''Yo-Jin-Bo'' ("The Bodyguards") is an OtomeGame by Two-Five, available in English from Hirameki International. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Sayori finds a pendant while exploring a castle's ruins with her history club. She takes the pendant home with her. That night the ghost of a long-dead princess appears and gives Sayori a vision of how she, Princess Hatsuhime, died. Sayori then wakes up, in Hatsuhime's body.

Lucky for her, six highly skilled body guards arrive to help her make it back to her castle safely.

One of the [[NoExportForYou few officially translated Japanese]] [[VisualNovel Visual Novels]] without any {{hentai}} content. An [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness extremely silly]], [[RuleOfFunny extremely funny]] romp through medieval Japan.

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!!''Yo-Jin-Bo'' provides examples of:

* AllEncompassingMantle: Bo's cape almost completely covers his body...except for [[FanService that strip of bare chest that his kimono can't seem to cover, either]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The reason for including Ittosai, and the reason that both Kasumimaru and Harumoto are romanceable in the [=PS2=] port.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: The Forgotten Dream endings, natch.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: In case you don't pick up on it, go watch the hot spring scene again.
-->'''Sayori:''' I hadn't heard this much constant, muffled snickering since the "special" unit of sixth-grade health class.
* AlternateCharacterReading: Bo's nickname comes from an alternate reading of the characters that spell Tainojo. He says it annoys him a bit, but everybody continues to call him Bo, even Sayori.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Given that they're your bodyguards, it's not entirely without justification.
* AnachronismStew: The game takes place somewhere in Japan a hundred and fifty years ago. That doesn't stop references to modern culture from popping up. Constantly.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In a couple of the endings, but most notably Ittosai's good ending, in which [[spoiler:Harumoto forces Sayori to confess her feelings for Ittosai during the standoff on the watchtower]].
* AnimeHair: Several examples.
* {{Anticlimax}}: If you are paired up with them, Jin and Muneshige will get in a fight. Then Kasumimaru will show up and interrupt them before a real victor is decided. (Presumably, this is to keep the player's subsequent decisions from being influenced by knowing who is the better fighter.) The Bad endings also involve a certain amount of anticlimax since [[spoiler:there's no final confrontation with Harumoto]].
* ArmorIsUseless: Nobody seems to be wearing any. [[spoiler:Mon-Mon subverts it by wearing chain mail under his clothes, which saves him from a kunai in the back.]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Sayori does this to Ittosai when he gets to be a real jerk. He doesn't react much other than to complain about being hit. She also does it to Mon-Mon when he feigns a fatal injury to gain sympathy, though it's less surprising that he doesn't strike back.
* ArrangedMarriage: Hatsuhime was going to be married off to a ''ten-year-old'' by her retainer. [[spoiler:She agrees to marry him in Yo's Bad Ending.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: A variant when Harumoto is listing off his reasons for getting rid of the princess: She's irresponsible, she'd weaken the clan, her presence ruins the chance for a more suitable heir to take power (and thus for Harumoto to control the puppet heir)... and then he starts going on about how Hatsuhime makes a fuss over yakiniku.
--> '''Harumoto:''' "And then, demanding '''MANGO PUDDING!''' Where are we supposed to get the mangos?! Does she think this is a tropical island? Do we live in ''Jakarta?''"
* BadassCape: Yo and Bo wear capes "because they are cool".
* BadassCrew: ''Any one'' of the six guys is a match for a whole team of ninja.
* BadassLongRobe: Ittosai wears a big, furry jacket... draped over one shoulder.
* BadDreams: [[spoiler: Stay in the cave with Yo or Ittosai and you'll get to watch one of these. Yo dreams of when he accidentally hurt his mother as a child. Ittosai dreams of his father, causing him to flip out and hold a knife to Sayori's throat.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted. Shirtless guys have nipples.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Mon-Mon does it to save Hatsuhime. [[spoiler: He does get his arm filleted open to the bone for his troubles, though.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight and averted. Just about everyone except Yahei (nice old man) and Nobumasa (big, dumb, and evil) could be considered at least above-average.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite running from ninjas through a forest, Sayori doesn't ever rip her kimono or get sweaty or anything. In fact, after the [[HotSpringsEpisode hot spring]], Jin even comments on how lovely girls smell after they get out of the bath...despite the fact that her clothes were not washed and thus should ''stink''. She does break a sandal strap once, but that's only [[BridalCarry so Bo could carry her]].
* BeingWatched: Being chased by ninjas, everyone's ''always'' getting the feeling that they're being watched. Spying on Mon-Mon and Muneshige in the hot spring will result in them thinking they're being watched, too.
* BespectacledBastardBoyfriend: Ittosai, at least for a while. His abusive behavior is an effort to drive Sayori away from him, and is thus abandoned completely once he finally accepts the idea that she has feelings for him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Arguably all of the guys except Ittosai, but Bo and Mon-Mon get special mention. They are absolutely ''lethal'' when angered. [[spoiler: Bo cuts Nobumasa ''in half vertically'' and Mon-Mon ''punches through his chest and crushes his spine''. Ouch.]]
* {{BFS}}: Ittosai's sword is almost as long as he is tall. Nobumasa's spear is also quite large.
* BigBad: Harumoto.
* BigEater: A subtle example: Jin. He doesn't eat a lot on screen, but he's the only one to ever complain of being hungry, and when he does, the other guys groan as if that's all he ''ever'' talks about.
* {{Bishonen}}: All the guys, but ''especially'' Bo. Shoot, even Harumoto is an evil pretty boy.
* BishieSparkle: Some of the CG scenes include these.
* BladeBrake: Ittosai [[spoiler:saves Sayori from the fall off the watchtower this way in his Good ending, pretty much destroying both his sword and the watchtower in the process]].
* BladeOnAStick: Nobumasa wields a spear. A really big spear.
* BlatantLies: A prominent feature of Yo and Sayori's confrontations with Nobumasa, who believes every word even when they're claiming that Sayori is Yo's mother or that they're escaping from a witch who lives in a GingerbreadHouse.
* BlondeBrunetteRedHead: Yo, Bo, and Jin are a male version, with some allowances made for AnimeHair - Yo's hair is light green and Bo's is blue, but they fill the roles of blond and brunet perfectly.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Ittosai.
