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"Go steady go! It's up to you! Go cheer up, go! I've decided to go!"

"Freshman and Senior.
Friendship? Love?
Teacher and Student.
An Unlikely Romance.
Together for Life."
— The opening, discussing some of the couples
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One day, antisocial second year student Yuna Toomi is having lunch on the roof by herself as usual, when she finds herself encountering two students in old-fashioned uniforms she's never seen before. To her shock, she discovers that these two girls - the Yamato Nadeshiko-esque Sachi and bubbly Megumi - are actually ghosts, having died at this school 80 and 30 years ago respectively. The two are just as shocked - normally they are invisible to living humans, and Yuna is the first person they have encountered who can actually see them. Very quickly, Sachi takes advantage of the opportunity to present Yuna with a request.

You see, both Sachi and Megumi are a couple, and both have the highest respect for the love between girls. With nothing much better to do, they have spent most of their time as ghosts watching over the students of their all-girls high school, cheering on from the sidelines any girls who also feel love for another girl in her heart. Thus their suggestion: they tell Yuna about which potential couples are out there, and then Yuna will actually do everything she can to help them get together that Sachi and Megumi can't. But their quest isn't entirely selfless, either: the reason why Sachi and Megumi haven't moved on yet is that they wish to be truly united in the most intimate way possible... but they don't really know how, and their hope is that by joining these couples together and creating a 'yuritopia,' they'll learn from the other girls and figure it out.

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Yuna, who up until now had considered herself a perfectly ordinary girl whose impression of lesbians could be summed up as 'I guess people like that exist too, then,' reluctantly finds herself drawn in as the school's resident yuri cupid.

Kindred Spirits on the Roof (Okujou no Yurirei-san) is a Yuri Visual Novel first released in Japan on February 8, 2012, and given an official English localization and Steam release by Mangagamer on February 12, 2016. The English version sold by both Mangagamer and by Steam has none of the original content removed or altered. It spun off into an official sequel manga with two volumes and four Drama CDs.

Much later Liarsoft announced Kindred Spirits: Full Chorus, an Updated Re Release of the game, with full voice acting, new, updated CG, and expansions to the various scenarios, which would release in January 2018. In March 2018 it was announced the remake would be getting a english release in 2018 by Mangagamer.

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Kindred Spirits on the Roof provides examples of the following:

  • All There in the Manual: The director's tweets give a lot of supplemental information about the setting and the cast. Fortunately, those tweets are being translated here.
  • Animal Motifs: Hina is compared to a puppy a lot due to her small size, straightforward attitude, simple-minded love of running, and her habit of trailing behind Yuna.
  • Arc Words: During the month of July, "[i]f you don't say anything, if you don't tell them, nothing will change."
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sachi delivers one to Yuna because of the latter trying to find out who Hina, who was trapped in a love triangle with two of her upperclassmen at the time, chose between the two.
    Sachi: Does it matter to you, which one Hina-chan goes out with, Yuna-san?
    • Hina asking said two upperclassmen why they're fighting even though they clearly love each other, because it forces them to confront how stupidly stuborn they've both been and how it's dragged in someone that never should have been involved in their arguement in the first place.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Some characters use profanity freely, but Seina really lets the photography club girls have it after overhearing them call Miki a masochist.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Megumi and Yuna spend most of their time together arguing, but when the kindred spirits finally move on, Megumi can't help but cry, and apologizes for being mean to Yuna, who accepts it easily. After they're gone, Yuna realizes that she is crying as well, and admits that she will miss both of them.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: A lot of the couples have a dramatic kiss, but the biggest and damnedest is probably Aki and Youka's Concert Kiss in front of a crowd.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Hina, Youka, Nena, and Matsuri all have this, with Umi having a kind of longer, in-between style.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Nena is far more perceptive than her tired demeanor leads one to believe. Add in an almost Holmes level of inductive reasoning, and she can read most people like a book... until she gets sleepy and decides it's not worth the effort.
  • Cast Full of Gay: A more minor example than most given that the cast covers all of the queer students at an entire school, and the main characters are specifically looking for the students that are gay, but Yuna does comment once or twice that she hadn't realized that there were so many girls who like girls around in just their school.
