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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The following content is intended for mature audiences and may contain sexual themes, gore, violence and/or strong language. Discretion is advised.

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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Sakura Gari Ch.9(end)

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Sakura Gari Ch.8

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Sakura Gari Ch.7

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Sakura Gari Ch.6

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Sakura Gari Ch.5

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Sakura Gari Ch.4

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Sakura Gari Ch.3

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Sakura Gari Ch.2

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Sakura Gari Ch.1

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2014-07-31 08:00
This is one of my fav manga of all time <3
2014-12-12 04:17
I stopped at Ch 6. It's a really depressing manga. Rape, Violence, Insanity.
2014-10-05 22:17
BEST STORY EVER! Its very, very, VERY deep and dark
2015-02-23 12:36
one of the most realistic mangas ever written............. EVER

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  1. khatey February 25, 2015 9:09 pm

    my agony and the pieces of my broken heart. i regret reading yet i'm thankful to encounter it. what a bittersweet feeling. i hope souma and masataka ended up together for eternity. ╥﹏╥

  2. naughtysensei
    February 25, 2015 5:40 am

    these manga really left a different kind of feeling in my heart..its like a deep wound that 'till now my heart stioll aches. gya! i cried here a lot .
    THESE MANGA IS A MASTERPICE i give my gratitude and really bow down my head to author-san (WATASE YUU) i hope you can make a SEQUENCE for these one .. its a really heartwarming plot yet its full of tragedy and emotioonal scenes but, i do really love these one ..a very impressive story .. such a PERFECT work..

    its worth reading for .. ╮( ̄▽ ̄)╭

    • jax
      February 25, 2015 5:50 am

      yeah, right the story was so impressively beautiful but then again its just full of emotional encounter feelings.Its one of my favorite.And I really hope that they will make a sequence for these wonderful manga.

  3. Sky Wheeler
    February 12, 2015 3:41 am

    I want to read this but it' tragedy and tragedy destroys my heart

  4. Kiryu February 12, 2015 12:46 am


  5. rose February 11, 2015 9:17 pm

    THIS STORY DESTROYED ME! Loved it! So beautiful yet sooo sad. It goes in my favorites now

  6. delilah
    January 26, 2015 7:53 pm

    Beautiful and interesting plot, breathtaking climax and you go ahead and f*** up the ending .... { i can't believe this}

  7. Lemons January 15, 2015 1:36 am

    Reading that in one sitting.. Was a bad idea.

    This is beautiful. I suppose literally, and I quote, "When you really love someone it can certainly give you hell."

  8. here she explains the ending December 31, 2014 12:20 pm

    it's said : i didn't confirm if souma would live on or die .... It may be hard to understand but to me it's a happy end....
    in this chapter, where souma ask masataka why the sakura blossom even efter it was cut.... it's a life force.... where souma decides to live on...

    • Anonymous December 31, 2014 12:21 pm

      so i believe he lived .. just like the sakura tree, even efter being cut .. it lived on
      so both souma and masataka now can live together with nothing to hide, cause both of them have being through so many difficult

    • bakamono
      January 20, 2015 9:35 am
      so i believe he lived .. just like the sakura tree, even efter being cut .. it lived on so both souma and masataka now can live together with nothing to hide, cause both of them have being through so many diffi... @Anonymous

      I hope so too... Souma live such a harsh life.... isn't it about his turn to start gaining happiness. It can't be the end for him..

    • Enigma February 26, 2015 9:00 pm

      I completely agree with anonymous!
      In the story, the sakura tree has a symbolic value. Souma, as a child, took all his anger on it, all his desire of self-flagellation were transposed to it (hence the scars and cuts left on it). As someone who was helplessly abused, he could not help it but sink into despair which turned into self-hatred and the latter into self-destruction. All the loveless liaisons he had with all these men and women fall into that, an attempt to destroy himself. He already felt rotten as a child (children when abused usually tend to blame themselves for what is happening to them "I must be a rotten child because no one loves me").
      This sentiment aggravated because of his role in the murder of his step-mother, and starting from that day onward, Souma felt even more corrupt, more rotten but yet unable to break free from this vicious cycle. He couldn't even take his own life to alleviate his soul and heart from the burdens and feeling of guilt he is carrying.
      The Sakura tree in the garden, which served as a shelter and an inanimate witness of his suffering in his childhood, reflects the fluctuations of his state of mind and that of fate.
      Though he initially wanted to destroy it, he realized that the tree only carried on to blossom even more vigorously throughout the years. He has pointed out to this just after being accepted by Masataka. It means that even damaged souls and lives like his can still find salvation. He found it in Masataka's love who granted him his unconditional forgiveness.
      Of course, he thought that he shouldn't run away (or hide anymore) and that his crimes shouldn't remain unpunished, that is why he decided to cut ties with him. I don't think that this was the end though because the wounded Souma promised to live as Masataka wished for him to do so; and what did we see at the end? We saw a hopeful Souma under the blossoming reinvigorated tree which symbolizes the hope he found in Masataka's love and acceptance (actually they have both accepted each other, Masataka is no longer a "dirty child" but a loved child who realized that no one could ever love him as much as this man does).
      Finally I would like to point out that the story is narrated from Masataka's point of view.
      Chapter 9, p. 48 he says: "AT THAT TIME, I clearly understood this much"
      This sentence means a lot, it means that he is narrating his past from some point in the future. So we can refer to it in order to determine whether Souma's wound was fatal or not (if it was, Masataka's narration and tone would have been completely different).
      If we add to this the sentence from page 50 (" [...] no matter how deep, or intense, the only one who would love me this much would probably be this person, for life") and the view of the falling petals from the sakura tree and the ray of light at the end, it would be fair to say that this is the proof of an ever-lasting bond between the two. I don't think that Souma will ever give up on Masataka. As long as he breathes, he'll continue longing for him. The faithful Masataka will never hesitate to go back to his side too ... perhaps we can trust them to be reunited again as the sakura tree carries hope and the promise of an ever-lasting love to them ... and to us too.

