I would like to share what I would have done to have Sakura's story hold more resonance with the story (at least in part 1). This is not my attempt to hate on Sakura, but simply share how I believe how I would have handed her story.
1. Have her family in a form of low position in the village.
The Village Hidden in the Leaves is a Shinobi village with seemingly many civilian families. It would have been interesting to see how these many civilian families work within within and contribute to village as a whole. Essentially having Sakura come from the lower spectrum could have placed her more as the odd girl out. A normal girl within a class filled with many clans' offspring. This would also add more significance with her friendship and rivalry with Ino.
I would have her need shifted to uplifting her family's status within the village for her and her family have a better life, and her goal for a major part of part 1 is to rise through the ranks as fast as possible.
There is still room for her development and she could still keep major parts of her personality. I also believe this would add credibility to her initial hatred of Naruto as she superficially see's his laziness within the Academy as insulting to her and the other genius on their team, Sasuke.
2. Have her mother die during the invasion of the Konoha.
While I'm not one for tragedy for tragedy sake, Sakura sorely lacks what every other single member of Team 7 has, pain. The pain of losing Sasuke hits her hard but she is the only one who never experienced personal loss. The closest one she experienced was Granny Chiyo but her final moments was connected with Naruto and Gaara.
I don't just want her to lose her mother to be sad for a while. It leads into my next point.
3. Have Sakura journey with Naruto to find Tsunade.
Sakura had no development during this portion of the story and she had nothing to do during this time period. I'd say she should have been in that room wit Kakashi and the Jonin and after Sasuke left, Sakura would have followed.
The goal of this point is to have Sakura with Naruto onto find a healer for Sasuke, Kakashi, and Rock Lee. This way Sakura could have formed a relationship with with Tsunade and Shizune and take note of their skills and they hers. This would lead credence to her asking the Hokage instead of her own Sensei for training.
I'd have Sakura, Tsunade and Shizune develop a stronger familial bond as the series goes on.
Well... that's it. Most of this pertains to Sakura during part 1 because that is where I see she needed the most change. During Part 2 Is much harder for me to shift because doing anything major would likely take away from the other Characters.
To be honest, I liked the part about the parents. Sakura seemed to be a character from the pokemon dimension. We nevee saw her parents until the movie. I wonder how her normal civilian parents even let her go after a guy that dangerous?
Sakura parents, as you mentioned should have also shared a tragedy among the Nine Tails incident. It would give a better connection to the whole team seven. With the death of her mother, Sakura's father decides her to be raised as a shinobi, even though his whole family never had any connection to one. Begging to the third to accept his regular child to enroll in the academy, with him accepting her with a few doubts here and there. It would bring so much potentiel, with her finally gaining kage level power by training.
Oh, I thought you were talking about the Nine Tails incident, since it would connect all of them to one. But Konoha Crush as you've said, also makes sense! And it would be more of a fresh and more understanding tragedy than just a past.
I disagree. The whole point of Sakura's story is that she led a normal life.
She's a Shinobi.
Even so, it'd sound kinda repetitive if every member of Team 7 had a traumatic past.
Kakashi's father whom he idolized committed suicide, he felt responsible for Obito's "death" and broke the promise he made to the Uchiha by killing Rin.
Naruto became an orphan and a jinchūriki shortly after he was born and was shunned by the village.
Sasuke's clan was massacred when he was 7 by someone he thought of as a loving older brother.
I'd say it's better to have someone who had a relatively normal childhood in there. Sakura was a girl with a rose-colored view of the world, and fell behind her team-mates pretty quickly because of it. That's why she went to ask for Tsunade's guidance. The improvements she showed against Sasori after the timeskip were nothing short of impressive, exactly because of how she was before. Adding a trauma to Sakura's life doesn't really improve her character arc, as far as I'm concerned.
I can understand why Sakura was Sakura. It's how the story shows us how normal family/village people like Sakura and Lee thrive on to become Shinobi. But then, it didn't get her anything special with it. People don't much like her for anything of that. Infact, I'm pretty the hatedom for Sakura is twice the size of Naruto and Sasuke fans, people just love to joke about her for some reason, I find it annoying.
@JOA maybe you're right. But I still want to see an episode about Sakura from part 1, leaving her home for missions, showing how parents feel about it, and stuff like that.
That normal girl angle was never really played into besides maybe that one flashback where Ino befriends Ino. It's never suggested her being a normal girl has given her any major obstacle than besides matching her obscene team.