Ranked #5507

Sakura Tsuushin

Alternative Titles

English: Sakura Diaries
Synonyms: Sakura Mail
Japanese: 桜通信


Type: OVA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 21, 1997 to Oct 22, 1997
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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Ranked: #55072
Popularity: #3133
Members: 6,447
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A Keio University (one of the top three colleges in Japan) exam candidate, Touma Inaba, is interupted when a cute young girl, Urara Kasuga, arrives at his hotel room door. She later turns out to be his cousin who he barely remembers from his childhood. Urara, who had felt something special for him (an other-than-cousinly-love), invites Touma to live with her since he has no place to stay other than the hotel room. Before taking the test, Touma meets Meiko Yotsuba, a beautiful, sophisticated woman also trying to get into Keio. Meiko gets into Keio but Touma does not, due to a cold Urara had given him shortly before. Although he did not make it, he pretends he does to earn the respect of Meiko. Touma is caught up in a love triangle with Urara and Meiko, while struggling to keep Meiko believing he's really a Keio student and still be there for Urara at the same time.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kasuga, Urara
Kasuga, Urara
Hikami, Kyouko
Hikami, Kyouko
Inaba, Touma
Inaba, Touma
Madono, Mitsuaki
Madono, Mitsuaki
Yotsuba, Mieko
Yotsuba, Mieko
Hyoudou, Mako
Hyoudou, Mako
Natsuki, Koumi
Natsuki, Koumi
Kasahara, Rumi
Kasahara, Rumi


Campbell, Charles
Campbell, Charles
Producer, ADR Director
Terada, Kenji
Terada, Kenji
Script, Series Composition
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Production Manager
Takeuchi, Nobuyuki
Takeuchi, Nobuyuki
Animation Director, Character Design

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Opening Theme

"Kimi no Mado Kara (From Your Window)" by Takako Kuwata

Ending Theme

"Koi wa Kaze ni Notte (恋は風に乗って)" by Takako Kuwata

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Jul 14, 2008
Story: 6 (Lots of taboo but its a good love story)
Art: 5 (90's Cel Art isn't my thing, looks better than DBZ)
Sound: 5 (Old school sound effects, overemphasize things with sound)
Character: 7 (Relate w/ main character very well, minus the sis-con)
Enjoyment: 8 (Lotta fanservice... she's not my cousin ^_^)
Overall: 30/50 = 6.0 (Balancing two girls and a double life can be hard)

Sakura diaries is an ecchi drama comedy centered around your typical character failure named Touma Inaba. His problems start right off the bat in episode one when an unknown call girl barges in his hotel room and hinders his test performance. But read more
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May 12, 2014
I'm very Very Very Very Very2x Mad to the creators of this anime. 'cause yesterday while finishing episode 12 and i keep on telling to myself that i can't w8 to watch the next episode and then when i notice that i've only download 12 episode 'cause maybe i just missed the other one and i rush and check it to the list of episode in the net and then when i saw it I started to scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it has only 12 episode what the F*** they just cut to black. If you gonna start something at least try to finish it. read more
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Jun 9, 2012
Sakura Diaries really pulls at the love strings the entire way through.
It really is an amazing story touching on taboos, reality and the difficulties of life in general.

The art style is your typical 80's and 90's look.
What grabbed my attention was how the artists paid so much attention to detail. The backgrounds were fully drawn, the frequently visited environments did not change at all detail-wise. It's as if they had a fully drawn out environment for every scene.
There is frequent nudity in this show, although you don't ever get to see anything "too" revealing or inappropriate.
This show is a very impressive work of art.

The sounds read more
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Nov 8, 2015
No complex thing you can find in Sakura Diaries. Story is well developed, you want to watch the next episode quickly. Soundtrack is great, also ending and opening themes are so nostalgic and makes your feelings top while watching. I could not believe it ended when i watched 12. episode and said 'What kind of great people are creating those animes!' It is a perfect love - slice of life story including some hot scenes, please dont think about those scenes too much (people generally vote low when it is hentai-like anime) and dont think it is a kind of hentai, no, it is the read more
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It is rare to see character development unfold in such a realistic way when we initially start off with wimpy students as their main characters. Perhaps it is thanks to the university theme in which both respective titles build upon, with one emphasizing club activities while the latter on going out with friends. Intense love triangles involving unrequited affection makes both stories truly intriguing. 
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The same way Keitarō Urashima is struggling to get into a prestigious university after countless failures we see Touma Inaba attending prep school and practicing self-discipline in hopes of succeeding next time. Seeing how their attention is constantly driven away from studying, we understand the dreams and hardships prep students face when they are surrounded by lovely girls. It is no wonder why one may easily fall behind in such circumstances. Will they reach their goal? See for yourself. 
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Stories aren't exactly the same, but unrequited love is a major dynamic in both. Mysterious girl Appears in main male character's bedroom, a love triangle then forms, male lead tries to make the right decision about life and love. Only difference is that VGA does not lack an ending... lol 
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Both are tackling complicated relationships and the comedy that goes with it

Sakura Diaries is a little R+ rated and tackles a taboo subject. (but its okay if they're not related by blood right?)
Lovely Complex is more PG rated and is more conventional.
Both are still funny dramas in their own right. When i was watching Sakura Diaries i kept comparing it to Love Complex throughout the entire viewing.
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