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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.

Biography

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).

Appellations

Name What They Call Cherry What Cherry Calls Them
Ataru Cherry Moroboshi Ataru
Lum Cherry Lum
Shinobu Miyake Cherry Unknown
Shūtarō Mendō Cherry Unknown
Ryūnosuke Fujinami Cherry Unknown
Kōsuke Shirai Cherry Unknown
Megane Sakuranbou Unknown
Ten Cherry Ten
Sakura Oji-ue (uncle, very formal) Sakura
Ataru's Mother Cherry Oku-san (Ma'am (a housewife))
Ataru's Father Cherry Unknown
Ran Cherry Unknown
Sakura's Mother Nii-san (older brother) Unknown

Quotes

  • It is fate.
  • Namandabu.
  • Y... your face, my friend... it's profoundly unfortunate!!!
  • Praise Buddha, praise Buddha. In the name of Jesus Christ, praise Buddha.

Trivia

  • 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.

Media Appearances

Manga

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 8 (10 in wideban)
  • Chapter 9 (11 in wideban)
  • Chapter 10 (7 in wideban)
  • Chapter 13 (14 in wideban)
  • Chapter 15 (16 in wideban)
  • Chapter 17 (20 in wideban)
  • Chapter 19 (17 in wideban)
  • Chapter 20 (18 in wideban)
  • Chapter 21 (12 in wideban)
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 47
  • Chapter 60
  • Chapter 61
  • Chapter 62
  • Chapter 63
  • Chapter 64
  • Chapter 71
  • Chapter 72
  • Chapters 75-77
  • Chapter 83
  • Chapter 86
  • Chapters 87-90
    • Chapter 87
  • Chapter 91
  • Chapters 92-94
  • Chapter 96
  • Chapter 97
  • Chapter 103
  • Chapter 110
  • Chapter 111
  • Chapter 112
  • Chapter 115
  • Chapter 118
  • Chapter 123
  • Chapters 125-127 (124-126 in wideban)
  • Chapter 129 (128 in wideban)
  • Chapter 130
  • Chapter 131
  • Chapter 132
  • Chapter 143
  • Chapter 144
  • Chapter 158
  • Chapter 159
  • Chapter 162
  • Chapter 163
  • Chapter 166
  • Chapter 170
  • Chapters 176-177
    • Chapter 177
  • Chapters 178-179
    • Chapter 178
  • Chapter 181
  • Chapter 192
  • Chapter 198
  • Chapter 204
  • Chapter 213
  • Chapter 220
  • Chapter 222 (226 in wideban)
  • Chapter 230
  • Chapter 234 (236 in wideban)
  • Chapter 247
  • Chapter 248
  • Chapter 250
  • Chapter 259 (254 in wideban)
  • Chapter 260
  • Chapter 261
  • Chapters 266-267
    • Chapter 267
  • Chapter 274
  • Chapter 275
  • Chapter 276
  • Chapter 278
  • Chapter 280
  • Chapter 285
  • Chapter 290
  • Chapter 291
  • Chapter 297
  • Chapter 305
  • Chapter 306
  • Chapter 312
  • Chapter 316
  • Chapter 318
  • Chapter 321
  • Chapters 329-333 (331-335 in wideban)
    • Chapter 330 (332 in wideban)
  • Chapter 336
  • Chapter 337
  • Chapter 345
  • Chapter 351
  • Chapters 356-366
    • Chapter 356
    • Chapter 358
    • Chapter 362
    • Chapter 363
    • Chapter 364
    • Chapter 365
    • Chapter 366

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