Sakura Diaries (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Sakura Mail
Sakura Tsuushin (Japanese)
桜通信 (Japanese)
櫻通信 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: 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.
User Ratings: 379 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 5 votes (sub:3, dub:2)
 Excellent: 26 votes (sub:18, dub:6, others:2
1 Italian dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
 Very good: 73 votes (sub:45, dub:23, ?:1, edit.dub:1, others:3
3 Spanish subtitled
 Good: 109 votes (sub:66, dub:31, raw:3, ?:2, others:7
3 Portuguese subtitled
2 Spanish dubbed
2 Spanish subtitled
 Decent: 76 votes (sub:53, dub:18, raw:1, others:4
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 German subtitled
 So-so: 26 votes (sub:18, dub:6, others:2
2 Spanish subtitled
 Not really good: 21 votes (sub:15, dub:6)
 Weak: 23 votes (sub:17, dub:5, ?:1)
 Bad: 8 votes (sub:5, dub:3)
 Awful: 5 votes (sub:5)
 Worst ever: 7 votes (sub:5, dub:2)
Seen in part or in whole by 826 users, rank: #1397 (of 8132)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.309 (Decent+), std. dev.: 1.99, rank: #5256 (of 8216)
Weighted mean: 6.245 (Decent+), rank: #5383 (of 8216) (seen all: 6.42 / seen some: 5.16 / won't finish: 4.41)
Bayesian estimate: 6.283 (Decent+), rank: #4869 (of 6205)
Running time: 24 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 12
Episode titles: We have 12
1998-11-09 to 1999-09-30 (TV broadcast)
2003-03-05 (Latin America - Locomotion)
Release dates: We have 9
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; Love Rides on the Wind) by Takako Kuwata
Series was released in two formats in Japan. It was first released on the video market in Japan with nudity that is more comparable with those of the manga it is based on, and later it was aired on TV with certain scenes in the first three episodes cut or edited to bypass broadcast censors. There are Region 1 releases for both of these versions.
Sakura Diaries DVD 2 (Dec 5, 2005)
Sakura Diaries DVD 1 (Oct 19, 2005)
Sakura Dairies DVD 1 (Jan 9, 2002)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Sakura Diaries (DVD) 2000-07-25
    Sakura Diaries - Collector's Edition (DVD) 2001-12-04
    Sakura Diaries - Dangerous Relations (DVD 2) 2000-06-27
    Sakura Diaries - Love Slave? (DVD 3) 2001-01-16
    Sakura Diaries (DVD 4) 2001-02-27
    Sakura Diaries - Secrets & Lies (DVD 1) 2005-09-27
    Sakura Diaries - Love & Kisses (DVD 2) 2005-11-29

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Series Composition: Kenji Terada
Kenji Terada (eps 1-12)
Screenplay: Takefumi Terada 
Goro Taniguchi (ep 4)
Hiroshi Kurimoto (ep 9)
Kunitoshi Okajima (eps 1, 12)
Masahiro Hosoda (eps 3-4, 8)
Takaaki Ishiyama (eps 2-3, 6, 12)
Takuo Suzuki (ep 10)
Toshiaki Komura (eps 1-2, 5, 11)
Toshimasa Suzuki (ep 7)
Episode Director:
Goro Taniguchi (eps 4, 10)
Hiroshi Kurimoto (eps 2-3, 9)
Kunitoshi Okajima (eps 1, 12)
Masahito Otani (eps 3-4, 8)
Masato Sato (ep 6)
Toshiaki Komura (eps 1-2, 5, 11)
Toshimasa Suzuki (ep 7)
Music: Mitsuo Hagita
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda
Director of Photography: Tsuguo Ozawa
Executive producer:
Hideaki Kaneko 
Hiroshi Wakao (Shaft) 
Shoji Himuro 
Toru Taga 
Color Coordination:
Kozue Yokota (5 episodes
eps 2-3, 5, 8, 11

