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Everyone is choking Sasuke Uchiha in this ‘Naruto’ anime meme

Sasuke's a punk.


Brittany Vincent

Internet Culture

Published Jan 17, 2019   Updated Jan 16, 2019, 8:22 pm CST

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.

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.


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*First Published: Jan 17, 2019, 6:30 am CST