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20 October 2015 @ 09:58 pm
Sakura Kinomoto, hated in Japan?!  
I notice the hatred towards her is quite few, but I just feel kind of sad to see the some of the people who hate her with a passion. Comments that broke my heart the most about her are: "she is annoying and should just die in the anime," "Li/Syaoran-kun should just hook up with Meilin or Eriol or Tomoyo," "she is worst anime protagonist to be ever existed."

I like Sakura very much as much as I like Tomoyo, Syaoran, Kero, and the other characters on the Cardcaptor Sakura series. Some people even don't want to explain much about why they hate her, which can be rather confusing to me to find the reason behind their hatred towards her. Then again, there a few people who dislike her because Sakura is a "Mary Sue" or too perfect.

Okay, I do admit that her dense and naive traits can be a bit irritating, but it isn't that bad to me, I still think her dense and naive traits can be cute. Despite the fact the fact that she is naive and dense, but I love her really sweet and caring personality, she is a really friendly cheerful girl with a positive view about almost everything. Also, she is not really as crybaby or as whiny as some of the other mahou shoujo characters, which is good.

As for being a "Mary Sue" or "too perfect," no I don't think so, in fact she has few flaws such as being scared of ghost, being dense about other people's feelings, being naive, doubtful of herself sometimes, easily gets angry when someone teases her, and rather clumsy.

She is not as sophisticated, gentle, matured, or as intelligent as Tomoyo but at least Sakura is athletic, active, and she still did a relatively good job when handling clow cards. I sometimes hate it a bit when some people compare her to Tomoyo by saying that Tomoyo is good while Sakura isn't as good as her. To be honest I mostly don't really like to see some people compare Sakura to Tomoyo because I love both Sakura and Tomoyo very much regardless of their personality.

Then what's even worse, she is listed as one of the "most hated anime heroine" by the Biglobe poll (Biglobe is a Japanese website about anime/manga). Sakura listed as the #16 "most hated anime heroine" which is really undeserving if you ask me, Sakura doesn't deserve to be listed as the #16 "the most hated anime heroine" because I have seen other anime heroines who I thought to be worse than Sakura (e.g : Miaka Yuki, Mikuru Asahina, etc.). Thankfully, Sakura is still listed as #1 best "elementary grade student anime character" and #6 best "anime characters named 'Sakura'" by the Biglobe poll. Biglobe poll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/04/30-1/top-20-anime-heroines-you-love-to-hate

And besides, to any fangirls who claimed that she "stole" Syaoran, oh please! Sakura had no intention to "steal" Syaoran from anyone else, she just to be friendly to Syaoran. So what if she's nice to Syaoran? At least she doesn't treat Syaoran like the way Akane treated Ranma.

I also still support her relationship with Syaoran, because she and Syaoran got a relatively nice and well-developed relationship. It was nice to see on how she developed her relationship to Syaoran from time to time in CCS.

The thing that broke my heart the most is that Sakura is sometimes being overlooked a bit in comparison to Tomoyo. I won't deny that Tomoyo is really nice character and I also include her as my favorite CCS character. But sometimes I feel like Sakura is kind of looked as a "red-headed stepchild" in comparison to Tomoyo. And besides, Sakura deep down always trusted Tomoyo although she sometimes think that Tomoyo is a little weird.

Then, I also noticed that there were some people who like Meiling don't like Sakura at all. I mean, I tend to notice that the more people like Meiling the more people hate Sakura. Even when Meiling shows some grudge to Sakura, but Sakura herself still sees Meiling as a friend. And besides, it was Sakura the one who asked Meiling to stay in her house, so she can chill Meiling down.

Another thing that irritates me is that there are some Syaoran fan girls who bashed Sakura with no legit reason. I mean they sometimes like to "demonize" Sakura or think Sakura is some kind of a disease instead of a character.

That's my defense of her.
Lucky_Ladybuginsaneladybug on October 21st, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea that Sakura is so hated in certain circles. That is sad. You made a very lovely defense of her. As you say, she isn't perfect; she's a very human character. And she's a really nice person. If she were real, I'd love to have her as a friend.

And that is frustrating when some people won't even say why they hate her. I've had that sort of thing happen regarding other characters. Or they'll give me some kind of reason, but it's a ridiculous one.
Tiffany Cheng on October 21st, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your comment, I appreciate it.

