|Japanese Name||佐倉 惣治郎|
|First Appearance||Persona 5|
- "We better crush the seedlings of the idiots before they have a chance to thrive in this world."
- —Sojiro Sakura to the protagonist, Persona 5
Sojiro Sakura is a character from Persona 5.
Sojiro is a middle-aged man who dresses in a pink shirt, a black striped apron, white shoes, has a beard, and wears glasses.
He is the protagonist's parents' friend who promised to look after him. He warns the protagonist not to get into trouble with the privileged class and drag other people into the mess. Ranking up his Cooperation allows him to teach the protagonist about Le Blanc signature coffee and curry recipes which can be used as healing items in dungeon.
Sojiro was initially unaware nor interested in Phantom Thieves of Hearts' heists until Futaba is involved. He is asked by a public prosecutor, Sae Niijima, regarding Futaba as she is trying to investigate about Wakaba. Sojiro refuses to answer any of her questions including letting her meet Futaba until she threatens to remove his custody right over Futaba. The protagonist, who received request from Futaba under alias tries to ask Sojiro about her as well, but Sojiro also refuses to tell anything and threatens to kick him out if he ask further. However, Sojiro eventually tells him and his friends about Futaba when they went to his house where they caught a glimpse of Futaba living there.
After Futaba's heart is stolen, Futaba starts to frequently goes outside, which surprises Sojiro. Hearing Phantom Thieves able to steal ill intent from people's heart, Sojiro has suspicion that Futaba's sudden change is the Thieves' doing. After Kunikazu Okumura's death, he accidentally finds the Phantom Thieves calling card for Futaba that she keeps as a remembrance while cleaning her room. He questions Futaba and the protagonist about this, giving the two no choice but to explain what truly happened to Futaba's mother.
Sojiro only thought that the protagonist has a connection with the Phantom Thieves and got Futaba involved, but Futaba's slip makes him realises that the protagonist is in fact the ringleader of the Phantom Thieves himself. Hearing Futaba's wish of wanting to find her mother's killer, Sojiro immediately rejects the idea. However, seeing how determined both Futaba and the protagonist are, Sojiro promises to keep their secret and allows them to continue their activities under condition that if it gets too dangerous, they must stop becoming Phantom Thieves.
Following the protagonist's arrest, Sae, under Futaba's instruction, helps the protagonist escape after he fake his death and brings him to Le Blanc, telling Sojiro to hide the protagonist for a while. Despite not knowing the full story, Sojiro did as he was told, hiding him for a while. He then brings the protagonist back to Le Blanc where Sae and his friends are waiting. After hearing the full story, Sojiro shows his support by allowing the Phantom Thieves to discuss their plan downstair instead in the protagonist room upstair.
- Sojiro's name may be inspired by , the legendary village head during Edo period who appealed directly to shogun for tax reduction for his villagers but ended up being executed for this very action.
- Sojiro refuses to save any male's phone number and would dial the public phone of Cafe Le Blanc to call the protagonist.