  9. Anonymous December 30, 2014 11:02 pm

    preparing myself to re read this one

  10. MR.rebokku December 26, 2014 3:14 pm

    It's souma die ?
    Is they become lovers ?
    Do they meet again in the future ?
    Please answer I'm super curious now .

  11. Luka December 25, 2014 12:26 pm

    So what's that? Did they end up being lovers?
    Are they going to meet again someday?
    Please answers me, I'm very very curious right now~!

  12. YAOI LOVER November 13, 2014 4:29 pm

    so beautiful story...i think souma will live on coz he said he will live on and meet masataka again <3

  13. Yakuza Girl
    November 12, 2014 7:55 pm

    for once there is a manga that doesnt have an "everything is perfect and they live happily ever after" ending. its definitely meant for an older mature audience thats for certain. like, im 25 and im pretty disturbed by this story and it actually almost made me cry lol but i like reading this type of manga once in a while. now that im all depressed from reading this, i guess i'll go read some cutesy high school BL or something xD

    • a-chan December 11, 2014 11:00 pm

      I disagree. In my opinion, the target group for this story are angsty teens, because any sane adult would cringe at all the unnessecary drama and the utter ridiculousness of the plot-twists..@_@

      This wasn't even romance, it was just a story about people struggling with undiagnosed mental health disorders. And boy, were there many!

    • Yakuza Girl
      December 11, 2014 11:21 pm

      lol you gotta be kidding me.

    • Iiyo January 25, 2015 5:19 pm
      I disagree. In my opinion, the target group for this story are angsty teens, because any sane adult would cringe at all the unnessecary drama and the utter ridiculousness of the plot-twists..@_@This wasn't even... @a-chan

      Nope. If you think the adult world is sane, you're totally wrong. If the adult world is always sane and rational like a world run by robots then the world would be soooo peaceful. Teens? What? Most teens shouldn't even read this one. I agree with the OP with this being targeted to older female audiences (Josei). It takes a mature mind to take something as heavy as this. I'm afraid that if I give this to an angsty teen, the results will be problematic.

  14. Eden October 30, 2014 11:01 am

    Ok i don't understand how Souma's mind worked. First, when Masataka refused his advance he forced himself on him again and again without letting go, but when Masataka consensually accepted his feeling he hastely chased him away. Man! I just don't get it.

    • Ava November 2, 2014 9:22 am

      For me, I think it was for the best that they part.I would have loved if they'd run away or something but the thing is that both of them was able to move on and forgive each other.The part where they made love truly made me cry.

    • Yakuza Girl
      November 12, 2014 7:47 pm

      im guessing it was either because souma was gonna turn himself into the detective about the mom's suicide or that they just figured a gay relationship wouldnt work out and tagami should go on and have a normal life without someone as messed up as souma in it. or something like that idk lol

  15. bou October 21, 2014 10:27 pm

    after reading this story over again i dont think souma die he went and sit beside the sakura tree after what happen to him i think he's representing the sakura tree because after souma slash and stab it. it still live well thats what i would like to believe this story is so good but sad:-(

    • Ivis
      October 21, 2014 10:43 pm

      He didn't, it's in the first or second page of the author's note at the end. The mangaka couldn't decide whether to kill him or keep him alive, so she just left it at that scene.

    • bou October 21, 2014 11:09 pm
      He didn't, it's in the first or second page of the author's note at the end. The mangaka couldn't decide whether to kill him or keep him alive, so she just left it at that scene. Ivis

      thanks for the info:-)

    • Ivis
      October 21, 2014 11:15 pm
      thanks for the info:-) @bou

      You're welcome! (:

  16. Roy October 20, 2014 8:38 pm

    No way i don't want to read too beautiful and make me cry....and my brain fly now....i cant sleep too, please save me!!!!!

    • hara December 25, 2014 4:22 am

      is it alright, you only need cry to clear all you sad

  17. Roy October 20, 2014 8:25 pm

    Should i beautiful story but whenthe lead story not being together coz of death it feels lonely....but i hope souma still life and meet again someday

    • Anonymous December 25, 2014 4:19 am

      yes you shuld. if there the people read this comic and they not cry they crazy

  18. spectacular October 20, 2014 8:07 pm

    A really impressive story. My first yaoi! read it long time a go but never forget... Very real story and not trivial at all ;)..

  19. mizzshana24
    October 20, 2014 11:46 am

    i cry because of this yet i also feel relief! , because I know they love each other even if their apart

    . i know he won't die , he will live for the person he love....(my tears won't stop while i'm writing this)

    • Yakuza Girl
      November 12, 2014 7:49 pm

      lol i noticed that too i thought it might have been a typeo xD maybe it was supposed to be 1896? :o