  • Childhood Friends: Yuna and Hina. Their mothers are both friends and nurses at the same hospital; when they both have a night shift, Hina goes to Yuna's house and Yuna cooks dinner for the both of them. Eventually evolves into a Childhood Friend Romance.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Megumi is immediately a little suspicious whenever Yuna seems to be spending too much time with Sachi, which is made a bit more ridiculous by the fact that Yuna and Sachi can't even touch. Though maybe a total lack of any kind of competition for 30 full years had an impact here.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Seina combines this with Atomic F-Bomb in her Unstoppable Rage moment, unleashing a profanity-filled tirade on a clique of older students who made fun of Miki.
  • The Confidant: Yuna is one for both ghosts, who don't have any other options for who to talk to. She's also one for Nena, who complains to her about how Umi acts after Umi and Sasa start dating since Yuna's the only other person who knows about their relationship.
  • Cool Big Sis: Yuna, if not acting as the Team Mom.
  • Cooldown Hug: Miki calms down Seina's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the girls who called Miki a masochist by calling her by her given name, the first time anyone has done so at this point, and calmly holding her in her arms and resolving to not take requests from that point on.
  • Couch Gag: The title screen shows all of the characters, and at random one of them will announce the title and say something unique.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Megumi's main method of communicating with Yuna during class hours is to produce messages only she can see that appear to be written in blood on the chalkboard and in her notebook. She continues doing this even long after the initial shock of it has passed.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Operation Sparkling Sunshine. It involves Tsukuyo-chan seeing Kiri at certain spots where the light will enhance her features. Despite Yuna's initial doubt, it works.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Yuna is recruited to cook for the track team during the summer camp, she asks to examine the cafeteria's cooking equipment and about the team's size and any allergies and medical requirements they may have. This degree of preparedness impresses Matsuri and Miyu, who didn't expect anyone to be so inquisitive about the position and note that she didn't simply accept it without thinking. The drama CD Rain Kick reveals that she continued to cook for the team's summer camp several years after the game ends simply because her cooking was so popular.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The titular spirits.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Kiri adores cute things, and especially can't help herself around cute, young-looking girls. It's not until a friend makes a joke about her marrying Tsukuyo-chan that she realises it's not all just a reaction to the cuteness, however.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Yuna tries her hardest to avoid getting emotionally close to anyone from the start, but slowly begins to grow into the Team Mom of the cast.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Subverted: In the middle of the summer camp week, Umi and Sasa have their first time and decide to take a walk around the campus the next morning. They pass by Yuna while holding hands and acting more intimate than normal, and break away as soon as they see her. Yuna does not notice any differences in their behavior, until Megumi appears after they leave and explains it to her.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Seina kisses Miki while she's sleeping, but Miki wakes up and realizes what's happened. Once Seina realizes what she did, she's completely horrified, and spends the next few days silently repenting for what she did.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: While not immediately obvious, the voice makes it apparent to anyone playing through the scene again that the concerned teacher talking to Yuna on the very first in-game day is actually Tsukuyo.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Yuna eats lunch alone on the rooftop since she started high school.
  • The Empath: One of Sachi's ghost abilities is being able to detect strong feelings in people, though it's not well-directed so she usually can't tell where the feelings are coming if there are more than two people close together. Naturally, she mainly uses this to figure out which girls are in love with another girl.
  • Evolving Title Screen:
    • After finishing the main story, the title screen has a "Let's try a little harder" stamp added to it to inform the viewer that the Extra chapters are now available. After all the chapters are completed, the scene will change to sunset and a stamp is added that says "Very well done."
    • The first time this screen is loaded, the opening quote will always be a different line from Yuna telling Hina she loves her, and the second time it's loaded it will be a new line from Hina telling Yuna she loves her. These will appear at random afterward in place of their original lines.
  • Extreme Doormat: If someone makes a request of Aihara Miki, she will fulfill it. One of the reasons she and Maki start getting along so well is that Maki actually tries to look out for her for once. Fortunately, she gradually starts refusing requests, after an incident involving Maki and another third year.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Sachi's empath powers tell her exactly why Yuna's so upset that Hina might date someone else, but she knows it's something Yuna would want to figure out and act on for herself.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Shortly after becoming friends with Youka, Aki asks that she call her by her first name, rather than "Ariu-san." Youka has trouble with this at first, until an incident where Aki calls her "Youka," which surprises her enough to throw her off balance and nearly off the stairs. Aki saves her, after which Youka casually thanks her using her first name.
    • During the summer camp, Nena asks Yuna to call her by her first name, to which Yuna responds using "Nena-san." In turn, Nena calls her "Yuna."
