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Snow Sakura is a visual novel by Digital Objet, company behind Kana: Little Sister, telling the story of young Yuuji Tajibana, who is forced to live with his uncle and Saki, his very wild cousin, after his parents left to work in Hawaii. Trying to come to terms with his new live in this snowy and cold world, he comes across a very illustrious group of girls and his new "best friend" Sumiyoshi and starts to find both happiness and love in this new place.

A basic Slice of Life visual novel, the game was published in 2003. It has been released in English by G-Collections in 2007 with the erotic scenes being uncensored.


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  • Accidental Kiss: Yuuji and Saki in the Misaki route. It was only partially accidental on Saki's part since she admitted to prolonging the kiss because she wanted to.
  • A-Cup Angst: A good way to get your ass kicked by Saki is to tease her about her bust size; though oddly, she's no smaller than some of the other female characters. In fact, Misato and Kozue seem smaller, but aren't insecure about it. Perhaps this is why Saki gets teased about it while Misato and Kozue don't.
  • Arranged Marriage: During Rei's route, her parents consider this method to keep her continuing the shrine's heritage.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The naked character sprites have this in an odd contrast to the very explicit C Gs.
  • Babies Ever After: Misaki's ending.
  • Batman Gambit: In Saki's route. Yuuji's uncle and dad briefly team up in order to save Saki and Yuuji's love from school-enforced separation - by manipulating the circumstances of their relationship and playing on the guilt of the Vice Principal. It works.
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  • Berserk Button: Don't ever call Saki "titless".
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Rei's temple.
    • And Kozue's mansion. She has a home theater. IN HER BEDROOM.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Sumiyoshi attempting to educate Yuuji on matters of sex. Both are virgins and this isn't a secret.
  • Book Dumb: Saki and Sumiyoshi.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Kozue reading your monologue and denying your thoughts of her being a lesbian. Yuuji has this ability as well.
    • Sumiyoshi takes this Up to Eleven during a rant on his part where he complains that as a Bromantic Foil, he doesn't even get his own ending.
    • Then Yuuji takes this Up to Eleven when you suggest he should smell Saki's panties. He resists that urge and comments on how he should stay away from YOU. You pervert. It also happens when you suggest he should wear Saki's panties, meaning Failure Is the Only Option.
  • Bromantic Foil: Sumiyoshi. And he's none too pleased about it.
  • Butt-Monkey: Yuuji and Sumiyoshi both.
  • Captain Ersatz: Kozue Hiyama comes off as an older Tomoyo Daidouji.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Well, it's kind of in the title...
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: On Saki's route it turns Yuuji gave one to Saki. It's unclear whether this is the case if taking a different route. If Saki's route is completed successfully Yuuji will follow through on this promise.
  • Christmas Cake: Misato Souya.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Misaki. Probably why she's considered a Creator's Pet.
    • This is, however, weirdly inconsistent. She is definitely this on her own and Kozue's route (with Kozue's route having some rather ugly Entitled to Have You attitude) but shows only minor, quickly resolved jealousy on Misato and Rei's routes and none at all on Saki's route, even helping save their relationship with the rest of the group.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Takeaki is generally sane enough to be a good dad and respected member of the community. But what else do you call a guy who decides out of the blue that he's going to be an English gentleman for the day?
    • He is also bizarrely unbothered by his daughter having sex with her cousin under his roof.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Nobody seems to get what Yuuji has against his dad, even if they too see the videos he keeps sending Yuuji.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives:
    Yuuji: I am not at liberty to be free to deny the fact that such a thing may or may not be true.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rei.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Kozue has way too much time on her hands.
    • Rei keeps a slipper in her uniform for no reason other than she may need it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yuuji. Though, for all his muttering, he'll willingly join in the stupidity mambo now and then.
  • The Ditz: Misaki, by her own admission, isn't very bright and is usually slow on the uptake in general. Her older sister Misato is even worse.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The boys wind up getting thrown under the bus a lot more often than the girls do. Usually because it's Saki throwing them.
  • Fan Disservice:
  • Five-Man Band
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Yuuji can turn out to have had this with either Saki or Misaki at the age of 5 if following their routes. Both girls remember the meeting and consider it a very significant experience (though only Saki realises it was Yuuji she met) while Yuuji only remembers it as a vague dream.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: A crab being cooked for dinner turns out to be a formidable foe, taking down Misaki and Misato and drawing with Sumiyoshi.
  • Gratuitous English: Both played straight and parodied with the English teacher forcing his students to talk in a completely fake accent.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Misaki's route becomes increasingly unpleasant to watch as she seems more and more determined to keep the PC to herself, even at the expense of alienating her oldest friends. It's probably the reason why most of the game's fandom dislike her. Arguably, this reduces the quality of her route (despite being the Visual Novel's cover girl).
  • Hot-Blooded: Uncle Takeaki. If you're lucky, he may quiet down for a few seconds to dispense valuable advice, then go straight back to being emphatically manly.
