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Shannaro by Rozefire Shannaro by Rozefire
Because Sakura needs some lovin' too.

I'm honestly getting sick of all the Sakura-bashing I see going on. The people who hate her seem to hate her over the most pedantic reasons. Because she used to be a bitch (so did Gaara, but no one still holds it against him, do they? See, there's this thing called character growth...). Or they say she's ugly (_). Or that she's weak (hah!). Or that she's too hung up on Sasuke (when actually, Naruto's obsession is worse than hers). The main problem people seem to have with her is that she dares to have breasts and a vagina.

Not cool, people. Not cool.

I personally think Sakura's one of the more credible characters. She's extremely useful, she cares deeply about ALL her teammates, and she'd rather die than stand back and do nothing. She's realistic, which is more than can be said for most other characters, as all her flaws are very human. And as I said, she needs some acknowledgement too since we can't all be born a genius or with a monster in the belly. Besides... she kicks ass! XD

Anyway, why an axe? Well, she's been featured several times wielding axes, and this particularly one is based off the axe Naruto is carrying on the cover of volume 33. It had her name on it, so I'm guessing she's allowed to borrow it. Also it kinda represents her fighting style... which is very smashy-smashy. The word on her arm is her favourite phrase.

Tools: Photoshop CS. No custom brushes or any other program used.
Time: 'Bout two days.

Large lineart version here: [link]

FULL VIEW, please, you gorgeous people, you!
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Where did Sakura get that Japanese-styled Byzantine Axe from Assassin's Creed?
TalkativePencil Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
As if sakura wasn't scary enough with her monster strength she now has a giant ax... RUN! XD I really love this picture not only is the picture itself beautiful, I feel you really captured her personality in her face and pose. Very well done, and yeah I love sakura too!
Rangefree Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
True....too many Sakura haters out there flapping their gums...
Vigriff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
I don't hate Sakura, I just find her treatment of Naruto and her obsession with that filthy Uchiha loathsome.
neverland300690 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
smashy smashy - loved that. and i adore the way you've drawn her, a little playfwith a side-dish of huge ax to go with it and the pink hair. I love her... though if she hits naruto one more time, Im... I'm... Im gonna pull her hair or something!
xxxSilentShadow777 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Finally Sakura gets some love!!!!
Hugo62784 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
This is great- I really love the soft colouring scheme. With the emphasis on soft pinks & browns, (plus the soft lines too) it might make the piece look less badass, but it works wonderfully. I would say the contrast between the colour & the content (badass kunoichi making a crater in the earth with her feet, gigantic axe slung over her shoulder) makes it cooler.
typicalswedishgirl Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Qpillowcase Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god

I remember downloading this picture onto my PSP , and setting it as my wallpaper omfg




cheetackey Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
HOLY F***!! The the hell did that beast weapon come from?!
pogoapple Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
bad ass, I think that she and Zorro from One Piece would get along
HakelenDayz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I'd kill for an ax like that.
gin-baby Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I love her expression and her pose. PERFECT for Sakura. A little bit of sassy with a stomp-stomp out-of-my-way flair. I hate how everyone always focuses on her softness when there is so much attitude to her. :)
kriscahaya Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good sakura ! :D
ninjagirl86 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
OmG i Love how someone is really standing up for the sakura lovers I mean sakura is the Best!! and so is everyone that is on naruto
Yamazaki-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her face is just so SMUG! I LOVE IT!
Thirrin73 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
May I use this picture as the 'cover' for my fanfic? has this new feature where you can upload a picture to act as a cover for your fic and I am just so in love with this pic. I wanted to ask before I just used it without your permission. :)
Kaida-Aiyaki Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
This is amazing!!! *-*
I love this so much. Favorited. and I will now be watching you ^^
P.S Kishi should seriously give her a battleaxe. It'd make my year.
tdnomdt Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Completely agree. Great picture and even better description. Sweet axe.
Shadamy5eva Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME By the way i think shannaro means son of a gun?? Just watched blood prison
when i read your description, i agree with you ^_^ sakura-chan needs more love and less bashing!! sakura-chan's not weak and useless! she was the first one to defeat an akatsuki member!!
ChibiSaku9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Awesome!!! *w*
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Sweet axe!
iSketchalot Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, but then I went and read the description and I like you even more! Haha, I totally agree with you, it's like because she has feelings and is a female, everyone hates her.
MitsuiMitsuko Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I completely agree with you, so thank you, and very nice piece of work you've got here.~
kaykaycookie8D Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i gree wit choo. ha she looks like shes gonna kick some ass
Kakashi95fan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you!

