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Sasuke Uchiha

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Sasuke Uchiha
Naruto character
Three forms of a black-haired fictional character showing his teenage self (left), his adult self (middle) and his child self (right)
Sasuke Uchiha as seen in Part I (right), Part II (left) and the finale as well as the Boruto film and series (middle)
First appearance
  • Naruto chapter 3: Enter Sasuke! (1999)
Created by Masashi Kishimoto
Voiced by Japanese
Noriaki Sugiyama
English
Yuri Lowenthal
Notable relatives Itachi Uchiha (brother, deceased)
Sakura Uchiha (wife)
Sarada Uchiha (daughter)
Ninja rank Genin in Part I
Rogue ninja in Part II
Ninja team Team 7 (Part I)
Taka (Part II)

Sasuke Uchiha (Japanese: うちは サスケ, Hepburn: Uchiha Sasuke) is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime franchise created by Masashi Kishimoto. Sasuke is one of the few surviving members of the Uchiha clan, a notorious and powerful extended ninja family. The clan (allied with the village of Konohagakure) was massacred by Sasuke's older brother, Itachi Uchiha, before the series begins. Sasuke's focus is originally to avenge the destruction of his clan by killing his brother, but he later tries to be empathetic toward his teammates (particularly Naruto Uzumaki, whom he eventually considers a friend). However, his feelings of powerlessness force him to abandon his village on a quest of gaining more strength regardless the cost. Sasuke also appears in several of the series' animated feature films and other media, including video games, OVAs, and Boruto: Naruto the Movie and its manga sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as a vigilante supporting his village.

Sasuke was conceived by Masashi Kishimoto as a rival of the series' title character, Naruto Uzumaki. Despite Sasuke's dark character development later in the story, the author avoided portraying him as a villain. Although Sasuke's design challenged Kishimoto as he drew the manga due to initially finding it difficult to write him as a teenager as well as giving him too many details, he 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 publications for anime and manga. Many reviewers noted his cold, detached attitude and impressive abilities, and he has been seen as a stereotypical rival in the mold of similar characters in other shōnen manga. The character's development has been praised for his impact on the series' plot while his fights have also been celebrated. Sasuke has placed highly in Naruto reader popularity polls. Character-based merchandise has been released, including action figures and plush dolls.

Creation

Development

A grey statue of a fictional character from Japan
Folklore hero Sarutobi Sasuke served as a basis for Sasuke's character.[1]

Sasuke Uchiha was not included in Masashi Kishimoto's original concept of the Naruto manga. Discussing the series' future, his editor advised him to add a rival character for protagonist Naruto Uzumaki, and he created Sasuke.[2] Sasuke's first name came from Sanpei Shirato's Sasuke and Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictional ninja in Japanese children's stories.[1] To introduce Sasuke, Kishimoto originally wrote a chapter which was set before the formation of Sasuke's ninja squad, Team 7, when Naruto had just become a ninja. The idea was scrapped and Sasuke was introduced with Team 7, although he retained the same traits and the rivalry with Naruto.[3]

Kishimoto read a variety of manga to obtain ideas for creating an effective rivalry between the characters, and he incorporated these elements 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.[4] To contrast him with Naruto, Kishimoto did not make Sasuke too emotional and depicted him as a "cool genius". He felt that he had created an ideal rivalry in the pair,[5] and when one character progresses, he makes sure the other does as well.[6] Kishimoto wanted Naruto and Sasuke to seem like brothers and rivals, building on a mutual experience of childhood loneliness. Although Sasuke does not see Naruto as an opponent worth considering 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 that he did not want Sasuke to recognize Naruto as an equal until later in Part II.[7]

