Sakura Diaries, Vol. 2: Love & Kisses (ep.7-12)
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Touma's life is a MESS.
Touma's a cram-school student, which is BAD ENOUGH, but to add to his problems, he has told the sexy Meiko he's a student at the most prestigious university in Tokyo.
Between classes and tests at the cram-school and and classes at the university to keep Meiko believing he is already enrolled there, Touma's life is spiraling out of control.
To complicate matters even more, he lives with Urara who would gladly do anything he asks, except he hasn't been interested in asking. But when Touma finds out Meiko has a secret of her own, he just might rethink his priorities. Will true love triumph? Will lust conquer all? Or will everyone just call it a day and go home? Find out in the dramatic conclusion of Sakura Diaries!
Disc Extras: Voice actor commentary, Unused closing theme.
This is the 3rd edition that ADV Films released of this show. Presented uncut, on two dvd volumes with a new English dub. This is the second volume with episodes 7 to 12.
The 2nd edition was an uncut 2 dvd set, subtitles only.
1st edition was on 4 dvds/4 VHS tapes that had show cuts, but did have a English dub.
Episodes 4 to 6 of Sakura Diaries find Touma Inaba's love life becoming even more confusing. He's still pretending to be a Keio student while attending a cram school, and he's still pursuing the gorgeous Mieko while remaining blind to the affections of his cousin Urara. Meanwhile Tuoma begins to make friends with his fellow students, but the appearance of a rival suitor for Mieko further complicates his romantic entanglements. After a student party--and a lot of beer--Touma and Mieko spend the night at a love hotel, but Mieko falls asleep and Touma is too embarrassed by his lack of experience to make a move. He decides that the only way to prepare himself for Mieko is to seduce Urara, for practice. Even as he sets his plan in motion Inaba suffers pangs of conscience--he doesn't know how much Urara loves him, but she has been kind to him and he feels guilty about using her. Nevertheless he buys a box of condoms and talks Urara into a late-night game of strip rock-paper-scissors (yes, really). What happens next contrasts sharply with the goofy comedy of the early episodes, suggesting that Sakura Diaries will take a more melancholy turn as the show progresses. Episode 6 contains a long flashback that explains how Urara and Touma first met, giving some real emotional depth to Urara. Before the end of this second volume of episodes, Touma starts to realize that his feelings for his cousin are developing into something more than either lust or simple friendship. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This video really is hard to watch at times, but they really help the story. I was shocked with what happened, but then they show how much it hurt the characters. It helped that they don't take the subject of sex or rape lightly. The characters are always wondering if they should or shouldn't. In the end you know that they are really struggling. It is very realistic in that aspect. I also liked that Comey isn't just a dits in this tape. She actually tries to help Urara, and even though it originally gets her in alot of trouble, in the end Comey helps out. I really can't wait till video 3 comes out. This series has me hooked (even if it is from U-jin).
I can't wait for the next one to come out, though.
Sakura Diaries is an unrealistic mix of comedy and sexual tittilation that somehow works in a short 12 episode format. You can't help at times to be embarrassed by the inexperience of these characters, especially Urara, because she mistakes physical intimacy for love. I don't think she truly loves Touma. What she has is a very large and unhealthy schoolgirl crush, and being that Touma is her first cousin, I wouldn't be surprised if their kid was three times as dumb as Touma! But even though the main characters are immature and naive, you can't help but admire their searching and longing to find someone they can truly share their affections with. At least these characters try and refuse to give up. I did feel that this series ended too abruptly and could have used one more episode to wrap things up adequately.
I would also reccomend the anime "His and Her Circumstances" and "Golden Boy".