Sakuno Ryuzaki

(竜崎 桜乃)
Name: Sakuno Ryzaki Ryzaki Sakuno Seiyu: Mikako Takahashi Dubbed Voice Actor: Cindy Robinson Age/Gender: 12/Female Birthday: January 14 School/Year/Class: Seishun Academy/Freshman/11 21 in the epilogue Height: 151cm Known Relatives: Coach Ryuzaki Tennis Strategy: Unknown Dominant Hand: Right Backhand: Unknown The manga and anime portrayals of Sakuno are basically similar yet have some important differences. It is noted that Sakuno made no appearance in the OVA series Episodes 113: The Nationals Arc neither did Tomoka Osakada. Sakuno has far more spotlight in the anime than the manga where shes regularly seen hanging out with the Seigaku team along with her best friend Osakada Tomoka and even helping them out during different training camps. In the manga shes seldom seen cheerleading and at times even seems to fade away from the storyline since she spends her time training with the girls of the tennis club. When Ryoma temporarily lost his memories Sakuno went searching for him. She was willing to try reteaching him tennis from scrap in an attempt to help him regain his memory only to be interrupted by Ryoma as he already recovered his memory and wants to face Yukimura. In the end Sakuno was shown as an eighth grader content with her life and still playing tennis. Sakuno is a kind nice and quiet girl with very long hair kept in twin braids who almost always seems to worry about Ryoma and the others. She started playing tennis after she saw Ryoma playing and her progress differs in the anime from the manga in the anime her lack of skill is a recurring gag while in the manga shes good enough to be seen as a promising player and even a future regular. Sakuno in both manga and anime is extremely shy to the point that its emphasized in the anime. The emphasis given to Sakunos chronic shyness in the anime makes her prone to ditz spells and even small emotional breakdowns while manga Sakuno is more insightful mature and intuitive one example is that when Kotoha from Tsubakikawa appeared in the Seigaku grounds during chapter 241 and said she had fallen for Ryoma Sakuno chose to mostly keep her thoughts to herself and noticed that Ryoma had not taken Kotohas claims seriously unlike Tomoka who quite freaked out and expressed this very loudly. Sakuno also has a horrible sense of direction many times leading Ryoma to the wrong destination. While in both anime and manga Sakunos crush on Ryoma is clear she hasnt had a chance to really tell him due to her own shy nature some degree of bad luck and the meddling of other people especially Nanjiroh and Momoshiro and occasionally Kikumaru Eiji. On the other hand Ryoma doesnt take a possible relationship with Sakuno seriously because of his dedication to tennis and his own early age but does show friendly concern for her he has rescued Sakuno from bullies several times doesnt mind her tagging along with the team he has also coached her and Tomoka in tennis although unwillingly his father tricked him into doing so.
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