* BigDamnHeroes: Sayori trips and falls as she and Muneshige are running to first escape the castle. The ninjas have her surrounded and are about to kill her. Enter five [[CasualDangerDialog wise-cracking heroes]]. Those poor ninjas never regain their competence.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Bad and Forgotten Dream endings. Hatsuhime is home safe, but Sayori doesn't get her guy.]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Ittosai, probably. [[spoiler: In his Good ending, Sayori tells him her real self is rather plain, not beautiful like Hatsuhime. Ittosai replies that this is a good thing, as his eyesight is rather weak and he'd be jealous if other men were admiring her beauty when he could not.]]
* BloodKnight: Ittosai. He ''really'' loves killing.
* BloodlessCarnage: Averted oh-so-much, but somehow without going ''completely'' overboard.
* BodyguardCrush: The game is called "The Bodyguards". What do you ''think'' it's about?
** Hatsuhime also has an explicit crush on Muneshige, who has been her bodyguard from childhood, although she never tells him. [[spoiler: It's revealed to be one-sided in Muneshige's Good ending, although they marry in Mon-Mon's Bad ending.]]
* BodySnatcher: Sayori is kinda forced to be one, since she's suddenly thrust into Hatsuhime's body, but some endings later reveal Hatsuhime was still in the back of her mind watching everything. Other endings establish that Hatsuhime has snatched Sayori's body in the meantime and has been enjoying herself immensely. [[spoiler: Yo's Good ending has Hatsuhime and ''Mon-Mon'' switching bodies, so that Sayori is in Hatsuhime's body, Hatsuhime is in Mon-Mon's body, and Mon-Mon is in Sayori's body back in the present. No mention of what Sayori thinks of having a perverted monk inhabiting her body and dropping out of school to become a female professional wrestler...]]
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: The guys slip into these often, with roles changing hands frequently.
* BottomlessBladder: While hiding under the floor of the enemy castle for several days, Sayori notes that Muneshige snuck out to bring back food and water...and curiously doesn't mention what they did with the waste products of said food and water.
* BoundAndGagged: Mon-Mon asks you to tie Yo's hands so he doesn't thrash around [[spoiler: while he's sewing the gunshot wound closed.]] The result is very much DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The guys like to tease Mon-Mon about "not being one of the characters you can get at the end of the game".
* BridalCarry: Bo does it in one scene. Muneshige and Mon-Mon give piggyback rides.
* BrownEyes: Muneshige, who is stable and loyal.
* BulletProofFashionPlate: In addition to running from ninjas, the guys also fight them and remain equally clean, despite the amount of bloodshed they cause. Shoot, even when they're said to be injured in text, it never shows up in the art.
* BulletproofVest: [[spoiler: Mon-Mon wears chain mail under his clothes. It saves him from a couple of kunai in the back.]]
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: The Bad endings, usually thanks to the pendant taking Sayori back to her own time in spite of her wishes. In Jin's Bad ending, he beats it to the jump, taking off without even waiting around to get paid.]]
* ButThouMust: Quite a few decisions seem to have no influence on events. All of them ultimately affect the ending, however.
* CallingYourAttacks: Everybody does. They usually have [[NonindicativeName ridiculously long and convoluted names]], too.
* CannotSpitItOut: Happens a couple times, but especially with Jin.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: The only girl who appears onscreen besides yourself is Hatsuhime (who kinda is still you, in a way). A couple of maids may speak during the endings, but they never get to be in the picture.
* CasualDangerDialog: Plenty of it.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: Happens a couple times.
* TheCavalry: The samurai and archers from the castle.
* CelibateHero: Muneshige spent his entire adult life protecting Hatsuhime, so he never had time to find a wife of his own. He complains a bit about this in the beginning.
* ChekhovsGun: Muneshige gives you his shortsword at the beginning of the game. [[spoiler: The blasted thing usually gives you away in the final chapter.]] There are also the various references to Jin's sword being a dull-bladed piece of junk. [[spoiler: It's in that condition because his special technique involves slamming his sword against the ground.]]
* ChekhovsHobby: Mon-Mon spends a good deal of the game joking about giving Hatsuhime a massage, and Muneshige finds he's actually fairly skilled. [[spoiler: Mon-Mon's Good ending has him convince Nobumasa that he's a real monk by "driving out an evil spirit"...by rubbing his shoulders to rid him of a backache.]]
* TheChick: Sayori
* ChickMagnet: Bo complains of being this, but you never see another girl (justified while fleeing ninjas in a forest, not so much at the opening festival)
* ChivalrousPervert: The guys tend to come across as this at times.
* TheComicallySerious: The guys often try to get Ittosai in on their jokes. He wants none of it, but resigns himself to the role of straight man after the party begins splitting up and there's no one else available to play the part.
* TheCoatsAreOff: When he fights Kasumimaru, Bo uses his cape as a distraction to gain the advantage.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Teams of ninja are no real match for the guys. Kasumimaru by himself is.
* CowerPower: Considering they're her bodyguards, it may be slightly justified.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: [[spoiler: In Mon-Mon's ending, Hatsuhime is choked by Nobumasa. Mon-Mon uses [=CPR=] to revive her with little to no problems, despite the fact that she had neither breath nor heartbeat. It does result in Sayori and Hatsuhime's minds switching back, though.]]
* CrashIntoHello: Hatsuhime literally runs into Jin at the festival. Nearly pulls his haori off, too.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Jin's fighting stance is said to be wide open and full of holes, prompting much mocking from both friends and enemies, but attempts to attack him are swiftly parried or dodged.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The guys all have some little secret to discover. How dark and troubled it is varies.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Jin.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Nobumasa is bigger than anyone else in the game, but this is especially noticeable if he's facing Yo.
* DeathBedConfession: Picking an option that ends with Hatsuhime being killed may get you one of these.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Ittosai in his route.
* DialogueTree: As a VisualNovel, it's full of these.
* DirtForcefield: Running through a forest? Pshaw, that won't even scuff your shoes!
* DirtyOldMan: Yahei likes to watch Hatsuhime in the bath.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: In all routes, Kasumimaru falls to his death before the bloodloss gets to him. In all but Ittosai's Good ending, Harumoto falls from the top of the watchtower before it collapses.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Hatsuhime/Sayori.
