he does! WHOO!! BEER IS GOOD! BEER IS GOOD! LETS GO DRINK SOME BEER!!!!!!!!
Sasuke Uchiha(Japanese: うちは サスケ,Hepburn: Uchiha Sasuke) is a fictional character in the Narutomanga and anime franchise created by Masashi Kishimoto. Sasuke belongs to the Uchiha clan, a notorious and powerful ninja family allied with the village of Konohagakure. Most of its members were massacred by Sasuke's older brother Itachi Uchiha before the series begins, leaving Sasuke one of the few living members. At first, Sasuke is distant and seeks revenge for his clan by killing his brother, but he later becomes empathetic toward his teammates Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno. His feelings of powerlessness force him to abandon his village and quest to become stronger, regardless of the cost. Sasuke appears in several of the series' animated feature films and related media, including video games, original video animations (OVAs), and Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015) and its manga sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2016), in which he is depicted as a vigilante supporting his village.
Kishimoto conceived Sasuke as a rival of the series' title character Naruto Uzumaki. Despite Sasuke's dark character development later in the story, Kishimoto avoided portraying him as a villain; he found designing the character challenging and had difficulty creating a suitable look for him. Nonetheless, Kishimoto has grown to enjoy drawing him. In the manga's animated adaptations, Sasuke was voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese and Yuri Lowenthal in English.
Sasuke's character has received mixed responses from anime and manga publications. His impressive fighting skills, plot contribution, and rivalry with the title character received some praise, but he was criticized as a stereotypical rival in the mold of similar characters from other shōnen manga and as exhibiting a cold personality. Sasuke has placed highly in Naruto reader popularity polls. Character-based merchandise, including action figures and key chains, has been released.
Manga artist Masashi Kishimoto did not include Sasuke Uchiha in his original concept for the Naruto series, a story revolving around the character Naruto Uzumaki. Discussing the series' future, his editor advised him to add a rival character for the protagonist Naruto and he created Sasuke. The character's first name came from Sanpei Shirato's manga Sasuke and Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictional ninja character in Japanese children's stories. To introduce Sasuke, Kishimoto wrote a chapter that was set before the formation of his ninja squad, Team 7. The idea was scrapped and Sasuke was introduced with Team 7, retaining the same traits and rivalry with Naruto.
Kishimoto had read a variety of manga to obtain ideas for the creation of an effective rivalry between two characters, which he incorporated into Naruto and Sasuke's relationship; he was also inspired by his relationship with his twin brother, Seishi Kishimoto. Since childhood, Masashi had worried about Seishi when he faced failure and had tried to help him. To contrast Sasuke with Naruto, Kishimoto made him less emotional and depicted him as a "cool genius". He felt he had created an ideal rivalry in the pair, and when one character progressed he ensured the other did as well. Kishimoto wanted Naruto and Sasuke to seem like brothers and rivals, building on a mutual experience of childhood loneliness. Although Sasuke does not regard Naruto as a worthy opponent at first, he is surprised by Naruto's growth and becomes fiercely competitive. In the Part I finale, their rivalry leads to a fight and they grow further apart. Kishimoto said he did not want Sasuke to recognize Naruto as an equal until later in Part II.
When plot developments made Sasuke one of the story's antagonists, Kishimoto called him and Naruto yin and yang because of their differences and complementary natures. During this period, he was asked whether Sasuke was good or evil; he replied that Sasuke was neither and called him a "very pure person". He said although some of Sasuke's actions such as following his clan's ideals were positive, his self-centeredness tended to cause problems with others. Since the beginning of the story's serialization, Kishimoto planned to conclude the series with a fight between Sasuke and Naruto, but he was uncertain whether the characters would end up as friends or enemies. Although both characters began the series using ninja techniques, Kishimoto wanted both fighters to rely on hand-to-hand combat for the climax of the battle. He decided to have Naruto forgive Sasuke because he also forgave Nagato, another former enemy.
Kishimoto found Sasuke a difficult character to write, requiring considerable planning. In the series finale, Sasuke leaves on a solo journey; Kishimoto later stated that in addition to atonement, Sasuke wants to discover the origin of the final antagonist but this was not explained in the story. He planned Sasuke and Sakura Haruno's romance early in Naruto's production and decided that despite having a good relationship with his allies, Sasuke would remain a rogue ninja at the end of the series.