When plot developments made Sasuke one of the series' antagonists, Kishimoto compared him and Naruto to yin and yang due to their differences and complementary natures.[6] Nevertheless, asked if Sasuke was good or evil, he called him a "very pure person"; although some of his actions such as following his clan's ideals are positive, his self-centeredness tends to cause problems with others.[8] Since the beginning of the serialization, Kishimoto planned that the series would end with a fight between the two characters but was uncertain if they would end up as friends or enemies.[9] Although they use ninja techniques in the beginning, for the climax the author wanted both fighters to rely on hand-to-hand combat.[10] Kishimoto decided to have Naruto forgive Sasuke as he had forgiven Nagato, another former enemy.[11]

He found Sasuke a difficult character to write, requiring considerable planning. Before the series finale, Sasuke decides to leave on a solo journey. Kishimoto later explained that in addition to atonement, Sasuke wanted to discover the origin of the series' final antagonist; however, Kishimoto did not explain this in the manga.[4] Kishimoto planned Sasuke and Sakura Haruno's romance early in Naruto's production, and he decided that Sasuke would remain a rogue ninja at the end of the series despite having a good relationship with his allies.[12] For the spin-off focusing on Sasuke and Sakura's daughter, Sarada Uchiha, Kishimoto wanted to explain the couple's connection despite their separation as a result of Sasuke's mission, which prevented him from remaining in his village. The author focused on the final scene of the Uchiha family, the spin-off's most important facet for him.[13]

Design

This is an image of Sasuke's original sketch design in Part I that includes his full body, face, and (Uchiha) clan symbol.
Early sketches of a teenager featured in a manga series
Early designs of Sasuke as seen in Part I (left) and Part II (right) that were revised

Because he was developed as Naruto's opposite, Kishimoto called Sasuke the most memorable character for him to design.[14] He said that the character's design and Sharingan ability were influenced by Hiei in Yoshihiro Togashi's manga series, YuYu Hakusho.[15] Kishimoto also considered Sasuke his most challenging character to design. He lacked a clear idea of how his face should appear, and in his initial drawings Sasuke looked too old for someone Naruto's age.[16] The character originally had necklaces and ties around his arms and legs due to Kishimoto's 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.[17] The Chidori, one of Sasuke and Kakashi Hatake's best-known techniques, originally had a different name which the author forgot. Kishimoto found the name "Chidori" appropriate in addition to its variant, the "Lightning Blade". According to Kishimoto, he had trouble conceiving the name of these moves based on feedback from his editors.[7]

Sasuke was the most difficult character for Kishimoto to draw. He felt that his drawings made the character look too old, a result of his inexperience in drawing characters who were mature beyond their years.[17] Sasuke's hair, originally short to save Kishimoto time, slowly grew longer as the series progressed.[16] Kishimoto drew a new costume for Sasuke midway through the series' first part (Part I) with belts strapped around his arms and legs but returned to the character's original design when it took too long to draw.[18] Sasuke is his favorite character to draw, despite the time and energy required,[17] and he compared Sasuke to Sakura in difficulty.[10] Kishimoto's superiors sometimes asked him to redraw parts of the manga which did not illustrate Sasuke well.[10]

His design focus in the second part of the plot, Part II, was Sasuke's appearance, now designed as an older teenager. Originally, Sasuke was going to drawn as a more attractive as well person but the idea was scrapped. Another outfit Kishimoto planned was a combination between the younger Sasuke's clothes alongside new modern clothes. Kishimoto tried several looks, including wrapping him in Shimenawa to evoke Orochimaru (Sasuke's master) and a turtleneck and military uniform to indicate cleanliness. However, this one was also avoided due to similarities with cold weather clothing. Kishimoto ultimately chose Japanese clothing and a chokutō sword.[19] For The Last: Naruto the Movie, he gave Sasuke a new, young-adult design with "even sharper" facial features.[20]

Personality and voice actors

Yuri Lowenthal, speaking into a microphone
Yuri Lowenthal, voice of Sasuke in the anime's English-language version

