Sakura Gari (Yaoi) manga

Watase Yuu 2007 released.
Historical / Mystery / Psychological / Tragedy / Yaoi
櫻狩り; Cherry Blossom Hunting; The Hunt for Cherry Blossoms
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Sakura Gari is gorgeous Taishou Era romantic story, ten years in the making. It centers around the 17 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

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2014-07-31 08:00
This is one of my fav manga of all time <3
2014-10-05 22:17
BEST STORY EVER! Its very, very, VERY deep and dark
2014-12-12 04:17
I stopped at Ch 6. It's a really depressing manga. Rape, Violence, Insanity.
2014-08-04 04:59
«ƸӜƷƸӜƷ» It's like such a painful, sad and yet beautiful song, Masterpiece indeed!
Best Dark Drama Yaoi Ever with 'Butterfly Effect' theme; forced a husband to leave his dearest wife to marry another woman caused such a bloody tragedy from generation to generation, one tragic drama leaded to another worse one.. (● ̄(エ) ̄●)
It's realistic & well written until I felt too sorry for them to blame anyone though they commit such a drastic crime, except that wicked doctor.

The angst Seme truly deeply loves the Uke and willingly sacrifices anything even his life for him. Too bad he's cornered to start their relationship terribly by force. Poor guy!

Seems like forgiveness is a magic medicine which both the Seme & his dad need.
Butler : "Let me swallow your sins, in a sense you were also a victim." -- So I think he stabbed him as a dad & a husband of the victims to make him atone, just to stop him from going to jail. not to kill him. Before left, he even said "Please stay well."
The Seme : "I will live on because you were the one to tell me to[live]." -- So I'm pretty sure the Seme will survive & eventually live happily with the Uke. (。^‿^✿)
2015-12-11 03:14
this fucked me up

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  1. Anonymous May 3, 2016 5:47 pm

    To actually be able to finish this manga, I'm really proud of myself. I was not able to drop this despite the most shocking turn of events. I could just stop for a few sec when it gets too much for me to handle then took a deep breathe & carry on again. What makes this different w/ the other dark stories of the same theme is the way the story gives of a mysterious feel at the very start. The openning scene already gave off a dark & heavy feeling and it got me really ecstatic! But I was just not prepared w/ the twists and the slow-paced revelation that just jumps right at my face unexpectedly. I certainly enjoyed reading this. Though this was an open ending, whether they found their way back into each other's arms or lived separate lives from then on, who knows, it was a fitting end. A magnificent story shrouded in mystery live up to it's hype til the end.

  2. kiyomi꒰ ●௰ ●✩꒱ɞ
    April 25, 2016 12:08 pm

    Oh look how Masataka has grown! So proud of Souma for finding his happiness and moving on (▰˘◡˘▰) If only him and Souma ended up together in the end... Masataka found his dream, but Souma wanted him to find happiness also.. and thats where they parted. I hope sensei will make a comeback one day, this is one of the most beautiful yaoi manga that I've read!!!┗( T﹏T )┛

  3. Geeky_Alex
    April 6, 2016 10:02 am

    i got so attached to the fucking manga to then be fucking speachess at the ending im sooooo fucking done bro.

    UGhhhhh i will probably never forget this godam manga

    • suger08
      April 23, 2016 6:19 am

      i so totally know what you mean smh i wasn't expecting that ending....why does it have to be depressing end? i want my hrs of reading this manga back

  4. baka
    April 2, 2016 3:33 am

    Even if mangaka don't know the ending..
    I can't stop imaging what happen next but can't satisfied..>_<

  5. YaoiLover March 27, 2016 5:29 pm

    he got stabt and got to the sakura tree and then....
    he did not die did he...?

    • Mysa March 28, 2016 3:12 pm

      At first i thought he died *crying* ....until i read the last page, the author him/herself neither deny he is alive or death... thats make me feel better...

    • Anonymous March 28, 2016 3:25 pm

      yeah the author said it that he/she don't know if he'll live on or die

  6. Anonymous March 25, 2016 12:20 am

    like Metallica's song said: sad but ture

  7. sakura1415
    March 11, 2016 5:18 pm

    im still sad bout the last chapter..

  8. Mameiha
    February 28, 2016 9:11 am


    ... I could be upset because I hate "dead" endings, but this one really got to me. It wasn't the characters I felt bad for, it was the readers. "Open" endings like this bother me as a reader and a writer. Have the grace of your convictions to choose an ending. Leaving it up to the reader is like telling them to write the story for you. It is a piss poor, lazy and cowardly way to write. Kill off the character or don't, but for pity's sake choose. I would rather cry my eyes out over a character's death, than be left feeling like there should be another chapter. This story was an inspired piece of both art and literature. Which is why I was stunned and disappointed by this lame end. I could not stop reading this manga and enjoyed every twisted twist and mysterious turn. Truly this is one of the best manga I've ever seen - except for the end.