Kishimoto wanted to further explore Sasuke's role in the series after Natuto's finale. He wanted to explain the connection between Sasuke and Sakura in the spin-off manga Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, which focuses on their daughter Sarada. Despite their separation during Sasuke's mission, which draws him away from his village, the story explains the bond between the three characters. Kishimoto focused on the final scene of the Uchiha family, which he regards as the spin-off's most important facet. Because Sasuke had few appearances in the Naruto films, Kishimoto decided to give him a bigger role in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, in which he teaches Naruto's firstborn child Boruto Uzumaki; a reference to Piccolo and Gohan in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga series and also depicted in the manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Kishimoto regarded Sasuke as his most memorable character design because he was developed as Naruto's opposite. He said the design of Sasuke and his Sharingan ability were influenced by the character Hiei in Yoshihiro Togashi's manga series, YuYu Hakusho. Sasuke originally had necklaces and ties around his arms and legs because Kishimoto had a habit of giving characters as much ornamentation as possible; realizing he could not draw such a complex character on a weekly basis, Kishimoto simplified the design to a basic contrast with Naruto's costume. The Chidori—one of Sasuke and Kakashi Hatake's best-known fighting techniques—originally had a different name that Kishimoto forgot. He found the name "Chidori" and its variant, the "Lightning Blade", appropriate.
Kishimoto considered Sasuke his most challenging character to design and draw. He lacked a clear idea of how his face should look, saying Sasuke seemed older than Naruto, his contemporary, and felt this inconvenience was a result of his inexperience in drawing characters who were mature beyond their years. Sasuke's hair, which was originally short to save Kishimoto time, slowly grew longer as the series progressed. Mid-way through Part I, he drew a new costume for Sasuke with belts strapped around his arms and legs, but he returned to the character's original design because it took less time to draw. Sasuke is his favorite character to draw despite the time and energy required, and he compared Sasuke with Sakura in difficulty. Kishimoto's superiors sometimes asked him to redraw parts of the manga that did not illustrate Sasuke well.
Kishimoto's design focus for Part II was Sasuke's older appearance. Originally, Kishimoto had wanted to draw him as a more attractive person but the idea was discarded. An outfit he initially planned combined the clothes of the younger Sasuke's outfit with new, more modern clothes. Kishimoto tried several other looks, including the use of Shimenawa to evoke the antagonist Orochimaru, and a turtleneck and military uniform to connote cleanliness. He avoided the second option due to similarities with cold weather clothing, and eventually chose Japanese clothing and a chokutō sword.
For The Last: Naruto the Movie, Kishimoto gave Sasuke a new, young-adult design with sharper facial features. In contrast with the older Naruto, who cut his hair, Sasuke's hairstyle grew longer to cover part of the character's face. In the original concept, the hair hid Sasuke's mysterious left eye—the Rinnegan. According to Kishimoto, he decided to give the character a large hood because Sasuke concealed his identity during the events of the movie. Sasuke's design was specifically created to support his actions; the area that showed Sasuke had lost his left arm in the Naruto finale was also covered by his clothes.
Personality and voice actors
Sasuke is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese media. At the beginning of the anime's first part, Sugiyama found difficulty voicing Sasuke because he knew little about his personality; he began to understand the character at the point in the story where Sasuke encounters his brother Itachi. Sugiyama read the manga and became particularly interested in Sasuke's development when the character left Konohagakure; he wanted to re-voice some scenes from the anime, including Sasuke's departure from Konohagakure. In Behind the Scenes of Uchiha, a feature about Sasuke and Itachi's backstory, Sugiyama said he became emotional during the recording sessions of the sixth season of the anime's second part (Naruto: Shippuden), in which Sasuke learns the truth about his brother's role in the massacre of the Uchiha clan.
Sugiyama thought Sasuke's line, "you are annoying", summed up the character's feelings toward Sakura and indicated a change in their relationship each time it was said. Although she initially annoys him, he smiles when he repeats it before leaving Konohagakure. Naruto's voice actor Junko Takeuchi said Sasuke's line addressed to Sakura, "see you next time... thank you", revealed his feelings for her. Sugiyama said that by the end of the series, Sasuke realizes how much he had hurt Sakura's feelings and apologizes to her after his final fight against Naruto. While recording for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Sugiyama expected to see a bond between Sasuke and his apprentice Boruto Uzumaki. According to Sugiyama, Sasuke's personality had changed for the Boruto anime series and the actor wanted fans to see the character's interaction with his family.
Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced Sasuke in the English dubs, said he was honored to receive the role since many actors had auditioned for it, and that the job was stressful. Although fans were critical of deviations and mistakes in his recordings, he enjoyed voicing the character. His first impression of Sasuke was of "a serious guy dedicated to his training", but his view changed as he learned about the character's backstory. Lowenthal said in 2010 that Sasuke was one of the first dark characters he voiced, adding, "He's sort of a hero, but he's not the naïve, young white–hat hero". Lowenthal said some of Sasuke's lines, such as his use of the word "kill", were changed because Viz Media often censored parts of the series' dialogue for Western viewers. As a result, he found the original Japanese version truer to the character.
Sasuke is introduced in Part I as a young, spiky-black-haired teenager wearing a blue shirt with an image of a fan that represents his clan on its back. He also wears short white pants and a Konohagakure headband. Early in the series, Orochimaru brands Sasuke with a Cursed Seal that when activated, covers his body with black marks and later gives him gray skin, white hair, and claw-like wings. In Part II, he is normally depicted wearing a white kimono and black pants. Although he is skilled in the use of shuriken, in Part II Sasuke uses a chokutō sword that he calls Kusanagi. In addition to using Kusanagi for swordsmanship, Sasuke combines it with lightning-based techniques to increase the power of his attacks. In The Last: Naruto the Movie, his adult wardrobe consists of grey pants and a light-brown cloak over a black shirt, while in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, he wears black pants and a black cape over a lilac vest.
Sasuke is a silent character who tries to gain more power and kill his older brother Itachi for betraying and murdering their clan. He cares about his teammates and saves them on numerous occasions, but he decides to sever all of his bonds, believing this will strengthen him. Sasuke is moved when Naruto Uzumaki wants him to make peace with the village; he considers Naruto his only friend. Sasuke becomes more kindhearted by the end of the series but he decides not to return home, chooses to redeem himself, and searches for an enemy threatening the peace of Konohagakure.
In Part I
Sasuke is introduced in the thrid chapter of Naruto's manga as a young ninja assigned to become a member of Team 7 alongside Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno. The trio are trained under the guidance of Kakashi Hatake. Although Sasuke is antisocial, he starts caring about Naruto and Sakura. During a mission, Sasuke awakens his Sharingan—his clan's inherited ability to see through illusions—allowing him to learn imperceptible movements at a superhuman rate. It is revealed later that Sasuke is the sole survivor of the once-powerful Uchiha clan of Konohagakure who, at the age of seven, survived the massacre of his clan perpetrated by his brother Itachi, who spared Sasuke's life because he considered did not consider Sasuke worth killing. Sasuke seeks strong fighting opponents to reassure himself his power is growing.
During a ninja examination meant to improve their ranks, Team 7 encounters Orochimaru, an exile from Konohagakure who afflicts Sasuke with a Cursed Seal that contains a fragment of Orochimaru's consciousness, increases Sasuke's physical abilities, but makes him cruel and sadistic. Kakashi teaches Sasuke the lightning-based offensive technique called Chidori in an attempt to appease Sasuke's desire for power. During a siege of Konohagakure, a beserker ninja named Gaara beats Sasuke, who is rescued by Naruto. Shortly afterwards, Itachi returns to the village; Sasuke tries to kill him but he is beaten and tortured instead. He decides to leave Team 7 and Konohagakure to become stronger. Thinking Orochimaru's training will make him more powerful, Sasuke becomes an outlaw. Naruto follows him and they fight when Sasuke refuses to return; Sasuke wins, spares Naruto's life, and continues to Orochimaru's hideout.
In Part II
After two-and-a-half years of training, Sasuke absorbs Orochimaru before he can possess his younger body. Following this, Sasuke forms Team Hebi to find Itachi. Itachi and Sasuke fight and Itachi dies at the climax of the battle from an illness. Sasuke then meets Tobi, Itachi's superior, who reveals that Itachi killed the Uchiha clan under ordrs from Konohagakure and spared Sasuke out of love rather than contempt. Sasuke rejoins Hebi—which he renames Taka—and declares his intention to destroy his former village in retribution. Due to his brother's death, Sasuke's Sharingan has evolved into a Mangekyo Sharingan, giving him powerful new techniques. After he agrees to work temporarily for Tobi's terrorist organization, Akatsuki, Sasuke becomes a criminal. He kills Danzo Shimura—a mastermind of the Uchiha massacre—and the Hokage, the leader of Konohagakure. Sasuke is confronted by his former Team 7 colleagues and Naruto challenges him to a death match.
