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Sakura Wars is a 25-episode anime series produced by Madhouse and directed by Ryūtarō Nakamura based on the video game franchise of the same name, which ran on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 8 to September 23, 2000. It is currently licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The show is commonly known as Sakura Wars TV to distinguish it from the rest of the franchise.

Like the rest of the series, it is set during the events of the first game, albeit in a different continuity with the games and the OVAs, as well as the movie. It also mainly centers on Sakura's arrival in Tokyo to be with the Imperial Assault Force's Flower Division, instead of seeing things from Ogami's perspective.

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This show is not to be confused with the animated movie of the same name or Sakura Wars the Animation.


Sakura Wars TV contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accent Adaptation:
    • As with ADV's dub of the OVA series, Kohran's given a Chinese accent, Iris sports a French accent and Maria is given a Russian accent.
    • In addition, Kanna's also given a Brooklyn accent in the dub to match her Okinawan dialect.
  • 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.
  • The Anime of the Game: The series is based on the original 1996 game, albeit set in an Alternate Continuity.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: A non-humourous example. Sakura gets slapped by Sumire at the end of the first episode after the former inadvertently destroys the Kobu.
  • Art Shift: The eyecatches depict a Super-Deformed Sakura drawing out her sword Arataka and performing vertical cuts with it.
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  • Birthday Episode: Episode 12 focuses on Sakura and the others trying to throw Iris the first real birthday party she's ever had.
  • Bookends: The series begins and ends with Sakura in Ueno Park while the cherry blossoms are blooming.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tetsuma Shinguji, Kazuma's brother and Sakura's uncle, was created specifically for the anime.
  • 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.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The franchise's opening has two versions used for this series- One sung by the cast as the show's opening theme, and one sung by Mayumi Tanaka in character as Kanna serving as the ending theme between episodes 13 and 20.
  • 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 for inadvertently causing one foul-up too many during her first day, 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, Sakura is forced out. 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 her worthiness as a true member of the Flower Division.
  • Noodle Incident: When Kohran's bike gets destroyed in the sixth episode "The Koubu's Heart," Yoneda mentions that it's not the first time this happened to her.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: When Kohran accidentally destroys her steam bike upon approaching the theater, she laments that it has been destroyed once before. In the dub, she even says the trope name verbatim.
  • Rule of Three: When Ikki Yoneda hears Kohran crashing her bike, he comments that it was her third auto wreck this year.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the 1996 game, Ayame is killed by Aoi Satan/Shinnosuke Yamazaki in the Final Battle. In this version, she doesn't experience a Face–Heel Turn and survives the Imperial Combat Revue's final encounter with Satan.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: In episode 15, it's mentioned in passing that Sakura's sword Arataka was forged from a meteorite.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: At the end of the first episode, Sakura's impatience and unwillingness to listen to Yoneda's advice on waiting until the Flower Division calms down leads to her being forced to leave the theater.