Sasuke is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in the Japanese animations. At the beginning of the Part I anime, Sugiyama found it difficult to voice Sasuke because he knew little about his personality; he began to understand the character when Sasuke encountered his brother, Itachi Uchiha. Sugiyama read the manga and became particularly interested in Sasuke's development when the character left Konohagakure; he wanted to redo some scenes, including Sasuke's departure from Konohagakure.[21] In Behind the Scenes of Uchiha, a feature about Sasuke and Itachi's backstory, Sugiyama said that he became emotional during the sixth Naruto Shippuden season's recording sessions when Sasuke learned the truth about his brother's role in the massacre of the Uchiha clan.[22]

Sugiyama said that Sasuke's line, "You are annoying", sums up the character's feelings toward Sakura and indicates a change in their relationship each time it is said. Although she initially annoys him, he smiles when he repeats it before leaving Konohagakure. Naruto's voice actor, Junko Takeuchi, said that Sasuke's line to Sakura, "See you next time ... Thank you", revealed his feelings for her. Sugiyama noted that by the end of the series, Sasuke realizes how much he has hurt Sakura's feelings and apologizes to her after his final fight against Naruto. In preparation for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Sugiyama expected to see a bond between Sasuke and his student Boruto Uzumaki.[23] For the Boruto anime series, Sugiyama noted a change in Sasuke's personality and wanted fans to see the character's interaction with his family.[24]

Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced Sasuke in the English dubs, was honored to be chosen from the many actors auditioning but said that the job was stressful. Although fans were critical of deviations or mistakes in his recordings,[25] he nevertheless enjoyed voicing the character.[26] His first impression of Sasuke was "a serious guy dedicated to his training", but his view changed as he learned about the character's backstory.[27] Lowenthal said in 2010 that Sasuke was one of the first "dark" characters he voiced: "He's sort of a hero, but he’s not the naïve, young white–hat hero".[28] Because Viz Media often censored parts of the series' dialogue for Western viewers, Lowenthal said that some of Sasuke's lines (such as his use of the word "kill") were changed. As a result, he found the original Japanese version truer to the character.[29]

Description

Plain sword in a sheath
A replica of Sasuke's Kusanagi sword

Sasuke is introduced in Part I as a young, spiky-black-haired teenager in a blue shirt with a fan representing his clan on his back, short white pants and the customary Konohagakure headband.[30] Early in the series, a man, Orochimaru, brands Sasuke with a Cursed Seal which covers his body with black marks and later gives him gray skin, white hair, and claw-like wings.[31] In Part II, he usually wears a white kimono and black pants. Although he is skilled in the use of shuriken, in Part II Sasuke uses a chokutō sword which he calls Kusanagi. In addition to using Kusanagi for kenjutsu, Sasuke combines it with lightning-based techniques to increase the range of his attacks.[32][33]

Sasuke is a silent character who tries to become stronger to kill his older brother, Itachi Uchiha, for betraying and murdering their clan.[34] He is moved when Naruto Uzumaki wants him to make peace with the village, and Sasuke considers Naruto his only friend.[35] Sasuke becomes more kindhearted by the end of the series but decides not to return home, choosing to redeem himself and search for an enemy threatening the peace of Konohagakure.[36][37]

Appearances

Naruto

Part I

Sasuke is the sole survivor of the once-powerful Uchiha clan of Konoha. At age seven, he survived the massacre of his clan by his brother, Itachi Uchiha, who spared his life only because he considered Sasuke unworthy to kill.[38] When he is assigned to Team 7, Sasuke is antisocial, superior and unwilling to cooperate with team members Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno, but he eventually admits that they are useful.[39][40] Sasuke awakens his Sharingan, his clan's inherited ability to see through illusions, allowing him to learn imperceptible movements at a superhuman rate,[41][42] and seeks out strong opponents to reassure himself that he is growing.[43]