Sasuke initially prepares to fight Naruto but instead decides to protect Konohagakure after he encounters the re-animated bodies of Itachi and the First Hokage. He rejoins Team 7 and fights the Ten-Tails monster that is controlled by the masterminds behind Akatsuki. Sasuke inherits the Rinnegan, a legendary eye technique from the spirit of the Sage of the Six Paths Hagoromo Otsutsuki, the first ninja. Team 7 fights and seals an ancient being called Kaguya Otsutsuki—Hagoromo's mother—who created the Ten-Tails. Sasuke then fights Naruto alone to settle their village's future; when he loses his left arm, Sasuke surrenders and reconciles with Naruto. Sasuke then destroys Akatsuki's illusion placed on mankind with his Rinnegan. He is pardoned for his crimes by Kakashi—the current Hokage—and decides to travel the world in search of redemption. Before leaving, he says farewell to both Sakura and Naruto with gratitude. By the end of the manga, Sasuke has returned to the village and has married Sakura; they have a daughter, Sarada Uchiha.
In the Boruto franchise
In the 2015 spin-off manga Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Sasuke has discovered that a new threat is approaching and is traveling across the world to find clues about it. He rejoins Naruto to oppose Orochimaru's former test subjects, who want to revive the Akatsuki and avenge Itachi. After defeating the test subjects, Sasuke bonds with his daughter Sarada for the first time and resumes his mission. This spin-off manga was adapted into the anime Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (episodes 19-23), in which Sasuke briefly returns to his village before the arc begins and asks Naruto to offer Sakura his apologies.
In Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015), Sasuke returns to Konohagakure to warn Naruto of the threat posed by Momoshiki Otsutsuki and Kinshiki Otsutsuki, Kaguya's descendants. He meets Naruto's son Boruto, who asks Sasuke to train him as an apprentice so he can surpass his father. Sasuke agrees once Boruto learns the technique Rasengan, a move often used by Naruto. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki attack the village and kidnap Naruto, Sasuke joins his student and the four other Kage—the other villages' leaders—to save him. Following Naruto's rescue, he and Sasuke help Boruto to defeat Momoshiki, who has absorbed Kinshiki to increase his power. Sasuke is also Boruto's teacher in the sequel manga, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. After Momoshiki's defeat, Sasuke notices the enemy has placed a seal on Boruto and tells the teenager to seek his help if necessary.
In other media
Sasuke appears in the first four original video animations (OVAs) produced for the series. In the first episode he helps Naruto and Konohamaru Sarutobi find a four-leaf clover; in the second he joins Naruto's team for a mission; he participates in a tournament in the third; and works with Team 7 in the fourth. One OVA presents an alternate fight between Sasuke and Naruto in Naruto: Shippuden. The character appears in the first two Naruto feature films; he is guarding a princess in Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004) and appears briefly in a flashback in Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005). The first Part II movie in which he appears is Naruto Shippuden 2: Bonds (2008). The sixth Part II movie, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012), contains a flirtatious, alternate-reality version of Sasuke. In The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014), an adult Sasuke returns briefly to Konohagakure to protect it from a meteor.
He is a recurring character in the Narutolight novels and the protagonist of the 2012 manga Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled, which explores Sasuke's reflections after Itachi's death and his decision to destroy Konohagakure. In Sakura Hiden (2015), an adult Sasuke continues his journey of redemption but returns to Konohagakure out of concern for Sakura's safety. In Akatsuki Hiden (2015), Sasuke meets two children who tell him stories about Akatsuki and they discuss Itachi's legacy. He is the protagonist of Sasuke Shinden (2015); he agrees to aid Konohagakure by investigating a series of disappearances, which he solves with the help of Taka and a ninja named Sai. Sasuke is also the protagonist of manga artist Kenji Taira's 2014 Naruto spin-off, Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan Legend, in which he and Taka search for Itachi. According to Taira, Sasuke would be characterized as an "idiot".
Sasuke is a playable character in Naruto video games, including the Clash of Ninja and Ultimate Ninja series. His Cursed Seal can be unlocked and activated in some games. Due to his absence from early Naruto: Shippuden episodes, Sasuke has not appeared in any games based on Naruto: Shippuden until the launch of Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 2. Sasuke is also present in crossover games, such as Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, Battle Stadium D.O.N, and J-Stars Victory Vs.