* DontYouDarePityMe: If Ittosai has a BerserkButton, this is it.
* DoubleEntendre: A couple of the jokes. Actually, ''a lot'' of the jokes.
* TheDragon: Nobumasa
* DramaticWind: normally cues the beginning of a big fight scene.
* TheDrifter: Ittosai, the loner.
* DropTheCow: Sometimes, the silliness just gets ''random''.
* DualWielding: Muneshige does this.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Bo claims he should be allowed to guard the Princess during her bath because he "looks androgynous" with his long hair and wouldn't disturb her as much as the other guys. (Nobody else is buying it.)
* TheDulcineaEffect: Aside from money, the reason Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon take on the assignment of rescuing Hatsuhime is that she's a ''princess'' and they might get a [[SmoochOfVictory reward kiss]].
* EatingTheEyeCandy: The Forgotten Dream endings have Sayori able to remember only some small detail of the guy - his hair, his eyes, etc. - and her feelings for him.
* EconomyCast
* EekAMouse: Sayori and Hatsuhime both agree that mice, cockroaches, spiderwebs, and other such nasties are abhorrent.
* EnemyMine: Ittosai was a former adversary to Yo, Jin, and Bo. ''Especially'' Jin.
* EpunymousTitle: "Yojinbo" (more commonly romanized as "yojimbo") is a Japanese word meaning "bodyguard." The three main characters are called Yo, Jin, and Bo. The official English title is "Yo-Jin-Bo: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the Bodyguards]]," making it a combination of this and YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Bo laments a crossdresser hitting on him in the opening at the festival.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Hatsuhime has a big red bow in her hair.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Yo's special attack, Whirlwind Revolution Kick.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: The English subtitles convert most of Bo's GratuitousEnglish into GratuitousFrench; this is presumably why.
* EvilLaugh: Harumoto.
* {{Expy}}: Kasumimaru is an elite ninja with silver-blue hair and a scar across an unusual eye that allows him to see things when others cannot. [[Manga/{{Naruto}} That sounds familiar...]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Making the ''very'' wrong choice on the road in the last day can result in [[spoiler:Ittosai handing Sayori over to Nobumasa, reminding her that he warned her not to trust him]].
* FacePalm: Ittosai has not one, but ''two'' facepalming sprites, due to the fact that he feels he's SurroundedByIdiots.
* FakeOutMakeOut: In Bo and Muneshige's paths, this nearly happens when Nobumasa demands proof that Sayori is her chosen bodyguard's wife and not Hatsuhime. Nobumasa always interrupts before they can actually kiss, however.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: There are six guys. [[spoiler: Nobumasa]] gets himself killed six spectacular different ways.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: [[spoiler: Likewise Kasumimaru loses his arm six times, complete with as much blood as is befitting a severed appendage. [[DisneyVillainDeath He then plummets over the edge of a cliff]], but you don't see his body.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Six guys + hot spring. You do the math.
** There is also a [[PantyShot shot up Sayori's skirt]] in the opening chapter.
** In Jin's Good ending, [[spoiler: Mon-Mon mentions "that bit of fanservice in SpaceBattleshipYamato [[OutOfClothesExperience where all the women lose their clothes after they warp]]." They can't even keep it out of the shoutouts.]].
* FantasticRomance: Sayori would never have met any of them if it weren't for that [[MacGuffin time-traveling pendant]].
* FestivalEpisode: The opening of the game.
* FingerLickinEvil: One of Ittosai's sprites has him licking his own forearm.
* FirstKiss: Sayori's a bit of a quiet sort, so she's never kissed a guy before. It's uncertain if any of the guys have any experience.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Subverted, mostly thanks to the PurelyAestheticEra: Sayori has no trouble fitting in since everyone else is constantly making modern pop culture references and such anyhow.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Ittosai takes this up to eleven.]]
* FurAndLoathing: Ittosai's fur-trimmed coat.
* FuroScene: Most of the endings have Sayori taking a bath and thinking about the adventure.
* GenericCuteness: Sayori claims she is not as beautiful as Hatsuhime. ''[[HollywoodHomely She looks like Hatsuhime with a haircut]]''.
* GeometricMagic: In Mon-Mon's Good ending, [[spoiler: Hatsuhime draws a "magic circle" to summon Sayori back to their time again.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Bo even reminds them to watch what they say, because they have to be on the lookout for the ESRB.
* TheGhost: Those serving maids? Your classmates? You hear them, but you never see them...
* AGlassOfChianti: Harumoto usually has a glass on his desk.
* GoldfishScoopingGame: Hatsuhime plays one... by scooping the fish up in the bowl, instead of with the paper net.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Everyone's costumes are bright and colorful, but their Japan-ness ranges from Hatsuhime's intricate kimono and obi to Yo's more European wear to Ittosai's odd [[FurAndLoathing fur jacket]], [[HellBentForLeather leather pants, and belt]].
* GottaCatchEmAll: The game has several CGI scenes and clips of music for you to collect (view/hear them once and they're in your collection for forever).
* GratuitousEnglish: Sprinkled here and there.
* GratuitousFrench: Bo in the English localization.
* GratuitousSpanish: A photographer in Mon-Mon's Good ending in the subtitles.
* GreenEyedMonster: Jin and Muneshige are especially prone to it.
* GreenEyes
** Hatsuhime, who is always sneaking out of the castle and can be a sharp-tongued spitfire.
** Jin, who is occasionally hotheaded and tempermental.
** Sayori, who doesn't fit the stereotype at all.
* GuideDangIt: Your ability to progress down certain characters' paths are dependent upon seemingly meaningless ButThouMust choices in the beginning of the game, before you have even met said characters.
* GunsAreWorthless: Ruthlessly averted in one death scene. If the ninjas bring out guns, the guys declare them to be cowards for using them...and then die. Rapidly. [[spoiler: Played straight in Yo and Mon-Mon's path. Yo gets shot in the stomach, and this only puts him out of commission for the evening.]]
* HappyEnding: The Good endings, natch.
* HappilyEverAfter: Sometimes highly implied, sometimes stated outright.
* HaveANiceDeath: Picking an option that results in death has Sayori waxing poetic about how "that was the last thing I heard/saw in this world".
* HeadbuttThermometer: Sayori does this to Yo as he's sleeping.
