Name: Haruno Sakura
Birthday: 28 March
Master: Godaime Hokage Tsunade
Team: Team Kakashi
Teammates: Hatake Kakashi (leader), Uzumaki Naruto
Former Teammate: Uchiha Sasuke
Best friend and rival: Yamanaka Ino
In Naruto Shippuuden, Haruno Sakura redeems herself from being the weak “female ninja with no special talent”. After more than 2 years of training (2.5 years in the manga and 3 years in the anime) under the tutelage of Godaime Hokage Tsunade after Uchiha Sasuke left Konoha, Sakura’s “Inner Sakura” strength is no longer contained in her schizophrenic mind. She can now punch through boulders of rock; with the damage done by a violent punch almost rivaling that of Uzumaki Naruto’s Rasengan, bringing a whole new definition to "Girl Power".
Sakura is also no longer fussing over her "Sasuke-kun", now that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru’s gang and gets no screentime.
Donning a new 2 piece outfit that is now less reminiscent of a Chinese ‘Cheongsam’, Sakura’s achievements in Naruto Shippuuden is enough to make one cry with joy and forgive her for being an irritating dumb pinkhead in the 1st 100 over episodes. Armed with Tsunade’s medical ninja healing skills, Sakura’s resume now includes healing ‘puppet-freak’ Kankurou from ‘puppet-freakier’ Sasori of the Red Sand’s deadly venom. She also managed to kill the latter, who is an Akatsuki member, together with Grandma Chiyo. Now that’s a remarkable feat for a relatively newcomer in ninja business; considering how her teacher, Hatake Kakashi, got totally owned by another Akatsuki member, the dashing cool Uchiha Itachi.
Sasuke and Naruto should be so jealous of her now.