    • Taphel February 29, 2016 2:14 am

      I know what you're saying, but I don't agree. Open ended stories, are some of my favourite kinds of stories, it keeps you thinking on about what could of happened next, and can fill me with a strange sort of piece. Lots of histories' best writers have open endings, so calling them lazy or cowardly isn't right. I've read books where they try to tie up all the strings at the end, and let me tell you - it is just wrong. It feels forced and leaves me more unsatisfied then an open-ending ever would.
      I've often done the same sort of ending in my persona writing, as I don't think there'd be anyway to not do it without feeling like I've cheated my characters and their development.
      You're right in feeling there should be another chapter, but that chapter is life itself going on, and can never fully be expressed.
      The story ended at a point that was right for the characters and where they were at. And that's what I believe.
      Yes, it could of said whether or not he died - but for me that would of just taken a lot of the meaning out of the moment.
      It's a bittersweet open ending and I love it. You're free to your opinion, I'm free to me own, and I fully respect that.

    • Mameiha
      February 29, 2016 4:19 am
      I know what you're saying, but I don't agree. Open ended stories, are some of my favourite kinds of stories, it keeps you thinking on about what could of happened next, and can fill me with a strange sort of pi... Taphel

      Thank you for taking the time to reply and share your opinions. The joy of these comments is seeing the various points of view and when they are as well written and clearly explained as yours, the joy is even greater. I hope that my opinions did not offend anyone, as they are simply that, my opinion. I try hard to clearly express both my views and reasons in a way that definitively shows that they are only one readers opinion. Seeing another point of view is inspiring and offers an opportunity to broaden one's horizons and own views on a subject. Yours have done this for me. Although I still do not find "open" endings to be to my personal preference, perhaps my comments about them being lazy and cowardly were too hasty and harsh. I apologize if I offened. I was rather disappointed in the end, since the rest of the story was so incredibly well written. It felt like Shakespeare had ended "Romeo and Juliet" at the moment Juliet drank the "potion". An incredible and captivating story was just left with no resolution. Please do not misunderstand my OC, I absolutely adored this story. The writer is obviously incredibly talented and the illustrator too, was superb. I likened this story and it's creators to Shakespeare earlier for good reason - this story is undoubtedly a masterpiece in my eyes. I was ONLY diappointed by the ending, not the entire story nor it's writer and mangaka.

      In regards to the story continuing on as if it were real life... perhaps this is why I am opposed to "open" endings. When I read a manga or fiction novel, I am very aware of the fact that it is a fantasy or fiction and do not consider the possibility of "the future" for the characters. The last page of the manga/novel is the end of the character's world and existence. Perhaps I am to literal or have little imagination, but when I write fiction, I write with this premise in mind. Therefore, I feel it is my duty to my characters to fullfil their existence to the last page - unless I plan a second volume. Leaving my characters with no sure end to their story feels as if I am cheating both the characters and readers. I often decide the end before I ever type a word. As an "escapist" type of reader and writer, I prefer stories that have as little of the harshness of reality mucking them about as possible. I write, and prefer to read, stories with this "ideal, happily-ever-after, everything-works-out-in-the-end" kind of plotline. I suppose I am just too "classically" trained - a story must have cetain elements to be considered a "good" story or even a "complete" one - A beginning, a middle and an end; a protagonist and an antagonist; conflict and resolution. Lacking one of these core elements makes the story incomplete and thus not a "good" story. Or so my professors drilled into me. LOL

      Thank you again, for replying and sharing your views. I look forward to having more conversations like this in the future.

    • IOTR
      March 2, 2016 6:09 am

      There's actually an official doujin that seems to take place after the events of this series, in which Masataka runs into Souma again. You can find it on myreadingmanga.

      Although personally, I loved the open ending. It's so perfectly suited to both the tone and themes of the story.

    • Mameiha
      March 2, 2016 8:39 pm
      There's actually an official doujin that seems to take place after the events of this series, in which Masataka runs into Souma again. You can find it on myreadingmanga.Although personally, I loved the open end... IOTR

      Thank you, so much. I will have to check that dj out.

    • IOTR
      March 3, 2016 3:04 am
      Thank you, so much. I will have to check that dj out. Mameiha

      Here's the link:

      It hasn't been translated yet though!

    • Mameiha
      March 3, 2016 4:27 am
      Here's the link: hasn't been translated yet though! IOTR

      Awesome! This will be a chance for me to put learning Japanese to the test. LOL Thanks a bunch.

    • Taphel March 4, 2016 7:11 pm
      Here's the link: hasn't been translated yet though! IOTR

      Thank you! And you're welcome Mameiha, it's great to be able to discuss different views without people getting angry at me :D

    • Mameiha
      March 4, 2016 10:13 pm
      Thank you! And you're welcome Mameiha, it's great to be able to discuss different views without people getting angry at me :D Taphel

      It was my privilege to hear your opinion and share mine. I'd love to do so again with you.

    • Taphel March 5, 2016 4:45 am
      It was my privilege to hear your opinion and share mine. I'd love to do so again with you. Mameiha

      Right back at you.

