>>137293255 No, because of her the entire Holy Grail War narrative is essentially tossed out the window in favor of what seems to be a route directly about Sakura almost to the exclusion of all else. In Fate and UBW, the focus is more on the protagonist, Shirou, who (from purely a writing standpoint) is the most interesting character. Sure, Saber is the main girl in Fate, Rin is the main girl in UBW, and Archer is the main focus of UBW, but in each of these routes the central focus is on Shirou fighting for his ideals. In Heaven's Feel, the focus on Shirou takes a backseat to an almost exclusive focus on Sakura. He's left sitting in bed for like half the route! The story isn't about Shirou anymore, it's about Sakura. At that point, to be honest, the story would've been told better from Sakura's perspective. Add to that that she subsequently becomes an antagonist and, well, it doesn't shed the most sympathetic light. And this is all done while everyone essentially puts the entire Grail War on pause or gets eaten in order to put the whole Grail War on pause. The story just entirely changes directions.
>>137293255 Sakura has the problem that she never had an anime.
Saber had 2006, and so did Rin. Saber and Rin again in UBW 2010 AND 2014. That's three mainstream shit going on for them.
Sakura will only get HF, but then we'll have Saber and Rin. Again.
So in the end Sakura just has less screentime, she's much more popular than when the VN came out so her popularity will continue to grow probably, I don't think she'll ever be as popular as Rin and Saber because the other two are already "known" characters by this point.
Also a couple movies wouldn't do HF justice, but the manga is doing well and in 3rei she's become an important character.
>>137296034 Saber is shoehorned into everything because of Takeuchi. Not even Shiki could beat Saber, and Saber is a garbage character. She's just the go-to heroine, the one that caters to normalfags the most.
Of course, the poll was after Zero, Shiki would've won if it was 1 year earlier.
>>137296179 Have you read my post or you're just shitposting?
I already replied to what you said, hell I even said it myself in MY FIRST POST. I already know Sakura wasn't as popular back then, stop repeating the same shit retard.
Fanbases change, the people that liked Fate in 2004 don't give a shit about it anymore, the ones that do are mostly new. Saber and Rin get more popularity because they were always in things that brought new people into the fanbase. Anime.
Saber has greater mass appeal, both from a personality and design aspect. Rin's a tsundere, so she's naturally popular.
Well, it's basically like how Aigis and Mitsuru are more popular than Yukari in Persona 3, or how... Uh, shit. I don't watch or play enough harem things. Point is Sakura just lacks that certain attention-grabbing "something". The key factor that makes basement-dwelling neckbeards drool over her like a stereotypical comedy movie cop over an open box of Krispy Kremes.
Honestly, I think it's more like she's literally a side character in the first two routes of the VN and her route is blocked behind the first two route. I think most people never bothered playing HF, even though it's by far the superior route. Rin for example, has a big presence in all three routes.
>>137296713 Nah, really the problem is much more simpler than that. Sakura lacks a proper "moe" factor.
Like how Saber is a stalwart king of knights who, deep inside, has the heart of a young girl. Or how Rin's a tsundere who acts tough but actually fucks up a lot. Or how Ilya's a loli. Like in Majikoi, the winner of the last poll was Margit, who acts tough but actually has an adorable side. Ryougi Shiki has this really cat-like personality and her cute, childish side is occasionally shown when interacting with Mikiya. Arcueid's childish and an idiot, but she's also a True Ancestor. Shit like that.
The most moe character always wins in polls, and Fate's no exception. Sakura's just not as moe as Saber or Rin. Then again, I suppose that also makes her more realistic than the other two, in a sense. That's another thing; the more realistic a character is, the less likely they'll be popular.
>>137296864 >Then again, I suppose that also makes her more realistic than the other two I'm sure she's a realistic character, it's not like she was raped by worms and her brother for 10 years and emerged perfectly fine in the end without any sign of mental damage.
>>137306304 Worms are no laughing matter. Even Ufotable has bullied Sakura for her worms, this has to stop. Memes are supposed to be fun OC stuff, not serious canonical events of a character's past, that would be plain old bullying. I'm disapponted on mods for not understanding this and banning every single person that mentions it, and for not filtering the word "worm". They filtered "c u c k" for Saber, why are they being hypocrites and not doing the same for Sakura?
>>137306445 >Implying the HF movie won't massively hype Saber's popularity because Saber Alter, or Rin's popularity because it's the route where she's best written and developed, not to mention she gets more screen time than Sakura and Saber combined.
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