The ongoing Naruto worldwide character popularity poll recently released its midterm results, revealing the top 50 rankings based on fan votes so far.
While fan-favorites Minato Namikaze and Itachi Uchiha held onto the number one and two spots respectively, Sakura Haruno surprisingly overtook both Naruto and Sasuke to reach number three.
In addition to the overall rankings, the polls also show each character’s popularity by region around the world. This allows fans to see which characters resonate more in different parts of the globe as voting continues.
With voting open until January 31st, there is still time for rankings to shift in the final results.
However, there have been concerning reports that Sakura’s abrupt jump to number three may have been influenced by fans of another major anime franchise, One Piece.
Allegations claim members of the One Piece fandom coordinated efforts to manipulate the Naruto poll results in Sakura’s favor. Though details remain unclear, some believe this was done intentionally to create controversy and call into question the integrity of the poll.
Authenticity Behind Sakura Haruno’s Surprising Naruto Popularity Poll Ranking
Despite allegations that One Piece fans interfered, it’s unlikely they significantly influenced Sakura Haruno’s high 3rd-place ranking in the Naruto poll. I actively participate in One Piece fan communities and don’t believe they care enough about another series’ contest to coordinate manipulation.
Perhaps a couple of fans voted sporadically which sparked overblown accusations. But overall One Piece readers probably aren’t invested enough to make an impact.
Sakura secured 3rd place decisively, over 200,000 votes beyond the 4th place character. With nearly half a million votes herself, it seems her ranking has more to do with genuine support from Naruto fans.