We are finally done reflecting on the anime of 2017 and now it is time to get into some new lists. To start us off, I am look at my 5 favourite uses of cherry blossoms in anime. These flowers are just adorable and are incredibly prolific so I am absolutely certain that you all have your own favourite scene from an anime so please feel free to share in the comments below. While I started off the list with some fairly standard pretty flowers, I think the ones that stick are a little out of the ordinary.
As an added note, for those that don’t know, the Cherry Blossom symbolises how fragile and yet beautiful life is (that’s an oversimplification but you get the point). It is a fantastic flower to show transitions in one’s life which is probably why so many anime start with them.
Please Note – Some spoilers below.
Honourable mention this week goes to every high school anime ever that starts with the main character walking under cherry blossoms to get to school.
Number 5: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
I’d be lying if I didn’t point out that this was the moment I thought of writing this list. I probably could have picked some scenes out of the original Cardcaptor just as easily, but this scene of Sakura on her way to school was gorgeous. It perfectly captured the feel of the old Cardcaptor while showing us just how visually impressive this new series was going to be.
Number 4: Your Lie In April
No surprise at all given the symbolic meaning and the season that cherry blossoms feature heavily early on in this show. While it doesn’t have the same magical quality as the scene in Cardcaptor, these scenes are absolutely perfect in setting up the relationship between the two main characters and the inevitable ending in Your Lie in April. It might not be subtle symbolism, but is is affective.
Number 3: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
What to do when you want to film and it isn’t the season for cherry blossoms? Just hope your director is also a god and you’ll be just fine. While the SOS brigade are shooting their movie, in addition to causing one of the group to shoot a lazer from her eye, creating white pigeons and a talking cat, Haruhi causes the cherry blossoms to bloom out of season. It is a bizarre series of events that are all undone when Kyon gets her to declare that the film is a work of fiction but it was an interesting use of cherry blossoms.
Number 2: Nurarihyon no Mago
Nurarihyon features one cherry blossom tree very prominently in the Nura Clan’s family compound. It gets used a lot throughout the series’ run time but we’ll see it often as Riko stares at it in his human form when he is thinking and when he is in his yokai form he sits on one of the branches in the tree looking down. Nura’s grandfather is also regularly seen near the tree. Additionally, there’s also a ‘secret’ technique used by the family that includes using saki and a sakura petal and ends with all the enemies incinerated.
Number 1: Bleach
I came to the conclusion fairly early on that there is really no way to show just how impressive Byakuya’s bankai really is so if you have never watched Bleach you really should just for this attack. The first time we see it is when Ichigo pretty much goads Byakuya into releasing his bankai and after the usual condescending remarks Byakuya literally lets go of his sword and in its place, after a very impressive entrance, we have thousands of blades scattered that Byakuya controls (and yes, they look just like cherry blossoms). What makes this technique particularly brilliant, other than looking gorgeous, is that it can be used for attack and defense and when he uses his hands he can increase the speed of the blades. Basically, anyone besides the protagonist is going down fast once Byakuya brings out this move.
Time for you to share your favourite appearance of cherry blossoms in an anime.
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16 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: Appearances of Cherry Blossoms in Anime”
Everything from Cardcaptor Sakura, which seems fitting.
Your Lie in April has beautiful cherry blossoms. It perfectly blends with the sentiments of the series. Great list! If I were to put the titles in order, I would place CCS in number 1. It shows a perfect sakura scenery that resembles the real world.
CCS is definitely beautiful and it does look very realistic.
TIME TO NERD OUT!!!
I like the use of the sakura flower petals in Cardcaptor.
I HAVE A THOERY!!
The the flower petals in the Flower Card episode represent the negative feelings Samantha (dub name) had towards Avalon, which is why everyone starts ‘drowning in them’.
The source of the flower is a young, cheerful girl who is happy to see Sakura. Represents the mother.
-exits before he goes crazy-
Awww..no mention of Clannad?
I kind of grouped Clannad in with the honourable mention of every school anime that starts under cherry blossoms. That said, they are kind of gorgeous in that anime.
They are indeed gorgeous
Well…probably won’t be a very big suprise what my favorite appearance is going to be: You already named it 😊😊 It was Your Lie in April. It was very beautiful. And as you say, it had such a symbolic meaning which made it even more powerful 😊
It would have been hard to write this list without including YLIA.
Yes…I’m so glad Byakuya made the list. He’s not even one of my favourite Bleach characters, but his bankai is simply too splendid…
His bankai is amazing. One of the prettiest. Also not one of my favourite characters because he’s kind of jerk to start off with. Still, I love when he gets serious enough to use his bankai.
One of my favorite things about anime is how they stay close to the Japanese scenery and make it really close to the actual setting.
I know. While I love fantasy settings and the like, I sometimes really enjoy seeing scenery and just seeing how close to real it is.
Sakura and Your Lie in April have some really beautiful cherry blossoms. Unfortunately I haven’t watched the other titles =/