Sakura Wars is a 25 episode anime series by Madhouse* based on the video game franchise of the same name, released in 2000. Currently licensed by Sentai Filmworks.Now has a recap page.
Sakura Wars TV contains examples of the following tropes:
- Allergic to Evil: When she senses the coming of Crimson Miroku in Episode 5, Iris comes down with a high fever and ends up screaming in pain when she surfaces completely.
- Alternate Continuity: To the game series and the other OVAs.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: A non-humourous example. Sakura receives one from Sumire at the end of the first episode after wrecking the Kobu.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: In the 1st episode; if Sakura had simply waited for the other members of the Hanagumi to calm down after accidentally ruining their play like Yoneda suggested instead of just rushing in and trying to apologize, things probably would have gone a lot more smoothly.
- Birthday Episode: Episode 12 focuses on Sakura and the others trying to throw Iris the first real birthday party she's ever had.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to the video games, especially the first few episodes.
- Demoted to Extra: Sakura is the main protagonist of the show. Ogami, the protagonist of the first four games, doesn't even appear at all until the fourth episode.
- Fan Disservice: Anything related to Crimson Miroku after she's Back from the Dead. It's extremely unsettling to see her with her robes open, her hair down, a crazy look in her eyes...
- Neck Lift: In the 1st episode, Maria performs one on Sakura, though she picks her up by the front of her kimono rather than her actual neck.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: On her first day, Sakura gets off on the wrong foot with the other members of the Hanagumi, and her attempts to patch things up with the others just end up making the situation worse until the end of the episode, where, after one screw-up too many, Sumire kicks her out of the troop entirely. By the end of the next episode, however, Sakura proves herself to the others and is accepted back.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had that Wakiji not attacked Tokyo in the second episode, Sakura wouldn't have been able to prove herself to be capable of helping defend Tokyo and wouldn't have been accepted back into Flower Division.
- The Ophelia: Miroku becomes this when she's revived by Satan Aoi.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Ayame, mainly due to her not making a Face–Heel Turn here.