One of the best-known friendships and rivalries in anime is that of Naruto and Sasuke. We can say that the two bladed ninjas are the protagonists of the popular franchise created by Masashi Kishimoto. This is because the plot always revolved around these two people.
As usually happens in these cases, every fan has their favorite between Naruto and Sasuke. Of course, we could not miss the opportunity to join the conversation and here we give you our opinion. Which of these ninjas is the best and why? You will find out in a few paragraphs.
In terms of power levels, Naruto and Sasuke are nearly equal.
Let’s start with one of the simplest points of comparison, power levels. In this aspect, Naruto and Sasuke are relatively on the same level. This has been demonstrated several times in the anime and manga, during their confrontations. We got a glimpse of what they were capable of.
Of the five times they faced each other, twice Sasuke won and twice the winner was left undecided. However, in their last fight, it was Naruto who was “crowned” as the champion, but not by much. Although this is used as an argument in favor of the Seventh Hokage when considering who is more powerful.
Similarly, in the story sequel in Boruto, we saw Naruto and Sasuke join forces against Jigen. It gave us one of the best fights in the history of the entire franchise, with both fighters at their most powerful. However, once again it was young Uzumaki who lasted the longest.
Both are very skilled fighters and each have their respective techniques. But it looks like Naruto will always be the one to emerge victorious, perhaps because of the power of the storyline. For this reason, the answer might be obvious when we ask who is the stronger of the two. So we decided to take another aspect into account.
In terms of character development, the tone changes.
As Naruto and Sasuke are the main characters in this saga, we spend a lot of time with them. Throughout the original and Shippuden, we’ve gotten to know this ninja couple better. However, in our opinion, Sasuke is the one who had the most interesting and changing arc. Despite the similarities between the two.
They are both orphans of Leaf Village and are among its strongest warriors. Naruto found himself alone, after the death of his parents and the fact that he had Kurama in him. Sasuke has a much more complex story involving the death of his clan at the hands of his own brother.
Naruto has always remained a typical shonen protagonist. A strong-willed boy who wins the friendship of others and overcomes almost any adversity with the support of his friends. Sasuke has gone from being a member of Team 7 to being a villain at times. All of this to finally have a redemption that led him to start a family with Sakura and return to Leaf Village.
If we look at Naruto and Sasuke taking into account their history, then we see a clear difference. We don’t know if that was Kishimoto’s intention, but the young Uchiha is a rounder and more interesting character than the protagonist, at least to us.
Who is the ultimate winner between Naruto and Sasuke?
Although Naruto has many advantages as the protagonist of the series, we think Sasuke is the best character overall. His power level is similar to that of the Seventh Hokage, and he was able to take on some of the strongest villains in the series. He even played a crucial role in defeating some of them.
What makes it overlap is its interesting backstory that could really be considered a roller coaster ride. Not to mention that his personality is also quite remarkable and we got a chance to see more of him. Naruto is a bit monotonous, but Sasuke’s story allows us to see him in different states ranging from compassion, pain and revenge, to his final redemption.
Naruto and Sasuke
Also, we think Sasuke is a character that more people can empathize with. For him, the world is not just black and white, but he sees the gray and the complexity of the choices he makes. Naruto can beat Sasuke in battle, but Sasuke has earned the title of best in our hearts. Do you agree ?