Characters: Sakura Wars

This page encompasses the characters appearing in the Sakura Taisen video game series, as well as those in spinoff media.

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    Sakura Taisen I Characters 

Sakura Shinguuji

Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English Dub voice in both Sakura Wars V and Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Teenaged Country Mouse Samurai.

Sumire Kanzaki

Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English Dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Rich Bitch and Lonely Rich Kid, naginata expert and heiress of the family which developed the kohbu armor.

Maria Tachibana

Voiced by: Urara Takano (Japanese), Jane Alan (English dub of The Movie)
Ice-cold Russian gun expert. The Lancer, and former commander of the Hanagumi. She was a combat veteran of the Russian Civil War.

  • Broken Bird: Due to her experience in the civil war in Imperial Russia.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Russian, half Japanese.
  • Child Soldier: While most members in the flower division are in their mid-to-late teens or early twenties, Maria stands out as being a veteran of the Russian Revolution at 19.
  • Cold Sniper
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Floral Theme Naming: ("Tachibana" oranges.)
  • Good Is Not Nice: Due to her being traumatized from her experiences during the Russian Revolution and following Civil War in 1917.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kuudere
  • Lady of War
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Takes advantage of this by portraying male roles when needed in theater plays alongside Kanna.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair always covers her left eye.
  • Quickly Demoted Woman: (Could be one or both. She starts the series as the team captain in both the OVA and the TV series, but is quickly replaced by Ohgami. In the OVA she stepped down voluntarily, even citing her gender as a reason. In the TV series, she is much more resentful of Ohgami's promotion, but the reason for her demotion seems to be her lack of empathy and inability to pull the team together, not possession of a second X chromosome).
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Uses an Enfield Number 2 Mark 1 revolver as her main weapon.
  • Second Love: Can possibly have this with Ohgami if her route is pursued during the games. Her first love interest, Yuri, was killed during the Russian Revolution.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Is haunted from the experience of fighting in the Russian Civil War.
  • Shoot the Bullet: Maria tries this as a party trick in the OVA series — she calls it "Kampai (Cheers)".
  • Soviet Russia, Ukraine, and So On: Stated as being born in Kiev—though because of the game's setting, Maria was born prior to Soviet national delimination and the acknowledgement of distinctive identities in the former Russian Empire (and by the standards of the time, may be correctly referred to in generic terms as (little) Russian.).
  • Surprisingly Good English: Justified that she lived in America as a mafia gangster after the conclusion of the Russian Civil War. Her seiyu, Urara Takano, can speak it fluently too.
  • The Stoic
  • Tomboy: To Ratchet and Glycine's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere

Vicomtesse Iris de Chateaubriand

Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Nine years old, French, and the most powerful telekinetic/telepath/teleporter on Earth. Even more of a Lonely Rich Kid than Sumire.

Li Kohran

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English Dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Chinese Gadgeteer Genius Meganekko with a Kansai accent.

Kanna Kirishima

Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English dub of The Movie)
Okinawan karate champion. A Boisterous Bruiser and a Gentle Giant.

  • American Accents: Has a heavy New York City accent in the English dub of the TV series. Averted in later dubs of the movie.
  • Badass: Easily the strongest of the Hanagumi physically. Her debut shows her holding a heavy pillar that almost crushes Ohgami with one hand!
  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Kanna's known to do this.
  • Bifauxnen: Some might at first mistake her for a "he" instead of a "she".
  • Bokukko
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Floral Theme Naming: (Canna lilies; paulownia trees — "Kiri" in Japanese — and/or the "Kirishima" azalea.)
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Her Kohbu fights using its bare robot hands.
    • Kanna also uses this when on foot, since she was trained to fight with karate.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Totally didn't seem to mind Ohgami walking into the showers when she's in it.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Takes advantage of this by portraying male roles when needed in theater plays alongside Maria.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Never seen without her white headband.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: Kanna's greatest fear in the world. (Justified, as Okinawa is home to the habu, one of the most venomous species of snakes in the country - and with a nasty habit of getting into people's houses in search of rats to eat.)

