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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 ? (1803d ago)
v.3 c.8 by ? (1803d ago)
v.3 c.7 by Watase's Sorai (2046d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

2 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (739 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 10th 2014, 10:25am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Rinka (Shogakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #381 increased(+1)
Monthly Pos #400 decreased(-6)
3 Month Pos #395 decreased(-40)
6 Month Pos #317 decreased(-14)

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On 481 reading lists
On 485 wish lists
On 1308 completed lists
On 41 unfinished lists
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Thoughts on Sakura Gari Ending 1058 days, 3 hours, 15 minutes ago
Watase Ends Sakura-Gari 1640 days, 7 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Best yaoi I have ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PowerRangers
April 19th, 2013, 7:58am
These are the kind of stories that give me hope being a fan of the yaoi genre but finding that I've exhausted all the actual good content. Whenever I feel bummed out from all the crap I read this is the series I can come back to and be wowed by every time by it's utter perfection. Highly recommended whether you are a veteran yaoi reader or new to the genre, I assure you this series will definitely leave a mark.
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A beautifully told story.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
April 9th, 2013, 8:39pm
I have a special connection with Watase Yuu sensei's works so I'm excited that she also drew something in my favorite genre!
That said, I find her art too pretty nowadays. Her characters look either all very young and girly or very old and I feel there's a good middle missing. Altogether though, the art is good and certainly works for Boys Love.
This is a story that reminds me of a few others with the same feeling, the tragedy, impact
It is very adult themed and mature, seeing there's violence, rape, a lot of sex and even murder but that fits nicely into the whole setting and the story-telling quality also is very high!
I loved that you get to feel with the main character, going from happy to hate and confusion, and not just randomly throwing everything aside and falling in love for no reason.
The end was a bit too dark for me personally, I prefer happy ends.

The manga has the right amount of drama and suspense as well as subtle romance and I'd recommend it to anybody who likes the Yaoi genre, especially readers who enjoy more realistic and mature type of works as opposed to the usually very common quick-happy-fluffy-bunny-type of yaoi with weak ukes who fall for their forcible semes and get to the happy end within 1 or two chapters...
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Worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lilithilk
January 11th, 2013, 4:23pm
I love yaoi. That said, most yaoi these days wham bam thank you awesomely handsome guy with no story. (Let me emphasize MOST) Not this one. Let me go point by point:
- The art is not exaggerated. People do actually look like normal humans and not like supernatural, dis-proportioned extremely beautiful to look at but to be weirded out by beings. No two characters do look the same. There were a few times I got confused because of the surroundings, as the main house is supposed to be western style, but then it finally sunk in, the servants quarters are more traditional style. Not a general "complaint" but rather a personal choice, there is too much work with blacks in the paneling but like I said, this is my personal displeasure.
-Characters and their development were done extremely well in my opinion. From the first chapter on, there was a steady growth in characters and in their stories in a believable pace. There were no useless characters in the story. Even though the daughter of the Baron Whatshisface has annoyed the hell out of me, I do acknowledge the necessity of the character to the story.
- Story/Plot planning: As a general rule I avoid any angsty mangas. I hate tragedy and anything without a clear/indisputable happy ending causes me rashes. However as much as I like one volume no story, beautiful people yaois, one day when I was desperate for a longer yaoi ,I laid my hands on Sakura Gari without really checking what it was all about. By the time I realized it I was already hooked.
For being 3 volumes, the manga handles its plot very well. There are no useless panels, there are also no fluff panels. Everything that is drawn serves the story. I hate to admit it but what makes the story believable is actually the amount of angst, drama and tragedy. There were a few comments about the ending so:
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In the afterword interview with the sensei, she says,[quote] It may be hard to understand but tome it is a happy end. There were people who died, but.... the characters were all saved, in some form or another. I believe that someone who has decided to live will not die so easily. In this chapter, where Souma asked Masataka " Why do the sakura blossom, even after it was cut", this conversation probably led him to the sakura tree. I drew the sakura not with the impression of death , but with the image of a life force, the trigger to the scene where souma decides to live on was probably because Masataka and Souma had faced each other with nothing to hide.[/quote] So I do believe that they lived through and met again. But this is just me. ;D

