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Sakura Wars (2001)

Sakura taisen: Katsudou shashin (original title)
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Following in the aftermath of a terrible Demon-Human war, turn of the century Japan is preparing a new fighting force in case the demons decide to return. A squadron of giant robots are ... See full summary »


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Ohji Hiroi (creator) (as Ôji Hiroi), Wendee Lee (adr script) | 6 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chisa Yokoyama ... Sakura Shinguji (voice)
Michie Tomizawa ... Sumire Kanazaki (voice)
Urara Takano Urara Takano ... Maria Tachibana (voice)
Kumiko Nishihara Kumiko Nishihara ... Iris Chateaubriand (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Ri Kohran (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kanna Kirishima (voice)
Ai Orikasa ... Ayame Fujieda (voice)
Masaru Ikeda Masaru Ikeda ... Ikki Yoneda (voice)
Akio Suyama Akio Suyama ... Ichirô Ohgami (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ... Haruyoshi Tanuma (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Yokihiko Ota (voice)
Kyôko Hikami ... Tsubaki Takamura (voice)
Kazue Ikura ... Leni Milchstraße (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Yoritsune Hanakoji (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Yuichi Kayama (voice)


Following in the aftermath of a terrible Demon-Human war, turn of the century Japan is preparing a new fighting force in case the demons decide to return. A squadron of giant robots are built to be controlled by the spirit of the pilot, but it is discovered that the only people with sufficient spirit are young women. After recruiting a team of youths from around the world, the Japanese government decides to keep them a secret by disguising them as a theater troupe, thus requiring them to spend as much time memorizing Shakespeare as they do on military training. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for images of violence | See all certifications »


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lyrics by Ohji Horoi
Music by Kôhei Tanaka
Arrangement by Masami Iwamura
Performed by Chisa Yokoyama
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A must-see for Sakura Wars fans
23 March 2000 | by paulchiSee all my reviews

Sakura Wars is generally an action/adventure type of anime, with more of a light-hearted tone than a serious one. The DVD contains all four episodes of the first Sakura Wars OVA series. Episodes 1-3 take place before the time of the Sega Saturn game, and deal with the recruiting of the Imperial Floral Assault Group (a team of girls who do battle in steam-powered mecha to protect Japan from demons) and their early days together. Episode 4 seems to take place sometime during the Saturn game, after Captain Oogami Ichirou's arrival.

It's been said that the Sakura Wars anime isn't very approachable to those not already familiar with its setting and characters. This may be true, but if you played and liked the Saturn game, you will enjoy every minute of the OVAs. The dubbing is fairly good, although some characters (Maria Tachibana, Iris Chateaubriand, and Ri Kouran) speak with accents which may not be too pleasant on the ears. However, I prefer watching with subtitles (on the DVD, the subtitles can be turned on or off).

In short, if you liked the Saturn game, you must see this series of videos. If you haven't played the game, you might not find Sakura Wars to be very fulfilling... or you might be inspired to track down the video games. :)

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