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Laura Sakuraba
Admin Uniform | Marching Coord | Uniform | Star Coord
Movie (w/ Yume)

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Kanji 桜庭ローラ
Romaji Sakuraba Rōra
Statistics
Gender Female
Age 12-13 (S1)
13 (S2)
Birthday November 4
Occupation Student
Idol
Admin
Student Council Vice President
Affiliation Four Star Academy
Venus Ark
Blood Type A
First Appearance
Data Carddass Game Part 1
Anime The Beginning of a Dream
Portrayal
Seiyū Ayaka Asai
Singer Rie from AIKATSU☆STARS!

Laura Sakuraba (桜庭ローラ) (officially Rola Sakuraba) is a main character of the Aikatsu Stars! series. She is a student at Four Star Academy, acting as the student council vice president and as an admin of the Flower Song Class. Laura is a cool type idol whose preferred brand is Spice Chord. She is currently attending Venus Ark as an exchange student.

Bio

Appearance

Laura is a fair-skinned girl with light blue eyes and shoulder-length bubblegum pink hair styled into a ponytail which ends in three thick ringlets, with a dark purple ruffled scrunchy. As a Four Star Academy student, she wears the standard uniform.

In Season 2, Laura now wears a dark blue headband in her hair. A dark blue bow rests on the right side of the headband with a light blue gemstone in the center.

Personality

Laura is a fearless person who takes on the role of a big sister with an impertinent edge to it. She is also the type to act before properly thinking about the action. Laura started off as being afraid of losing, and to stand out as a loser. However, she eventually learns that it's okay to lose to others and later becomes a more humble and calm person.

Background

She comes from a long line of musicians, with her father being a violinist and her mother a pianist.

Relationships

Yume is the very first friend Laura made at Four Star Academy. She is described as being a very precious friend to her and her true rival. The two come to depend on each other a lot, as shown when Yume immediately decides on Laura to be her admin following her induction into S4. Likewise, Laura understands Yume to the point where she accepts the position before Yume can even properly ask her.
Laura met Koharu through Yume. The two became quick friends.
Laura's close friend. The two are noted to be similar in personality, and Laura regards Mahiru as particularly skilled.
Laura met Ako for the first time during "ROCK! Rock Girls" audition. She finds her interesting and they slowly become friends.
When Laura was feeling lost after losing to Yume over again, it was Lilie who helped her to realize the importance of going in her own way rather than just aiming to win.
Laura keeps a protective guard when it comes to Elza trying to take away Yume. She also has a very negative opinion of the latter as well.
Laura inherited Tsubasa's brand, Spice Chord, after Tsubasa saw the potential and the leadership in Laura.

Etymology

Sakuraba (桜庭) - Sakura () means cherry blossom and Ba () means garden.

Rola (ローラ) is Mexican slang for song. Laura is the feminine form of the Latin word Laurus, meaning laurel, a plant which symbolized victory and fame in Greco-Roman times.

Quotes

"Laura Sakuraba, it's my time to shine!"

– Laura before her performance

"You’re a lifesaver, thank you. It really felt like I blew it on my first day."

– Laura to Yume

"I feel like I've finally found my own path. I always used to sing to pass auditions and beat my rival. Yume is my rival. That won't change. But from now on I won't sing just to win! I'll sing for myself!"

– Laura to herself after being encouraged by Lilie

"But Aikatsu isn't about winning or losing. As long as you follow your own shining path, it will eventually lead to a future in S4."

– Laura to Mahiru

"I say that over and over, but what keeps me going is Yume. The only thing I can say to my rival Yume are words of gratitude."

– Laura talking about Yume

"Why did I start worrying all of a sudden? Being with Yume drew the best out of me. There were times when I cried and felt lost. But in the end, we always smiled together! Now I just need to put this whole year's emotions into song! Into a song that's mine, a song that I love! That's right, this song comes from my way of life. This is Laura Sakuraba!"

– Laura before her S4 Selection performance

"I did it, Yume! Who cares about my score? I've never felt this good singing in my entire life! I was finally able to sing in my own voice!"

– Laura after her S4 Selection performance

"It's fine. You don't need to dance around it. I feel surprisingly refreshed. That was my best performance, and it went exactly as I saw it in my head."

– Laura to Ako and Mahiru

"I don't know much about Elza-san or Venus Ark's philosophy. But I want to be an idol who's considerate of others and always willing to extend a helping hand."

– Laura to Kirara

Trivia

  • She is 154cm tall.
  • Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.
  • Her favorite things are rock music and vinegar kelp.
  • Her specialty is doing introduction quizzes.
  • Her hobby is music appreciation.
  • She can spin like a tornado. 
  • She shares her singer with Sumire Hikami from the original Aikatsu! series.
  • In game artwork, her accessory is shown to be lined in pink. The lining is lacking in the anime.
  • Yume and Koharu, who both generally address their friends with the honorific -chan, address Laura with her given name only.
  • She is an expert piano player as shown in Episode 2 of the anime, making her the third idol in the Aikatsu! Franchise to have knowledge in playing an instrument.
  • She often says "Well, isn't that interesting?" (面白いじゃない omoshiroi ja nai) when something catches her attention.
  • Her appearance is similar to Madoka Amahane from the original Aikatsu! series. They both have the same colored pink hair and blue eyes.  
  • Her favorite band is "Metal Dolls".
  • Laura is the first character to change her final pose as seen in Episode 38, and is the third in the Aikatsu! Franchise to change, following Mizuki Kanzaki and Akari Ōzora, and followed by Yume Nijino.
  • She shares a number of similarities with Seira Otoshiro from the original Aikatsu! Series.
    • Both have pink hair worn in an up-do.
    • Both have a group/unit aura with their 'true rival'.
    • Both are 'true rivals' of the main character of their series.
    • Their 'true rivals' are cute-type idols.
    • Both use a brand that has a rock-n-roll motif.
    • Both of them share an intense, personal moment on screen with their 'true rival' before their unit performance.
    • Both of them are Scorpios.
  • She and Yume are the only characters so far to have performed two consecutive Special Appeals.

Gallery

Main article: Laura Sakuraba/Image gallery
VTE List of Aikatsu Stars! Characters
Four Star Academy
S4
Admin
High School Division
Male Division
Staff
Other Female Students
Former Students
Venus Ark
Main Cast
Other Students
Staff
Former Students
Miscellaneous
Students
Family Members
Entertainment Officials
Others

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