|SideM character data|
Kaoru Sakuraba (桜庭薫 Sakuraba Kaoru) is an Intelligent type idol available in THE iDOLM@STER: SideM. His basic card is Rare and is the leader of the Intelligent category, as well as 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 (內田雄馬 Uchida Yuuma).
|Event||Prelim Rank||Final Rank|
|1st Anniversary Election||05||10|
|2nd Anniversary Election||No Ranking||08|
-Commencing the most supreme operation!-
"There's no value in putting us in a team."
Kaoru is a stoic doctor who tends to come off as a perfectionist and is condescending and rude towards the other 315 idols, as he hates talking with dumb people, which includes his fellow unit partner Teru Tendo. He warms up a bit after he's become comfortable in someone's presence, though he doesn't want to show his appreciation towards the Producer which manifests in his frequent medical advises and fussing over the stress of the job. 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 died from an incurable disease when he was young. He recalls that the sight of the flat electrocardiogram, his weeping parents, and his motionless sister would then forever cast a deep shadow into his young self's heart. He had always carried and wore a dolphin pendant from his sister after she gave and praised him for his "singing", which connects them even further. In order to help eliminate the same disease who took his sister's life, he needs a large amount of money to fund the cause.
Recorded Solo Songs
Recorded Group Songs
STARLIGHT CELEBRATE! on THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE-02 DRAMATIC STARS (sung with: Teru Tendo and Tsubasa Kashiwagi)
DRAMATIC NONFICTION on THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE-02 DRAMATIC STARS (sung with: Teru Tendo and Tsubasa Kashiwagi)
DRIVE A LIVE on THE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE-02 DRAMATIC STARS (sung with: Teru Tendo and Tsubasa Kashiwagi)
Yozora o Kirameku Hoshi no You ni on THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY DISC 01 DRAMATIC STARS & High×Joker (sung with: Teru Tendo, Tsubasa Kashiwagi, Shiki Iseya, Natsuki Sakaki, Haruna Wakazato, Jun Fuyumi, and Hayato Akiyama) MOON NIGHT no Sei ni Shite on THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY DISC 01 DRAMATIC STARS & High×Joker (sung with: Teru Tendo, and Tsubasa Kashiwagi)
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.
- Kaoru is mainly nicknamed "Kaoru Sensei" (かおるせんせぇ) or just "Sensei" (せんせぇ) by fans due to sharing the same romanized name with the idol Kaoru Ryuzaki (who refers the Producer as "Sensei").
- 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.
Kaoru for THE iDOLM@STER: SideM Election