  • Gayngst:
    • Present, but in a much milder form than usual — the game does identify the feelings that the girls have as being gay, but the main concern is generally whether or not the object of their affections feels the same, rather than worry about being gay altogether. The game also covers some less-dramatic examples of homophobia young lesbians might face, such as Yuna worrying what her parents and the people around her might think should she start going out with Hina.
    • Averted with Youka, who hadn't even thought about the fact that both her and her love interest were girls, before Yuna points it out to her, instead answering her with "but this love is super rock, don't you think?!" and is very open with her relationship as a result. Later on, when she learns about Kiri also dating a woman, she states in her narration that she "doesn't think it's an issue if two ladies go out."
    • Also averted with Aki, who has had feelings for other women since kindergarten, much earlier than any other character, and never had any trouble accepting it.
  • Gamer Girl: Ano, Kiri, and Nena.
  • Gargle Blaster: Umi gets Sasa and Nena to try out a disgusting soft drink just because it was new and she wanted her friends to try it together with her. It's so bad that Sasa wishes death on whoever made it.
    Umi: You really gotta drink shitty soda with your friends, right?
  • Girlish Pigtails: Maki and Tsukuyo both have these.
  • Hidden Buxom: Ano apparently has a pretty impressive bust, but she doesn't look that much bigger than anyone else in her normal clothing.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On:
    • At one point Umi seriously flusters Sasa by playing with her hair for a while.
    • Averted with Matsuri, who intentionally tries more than once to get Miyu into the mood.
  • I Have Brothers: Seina attributes her surprising strength and berserk rages to growing up with a father and brothers in the construction business.
  • Ill Girl: Megumi was one, and it killed her in the end. Tsukuyo's a downplayed example; she just gets feverish and anemic easily.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In general, the couples in this game tend to be very vocal when it comes to expressing sexual pleasure. It's brought up in-universe a few times, with characters commenting on the "noises" they or their respective partners make.
  • I See Dead People:
    • Yuna is the only person able to see and interact with Sachi and Megumi.
    • Ano has a sixth sense and is also able to see the ghosts, but only as colored specters.
    • Hina is able to see the ghosts like Yuna can before doing the deed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Megumi is rude, a little selfish, and spends most of the time insulting Yuna in some way, but she does take joy in helping girls get together, and once you read some of her POV chapters it's clear that she really does like and appreciate Yuna.
  • Last-Name Basis:
    • Nobody ever refers to Ano Fuji by anything other than her surname.
    • Everyone refers to Maki Seina as "Maki-san," until Miki calls her "Seina" for the first time to calm her down as she shouts at the photography club girls. As noted above, combined with her Cooldown Hug this signifies a significant Relationship Upgrade for them.
  • Left the Background Music On: At one point, Umi hums the "Fu~ Fu~ Ha-a-a~" in the BGM playing at the time.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Matsuri and Miyu.
  • Linear Visual Novel: While you are able to make small choices that affect a brief amount of dialogue now and then, and can jump around among the different couples in any order you want, it's impossible to make any actual changes to the plot. However, making all available choices is necessary to unlock all of the Extra chapters.
  • Love Epiphany: Hina gets one after Matsuri and Miyu confess to being in a relationship. The idea that two girls can be in love with each other causes her to connect the dots in her head and realize what exactly the wierd feeling she's been having arround a certain girl are.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Umi only realizes her own love after feeling happy at her friend Sasa's confession.
  • Loving a Shadow: Sachi's secret. The cheerful personality and Yamato Nadeshiko nature that Megumi loves and Yuna knows are a lie; her true self is far more cowardly and timid. Subverted when Megumi makes it clear she loves Sachi regardless, and Sachi realizes that she has changed, even if it's not completely.
  • Magic Realism: Why are there a couple of ghosts hanging around at this school? Who cares when there are lesbian couples to set up together!
  • The Matchmaker: Megumi and Sachi enlist Yuna to help in their matchmaking. Nena also does a bit of it herself when it comes to Umi and Sasa.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted in a late Extra chapter in which Kiri has a period heavy enough to send her to the nurse's office. Naturally, Tsukuyo goes to comfort her until she dozes off.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: The dress code at this school is very lax: apart from the fact that students seem to be able to wear whatever color of jumper they want, there's also Hina, who always walks around in her track club uniform, and Youka, who wears her school shirt open to reveal a band t-shirt underneath. The only constant seems to be the color-coded skirts (bar Hina, who joined the track team partially so she would never have to wear a skirt).
