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We’re barely out of January, and anime memes are taking over our social media feeds once more.
This time, it’s all about a character named Sasuke, and everyone in the known universe trying to choke him out.
For some context, Sasuke is a pivotal character in the anime and manga series Naruto, from creator Masashi Kishimoto. Naruto is a popular series that originally ran for 700 chapters, following a young demon with a demon fox sealed away inside him. Though his entire village looks down on him for that reason, he forges valiantly ahead to fulfill his dreams and doesn’t let anyone get in his way. The story continued with Naruto Shippuden and is currently going on with the sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, following Naruto’s children.
This particular scene is culled from an early segment in the series, where Sasuke Uchiha runs into his estranged brother Itachi and launches an attack. Because Sasuke isn’t strong enough to pose a real threat, Itachi pins him up against a wall and proceeds to choke him. It’s not a funny scene by any means, but it’s instantly recognizable. And while it’s supposed to be serious, well, now it’s not.
It is, however, the perfect breeding ground for memes. The internet has been positively flooded with people’s takes on Sasuke being choked, with memes including everyone from Marge Simpson to Marie Kondo.
There’s so much emotion in the screenshot that you can practically feel it radiating through the screen. It works with just about any character, whether you’re trying to convey rage, weirdness, silliness, or what-have-you. And we can’t stop laughing at it. The more surreal, the better.
your strategy is weak, sasuke pic.twitter.com/CBRwFS7yBx
— 心 (@24914x) January 16, 2019
My take on this Sasuke meme pic.twitter.com/kNiVbLXQrA
— Spider Ninja (@AndreiNinjalaul) January 15, 2019
you never saw it coming huh, sasuke? pic.twitter.com/kCNn3vtkpL
— JEN @ P5 💖 | hiatus (@noreigret) January 16, 2019
Sasuke really can’t trust anyone
not even himself pic.twitter.com/LrAEfddfMv
— ドレイク @ Rock Lee and his ninja pals tweeting (@itsatrashben) January 15, 2019
me, logging on to twitter: h
— pinkuraraka (@pinkuraraka) January 16, 2019
“ Sasuke, To show you the power of flex tape. I sawed your village in half! “ pic.twitter.com/6WUKwME4Qx
— Boonks (@JBOONKS) January 16, 2019
your path ends here pic.twitter.com/V2SQ1Tl7RE
— Skides | GRAY CAME HOME (@TheSkidesZ) January 16, 2019
— non aesthetic things (@PicturesFoIder) January 16, 2019
— danny (@bakguous) January 14, 2019
You’re weak Sasuke.. you lack seasoning pic.twitter.com/MicinchetP
— darien (@paIkias) January 15, 2019
"Judge Judy here. I love the truth. If you don't tell me the truth, you're gonna be eating your shoes. If you live to be a hundred, you will never be as smart as me. On your BEST day, you're not as smart as *I* am on my WORST day. Sasuke, you're dismissed" pic.twitter.com/pDcFRpdX2P
— Lan (@Kishido_Spirit) January 15, 2019
sasuke uchiha brings me no joy
– marie kondo probably pic.twitter.com/X3Oydt38XE
— Nikko Genesis Evangelion (@NikkoGuy) January 15, 2019
It may not make a lot of sense, but it certainly makes for one of the funniest anime-related memes we’ve seen so far this year. Get ready for 2019, the year of even more ridiculous anime memes.
Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.