* HellBentForLeather: Ittosai wears leather pants and boots, and a long strip of leather wrapped around his upper body.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Jin around girls. [[spoiler: Both Jin and Muneshige in Ittosai's good end, when Hatsuhime/Sayori says she's dating him.]]
** In a much more serious example, [[spoiler: Ittosai mentally checks out completely for a few minutes thanks to a round of {{Armor Piercing Question}}s from Bo. He comes out of it to some extent in order to protect Sayori, but remains pretty shaken.]]
* HeroicResolve: Happens occasionally towards the end of the game, but ''especially'' in the guys' Good endings.
** HeroicSecondWind: Often part of the above.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: And she. Any of Sayori's modern-day history club members and any servant girls or vasals in the castle will not have any face at all. Sayori herself does not have a full-body sprite, only a small portrait (although she does appear in a couple of [=CGs=]). She's also unvoiced.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: The Bad endings. Sayori arrives home in the future, with her beau long dead. But she gets to make a little speech to herself about how she'll remember him.]]
* HeyYou: Ittosai calls Sayori "woman" throughout the entire game, up until his Good and Bad endings.
* HighlyVisibleNinja
* HighPressureBlood: Certain scenes have blood spurting everywhere, but it's usually from a ''very major'' injury such as a knife to the throat or an arm cut completely off. More minor injuries show less blood.
* HimeCut: Hatsuhime, of course.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Though we don't know how they met, Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon are a wandering band.
* HitMeDammit: Muneshige demands that Jin hit him for thinking [[NotWhatItLooksLike he was doing something inappropriate]] when the later was treating Hatsuhime's snakebite.
* HoldingHands: is treated as being extremely special.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: By the climactic confrontation on the roof of the watchtower, Harumoto is fully in the throes of a VillainousBreakdown with nothing left to lose... but even ''he'' is disturbed by Ittosai's declaration that he will run Sayori through to kill Harumoto, and then commit suicide.
* HotBlooded: Mon-Mon claims he was this when he was younger. Jin still is.
* HotMenAtWork: In Muneshige's Good ending, [[spoiler: Sayori tells him he looks marvelous working on rebuilding the watchtower.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: And you can spy on the guys.
* HumanShield: Harumoto uses Hatsuhime as one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Mon-Mon and Muneshige are both quite buff, while Hatsuhime is petite and dainty. Bo is tall, but not quite as muscular.
* HumbleHero: Most of the guys.
* HurricaneKick: Yo's special attack, Whirlwind Revolution Kick. So fast it can remove body parts.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Often.
* HurtComfortFic: ''In-game!'' Ittosai's endings have a little voice pop up in the back of Sayori's mind asking her if she doesn't want to help heal his troubled heart.
* IChooseToStay: The Good endings. [[spoiler: Like you didn't see that coming.]] Additionally, in Muneshige and Ittosai's Good endings, [[spoiler:Hatsuhime is thrilled to be able to stay in the modern era, which she has been enjoying immensely while inhabiting Sayori's body.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler: In Mon-Mon's Bad ending, Sayori meets a man who is the decendant of Yahei. He looks ''exactly'' like Yahei. And in Mon-Mon's Good ending, Hatsuhime says she and Sayori are probably related by blood due to the fact that she could summon her through the pendant. You'd think the identical face would've given it away...]]
* IdiotHair: Bo's hair is sleek and well-behaved, except for one strand that hangs in his face. It doesn't have anything to do with his intelligence, though.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Yahei invokes this in Mon-Mon's Good ending.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Mostly the reason that, of all the guys, Ittosai is the only one who doesn't kill Nobumasa himself.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Possibly Ittosai's entire problem. [[spoiler: Bo certainly thinks it is.]]
* IKissYourHand: Bo does this at various times.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: For being a bunch of poor wanderers, the guys all have amazingly fashionable (or at least extravagant) clothes.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: That big string of beads around Mon-Mon's neck? It'll take your arm off.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Muneshige likes to make these. The other guys join in, too.
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Jin gets very angry at Yo and Bo, particularly when it comes to women, parties, and his popularity. [[spoiler: Hatsuhime threatens everyone in Yo's Good ending.]]
* InHarmsWay: It's implied that at least part of why the guys keep moving is just for the simple sake of adventure.
* InsistentTerminology: Yo does not wear ''gym shorts'', he wears ''capris'' (or, in the voiceover, ''haafu pantsu'').
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[spoiler: In Yo's Good ending, Sayori herself even decides to become a ninja.]]
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: The Bad and Forgotten Dream endings generally have some flavor of this.
* IUhYouToo: In the endings, [[spoiler: Sayori often asks the guys what they think of her. Their general response is usually something along the lines of, "Er, well...I, uh..."]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Ittosai's response to Sayori's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove in his Good ending, nearly word-for-word.
* JapaneseHonorifics: Heard in the voiceovers, but rarely translated. One particular annoyance is for the subtitles to render ''Hatsuhime'' as "Princess Hatsuhime", as if the title were part of her name.
* JapanesePronouns: Heard in the voiceovers. Being samurai, most of the guys use ''sessha,'' excepting only Yo (''boku'') and Jin (''ore''); Bo sometimes uses ''watashi'' as well.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ittosai.
* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: It's suggested that Ittosai deliberately drives people away due to his father's upbringing.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ittosai's well-hidden better nature is revealed in his Good and Bad endings.
* JidaiGeki: Japan, "150 years ago". 150 years ago ''from when'' isn't specified, but you can probably assume early 2000s.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Sayori.
* JustInTime: In Ittosai's ending [[spoiler: Ittosai is wounded and unable to protect the princess. The castle archers arrive and shoot Nabumasa right as he's about to shishkebob them both.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Everyone (except Mon-Mon, Yo, and Nobumasa) carries a katana. Possibly justified, given that the game is about samurai.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Amusingly, Yo. He addresses you as ''onee-chan'' (Big Sis) and requests that you call him "Yo-chan" because it's cuter. Then he tells you not to treat him like a kid.
* KeepItForeign: Bo often speaks English in his voiceovers; the subtitles render it in French as often as they keep it English. There are also a couple of other instances of GratuitousEnglish in the Japanese dialogue which are changed to GratuitousSpanish in the subtitles.