Sasuke has ranked among the top-five Naruto characters in every Weekly Shōnen Jump popularity poll of the series. Initially alternating between third and fourth places, he has finished first twice. A popularity poll on the Japanese website Charapedia ranked Sasuke and Naruto's rivalry as the best in anime. At New York's 2015 Comic-Con, moderator Christopher Butcher and editor Jo Otsuki commented that Sasuke had become the series' most popular character, and Otsuki called him his favorite. Butcher wondered whether readers considered Sasuke a more-relatable character after he had embraced Naruto's positive outlook on life in the series finale. According to Otsuki, fans regarded Sasuke's character and abilities as "cooler" than those of his rivals. Jacob Hope of Anime News Network (ANN) listed Sasuke and Naruto as two of the "Fiercest Frenemies" in anime due to their resemblance, despite being adversaries and their need to engage in a mortal fight to become friends.
Sasuke merchandise includes key chains and figurines.Boruto film audiences were offered fans bearing images of Sasuke and his daughter Sarada. To promoting the video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, two 1/6-scale statues depicting Sasuke and Naruto during their final clash of the series were developed by Luxembourgian company Tsume.
Japanese toy company Bandai released an action figure of Sasuke performing the Chidori move. In May 2017, Bandai launched a figurine of Sasuke performing his Susanoo eye technique, which represents the god of thunder Raijin. Studio Pierrot released artwork that was sold alongside this figure. Bandai also produced a limited-edition adult figurine of Sasuke as he appears in the Naruto finale and the Boruto franchise, which impressed Scott Green, a writer for Ain't It Cool News and Crunchyroll.
Sasuke's character has received both praise and criticism in online and printed publications. Reviewing the series' first part, writers said they enjoyed Sasuke's fights but disapproved of his dark personality, which resembled the stereotypical rival in shōnen manga. Critics commended the relationship between Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura; they regarded the characters as complex and mature because of their teamwork and despite their youth. Reviewers considered the characters' tactics and the emphasis on their rivalry's emotional undercurrents made Sasuke and Naruto's final fight in the first part of the story one most entertaining of the series; and they praised the one-sided romantic relationship between Sasuke and Sakura. Although critics enjoyed Yuri Lowenthal's voicing of Sasuke, Theron Martin of ANN said the actor had difficulty sounding younger in flashbacks.
Reviewers were more enthusiastic about Sasuke's character in the second part of the series. Critics stated that his more-emotional demeanor and his conversation with the Nine-Tailed Fox—a creature sealed within Naruto's body—made his scenes in Naruto: Shippuden interesting.Jason Thompson wrote that Sasuke had not become evil despite siding with the antagonist Orochimaru, lending ambiguity to his character. Writers believed Sasuke's fights during the story's second part had a major impact on the plot and the character, and they regarded his battles as some of the franchise's best.
The series finale garnered praise from critics for the intensified rivalry between Naruto and Sasuke because of the characters' similarities. Reviewers also applauded Sasuke's acknowledgement of his crimes, his agreement to go to prison, and his decision to go on a journey of redemption, indicating an acceptance of responsibility for his misdeeds and a response to Sakura's feelings. Writers thought the character's monologue after his final fight with Naruto highlighted his deeper side and that his farewell was a satisfying ending to the final story arc.
Sasuke has continued to receive praise following the end of the Naruto series. Writers considered his fight scenes in Boruto: Naruto the Movie and in particular his teamwork with Naruto to be the best parts of the film. A similar assessment was made of Sasuke's characterization as an adult; Chris Beveridge of The Fandom Post approved of his new personality. Critics also commented that Sasuke had become more caring towards his daughter, and they said the Boruto anime had developed Sasuke as a father and husband, and had solidified his relationship with his wife, despite his flawed interaction with his family.
Scholars have also analyzed the character. According to a study of readers' abilities to predict character types based on physical cues, Sasuke was classified as an ISTJ (Myers-Briggs) character type, making him a foil for Naruto. Rik Spanjers regarded Sasuke's dissimilarity to Naruto as tragic but wrote that the contrast between the protagonists' approaches to the world was fundamental to the plot: "Naruto's strength grows as he gains more loved ones to protect, while Sasuke remains alone and is increasingly absorbed by his quest for revenge". According to academic Amy Plumb, Kishimoto's references to Japanese mythology in Naruto, including the heraldic symbol of Sasuke's clan—a fan known as an uchiwa—add layers to the story and that Sasuke's ability to 'blow away' the Nine-Tailed Fox's influence on Naruto resembles the mythological use of the fan to dispel evil.
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