Ichiro Ohgami

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English Dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Wars V)
The young, recently-commissioned Imperial Japanese Navy officer who finds himself in charge of this motley band. Depending on which medium you watch/view, Ogami is sometimes not "the" protagonist.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Sumire calls him "Ensign Ogawa". Let's say that he tried to turn the tables on her before it failed...
  • Accidental Pervert: You lucky bastard you!!
    • Indoor Bath Peeping: "My body is moving on its own toward the baths..." (Optional. It rarely ends well.)
  • Almighty Janitor: His cover outside of the Teikokukagekidan is a normal ticket-clipper. Heck, in the end credits of the Sakura Taisen 2 OVA, we even see him cleaning up the stage!
  • Badass: In the anime, he was the only one able to keep up with Kanna during a Training from Hell episode with no handicap (they were both wearing iron getas).
  • But Thou Must: Ogami was not allowed to turn down his post with the Imperial Assault Force in the manga.
  • Dual Wielding: Does this with dual katanas.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the types of responses the player can make as Ohgami. Which is lampshaded in Project X Zone when he gets into a conversation with Batsu.
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy before he took a covert post with the Imperial Assault Force.
  • Passing the Torch / You Are in Command Now: He becomes the new commanding officer of the Imperial Assault Force after Yoneda decides to retire after the events of Sakura Taisen 4.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Ogami thinks that his superiors in the academy gave him the Imperial Assault Force covert post in the manga version was because he was the one responsible for leading a team of officer cadets against a steam tank, despite the fact that it was a win by technical count.
  • Second Love: To Maria or Hanabi, if either of their routes during the games are pursued.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ogami, Oogami, Ohgami, or Ohkami? Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love and Project X Zone use 'Ogami'.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Ohgami does this a lot (Mostly in the manga) after he finds out that he's in charge of taking people's tickets and "ruins" his first night on the job. Doubles as a CMOF if you like.
  • Those Two Guys: With Kayama when they were both officer cadets.
  • White Gloves: Wears them as part of his IJN uniform.

Ikki Yoneda

Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (Japanese), David Orozco (English dub of The Movie)
A retired General who work as both commander-in-chief for the Hanagumi and manager of the theater. Retires after the end of Sakura Taisen 4.

  • A Father to His Men: Holds true with him throughout the franchise.
  • Distressed Dude: In the movie, he was kidnapped by Patrick Hamilton and held hostage by Brent Furlong.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tried in TV series and the fourth game. It didn't work.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army before he took a covert post with the Imperial Assault Force. He served in the Russo-Japanese War and in the short-lived Demon Wars in Japan.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: In his introduction, he bitterly tells Ohgami in druken stupor:
    '"A hero? No kid; I'm just a filthy old bastard who got badges for murdering a lot of people."''
  • Passing the Torch: He passes the position of commander to Ogami after the events of Sakura Taisen 4.
  • Put on a Bus: See Passing the Torch for more details.
    • The Bus Came Back: He appeared in the events of Dramatic Dungeon, taking a support role.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this within the ranks of the Imperial Assault Force.
  • Russo-Japanese War: Is a known IJA veteran of the war, since he served most of his career there.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His sorrow and regretful attitude towards the blood spilt during his career pretty much is the cause of the below-trope.
  • The Alcoholic: He seems to never appear anywhere without sake bottle.
  • The Brigadier: Is a Lieutenant General in the IJA.
  • The Captain: Obviously...

Ayame Fujieda

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese)
Yoneda's Number Two. She fought alongside Yoneda, Shinguji Kazama, and Yamazaki Shinnoshike in the demon war 10 years before the event of first game. She serves in the theater as a talent scout, which covers her actual role in the Imperial Assault Force.

Wind Division

Yuri voiced by: Yuki Masuda (Japanese), Lynn Fischer (English dub of The Movie)
Kasumi voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English dub of The Movie)
Tsubaki voiced by: Kyoko Hikami (Japanese), Philece Sampler (English dub of The Movie)
Also called "The Three Girls of the Imperial Opera", they are in charge of transportation and behind the frontlines support for Imperial Fighting Troupe. Their members are: Yuri Sakakibara, Kasumi Fuji, and Tsubaki Takamura.


Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (Japanese)
The leader of the Hive of Darkness and a demon general.

Aoi Satan

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese)
Tenkai's lieutenant and one of the four Lords of Death.

Crimson Miroku

Voiced by: Yumi Hikata (Japanese)
One of the four Lords of Death and the only female among them.

Jade Setsuna

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)
One of the four Lords of Death. Setsuna appears as a male human 10-year old child. Cunning and manipulative, Setsuna targets his victims' weaknesses before he strikes.

Silver Rasetsu

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (The Other Darrin for Hideaki Ono)
One of the four Lords of Death. A tall, muscular brute with chalk-white skin and an orange mohawk, Rasetsu prefers to cause outright destruction and mayhem. He is the younger brother of Setsuna.

    Sakura Taisen II Characters 
Note that, in addition to the below characters, the protagonists of the original game make return appearances.

Orihime Soletta

Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English Dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Volatile half-Italian/half-Japanese spitfire with an intense dislike of Japanese men. She used to be stationed in the Star Division in Europe alongside Leni, Subaru and Ratchet before she was relocated to Japan with Leni.

Leni Milchstrasse (Reni)

Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (Japanese), Mona Marshall (English Dub of Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Quiet and introspective German girl who seems to be hiding an old but powerful trauma. She used to be stationed in the Star Division in Europe alongside Orihime, Subaru and Ratchet before she was relocated to Japan with Orihime.

Kaede Fujieda

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Lia Sargent (English dub of The Movie)
Ayame's younger sister, she replaces Ayame as Deputy Commander, and as Yoneda's Number Two after the first game. She is seen as the more "Independent" and less conservative of the two. During her time in Europe prior to the events of the first Sakura Taisen game, Kaede was the only commanding officer of the Star Division before it was forced to be disbanded.