* {{Keigo}}: Heard in the voiceovers.
* KeystoneArmy: The ninjas scatter when Kasumimaru is defeated.
* KillUsBoth: In Ittosai's Good ending, [[spoiler: Sayori tells Ittosai to do this when Harumoto uses her as a HumanShield. Ittosai is fully prepared to go through with it (and then kill himself), but fortunately Harumoto gets impatient and gives Ittosai an opening.]]
* KissKissSlap: In Jin's Good ending, [[spoiler: Sayori is overjoyed to see him in the future, they kiss, and then she begins beating on him and asking why he didn't come see her sooner.]]
* KnifeNut: Yo.
* KnightErrant: The core group of Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon; see also WalkingTheEarth.
* LampshadeHanging: On everything.
* LargeHam: The voiceacting may cross into this at times, but always for the sake of the humor.
* LastMinuteHookup: What'd you expect?
* LastSecondWordSwap: Part of Muneshige's Good ending. He addresses you as "Princess" in front of Nobumasa (who they had been trying to fool), and quickly changes it to "Princess Mononoke" and declares that you were playing a trivia game.
* LeetLingo: Mon-Mon has one line traslated into 1337: $7|=U NOO|3!!!1! ([=STFU=] you noob!) [[spoiler: Jin also has one in Muneshige's Good end: j00 h4><><0r3d |V|y <3!!11! (You hacked my heart!)]]
* LetsSplitUpGang!: Muneshige suggests this, and then splits the six guys into three teams of two: one rear guard, one decoy, and one escort. Your escort will then be split later.
* LightningBruiser: Nobumasa. He's big, powerful, and so fast he can appear to be attacking from multiple places at once.
* LimitedWardrobe: Partly justified, as running from ninjas tends to put silly things like changing clothes on the back burner. The plot only takes a few days' time, too.
* LiveActionEscortMission: The six guys are tasked with getting you, Sayori-in-Hatsuhime's-body, back to the castle. Luckily, Sayori is a pretty well-behaved escortee.
* LonersAreFreaks: Despite being stuck traveling with the group, Ittosai would really rather they all butt out.
* LoveConfession: How many different ways can ''you'' count?
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Muneshige even ''says so'' in his Good ending. "My profound love for you seems to have robbed me of my sanity..."
* LoveRedeems: Ittosai goes from a murderer to TheAtoner in his Good ending.
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: Sayori is often called home briefly in the Good endings, only to return.
* MacGuffin: The pendant that takes you back to medieval Japan.
* MagicalEye: Kasumimaru. His right eye is naturally gold; the left is a bright yellow artificial eye which he uses to cast a spell which blinds his opponents while allowing him to function normally.
* MagicalGesture: Kasumimaru requires a series of hand signs to activate his special attack.
* MagicalIncantation: He also requires one of these. [[spoiler: Mon-Mon uses ''the same sequence'' to bring Sayori back to the past in his Good ending.]]
* MartialPacifist: Bo dislikes "pointless bloodshed", but is just as capable of killing as any of the other guys. Actually, most of the guys except Ittosai dislike killing without reason to a fair degree.
* MayDecemberRomance: Muneshige and Mon-Mon are both a good deal older than the rest of the cast.
* MediumAwareness: Mon-Mon's response to the previously-mentioned ribbing about not being "one of the guys you can get at the end of the game" is that he has an ImageSong and has spent too much time reading his lines to ''not'' be a "captureable character".
* ModestyTowel: Muneshige and Mon-Mon during the hot springs visit.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Ittosai, in exchange for poison antidote. The mole routine doesn't last, though.]]
* MoodWhiplash: The game shifts between silly and semi-serious, but the silly parts are ''so'' silly it's a whiplash anyway.
* MookChivalry: Played straight and averted. The ninja will often attack in teams (not that this helps), but when their boss Kasumimaru gets into the fight, they step back and let him fight one-on-one.
* MonumentalBattle: In every guy's good ending, [[spoiler: the final battle is atop the castle watch tower.]]
* MonumentalDamage: [[spoiler: Said tower ends up blown to bits.]] Special mention to Ittosai, who [[spoiler: rips the wall of the tower open with his sword to break his fall.]]
* MoreExpendableThanYou: The guys sometimes make a speech about how they're doing their job to protect their princess, and that it's okay if they die. Sayori, of course, is never happy about this.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: The game takes place in Japan. Nobody really ''looks'' Japanese, with the possible exception of old man Yahei.
* MultipleEndings: Each guy has three endings you can get:
** '''The Good Ending''' in which [[spoiler: Harumoto is brought to justice, everyone arrives back at the castle safely, and Sayori gets to stay happily ever after with the lucky guy.]] Gotten by [[spoiler: choosing to spend the final evening talking to him and making the correct choice on the road the next day.]]
** '''The Bad Ending''' in which [[spoiler: Sayori is brought back to the present by the pendant, usually (but not always) after she and her guy confess their feelings to one another.]] Gotten by [[spoiler: making the wrong choice on the road on the last day.]]
** '''The Forgotten Dream Ending''' in which [[spoiler: no one else makes it back and Sayori is pulled away by the pendant without even learning if the guy likes her (in fact, he often behaves quite coldly), only to wake up at home in her own bed unable to remember anything but a vague notion of him.]] Gotten by [[spoiler: choosing to spend the final evening talking to one guy, then running away with the other the next day. In other words, attempting to play the field.]] Also known as '''The Really Bad Ending'''.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: The guys range from beefy to lanky, but all seem to have an equal level of actual strength.
* MushroomSamba: [[spoiler: Harumoto uses a "Western drug" to amplify his special attack, causing the guys to see nightmares.]]
* MustMakeHerLaugh: The guys often tell jokes for the simple reason of cheering Hatsuhime up.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Subtle: [[spoiler: Choosing to hang out with the wrong guy the night before the final day of your journey will keep you from getting the Good ending.]] But nothing is specifically mentioned ''in-game'' about it.
* NarniaTime: [[spoiler: In the Bad endings, despite being gone for several days, Sayori wakes up at home at the exact same time as she first left.]] However, in Muneshige and Ittosai's Good endings, [[spoiler: Hatsuhime takes control of Sayori's body during the days they're switched and gets a little wild and crazy.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: The Forgotten Dream endings.]]
