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Why do we try so hard to try to find good female characters in a show that has none?
Anyone who considers Sakura, Hinata, Temari, Konan or any other female character in the Naruto franchise worthy of the title ‘strong female character’, I DON’T think you are stupid.
But I think you are kidding yourself.
I am not going to explain why these characters are not ‘strong female characters’. I don’t need to. These female characters do not behave like realistic female HUMAN BEINGS.
Where is your dignity? I know where mine is. I am not going to draw inspiration from caricatures of females that were clearly created to insult my gender and pacify the destructive, narcissistic insecurity of young boys.
I recognize the value that these characters may have for many young anime fans. But that value is equivalent to the nutritional value of the small unrotten part of an otherwise rotten thought-nugget.
Readers of ShawarmaHead Studios know that I, ShawarmaHead, love my thought nuggets. Readers of ShawarmaHead Studios also know that I, ShawarmaHead only value good, wholesome thought-nuggets.
The female characters of the Naruto franchise would have been excellent thought-nuggets, but the chef Masashi Kishimoto CHOSE to not to serve them properly.
I, ShawarmaHead, do not eat poorly served thought nuggets. If you do not respect your dish, I will not touch it.
I repeat. Where is your dignity? I know where mine is. I consume GOOD thought-nuggets produced by chefs who understand how to make GOOD thought-nuggets.
If you want to experience a ‘strong female character’ or rather a competent human female character check out Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru. You will find good thought nuggets from every female AND male character in that dish.