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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 ? (1728d ago)
v.3 c.8 by ? (1728d ago)
v.3 c.7 by Watase's Sorai (1972d 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 (727 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(+9)
Monthly Pos #361 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #304 increased(+11)
6 Month Pos #304 decreased(-14)

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On 477 reading lists
On 477 wish lists
On 1288 completed lists
On 41 unfinished lists
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Thoughts on Sakura Gari Ending 983 days, 16 hours, 58 minutes ago
Watase Ends Sakura-Gari 1565 days, 21 hours, 11 minutes ago

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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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Unexpectedly Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by CiellavonNightmare
February 6th, 2012, 9:19am
I ain`t a fan of Yaoi, but Yuu Watase. I admit, I was turned off and didn`t even bother putting this in any of my lists because of the yaoi tag. But I decided to read this now and I didn`t even stop. I couldn`t expect less from Watase sensei. Everything was breathtaking: art, plot, drama and angst. If you thought Genbu Kaiden and FY was already deep and heartbreaking, this was even more intense. I loved the psychological maturity you need to understand and go through this to the end. Quite twisted, violent, and obscene story and Watase sensei didn`t spare a detail. The romance wasn`t too you know, `lovey-dovey` but rather disturbing. The art was amazing as usual. Souma looked very much Uruki which made my heart beat a lil faster. bigrazz The most disturbing parts were the over possessiveness of Souma`s lovers and Sakurako. The ending was a good closing and very heartwrenching too. All I could say is that this was one decent yaoi (only the second time I read such genre and probably wont read any again) but it was worth giving up my study time for finals just to read this. One of the best dark mangas I``ve ever read. ♥
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Rating: N/A
by bobhobnob
February 1st, 2012, 6:15pm
I Actually loved this one, i wish all yaoi were like this, it was so romantic, so deep, and unlike many other yaoi where the sex scenes don't make sense at all, this one actually left an impact on me.
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i don't know what to say.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strangledwords
January 28th, 2012, 2:54am
i'll probably have to read this again since the story didn't really sink in (or maybe i'm not in the right mood for it). but it's just ridiculously depressing. there's rape, lots of it, and there are disturbing scenes and situations in this as well so don't tread into this without being well-aware that this is not watered-down or sugar-coated in any way, shape, or form. it reaches a bit of an extreme in some ways as well... i couldn't really expect another ending apart from the one this one has, just don't expect things to ever "get better." i gave it a high rating because it did it's job at showing just how twisted people can be, the pain that can leave deep scars on people, psychologically and physically. it's by far the only bl manga that has ever disturbed me this much. definitely in it's own category when it comes to psychological bl mangas.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2014, 8:17pm
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First 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MangoLuve
November 13th, 2011, 4:02pm
These feelings that are running through me are so indescribable. What is this story to make me feel such emotions? Never have i spent 3 hours of reading manga so well.
This yaoi was the deepest one i have ever read. Ever. And ive read a lot. I cant beleive this. Really, Avatar had 14 years to make his movie and it isnt half as good as this manga that took 10. I feel all the things that had been needed to be said about this manga have been said and so all i can say, is thank you mangaka for making me cry so wholehartedly because i dont cry often and i feel like a new person now.
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Yuu Watase, you have gained my respect once more.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
October 29th, 2011, 2:15pm
like blueseeker, i only wanted to try this one out and i just read the whole thing in one seating and that rarely happens nowadays and its yaoi! omigosh! but i certainly dont regret reading this.. there was so much emotion and darkness and its not just.. "hey i put in drama there! now cry" kind of thing , its like the reader becomes involved in the story and you really sympathize with the characters actually i was really drawn to them that it didnt made sense to me that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Souma has to be stabbed pages from the end . it actually made sense that their story ends in the two of them being not together and i also want it that way it is more realistic, i think.. i just like to think that he didnt actually die
well.. i just love this. i just hope that when i wrap my mind around this tomorrow it wouldnt look like its insanely stupid like how i managed to wrap my mind about Fushigi Yuugi after 8 long years of being a fan and using it as a reference and guideline for love. i also love it that Masataka is straight and he reacted like a normal boy unlike other ukes, that are way too easy.. so its still realistic! gawd.. this manga really is a masterpiece. YUU WATASE, really, take it from an ex fan who just became a fan once again, you have gained my respect once again smile

... Last updated on October 29th, 2011, 10:47pm
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How did that happen?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
October 13th, 2011, 9:51pm
I was only meant to read one chapter, to get a glimpse of what everyone was talking about...but the story gripped me and wouldn't let go! It's such a dark story, and at the same time such a sad ROMANCE...Truly it makes me think of what cowards/weaklings Romeo and Juliet were; because these two main characters went through hell and i believe still found their HEA. The way the mangaka ended it, left me filled with hope, yet with a feeling that it was quite realistic under the circumtances....

This will surely be a classic for me. I wish it would be licensed so i can keep a mint copy for a re-read some time from now.
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Rating: N/A
by jcie069
September 21st, 2011, 1:30am
is it beautiful? NO. i've been reading manga for so long but this is the first time i countered so many rapes, so many deaths, murders and such. but the way the mangaka told this story is amazing.. and for me, how it ends makes a manga unforgettable. and boy, thats was.. XD

so is it beautiful? nope. but this is a masterpiece.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by keyracunan
August 23rd, 2011, 12:17am
First, I dare to say that this is not for you who expect Yaoi, as in most Yaoi fangirls would like (no climax, no meaning, and focus only on before sex-sex-after sex situation). This is for you who wants tragic, life drama with boy x boy as the main character. So don't start this series with the expectation of "Kay I'm reading BL romance, where's the lovey dovey?? Where's the gaysex??" , you'll find this series boring. Just treat it as general manga, read it carefully, and digest the conversation (the scanlation team did a great job, but it was really hard to convey the depth of the real japanese conversation into english) because heck, even the words are beautiful.

Second, people have tendencies to underestimate major opinion, sometimes without realization, one of the reasons was because they've already swayed/ expect too much. So make sure you're on a blank, emotionless and objective state when you start reading this.

Third, read the genre carefully ladies. It said "Tragedy". It's dark. So don't start reading this series only to complain about how there are so many beatings/rape/murders along the way because you shouldve guessed it. Unless someone tricked you, forcing you to buy the manga by saying that it was a series about fruity-colored highschool romance , stop the rude complains. I doubt it you even buy the originals anyway.

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With that, feel free to welcome sex on the piano ..... and hating Watase Yuu more than before because of the ending

... Last updated on August 25th, 2011, 3:00am
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