Natsuko Fukuhara (eps 7, 12)
Takehiko Endo (ep 4)
Yōko Mihashi (eps 1, 6, 9-10)
Color design: Yoko Mitsuhashi
Music Composition: Keiichi Sogabe
Music Director: Meri Kanbayashi (Victor Entertainment)
Music producer: Hideaki Kaneko (Victor Entertainment)
Original Concept & Story: U-Jin
Sound Effects: Junichi Sasaki
Sound Mixing: Yukio Abe
Special Effects:
Jin Hibino (7 episodes
eps 1, 3, 6-7, 9-10, 12

Masaharu Arai (ep 11)
Toyohiko Sakakibara (eps 2, 4-5, 8)
Theme Song Performance: Takako Kuwata
Kyoko Hikami as Urara Kasuga
Mitsuaki Madono as Touma Inaba

Mako Hyoudou as Koumi Natsuki
Rumi Kasahara as Meiko Yotsuba

Kunihiko Yasui as Tatsuhiko Mashu
Masa Saito as Touma's Mother
Masamichi Ota as Keisuke
Miho Yamada as Girl on TV (ep 1)
Mizue Ohtsuka as Mother A (ep 1)
Naoki Tatsuta as Koji Akimoto
Osamu Hosoi as TV Announcer (ep 1)
Sho Saito as Touma's Mother
Takayasu Usui as Coach
Japanese companies
Animation: SHAFT
Studio Kanon (eps 2, 4, 7, 10)
Studio Tulip (8 episodes
eps 1, 3, 5-6, 8-9, 11-12

Film Processing: Imagica
Finish Animation:
aB Nagoya (eps 5, 8, 11)
Studio aB (eps 2-3, 5, 8)
In-Between Animation:
Anime House (ep 2)
Anime Roman (ep 2)
Anime Torotoro (ep 3)
Ashi Productions (ep 11)
Big Bang (ep 11)
Magic Bus (ep 11)
MI (eps 2, 5, 8)
Shindo Production (eps 5, 8, 11)
Studio DEEN (ep 2)
Studio Mark (eps 5, 8, 11)
Studio Musashi (eps 2-3)
Studio Wombat (ep 2)
Whiskey Studio (ep 2)
Key Animation:
Art Office Sharaku (eps 2, 9-10)
Oh! Production (ep 10)
Samtack (ep 4)
Studio Mark (eps 3, 5, 8)
Studio WAVE (ep 10)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Adlib (6 episodes
eps 1, 4, 6-7, 10, 12

Falcon Inc. (6 episodes
eps 2-3, 5, 8-9, 11

Recording Facility: AVACO Creative Studios
Sound Production: Arts Production
English cast
English staff
Art Director: Laura Attwell
Translation: Shoko Oono (2005 dub)
Executive producer: John Ledford
DVD Producer: Sharon Papa
David Grundy
Eddie Shannon Jr. (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
John Carrithers (2005 dub)
Neil O'Sullivan (2005 dub)
Logo Design: Hiroko Fukumori
Christopher Bourque (2005 dub)
Jacob A. Gragard (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Wade Shemwell (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Post-Production Manager: Shelly Thomas (2005 dub)
Production Coordination: Janice Williams
Production manager:
Joey Goubeaud (2005 dub)
Lisa J. Miller
Production Secretary: Anna Bechtol
Project Translator: Stephanie Box
Promotion: Rod Peters
Recording engineer:
Adam Jones (2005 dub; eps 1-6)
Eden J. Barrera (2005 dub)
Elise Morrison (2005 dub; eps 1-2, 5-6)
Jon Duckworth (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Matt Crawford (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Matt Wittmeyer (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Sound Design:
Christopher Bourque (2005 dub)
Jacob A. Gragard (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Paul Killam
Wade Shemwell (2005 dub; eps 7-12)
Subtitle Script: Lowell B. Bartholomee
Subtitle Timing: Neal Barnes
Lauren Worsham as Urara Kasuga
Mariela Ortiz as Urara Kasuga (2005 dub)
Martin Burke as Touma Inaba
Robert Martinez as Touma Inaba (2005 dub)

