A Cherry Blossom Girl is a common character type in Japanese media, due to Cherry Blossoms being their national flower and having a special place in their hearts. Most of these characters are named Sakuranote
, but not every character with that name is of this character type (e.g., Sakura
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She should have at least three of these characteristics, but it may be okay with two if the flower motifs are heavily emphasised:
- Named Sakura, Oukanote , or another name that invokes sakura trees.
- Pink Hair
- Sakura Blossom Motif
- Themes of death, spring and rebirth
- Themes of Luck or Fate
- Healing powers
- Being a Love Interest / Associated with love
- Being born in early spring-time
- Yamato Nadeshiko, traditional Japanese elements such as Japanese Tea Ceremony note , Ninja and Samurai.
See also Cherry Blossoms
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- Pictured above is Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, who has plenty of Sakura Blossom Motifs.
- And her alternate-dimension equivalent (and said alternate dimension equivalent's same named clone) from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Though her real name is later revealed to be Tsubasa, not Sakura.
- Sakura Haruno from Naruto has pink hair, is the girl the main character has feelings for, and obtains healing powers halfway through the series. Furthermore, one of the primary motivations that drive her actions is love, romantic or otherwise. The kanji used for her name translates to 'spring field of cherry blossoms' to further illustrate the themes behind her character.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has several characters with the name Sakura, one way or another:
- Gantz has Hiroto Sakurai, who uses Cherry/Sakura as an online handle. Played with once when Gantz says he's "no longer a Cherry".
- In Midori Days, the High School main protagonist Seiji Sawamura attends is named Sakuradamon (桜田門). Its back alley has blooming cherry trees, and this place is a crucial part of the scenario, as it's where his love interest Midori was shyly watching him from afar before she ended up in his hand, and where she finally decides to gather her courage and end up the situation, so they can start a real relationship together.
- Kaede Sakura from Kämpfer fits due to her heavy association as a love interest. A bit of playing with the trope, as she's not a straight love interest for the protagonist.
- Bleach: Byakuya Kuchiki is a rare male example. The cherry blossom motif is connected to aristocracy and samurai. Byakuya is both a very high ranking aristocrat and is also a military captain. His zanpakutou's powers are cherry-blossomed themed, making it look like there's a cloud of petals flying through the air when he's in attack mode. His zanpakutou is also named "Senbonzakura" (千本桜). The cherry blossoms are actually tiny blades that appear to be cherry blossoms to everyone. In the anime, symbolising the deep themes of aristocratic/samurai honour in connection to the cherry blossom, Senbonzakura's spirit manifests as a traditional samurai in a lord/samurai relationship with Byakuya. Further more, Byakuya is also heavily connected to the themes of the transience of life and love. He's a widower who adopted his wife's sister as his own upon her dying request. His every action in the manga to date has been motived by love: either love and respect for his clan and his parents or, more noticably, by love for the memory of his dead wife and for his sister, Rukia. By the way, he's a Shinigami.
- Amagami SS Rihoko Sakurai one of Junichi's possible love interests (and the only one with a Cherry Blossom Motif) who's story is heavily based on Yamato Nadeshiko elements and Tea Ceremony, her final scenes show this well with having a Tea Ceremony in the spring with blossoms flying around◊ while she was thinking she is going to confess some day.
- HeartCatch Pretty Cure!'s Tsubomi Hanasaki's Cure name is Cure Blossom and it's rumored that her Heart Flower (the only one not seen in-series) is a sakura. Her inner world has a cherry blossom tree and lots of flying cherry blossom petals. Also, Cure Blossom has pink hair.
- In the Gundam SEED MSV, character Rena Imelia is given the nickname "Sakura Burst" due to her fighting style and a major burn scar on her back that resembles a cherry blossom and its petals scattering across her back and onto her face.
- Gender-flipped by Chopper from One Piece. As the ship's doctor he's got the closest thing to healing powers in the series, his backstory has a fairly prominent death theme, he wears a huge pink hat for several years (and still wears it under his new hat), and he carries on his mentor's dream of bringing cherry blossoms back to his snow-covered island as a symbol of things getting better.
- Amu Hinamori from Shugo Chara! counts. She has pink hair, is a love interest for almost every named male character in series at some point or another, and, considering her most powerful Character Transformation, Amulet Fortune, she pretty much has luck as part of her motif.
- Sakura Ushikubo from Special A.
- Akari Sakura, the protagonist of Jewelpet Twinkle. She's a very kind but shy girl with amazing magical power. She has a Love Interest in brooding boy Yuuma. She also has a magical rabbit who's strongly associated with cherry blossoms and luck as a partner.
- Sakura Sango from Gaist Crusher
- In the Japanese drama series Sakura Shinjuu, the heroine is named Sakurako and was found abandoned by a sakura tree as a baby.
- Super Sentai:
- Yuuto Sakurai from Kamen Rider Den-O is heavily associated with the themes of love, luck and fate ( and ultimately death, since at the end of the series his future self is wiped from existence) and has the "sakura" kanji in his family name.