During the Chunin exams, Team 7 encounters Orochimaru, a ninja exiled from Konoha, who afflicts Sasuke with a Cursed Seal. The seal, which contains a fragment of Orochimaru's consciousness, increases Sasuke's physical abilities but makes him cruel and sadistic.[44][45] His mentor, Kakashi Hatake, teaches Sasuke the lightning-based offensive technique Chidori in an attempt to appease his desire for power.[46] During the siege of Konoha, Sasuke is beaten by Gaara and rescued by Naruto. Itachi returns to Konoha; Sasuke tries to kill him but is beaten and tortured. He decides to leave Team 7 and Konoha to become stronger.[47] Thinking that Orochimaru's training will make him more powerful, Sasuke becomes an outlaw.[48] Naruto follows him, and they fight when Sasuke refuses to return. Sasuke wins, sparing Naruto's life and continuing to Orochimaru's hideout.[49]

Part II

After two-and-a-half years of training, Sasuke tries to kill a weakened Orochimaru before he can possess his younger body.[50] After defeating Orochimaru, he intends to kill Itachi.[51] Sasuke forms Hebi and tracks him down.[52] They fight, and at the climax of the battle Itachi dies of an illness.[53] Sasuke meets Itachi's superior, Tobi, who reveals that Itachi killed the Uchiha under Konohagakure's orders and spared Sasuke out of love rather than contempt.[53] Sasuke rejoins Hebi, renames it Taka and declares his intention to destroy the Hidden Leaf village in retribution. His Sharingan has evolved into a Mangekyō Sharingan, giving him powerful new techniques.[54] After he agrees to work temporarily for Tobi's terrorist organization, Akatsuki, Sasuke becomes a criminal.[55] He kills Danzo Shimura, a mastermind of the Uchiha massacre and the Hokage, the leader of Konohagakure.[56] Sasuke is confronted by his former Team 7 teammates, and Naruto challenges him to a future death match.[57] He asks Tobi to transplant Itachi's eyes into him and recovers from his combat-related Mangekyō Sharingan blindness.[58]

Sasuke and the reanimated Itachi capture Kabuto Yakushi, who controls the reanimated soldiers aiding Tobi.[59] Disillusioned with his brother's resolve to protect the village, Sasuke decides to learn more about his clan from the first four Hokage, who are reanimated by the revived Orochimaru.[60] After hearing the first Hokage's story about Konoha's founding, Sasuke decides to protect it and goes to the battlefield.[61] He rejoins Team 7 and fights the Ten-Tails, which is controlled by the masterminds behind Akatsuki.[62][63] Sasuke inherits Rinnegan, an eye technique, from Sage of the Six Paths Hagoromo Otsutsuki. Team 7 fight and seal a being known as Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.[64] Sasuke fights Naruto one-on-one;[65] when he loses his left arm, Sasuke surrenders and reconciles with Naruto.[66] Sakura heals him, and he destroys Akatsuki's illusion with his Rinnegan. Sasuke is pardoned for his crimes by Kakashi, the sixth Hokage, and decides to travel the world in search of redemption. When he leaves, he says farewell to both Naruto and Sakura with gratitude.[36] By the end of the manga, Sasuke has returned to the village and married Sakura; they have a daughter, Sarada Uchiha.[67]

In other media

Sasuke also appears in the four original video animations produced for the series: helping Naruto and Konohamaru Sarutobi find a four-leaf clover in the first,[68] joining Naruto's team for a mission in the second,[68] participating in a tournament in the third and working with Team 7 in the fourth.[69][70] One OVA, has an alternate fight between Sasuke and Naruto in Part II of the anime.[71] The character appears in the first two Naruto feature films, guarding a princess in Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004) and appearing briefly in a flashback in Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005).[72] The first Part II movie with him is Naruto Shippuden 2: Bonds (2008).[73] The sixth Part II movie, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012), contains an alternate-reality version of Sasuke as a flirtatious Casanova.[74] In The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014), an adult Sasuke returns briefly to Konohagakure to protect it from a meteor.[75]