Monica Rial as Mieko Yotsuba (2005 dub)
Rebecca Davis as Meiko Yotsuba

Alton Hebert as Choro's Teacher
Blake Shepard as Store Clerk (2005 dub; ep 5)
Carie Esquenazi as Concession Stand Clerk
Charles Campbell as TV Anchor (2005 dub; ep 11)
Charleton Hoffman as Grubby Guy
Chris Ayres as Koji Akimoto (2005 dub)
Chris Patton as Mashu Tatsuhiko (2005 dub)
Christopher Pryce as Kiyomichi Tashiro
Cyndi Lou Williams as
Touma's Mother
Daniel Joseph Staub as Touma's Baseball Coach
Dara Aylor as Erika
Don Toner as
Mieko's Father
Opposing Coach
Gray G. Haddock as Mashu Tatsuhiko
Greg Ayres as
Choro (2005 dub; eps 10-12)
Ryu (2005 dub; ep 7)
Guy Roberts as Ken
Heather Barfield as
Kohmi's Teacher
Mashu's Party Guest
Helmut Dirkenschneider as TV Anchorman
Illich Guardiola as
Cram School Teacher (2005 dub; ep 3)
Kyomichi Tashiro (2005 dub; eps 9-10, 12)
Jeff Baird as Choro
John Bull as Touma's Father 
John Swasey as
Counselor (2005 dub; ep 6)
Security Guard (2005 dub; ep 3)
Urara's Father (2005 dub; eps 11-12)
Jon Wiley as Fila Man
Judi Becker as
Aunt Ari
Kelly Manison as Touma's Mother (2005 dub)
Ken Webster as Urara's Father
Kira Vincent-Davis as Koumi Natsuki (2005 dub)
Larissa Wolcott as Koumi Natsuki
Leraldo Anzaldua as Ken (2005 dub; ep 11)
Les McGehee as Koji Akimoto
Luci Christian as Erika (2005 dub)
Meredith Robertson as
College Advisor
Mashu's Party Guest
Samantha Inoue-Harte as Students
Shelley Calene-Black as Aunt (2005 dub; ep 6)
Traci L. Goudie as TV Porn Star
Walter Dow as Mashu's Party Guest

Amy Forsyth (2005 dub)
Chris Williams (2005 dub)
Dwayne Jones (2005 dub)
Eden J. Barrera (2005 dub)
Kay Bertrand (2005 dub)
Neal Barnes (2005 dub)
Sarah Alys Lindholm (2005 dub)
English companies
ADR Production:
ADV Studios (2005 dub)
Monster Island
Broadcaster: The Anime Network
Distributor: ADV Films (UK)
DVD Authoring: AIX Media
DVD Authoring & Encoding: M.O.F.C. (Director's Cut)
Licensed by: ADV Films
Post Production: Monkey Boy Studios
French staff
French companies
Distributor: Dybex
French cast
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Executive producer: Luis de Val (Manga Films)
Albert Trifol Segarra as Touma Inaba (Spain dub)
Núria Trifol as Urara Kasuga (Spain dub)

Ana Pallejà as Mieko Yotsuba (Spain dub)
Ramon Canals as Keisuke (Spain dub)

Ramon Canals (Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Locomotion (subtitled)
Distributor: Manga Films (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Art Director: Andrea Sergio
Executive producer: Francesco Di Sanzo

Coordination: Mandy Mometti
Editorial Director: Anna Marani
Executive Director: Carlo Cavazzoni
Graphic Design: Paolo Torchetti
Licensing: Mandy Mometti
Marketing Assistant: Alice Quaglino
Marketing Director: Giorgio Pulini
Partners Coordination: Gianluca Aicardi (Ad Libitum)
Production Assistant: Alex Corazza
Alessandro Quarta as Touma Inaba
Barbara De Bortoli as Meiko Yotsuba
Federica De Bortoli as Urara Kasuga

Alida Milana as Komi
Francesco Bulckaen as Tatsuhiko
Luigi Ferraro as Koji
Italian companies
Broadcaster: Cultoon (from March 2009)
Distributor: Dynamic Italia
Dubbing: Dynamic Italia
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: Locomotion Brazil (Subbed)
Portuguese cast
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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