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Sakura Gari is a Taishou Era romantic story, ten years in the making. It centers around the 16 year old Tagami Masataka as he is aiming to find his place in life. While attempting to start prep school as a rounin he encounters Saiki Souma, the son of a distinguished noble of the Saiki Koushyaku family and becomes part of the Saiki household.

It seems as though this will be the story of Tagami's life, taking us through both him growing up physically and emotionally.


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Associated Names
Cherry Blossom Harvest
Cherry Blossom Hunting
Sakura Gari
Sakura Hunt
The Hunt for Cherry Blossoms

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.9 (end) by ? (1831d ago)
v.3 c.8 by ? (1831d ago)
v.3 c.7 by Watase's Sorai (2075d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (745 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 10th 2014, 10:25am PST



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Rinka (Shogakukan)

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3 Month Pos #400 decreased(-45)
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A Darker Side of Watase's Works   
Rating: N/A
April 22nd, 2009, 9:42pm
Personally, I read nearly every single one of Watase-sensei's works. I often compared her other works to each other, but this series was way different than I originally expected. Her older works had their shares of the heroine experiencing dramas, but when I thought Ayashi No Ceres was dark, Sakura Gari made me think twice about it.

There were events in the story, that gave me chills, and made me feel like I was the main character himself(despite the fact I'm a girl..). He experienced tragedy, but not just him, but the characters around him had their own shares of darker pasts. Sure, the uke of the story, isn't as good looking, but what made me admire this story, is how she made each character as realistic as possible.

How she breaks out of her shell of having a heroine, and having a bubbly shojo-like storyline going into something as harsh as rape and suicide, is something to give compliments to her. Frankly, despite it's overly dramatic tone, I still love how she properly fits the characters in the era, and how they are uniquely developed in their surroundings.
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Going nicely so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by heywhatsthat
April 12th, 2008, 6:38pm
I have so much more respect for Watase-sensei after reading this. She's successfully broken out of her shoujo restraints and made an actual YAOI. Though the focus isn't just guy on guy and there's definitely more text then a normal yaoi, she's matured as a mangaka and I'd hope to possibly see her delve deeper into the genre once this piece finishes.
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By far her best work.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
May 3rd, 2012, 9:07am
I'm running through all the manga I remember reading and putting them on booklog. (So far, 1127 volumes of manga of all genres excluding BL, since I'm still in the process of adding that).

I have read a heck load of shoujo--and all that I have read from Watase Yuu were cliche and boring. From Fushigi Yugi to Ceres to Alice 19th to Absolute Boyfriend to Imadoki etc. It kept getting worse. I only ever read them in the library if I was really bored. This one actually had twists I didn't expect. I also like that the uke looks like a normal, unextraordinary boy. This has the dark atmosphere that I like most in my manga (well, more tragic than Nakamura-level dark). I do think it's beautiful. (But keep in mind I think Double Mints is beautiful.)

I really dislike the "no-no-no-YES!" aspect of most yaoi manga--this is the first real "no-no-no-NO!" BL manga I've read. I'm pretty sure this is considered actual shounen-ai (genre pretty much no longer exists). Back then, people complained about the lack of gay sex. Nowadays fujoshi, including me, are complaining (rightfully) about the lack of depth in BL.

(Christ, now I'm craving for the next Ai no Kusabi OVA--a series which has both treats and depth.)
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i simply love this   
Rating: N/A
by 303
May 12th, 2009, 9:45pm
Sakura gari is such a beautiful work that i am seriously anticipating for upcoming chapters. to be honest, I don't usually favor Watase Yuu's work on daily basis despite the fact that she is, no doubt,a really good artist; her other works were simply not of my style. But sakura gari really blew me away. The intricate art and the depth of the story is just wonderful. The fact that she construct something out of her ordinary style and make it truly splendid really shows how good she is as a manga artist.

