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櫻-SAKURA- Chapter 1: Blue Moon fully released! Special interview!

Hello to all you readers! Ian here again, with an exciting announcement for you:

Our very first English-localized work, the first chapter of 櫻-SAKURA-, is now available!

櫻-SAKURA- is a 6-chapter audio drama series about a man's death and the woman who killed him with her love. Find out more on the official site, or go ahead and check out the first chapter, Blue Moon, from one of the sites below!

Amazon Video: US | UK



If you've enjoyed the first chapter already, or want to know more about the 櫻-SAKURA- series, read on for an exclusive interview with the voice of Sakura, translated of course by our very own Molly!

Interview with Sakakibara Tomomi (The Voice of Sakura in BLUE MOON)


Q1. What are your thoughts on BLUE MOON's story?

The first thing I felt was heartache.

Maybe it's because I read it from a woman's perspective, but for some reason Sakura completely stole the show for me. She only wanted someone to hold... someone to love... and yet her feelings were so strong that they inadvertently caused the death of her beloved. The whole story is so tragic, it left me absolutely brokenhearted.

Q2. What is your favorite part of BLUE MOON?

I really love the alluring, sensuous vibes of the story. The artistry of the word choice perfectly weaves together the perspective, atmosphere, color, sound... When Sakura confesses her love to Yuuya, the whole story is turned on its head. You can feel everything slowly start to crumble beneath his feet. It really pulls you in!

Q3. What did you think of the character that you portrayed?

"All I did was love him..."

That one single line was like an arrow through my heart. You get this feeling that Sakura's love has killed a lot of the people she cared about over the years. Every time, she ends up all alone again.

No matter how many times I think about it, it never quite stops making my heart ache. It just sits there like a weight in my chest, refusing to budge.

Love is pure. Love is blind. As a woman, I could never hate Sakura. Instead, I sincerely hope she'll be happy someday.

Q4. If you had something to say or some advice to impart upon your character, what would it be?

Sakura-chan is innocent and cute, yet still sexy, with a beautiful face and a body to die for... Honestly, I'm really jealous of her! I hope we get to see more of her cuteness all the way to the final chapter!

If I were to send a message to her... I guess I'd tell her I hope she finds someone she can happily spend the rest of her life with! I just really don't want her to have to suffer anymore! LOL.

Q5. Thank you for your time! Do you have anything that you wish to say to the listeners?

The SAKURA series will have 6 chapters in total—6 stories that will be published over the course of the upcoming months. Each chapter will have its own perspective, its own atmosphere, its own unique "color"... and I imagine each will strike different chords, with different ways of pulling you into the story.

Each time I get the latest script, I find myself drawn into the world of SAKURA all over again.

Over the course of this series, I intend to convey Sakura's beauty—and inner turmoil—to the best of my ability. I hope you'll look forward to the next installment!


Work on the second chapter of 櫻-SAKURA-, Spectacle of Scarlet, is already in full swing - including the localization, so you can expect it to be available in English very soon!

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