Like Ayame, Kaede's cover in the theater is to serve as a talent scout.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She takes out a IJA officer at the Imperial Assault Force's Goraigo in the movie by using a karate chop on his shoulder near his neck after he begins to threaten Kanna with a pistol, ordering her to stand down.
  • Changing of the Guard: Is forced to take on the role of CO in the Imperial Assault Force due to Ayame's death after Kaede returns back from Europe. She gets used to it eventually.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Is an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army. And like Ayame, she still maintains her allegiance with it.
  • Nice Girl: Kaede's a nice woman like Ayame before her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Kaede is this alongside Yoneda in the Imperial Assault Force.
  • Sexy Mentor: Shares this trope with her older sister, Ayame.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Doesn't help that her voice actor is Ai Orikasa, who also voiced Ayame Fujieda in the Japanese release. This is averted in the various language releases (e.g. English, Russian) of the franchise released outside of Asia.
  • White Gloves: Sometimes wear them when she's in her IJA uniform in an Imperial Assault Force operation.
  • You Are in Command Now: Took command of the Imperial Assault Force alongside Yoneda after the death of her older sister Ayame.

Yuichi Kayama

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Steve Blum (English dub of The Movie), Keith Silverstein (English dub of Sakura Wars V: So Long My Love)
A friend of Ogami's from the naval academy. He is in command of the Moon Division, the reconnaissance and intelligence unit for the Hanagumi. He has a tendency to show up out of nowhere and in the weirdest places. He’ll generally show up to give Ogami some advice after strumming his guitar, on which he only knows how to play a single chord. It's implied in the games that Kayama is paired with Kaede.

In Sakura Wars V: So Long My Love, he helps Ogami's nephew, Shinjiro, adjust to life in NY. Also runs a shop called Romando, where special photographs can be obtained if a player puts in the right codes during the "A Free & Easy Day In NY" mode.

  • Katanas Are Just Better: Uses a katana as his main weapon when frees Leni and Orihime in the events of Sakura Taisen 3.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy before he took a covert post with the Imperial Assault Force.
  • Ninja: Acts and dresses like one. At least in the manga adaptation.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a white suit with a black-and-white tie.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: He hits on Peppermint at one point. Little does he realize that Peppermint is actually Shinjiro.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ogami back in their officer cadet days.
  • White Gloves: Part of his IJN uniform.

Rose Division

Kotone voiced by: Kazuki Yao (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English Dub of The Movie)
Kikunojō voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese)
Yokihiko voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English Dub of the Movie)

A group of three highly effeminate males members of the army who are flamboyant and over-the-top, and provide the second game with a major source of comic relief. Their members are: Kotone Seiryūin, Kikunojō Oka and Yokihiko Ōta

  • Camp Gay: Especially Yokihiko
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kikunojō Oka
  • Large Ham: Yokihiko. It is demonstarted in his scene in the movie.
  • Power Trio: Kotone as the squad leader, Kikunojō as the small dude, and Yokihiko as the big dude.


Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (Japanese)
The supposed leader of the Black Demon Society. He is actually Sakura's father, Kazuma, who died in the Demon Wars, and was resurrected by Kyogoku.


Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese)
A high-level member of the Black Demon Society. His element is metal.


Voiced by: Joji Yanami (Japanese)
A high-level member of the Black Demon Society. His element is wood.


Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese)
A high-level member of the Black Demon Society. Her element is earth.


Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese)
A high-level member of the Black Demon Society. His element is fire.


Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese)
A high-level member of the Black Demon Society. Her element is water.

Keigo Kyogoku

Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (Japanese)
A powerful general in the Imperial Army and the true leader of the Black Demon Society.

    Sakura Taisen III Characters 

Erica Fontaine

Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English dubbed OVAs released by FUNimation)
Novitiate nun by day; cabaret dancer by night; power-armored soldier in secret; cute, clumsy, and friendly 24/7. Was the first member of the Paris Assault Force to be recruited by the Grand-Mère after she saw her spiritual powers at work.

Glycine Bleumer

Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English dubbed OVAs released by FUNimation)

The only heir of the Bleumer family in Paris, she was the second member to be recruited into the Paris Assault Force after she met Erica in the city streets. She is proud of her heritage and wishes to do her part to contribute to French society to make it a better and prosperous country for everyone.


Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Monica Rial (English dubbed OVAs released by FUNimation)
A young girl with origins from French-administered Annam in Southeast Asia, which is modern-day Vietnam, she was adopted and raised in a French circus. Coquelicot is known to the public as a magician in a circus group called "Circus De Europe". She routinely travels to downtown Paris to take food leftovers in order to feed them to the animals. She was the next girl to be recruited by Ogami into the ranks of the Paris Assault Force. After the death of the original "Circus De Europe" ringmaster, Coquelicot took over as the next ringmaster and performs there and at the Les Chattes Noires whenever they needed a magician to perform as her "official" cover.

