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Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 1 (Sakura Hime Kaden #1)

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Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword.

All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her...
Paperback, 182 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published March 13th 2009)
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Megan Sanchez
Aug 05, 2012 Megan Sanchez rated it really liked it
A mix of Sailor Moon and Fushigi Yuugi, Sakura Hime has demons from the moon, a princess in a short skirt fighting them and a conflicted love story, all wrapped in a gorgeous Heian Era fantasy. Arina Tanemura is a favorite for fans of shojo manga and she does not disappoint. The artwork is amazing and detailed. Although I wasn't captured by Sakura immediately, I definitely felt for her by the end of the volume. She's annoying in an early series Usagi sort of way and I want to give her a few more ...more
Sep 21, 2011 和泉美優 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This story takes place in the Heian period in Japan. It is about a princess named Sakura who is about to be married to the Imperial Prince Oura. An emissionary is sent to escort her to the capital, and Sakura who doesn't want to go and marry the prince decides to run away in the woods with her magical friend Asagiri. Sakura looks at the full moon, forgetting the fact that she is forbidden to look up at the full moon. Suddenly, a demon appears, and Sakura is forced to fight, discovering thanks t ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing
In my words, I think Sakura Hime Kaden is the best manga book I have EVER read! Its very funny, adventurous, and sometimes disturbing. But I LOVE this book. Its about this princess(her name is Princess Sakura) who is actually from the moon and is immortal. She has been bethrothed since birth by her future fiance' Prince Oura. Not wanting to get married, she runs away. Then she gazes up at the full moon and a Youko appeared. (Youko, is a immortal man-eating beast) As suspected, Prince Oura comes ...more
May 14, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
I honestly know nothing about Heian era Japan, the setting of Sakura Hime, so I can't say if she did the era justice or not. But I did like the art (the kimono are so pretty) and I was a lot more interested in the characters and the story than I had been in Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne. Sakura herself has a pretty good set up, and there's a really surprising twist halfway through the first volume. I'm actually really interested to see where this goes.
Laura Tenorio
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Jan 03, 2016 Hikari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das erste Mal hatte ich die Reihe mit sehr großen Abständen gelesen, sodass mir nicht alles schlüssig wurde. Daher lese ich "Prinzessin Sakura" erneut - diesmal in direktem Zusammenhang =)

Der Manga spielt in der Heian-Zeit und greift auf die japanische Legende der "Mondprinzessin Sakura" zurück. Das Leben der Protagonisten am Kaiserlichen Hof wird dadurch zusätzlich mit ein paar fantastischen Elementen angereichert. Es gibt Prinzen und Prinzessinen, arrangierte Ehen, Japans Kultur und Tradition,
Apr 06, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
Fun start to the series! :D Looveeee the artwork (of course ^__^)
Luke Reynolds
Aug 12, 2015 Luke Reynolds rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The art in this series is absolutely breathtaking. Here's an example for your viewing pleasure.


Even though I could rave about Arina Tanemura's drawing for days, let's talk more about the manga. It's definitely an interesting start to a historical fantasy series, with romance (a complicated one, though), action, and of course, a magical heroine who undergoes some nice development. Let's see how this goes!
Aug 13, 2012 pinkthecolour rated it liked it
Maybe 2.5/5 stars... I don't know. I started reading this at ~5am because I couldn't sleep, and picked it up at the library in the first place because I LOVE the author's other series: Full Moon. The artwork and the characters... ah :DD However, this book didn't compare at all. The art was good, but the story lacking. Aside from the adorable Asagiri, I disliked many of the characters. Sakura is a little annoying -__- (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Kleinerrotfuchs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die ersten drei Bände habe ich vor ein paar Jahren gelesen. Jetzt wo die Reihe komplett erschienen ist, wollte ich sie fortsetzen. Dafür musste ich sie aber nochmal lesen.
Der Manga ist sehr storylastig und erinnert stark an Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne.Ich bin sehr gespannt wo das hinführen wird.
Kyleigh Trott
I really like Arina Tanemura's work. I know I shouldn't, since it's the same formula, book after book - but isn't most manga?


The art is good. It's pleasing, and I enjoy looking at is while I read the speech bubbles and move along with the action. But, true to Arina's style, the main heroine is super-thin, petite, has really long hair, and big, expressive eyes. Kind of a negative in my book, but not enough to get me to not like it in any way.