What i really like about sakura gari is that there are so much to the storyline--so many layers and various perspectives. the portrayal of the characters and their emotion is vivid. everything flows and the yaoi factors are also placed well within the plot too.
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if you like blood diamonds, you're going to love blood rape diamonds   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by lilliful
August 30th, 2010, 12:23pm
Seriously folks, just like blood is the currency for diamonds in some parts of Africa, blood is the currency for absolutely everything in this manga -- especially love and salvation. I know I'm in the massive minority and that this review will be inflammatory to some, so I'm just going to throw out some hard statistics upfront:

7 deaths
2 completed suicides
1 attempted suicide (not the same person as either of the completed suicides)
4 completed murders
4 attempted murders (mainly against the star couple)
1 conspiracy to commit murder
893469 counts of rapings and beatings

Now, not that I'm any stranger to the yaoiland mantra of "it's not rape, it's just sex the uke didn't know he wanted," but usually that's in much smuttier, lulzier manga than this one. This one seemed to try to be at least vaguely serious. Anyway let me start out by saying that this reminds me of a bad exploitation film alla Showgirls or Striptease. The end-of-manga interview has the mangaka saying "I think all the characters were saved in their own way" -- ironically, the purification method of choice for everyone seems to be rape and death. Yes, my friends, this manga went along the lines of rape death rape rape death rapity rape death death. I even love how at the end the uke was all
Spoiler (highlight to view)
And every single bad thing that happens in this manga, ladies and gentleman, can be traced back to a man who couldn't keep his pants zipped.

Also, really, the seme a.k.a. Mr. Rapemagnet that nobody can help but rape upon first sight of him was a glorified Gary Stu of the "boo hoo hoo I've suffered every imaginable trauma known to man" variety. And as for the relationship between the uke and the seme, all of it is serious emorape. There is no sexyrape. It's not sexyrape when the scent of the seme makes the uke vomit. So be prepared for this to just be mainly angstrape. There is literally ONE consensual sex scene between them in the entire manga.

Anyway, I know you are all now tired of seeing every sentence I write contain the word rape. So I'm going to switch to beatings. It's almost comical going through the manga watching these characters pick up so many scars from near-death beatings and near-death assassination attempts and near-death rapings (sometimes these things get combined for efficiency's sake). By the end, in addition to having their own unique but generous assortment of scars, the main characters even have identical giant wounds THAT'S SO SWEET I KNOW RIGHT. No seriously ladies and gentleman, by the end I could have sworn their bodies more resembled hardened samurai warrior yaoimen than their bishy intellectual selves. Did I mention not a single one of EITHER of their numerous scars were obtained from them fighting something? They just tended to get beaten or attacked, step in the way of attacks, or attack themselves.

Anyway, I think you guys get the point by now, so for those who can't be bothered to read my long review, I'm just going to sum it up for you:
1. RAPE.
3. confused
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I hate to admit this...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by asaliah1116
November 9th, 2008, 3:32am
Speaking from one who hates Yuu Watase's work, this is actually...good. I tend to steer clear far away from her works but this caught my interest simply because it is her first blatantly yaoi work. It has a heavy atmosphere, psychologically draining to read and a plot enough to make a person's stomach twist in discomfort. I read the first chapter, decided that I hate it but before I realise it, I have already download the rest of the chapters and read all of it through with morbid fascination akin to watching a coroner doing autopsy on a corpse or ghastly road accident victim. Even as I read the latest fifth chapter (while in the back of my mind rewinding the vow to not do so no matter what almost 4 months ago), the pull of Sakura Gari was so strong that I ended up finishing this chapter as well with a look of pure disgust on my face. It is that good, which is something I hate to admit. While there are other works that go through the same theme (or somewhat like it), the way Yuu Watase did it has much more impact that somehow rubbed me the wrong way. Not many manga can move me with such strong emotion like Sakura Gari. Give it a try. Some might like it and some might hate it with a passion. But in the end, love it or hate it, it will still pull you in like it did with me, no matter what.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragoness57
September 1st, 2008, 11:15pm
her yaoi series is greater than any of her other shoujo ones.. and i've read all of them.

it has more depth, realistic references, befitting artstyle, great imagery, and such intelligent design that i can't even stop rambling..

i'm just in awe. the characterization blows me away with the overflow of emotion.

the depth of the characters goes as far as to show the desperation that humans can truly feel- and the result of their actions as well as their motives can be devastating.

