|Voice Actor||Xander Mobus|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 31|
|Anime Debut||Episode 8|
Sakurai is a man of average height and build. He has somewhat heavy eyebrows and a scar that runs vertically from his jaw up his left cheek. He wears his short black hair entirely slicked back. He wears glasses with thick black frames and a plain black suit with a black tie.
Sakurai is stern, focused, confident, and cautious. He often scolds others, especially Koyama, for their mistakes or foolish behaviour.
He seems to be somewhat more reasonable than other Claw members, as he did not have to be physically defeated in order to learn his lesson.
Sakurai's parents abandoned him at birth and he grew up in an orphanage. Unfortunately, he was bullied throughout his time at the orphanage and the curse was the only thing that kept him alive.
Sakurai first appeared after invading the Awakening Lab, defeating all the adults, and tying up the five children who were there. He brought them back to Claw's 7th Division facility. He reprimanded Koyama for not capturing Mob, attended the Scar cadre's meeting and teamed up with Muraki to defeat the intruding Teruki Hanazawa. By not directly confronting Mob, Sakurai ended up as one of the last Scar members standing.
After witnessing Reigen's Hypnosis Punch, Sakurai tried to slice him with his plastic sword. When Teru stopped him, he sliced off the top half of the boy's haystack wig and challenged him with a flurry of slashes. At a critical moment, Sakurai slashed Reigen across the back and was subsequently shocked to find that it had only cut as deep as his suit. After a failed attempt to decapitate Reigen led to his plastic sword getting snapped in half, he was dumbfounded. Further slashing with his broken sword proved useless and Sakurai lost his composure, grabbing Reigen by the collar and starting up a monologue about how society failed him. He was not amused by Reigen's subsequent response. He tried some more Curse Toys to no avail, with one even getting confiscated. In the end, Sakurai and Muraki were both mentally defeated by the strength of Reigen's words.
Weeks later, Sakurai reappeared with Koyama, picking up Mob with their car. After Koyama assured the latter that they had no intent to harm him, Sakurai gave him an opportunity to ask questions. However, when he informed him that they didn't know where Mob's family was when questioned, Mob suddenly lifted the car and declared that he had no reason to go with them and was about to get off. Pleading that he mustn't break the car, Sakurai desperately told him that his master and friends were waiting for him as an attempt to halt his anger and calm down. Recognising an ally, Mob demanded to get there quickly but due to the red light, they couldn't go any faster, prompting him to levitate the car to avoid traffic. Koyama berated Mob for being reckless but Sakurai informed him that at least they will be able to shake off pursuers.
When Mob finally landed the car on top of Mitsuura's Awakening Lab, they both informed that they brought him (seemingly quite proud of the accomplishment). After Mob passed out and Dimple gave them a wary look, Koyama insisted that they don't hold a grudge any more. Dimple expressed his skepticism and questioned their reasons for being present with one accusation being that they were keeping Reigen hostage. However Sakurai denied everything and told him that Claw also attacked them and they were seeking his help which Dimple didn't believe. Tsuchiya, however, confirmed this. Filling them in on what happened after the gang left, the 7th Division got disbanded from the organisation and, realising how ridiculous they were after getting wrecked by a group of middle schoolers, they started to go against the organisation. A distracted Muraki openly told them he wanted to somehow help society with his powers. Koyama and Sakurai then informed them that the organisation does not tolerate traitors and to prevent the risk of having them as future enemies, they figured they planned to attack sooner or later but it came much faster than any of them expected. Terada explained that they all got attacked by the henchmen of the Claw HQ. Dimple noted that he looked fine, with Terada simply saying that they were former cadres after all and wouldn't go down that easily. Despite this, Sakurai expressed concern, since their assailants were just regular henchmen and they would have trouble once the real cadre arrived. The former 7th Division then expressed their plans on making an alliance with them to fight against the HQ, which had Reigen as the leader. It is told later when a pyrokinetic henchman of Claw burned Reigen's office, Koyama and Sakurai picked Reigen up with their car when he was on the way home. The Awakening Lab kids then expressed concern due to their inability to contact Teru, to know if Ritsu is alright, and tried to be of some use so they came here. The individual that provided the safe place turns out to be Mitsuura, who managed to be informed that Teru was fine and looks excited to have many espers in one room.
In a meeting later, Sakurai suggests that the Boss will first show off his power to the masses.
The henchman that Teru defeated (and kidnapped and tortured and interrogated) spilled that the Boss scouted the world for powerful espers for his army. Teru then asked if Japan was their first step towards world domination. Terada is confused why the boss left Japan in the first place while Koyama expressed outrage that the Boss thinks that the Scar cadre is not enough for world domination; which Sakurai states that they did fail. The henchman is astounded that they are still going to against the organization even though greatly outnumbered and tells them the best option was to bail out of the country. Sakurai then says that the HQ hadn't noticed that they have their own Ace, who crushed the entire 7th Branch, Reigen, who tells them that Claw is finally starting their act of terror. Then, he advises that they should call the police.
As the group ate dinner, Sakurai expressed concern since the HQ still hadn't attacked.
The next morning, they finally discovered that the Boss announced his plan last night through television (confirming Koyama's guess). They discuss the public's lack of dramatic reaction, noting that the news treat it as another terrorist group and the masses treating it as a joke, unaware of the immense threat the organization displays. Reigen then asks on how serious the organization truly is and if they could actually dominate the world. Sakurai answers him that ever since they left Claw behind, they are finally able to see things objectively. He informs him of the organization's lack of maturity from any age group due to the lack of social interaction. This weakness caused them to despise society and the world.
Sakurai fought Shimazaki along with the others. After the latter had been defeated, he lent Reigen his toy gun.
Powers & Abilities
Curse Power: Sakurai's ability enables him to imbue objects with "curses". This allows him to charge them with potent psychic powers, turning mundane items into deadly weapons. By his own account, there is no "conjurator" in the world that rivals his power.
- Jugan (呪玩, "Curse Toys"): He tends to imbue various toys with curses, gradually turning them into dangerous weapons. For example, by carrying around a plastic sword for years, he imbued it with enough psychic power to make it a truly dangerous weapon. This sword is able to cut through almost anything with great ease while being as light as a plastic sword. Sakurai can use telekinesis to wield the weapon remotely.
- Air Gun: A toy gun which shoots damaging blasts of psychically-charged air, this is one of Sakurai's cursed tools and his strongest weapon .
- Cursed Perfume: A spray that puts people to sleep. He gave one of them to Koyama as a last resort. It is able to bypass psychic barriers, knocking Mob out in a single hit even though he was at 100% Animosity at that point.
- Sealed Chamber: By laying his curse on a room, it becomes a part of Sakurai's territory; its purpose is to steal away the psychic power of anyone inside, thus making them unable to utilise their psychic powers at all. Even an esper of Mob's level was rendered powerless by this ability.
- Oden Tongs: At his new job at a convenience store, he imbues a pair of oden tongs with his power. He uses one pair solely for grabbing people's heads when they get rowdy, and another for serving oden.
- "This is made of plastic, it makes the swinging much easier!"
- "...That's... totally your fault... no, wait, what are we talking about again?"
- "Kid. If you got questions, ask."