Lobelia Carlini

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese)
A thief who became known as the "greatest villain of Paris", earning a thousand-year sentence for her crimes (said to constitute 80% of the criminal activity in the city). Recruited by the Paris Flower Division as a Boxed Crook.

Hanabi Kitaouji

Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (Japanese)
The only daughter of Masamichi Kitaoji, a Japanese baron with ties to France, and a French mother. Hanabi was friends with Glycine when they started to attend boarding school together prior to her father's journey back to Japan. She's always seen in public wearing a black dress while visiting a public cemetary. Hanabi was the last girl to be recruited by Ogami into the Paris Assault Force.

  • Archery: Thanking to reading up on Japanese women during her time in France, Hanabi is trained properly to fight enemies with archery. She specializes specifically in Kyudo with a Yumi whenever she's on foot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Quiet Ones: Hanabi when she's armed with a Yumi or when she's on her Kohbu-F.
  • Blue Blood: Her family, especially since her father is a noble with the rank of Baron.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her father is a Japanese noble and her mother is from France.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before the events of Sakura Taisen 3, Hanabi was engaged to Frenchman named Philippe, who died at sea when the ship he was on sank. Glycine was the one responsible for telling Ogami about this in Sakura Taisen 3.
  • Death Seeker: Initially wants to die so she could be with Phillipe. Her chapter revolves around her realizing that she has to live for the sake of others.
  • Driven to Suicide: She tries jumping off a bridge before being intercepted by Ogami.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Hanabi" is both a type of hydrangea and a homophone for the Japanese word for fireworks — "fire flowers".
  • Lady of War
  • Meaningful Name: "Tatamize Jeune" means literally "Japanese girl" in French.
  • Second Love: Can possibly have this with Ohgami if her route is pursued during the games. Nearly heads into full-fledged Romancing the Widow territory as Hanabi was engaged before her fiancé drowned.
  • Secret Identity: She's known to the patrons and the staff (those not involved with the force) in Les Chattes Noires as "Tatamize Jeune".
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's more of one than any of the girls in the original, possibly because she spent most of her life in France. She learned the way a Japanese woman is supposed to act largely from books.

Grand Mere (Isabel Lilac)

Noromichi Sakomizu

Officially known to the public as the Japanese ambassador to France, he is sent by Tokyo to assist the French government in creating the Paris Assault Force. His "official" position with the PAF is the station chief of the unit, as well as the station chief of the Arc de Triomphe. He was responsible for arranging Ogami's arrival in France under the cover of an international student.

  • Ambadassador / Retired Badass: Was formerly with the Imperial Japanese Navy before he joined the diplomatic corp as the Japanese ambassador to France.
  • Cold Sniper: Is one when he shoots an anti-spirit bullet at Lobelia in order to paralyze her before she was taken into custody by Paris Prefectural police officers.
    Sakomizu: "Actually my aim was off. My intention was to kill. ... If my first shot failed to put her down, I doubt I would have lived to take the second. After all, I do value my own life."
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Was a former officer in the IJN.
  • Red Baron: Known as "Sakomizu the Steel Wall" to everyone in the Imperial Japanese military.

Mell Raison

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (Japanese)

Ci Caprice

Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), Luci Christian (English dubbed OVAs released by FUNimation)

Kojiro Akechi

Miki Akechi


Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
A short, rabbit-like humanoid who prefers to attack with a giant pair of scissors. He dislikes seeing people happy and being called "Rabbit". Ciseaux appears to have control over rabbits of all sorts, though he appears satisfied with causing small-scale damage.


Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka
A deceptively beautiful woman from the Middle East whose face turns snake-like when angry or excited.


Voiced by: Yoshisada Sakaguchi (Japanese)
An eye-patch wearing, lion-like humanoid who is obsessed with nobility to the point of believing that he himself was the only one worthy being called a noble. Arrogant and condescending, Leon gives little thought to the lives of "common people".


Voiced by: Yuri Amano (Japanese)
A scorpion-themed thief obsessed with works of art, Nadel enjoys "improving" priceless paintings by slashing them to ribbons.

Masque de Corbeau

Voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (Japanese)
A mysteriously dramatic and overly dramatic man dressed in elegant black clothing a crow-like helmet.


Voiced by: Tōru Ōhira (Japanese)
A fat, blue-skinned, squid-like humanoid.


Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese)
The spirit of the city of Paris who serves as the main antagonist, Salut wishes to bring France back to its days before the Roman Empire conquered the country, in order to recreate Gaul (ancient France). Salut appears as a young girl with blonde hair dressed in a colorful jester's costume, with the left side of her face painted white.

Count Tournell

A Frenchman of upper class origin, he survived the events of the French Revolution by conducting alchemy experiments that allowed him to be immortal with plans to destroy Paris after the events of ST3.


Britain's external intelligence organization, French-based MI6 agents were deployed after the events of Sakura Taisen 3 at the behest of their government after an important item was lost by a noble with personal links to the British Royal Family, which was said to be last seen as the Les Chattes Noires. Said noble was an actual MI6 agent operating in France and they took advantage of it to launch a secret investigation into the force.

