Battle Royale

For the novel, please to go Sakura Ogawa (Novel). For the film, please go to Sakura Ogawa (Film).

Sakura Ogawa (小川 さくら, Ogawa Sakura) is a minor character in Battle Royale.


Sakura has been dating Kazuhiko Yamamoto for an undefined amount of time. During the program, Sakura reminds Kazuhiko of a memory of one of their first dates. This date consists of looking around shops for almost an entire day, as Sakura tries to pick out a present for Kazuhiko to get her. She later becomes upset that she wasted the entire date being indecisive, but Kazuhiko reassures her, telling her that he had noticed a purse she spotted during this time, but she decided against buying it, considering it too expensive. He runs with her back to the store, saying that it could still be open. After this, Sakura travels with it wherever she goes.

Shinji Mimura once remarked that Sakura was one of the most attractive girls in their class. In the English translation of the manga, Sakura mentions that she had bet on a girl to win a previous program.

In the Program

Before leaving the school, Sakura passes a note to Kazuhiko, asking him to meet her on the northern tip of the island. She remarks on how quiet it is, and the two gaze out over the cliff. She tells Kazuhiko that she cannot participate in the program, but encourages him to keep living and to make it out. He refuses, wanting to go wherever she goes. She then reminisces on a memory of one of their first dates, and Sakura expresses how much his first present meant to her.

During this reminiscing, they are interrupted by the sound of rustling in the bushes. Kazuhiko holds onto Sakura, and holding hands, they jump off the cliff. Yukie Utsumi, who is responsible for the sound, cries over not being able to save them.


  • The name Sakura means “cherry blossoms, decoy” (さくら) in Hiragana.
    • However, when written in kanji (桜 or 咲良), it could possibly mean:
      • 桜—“cherry blossom”.
      • 咲良—“blossom” (咲) (saku) and “good, virtuous, respectable” (良) (ra).
  • Sakura's surname Ogawa means "stream, brook, bourn/bourne" (小川).


  • Masayuki Taguchi, creator of the manga version, felt that he fully grasped how to portray the suicide of Sakura and Kazuhiko.
  • Sakura has one of the least brutal deaths in the manga.