|Year||Second Year (High School)|
|Love Interest||Sara Kitajima|
|Relatives||Sara Kitajima (cousin)|
|First Appearance||Watashi no Ōji-sama|
|Latest Appearance||Shirayuki no Kishi|
Kaede Kitajima (北嶋 楓 Kitajima Kaede? ) is a fictional character from the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo series. She is a second year high school student and an extremely shy and fairly nerdy girl. She is also Sara's cousin and she is in love with her. She is very supportive with Sara's job and even scolds her when she says she is quitting her job. She serves as the main protagonist of the second and fourth games, narrating both stories.
She is often seen braiding her maroon-tinted hair and wearing glasses over her purple eyes in order not to stand out from people around her. Her choice of clothes also tends to place more emphasis on function over form and to be modest overall. Hidden beneath that nerdy facade, however, is a comely face and a well-endowed body, the latter easily rivaling those of senior students and even younger teachers (such as Takako Suminoe).
Sara remembers Kaede as her "prince"- a chivalrous soul who stood by her, protected her from bullies, and brought her out of isolation and into the croud during their childhood. Since the day Sara had to leave with her family and the subsequent loss of communications, however, Kaede had slowly forgotten about that aspect of herself- at the beginning of the second game. Kaede had become extremely shy and fairly nerdish, actively avoiding anything that might attract any sort of attention. Nevertheless, even while working behind the scenes she proved herself to be capable as well as trustworthy, virtues that did not go unnoticed and earned her the position of Class Representative (two years in a row upon the beginning of the second game). She is also shown to be on fairly good terms with Yuuna Matsubara, the chairperson of student council.
As Sara returns to her life, her personality gradually recovers those chivalrous qualities thanks to the help of Sara, becoming outgoing and also slightly more perverted (when alone with Sara) in the process. Despite still being somewhat easy to get embarrassed when in front of the public, she also becomes more willing to change her image to keep Sara happy and entertained- Kaede ultimately complies with Sara's every request that would establish her princely image despite it invariably makes her beauty visible and therefore attracts attention, and in a later drama CD she even puts on a black lace undergarment set that Sara comments to have given off the feel of a "queen" rather than that of a "prince" (not that Sara is complaining so long as she gets to be Kaede's "princess"). Regardless of the character development, however, Kaede remains protective of Sara at all times, initially reluctant to be near Sara after their reunion only due to her mistaken impression that Sara no longer needs her.
- Watashi no Ōji-sama
- Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
- Itoshisa no Photograph
- Kuchibiru to Kiss de Tsubuyaite
- Anato wo Suki na Shiawase
- Michael no Otome-tachi
- Shirayuki no Kishi