As much as I would have appreciated a more clear cut ending or at least a fluff scene at the end, if I am honest, the way it ended was probably the most fitting to the story. In my opinion, the ending was not rushed, or inconclusive.
So all in all, Sakura Gari is in my opinion one of the better mangas out there, with a plot that has no holes, an interesting story, engaging characters, that definitely deserves at least the try of first three chapters. If you do not want to keep on reading afterwards then fair is fair. But I daresay, you will want to.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2013, 4:27pm
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Amazing, and I don't say that lightly   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by supmaguire
October 5th, 2012, 6:48pm
This manga reads like you were watching a play or a really good film. Ya it's angsty, but this is INCREDIBLY well done angst--it's clearly been thought out and deals so well with psychology. IT'S SO DAMN GOOD. And I was not expecting it. I love it so much, I can't even write a thoughtful and engaging comment--just read it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. So ya, I'm gonna go buy this in solid form online now and cherish it for the rest of my days.
Ya. It's that good.

... Last updated on October 5th, 2012, 7:25pm
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really different   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by blu_papillon
September 14th, 2012, 9:40pm
wow, this story is super unique. Normally I don't like tragedies, but this is such a well-written story that I really enjoyed it. Sometimes reading outside of your usual things can be enriching. I really liked these characters. I was rooting for them all along. I choose to believe it was a happy ending. Like the author said in the post-script, everyone was saved in their own way. Maybe even Souma lived on. Who knows. At least Masataka got into his chosen school. His character development is so wonderful and sincere. No one is perfect, but he truly does have a pure soul.
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Rating: N/A
by letterbee96
July 18th, 2012, 4:34am
Honestly speaking, I don't have much to say cuz my feelings about this manga is somehow in disarray.. But the plot is very well thought out and the art is beautiful. Ending was...let's just say I'm still thinking about it. It will move you if you if it moves you. That's it
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I recommend   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
June 27th, 2012, 5:15pm
This dark, dark story was very well thought out. It is one of few where the story just suddenly grasps you, and you can't do anything but finish it. There were no boring parts, had great twists, and portrayed the theme of loneliness quite well. I was reluctant at first to reading this series because I don't particularly favor tragedies. So many reviews said the ending was sad, and that the dude dies. I had it on one of my lists for about 3-4 years before I decided to just read it. And quite honestly, the ending wasn't even THAT sad at all. There seems to be hope for Saiki Souma. I mean, come on! The poor dude just NEEDS, or rather, DESERVES a good ending. His life was just as bad as fifty shades of f*cked up. ;D

... Last updated on June 27th, 2012, 5:16pm
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One of a Kind   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yin13147
June 23rd, 2012, 3:48am
This has got to be the darkest yet one of the most moving yaoi pieces that I have ever read so far.

The story's so haunting and full of psychological battles and each character is twisted in their own way; having pasts that innocent people wouldn't take well. And even if there is rape here as there is rape in most yaoi, the rapes here are justified. Shocking to the eyes and heart, but justified.

And the end was sad. It was a big twist in the story. Each chapter all I do was gasp and widen my eyes, but at the final chapter I cry and feel so heartbroken.
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Deeply Impressive   
Rating: N/A
by bubblegums
May 25th, 2012, 4:15am
I read all the volumes for about three hours, not sure at the beginning to finish it because it has a "heavy" feeling since the start, and there are lots of pages. Certainly not an easy read. But opening through the pages it attracts me more and more.
Upon finish reading this manga, it was hard to believe it's over. Just like when you have a vivid and confusing dream.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2012, 4:15am
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by gwkimmy
May 15th, 2012, 10:22pm
i've always disliked watase yuu's shoujo works. they were just...bleagh. i was ready to give her up altogether.

then i read this piece. simply BEAUTIFUL. yuu watase, please write more stories like these.
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