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Sakura Diaries OVA Collection 1 - Secrets & Lies (ep.1-6) (2005)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADKWO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The wait is over! ADV Films is finally making an English dub of this anime classic availabel for fans everywhere! Last released sub-only in 1000, the home video version of Sakura Diaries is something of a holy grail for anime fans.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romantic trainwreck you CANNOT STOP WATCHING March 25, 2002
I'll review this two ways: Maturely and then how I really feel.
First, The Sakura Diaries is a refreshing take on the trials and tribulations of teenage love. In fact, it is a refreshing take on love, regardless of age, race, country of origin or even animated vs. live action. The struggles of the characters will ring true with you wether you are a man or a woman. The story is griping and despite big laughs throughout the episodes, spiked with pain, humiliation and embarrasment for characters and viewers alike.
It's a definite must-see for people who love a good disaster unfolding.
Now the second review:
...I avoided this series because I was afraid it would be exactly what it turned out to be: A romantic nightmare with overly-gratuitous nudity.
However, what I wasn't prepared for was a grown man who couldn't stop watching [nearly the] WORST and most dysfunctional love triangle ever put to video.
Urara (which in Japanese translatest to Oo-La-La), is like, 16 and in love with her 18 or 19 year old cousin, Tounma.
Tounma, doesn't know this chick from Adam and she bursts into his life at the absolute WORST time. If you know anything about Japanese culture, college entrance exams cause dozens of suicides every year.
Not only does she do it at the wrong time, she teases the poor [guy] with sexual advances and then constantly freaks out when his poor, virgin, male brain snaps and tries to go for it.
(You never do figure out if she is crazy, a tease, or just plain STUPID) And poor Tounma tries to do the right thing, but who can hold out when the hottest chick this side of lolitta is running around the house naked all the time?
About the 3rd volume, one character describes her as mentally ill, not realizing that she is probably DEAD ON.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Anime June 15, 2000
The Sakura Diaries Anime was based mostly upon the manga made by "U-Jin," a pseudonym for the creator of this very mature title. Although somewhat different from the manga, the anime still keeps some of the character bases and plot developments static. In an attempt to reach a more cultured audience the creator veered from his usual pure perversion and made the title a very deep and engrossing show. Any sex scenes that are in this title are important for plot development and characterization. This is a great title for adults who want to experience a more "mature" cartoon, but keep the kids away from it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. November 28, 2001
If I could choose one word to describe this anime, it would be "meh".
Sakura Diaries tries really hard to be sweet, dramatic, ect... and I wont say it's not, to a certain extent, cute. However, there are too many downfalls for me to give it the benefit of the doubt.
The main female character, Urara, is painfuly cute, sweet, and loving, to the extent that one wants to throttle her. She happens to be in love with her cousin, Touma, who is in love with this preppy chick named Meiko. Meiko vows she'll only date a boy from Keio University. Touma, (who seems to have the collective intelligence of a ping-pong ball) decides that the best choice would be to lie to Meiko, and say he attends Keio.. when really, he's stuck in cram school.
I suppose that this would have been a much better anime if only Urara hadn't been so insanely inept and tedious, and they'd left out a good bit of the fan-service.
This anime has it's share of ecchi-ness.. more so than it needs, in fact. If they'd left out some of it, I would have given this a higher rating. It's not that I'm against some ecchi-ness in anime, once and awhile, but the fanservice here was simply there for the sake of having fan-service; not to enhance the plot or characters. I mean, there's the lovely scene where Urara decides to prance around the apartment, wearing nothing but an apron and some underware.. When she sees herself in the mirror, she proceeds to say "So that's what Touma was so nervous about!" (or something to that effect). Now, I'm not sure if that was a "Gee, I'm really hot!" sort of comment, or a "Gee, I'm naked!" revelation.. Either way, it was pointless and dumb. For a character portrayed as innocent and childish, she sure loves to make herself into a peice of meat for men to stare at. (...)
All in all, if you're looking for a sweet, soap opera-like anime that Sakura Diaries tries so hard to be, I'd try To Heart, or Love Hina.. Sakura Diaries most certainly isn't the pick of the litter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good series..... but some unnecessary editing April 5, 2001
Sakura Diaries is pretty much your typical high-school romance anime. Alot like Ranma 1/2 or Hana Yori Dango, only with alot more fan service. The plot is a familiar one, but with a few twists. Boy is trying to get into a prestigious Tokyo school and meets a girl who goes there. He falls in love with her, but she will only go out with him if he is a student at the school, which is proving difficult for him to do. Meanwhile, an old childhood love shows up and the three get caught up in a love triangle. It is a very entertaining and humorous series, with interesting characters and good animation. It is however, a bit risque and if you prefer a more "clean" romance series this may not be for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed the series, but was somewhat let down with the job that ADV did. I own a fan-subbed version of it on VHS, and when I bought the DVD version I was very disappointed to find that they had done alot of unnecessary editing, and even cut out some scenes. It does not hurt the plot at all, but I was just upset that they had edited alot of stuff. Aside from that, the series itself it very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
College bound. . .or so he thought. Failed the exam to get into prestigious Tokyo University. Gets set upon by his cousin. . . Read more
Published 20 months ago by J3F
4.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fan service for those who enjoy it!
In 1997, an anime adapted from the popular UJIN manga series, Sakura Diaries was released as an 12-episode OAV (also heavily edited for television) series which focused on the life... Read more
Published on September 3, 2008 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
Touma Inaba isn't the brightest light bulb in the universe, if you know what I mean. I didn't want to have to say dumb, it's more like he has a problem focusing on his studies. Read more
Published on June 6, 2006 by Sesho
4.0 out of 5 stars A love triangle...
Urara loves Touma. But Touma seems to lust after Meiko. And Meiko will only go out with a college man. So, of course, Touma, being the Japanese male that he is, lies. Read more
Published on December 12, 2004 by Michael Valdivielso
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so overcomplicated love triangle.
United States Sakura Diaries is a somewhat basic love triangle story between Touma (who's hoping to find true love, and is always feeling guilty), Urara (Touma's younger cousin who... Read more
Published on November 26, 2003 by "mod_boy"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so overcomplicated love triangle.
Sakura Diaries is a somewhat basic love triangle story between Touma (who's hoping to find true love, and is always feeling guilty), Urara (Touma's younger cousin who fell in love... Read more
Published on November 25, 2003 by Charlotte Sometimes
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexy? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
They must have left the sexy parts out of the copy I rented to preview the series - rented because something seemed fishy about the reputation. Read more
Published on May 17, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars More substance than fluff
This DVD is not as fluffy as it may at first seem. And, once you get involved in the story, you have to watch the rest of the series.
The premise is simple. Read more
Published on October 10, 2001 by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars an ok comedy
"the sakura diaries" is a romantic comedy about a love triangle taking place in college (with some sex jokes thrown in). sounds good? Read more
Published on July 28, 2001 by like_hi
5.0 out of 5 stars Was surprised at the lack of hentai....
By the cover, you would think this is adults only material. But after watching all four DVDs, I think that this is probably the most realistic love story I've seen. Read more
Published on July 19, 2001 by Erin Foreman
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