    Sakura Taisen IV Characters 

Okubo Nagayashu

The main antagonist

    Sakura Taisen V Characters 

Shinjiro Taiga

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
A young Navy Lt. from Japan who's to become the new captain of the New York Combat Revue, Star Division.

Gemini Sunrise

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)
A very cheerful cowgirl who tends to be a bit clumsy. Her master's last words brings her from Texas to New York with her fellow horse, Larry.

  • Twin Sister Instinct: Geminine is willing to follow Gemini's wish after being convinced by her in their shared body's mind to give up on revenge.
    Shinjiro: Geminine, let me your power. I know you're in there somewhere!
    Geminine: Of course I am. Together, we are one ultimate warrior. If this is Gemini's choice, then I shall follow. Witness Mifune's technique!
  • Broken Bird: Geminine. Her opinion on not being able to be born in a separate body.
  • Country Mouse
  • Crash-Into Hello: Her first meeting with Shinjiro ( if you're not counting the brief encounter with her as Geminine chasing a couple robbers) begins this way.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: By chapter 6, Geminine...
  • Demoted to Extra: Not really. Her inner sister, Geminine, is not seen or even mentioned after the events of chapter 6.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When Geminine takes over Gemini, she speaks in a more omnious and lower tone, in contrast to Gemini's upbeat and somewhat higher voice.
  • Fiery Redhead: Especially when Geminine takes over.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As Geminine, she is this between type IV and VI.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Unlike the astrological sign, the "I"s in her first name are pronounced like "E"s. Yet it's pronounced the traditional way occasionally in the English dub.
  • I Call It "Vera": Her katana, known as "Red Sun".
  • Jerkass --> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her inner sister, Geminine, is cold and distant everyone around her, but after giving up revenge, she begins to find caring onto both Gemini and Shinjiro.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Geminine seems to have this case.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: She first appeared in Sakura Taisen V: episode 0, which is a prequel action game. And it had not been localized.
  • Meaningful Name: Born on June 21, making her a Gemini. And she has a split personality, her Superpowered Evil Side Geminine.
  • Morality Pet: How her Geminine persona sees her twin sister and Shinjiro as this after giving up revenge.
  • Official Couple: She's the canon love interest for Shin.
  • Out of Focus: Geminine, after chapter 6.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It should be rather obvious who the "masked woman" is - even in New York you don't meet many teenage girls who have red hair, thick Texas accents, katana training under a Samurai master, and a freaking horse - yet somehow nobody in the STAR division except Sunnyside even wonders if there might be a connection between them until Chapter 6. Partially subverted, though, in that the truth turns out to be more complicated than a case of Gemini simply putting on a mask - see below.
  • Plucky Girl: She has the odd moment of disillusionment, but she bounces back.
  • Redheaded Hero
  • Samurai Cowboy
  • Shout-Out: Her name could be a subtle nod to the famous "Binary Sunset scene in the Star Wars' franchise.
  • Split Personality: Geminine
  • Stellar Name: Gemini.
  • The Stoic: Geminine.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: After giving up revenge, Geminine becomes this.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: She was supposed to be born a twin, but instead was born as a single person with a vestigial heart. Attached to it is Geminine, best described as a Blood Knight out for revenge. Because of this, hers is a Meaningful Name in another way.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Both at once...kind of. Her "twin" Geminine is more masculine and aspires to samurai ideals, while Gemini herself aspires to girliness. Actually, that can be a bit confusing - at one point, she's decided that she can be both classy lady and Texas cowgirl, but later declares her intent to be a "real lady."
  • Walking Spoiler: Most of the spoiler tags are for Geminine.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Katana. She is seen with a revolver, but it is never used.

Sagitta Weinberg / Cheiron Archer

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Erin Fitzgerald (English Dub)
A strong-willed lawyer who practices out of Harlem. She's very intelligent and is recognized for her exceptional perseverance, toughness, independence, and confidence.

