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|SideM Character Data|
Kaoru Sakuraba (Japanese: 桜庭薫 Sakuraba Kaoru) is an idol in THE iDOLM@STER: SideM. He one of three idols that can be chosen at the start of the game. He is part of the unit DRAMATIC STARS along with Teru and Tsubasa. He is voiced by Yuuma Uchida (Japanese: 內田雄馬 Uchida Yuuma).
|Event||Prelim Rank||Final Rank|
|1st Anniversary Election||05||10|
|2nd Anniversary Election||No Ranking||08|
-The cool perfectionist who relies on no one!-
"Commence the most supreme operation!"
SideM Idol File
Reasons for Becoming an Idol: To make money.
Personal Motto: Success follows hard work.
Comments for the Future: My ultimate goal is making money as a top idol; Therefore, my first order of business is becoming a first-rate one. Physical activity is my weak point, and talking with idiots pains me, but I can overcome any obstacle.
Comments about Unit Members: Between a pushy, sweltering middle-aged man and a brat who has no worth other than his smile and his stomach, I'd rather not associate in private with these people at all. But, as idols... Well, I suppose they're not technically worthless there.
GROWING STARS Biography
-From surgeon to idol!-
"Preparations has been arranged. Let's go."
THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote
"I'm Kaoru Sakuraba. 26 years old. Former surgeon doctor. As an idol, I must aim to be at the top and be ready to do my utmost diligence in any job."
Kaoru is a stoic ex-surgeon doctor who is a perfectionist, taking his job very seriously and will do whatever it takes to become the top idol. He tends to come off as rude towards other idols, refusing to participate in conversations and activities that don't bring any benefit. He hates talking to dumb people such as his fellow unitmate Teru, which often leads to the two getting into heated arguments and Tsubasa having to break the two up. Despite his resentment towards such people, he still cares for them. He also warms up a bit after he's become comfortable in someone's presence, though he doesn't want to show his obvious appreciation towards the Producer which then manifests in his frequent medical advice. He insists this is just leftover habits from his old job.
His career choice and drive to become an idol is due to his older sister, who he loves very much especially her singing, was hospitalized and eventually passed away from an incurable disease when he was young. He never fails to carry or wear a dolphin pendant that was gifted by his sister after praising him for his singing. In order to help eliminate the same disease that took his sister's life, he needs a large amount of money to fund the cause.
Kaoru Sakuraba cameos as part of the unit DRAMATIC STARS, along with Teru Tendo and Tsubasa Kashiwagi, as a possible rival unit the player can face.
Recorded Solo Songs
|Recorded Solo Songs|
|MOON NIGHT no Sei ni Shite||Kaoru Sakuraba Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION|
|Because||Solo Song||THE IDOLM@STER SideM ORIGIN@L PIECES 04|
|POKER FAITH||Kaoru Sakuraba Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM WakeMini! SOLO COLLECTION 03 INTELLIGENCE Ver.|
|Nandodemo Waraou||Kaoru Sakuraba Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER Series 15th Anniversary Commemoration Song "Nandodemo Waraou"|
|ASTERISK||Kaoru Sakuraba Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 5th ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION 01|
|ANYWHERE||Kaoru Sakuraba Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM PASSION@TE FORMATION -INTELLIGENCE-|
Recorded Group Songs
Trivia and Fan Culture
- Kaoru's given name means "Fragrance" and his surname literally means "Cherry Blossom Garden". Combining them will translate to "Fragrant Cherry Blossom Garden".
- Kaoru was ranked as the tenth most popular character in the first election of THE iDOLM@STER: SideM.
- In his unchanged SideM Xmas Live 2015 SR card, Kaoru is seen with a gift bag containing glasses. This bag also appears in Genbu Kurono's unchanged Xmas Live 2015 R card, suggesting that Genbu bought the glasses for Kaoru.
- He is good with magic tricks. He is also a skilled ventriloquist.
- He shares the same birthday with Megumi Ijuin.
- In the Live on Stage's New Year Countdown Live 2018 event, Kaoru's SR appeal can be connected with Ryu Kimura's - starting from Kaoru attempting to catch Ryu from nearly tripping over.
- Kaoru has matching pajamas with his unitmates Teru and Tsubasa, as told by Teru when asked by Yusuke from the Live on Stage's pajama photoshoot event.
- In the Granblue Fantasy side story, Kaoru reached a rank of 103 in the span of mere months before their PV shoot in-story. It is unknown whether he truly did it for research purposes or was simply enjoying the game.
- According to his "Candid Shot" card, he says that he is not a morning person.
- Kaoru is mainly nicknamed "Kaoru Sensei" (かおるせんせぇ) or just "Sensei" (せんせぇ) by fans due to having the same given name, romanized and kanji, as the idol Kaoru Ryuzaki (who refers to the Producer as "Sensei"), which both of them were paired in some fanworks.
- Because Ranko's and Kaoru's voice actors, Maaya and Yuuma Uchida respectively by age, are siblings, fans sometimes feature this pair on their fan works.
- A meme involving him has emerged thanks to the first SideM event: during the appeal chances, the sprite for his ranking SR in that event was animated in a way that made him appear to be sliding in on an office chair. This became a running joke in the fan community and was even performed by Kaoru's seiyuu Yuuma Uchida during the Niconico live stream for SideM on January 17th.
- Although semi-unofficial, he is commonly associated with Megane Z, a group of glasses-wearing idols from the production. The other members are Nao Okamura, Michio Hazama, Shiki Iseya, Kyosuke Aoi, Ryo Akizuki and Genbu Kurono.
Kaoru's profile in POPLINKS (Lancet Flash).
Kaoru's profile in POPLINKS (Celestella Unison).
Kaoru in THE iDOLM@STER Starlit Season.