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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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Cherry Blossom Harvest
Cherry Blossom Hunting
Sakura Gari
Sakura Hunt
The Hunt for Cherry Blossoms

Groups Scanlating

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?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

2 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (820 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 16th 2017, 9:14am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Rinka (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #478 decreased(-6)
Monthly Pos #636 decreased(-25)
3 Month Pos #725 decreased(-46)
6 Month Pos #684 increased(+13)
Year Pos #666 decreased(-51)

List Stats
On 501 reading lists
On 548 wish lists
On 1477 completed lists
On 50 unfinished lists
On 466 custom lists

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

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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.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Bizarre but touching   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Otinashi
August 14th, 2011, 10:49pm
To me this story was bizarre in a sense. Each chapter it got darker and darker to the point where if something "shocking" happened I laughed or had a "wtf moment" even though it was supposed to be something depressing. It became so strange that it lost it's shock value. I think the author tried a little to hard to shock the reader every chapter.

Despite this I became wrapped in the characters and story and couldn't stop reading until the end. The story may have lost it's shock value but it still wasn't predictable. Especially the end, I never expected that kind of ending. I felt sad at the end and my eyes almost welled with tears but I couldn't cry. I wanted so bad to really cry for the characters but I think because of the bizarre happenings before the ending I couldn't. If this story would have touched me to tears I would have given it a 9/10.
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One of the best.   
Rating: N/A
by LovelyMocochang
July 21st, 2011, 12:57pm
The way the story reached out to you was amazing. You can feel the pain while reading this story. I sure did. If you haven't this manga needs to be on your "Must Read" list. It is truly amazing.
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A bit too much darkness   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akako
July 6th, 2011, 8:25pm
Everything was strange and I ended up reading out of curiosity. The story became darker and darker with every page, and more unrealistic. But... I still cried at the end, it still broke my heart the way things ended between the two of them.

The art was very beautiful but I don't know if that compensates for the weirdness.
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Mind. Blown.   
Rating: N/A
by yumemiru
June 7th, 2011, 2:45am
Wow, I don't know what I expected going into this manga, but it certainly wasn't this. I didn't expect the characters to be so well-defined! It was very impressive and made me tear up at times. I couldn't believe it was from Yuu Watase. THIS is the author who wrote Absolute Boyfriend? No way.

I thought this story basically played out like a gothic novel of sorts. It also reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast, except a lot more mature than the Disney version. This story gave me chills, scared me, made me tear up, and creeped the crapola out of me. But it was good. It was definitely good, better than most yaoi I've attempted to read. In fact, I'd say it's better than most shoujo I've ever read. The manga-ka's definitely show-cased her talents here.

If this author ever does another yaoi manga, I'm in. Totally in. Between this and Setona Mizushiro's The Carp on The Chopping Block, I think shoujo manga-kas are definitely on the rise of becoming some of the most thought-provoking yaoi artists on the manga scene.
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Voluptuous and erotic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
April 26th, 2011, 10:24am
I won't write much as I totally agree with what 2old4yaoi said.
Sakura-gari is a touching yaoi with a moving plot, that has an ability to change something within you ^-^b. The most captivating thing for me in this manga is it's eroticism *^^* . Main pair was perfect ^^.

Obviously, manga made me cry, especially the ending,
Spoiler (highlight to view)
when Masataka leaves Souma's house; and then one of Souma's servants stabs him; and Souma doesn't call for help, to boot >_< !!!Argh I begged mangaka aloud to return Masataka, to leave Souma to live )))) I believe that Souma stays alive. Mangaka said that she also believes it ^_^

... Last updated on April 26th, 2011, 10:26am
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