He is a recurring character in the Naruto light novels and the protagonist of the 2012 Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled, which explores Sasuke's reflections after Itachi's death and his decision to destroy Konoha.[76] In Sakura Hiden, an adult Sasuke continues his journey of redemption but returns to Konohagakure out of concern for Sakura's safety.[77] In Akatsuki Hiden (2015), Sasuke meets two children who tell him stories about Akatsuki, and they discuss Itachi's legacy.[78] He is the protagonist of Sasuke Shinden (2015), where he agrees to aid Konohagakure by investigating a rash of disappearances. With the help of Taka and a ninja named Sai, Sasuke solves the case.[79]

In the 2015 spin-off, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Sasuke discovers that a new threat is approaching. He rejoins Naruto and the others to oppose Orochimaru's former test subjects, who want to revive the Akatsuki and avenge Itachi. After defeating the test subjects, Sasuke manages to bond with Sarada for the first time and resumes his mission.[80] Sasuke is a protagonist of Kenji Taira's Naruto spin-off manga, Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan Legend, where he and Taka search for Itachi. According to Taira, Sasuke would be characterized as an "idiot".[81]

In Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015), Sasuke returns to Konoha to warn Naruto of the threat posed by Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki and Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki. He meets Naruto's son, Boruto, who asks Sasuke to take him on as an apprentice to surpass his father. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki attack the village and kidnap Naruto, Sasuke joins Boruto and the four other Kage to rescue Naruto, and he and Naruto help Boruto to defeat Momoshiki. Sasuke is also Boruto's teacher in the sequel manga, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.[82] After Momoshiki's defeat, Sasuke notices that the enemy placed a seal on Boruto and tells the teenager to seek his help if anything happens to him.[83] Since Sasuke had few appearances in the Naruto movies, Kishimoto decided to give him a bigger role in Boruto: Naruto the Movie; Sasuke teaches Naruto's firstborn child, Boruto, as a reference to Piccolo and Gohan in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga series.[84][85]

Sasuke is a playable character in Naruto video games, including the Clash of Ninja and Ultimate Ninja series.[86][87][88] His Cursed Seal can be unlocked and activated in some games. Due to his absence from early Naruto Shippuden chapters and episodes, he does not appear in any games based on Naruto Shippuden until Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 2.[89] Sasuke has appeared in crossover games, such as Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, Battle Stadium D.O.N and J-Stars Victory Vs.[90][91][92][93]

Reception

Popularity

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 place, he has finished first twice.[94][95] Sasuke-related merchandise has been released, including plush toys with his Part I and Part II appearances,[96][97] key chains[98][99] and figurines.[100][101] Boruto film audiences were given two fans, with pictures of Sasuke and Sarada.[102] Nippon Telegraph and Telephone customers voted him their fifth-favorite black-haired male anime character in 2014.[103] IGN listed him as the seventh-best Naruto character when the series ended in 2014,[104] and Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry topped a Japanese Charapedia poll.[105] Sasuke was voted the 13th "Best Guy" in an Anime News Network (ANN) poll.[106]

In developing the fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama said that his favorite fight was the one between Sasuke and Itachi.[107] Kishimoto was questioned by Nogizaka46 member Rina Ikoma while cosplaying as Sasuke in a Mezamashi TV interview; Kishimoto complimented Ikoma's cosplay.[108] At New York's 2015 Comic-Con, moderator Christopher Butcher and editor Jo Otsuki said that Sasuke had become the series' most popular character, and Otsuki called him his favorite. Butcher was surprised because Sasuke's pessimistic worldview contrasted with Naruto's more-positive outlook and wondered if readers found Sasuke a more relatable character after the defeat of his worldview by Naruto's in the series finale. According to Otsuki, fans regarded Sasuke's character and abilities as "cooler" than his rival's and, given the similarities between the characters and the series' happy ending, Sasuke had found a more-positive worldview.[109]

Critical response

A purple Eastern fan, with illustrations of flowers
The Eastern fan, uchiwa, is said to be related to Sasuke's origins and his relationship with Naruto.[110]

