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Sakura Minamoto
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The zombie whose charming point is the polka dot ribbon on her long hair.

While she's the first to be awakened, she can't remember anything from when she's alive. Surrounded by all those legendary zombies, she's pushed into roles from time to time. Her dialect is of Karatsu. A girl with an extremely cute Karatsu accent.


Minamoto Sakura (源 さくら) is one of the main characters of Zombieland Saga. Before becoming a zombie she was an ordinary girl who faced various misfortunes. She died in 2008 getting hit by a pickup truck on her way to an idol audition.

Appearance

Sakura has straight, dark rose-pink hair with a section of it brought up with a blue and pink bow and some hanging over her shoulders. Her bangs are brushed to the left side, and she has blue eyes. Sakura, like the other zombies, has greyish-blue skin. She also has a large scar across her face.

In her casual human form, Sakura still sports what would have been her school uniform: a navy-blue and white dress, white socks, and brown school-shoes. As an Idol, she wears a pale pink top with "1" written on it, along with two hearts. Sakura also wears a hot pink skirt with white frills.

Personality

Sakura is shown to be an energetic girl when she was still alive. However, that spirit seemed to turn into confusion, worry, and slight fear after she regains her consciousness as a zombie. However, she becomes very passionate whenever she is singing as an Idol.

When she regains her memories of her life but loses her memories of her Zombification, Sakura becomes very defeatist and detached due to the failures she kept facing in life no matter how hard she tried. After she regained all of her memories and with the encouragement from her friends she regains her confidence and love of performing.

Synopsis

Episode 1

After getting hit by a pickup truck and dying, Sakura wakes up 10 years later in a mysterious mansion. While exploring a little bit she is attacked by a zombie. When she flees into another room, several other zombies surround her. But she eventually escapes the mansion. While outside in the pouring rain, she finds out that she is in Saga, and soon comes into contact with a policeman. When he inspects her, the policeman reels back in shock and points a gun at Sakura. Confused, she turns around and sees herself in the traffic mirror, and discovers that she's a zombie.

The policeman shoots her through the chest and Sakura collapses. She then sees the policeman knocked out with a shovel and Sakura passes out. When she comes to, Kōtarō Tatsumi approaches to comfort her and introduces himself in an eccentric manner. He wants Sakura to become an idol to save Saga Prefecture, along with the other six zombie girls. He then immediately takes Sakura and the girls to their first performance at a metal concert club, to try and give the girls 'stimulation' to wake them up.

During their first performance, Sakura has her doubts about Kōtarō's choice of venue and as she is the only sane zombie as of the time, and has no idol training. Despite this, the performance was a success with only headbanging and screaming. During said performance, Sakura regained bits of her memories.

The next day most of the other girls have regained their sanity, Sakura proceeds to greet all of them with a good morning.

Episode 2

Sakura still remains proactive helping with Kōtarō's goal, but she notices that the rest of the girls -- most who've regained their senses -- do nothing. She then has to settle coping with their various personalities, including obliviousness, rebelliousness, and reluctance. But one personal goal that Sakura had in mind, is to recover the memories that she lost after she had died.

Sakura and the girls eventually get a real performance opportunity at Saga castle. During said performance, Tae Yamada instinctively goes after a dried squid in the audience, but Sakura tries to stop her. She accidentally knocks off Tae's head and almost compromised the girls' human disguises. As Sakura tries to maintain their façade, Saki repeatedly pushes Sakura aside and plays around with Tae's head in front of the audience. Sakura then loses her cool and slaps Tae's head away from Saki, then verbally fights with Saki in a rap battle manner where she ultimately triumphs. Her hip-hop in-fighting with Saki impresses the audience and Saki respects Sakura for having the guts to stand up against her.

Episode 3

Taken to a hot springs where Kōtarō will be negotiating for additional budget, Sakura decided to follow instructions to maintain their disguises despite having the opportunity to visit a proper public bath. The girls then go sightseeing around the city where they take the opportunity to know more about each other.

After their sponsored performance, Sakura ends up being invited by Saki to sneak into the public bath against Kōtarō's instructions, to her worry. Junko ends up hearing their conversation and she expresses interested to join them, to Sakura's dismay. So after they take the time to renew in warm bathwater, the girls encounter their sponsored executive, where Sakura loses her head in front of her and the girls end up being discovered in their zombie identities, leaving the executive terrified.

Sakura is left mortally embarrassed having to see their incident reported on the news, believing it to be their fault.

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

She tries to help Junko make up with Ai by comforting her at the beach

Episode 7

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Episode 9

Episode 10

After Franchouchou became scheduled to hold a concert at local performance venue Arpino, Sakura came to believe it might help her to regain her memories. However, this causes her to overwork herself and messes up her rhythm with her teammates. Noticing this, Kōtarō sends them on survival training in the mountains to improve their teamwork, but it instead only caused Sakura to become irritated as her teammates put survival over the performance (even though the former was clearly the more pressing issue).

Upon returning from the mountains, Sakura's rhythm with her teammates was even worse, which she believed to be because the others were not trying hard enough. However, after observing the others pull off the performance flawlessly without her, she realizes she was the one at fault and apologizes.

With just a week left before the concert, Sakura goes out jogging when she is suddenly hit by a truck again. This causes her to finally regain her memories from when she was alive, while in turn losing her memories of being a zombie.

Episode 11

Episode 12

Trivia

  • Sakura means "Cherry Blossoms" and Minamoto means "Origin". Sakura last name (Minamoto) is also one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. 
  • Sakura Minamoto is an Aries according to her horoscope. 
  • Sakura's forehead scar was caused by her apparent cause of death, a head concussion. This is also the reason why she had an amnesia of her past memories.

References

Characters list
Kōtarō Tatsumi  •  Sakura Minamoto  •  Saki Nikaidō  •  Ai Mizuno  •  Junko Konno  •  Yūgiri  •  Tae Yamada  •  Lily Hoshikawa  •  Policeman A  •  Romero