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Toma Inaba is a dreamer, eager to get into university and begin adult life, but cursed to drift permanently around the outskirts.Arriving in Tokyo from the country to take his university entrance examinations, he fails after catching a bad cold.Said virus was contracted from hiscousin and childhood friend, the pretty Urara Kasuga, who had visited him in his hotel room disguised as a prostitute as joke in an effort to boost his spirits, but whom he threw out after not recognizing her. Meanwhile, he has fallen in love with the beautiful but unattainable Mieko Yotsuba, who will only go out with a fellow student of the elite Keio University.He thus begins a life of boarding with Urara (who continues to chase him, and whose widower father is conveniently out of town) while attending a cram school to pass the next year's entrance exam and chasing Mieko (with whom he pretends to be a Keio student).

"When it comes to sex, she wrote the book on it," leers the hopeful box blurb, but the very fact that SD is released by ADV, rather than their erotic subsidiary brand Soft Cel, speaks volumes about its confused identity. While SD looks superficially like a faithful adaptation of the Young Sunday manga by U-Jin, the anime loses much of the original's appeal. Despite being U-Jin's most mature and entertaining work, SD was clearly optioned with the audience of Angel and Tales Of . . . in mind, vacillating between the sex farces of U-Jin's better-known works and the far more involving story of the original.

There are some clever moments that duplicate the spirit of the original. Each episode begins with a striking scene, as little-girl-lost Urara sits at her dresser and contemplates her reflection in the mirror, applying her warpaint and contemplating her next covert operation in this battle of the sexes. For the opening credits, Urara is filmed as if she is the only girl in the world, much the same as in the beginning of Video Girl Ai. As with Oh My Goddess!, the leads' association begins when they are children, but this is not a simple case of love at first sight-in the manga, it is the seven-year-old Touma who risks his life to protect Urara from her abusive father.

But like so many anime romances aimed at the onanistic male, SD paints a picture of a strange viewer, old enough to vote but somehow cursed with the emotional maturity of a child. Consequently, its female characters are dragged down to the level of the wanton Lolitas of Cream Lemon, while its male lead becomes little more than a priapic Tenchi Muyo!. Despite the more sophisticated story line of the original manga, the anime incarnation often slips into tawdriness, seemingly because the production team refused to believe that they could make an U-Jin anime without some eye candy. Released initially as a video series, and then broadcast the following year in a bowdlerized edition on television. N

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Name: Sakura Diaries
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1997
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Romaji: Sakura Tsushin
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Runtime: 25 (mins)
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