Saturday, February 12, 2011


    First Manga Appearance: Chapter 3
First Anime Appearance: Naruto Episode 1
Name meaning: "Spring field, Cherry Blossoms"
Hidden Village: Leaf Village
Rank: Chuunin - Team 7
Age: 16
Jounin Master: Hatake Kakashi
Notable Features: In love with Uchiha Sasuke, Excellent Student, Knack for Genjutsu
Notable Quotes: "Everyone, this time, get a good look at my back."
See also: Uzumaki Naruto, Uchiha Sasuke, Hatake Kakashi, Yamanaka Ino

   A Genin from the village of Konoha, Sakura is a teammate of Uzumaki Naruto. Though Naruto has a crush on her, she does not return the feelings. She instead focuses all her attention on Uchiha Sasuke. But like Naruto to her, Sasuke finds Sakura more annoying than anything.  
Haruno Sakura participates with her team in the Chuunin Exam. During the second test, Orochimaru makes his move towards Sasuke and places a cursed seal on his neck. Naruto is also injured by Orochimaru in the process. It was then up to Sakura to protect them in the Forest of Death when the three Sound Genin began to attack. Sakura came to realize she hadn't been much help in previous missions but this time she could prove herself. She fought back against the Genin, but wasn't much of a match for them. After Ino and her team showed up, Sasuke awoke and was able to drive off the Sound Genin with his new cursed seal power. Later in the third round preliminary match, Sakura was placed against Ino for her match. Both young women had a deep rivalry between them, both longing for the affection of Sasuke. To that end they decided to go all out and fight each other, in the end though they both knocked each other out and scored a double K.O.. As a result they were both eliminated.

Eliminated from the competition, Sakura was forced to watch Naruto and Sasuke participate in the third test from the stands. When Kabuto put the audience to sleep using his Genjutsu, Sakura had the where with all to use a canceling technique to avoid being knocked out. With the help of Shikamaru who also avoided the trap, they awoke Naruto and were sent on a mission by Hatake Kakashi to track and find Sasuke, who had taken chase after Gaara. When they caught up to Gaara, he used his mini-Shukaku form to hurl sand at her, trapping her against a tree. As the sand constricted, she began to lose consciousness. Seeing one of his precious people in harms way, Naruto fought and defeated Gaara in battle, saving Sakura.

After the invasion and appearance of Uchiha Sasuke's brother Itachi, Sasuke began to grow more angry and desperate for power. When Sakura learned he sought to leave Konoha and join Orochimaru, Sakura begged for him to stop. She pleaded that she could help him track down his brother and defeat him. Sasuke was moved in some small way by her words, but he was firm in his decision. He knocked out Sakura and then fled the village. Sakura chose to stay behind when a team of Genin was sent after Sasuke, having to hold faith in Naruto's promise to bring Sasuke back. Naruto failed and Sakura was distraught, but she began to question how useless she had been to her friends and Sasuke. Making a big life decision, she sought out Tsunade and asked to become her pupil.

Tsunade was aware of Kakashi's proud words about Sakura's strengths, so she warned Sakura the training would be tough. Sakura stated she was ready and began her path as the student of Godaime Hokage. Over the next three years Sakura would learn how to become a medical ninja and utilize her excellent chakra control to create a kind of "super" strength in a similar fashion to Tsunade's. She would use these new skills when she was sent to Hidden Sand to help them combat Akatsuki and learn Orochimaru's whereabouts.

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