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Naruto; the saddest death

For me, the saddest death in Naruto, is undoubtedly, Yashamaru's death. Let me say a few words about why I think so.

For me death by itself is not sad. I would in fact say that death is a blessing for the one who is dying. It is sad for those who are left behind. From that perspective I think Yashamaru's death is the saddest. Yashamaru was the only comforting figure in the life of Gaara. The moment it is revealed that the assassin who tried to kill him was that same Yashamaru was heart breaking. The way Gaara cries "Yashamaru.." still resonates in my mind.

Loneliness is one of the central themes of the anime. And, that scene captures it so magnificently. One of the most touching moments in the anime.

There are several other deaths for which I shed a lot of tears. Like the deaths of Haku or Zabuza or Jiraiya or Obito. But they truly shine through their deaths. As Jiraiya himself says "The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives but how he dies. It's not what they do in life, but what they did before dying that proves their worth. Thinking back on it, my story is one full of failures. Tsunade rejected me every time. I couldn't save my friend, I failed to protect my student… and my teacher. Compared with the Hokage who came before me, my accomplishments have all been petty and insignificant. I wanted to die like them…". And these deaths really made them the excellent ninja (rippana shinobi) they always wanted to be. In the case of Zabuza, his human side was only seen at the end. Till then he would look like a cold hearted demon. So my tears were as much that of pride or happiness as much it was of sadness.

Neji's death was plain stupid. It was totally unnecessary. Notice that almost nobody other than Neji dies. And, that too he dies by getting hit by some sticks. He should have at least died in a more glorious way. At the very least he should have stopped a bijuu dama or so. So, Neji's death was more of a disappointment than sadness for me.

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