Hopefully, there will be better series that can overcome this nagging problem.
One of the most persistent problems in the manga and anime industry is the situation faced by women, for example Shueisha, the publisher of Shonen Jump magazine., has declared that they do not have female editors in its main magazine because “women have to understand men’s hearts” and they are unprecedented in this regard. This translates into the way female characters are written in some works like Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
That, like his previous work, follows a tendency to write to women in a certain and particular way. Although, we have incredible stories from Naruto: Shippuden with some female characters such as Tsunade, Hinata Hyuga or Sakura Haruno herself, they end up being relegated to inconsequential roles as the main story progresses.. For example, Sakura after having married Sasuke Uchiha takes the role of mother of the family and we do not see her in combat again, unlike her father who fights against Osshiki Otsutsuki.
However, both works were published in the Weekly Shonen Jump, a magazine aimed at male audiences. According to the public perception, this means that: “They are made for toddlers / teens so the authors treat female characters like they were told female characters should be in a children’s story“.
Otherwise, we have women who write for magazines Shonen con a different vision of what a woman is like and how she interacts in a work directed for a male audience, as is the case with Inuyasaha or Fullmetal Alchemist.
Naruto and his female representation
In such a way that one of the indications to Naruto Shippuden is that during the Great Ninja War the whole story is defined by Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, the two co-stars with a couple of male characters completing the picture such as Gaara, Bee and Rock. Read. In contrast, Sakura Haruno becomes a support from whom we no longer hear from her past. And, in the case of other girls like Ino Yamanaka or Tenten, its presence becomes null towards the final arcs of the manga.
Unfortunately, this pattern seems to repeat itself in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The new Team 7, made up of Mitsuki, Sarada and Konohamaru, was initially touted as the closest companions of Boruto, the son of our former protagonist, but they are hardly ever present at the most important moments. In fact, in the current arc of the anime, all the action is divided between Boruto’s group, his father, Sasuke Uchiha, Kawaki and his enemy in turn. But is it due to lack of strength that we don’t see Sarada or Mitsuki go into action? Not really, as we’ve seen in other instances of the series, they are as strong as the young ninja (when not under the influence of Karma). Be that as it may, none of them have contributed anything worthwhile for some time.
This situation worsens when we look closely at Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha and Sakyura Haruno, like her mother who is a skilled medical ninja and possessing monstrous strength, is out of the picture for most of the series. Furthermore, we know that Sarada obtained the powers of the Uchiha clan and has had access to knowledge that her mother never could, so her “lack of power” it is not an excuse to exclude her from battles. Perhaps the real reason is that, as mentioned in Resetera, is that the male audience is not easy to accept a female protagonist.
Even more frustrating, Sarada is supposed to be someone very important to Boruto. The main goal he’s working towards is to become strong enough to protect Konoha from the shadows and support Sarada, the next hokage, as Sasuke does for Naruto. The latter duo’s relationship works so well because of how familiar the audience is with them. Although they are very different people, they understand each other’s pain and personality like no one else does. Both in battle and in political situations, Naruto and Sasuke complement each other perfectly.
If Boruto is being set up to be Sarada’s future right-hand man, it’s only natural for her to be with him during his most difficult moments. At the very least, Sarada’s character needs to be explored in more depth, so that Boruto fans don’t end up with a main character supporting someone whose values and convictions they don’t know about..
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