  • Numerical Theme Naming: The broadcasting club trio only became friends in the first place because Umi realized that they have the kanji for one, two, and three in their surnames. (Ichiki Umi, Futano Sasa, and Miyama Nena.) Though Sasa does point out that in her name the kanji is read as 'pair' rather than 'two,' and that this is a pretty ridiculous reason to befriend two people in the first place.
  • Odd Couple: Youka, an aspiring rocker, and Aki, a disciplinary committee member. Noted In-Universe by their peers.
  • Old School Building:
    • Actually a plot point. Part of the school was rebuilt after Sachi died, so she can't enter the newer building unless she's possessing Yuna, and since only third years have classes in the old building, Megumi can't enter the old building since she never did so in life.
    • The school probably takes this trope Up to Eleven; it was built on the site of an old castle, and several of the surviving structures — such as the room above the entrance gate, and one of the old watchtowers — are still in use by the school.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: A good number of Main story chapters that concern a Couple storyline get a more complete appraisal from that couple's perspective in their own corresponding chapter. They won't be available until all the Main chapters for an arc are completed.
  • One Head Taller: Miki and Maki, Kiri and Tsukuyo, Yuna and Hina.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Umi contemplates ending her relationship with Sasa because she thinks she's neglecting her friendship with Nena, Nena confronts them directly with a level of anger that neither of them had ever seen from her before.
    • Maki is normally a sweet and friendly girl... which makes that one moment where she practically explodes at a group of third years making fun of Miki all the more shocking.
    • The normally relliable and outwardly cool Yuna starts spacing out and appearing distressed to everyone who knows her after Hina confesses to her, since she's too busy either agonizing over what her response should be or throwing herself into something else in order to avoid thinking about it.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Ano, who likes video games and yuri.
  • Out of Focus: Once a couple's romantic plotline is resolved, they are rarely seen again during the rest of the story. This is especially egregious with Umi and Sasa, whose first time occurs halfway through the novel's runtime, and then have very little, if any, presence afterward until the Extra chapters are open.
  • Pair the Spares: Averted with Ano and Nena. Neither of them find a lover over the course of the story.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Seina is the youngest child in a family of construction workers, so she is much stronger than she looks.
  • Poltergeist: Sachi is able to rattle objects and make noise. She does this to attract Seina's attention to the couch in the disused storage room.
  • Promoted to Playable: The Extra chapters unlock after getting to the credits. These include chapters from the perspectives of Ano and Hina, which we never see in the main story.
  • Pun: Both the English and Japanese titles. The English title is obviously a play on how 'spirit' is another term for ghost, while two people who are close are often described as 'kindred spirits.' In Japanese, the word used is 'yurirei,' which is a combination of the word 'yuri' and the Japanese word for ghost, 'yuurei.'
  • Queer Romance: The main focus of the game is on girls who are in love with other girls.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Ano. Exactly how long it is can vary slightly, but her main sprite has it going down to at least her knees.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Megumi and Sachi, respectively.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Averted, and the trope is deconstructed: when Kiri finally confesses to her teacher, the latter informs her that she's probably just confused, that it's totally normal for young women to have strong feelings for one another, and that when she matures and grows into a 'proper' adult, she'll look back and realize that this was all just a big misunderstanding. Naturally, this doesn't make Kiri feel any better.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Naturally. The Class S aspect of it comes up between Matsuri/Miyu and Kiri/Tsukuyo. Miyu initially just thought of their relationship as something temporary before fully falling for Matsuri. More on Kiri and Tsukuyo is under Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
  • Secret Relationship: Most of the couples, but more prominent between Matsuri and Miyu due to Miyu's family being strictly traditional.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Ano realizes that Yuna's being haunted by the school's ghosts from the get-go, she just kept it under wraps until she thought Yuna wanted to talk about it.
  • Sempai Kouhai
    • Maki and Miki, with Maki as the plucky, hard-working kouhai who highly admires the saintly and reliable Miki.
    • Sachi was a third year when she died, while Megumi was a first year, and Megumi does seem to look up to Sachi as a sempai, but naturally it's complicated by the many, many years since they were actually that age.
    • Played for Laughs between Megumi and Yuna. In one scene, Megumi and Yuna disagree over who should be treating the other with respect: Megumi thinks she's the senior one since she's been living for so much longer, while Yuna points out that Megumi is still technically a first year, and that 'living' isn't really the right word in this context.
