Jujutsu Kaisen season 2: Twitter goes into overdrive as Nobara vs. Sakura comparison resurfaces after episode 19
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 19, which was broadcast not too long ago, depicted the tragic death of Nobara Kugisaki. She met her end while fighting the curse of Mahito in the bustling district of Shibuya. This unfortunate incident has reignited a well-known discussion among enthusiasts of anime and manga, drawing parallels between Nobara and Sakura Haruno from Naruto.
Sakura Haruno has often been the subject of criticism due to the perceived stagnation of her character development, especially when compared to her comrades, Naruto and Sasuke.
Even though she became a formidable kunoichi, her character was largely defined by her infatuation with Sasuke. It led to her often being sidelined for the majority of the series. Despite possessing immense potential, she was rarely allowed to shine.
Naturally, fans of Naruto have felt that Sakura’s character deserved more depth and development. Consequently, within the animanga community, being compared to Sakura has become quite an insult for any anime character. It now appears that Nobara is being subjected to similar criticism, with viewers of Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 characterizing her as a case of wasted potential.
Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers.
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 19 leads to fans pitting Nobara against Naruto’s Sakura
Jujutsu Kaisen season 2, produced by MAPPA, has been faithfully adapting the much-loved Shibuya manga arc and making waves in the anime community.
Episode 19, titled Right and Wrong Part 2, not only delved deeper into Nobara’s backstory but also showed how she met her death while fighting Mahito. The moment of Nobara’s downfall was when she momentarily let her guard down.
While Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 19 should have seen fans mourning Nobara’s death, instead, it has sparked a heated debate among fans on social media platforms.
The topic of discussion is the similarity or difference between Nobara and Sakura. Some fans argue that Nobara's character is as pathetic as Sakura's, due to a perceived lack of contribution to the storyline.
This debate has particularly resulted from a video about Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 19 by anime theorist and YouTuber Ohara’s video.
Without further ado, here are some of the notable tweets from X.
While the Nobara vs Sakura debate will continue given the popularity of both shows, it is also true that, as many fans of Jujutsu Kaisen have pointed out, Nobara and every other female character is way more developed than the female characters in Naruto.
Mangaka Masashi Kishimoto has openly admitted his struggle with writing compelling female characters.
Regardless of where one stands in this Nobara vs Sakura debate, one thing is certain: both characters have significantly influenced the world of anime and manga.