Sakura Kousuke is a boy who strives to throw away a past mired in regret. He transfers to a new school for his second year of high school, believing it will give him a chance to come clean.
Unbeknownst to him, however, the appearance of five other "Sakura"s in his class will bring the past to his present, forcing him to come to terms with himself, his old friends, and a girl who, though being Kousuke's complete opposite in terms of personality, also knows him better than anyone else.
Boy moves back to his childhood home, meets with his childhood friends again, and falls in love with his best friend.
Sakura Discord's basic plot is pretty paint by numbers, feel good type of stuff. Kids overcoming their problems together and becoming closer friends. But it has so much more heart than other manga of its ilk. I started reading because it looked mildly interesting, prepared to drop it within a couple of chapters should it become too same-y or tripe. But I binged the whole thing in an afternoon, because it absolutely engrossed me start to finish.
The ending felt a bit rushed (which at this
point seems to be the standard for most endings, sadly). It provided enough closure but it could've been... more.
The art style is distinctive. Personally I loved it, but it may seem out of fashion or too different to some.
Sakura Discord is not anything new or different (nihil sub sole novum), but it's still a great read to enjoy and pass some time.
1) It's drawn by the same mangaka as Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I Am), and the artwork is almost identical. Like it or hate it, the artwork is very distinct. Also, the humor is similar in both cases: lots of slapstick, lots of shouting, lots of over-the-top and exaggerated faces.
2) Unlike Jitsu wa Watashi wa, Sakura Discord has no supernatural elements. It also deals with some more serious issues (all of the characters have some reasonably weighty back stories), although it does manage to keep an appropriately light-hearted tone all the time. The focus
is on overcoming our traumas with friendship and perseverance, and so it doesn't get too bogged down in the tragedy of those traumas.
3) The manga takes about a volume to really get going. Honestly, the protagonist starts out an annoying jerk, but by the end of the first volume he is kind of a cool guy, and his relationship with Nomiya has settled into a pretty good vibe. Once that happens, Sakura Discord becomes an extremely enjoyable Shounen romantic comedy manga, and stays that way right up until its clearly rushed ending.
4) And yes, the ending is rushed. It's not an awful ending. I won't give any spoilers, but this isn't one of those endings that will have you banging your head against a wall or wishing you hadn't read the manga. But anytime multiple time skips are involved in the same chapter, you know something went at least a little bit wrong.
That being said, this is a very good manga. If you like the mangaka's work, or are otherwise a fan of shounen romantic comedies (Nisekoi, Parallel, Kagetora, Love Hina, etc.) then you'll enjoy Sakura Discord.
I came upon this manga recently when Manga Fox updated by posting 'New Manga Released'. There is only 1 chapter available yet (with around 60 pages) but MAL shows its status complete. But well, that aside, lets take a quick look at what I think about this manga by reading its 1st chapter.
I wouldn't say that the art is bad, rather its just plain. The characters drawn are thankfully clearly distinguishable from each other but there is not much of a detailing. Not very appealing look of characters but I would rather over look that part when it comes to the story.
As far as my brain could get the settings (by reading only the first chapter), the story is probably based on friendship, never giving up— ‘Take one step more’ and baseball. It is a shounen-sports manga with a regular high school main character who has given up on baseball though he wanted to be the best (typical shounen story). But the way it was potrayed, I think I might not be disappointed bybthe series. It has got potential.
I give the characters and enjoyment a score of 9. Why? Thats simple, the story is enjoyable. Again why? The baseball teams have 6 players. So what? All six characters are names Sakura— hence, Sakura Discord!
Each Sakura has their own different personality. Though notuch was revealed in the first chapter about each and every one but the two Sakuras it focussed on were totally micking each other out. I don't know if it can get confusing with so many Sakuras (because they don't call themselves Sakura at all, they use their first name) but I can surely say, they might have problems!