  • Afraid of Needles: No issue with killer robots, major issues with the smallest of dogs.
  • Amoral Attorney: Of sorts, at the start. A classic example of "following the letter of the law, rather than the spirit," and damaging herself as well as the people of her hometown, until Shinjiro snaps her out of it.
  • Badass Biker: She was one of these before she became a lawyer.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Pretty aloof and horrible to Shinjiro at the start, generally warms up to him fairly quickly (provided the player isn't picking the dialogue options that tick her off). Manages to combine this with being Hot-Blooded.
    • The point where Shinjiro "breaks" her even has several sounds of ice
  • Double Entendre: If she's the character Shin pairs off with at the end, she cheerfully announces that it's a "private party" tonight, with just her and Shin. To a crowd of reporters. The final dialogue with Shinjiro is also littered with these, which go soaring merrily over his head.
  • Dub Name Change: She was named "Sagitta Weinberg" in the original Japanese version of Sakura Taisen V; she was renamed in the English dub for unknown reasons, though this may have been because her Japanese name is extremely Jewish (Weinberg is a common Jewish surname), and Sagitta is supposed to be a black Harlemite.
  • Hot-Blooded: If she's annoyed, you'll know about it.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Despite the interesting spelling, "Cheiron" is pronounced just like the name "Karen".
  • Kick the Dog: During Shinjiro's date with Ratchet, Cheiron says out loud that she's visiting him to make fun of his sick condition.
  • Knight Templar: She is truly, honestly committed to the law throughout, but until the end of her chapter she is so obsessed with legalities that she does more harm than good, having forgotten why she wanted to become a lawyer in the first place.
  • Meaningful Name: As pointed out during Chapter 2, "Cheiron" or Chiron was a centaur who taught several heroes, including Heracles and Achilles. Cheiron helped form the Centaur Crew, and she started teaching them about law and order after defeating Kokuryu.
    • "Sagitta" alludes to both the constellation Sagitta (the arrow), and the constellation and zodiac sign of Sagittarius (the archer). Sagitta is depicted as a centaur, and the gang she formed to protect Harlem was called the Centaurs. The constellation is also occasionally conflated with Cheiron's mythology (who is more properly represented by Centaurus).
  • My Greatest Failure: Her backstory: One of her friends was wrongfully arrested, due in part to Cheiron's own clashes with authority figures. She became a lawyer to rescue him, and lost the case, leading to disillusionment and "selling out" to the same authorities who'd arrested him.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: When she lets her hair down.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Subverted. Despite having a strong personality, Sagitta doesn't litter her dialog with "jive talk" and her severe attitude in the initial chapters of the game is revealed to be the result of suffering serious loss in her past. Once she gets past it, her character tones down significantly. In other words, she's not a walking stereotype as the trope would suggest.
  • Stellar Name: "Sagitta"rius the "Archer"
  • Triple Shifter: Actually more like a quadruple shifter. She's a lawyer, and a stage actor, and a mecha pilot for a secret anti-demon force. And in her spare time that somehow exists, she's The Leader of a Harlem biker gang.
  • Tsundere
  • Whip It Good: Her STAR's weapon

Subaru Kujou

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)
Her (?) true identity is completely unknown. However, Subaru is definitely from a noble Japanese family with ties to the Japanese Royal Family and excels at Noh and other traditional Japanese dances.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Subaru refuses to identify as either male or female, and has worn clothing of both genders. It's suggested that Subaru may be genderqueer.
  • Asexuality: Possibly. Subaru doesn't reveal his/her gender to Shinjiro even if they end up as a couple, which might suggest that s/he doesn't think it's going to be an issue (or s/he might just be holding off telling Shin until it's relevant, which is also pretty in-character for Subaru).
  • Badass
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Flower Motifs : His/her attack animations have flowers and petals everywhere. His/her super attack on the ground is "Lunatic Bloom".
  • Gay Option: ...Maybe. Lampshaded in his/her Coupling Attack, which is set up like a typical boys' love manga.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Sagiitta and Rika try to hypnotise Subaru (who is quite mysterious and hinted not to be a normal human being). Subaru just thinks it's funny.
  • Informed Attribute: S/he's the official loner of the team, but in most cases s/he'll be the first girl(?) who has any real time for Shinjiro (particularly in Cheiron's chapter).
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Kuudere
  • Meaningful Name : "Subaru" is the Japanese name for the Pleiades, a star cluster that's part of the constellation Taurus. Guess what her zodiac sign is?
  • Paper Fan of Doom : His/her weapon of choice. Subaru uses it in the OVA and it cuts through metal.
  • Stellar Name
  • The Stoic
  • Technician vs. Performer: Very much a technician, which sees him/her hit a brick wall with jazz and other music that needs to be "felt."
  • The Power of Trust: In his/her chapter, states that she gives Shinjiro "[her] ultimate trust".
  • Third-Person Person: It's the way s/he gets around having to state his/her gender, without all the slashes and brackets included in this sentence. It is important to note that Subaru always uses gender-neutral speech in Japanese. Unfortunately, in English it is difficult to keep her lines completely ambiguous with the way sentence structures work and lack of gender-neutral words that refer to other people...
  • Un-Person: Seems to be intent on making him/herself this, given Subaru's preoccupation for not leaving evidence of his/her existence behind. Which might suggest that a high-profile performer was perhaps a bad career move.
  • Vague Age: Doesn't appear to have aged much in at least a decade...
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Whichever gender Subaru is, s/he's worn both male and female outfits, so by default...
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: In the English version, the term is "Yamato Maiden", but still counts.

Diana Caprice

Voiced by: Kaya Matsutani (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
A young doctor who's as compassionate as a goddess. She's also the niece of Michael Sunnyside. At the beginning of the game, Diana was said to be diagnosed with a serious illness that doctors gave her only one year at least to live.

Rikaritta Aries/ Rosarita Aries

Voiced by: Ayaka Saitou (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English)
An energetic and merry little girl from Mexico. She loves to sing and dance. Prior to being recruited into the New York Combat Revue, Rikaritta/Rosita made a living hunting down known criminals in exchange for bounty money.

