Kaoru Sakuraba

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Kaoru Sakuraba
SideM character data
Name: 桜庭薫 (Sakuraba Kaoru)
Voice actor: 內田雄馬 (Uchida Yuuma)
Age: 26
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Shoe Size: 26.5 cm
Birthday: September 24th
Blood Type: A
Hobbies: Reading my sister's worn out poetry book, a memento from her
Skills: Magic tricks
Writing Hand: Ambidextrous
Horoscope: Libra
Hometown: Kyoto
Ex-Job: Doctor
Card Type: Intelligent
Image Color:     
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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).


Annual Rankings

Event Prelim Rank Final Rank
1st Anniversary Election 05 10
2nd Anniversary Election No Ranking 08


SideM Biography

-Commencing the most supreme operation!-
"There's no value in putting us in a team."

Character Description and Personality

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 that took his sister's life, he needs a large amount of money to fund the cause.

Game Discography

Song Discography

Image songs


Recorded Solo Songs

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.

Fan Culture

  • 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 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.

Character Gallery

SideM Cards