Manga, anime, and video-game publications and related media have praised and criticized the character.[111] GameSpot's Joe Donson called Sasuke's abilities "badass" but stated that his personality resembled "emo" stereotypes due to his cold attitude.[112] Ross Christmas from T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews noted critically that Sasuke fell into the stereotypical "rival" mold of shōnen manga.[113] However, Mania Entertainment's Dani Moure praised the fact that Naruto and Sasuke are forced to work together despite their rivalry; despite their competition, "the group [Naruto and Sasuke] come together when they need to".[114] A study of whether readers could predict character types based on physical cues found that Sasuke was a ISTJ (Myers-Briggs) character type, making him a foil for Naruto.[115] Rik Spanjers saw the difference between Sasuke and Naruto as tragic, but he mentioned that the contrast between the protagonists' approach to the world is 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."[116] Amy Plumb wrote that Kishimoto's references to Japanese mythology in Naruto add layers to the story, including Sasuke's clan's heraldic symbol: a fan known as an uchiwa. The fans are used in Japanese mythology to exorcise evil by blowing it away; Sasuke discovers late in the series that he has the ability to "blow away" the influence of the Nine-Tailed Fox on Naruto.[110] In the book The Rough Guide to Manga, Jason S. Yadao stated that while Sasuke and Sakura's characters are meant to help Naruto reach his goal of becoming the Hokage, the relationship between the members of the team is complex due to the love triangle within them; while Naruto has feelings for Sakura, she is instead in love with Sasuke. This makes Naruto feel jealousy to the point of becoming Sasuke's rival in the process despite Sasuke not being interested in Sakura at that time, resulting in the complex relationship Yadao explained.[117]

Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network described Sasuke's fight in the Chunin Exams as "pure action", and Orochimaru's influence on him maintained the tension.[118] In another review, Kimlinger wrote that Sasuke needed development when he escaped from Konoha, but the long flashbacks of his life before his fight with Naruto were unnecessary.[119] Their fight has been called one of the series' most entertaining because of its tactics and emphasis on the rivalry's emotional undercurrents and development.[120][121] In the book New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, Amy A. Zenger wrote that Sasuke and Sakura's relationship was popular with fans even before Sasuke reciprocated Sakura's feelings.[122] Charles White of IGN wrote that Sasuke's farewell to Sakura in the first series was one of its most emotional scenes; Sakura's feelings had grown beyond her crush on him. Sasuke's response led White to believe that they could become a couple.[123] Theron Martin of Anime News Network praised Yuri Lowenthal's voicing of Sasuke but noted that the actor had difficulty sounding younger in flashbacks.[124]

19th-century painting of a man killing a dragon with a sword
Sasuke's traits from Part II of the manga evoke elements of Japanese mythology, such as the Susanoo technique (above) and the Qilin (below).
Statue of a Qilin

Sasuke's appearances in Part II of the Naruto manga have been praised. His weaponry and techniques, such as the Kusanagi sword and his Susanoo eye technique, are based on Japanese mythology. Plumb wrote that Kishimoto expects his readers to understand the references, allowing him to avoid explanations.[110][125] Another example of an allusion to mythology used in the story is one of Sasuke's strongest techniques, Kirin (麒麟), which instead originates from the creature Qilin that appears in multiple Asian cultures.[126] Manga Life's Park Cooper noted that Sasuke's new abilities and his fight against Orochimaru indicated a "change in the nature of things".[127] Writer Jason Thompson enjoyed Sasuke's new design and his first interactions with Naruto after the series' timeskip. Reviewing a scene later in the series, Thompson noted that Sasuke has not become evil; Itachi is the only one of his enemies whom he kills.[128] Sasuke's reintroduction in the second story arc inspired the animated adaptation, Naruto Shippuden, to begin with a sneak peek of the scene. In Shippuden, Sasuke's personality did not differ much from the original series. His more-emotional attitude made scenes interesting, as did his conversation with the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox which foreshadowed future events.[129][130] Casey Brienza of ANN called Sasuke's final fight against Itachi "epic", noting that Itachi's death and revelations about his life impacted Sasuke's personality and point of view.[131] UK Anime Network's Dan Rhodes compared Sasuke's fight scenes in a later arc favorably with the scenes of Naruto's also famous fight against Akatsuki member Pain, noting the characters' motives for each fight.[132] Chris Beveridge of the Fandom Post enjoyed Sasuke's decision to protect Konohagakure, since it meant that he would aid Naruto's group in upcoming episodes with the reanimated Hokage.[133]