    • Hina has Matsuri and Miyu as her track club sempai.
  • The Reliable One: A lot of characters comment on how competently and smoothly Yuna runs things.
  • Sensei-chan: Tsukuyo-chan is a 24-year-old teacher who is both much shorter than, and looks quite a bit younger than, the 16-year-old Kiri. The Girlish Pigtails really don't help. But for Kiri, the fact that she acts just like a normal, capable teacher in spite of her adorable looks only makes her even cuter.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Most of the girls don't really discuss their sexuality at all beyond being attracted to their love interest. It would be faster to just point out the girls who explicitly identify as lesbians: Kiri, Aki, and probably Matsuri.
  • Sleepy Head: Nena.
  • Supreme Chef: Yuna. Not only does the food she makes look good and taste delicious, it's also nutritious and well balanced.
  • Take a Third Option: Hina's answer when somebody asks who she likes better between her track club senpais.
  • The Talk: A variant. Matsuri and Miyu give Yuna and Hina some information about lesbian sex, much to Yuna's embarrassment and Hina's bewildered interest.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Kiri and Tsukuyo.
  • Team Mom: Miyu is the Team Mom of the track team. Yuna is the Team Mom for the whole cast.
    Ano: I love you, Mama Yuna!
    Hina: I love you, Mama Yuna-nee!
    Yuna: I...I'm not your mama!
  • Technician vs. Performer: Miyu as the Technician, Matsuri as the Performer. Miyu studies running techniques to perfection, but still falls behind Matsuri, who adopts a Don't Think, Feel outlook on running.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Justified with Sachi, who died over 80 years before the story starts, and is naturally confused by a lot of modern technology.
  • Their First Time: The kindred spirits make it their mission to have as many couples as possible have their first times, and learn from their experiences.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hina is a cool and athletic Big Eater while Yuna is a Supreme Chef Team Mom.
  • Too Much Information: Yuna's reaction to some of the kindred spirits' reports. Also, due to their experience, Matsuri and Miyu's love advice comes across as this on two separate occasions.
  • Totally Radical: As Megumi died during the 80s, she occasionally engages in this; the translators did note that they tried not to go too overboard with it, though.
  • Triang Relations: Type 9 for the broadcasting trio. Umi and Sasa are dating and both are best friends with Nena.
  • Two-Teacher School: Besides Tsukuyo, the only teacher we ever see is an unnamed vice-principal.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Maki basically goes nuclear when she finds three older classmates making fun of her beloved senpai. Her rage is to the point that she makes the older student, whom she lifts by the collar, cry, Yuna becomes frightened by her, and her voice contorts to become a hateful Contralto of Danger.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: On a rainy day in June, Umi is forced to share an umbrella with Sasa when going home.
  • Unfinished Business: Sachi and Megumi want to experience their "first time" together before they move on to the afterlife.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yuna and Megumi may rib each other, but their chapters (Megumi's in particular) make it clear they really do value their friendship.
  • Wham Line:
    • Yuna worrying about whether Hina would end up going out with Matsuri or Miyu, only for Hina to confess to her.
    • Later, Yuna wants to confide to someone about the above, only for them to assume she's confiding about the last thing that she would expect anyone to know about:
      Ano: Is it about those ghosts up on the roof at school?
  • When It All Began: The calendar goes from April to November, but the first chapter available is in May. The earliest event is an Extra chapter on April 4th, in which Hina notices changes in Yuna's behavior and resolves to help her with whatever problem caused it, which included enrolling in the same school as her. In the short term this is part of what convinces Yuna to assist the kindred spirits, and eventually it leads to them starting their relationship. It is the second to last chapter that can be unlocked overall.
  • Willing Channeler:
    • Sachi and Megumi discover that by being in contact with Yuna, they are able to possess her and sense everything she senses. Their main use of this power is to taste food for the first time in decades by having Yuna eat and drink various things.
    • They also learn that they can possess others, to the point that they take over their bodies entirely. They do this only once: Yuna and Hina agree to allow them to use their bodies and have their first time, and then Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence afterward.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Sachi, with her long Hime Cut, calm and refined manner, and ability to make requests that are very difficult to turn down.
  • Yuri Fan: Sachi and Megumi, of course, particularly Sachi. Ano is also a fan of yuri storylines, though she has no interest in getting into one herself.
  • Yuri Genre: Naturally.

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