Ratchet Altair (Lachette)

Voiced by: Akiko Kuno (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English dub)
Captain of the Star Division and Broadway's number one star. She used to serve alongside Leni, Orihime and Subaru in another Star Division in Europe prior to her transfer temporarily to the Imperial Assault Force and then, to her current post with the New York Combat Revue.

  • Adorkable: When the city isn't under attack or the mood isn't serious, Rachet can be very clumsy and shy. It's played amazingly well, you might not even notice it too much if you're not paying attention to her.
  • Big Damn Heroes - She manages to pilot her STAR one last time near the end to help Shin when all the rest of the team are fighting their evil doubles.
  • Dub Name Change: Only in the movie, where she is called "Lachette", rather than Ratchet.
  • Harem Nanny: Subverted in that she IS a love interest.
  • Instant Illness: Shin gets this for getting nervous and going out in the cold to wait for her on the date, so Ratchet spends the day trying to figure out how to make him feel better. On the other hand, she's not very good at it.
  • Knife Nut: Of the throwing variety. She uses this to take out a Douglas-Stewart soldier in the movie. Also used in V.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: She made her first appearance in the franchise in the Sakura Wars movie before appearing in the fifth game, So Long My Love.
  • Mentor Ship: If you take her route.
  • Meaningful Name: Altair is the brightest star in the Aquila constellation - the Eagle. Even more meaningful in the movie that is the chronological prequel to Sakura Wars V.
  • New Game+: Beating the game once is required to get her ending.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: Ratchet loses her spiritual power early in the game, needing to be rescued by Shin. This forces her into stepping down from her position, though it ducks Quickly Demoted Woman in that she actually remains his commanding officer for much of the game, the game acknowledges his lack of experience, and Shin has to actually work to get her position instead of getting it by virtue of being a dude.
    • Shin doesn't even take the captain's position until the very end. Ratchet for the most part, is still in charge (though not from the front lines).
  • Rescue Romance: Shin risks his life to save her from the villan in the first battle.
    • In an event that's only available next time through, Shin carries her back to her apartment and tends her injured leg after she hurts herself outside the libary.
  • Sexy Mentor
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Geneon's English translation of the movie states that her first name is "Lachette", which has been corrected by the overseas translation of Sakura Wars: So Long My Love as "Ratchet". Sega Japan and RED Entertainment also adheres to "Ratchet" as the proper translated name from Japanese.
  • Stellar Name
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Glycine, but girly to Maria.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A non-villainous example, in the movie, while Flower Division was fighting against a Brainwashed and Crazy Orihime (who was being controlled by Patrick Hamilton), she was willing to kill her just so she would end the fight between Orihime and the rest of Flower Division.
    Ratchet: I'm sorry, but, we must bring an end to this meaningless waste of time, Orihime.

Michael Sunnyside

Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English Dub)
The commander of the New York Combat Revue and the owner of the Littlelip Theater. He welcomes Shinjiro in New York when they first meet. Michael is always seen (officially in public) with Xingshi Wong at his side. His niece is Diana Caprice.

Plum Spaniel/Cherry Cocker

Voiced by: Kaori Aso (Japanese)
She rollerskates all around the Littlelip Theater, delivering food and drinks to theater guests as a waitress. In reality, Plum/Cherry is assigned to work at the Rainbow Division whenever the Ahab is launched.

Plum/Cherry enjoys teasing Anri, finding her Tsundere moments to be very cute.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: None of that with her. She's making it a goal to find someone to settle down with after she's done with Rainbow Division duties.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Part of her Mission Control role.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like towards Gemini when she first arrived in New York before and after she was recruited to join the Star Division.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets to be one after she and Anri were turned to stone by Tsugarubi.
  • Dub Name Change: Possibly to make a very strange name sound sensible in English...and to add a naughty pun.
  • Dumb Blonde: Seriously averted with her.
  • Gag Boobs: In fact, taking a picture focusing on them earns some affection from her!
  • Mission Control: Works alongside Anri in the Rainbow Division.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being flirty with Shinjiro, Plum/Cherry is really a nice girl once you get to know her.
  • Rollerblade Good / Travel Cool: Uses this, but because it's part of her job as a waitress at the Littlelip Theater.
  • She's Got Legs: Very much so.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys teasing Anri, all the way to the New York-based OVAs.
  • The Glomp: Does this to Anri in the OVAs.
  • Those Two Girls: Seen together with Anri most of the time when she's not on duty at the theater.

Anri Yoshino

Voiced by: Yoko Honna (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English Dub)
The vendor at the gift shop inside Littlelip Theater, selling various souvenirs to guests coming and going to and from the theater. She also creates all of the stage costumes for the Star Division whenever they put up a play in the Littlelip Theater. In reality, Anri's assigned to work at the Rainbow Division whenever the Ahab is launched.

In V, Anri would sell bromides to Shinjiro. She also gets on the receiving end of Plum/Cherry's teasing to no end.

