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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 ? (1585d ago)
v.3 c.8 by ? (1585d ago)
v.3 c.7 by Watase's Sorai (1828d 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 (712 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 17th 2014, 12:27am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Rinka (Shogakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #415 increased(+33)
Monthly Pos #426 decreased(-77)
3 Month Pos #320 decreased(-21)
6 Month Pos #293 increased(+3)

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On 471 reading lists
On 461 wish lists
On 1236 completed lists
On 42 unfinished lists
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Thoughts on Sakura Gari Ending 840 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes ago
Watase Ends Sakura-Gari 1422 days, 17 hours, 16 minutes ago

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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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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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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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Beautifully heartbreaking.   
Rating: N/A
by lylasalwaysme
March 10th, 2012, 3:23pm
So much tragedy and pain ran through this story. Although it would have been difficult for them during that time period to maintain a relationship I wish they hadn't separated. I wish Souma hadn't told Masataka to stay away. It seemed a very bitter way to part. I don't see the situation remedied but it would be nice if they could come back together in the sequel.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sky Cross
February 24th, 2012, 4:12pm
I had a hard time getting into it at the start, and because the chapters were much longer than expected, I thought this was one of those stories that would drag on for a long time with lots of drama, which would be tiresome.
BUT I held onto it, and after the first two chapters, I began to really get into it, and as I neared the last chapters I was like WOOOW all the time. It was a very touching story and I felt a lot of emotions reading it. There was lots of drama of course, but it rarely felt 'pushed'. Even though if you review the facts from a neutral perspective, with all the murders and suicides and illegitimate childs, and rapings, it's a bit over the top.
So despite this, it is something you must absolutely read! It's long but not boring, very dark but very touching, and so beautiful at times, especially with the poems I found in it. I learned some new things.
Creating such a deep and intricate world is a skill I admire so much, and thus I give it a 10!
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