Sakuranbou (錯乱坊, Sakuranbou?) is a Buddhist monk who wanders about Tomobiki. With it's kanji, his name means literally "deranged monk", but sakuranbo (桜ん坊, sakuranbo?) means Cherry (チェリー, Cherry?), which is what he prefers to be called. His real name is unknown. His niece is the very beautiful shinto priestess Sakura.
Cherry first appears in the very first chapter of Urusei Yatsura, where he correctly predicts that Ataru Moroboshi is a carrier of bad luck rarely seen in this world. From then on, he frequently appears out of nowhere, usually first appearing in a super close up of his face, which in turn usually causes all characters around him to pratfall. A notorious glutton, he sometimes shows up at the Moroboshi's dining table and proceeds to consume their food while speaking seriously about the current situation. He usually resides in a tent that he has set up in a vacant lot.
Though he is supposed to be a wandering monk, he seems to save more or less settled down in Tomobiki. As obvious from when he predicted bad luck for Ataru, he has very high spiritual powers. However, Ataru's bad luck often has a negative influence on his powers and botches his exorcisms.
Cherry's sister (Sakura's Mother) is a Shinto priestess, just like her daughter, but has the same facial features as her brother. In the anime, she is also voiced by Nagai Ichirou.
Role in the Manga
Cherry's role in the manga seems mainly to be to cause unnecessary trouble for Ataru and the main cast. His very sudden appearance in some chapters seems to cause the already weird plot to get much worse.
When he appears, he often predicts a bad omen, and they usually come true (even if he has to help it).
|Name||What They Call Cherry||What Cherry Calls Them|
|Sakura||Oji-ue (uncle, very formal)||Sakura|
|Ataru's Mother||Cherry||Oku-san (Ma'am (a housewife))|
|Sakura's Mother||Nii-san (older brother)||Unknown|
- It is fate.
- Y... your face, my friend... it's profoundly unfortunate!!!
- Praise Buddha, praise Buddha. In the name of Jesus Christ, praise Buddha.
- Cherry's statue appears in Feudal Japan in the second InuYasha movie.
- Outside of the Higurashi shrine in the Rumic World DVD opening, statues of Cherry, Myoga the Flea and Happosai can be seen.
- Two of Cherry's most powerful abilities are his ugly visage, and the ability to cause random explosions as he appears.
- At least once in the Ranma 1/2 series, Shampoo's great grandmother, Cologne, claims to have met a handsome monk that swept her off her feet. Many fans have taken this as a hint Cherry was somehow involved, but it hasn't been confirmed by Rumiko Takahashi.
- His seiyū would later voice Happosai of Ranma 1/2 and Yōreitaisei from Inuyasha.
- Cherry's character has gone through some changes in design. In the early chapters and first season of the anime, Cherry was much taller and had a visible neck.
- Cherry is almost a constant presence in the Manga, appearing in almost every chapter. He's also more aggressive, as by chapter 6, Cherry has attempted to murder Ataru no less then four times, and even tried to attack Oyuki with a shovel when meeting her.
- His second seiyū previously voiced Yūko's Husband from Middle-Aged Teen, Yukie's Husband from Hidden in the Pottery, Young Man from As Long As You Are Here, Date from One Hundred Years of Love, Kyū-chan from In Lieu of Thanks, Father-in-law from House of Garbage, and Gorgeous from The Executive's Dog, as part of the Takahashi's anthology series Rumic Theater.