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That day, I had a dream. I'll never forget it for the rest of my life--Probably.  It was such a painful, scary and ....sad dream.  I won't tell anyone.  Noone will help me. -Sakura Gari

Thanks to all the new people who've recently commented or added me.  Lots of Ze fans, too!! I'm so glad to be able to share my love of Ze with you guys. 

Speaking of Ze, looks like we'll have to wait one more month for a new chapter.  New chapter should be out in August! ^O^
I didn't pick up this month's Ze but I think there was supposed to be a Ze manga that previews the furoku CD in it. Next month, Ze will be on the cover!!^^  And there'll be a special furoku Ze mini dorama CD which is entitled "Futago to Daihonyomi Hen" (Script reading with the Twins). I wish it was Genma x Himi-centered or Shoui and Asari but oh well, I'll take what I can get I guess.

Sakura Gari

Today, I have a manga recommendation for anyone who's into BL with a twist. And when I say twist, I mean twisted!!  It's called Sakura Gari.  And It's a VERY VERY VERY twisted story.  You may recognize the art because it's by the same mangaka as Zettai Kareshi and Fushigi Yuugi! Yes, Watase Yuu.  And yes this is her first foray into BL manga.  I was shocked when I heard she had written a BL manga and just had to check it out for myself.  I'm used to her magical/fantasy shoujo stories but nothing prepared me for Sakura Gari.   I thought ok, it'll probably be a typical story about bishounen guys in love. 

But Sakura Gari is more than that. It's not about your happy go lucky main characters but rather more realistic characters and personalities.  Well the main character in particular. He makes choices that make sense moreso than the typical manga chara who leaves you wondering why they would be so stupid as to fall for this or that.  The story is intense, dramatic, tragic and suspenseful.  So suspenseful that I nearly have a heart attack everytime I read it.  And it is also quite disturbing.  So disturbing that I get quite angry at the seme...I mean REALLY angry.  Also this is not a rated-PG story..it's definitely R for rape, violence, gore, and explicit love scenes.  

This story also makes me cry....a lot.  If you don't cry at least once reading through the first two volumes....then I dunno perhaps your heart is made of stone because I don't know how you wouldn't be made to cry reading this.

It's also thought provoking.  I read a chapter and think about the characters' actions and am left to just contemplate about the plot between chapters. 

I'm quite amazed that Watase-sensei can write such a twisted tale of love. I felt so many different emotions reading this.  In fact, it's hard to say I like it because it seems weird to like such a disturbing messed up story.  Can I even say I like the couple? I have no idea...in the beginning I did...then, something happened and I was sure I didn't...but then something else happened and I thought I understand why he doesn't run away. But wait he SHOULD run away...And is that love?  I feel so conflicted.

As I've said in the past, I like stories that make me feel so many emotions.   And I think that's why I like Sakura Gari.  So, if you have the guts, I recommend Sakura Gari. And trust me this is different from any Watase Yuu story, you've ever read.  So even if you're not a fan of hers, don't give up on it just because it's by Watase Yuu.  Definitely give it a try before you decide.

I'd love to hear anyone's opinions on it if you've read it before.  It's so interesting to hear what other people think about it.

I'm too lazy to write the plot myself so here you go:

Sakura Gari is Gorgeous 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...
~from Watase's Sorai


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Jul. 17th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
can i keep wishing that Shimizu-sensei will draw a gorgeous picture of Ryuusei or Moriya in army uniform? (fainted from overdose of nosebleed) Ouka should dress them up.

ahem, as i was saying,

YES! Watase-sensei is awesome! i was reading her other work "Fushigi Yuugi : Genbu Kaiden" and then i saw Sakura Gari. at first i thought since this is her first BL manga, she may write it like the typical shonan ai plot stories out there. but God, how wrong i was! yes, the story is so twisted and mysterious and plot twist and shocking. i also like the imagery of the Sakura tree whenever something 'disturbing' or a bad scene gonna happen or a past unveiled.

its been a long while i havent read Sakura Gari. usually someone would post at the community when a new chapter is scanlated. if i remember correctly, the latest chp is about the uke was tortured by the seme's jealous doctor. he was so sick of the sick family that he decided to run away. without realizing he went back to the seme's hospital room. i like that bitter sweet embrace at the end of that chapter. so did the uke really love the seme? without him realizing? (gets box of tissue and cries together)
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
>can i keep wishing that Shimizu-sensei will draw a gorgeous picture of Ryuusei or Moriya in army uniform? (fainted from overdose of nosebleed) Ouka should dress >them up.