* NeverSplitTheParty: Sayori never wants to split up, because it means whoever is left behind is in even more danger.
* NobodyPoops: See "BottomlessBladder," though if they were both constipated, you might could excuse a few days...
* NoExportForYou: The [=PS2=] version, which includes extra romance paths for Kasumimaru and Harumoto not available in the PC version, is only available in Japanese.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Played with by Muneshige in his Good ending. [[spoiler: He claims that, though he cared for Hatsuhime, he never felt romantically about her until her personality changed when Sayori took over (then he fell head-over-heels in less than a week). Remember that Hatsuhime was a brash tomboy, and Sayori is much quieter and more traditional - he often praises how refined and elegant she is suddenly behaving. UnfortunateImplications or just ValuesDissonance? Or maybe a bit of both.]]
* NotQuiteDead: Ittosai's backstory. Jin stabbed him, thought he was dead. Turns out, his sword was too dull to actually kill him
* NotSoDifferent: Kasumimaru tells Yo and Ittosai this. Ittosai also gets it from Nobumasa, leading to IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Several times, both visual and auditory. For example, spy on Muneshige and Mon-Mon in the hot spring and you'll get a scene where Sayori thinks they're doing something and is highly disturbed. Follow Jin and Muneshige's path, and Muneshige will think Jin is doing something when he treats Hatsuhime's snakebite. Etc., etc., etc..
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows
* OneeSama: Yo addresses Sayori as ''onee-chan''. The English subtitles translate this into "miss" when he's speaking to her and "the lady" when speaking about her to others.
* OneHeadTaller: Most of the guys are.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Yo says this when [[spoiler: he's shot in the stomach.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Sayori is highly convinced that all the guys are completely nuts.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Sayori
* OrWasItADream
* OutdoorBathPeeping: You have the option of either spying on the guys, or just quietly hanging out in the bath all by yourself. (To get the good endings, peeking is the correct choice.)
* PapaWolf: Muneshige is normally a nice guy. Do not threaten Hatsuhime and all will be well.
* PermaStubble: Muneshige
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: In pretty much all of the Bad Endings, either the guy to Sayori or, in Jin's Bad Ending, Sayori to Jin.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Sayori's reaction to the guys undressing before getting in the hot spring. Then she spies on them.
* PoseOfSupplication: In Mon-Mon's Good Ending, [[spoiler: Hatsuhime does this as she pretends to be his disciple monk.]] Jin also mentions it if you speak to him outside the cave.
* PostKissCatatonia: To help his "motivation", Sayori gives Ittosai a kiss on the cheek. It has the humorous effect of turning not only the recipient into a "moaning zombie", but ''the other guys present as well''.
* ThePowerOfLove: is capable of bending the puny space-time continuum to its will!
* PowerOfTrust: Key to [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] Ittosai.
* PowerTrio: Yo, Jin, Bo. Who'd you expect?
* PrettyInMink: Ittosai's jacket has a fur trim.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Hatsuhime's kimono is pink ''and flowery''.
* PsychoticSmirk: Ittosai, Harumoto.
* PungeonMaster: Muneshige, especially, but most everyone gets in on the puns at times.
* PunnyName: The nicknames of the three guys, Yo, Jin, and Bo. ''Yojinbo'' is also the Japanese word for "bodyguard".
* PurelyAestheticEra
* PurpleEyes: Ittosai, Bo.
* RainOfArrows: [[spoiler: Kills Nobumasa in Ittosai's endings.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon are a bunch of ronin. They were the only ones Yahei could hire on short notice, in addition to Ittosai.
* RapidFireComedy: A HurricaneOfPuns may turn into this if it goes on too long.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Ittosai [[spoiler: made so by his father.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Hatsuhime
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Harumoto in Jin and Bo's Good endings. He finally decides Hatsuhime is a good clan princess after all, that he doesn't want to kill her... and promptly falls to his doom.]]
* RedheadedHero: Jin.
* RedshirtArmy: The ninjas.
* RedStringOfFate: Sayori references it in Ittosai's good ending.
* ReligiousBruiser: Mon-Mon, a Buddhist monk. He occasionally asks the ninjas if they know what Buddha will do to them for attacking a monk, or makes some other little comment.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Mon-Mon suggests the reason he is so protective of Yo is because he reminds him of his little brother.]]
* RescueRomance: Also kinda the theme of the game.
* {{Ronin}}: Five of your six guys. Care to guess who?
* RuleOfCool: Certain aspects of the game, while defying physics and common sense, are just ''too cool'' to not include.
* RuleOfFunny: The game runs on this.
* SaveScumming: Saving and reloading in the right place at the right time can allow you to see all the endings much faster.
* SaveThePrincess
* SayMyName: Ittosai's Bad ending is called "Call My Name" for this exact reason.
* SceneryCensor: During the hot springs scene, the four guys who ''don't'' wear {{Modesty Towel}}s have their naughty bits hidden from camera view by bowls, stray not-so-naughty body parts, or convenient camera angles.
* SchrodingersButterfly: Referenced. Sayori once says that Hatsuhime's timeline felt more real to her than her own.
* SchrodingersGun: The exact natures of both Harumoto's plot and the power that brought Sayori to the past vary depending on which ending you get. Furthermore, Ittosai [[spoiler:becoming TheMole for Kasumimaru only seems to happen in his and Bo's paths]].
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Thanks to [[EconomyCast economy art]], Sayori's sprites show her in her school uniform even when she's taking a shower.
* SecurityCling: Happens a couple times.
* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler: Kasumimaru jumps off the edge of a cliff after his arm is severed to avoid capture. Harumoto planted gunpowder in the watchtower specifically so that he could go out in a blaze of glory, rather than imprisoned and then sentenced to death.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Hatsuhime originally died before she ever escaped Kitahama Castle. When Sayori finds her pendant 150 years later, she is given the chance to save her.
* ShonenHair: Jin's hair is a mess. It does seem to obey gravity, though, so it's mostly a mess in his face.
* ShirtlessScene: The hot springs.
* ShockAndAwe:
** Kasumimaru is capable of electrifying his sword. He uses it against Ittosai. [[spoiler: In Yo's Good ending, Hatsuhime delivers an electric shock from inside the pendant to snap Yo out of his zombie-like state.]]