- Sakura Shinguji in Sakura Taisen, whose distinctive kimono has a repeated semi-abstract cherry blossom motif.
- Sakura Mizrahi from Xenosaga, who is strongly associated with Death (since she is a terminally Ill Girl and Posthumous Character) and who is Jr.'s first love interest. MOMO, an artificial girl who was created in her image, is given pink hair and is an White Magician Girl in the first game, perhaps in reference to this trope.
- Yuyuko Saigyouji in Perfect Cherry Blossom. Being a pink-haired ghost, she's naturally associated with death, including the power to kill with a thought, and in the ending it's revealed that her body is buried beneath the cherry blossom tree Saigyou Ayakashi. Her Leitmotif is called "Bloom Nobly, Ink-black Cherry Blossom".
- The Cherry Ghosts and White Cherry Ghosts in the Korean MMORPG La Tale. Being ghosts, they are of course associated with death. They are also dressed in very traditional (and very pink) Japanese kimonos, have Hair Decorations made from blooming cherry branches, and only appear at Cherry Lake, which is covered in cherry trees in perpetual bloom. The special weapon made from their soul jar is a spear based on a blooming cherry branch. In the Japanese version of the game, they are called "Sakura Ghosts".
- She's not named "Sakura", but Kaori Yae of Tokimeki Memorial 2 falls dead square in the trope otherwise:
- Her given name, Kaori (花桜梨) has "Sakura" for its second Kanji, just with its Chinese alternate reading "Ô", instead of the Japanese reading "Sakura"; and her first name, Yae (八重), is the first part of the Japanese word "Yaezakura" (八重桜), a double-flowering cherry tree.
- Her hair color is similar to a cherry blossom; her mandatory event revolves around her comparing herself to a late-blooming cherry tree; her seiyuu, Kazusa Murai, even states in the game's freetalk (unlocked after you complete Kaori's storyline) how she thinks Kaori is similar to cherry trees; her main Image Song is called "Ouju no Sasayaki" ("Whisper of the Cherry Tree"), and the official Music Clip made around this song shows her in a forest of cherry trees that progressively bloom; and her symbolic flower is listed as the "Yaezakura" in the official Illustrations Artbook.
- Princess Mana of the iOS game Chaos Rings. She wears a cherry blossom in hair as well as her waist wrap, wears very traditional and very Japanese inspired clothing, is a Yamato Nadeshiko, is implied to be from a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Japan, is loved by and eventually falls in love with Ayuta, and dies in every character's path except Ayuta's.
- Cheria Barnes from Tales of Graces is the pink-haired love interest of main character Asbel Lhant. During the game, Cheria is described as motherful and dutiful, even spending seven years waiting for Asbel to come home. She possesses a healing power, which she uses to work in a relief organisation during the war. Her second Blast Caliber, "Garden of Innocence" consists of a distinctive sakura tree appearing behind her, healing all party members and reviving incapacitated ones.
- In Ninja Jajamaru-kun, Princess Sakura will drop Cherry Blossoms from the top of the screen. Some of the sequels depict her with a pink kimono and headband.
- In Persona 4, Yukiko Amagi's initial Persona, Konohana Sakuya, is a woman dressed in bright pink with distinctive blossom-like wings and an affinity for healing skills. Yukiko herself is named after snow and associated with red instead of pink, but she does have the Yamato Nadeshiko personality.
- The Sakura skin for Karma in League of Legends. Karma herself looks Indian instead of Japanese, but it's sort of in the same direction.
- Sakura Kasugano from Street Fighter has a cherry blossom motif in some of her official artworks, she's born in March, and she's more or less a Love Interest for Ryu (though, it's largely one-sided). Regarding the latter, she's definitely a Morality Pet to him, whenever he's falling into the Satsui no Hado.
- Sakuya in Ōkami qualifies for this trope despite being the spirit of a golden peach tree — she protects and preserves Nippon through her network of enchanted trees, has pink blossoms, hides the people of Kamiki Village in her fruit when the darkness is about to overwhelm it, and at one point in the early game withdraws into her tree until revived by the protagonist Amaterasu.
- Sakura in Da Capo is more aptly named than what's apparent from the beginning.
- Yoshiyuki Sakurai in Da Capo II, where it's a Meaningful Name that he got from Sakura based on her own full name, Sakura Yoshino when she wished for family.
- Mayu Sakurai , and her little sister Mami, from Yarudora series vol. 2: Kisetsu o Dakishimete. Also a Meaningful Name for both, what's with Mayu having reincarnated as the Spirit of the Cherry Trees after her death, and Mami having her soul fused with Mayu's to fend off the curse of the "Hirenzakura" cherry tree long enough for the protagonist to save her, after she had a traffic accident and fell into coma.
- Sakura Matou from Fate/stay night has a flower themed ending, is the final love interest and is working hard at being a Yamato Nadeshiko. However, things aren't as pleasant as they seem: Her route is the darkest of the three routes in the Visual Novel, filled with death, squick and mental trauma.