Lonely Rich Kid: The cause of her tendencies to be such a jerk. Her father and grandfather were so absorbed into work that she was left emotionally scarred and doubtful about their love for her. Reversed later, when her dad appears and is revealed to be a rather decent guy otherwise and even apologizes to Sumire for not being able to spend more time with her. She forgives him.
Malicious Misnaming: Ogami "insults" her by calling her "Tsumire Kanzaki". She doesn't take it well.
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).
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.
Lonely Rich Kid: Her parents were so scared of her enormous Psychic Powers that they locked her away in her fancy bedroom, and her only company were her dolls and teddies until Ayame Fujieda recruited her; Iris became extremely withdrawn and scared of everyone as a consequence, holding on her teddybear Jean-Paul as a Security Blanket.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Deadpan Snarker: Gets at least one in in the TV series when Count Hanakouji insist that she comes with him so that other officials don't criticize him for the initial failure of the Hanagumi when they fought Wakijis in the streets of Tokyo.
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.
Letting Her Hair Down: She first had it up in a traditional style, but after she was revived she began to wear it loose instead. This is a symbol of her growing mental unstability brought by her obsession with Sumire — the person who killed her.
Madness Mantra: Also, the second half of the series: " Sumire... You life... I want your life...!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Fantastic Racism: While those who know of Erica's power are grateful, there were others who secretly hated her for it and the fact that her spiritual powers can kill someone later on. This drove her into the Roman Catholic Church.
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.
Best Her to Bed Her: The "Bleumer Bridegroom Test". Ogami loses on purpose when Glycine engages Ogami in a duel at the Bleumer Estate. It's a tradition of the family dating back to when the family established themselves in France.
Blade on a Stick: Her trademark weapon is a halberd, first used when she fought a Kaijin in a museum alongside Erica.
Blue Blood: She traces her aristocratic roots to Vikings that settled in modern-day Paris.
Character Development: Glycine respects Ogami after she bested him at the "Bluemer Test" and his dedication to defend Paris.
Does Not Like Octopi: Hates eating octopi due to being forced to eat an entire plate of it every year as part of Bleumer tradition.
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.
Dark and Troubled Past: Orphaned at a young age in Annam. Things became worse for her when a Circus De Europe performer named Karuchera, who she calls as her mom, was a Kaijin named Python. It's only thanks to Ogami and Erica that she was able to move on from her troubled past.
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.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When the team is searching for Erica in episode 8, Lobelia brushes them off and goes to the bar. When Ogami runs into her there, it turns out she actually went there to see if anyone had seen Erica.
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.
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.
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)
The Captain: Officially the head of the Paris Assault Force.
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."
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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.
Combat Medic: In battle, she has the best healing ability by far as well as wide splash damage in her normal attack. Her super attack in aerial combat targets allies and restores them to full health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blatant Lies: Ratchet calls him out when he says everyone in the force calls him "Sunny".
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.
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.
One of the villains trying to conquer NY, whom assumes the form of a red-haired woman with a Russian accent dressed in black armour.. Calls herself the founder of order, and thinks that all who go against her should burn in hellfire.
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.
A trio of gangsters originating from the live stage shows. Inspired by 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.
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.
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.