... Last updated on November 1st, 2009, 8:11am
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Beautiful & Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 2old4yaoi
March 25th, 2011, 8:10pm
Sakura Gari definitely made my list of "must license" in English. Seriously, in the western world, the French, the Spanish & the German had shown discriminating good tastes by licensing the series for their countries' audiences, so why is the English speaking world so far behind? Should we be cowed by the challenges of VizMedia's preferred genre which is currently short sighted? Anyway, enough on my complaints & on with the actual review :-)

This series is so beautiful that it will break your heart - the art, the story & the Taisho era setting. Watase Yuu did an amazing job of building the contrast in characters between the pure, innocent Tagami & the worldly, broken Souma through a series of horrifying events & a strong cast of supporting characters both sympathetic and hostile to their developing relationship. I think each reader will find different interpretation of the whole story & this is what make a manga so unforgettable. I would not narrate the story here at all, it has been done by enough previous reviewers or you can just read the story yourself but the gist of the story to me is about love & redemption. Humans are amazingly resilient creatures. Souma had been subjected to some of the most terrifying abuses in his life that he believed he was so broken and not worth saving. He could no longer discern what is morally right or wrong & believed that everyone was just after his body. Then he met Kagami, a university student from the country side who shined with his simplicity & innocent. Kagami couldn't believe his luck when Souma took an interest in him - that is until he found out about Souma's dark past. In the beginning he tried to run away but his efforts were blocked by Souma through various means. Yet, humans had the ability to rationalize their loves and the lucky ones usually learned how to love what they had. While the ending is very controversial, I think it is almost as realistically happy as sensei can make it. I definitely recommend that you read it to get a good flavor of what an amazing, well written & crafted yaoi manga can be.

... Last updated on April 19th, 2013, 9:55pm
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Good enough   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lethuy
May 10th, 2008, 11:26am
To tell the truth, I hate all shoujo manga of Watase-sensei. I had been always imagining how she would draw Yaoi manga (because I love her drawing and bishounen). Now my dream came true and I am satisfied with Sakura Gari, even though the uke in this manga is not cute or pretty to me, but I think that makes the difference.
As usual, she's good at creating sad manga.^^
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By all accounts I shouldn't like this...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by vkoi
October 31st, 2009, 11:19pm
...but I do. Probably wouldn't have read Sakura Gari if I had read the comments here first. I dislike stories about rape based relationships. It did sort of turn me off at first, but this manga has a seriously addictive melodramatic storyline. The characters are so blown out of proportion that it's hard to really feel sickened the way I would if I felt like the characters were people with feelings.

I don't know how, but even with unsympathetic characters and an unrealistic plotline this story works. There's crack in it maybe? Actually, I think that the story goes so far in the direction of melodrama that it stops being a tragedy and starts being fluffy black comedy.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Really, he's set himself on fire and thrown himself down a flight of stairs for love? Hilarious. Souma stole your harmonica so you're submitting to butt rape, Tagami? For a harmonica, really? Seriously, if these things actually happened they'd be horrifying, but the only horrifying thing about this manga is how it makes the ugly side of humans funny.

The art is pleasant to look at and about 5x better than anything else I've seen by Watase Yuu. Granted I got perma turned off by her terminally stupid shoujo heroines about 10 years ago. Her drawing style has definitely matured nicely.

The way the story is told, peeling back layers around past events in Souma's life, is hardly unique but is handled very well. Even though each layer reveals an even more far fetched twist to events, you sort of want to just keep going right to the middle.

Ah, and the historical setting is great. All the details about the Taisho era really add a lot of texture. I wish the story were a little more firmly rooted in the era, but the historical setting doesn't just feel like an excuse for cool costumes.

If rape isn't an automatic turn off for you and you have any taste for melodrama, I'd recommend sampling the first couple chapters of Sakura Gari. Not for everybody, but potentially a lot of fun.
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