  • Hot for Student: Misato-sensei, if you go for her route.
  • Hot for Teacher: Yuuji if taking Misato's route, Sumiyoshi regardless.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Quite a few, since both Yuuji's former-inn house and Rei's house have them.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Misaki and Kozue will give Yuuji one of these ultimatums in the other's routes.
  • Informed Flaw: Saki is not flat-chested.
  • Insult to Rocks: After talking to the vice prinicpal, Takeaki tells Yuuji that he's insulting snakes by comparing them to the vice principal.
  • Jerk Ass:
  • Kissing Cousins: Saki's route.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "This isn't one of this dating simulator games, you know?"
  • Last-Name Basis: Most of the characters call Yuuji by his surname, Tachibana, even when in a relationship. The exceptions are Saki and Uncle Takeaki, presumably because they share the same surname. Mr Kataoka even refers to Yuuji and Saki collectively as "Tachibana times two" at one point.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: While watching a movie he starred in, Yuuji finds hearing his voice quite weird. So does the player - this is the only time his lines are actually voiced.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Sumiyoshi.
    Sumiyoshi: (abruptly) "Totally uncensored nude big-breasted blonde girls rubbing sun oil on each other."
    Yuuji: "You know, sometimes I wonder why I even hang out with you."
  • Love Dodecahedron
  • Love Triangle:
    • Between Misaki, Yuuji, and Kozue in Kozue's route.
    • A short one between Misaki, Yuuji, and Saki in Misaki's route.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Rei's Mahjong quiz is one if you don't have knowledge of Mahjong or aren't using a guide.
  • Manchild: Misato Souya is pretty close, with generous helpings of The Ditz.
  • Meganekko: Rei.
  • Megaton Punch: Saki dispenses these liberally, especially to Sumiyoshi.
  • New Transfer Student: Yuuji.
  • No Accounting for Taste: The protagonist's parents are a pretty uncouth sort, and they don't seem to be paying so much attention to each other in Hawaii as to the sexy locals. But hey, maybe that's their kink.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When everyone gets drunk, Yuuji has to fend them off. When Yuuji gets drunk . . . well, no one wants to tell him what he did.
    • There's a later incident, too, when Mr. Kataoka goes to visit a bedridden Sumiyoshi. The only sounds heard are Sumi's screaming and Kataoka's calls of "OH YES, OH YES, I'M COMING". And then Sumiyoshi stopped going to class for a while.
  • The Ojou: Kozue Hiyama.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    Kozue: "The name of the plan is "Force the Half-Hearted Lovers to go on a Date"."
    Rei: "That's not a very creative name."
    Kozue: "I don't care if you like the name or not."
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Yuuji, our main character.
  • Parental Abandonment: Played for laughs.
  • Porn Stash: Yuuji has one, but Sumiyoshi treats his like a hobby. Saki teases them about it (and secretly keeps a collection of her own).
  • Rape as Drama:
    • The first ero-scene between Yuuji and Kozue comes uncomfortably close to this.
    • Then the next H-scene takes the same event and turns it into Black Comedy Rape when she goes to show him a video and instead accidentally puts in the one of them doing it.
  • Reality Ensues: On Misato's route once it is discovered by the school that she is having a sexual relationship with her student nothing can be done to save her job. Likely only the Vice Principal's fear for the school's reputation kept her from facing criminal charges and never being able to teach again.
  • Running Gag:
    • As long as Yuuji lives with Saki and Takeaki he's never going to wake up peacefully, unless the Rule of Funny says it's time to turn the tables. And then he'll go back to waking up with elbow drops and practical jokes.
    • Another running gag is Yuuji's dad's ability to predict exactly how his son reacts to his videos and making preemptive arrangements. This becomes a plot point in Saki's route.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Kozue appears to be this at first, but that is partly due to her inferiority complex to her "Love Interest".
  • Ship Tease: In Kozue's route, even Saki has to admit Sumiyoshi said something impressive. While blushing furiously.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slice of Life
  • Smoking Is Cool: Rei. At least, that's how it comes across to Yuuji. She herself begs to differ.
  • Snow Means Love: Seeing as the game plays in the snowy winter of Hokkaido, this comes logically.
  • Stalking Is Love: Kozue goes to some pretty extreme measures to photograph or film Misaki (and Yuuji if he starts dating her).
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Every response Yuuji or one of his friends has about his father's tapes is predicted by Yuuji's father when he records them. He even knew when Yuuji chose Saki over the other girls despite not having any possible way of knowing and having no hints.
  • True Companions: The game's a bit unusual - instead of the love interests being, for the most part, strangers to one another, all the girls (and Sumiyoshi) are already pretty close-knit friends.
  • Tsundere: Saki Tachibana.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Saki has this one after being filed as the Titless Twintail Monster and mocked relentlessly for it.
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  • Women Drivers: Misato-sensei is not the best of drivers. Likely a side effect of being The Ditz. This exchange, late in Misaki's route:
    Rei: (after stepping out of Misato-sensei's car) "We should have died three times there..."
    Kozue: "No, four times..."
    Yuuji: "I had no idea cars could go sideways like that..."
  • Wrestler in All of Us:
    • Saki uses quite an impressive amount of wrestling moves on our poor main character - the German Suplex along with her favourite, the Elbow Drop.
    • It apparently runs in the family, as Saki's dad Takeaki says he fell in love with her mom "the very moment she locked me in her triangle chokehold."
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rei. Probably dyed, since all other characters have natural hair colours.

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