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Playing With: Cherry Blossoms
Basic Trope: Falling sakura petals have certain meanings in anime and other Japanese media, depending on the context.
  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
    • When they meet, the screen is almost entirely covered by sakura petals.
    • As more and more of Bob's blood spill to the ground, the cherry blossom turns from pink to blood red, and then to black.
  • Downplayed: Cherry blossoms are found where you would expect them to be.
  • Justified:
    • It's the legendary sakura tree of the school of the unnamed protagonist, those meeting beneath it will have their love lasts forever.
    • These are some genetically-altered sakura trees FROM OUTER SPACE.
  • Inverted:
    • The dream girl dump the unnamed protagonist under a rain of sakura petals.
    • As Bob falls, the cherry blossom turns white.
  • Subverted:
    • It seems to be a sakura tree, but it's actually something else.
    • The cherry blossom imagery lead the viewer to believe that Bob will die making his last stand, but he survives.
    Alice: "Aren't these cherry blossoms beautiful? Love is in the air!"
    Alice: "Happy St. Valentine's Day to you too, grumpy."
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...which symbolism is almost the same as sakura.
    • ...and then he dies from his fatal injuries several days later, all the while contemplating the transience of life while watching cherry blossoms.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • There are no sakura trees in Eien no Troperia.
    • Being set in outer space, there are no sakura trees in Space Samurai Bob.
  • Enforced: "Regardless of age and era, the viewers will understand the symbolism of sakura petals! Let's make him meet his dream girl under a sakura tree!"
  • Lampshaded: "This sakura tree is as beautiful as the you in my dream."
  • Invoked: To make sure their love lasts forever, the unnamed protagonist make a confession to his dream girl under a cherry blossom.
  • Exploited: But before the unnamed protagonist can do so, The Rival steal the opportunity to do exactly that.
  • Defied: The Rival burns down all sakura trees at the school.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob tries to fight Emperor Evulz, but the sakura petals distract him, pervent him from getting a clear shot, are used by Evulz as cover, etc...
  • Reconstructed: Bob uses the sakura petals to his advantage, and defeats Evulz.

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