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Midori Sakurazawa
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Name Midori Sakurazawa
Kanji 桜沢 翠
Rōmaji Sakurazawa Midori
Characteristics
Race Human
Gender Female
Age 39
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Personal Status
Status Alive
Karuta
Level Class A
Group Fujisaki High School
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 71
Anime Debut Episode 40
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Megumi Hayashibara

Midori Sakurazawa (桜沢 翠 Sakurazawa Midori) is the coach and advisor for the Fujisaki High School karuta club. As coach she is feared by the club members for her cold, impersonal approach. She maintains an intense stamina program for all the members.

She is a high-ranking karuta player, having played for the Queen title five times but always lost during the final match with the Queen. She has been called the "strongest vice queen".

Appearance

Coach Sakurazawa's wavy brown hair is cut in a bob. Her eyes are brown, and their outer corners slant upward. She has well-formed, full lips. She possesses a slim, graceful figure.

If Ryoga Emuro is to be believed, she has F-cup (DDD in US) size breasts.

Personality

Coach Sakurazawa is soft-spoken but deliberate. She has great observational skills, which she uses to size up a player's strengths and weaknesses. Her professional, analytical style of managing the Fujisaki karuta club has made her feared by the members, because she is willing to replace team members no matter how well they perform.

On the other hand, she has great confidence in her players to do well in individual matches. She is also concerned about the club's future, seeing that most of the good players are graduating and there are few first years with potential.

Where karuta tournaments are not of concern, she seems to be a warm and friendly person.

Relationships

Rion Yamashiro

Rion is a member of the Fujisaki karuta club, and as such Sakurazawa trains and coaches her in karuta. She is frustrated with Rion's lack of motivation and competitiveness.

Chihaya Ayase

Coach Sakurazawa met Chihaya during the Omi Jingu team tournaments. They became friendly; Coach gave Chihaya a DVD of the finals between Arata and Shinobu, and invited her to the Fujisaki training camp.

Taichi Mashima

Taichi went with Chihaya to the Fujisaki training camp. Coach Sakurazawa perceived that he can be a dangerously skilled karuta player if he has self confidence, so she pitted him against Chihaya for their last match.

Ryoga Emuro

Ryoga is a third-year karuta club player and the president of the Fujisaki karuta club. Coach Sakurazawa is aware of how he fantasizes about her, and she finds it creepy.

Manata and Kanata Suzuki

The twin players were part of the Fujisaki team during the team tournament finals. Coach Sakurazawa replaced Manata with Rion, which made Manata cry and Makoto angry at Rion.

Makoto Yamai

History

Synopsis

Karuta Style

Trivia

  • Coach Sakurazawa has been Fujisaki High School's karuta advisor for 12 years, singlehandedly building up the karuta club into the powerhouse it now is.
  • She has been playing karuta since she was six years old.
  • She and Tamaru share the same first name, Midori (翠).

Quotes

  • (about Taichi's karuta-playing ability) - "When he has self-confidence, he turns into a monster. And I'm sure there's a level of self-confidence that only Ayase-san can give him."

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