A week ago I posted a tweet that said something along the lines of “If Sono Hanabira were to get a PG-13 anime adaptation, it would be like Sakura Trick.” There are others who also noticed the similarities and I figured I’d elaborate.
Sono Hanabira ni Kichizuke wo focuses more on the dating part rather than the “falling in love process”. That process is automatically included and is the end result. Every couple introduced in the series had the same mission statement: “We’re together now. Let’s see if our feelings are strong enough to last the test of time”. The couples hook up quickly and get intimate just as quick. Once both girls confirm their feelings are truthful, it’s a life full of joy, fun times and lovemaking. They become intimate relatively quickly and the journey of discoering the purest form of love between women (With some spicy mamacita on mamacita action thrown into the mix) is the main selling point of the series and the reason why fans continue supporting all couples, old and new.
Now based on the SH series concept description above and what both newcomers and yuri nation members who have read parts of the first volume have seen, what is the main concept of Sakura Trick? The exact same thing as Sono Hanabira.
Sakura Trick is a run of the mill school life/slice of life Girls Club anime with the yuri meter ramped up to maximum output. Sono Hanabira is the same thing, with some included uncensored love scenes (minus the holy garden of Eden of course).
Let’s get the first similarity out of the way. Both series have an average-moderate degree of fanservice. Believe it or not, the fanservice in ST, as far as anime go, is not lewd enough to be rated R. A PG-13 Sonohana anime would could the love scenes and have the same amount of fanservice. Look up any SH CG and most of the non-sex scenes will be moderately lewd in one way or another. It’s the basic modern day anime practice: If the original source has sexy, busty women, take advantage of that.
There’s also the similarities in the humor and affectionate moments on both SH and ST. Both are cute and fluffy series that sprinkle some moments of legitimate affection from the girls without it getting angsty. The dramatic moments are done well enough to be taken seriously and see that the feelings expressed by the girls on both series for one another are genuine. Trust me on this one.
It’s just like I see Eris in Kotone and maybe a little bit of Shizuku in Shizuku. The chemistry of the charismatic and playful bishoujo and the timid girl with the usually “upset” expression can be seen in both. I initially thought of them as similar to Mai and Reo but after thinking about it and thanks to my peeps’ observations, they’re more like my beloved duo of Eris and Shizuku.
In the end, Sakura Trick, both manga and anime, remind me of Sono Hanabira in almost every way. The humor, flow of the romance, the fluff, the fanservice, all of it feels identical. Obviously SH is a softcore eroge series and primarily uses still images but I can easily see an animated version flowing similarly as the ST anime adaptation. Agree or disagree? You know what to do.