is a 25-episode anime series based on the video game franchise of the same name
, released in 2000.
Now has a recap page
Sakura Wars 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: Sakura receives one from Sumire at the end of the first episode after destroying the Kobu.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: In the first 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 game series' protagonist, doesn't even appear at all until the fourth episode.
- Neck Lift: In the first 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.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Ayame, mainly due to her not making a Face-Heel Turn here.