But I have to say that she really WAS annoying before the time-skip. x)

But look at her now! She's the second best medic in Konoha for gods sake!!!
AND she has the same strength as the fifth HOKAGE!!!:D:D:D
YukiShiraFune Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I agree with everything you have said.
Sakura is one my favorite characters she kick ass,
and this kicks ass. *faves*
ColorLessHeart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Artist
the bad ass as arrived
Insanepayne Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I never really liked Sakura but I don't DISlike the character. ok, maybe I did like her a bit. It feels like to me the creator put her on the backburner and she became just another background character. She used to play a much bigger role in the story and now it's just like "Sakura? meh, she served her purpose."

I like this because it is really in line with her training. She's like a TANK with just her fist so with ax in hand I shudder at the thought.
Neko-Hitomi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
She had such a kickass start in Shippuden with her battle with Sasori and then it's fade forever into the background .. even when she's in the spotlight when killing Sasuke it's quickly stolen away ...

poor sakura..
ski-kory Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing, and so totally kick-ass, just like Sakura herself! It's beautiful and dynamic, and her expression is awesome!
IfOnlyNow Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I love your comment to this piece. I absolutely agree with you and I think people should recognize Sakura's character development more. Although she was annoying and weak at first, she has become incredibly strong and a respectable fighter.

Also, your work is beautiful. I can't wait to see more from you!
thewolfofanime Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Writer
i know she i awsome.If you don't like her it is ok but don't call her anything.Sakura is a good person.
kariteyume Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
oh, and what's the kanji on her arm?
kariteyume Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is frigging awesome. i approve. greatly.
CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn; I can't read much Kanji yet, would you mind telling me what it says please? :3
AmyNinkai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! All your reasons are correct and the reason why most of us like Sakura. God I am so glad that she did grow. Bur she has always had that unique character style. c: AND LOVE THE COLORING! >o< She looks amazing and ready to woop a can of ass.
animeart12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Sweet, like any drawings of a bad ass looking Sakura and you are right Rozefire people seriously need to give her a break
Dave-Shino Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have your style that is very different from the Kishimoto's one, but it suits Sakura. I am glad that there are people out there who share my opinion. I was afraid the entire world just became obsessed with the ultimate destruction of Sakura. :D

Her expresion really kind of reminds me of Shikamaru. I like here stance. Great color scheme too. :)
AmayaXin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Totally agree! Sakura is awesome!

I love the pic *-*
The colors. Her Face. The scenario.
Amazing :la:
Shay-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Half her bashers are SasuNaru fans who think she 'gets in the way' ... fucking stupid. I am a SasuNaru fan, so I can say that isn't true for ALL of us. But from what I see, that is mostly the case. A lot of it is just fangirls who want their men to be paired with them not Sakura.

Pink is a color. You are gonna hate her cause she has unique pink hair? Um, bitch. XD Am I right?

And her being 'weak' I think people just say she's weak since she is emotional and female, but it is not actually true. In the first part of shippuden she demonstrated a lot of power and skill. Even in pre-shippuden she had her moments. Lately, she seems to be more on the side-lines but that doesn't make her 'bad' or 'useless' to me.

Lovely pic~. Finally a person with sense. -.-'
OBTRUSIVELY Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
win :heart:
Shay-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student General Artist
:3 Thank you.
gienixo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agredd with you, I love sakura shes the best and most amazing, there just jealous ;)
Love the picture! xo
Ellisama Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Why kishimoto hasn't given her an axe yet is a mystery to me.. she'd be rampaging natural.
Unknownsushi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student General Artist
sakura is awesome so is hinata but we can all agree to hate karin lovely drawing btw
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