||[Nov. 8th, 2005|03:04 pm]
Naruto Fan Rants
Okay...for one I'm really happy that a community like this exists. I just hope I don't get as much backlash I get everywhere else I go. So onward to my rant!!|
Okay, before you read, just keep in mind that I'm a major Tenten fan. Hence the topic of my rant, Tenten.
I honestly don't understand why that poor girl gets attacked so much by Naruto fans. I mean...I know not everyone is like that...I only find that a lot of Hinata supporters or NejiHina or NejiAnyone seem to do a lot of Tenten bashing. And I honestly hate it. My God, what the hell did she do to deserve such harsh words? Like I can understand if people don't care for her (I mean she is a minor character after all), but stuff like "OMG Tenten is a fucking bitch" and "Tenten deserves to be alone" and "Tenten is the most retarded character ever" really get me down...and especially angry.
In no shape and form is she retarded. The only thing wrong with her is that she doesn't get a back story and a last name. But hot damn, I mean so what? I think that makes her a more interesting character. And by no means is she retarded according to any databooks or even in the series. She does her best with what she's got. She may not be able to do rasengan or chidori and she might not be able to punch holes through people but her determination and arsenal of weapons should be respected just as other characters who have determination and their own special attacks get respect.
I hate how everyone just judges her souly on her one fight with Temari. She lost, big whoop. That doesn't make her any less of a fighter. During that time, had she been paired to fight with anyone else she would have handed them all their ass. Geez, everyone just happens to forget that Temari is older, and she has more experience. Geez, I mean even Post Time Skip she has a freakin Jounin position. Tenten gave it her all though. She didn't back down (no one backed down from their fight), but jsut because you only see her slung over Temari's fan doesn't make her a pathetic fighter. I mean did everyone see all the weapons scattered around? Tenten went all out whether people like to realize it or not. ANd I just feel sorry that people don't recognize that about her.
I also hate how people automatically assume that Tenten is Neji's fangirl/cheerleader. I'm sorry, but that's a big WTF from me. She, in no scene in the manga or the anime, has ever squealed or shouted things that would constitute her to be called a fangirl. If anything she only admires Neji's strength, just like she admires Tsunade's strength.
And what the hell is this all about Tenten not recognizing Lee? That's not true. In the manga, during the Forest of Death scene when she jumps down to retrieve Lee she even says herself "If Lee was by himself he would have beat those three." Does that sound like she doesn't recognize Lee at all? No...geez...she looked down at him when Lee was battling Neji because Lee was being annoying with his constant challenging of Neji. He'd challenge him blindly and lose. If anything Tenten was trying to get it through his head that he needs to do better then what he was doing to beat Neji. And words like that kept pushing Lee to do better.
*head/desk repeatedly* But yes, no one will probably care about this rant since she is only a minor character. Which is understandable. But I'd rather post it here then on places like narutofan where everyone has a biased opinion about everything and can't except characters for what they are. It's like a big slap in the face to people like Kishimoto who spend so much time developing characters and interactions between these characters and then have people complaining and saying how worthless someone is is stupid in my opinion.
I really don't get why people say Tenten is so useless and weak sometimes. I mean, I'm not under the illusion that she's ZOMG!ACTUALLY-TOTALLY-POWERFUL-AND-CAN-BEAT-ITACHI-WITH-ONE-FINGER or anything, but has anyone considered the fact that she could probably beat Sakura, Ino, or Hinata in a one-on-one fight hands down? During the Chunnin Exams, for example, neither Ino nor Sakura were particularly strong. Sakura, didn't even have anything other than Academy level ninjutsu, taijutsu, and genjutsu and Ino had her family's secret jutsu. Neither of which would have been all that effective on Tenten seeing as how she'd beat the crap out of Sakura and Ino wouldn't have been table to catch Tenten in the Mind-Body-Switch and I doubt the hair thing (sorry, I really can't remember jutsu names) would've caught her so Ino would've lost too. And Hinata? Tenten trains with NEJI regularly. I'm sure she can at least hold her own in a fight against a Hyuuga, especially one like Hinata. Yet people constantly say she's useless and weak.
I just...like her. She's sort of the level, balanced one out of all of the kunoichi. I mean Ino's EXTREMELY bossy and Hinata is EXTREMELY shy and don't even get me STARTED on Sakura. But Tenten's just an all round balanced girl who has a dream (like you said, NOT revolving around impressing a guy) and is willing to work hard and help out her friends.
Haha, wow. I actually reread my post and wish I could redo my analysis as well as change some of the things I've posted in reply to some members about Tenten.
Tenten is definitely not weak or useless. I think people would find it better to understand her if they pay attention to her role on her team. I mean...just like you said, her main point is balance and stability in her team. She's very effective in that sense.
And I really do love all the characters, so to say that one character is weaker and completely useless against another, is a bit ridiculous to me because all of the girls have proved their worth somewhere down the line.
....I'm being cut short, but to summarize my opinion on Tenten. She is important, perhaps not yet developed properly, but still important in order to complete the team dynamics. She keeps up with her team, even now during the time-jump and has grown in power, which in turn has gained the proper recognition from her team about her worth (check databooks). In fact, she even listed Temari and Sakura as her desired opponents in her character bio in the databooks. She definitely needs more screen time, but at the same time deserves a realistic outlook on her character as a whole.