Xingshi Wong

Voiced by: Tetsuo Goto (Japanese)
An old Chinese man who's employed as Sunnyside's personal assistant. He's also the New York Combat Revue's head mechanic.


Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (Japanese)
One of the residents of Harlem. Is a part of the "Cerberus/Centaurs" gang, which Cherion was once a part of.


One of the executives of Steam Frontier, a development company. Plots to demolish Harlem and establish a higher-class district in its place.

Mori Ranmaru

Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (Japanese)
One of the main antagonists, whom assumes the form of a green-haired bunny boy with a scythe. Is first fought in Chapter 1, trying to blow up Liberty Island.


Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese)
One of the villains trying to conquer NY, whom assumes the form of a red-haired woman with a Russian accent dressed in black armor.. Calls herself the founder of order, and thinks that all who go against her should burn in hellfire.


Voiced by: Daisuke Egawa (Japanese) Paul St Peter (English)
Another major antagonist trying to take over NY.


Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (English)
Yet another villain that the New York Combat Revue must eliminate.

Oda Nobunaga

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese)
The mastermind behind the recent attacks on New York City.


Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese)
The Big Bad of the New York OVA.

  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Inverted. He have some attraction toward Pepper Mint(Shinjiro in disguise) from his similarity to his late wife. However, he doesn't angry or shock when he know the truth. His response is completely calm.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Definitely comes across as a bit more sympathetic than the typical Sakura Taisen antagonist.

     Dramatic Dungeon: Sakura Taisen - Kimi Arugatame Characters 

Jeanne d'Arc (or Joan of Arc)

The Big Bad of the DS game, she was responsible for rendering all Kohbu (and Kohbu-derivative) machines and equipment useless by turning Tokyo, Paris and New York into monster-inhabited dungeons.


La Hira

Gilles de Rais

     Characters from Outside the Games 

Brent Furlong

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English Dub; credited as Joseph McDougal)
The head of the American manufacturer, Douglas-Stewart, he serves as the Big Bad of Sakura Wars: The Movie.

Patrick Hamilton

Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English dub)
The Dragon to Brent Furlong in Sakura Wars: The Movie. Later becomes the main antagonist in ST5: Episode Zero.

  • Big Bad: In Sakura Wars 5: Episode 0.
  • Immune to Bullets: As Maria herself found out the hard way. Though he isn't immune to spiritual power bullets as he found out the hard way!
  • Killed Off for Real: It does seem like that, though his appearance in ST5: Episode Zero suggest that he was able to use some of his black magic to stay alive until Gemini kills him off for good.
  • Suddenly Shouting: This line in the movie when Maria Tachibana encounters him.
    Patrick: As you are about to die, I thought I should reveal my real name to you. *beat* (loudly) You have learned too much!!!

Haruyoshi Tanuma

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English dub; credited as Ron Allen)
A politician and member of the Elder's Institute from the movie. Supported the use of Japhkiels from the Douglas-Stewart Corporation.

Kosuke "Dandy Boss" Dan, Peromucho Takeda, and Yantaro Nishimura

A trio of Japanese yakuza originating from the live stage shows. Inspired by gangsters in foreign movies (presumably West Side Story), they emulate said gangsters under the mistaken belief that "all foreign gangsters dance". They serve as comic relief and balance out the predominantly female cast. Their popularity resulted in them making a cameo in the second OVA series and becoming recurring cast members in the stage musicals, even in the Paris and New York Troupes.
  • The Cast Showoff: Though the cast of Sakura Taisen are generally voice actors who are also talented at singing, Shintaro Sonooka who plays Dandy Boss is a known singer who has significant experience in stage musicals and it shows.
  • The Danza: Yantaro and Peromucho's surnames are derived from their actors Shigehiro Takeda and Youichi Nishimura

    Sakura Taisen Kanadegumi Characters 

Common tropes include:
  • Bishounen: This is the shoujo genre we're talking about.
  • Musical Assassin: Not always, but when they're fighting the Kouma they use their brass pieces for stronger attacks.

Miyabi Neko

  • Country Mouse: Comes from Izumo.
  • Fangirl: Of the original Hanagumi.
  • Tastes Like Purple: Her special ability is seeing sounds. This works even through acoustic barriers, as she can see Hugo's playing through soundproofed glass.

G. O. Bach

Francisco Luis Astorga

  • Nice Guy: The most sociable amongst the five male characters so far.
  • Rings of Death: Uses small throwing chakrams against Kouma in chapter 2.

Genzaburou Touhou

  • The Archer: Proficient in kyudo, as seen in chapter 2.

Genji Touhou

Hugo Julliard

Johann Sibelius

  • Named After Somebody Famous/Name's the Same: The name clearly alludes to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Moreover, the name Johann and Jean comes from the same root, which means the name could be considered one and the same.
  • Large and in Charge: He's the boss of Kanadegumi, and positively towers over Miyabi.

Iku Otogimaru

Alternative Title(s):

Sakura Taisen, Sakura Wars TV