** Ittosai himself also gets sparks around himself when using his special attack, Bare Blade Indiscriminate Slaughter. Nobumasa's attack is called Tiger's Roar Electric Shock. However, neither seems to actually cause electrocution to the victim of the attack.
* ShoutOut: To ''everything''. ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''SuperFriends'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', ''Film/MenInBlack'', ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/ConAir'', ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmtzQCSh6xk the Numa Numa song]], [[http://www.hampsterdance.com/classics/originaldance.htm the hamster dance website]], "Literature/HanselAndGretel", Creator/MrT, ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''LordOfTheRings'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', ''PeterPan'', ''TheFlyingNun'', [[GameShow Game Shows]], ''{{Stargate}}'', ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin''... not to mention more expected things, like Japanese historical figures [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_no_Seimei Abe no Seimei]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoshitsune Minamoto Yoshitsune]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobunaga_Oda Nobunaga Oda]].
* ShutUpKiss: In Jin's Good ending, [[spoiler: Jin does this when Sayori says she's not as pretty as Hatsuhime.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: Occasionally. A particularly notable example occurs when [[spoiler:Ittosai faces down Kasumimaru. The other guys have to spend a bit of time defending and getting their bearings after Kasumimaru's spell blinds them, but Ittosai, still partly in the throes of a HeroicBSOD anyhow, isn't fazed for a moment.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Any ending with any guy other than Ittosai.
* SlasherSmile: Ittosai.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Mon-Mon has a sleeve on one arm and no sleeve on the other. Kasumimaru has no sleeves at all.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Level 3. Hatsuhime is weak and requires ''six'' strong men to protect her. Not that Sayori is really complaining about that...
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Extremely idealistic.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty Shiny: clean and pretty.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: It slid all the way over to "silly" and fell off the end of the scale.
* SlidingScaleOfVisualsVersusDialogue: This game is a VisualNovel. "Visual" being the adjective which modifies the more important noun "Novel".
* SlipknotPonytail: Muneshige's topknot inevitably comes down in his Good ending.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Ittosai does it standing.
* SmokeOut: Yo carries golden smoke bombs in his shirt. It lets them get away from the ninja, but leaves everyone coughing and unable to see.
* SmoochOfVictory: Very often discussed by the guys. In certain instances, they actually get one.
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Sayori does it a few times.
* StableTimeLoop: Arguably all the endings, but especially Ittosai's Good ending. [[spoiler: He rips through the side of the watchtower with his sword, and Sayori recalls seeing a battered sword in a history exhibit with the story of a split tower. However, in the original time line, Hatsuhime died long before, and so the watchtower would not have been blown up with Ittosai standing on top of it.]]
* StandardHeroReward: Considering that the Good endings have [[spoiler: Sayori, usually still stuck in Hatsuhime's body, marrying or at least getting together with the guy]], yeah. In Muneshige's Good ending, [[spoiler: Hatsuhime's spirit must haunt her father for a week or two in order to convince him that it would be alright for the princess to marry a vasal.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: The Bad endings often have Sayori mentioning how her love for the guy was never meant to be.]]
* SternChase: Ninjas chase you through the forest and only occasionally catch up to fight.
* TheStoic: Ittosai and Harumoto both play at this one.
* StoryToGameplayRatio: Heavy on the story end. Actual gameplay is minimal, limited to occasional opportunities for Sayori to make decisions on what to do.
* StoutStrength: Nobumasa is built like a sumo.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Some of the gags involve this, with roles exchanged frequently. Mon-Mon twice compliments Ittosai for providing perfect straight lines, to Ittosai's irritation.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler: The watchtower, in the guys' Good endings.]]
* SuckOutThePoison: Jin does this when Hatsuhime is bitten by a snake.
* SuperSenses: Most of the guys are pretty good at sensing when a person is near, but Yo especially. He claims he trained to be able to sense people, but it's unclear if it's a case of hightened natural senses or mild PsychicPowers.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Ittosai feels he is, which results in a lot of {{Face Palm}}s.
* SwordFight: Lots of them.
* SwordLines: make everything look more dramatic.
* TakeMyHand: Used several times, as Hatsuhime is a great deal slower than the guys. [[spoiler: Happens on top of the watchtower quite a bit, too.]]
* TakeThat: A few, including a gentle one that involves a LampshadeHanging.
--> '''Monzan:''' "They said, 'Oh, all I want is a gentle man," but what they're really after is some [[{{Bishounen}} frouffy]] [[DefrostingIceQueen ice queen]] or a [[BespectacledBastardBoyfriend glasses-wearing]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys sociopath]]."
--> '''[[DefrostingIceQueen Bo]]''' '''[[{{Bishounen}} and]]''' '''[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Ittosai]]:''' What did you say?
* TakingTheBullet: Mon-Mon does this with kunai in one scene. [[spoiler: [[BulletproofVest He was wearing chain mail.]]]] Yo does this with real bullets in another. [[spoiler: He gets better.]] And Bo puts himself in front of Nobumasa's spear if you make the worst choice on the last day, not that it helps anything.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Harumoto does this in the Good endings, climbing to the top of the watchtower with you and claiming he will make history by dying to rid the clan of Hatsuhime.]]
* TalkingInYourSleep: Both Yo and Ittosai do it during their BadDreams, mistaking Sayori for the people they are dreaming about (Yo's mother, Ittosai's father).
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: No one is ''ever'' too busy to talk, regardless of whether they're fighting, running for their lives, or [[VariableTerminalVelocity falling off a building]].
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler: In Muneshige's Good ending, Sayori recites several of his {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s to Harumoto, until he falls off the roof of the watchtower.]]
* TechnicolorEyes
* TenderTears: Sayori occasionally gets a little weepy.
* ThanksForTheMammary: In Yo's Good ending, [[spoiler: Yo mistakenly attacks Sayori, thinking she is a stray ninja. Guess where his hands end up?]]
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Each of the guys has two image songs. In all but one case, hearing one of these songs is a clue that the guy in question is about to do major damage. (The exception is Bo's "Oh My Love," a love song which plays during his Bad Ending.)
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: "Call me...MON-MON!"
* ThinkNothingOfIt: The guys' general response when Sayori/Hatsuhime thanks them for saving her life.
