Trivia / Sakura Wars

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Casting Gag: Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love isn't the first time Jurota Kosugi's voiced Oda Nobunaga.
  • The Cast Showoff: Though the Sakura Wars cast are generally voice actors who just happen to also be talented at singing, Shintaro Sonooka, who plays Dandy Boss in the stage shows, is a known singer who has significant experience in stage musicals and it shows.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Curiosly enough and unlike Tengai Makyou (who used many celebrities in the voice acting) there's only one voice actress who is not a bona-fide professional one: Akiko Kuno (who voiced Ratchet Altair), who is a professional theater actress. Taking into account Ratchet is also a stage actress, Kuno's actually a natural fit for that role.
  • The Danza: Yantaro Nishimura and Peromucho Takeda from the live stage shows have their surnames derived from their actors Youichi Nishimura and Shigehiro Takeda.
  • Dawson Casting: Theater plays only: Many of the actors are much older than the characters they're supposed to play. The most notorious examples are both Mayumi Tanaka (Kanna) and Kumiko Nishihara (Iris). Iris is supposed to be a little kid, but Nishihara is an adult woman and much taller than Mayumi Tanaka, who (in-universe) is supposed to be the one of the tallest women of the games.
    • Subverted with Etsuko Kozakura (Coquelicot): Despise the fact she's also voicing and playing a little kid, she's as short as Tanaka and is able to look as closely like Coquelicot as she looks in the games.
  • Dueling Dubs: Considering that ADV, Funimation and Geneon had a hand in dubs for North America with different people playing different characters (This was cut down on in the wake of So Long, My Love with the Bang Zoom dub being used).
  • Franchise Killer: The fifth game has seemingly killed the franchise due to its weak sales. In addition, its weak sales in North America in 2010 has apparently destroyed any hope of seeing the first four games being released in the region (although there is a group on Facebook and Twitter determined to still have the first four games released in region through digital means).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Akio Suyama and Chisa Yokoyama are really similar to Ohgami and Sakura respectively in Real Life, especially in theater plays.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.:
    • Ogami and Sakura make a bit appearance in the start of So Long, My Love (the only game released widely in the West). But they, alongside the rest of the Tokyo and Paris personnel (with a few exceptions like Jean Leo), made their first major Western appearance in various anime/OVA adaptations.
    • Sakura and Ogami, along with Sakura Wars 3 's leading lady Erica Fontaine, finally made a playable appearance outside of Japan in Project X Zone, alongside Sakura Wars 3 villain Ciseaux. Aya-me is a subversion: Ayame Fujieda did appear in some of the media that came to the west, but never as a villain.
  • No Export for You: The fifth game was released in North America in March 2010, so far the only game in the franchise to get released outside Japan. Outside of offical Russian releases of the first two games, anyway. Most fans are cynical that the release of Sakura Wars V is anything more than a lucky fluke, and NISA's open admission that the game vastly undersold its localization costs as well as the revelation that Sony already prevented another company from translating the PSP ports of the first two games seems to suggest this will remain true.
  • The Other Darrin: Prevalent in the North American English dubs. Although the production companies are avoiding this as of the release of V worldwide.
  • Playing Against Type: Mona Marshall voiced Reni (who is female) back when she was still primarily portraying young boys, though the character still does look like a young boy at first glance.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: A non-lethal example for both the voice actress and character: Sakura Wars 4 marked the last appearance of Sumire Kanzaki, since Michie Tomizawa was set to retire. Instead of dying, Sumire was forced into retirement due to her being unable to maintain the spiritual energy levels needed to operate a Koubu.
  • Sequel First:
    • Against all odds, V was released in English in March 2010 courtesy NIS America.
    • Gemini from V actually first appeared in Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, which is a prequel action game that has still not been localized.
  • What Could Have Been: Gaming news sites have reported that Sega has plans to export Sakura Taisen outside of Asia under the "Sakura Taisen World Project". Unfortunately for reasons unknown, the plans were dropped and some of the games made under the project remained in Asia only.
    • There were also plans for a Prequel game detailing the Kouma War, something that was touched upon in the games and given a Whole Episode Flashback in the anime adaptation. Much like the Sakura Taisen World Project, this was cancelled for unknown reasons.
  • The Wiki Rule: There are two wikis dedicated to the series. You can find it here and here.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/SakuraWars