Hehe. That would be cool.

I haven't read Sakura Gari in a while, too. When I finished vol. 2, I meant to write about it right away but got distracted. I left off where you left off, too. I was so mad at the seme up to that point and had been rooting for the uke when he said he wanted to run away. So it was quite a shock when you see the place he actually ran to was the seme's hospital room. And then not just that...he even wanted to embrace him back. I was touched. To be honest, I'm not sure what his feelings are. It seems that deep inside he must love him. Is it real love or just fear/a state of shock after what the mad doctor did to him...I dunno. He doesn't even seem to understand his own feelings, either. I think it's so amazing how I as a reader feel the same way as the uke...I can in some ways understand him and yet not understand.

I tear up just thinking about it...and even writing up this post, my heart ached recalling the story.
Jul. 17th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I haven't never heard about Sakura Gari but reading your impressions makes me want to read this BL and know more of it ^^
I'm going to find out to know if this manga will be published in France (^o^)
Thans for advice (^_^)b
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
It's funny with other manga, I would say I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
But with this series, I'm not sure what to say. I'm sure it'll be an interesting expereience for you to read it nonetheless.
Jul. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Okay, you:ve sold me, the art looks gorgeous and colour me interested!
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I wanna say you won't regret it. But with Sakura Gari, I can't completely say that with confidence. ^^; I think different people are going to have different reactions to it due to the content. But I'd love to hear your commentary once your done reading it.
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion...gonna check out Sakura Gari :D

But so far only one volume has been scanlated...has all the volume come out in Japan?
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
I think Watase Sorai has the first 2 volumes.
Only 2 volumes are out in stores here in Japan.

Then at least one chapter from vol. 3 is the most recent chapter out from Rinka, the magazine it runs in.
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Bah, Sakura Gari. It's so fucked up, I have a really hard time reading it. I didn't cry while reading it, but I've certainly felt utterly disgusted and dirty reading it. It's so hard to get through because of how fucked up it is.

Don't get me wrong. I'll keep reading it all the way through to it's end, which I don't see how it can get any more tragic than it already is, but it's certainly been an experience reading it, let me tell you.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I felt disgusted and dirty reading it, too. There were parts where I had to look away for a few secs. So I know exactly what you're talking about.
It's so weird how it can make me feel so strongly in that way and at the same time I can't put it down. I'm not sure I've ever read another story that makes me feel this way...and certainly not a BL.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely. I've never read anything like it, especially not BL. This is probably the most plot-intense BL I've ever read, and it doesn't make me excited whatsoever, because it's so disturbing haha! Watase-sensei is just a really good writer!

But yes, I can't give it up, I can't stop reading it. I'm reading it as the scanslations come out, and they're not very fast, so I'm being patient, but when it comes out I gobble it up, even though I feel so sad afterward :(
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!! <3
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^o^
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Wow another fellow English-speaking ZE fan! (^o^)/
It's so hard to find one ever since the scanlations stopped.
I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend :)

I've read Sakuragari and yes, I have to agree with you that it is by far, the most twisted and disturbing BL I've read ~_~
And I have always been a huge fan of Watase Yuu's shoujo manga too :( And yet, I find myself unable to stop reading it too haha...I really wonder how it will end. Some part of me kind of want Masataka and Souma to have a happy ending, but another part of me knows that that is just highly impossible what with how twisted this manga is -__-''
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh did I love Sakura Gari! And yes, I did cry... thrice! First I thought "these two are sooo gonna hook up" then by the end of the first volume I was in shock and changed to "I'm gonna kill him! See if I don't!!" and by the end of the third one I was bursting out in tears once more. My first reaction once done with the reading was "this is so unfair! how come I don't get my happy ending!" but now I understand that was never meant to happen. Sorry for the tiny spoiler but seriously, Yuu Watase is a genius. To think she can actually deliver angst, crime scenes, mystery and gore! I'll trust more on her skills from now on.
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