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How far are they willing to go to stay friends?

Sakura Trick

12 Episodes



Romance; Yuri*; Comedy; Slice-of-Life


Haruka and Yū are the best of friends and have been for years. It helps that they’ve always sat adjacent to one another, so they can pick their conversations right back up after class and look after each other should one of them (ahem Yū) fall asleep. However, when the new seating plan threatens to separate them, they decide to ensure their friendship’s survival by doing something no other friends would do: kiss. To their surprise, this innocent act does more than maintain their friendship when the pair discover they’ve become obsessed. Of course, they mustn’t let anyone else find out about their secret addiction, least of all Yū’s strict older sister. It would seem, though, that they aren’t the only girls in their school with a similar secret…

Haruka waits patiently for Yuu in front of a tree

Content Advisory

This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.

Moderate Sex References

Lots of references but they’re mostly pretty mild. I decided to label it ‘moderate’ because it just about scrapes my criteria for it to be so. However, it’s generally breast references, a few slightly suggestively playful pieces of role-play and the odd grope (since one character understands that it’s a weakness of her partner’s, which she exploits to shut her up).

Some mildly suggestive positions, but nothing untoward ever happens. They only ever lead to kisses and don’t even imply any further activity after the scene.

Some soft moaning during some of the kisses.

Mild Sexualised Nudity

Extremely tame, but there is fan-service in it. Actually, since it only goes as far as cleavage, I normally wouldn’t bother to mention it. But, seeing as there is more than a handful (if you’ll excuse the poor choice of words) of these scenes, I thought I’d give a heads-up.

Haruka excitedly lays on her bed, clutching her phone to her chest.

Reasons to Watch

This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this series’ fans give for enjoying it!

Light fan-service and lots of heart-meltingly adorable (subject to personal opinion) content.

Pure, innocent approach to a lesbian couple that don’t even consider themselves any more than friends. Although other lesbian couples do consider themselves a couple, even they are approached purely and innocently.

Barrier of Entry

May be too naive for some, since the main heroines don’t even know the meaning of love. By that, I don’t mean the philosophical meaning – I mean the dictionary definition!

The fact that the two aren’t an actual couple and only consider each other good friends may put off viewers looking for a genuine lesbian couple’s story. I mean, this one doesn’t even really apply to the ‘discovering their sexuality’ theme!

Haruka cuddles a wall as she daydreams. Meanwhile, the other girls question her sanity.


Opening Theme

Won(*3*)Chu KissMe! by Haruka Tomatsu, Yuka Iguchi, Yuka Aisaka, Hiromi Igarashi, Mai Fuchigami & Megumi Toda

Ending Themes

Kiss(and)Love by Haruka Tomatsu & Yuka Iguchi

Sakura Sweet Kiss by Saki Fujita, Momo Asakura & Yurika Endō (Ep. 8)

Hardcopy Notes

As you may notice from the ‘Lead Voice Actors’ section below, there is no English Dub available for the series (as of 10/01/2019), regardless of whether you bought the American version or another.

Staff List

Animation Production: Studio DEEN

Director & Series Composition: Kenichi Ishikura

Music: Ryosuke Nakanishi

Original Creator & Original Character Design: Tachi

Animation Character Design: Kyuta Sakai

Chief Animation Directors: Kyuta Sakai (Ep. 1-12) & Hirofumi Morimoto (Ep. 2-12)

Art Director: Osamu Tayama

Lead Voice Actors:

Haruka Tomatsu as Haruka Takayama

Yuka Iguchi as Yū Sonoda

For Your Anime Dictionary

*Yuri literally translates to ‘Lily’ and refers to all kinds of lesbian relationships. In the west, Yuri usually refers to more erotic and sexual lesbian relationships, instead opting to use the term ‘shoujo-ai’ (literally ‘girls love’) to refer to non-sexual relationships (like the ones in Sakura Trick). Initially, I was going to apply the ‘shoujo-ai’ tag to this, but upon further deliberation I decided to use the official Japanese term. Mostly, I did this because, while ‘shoujo-ai’ is an American term using Japanese words, the official Japanese implications for ‘shoujo-ai’ literature are very different. And when I say different, I mean the kind of different I wouldn’t recommend doing an image/video search of if you enjoyed having friends and a job. If you don’t have either of those and are going to try it anyway, then I hear prison is a great way to meet new people! (Please note that, if you’re in one of the western countries, you can go ahead and search for it, because the results will use the American meaning of the term).

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