You're right, when I found out a poll stated that she was the #16 most hated anime character by the Japanese anime fans I felt like so frustrated. And when I saw the poll myself I thought like this: "why the Japanese don't like her? I see nothing wrong with her, I even cannot see anything horrible about her. Do Japanese think she's that horrible?" The bashers themselves also made my frustration got worse.

Another frustrating Japanese poll that I have seen from Biglobe is that Usagi Tsukino is rated as one of the most annoying/unlikeable anime heroines. I never think Usagi was just as annoying/unlikeable as what the Japanese anime fans said about her.

Sakura is one of the anime female character that I loved since I was a ten year old girl, alongside with Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon and Candice White from Candy Candy. She was the main reason I watched Cardcaptor Sakura almost everyday throughout my young age.

The good news is there is a poll from Biglobe said that Syaoran and Sakura was rated by the Japanese anime fans as #5 best anime pairing. Biglobe poll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/06/05-1/poll-ranks-top-10-anime-couples

Edited at 2015-10-21 01:38 pm (UTC)
Lucky_Ladybuginsaneladybug on October 21st, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, that seems very strange about the poll. With Usagi, it's a little more understandable that some people wouldn't like her, but that's still sad too. I've always loved her as well.

Candy Candy I'm not familiar with. Is that another magical girls show?

That's good that Sakura and Syaoran have made it onto a positive poll! They are a very sweet couple.
Tiffany Cheng on October 22nd, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
A Biglobe poll about Usagi Tsukino: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/10/13/male-and-female-fans-name-the-same-gender-anime-character-they-find-most-annoying
The poll said that Usagi was rated as the #32 most annoying/unlikeable anime female. I find the poll itself to be kind of ridiculous.

Btw, Candice White is protagonist from the anime "Candy Candy." If you don't know the "Candy Candy" series try to google it.

Edited at 2015-10-22 03:00 am (UTC)
Lucky_Ladybuginsaneladybug on October 22nd, 2015 09:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, those polls seem kind of silly. And they probably don't really represent the fanbase as a whole; just a small part of it.

Okay, I just looked it up. It sounds like a cute series. I like historical shows; I might have to give it a try sometime.
Tiffany Cheng on October 26th, 2015 11:37 am (UTC)
Oh well, I think Candy Candy is quite worth to watch you know. The manga is also pretty good to read.

I agree with you that some fans can be really annoying with their bashing, some of their words are really annoying or even heartless to a point.

Btw, I have a one comment about Sakura basher on the internet like this:
"I hate Sakura from card captor sakura.......you have no idea. "

Then when I asked why she didn't like Sakura, then she told me that's because she uses clow cards like windy instead of light or dark card. Her reason didn't make sense to me.

Edited at 2015-10-26 11:39 am (UTC)
Lucky_Ladybuginsaneladybug on October 26th, 2015 11:50 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree; it sounds like a very cute series. :)

... Wow. That is just beyond bizarre. I certainly fail to understand the logic behind such a reason.
Tiffany Cheng on October 26th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, her comment was kind of bizarre, that's why I didn't take her comment that seriously.

I also don't really like Meiling and Syaoran bashings on the Internet by the fans. Meiling is often being called a "bitch" just because she gets the way of Syaoran x Sakura pairing, I support Syaoran x Sakura pairing too but I don't bash Meiling, I am okay with Meiling actually.

Then, there are fans who wanted Sakura to be paired with Tomoyo would viciously bashed Syaoran. Those Sakura x Tomoyo pairing fans often called Syaoran as a "brat" or a "female abuser," Syaoran is one my favorite in Cardcaptor Sakura, his characters growth is pretty good. I was kind of frustrated when Sakura x Tomoyo pairing fans often portrayed Syaoran as a horrible female abuser towards Sakura.

Edited at 2015-10-26 12:06 pm (UTC)
Lucky_Ladybuginsaneladybug on October 27th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)

Poor Meiling. I haven't seen too many episodes with her, but I thought I heard that once she knew Syaoran and Sakura cared about each other, she supported that and stepped aside. It takes a strong person to do that.

Ugh. Oh yes, some fans love to unfairly demonize a character if they get in the way of a desired pairing. Poor Syaoran. He is a very good character.
Tiffany Cheng on October 27th, 2015 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh well, Mizuki Kaho are also hated by either Eriol x Tomoyo pairing fans or Touya x Yukito pairing fans. A lot Eriol x Tomoyo or Touya x Yukito fans like call Kaho as "b*tch." I am fan of Eriol x Tomoyo and Touya x Yukito pairings but I don't mind Mizuki Kaho.