    • sakura1415
      March 11, 2016 5:25 pm

      pls give me another great story of yaoi like the this one and youre my love price in view finder..

      i would appriciate it if you give me a long and completed chaps..
      thank you

    • sakura1415
      March 11, 2016 5:26 pm

      pls give me another great story of yaoi like the this one and youre my love price in view finder..

      i would appriciate it if you give me a long and completed chaps..
      thank you( ̄∇ ̄")

  9. Rainki
    February 28, 2016 3:54 am

    I'm so surprised that Watase Yuu wrote this, and I think she said it took her at least 10 years in the interview at the end wow :O

    Many people aren't satisfied with the ending but tbh it's pretty understandable. Souma comes from a wealthy family and is expected to marry someone with the same rank while Masataka is simply a normal citizen, if they were to keep a romantic relationship, Masataka would end up being his concubine or something. You have to take into consideration that the story is set in the 1920s (at least I believe) where homosexual relationships are taboo and if caught, they could be punished pretty badly. The ending is bittersweet and fits the story. However the author says in the interview that they might meet again in the future so she leaves that up to our imagination.

  10. Yuri February 25, 2016 4:34 am

    90 percent of readers hate the ending but it fits the story. You have two people corrupted in many ways by the people who are suppose to love and protect them. The finally find love but the main cause of their issues (Souma) gives Ma a chance to live the life he deserves. I honestly believe that Souma feels he's too corrupted to keep Ma by his side. It also loves life isn't a fairytale nor is it fair. I think Souma lives, it doesn't look to be a fatal injury but hey he could've nicked an artery. This manga isn't for the faint of heart so proceed with caution.

  11. YunikonNiji February 20, 2016 8:03 pm

    I've read this manga I think...3 times already, and I'm still so confuse about the ending. Did Souma die? Do they see each other again? What's going on with that ending?

    • Yuri February 25, 2016 4:35 am

      I think she purposely left that open/cliffhanger so you can picture your own ending.

    • Ivis
      February 25, 2016 5:01 am

      She didn't know whether to kill him off or not, so she left it as an open ending.

  12. Anonymous February 14, 2016 2:14 am

    Hmmm. I'm afraid to read this manga not only because it is psychological but also because i already read 3 mangas with rape in it this week and that is all i can take for the next few months. Can someone tell me if there is any bad sexual stuff happening in this manga.

    • iZephu February 14, 2016 7:18 pm

      I wish I could tell you no, however ╮( ̄▽ ̄)╭

      I mean, if you don't want manga with rape in it then I suggest putting this as a "Want to read" for a few months later.

  13. GaywannabeXD
    February 11, 2016 7:09 am

    (▰˘◡˘▰), (〜 ̄△ ̄)〜, ┑( ̄Д  ̄)┍,
    (╯°Д °)╯╧╧, (╬ ̄皿 ̄)凸, ヽ(`Д´)ノ,
    (⊙…⊙ ), ╥﹏╥ ,(/TДT)/,

  14. Alyss Paradox
    February 8, 2016 7:48 am

    This is my fourth time reading this in the past year? Two years? Anyway, it still manages to captivate me. Yuu Watase is one of the most amazing writer and artist that I've ever seen. Her work is amazing. Normally I would be upset with an unfurling ending like this but due to my great respect for sensei and as I writer myself I end up seeing it in a new kind of light. Regardless of the ending, it's a reread

  15. wateva January 22, 2016 11:01 am

    WHY!!! WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?!!! After all those troubles, they finally got together with mutual feelings!!!
    Everything, all those issues rooted out becsuse of the guardians, it was not his fault that he became THAT!!! Wooooooowwww... Author san~, I need to see you... You have to see me going berserk RIGHT NOW!!! *SIGH* but it would be weird to give them a happy ending after all those stuff!!! U R AweSome!! Author san~ (sorry~ ( ̄ω ̄;) if u don't understand what I'm saying)

  16. Asami
    January 18, 2016 4:27 am

    I truly enjoyed Sakura Gari, It brought forth many emotions and different view points, I hope that Yuu Watase Sensei continue with Yaoi/Psychological

  17. Anonymous January 17, 2016 10:24 pm

    It made me cry...

  18. yushie January 17, 2016 1:51 pm

    Reread this manga really make me cry, it's really good story with unexpected ending. Hope Watase sensei want to make the sequel or maybe one shoot

  19. Anonymous January 15, 2016 8:51 am

    Wtf kinda bullshit was this??
    Awful just awful.

    • Demoica January 16, 2016 7:06 am

      yeah I agree but the ending was *sniff* *sniff* sad and just awful though I hated the plot of the manga bwahhhh wahhhhhhh (T^T)

  20. tanisha.
    January 14, 2016 7:31 pm

    This is a total masterpiece ! Hands down. I know some folks don't appreciate it but I think this is the most beautiful work that I've read. I also like the anonymous ending.
    Sensei did a great job ╥﹏╥

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