The official character poll of the Naruto franchise titled “NARUTOP99” is finally out! And much to the fans’ surprise (or dismay), Sakura Haruno took the 3rd position in the poll, racing ahead the likes of Kakashi Hatake, Naruto Uzumaki, Madara Uchiha, Hinata Hyuga & so on.
Fans have already began the hate train when the mid-report showed the same result as the actual poll for the top 3 characters. Further damage was created when Sakura and Lady Chiyo vs Sasori triumphed over Naruto vs Sasuke and Rock Lee vs Gaara in the best fight of the series.
But as the poll suggests, there were many fans who welcomed Sakura being declared as best girl within the Naruto franchise.
And there are others, who have reached the accepted stage of the 5 stages of grief, relieved in the fact that “At least she’s not top 1 Naruto character”
However, the most surprising aspect of the poll is the possibility of it being rigged. There is evidence that Sakura stans around the world have used automatic mass voting software, VPNs and other illegitimate means to vote in the NARUTOP99 poll!
One of the software used is a macro recorder, a tool that captures macros (a rule that specifies how a certain input should be mapped to a replacement output) for subsequent playback. The primary benefit of using a macro recorder is that it enables the user to perform complex tasks much more quickly and with less effort, without the need for custom programming or scripting.
Others have confirmed to use VPNs and incognito mode on their browsers, creating fake accounts on the poll site and jotting their votes down.
NARUTOP99 was carried out as part of Naruto anime’s 20th anniversary celebrations!
Naruto anime started airing on October 3, 2002, based on Masashi Kishimoto’s manga of the same name. Studio Pierrot and Aniplex made the first part of the Naruto series, which ran from 2002 to 2007 with 220 episodes. A sequel called Naruto: Shippuden started airing the same year, and it ran for a total of 500 episodes until 2017 before it ended.
The main story then moved on to the younger generation, with Naruto’s son Boruto playing the title role in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.