Sakura Press (Russian: Сакура-пресс) is a Russian licensor and publisher of manga with headquarter in Moscow. The company was established in 2002. It is headed by general director Sergei Kharlamov. According to their official website, it is the first Russian company who started to publish manga (Ranma ½). The first two volumes of Ranma ½ were released on April 2005. Sakura Press reverse the pages (so called "flopping") in all releases, for which it was criticized by fandom. Accroding to RBK Daily the company is currently carries on negotiations with Kodansha, Shogakukan and Shueisha.
anime*magazine (abbreviated as am) was a bi-monthly anime and manga news and reviews magazine, published between May 2003 and July 2004. It started as a collaboration project between Sakura Press and the authors of online magazine Animemaniacs Magazine Online (currently known as AniMag or AnimeMagazine Online). Firstly it was all black and white, later became coloured and accompanied with CD. anime*magazine featured review sections of anime, manga, and video games, news, interviews and articles about Japanese culture and history. It was closed in 2004 when the main sponsors, including MC Entertainment, switched to the rival magazine AnimeGid.