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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 ? over 7 years ago
v.3 c.8 by ? over 7 years ago
v.3 c.7 by Watase's Sorai over 8 years 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: 8.7 / 10.0 (815 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 16th 2017, 9:14am PST



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Rinka (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #433 increased(+149)
Monthly Pos #725 decreased(-108)
3 Month Pos #676 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #702 decreased(-27)

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Thoughts on Sakura Gari Ending over 5 years ago
Watase Ends Sakura-Gari over 7 years ago

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Good read.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
April 2nd, 2017, 1:33pm
I'm not really a Yuu Watase fan although I've read her more popular works. This one is surprisingly one of my favorite out of her entire work.

In the beginning, it does drag a little considering that there was a need for comfort between characters (since we are following the MC's life in where he transitions into his internship life) and a the mystery behind the history of the characters. I honestly fast-tracked into the middle of the story and personally, I don't think that fast-tracking at the beginning affects the middle of the story (I don't recommend skipping it entirely). It does start to pick up from the middle of the story and towards the end, the plot was a little confusing; I had to reread one to two times to understand what happened first to cause the next scene of events. I have to admit, this manga did affect me somewhat emotionally just because the mood throughout the entire manga is pretty consistent. So readers are rather involved in the plot and the aura.

The artwork is pretty consistent with Watase's other stuff, so for me personally, it's really nothing to brag about but the transition of one panel to the next is pretty smooth as ever. I'd recommend it for any Yaoi lovers and anyone is loves Watase's works.
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The Ending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by toastmuncher
December 26th, 2016, 4:07pm
Is really unfair. I know how ridiculous it sounds to say this but I just liked this series so much that I had to say this.
To be honest though my first reaction was; wt*? I mean really? REALLY?
And I dropped this. But after a month or two again, with nothing to read, I picked it up, and I am glad that I did. It's still horribly disturbing for me, but still well done.
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Rating: N/A
by aksiane
November 28th, 2015, 3:34pm
1. Everyone just can't help but rape others.
2. They can't help it.
3. Main character is always apologizing for how horrible a person he is
4. Main character was told he grew (positively) from his experiences and that one person "changed him". Said experiences were multiple rapes. That "one person" mentioned was his rapist. Main character falls in love with rapist. He grew from the experience. This is a great manga
5. All characters are empty people. Their motivation is either to have sex with main character's rapist or have sex with the main character. Or they are the main character.
6. Too many poems
7. That ending LOL

1. The beginning part in which main character and main character's rapist's relationship is developed and the girlboy little sis wasn't there was done pretty well.
2. Main character's hair
3. Art
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Beautifully haunting   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by 801crazed
March 25th, 2015, 12:25pm
As a warning, this series contains non-consensual sex. However, it is treated in that manner, so there is no rape=love here.

This story was dark, yet beautiful at the same time. The translators did an amazing job. I loved their extensive notes on the poetry and cultural norms. It really helped me understand the nuances better.

As for the content it self, I was impressed. The character development was done very intricately. Some plot points were melodramatic at times but I enjoyed everything as a whole. The second half of the last volume might seem a bit rushed but helped wrap up some of the not-so-obvious plot points. I liked the open ending personally. A happily ever after would not fit this series at all, so leaving it up to the reader to decide was perfect (however, the Q & A with the mangaka offers some closure).

The art was lovely. It was gothic and did not have the shoujo feel of her other works. The cheeks were not overly round (which was a pet peeve of mine in Fushugi Yuugi) and the anatomy made sense.

I hope Yuu Watase writes more in this genre in the future.

... Last updated on March 25th, 2015, 12:26pm
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Love it   
Rating: N/A
by NekuNeko
December 31st, 2014, 1:23am
Wow, I really liked this story. It left me wishing for more chapters/a sequel TT LOL I feel like a tear almost escaped my eye ;-;... Almost. The ending was really saaaad but I guess its this types of stories that attracts me the most *-*
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Beautiful, Disturbing, Tragic   
Rating: N/A
by Sayax0
December 7th, 2014, 7:18pm
I would call it a masterpiece of a love story. It is dark from possessiveness, traumatic histories, blackmailing, and even murder, but innocence, love, and forgiveness are at the center of it all.
As for the ending,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I think there was a reason Watase wrote in Souma's last thoughts that he will live on and they will meet again someday, so I personally don't think he dies at the end

A must-read masterpiece.
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Don't read it!   
Rating: N/A
by nyanya07
August 17th, 2014, 6:24am
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.
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Sakura Gari - A story of redemption   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lrenne
March 28th, 2014, 2:02pm
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.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
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Different but interesting   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mysocksgotdirty
January 26th, 2014, 12:13pm
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.
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Sakura- Gari   
Rating: N/A
by Grey-Haze
September 29th, 2013, 12:36am
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
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