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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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Don't read it!
For those who are easily move persons (like me). This is my second manga that made me cry, made my tissue almost run out, and made me sleep really late just to finish it and then the ending BOOOOM!! Now I don't have the spirit to read another manga. >.<
Well. It was truly splendid story that will make you remember it really well.
Sakura Gari - A story of redemption
Such a powerful story, filled with pain and sadness. The ending is full of hope though, at least in my view. I've been haunted by their love since two days ago, hence this post. I'm speechless as to how to describe this masterpiece. It's a beautifully crafted story with well developed characters and gorgeous art. The advancement of the plot covers every angle. Everyone acts/reacts as they should given their lots, and by that I mean realistically, not predictably.
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Souma was a kind and gentle boy doomed by his own beauty and the indifference of those around him. Tormented and damaged, in one moment of despair, he reached out to the wrong person and because of that, slid down the slippery slope and fell into the deepest darkness. Years later, Masataka, a pure and innocent boy, came into his life. For the first time, Souma felt the warmth and gentleness of another human being extended to him, bringing him out of his cold and lonely existence. As a response, all the warm and gentle feelings of his own, bottled up for so many years, finally broke their barriers, filled up his heart and soul to the brim and turned into painful longing and obsessive passion. Before they knew it, they were both swept into a whirlwind of frightening emotions that shook their being to the core, with only one escape route: redemption, for oneself and for others.
... Last updated on March 29th, 2014, 9:17am
Different but interesting
This was an unusual manga for me... I don't like tragedy mangas, but this is an exception. I won't give it 10 because sometimes the manga is too painful for me and sometimes drags itself... Also..the end was not as beautiful as I wanted it to be... Wel...Nevertheless, this was a refreshing manga and I wished there was a sequel.
This is definitely a tragedy, every character seems to have some kind of problem. Maybe I need to reread this because I couldn't really understand how the uke chose to be with the seme instead of leaving him. Usually people hate the- "Uke falls in love with his rapist" type story, but this one... Anyways, very unique plot, gorgeous art, and that ending <-- not expected
... Last updated on September 29th, 2013, 12:37am
So well thought out. As I neared the end my eyes were burning with tears. If somehow they did not get a "good/happy" ending after all they went through I seriously would have bawled and feel depressed... Yeah, even though it ended the way it did, I believe they will find each other again in the future when Masataka's accomplished new goal
According to the author interview at the end of vol 3, hopefully we will see a sequel soon... This story was about 10 years in the making (?) and it's already been 6 years since this was published so... I really hope we will see a sequel. *Fingers crossed* T_T
I would have given the series a 10 if it weren't for the ending...
The plot of this story is really brilliant, couldn't stop reading as the secrets reveal themselves one by one. The artwork is also gorgeous. The erotic scenes are psychologically charged and often very dark.
But the ending, while it was well-done, I really feel that the main characters don't deserve it. After things were solved... why this ending?! It makes the touching resolution seem meaningless. The cause of the ending makes no sense too when considering things that were revealed previously. It seems like a cheap way to end the story with tragedy just for the heck of it.
the twists, the characters, the art, the story..everything that I'm looking for is in here. i like the way the manga was concluded, and at the same time i do not want it to end.
no words can fully describe this manga.
it was worth it, not sleeping and reading this.
Honestly this manga got me really curious. I think there's no recommandation page where this is NOT recommended. But I think I expected too much from this one. My feelings were very steady from the first chapter up to the middle. It did made me cry as it reach the climax.
This manga is different among others because it has a very deep story. It was a slow read and it was really hard for me to guess what turn of events will happen next. Its not your typical love story, very ANGST (especially the ending) and yeah, this word should be capitalized. People around the couple are involved and it affects them. Both of the characters had gone through a lot of things especially about family issues. For me, the relationship between the couple is more like shounen ai, like bromance. I dont really feel or consider that what they had (or have) is love. From what I can see (and I might me wrong in this),
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Soumi can easily fall in love with anyone who can give him a korokke or anything that makes the other person selfless and kind- someone that would not get close to Soumi just because of his physical appearance. And for Takamasa, I feel that what he has for Soumi is concern and sympathy. So I didnt really felt the "love" or the passion they have for each other. Im also one of those who believed that Souma lived. Even though I mentioned that what they had (or have) is love, if this has a sequel, I would still want the them meet again, start all over again and from there they would experience the true love that they have for each other.
Dont get me wrong, it is a beautiful manga. But it just didnt won my heart completely.
... Last updated on May 23rd, 2013, 9:36am
Best yaoi I have ever read
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.
A beautifully told story.
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...