* TitleThemeTune: More like "Name Theme Tune". Muneshige has an ImageSong...called "Muneshige"... in which at least 75% of the lyrics are just his name. Including spelling it out.
* ToiletHumour: One PeterPan reference is lampooned into [[spoiler: Peter Pancreas, from Sometimes But Only Very Occasionally Land, who fights Captain Hookworm.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Ittosai again.
* {{Tomboy}}: Hatsuhime is described as one.
* TooManyBelts: Kasumimaru wears criss-crossed belts over his hips. Ittosai has one ''really long'' belt all over his torso.
* TooSlow: Yo's response to Nobumasa attempting to skewer him. Also, Ittosai to Harumoto when the latter [[spoiler:tries to hit him with that [[MushroomSamba Western hallucinogen]].]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hatsuhime loves mango pudding.
* TrainingFromHell: Ittosai [[spoiler: considers his father "a demon" for the training he put him through.]] And in Yo's Good ending, [[spoiler: when Sayori says she wants to become a ninja like him, Yo warns her that the training is very difficult. This doesn't seem to dampen her spirits in the least.]]
* TroubledButCute: Ittosai.
* TrueCompanions: At the start of the game, Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon. By the end of the game, all six guys plus you.
* TrueLovesKiss: Plenty of talk about it, especially from poor Jin. [[spoiler: And then you do get a little kissing scene with your chosen guy in the Good endings. Aww.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Kasumimaru. The guys call him a coward for not facing them head-on; he says that's just how a ninja fights.
* TryNotToDie: Sayori's general reaction to splitting the party, though she's usually a little bit wordier in her pleas for them to stay alive. The guys occasionally get in on it, though in a more curt manner.
* {{Tsundere}}: The real Hatsuhime has definite elements of this, particularly in regards to [[BodyguardCrush Muneshige]].
* UnderwaterRuins: In the opening of the game, Sayori is wandering around the ruins of the castle in the modern world. Said ruins are normally submerged under a lake, but thanks to the drought, the water level is low enough that the history club gets a chance to go poke around in them.
* UndyingLoyalty: Nobumasa would do ''anything'' his older brother Harumoto asked.
* UnlockableContent: Complete every ending with every guy to unlock [[spoiler: a short scene called "CLUB Yo-Jin-Bo" in which the guys are ''all'' transported to the future and start a host club.]]
* UnsoundEffect: You occasionally get things like "Glitter!" and "Shine!"
* UnusualEyebrows: Mon-Mon and Harumoto's eyebrows split in two at the outer ends.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Harumoto doesn't care too much that he has to kill Hatsuhime to be able to follow his plan.
* VagueAge: Everybody. Sayori is a high school student, and says that Yo is younger than her - but he claims he's [[LegalJailbait over the age of consent in Europe, Canada, and most of the southern US]]. Muneshige says he's "middle aged", which could be anywhere from 35-50 (he looks the younger end of that), and Mon-Mon is described as older in relation to Yo...which is [[SarcasmMode extremely helpful, since he's the youngest one there]]. [[spoiler: Jin claims to be a teenager in the unlockable content.]] No mention of how old everyone else is, other than "adult".
* VariableTerminalVelocity: In the Good endings, [[spoiler: jump off of the watchtower and enjoy being able to banter several witty lines and even make out before the fall ends.]]
* SoftWater: [[spoiler: Muneshige's Good ending has you jumping into the moat together. Possibly justified, since it's never said exactly how tall the watchtower is.]]
* VisionaryVillain: In most routes, Harumoto's main reason for wanting to take over the clan is that Hatsuhime will ''ruin it'' if she inherits.
* VisualNovel
* WalkingTheEarth: Aside from Muneshige, ''all'' the guys are wanderers.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Jin, Bo, Mon-Mon, and Kasumimaru all have conspicuously gaping kimono. Ittosai's jacket barely stays on one shoulder.
* WarriorMonk: Mon-Mon
* WarriorTherapist: Bo psychoanalyzes Ittosai right into a HeroicBSOD.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Harumoto [[spoiler: in Yo and Muneshige's Good endings, to Yo and Sayori respectively.]]
* WeNeedADistraction: When everyone [[LetsSplitUpGang splits into teams of two]], one group's job is to function as a distraction and lead the ninja away.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: The other guys' general reaction in Ittosai's Good ending, though they [[strike: may be]] are almost definitely just [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]].
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Ittosai, having never loved anyone, is a bit confused by the funny feeling in his chest.
* WhipItGood: Kasumimaru uses a whip against Jin.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Kasumimaru.
* WickedCultured: Harumoto.
* WifeHusbandry: Hatsuhime jokes that if she can't find a suitable husband herself, she'll marry Muneshige, who took care of her since she was a little girl. And, of course, following Muneshige's path ends up this way, though it's Sayori's mind that falls for him. [[spoiler: Mon-Mon's Bad ending has the ''real'' Hatsuhime marrying Muneshige.]]
* WriteBackToTheFuture: [[spoiler: Mon-Mon's Bad ending. Hatsuhime thanks Sayori and tells her that everyone made it home safely. She also says Mon-Mon loves you and [[TheMourningAfter will never love anyone else]]. Aww.]]
* WorthyOpponent: The guys sometimes praise one another for being this; Nobumasa may also call them such.
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Sayori never comments on the lack of modern comforts. In fact, she complains about the heat more in the first chapter, while she's still in the modern day, than she does after she's stuck in the past where nobody has air conditioning.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Upon realizing she's trapped in the 1850's, Sayori's first line is "I doth appologizeth." Muneshige is rather confused.
* YouALLLookFamiliar / OnlySixFaces: Despite the numbers of ninja who attack you, there are only two faces. Despite the number of samurai, there are ''also'' only two faces. It gets especially funny when evil samurai and good samurai ''share the two faces''.
* YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever: [[spoiler: When Yo is shot, Mon-Mon sews the wound shut in a cave (at least he did have the sense to sterilize the needle in the fire first...). And Hatsuhime gets hit over the head, knocked unconcious, and wakes up with little more than a slight headache.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Muneshige, Bo, and even one of the unnamed ninja all have blue hair; Yo's is light green, and Harumoto's is purple.
* YouWannaGetSued: Muneshige makes a joke involving Pikachu, and Yo tells him not to do that, because it's too close to copyright infringement.
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