The following reviews focused on Sasuke and Naruto's final battle and results. Jacob Hope Chapman of ANN called Sasuke and Naruto one of "Anime's Fiercest Frenemies", citing their similarities and the renewal of their friendship after the mortal battle.[134] Amy McNulty of ANN also praised their final fight, despite finding Sasuke unlikable in that scene due to his darker personality.[135] In the same episodes, Beveridge wondered if Sasuke had a god complex given his desire to spark revolution in the episodes leading to his final fight with Naruto, but he appreciated the battle's choreography.[136] Sarah Nelkin of Anime Now found the final fight between Sasuke and Naruto one of the series' darkest moments because of how close they came to killing each other, although Naruto tried to reconcile with Sasuke during the battle.[137] In a later review, McNulty liked a scene in which Sasuke admits his crimes and agrees to go to prison, since it indicated an acceptance of responsibility for his misdeeds. McNulty also approved of Sasuke's later journey of self-redemption and his decision to respond to Sakura's feelings before leaving.[138] IGN's Ramsey Isler found Sasuke's change of heart drastic, but he felt it was a good conclusion for the character and fit with him leaving the village again, this time on good terms.[139] Manga author Hiroaki Samura enjoyed Sasuke's character arc in the series, especially his influence on Naruto and his return to Konohagakure.[140] Finding Sasuke's fate in the manga's ending predictable, McNulty wrote that the character's monologue after his final fight with Naruto indicated his deeper side.[141]

Reviewing Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Chris Zimmerman of DVD Talk noted that Sasuke's issues with Sarada fit the film's main theme and paralleled Naruto's issues with Boruto. Zimmerman also enjoyed the fight scenes between Sasuke and the other major characters.[142] Christian Chiok of Japanator and Alexandria Hill of Otaku USA had similar opinions about Sasuke's role in Boruto; Choik enjoyed the teamwork between Sasuke and Naruto during the climax, and Hill praised the fight between Sasuke and the villain Kinshiki.[143][144] Dan Rhodes called Sasuke and Naruto's fight scenes in the film outstanding and wrote that long-time fans would enjoy them.[145]

Beveridge liked Sasuke's personality in the manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, particularly during his dialogue with Naruto.[146] Reviewing the anime adaptation, Sam Stewart of IGN was impressed by the scenes between Sasuke and his daughter Sarada because of changes in Sasuke's characterization; despite his coldness toward his daughter, Sasuke used his body as a shield to protect her from his enemy.[147] Ken Iikura of Anime Now agreed, noting that Sasuke had become a loving husband and father in Boruto despite retaining dark aspects of his personality, and Sasuke and Sarada's meeting developed both characters.[37] McNulty disliked the romance between Sasuke and Sakura in the original series because she felt it was a one-sided crush on Sakura's part but thought that the spin-off manga Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring expanded on their relationship with each other and with their daughter Sarada.[148] Stewart praised Sasuke's depiction as a flawed parent, noting that his farewell to Sarada demonstrates his difficulty in being a good father.[149] Another Anime Now writer, Sarah Nelkin, said that the episodes develop Sasuke as a father and a husband, especially when he explains to Sarada that she creates a bond between him and Sakura, despite his frequent absences.[150]

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