So you move along and start reading the plot,
May 06, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Was not expecting to enjoy a cute-magical-girl manga, but the personal dilemmas that come to dominate the story interested me. Princess Sakura was orphaned young and grew up isolated in an estate paid for by her fiancé-since-birth, whom she has never met. On the eve of their marriage, Sakura finds out a secret about her lineage that causes a lot of trouble--people are afraid of her and don't trust her, and she is a little afraid of herself. Now she has to come to terms with herself and with ever ...more
Liebes Buch
Feb 26, 2014 Liebes Buch rated it it was amazing
Das ist mein erstes Manga. Dieser Bereich ist ja bei mir eine Bildungslücke bisher, und die muss gestopft werden. Mit Büchern. Mangas muss man von hinten nach vorne lesen und von rechts nach links. Zum Glück bleibt die Schrift aber normal von links nach rechts. Ich fand es erst lustig, das japanisch zu lesen... aber es ist doch auch etwas nervig. Prinzessin Sakura ist ganz allein auf der Welt. Ihr Bruder starb an einer Pandemie. Sie hat noch ihre Zofe, die sie von Menschenhändlern bekam. Aber um ...more
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Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her...

My Thoughts:

I had to check this series out because Arina Tanemura's series always tend to really worm their way into my heart. When one of her heroines is sad, I'm sad, too. I c
Angelina Justice
May 15, 2012 Angelina Justice rated it really liked it
The artwork is great AND the story flows well enough to keep a novice Manga reader like me engaged. I love the whole, I hate you, I love you, I love you, I hate you...thing. It kept the first volume from being too predictable.

I often ignore the sidenotes and chibi's in the margins, but found myself reading several in this volume.

My favorite character is Sakura's friend/servant Asagiri. Like the author, I hope she "evolves into a great character."
Dec 08, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
This is my first manga I've ever read believe it or not. I've been aware of them for a long time now but I never had an interest in reading them. Going into it and browsing the pages I found it really strange and crazy ridiculous. I mean I'm used to Engrish and awkward mixes of Asian languages, phrases and English, but it was like watching a bad cartoon and it made me think, "did I really used to like watching this anime stuff on tv?" But once I started reading it I started to understand why the ...more
Sarah Hayes
Feb 19, 2012 Sarah Hayes rated it liked it
I was going to give it four stars, but then the second half of it happened, which was so rushed and ill-tempered with cheap laughs that I had trouble enjoying it as much as the first half. Not a bad start to a new Tanemura series, and her art is as gorgeous as ever. Should be a good twist on the typical 'destined girl' shojo story.
K.C. Rivers
Nov 01, 2011 K.C. Rivers rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, shojo
Could it be that I'm actually starting to enjoy shojo manga? It is quite possible. This looks to be a fun, light-hearted series. I actually quite like Sakura's character. Even though she's incredibly spoiled, the author almost seems to poke fun at that. This left quite the cliff-hanger and I'm looking forward to reading more.
Jul 12, 2011 Shiori rated it liked it
If only she made her plots more interesting, I would have enjoyed this book. *Sighs* The only that gets me reading this book is because of her art-work. Her characters are nicely done as always. I kind like Sakura being strong but she is also weak.
Jul 26, 2012 Candycloud rated it liked it
Okay. I'm seriously new to manga, and I will admit, I like it a lot. But I didn't really like this book.

Yeah, Sakura was cute, as was Asagirl. But the other characters... well, they were a bit... um... strange.
Sep 23, 2011 Tenoko1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I think it was really cute and the artwork as usual is gorgeous. Story is not as strong as some of her other works, but this was only the first volume. Very remnisent of Sailor Moon, actually.
Nara Walker
Jul 03, 2011 Nara Walker rated it it was amazing
They had me at moon princess, but she also fight demons. Along with the typical shoujo relationship angst. It's magical girl goodness at it's best
Jan 22, 2011 Ichigo rated it really liked it
i totally new that he was the prince she left too much clues and i just love this its sooo funny but does he really like her or what
Jul 29, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it and I don't read a lot of manga
I went out and bought the 2nd book the next day. It is so addicting!
May 22, 2011 Elsa rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-gn
The whole transformation thing lost me at first but will pick up more volumes to see how this turns out.
May 03, 2012 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The plot was confusing,and allot of characters look the same, but I love the artwork.
Aug 14, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Full review at Manga Xanadu.
Sep 02, 2012 Naj rated it liked it
read most but stopped cuz got confusing and weird.
Jan 27, 2012 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I love the artwork, but the storyline is so-so.
Jan 27, 2016 Carrot336 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked this off the shelf because I saw the spine and read the book I was immediately intrigued. And boy am I happy that I did that! I loved this manga! The art, the story, the writing! Now I'm on volume six and it's still awesome. Arina really knows how to make you love (or sometimes hate) certain characters, before doing something that makes your feelings for them do a 180! This really impressed me, and I can't wait to read volume seven!
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Name in Japanese: 種村有菜 (Tanemura Arina)
Western Zodiac: Pisces

Arina Tanemura was born on March 12, 1978. She's the author of Full Moon O Sagashite, Time Stranger Kyoko, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Sakura Hime Kaden, and more.

Her favorite hobby is Karaoke. One song that she sings is Smile, originally by Myco. She has two cats, named Riku and Kai. She has one elder and one
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Other Books in the Series

Sakura Hime Kaden (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 3
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 4
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 5
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 6
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 7
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 8
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 9
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 10
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 11

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