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The Flower Division

    Ichiro Ogami 

Ichiro Ogami
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese), Brian Gaston (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs), Corey M. Gagne (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Daniel Katsük (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris), Dave Wittenberg (English, Sakura Wars V, Sakura Wars: The Movie, and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "Dave Lelyveld")

The main protagonist and hero of the first four games—Ogami is a young, recently-commissioned Imperial Japanese Navy ensign who finds himself in charge of the Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division. By the time he defeats the Black Demons in 1926, he is promoted to lieutenant and travels for Paris to lead the Paris Combat Revue's own flower division. After returning from Tokyo and defeating Brent Furlong and Ōkubo Nagayasu, Ogami replaces Ikki Yoneda as the commander of the Flower Division.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Sumire calls him "Ensign Ogawa". Let's say that he tried to turn the tables on her before it failed...
  • Accidental Pervert: He has an (un)fortunate knack for running into some of his female comrades in varying states of undress. The "accidental" part can be rather... questionable.
  • Almighty Janitor: His cover outside of the Flower Division is an usher. Heck, in the end credits of the Sakura Wars 2 OVA, we even see him cleaning up the stage!
  • Adaptational Badass: Zigzagged depending on the work. In some he practically does nothing but others such as the TV series shows him even more competent than his game incarnation at some things sucha s hand to hand combat.
  • Badass in Charge: Leader of the Hanagumi division in all incarnations of the franchise. Even when stationed to another team such as in Paris, his leadership is simply so great he turns a useless quarreling recruits into a Badass Crew shortly upon his entry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the film, he shows up just in time to help the Flower Division kill Brent.
  • But Thou Must!: Ogami was not allowed to turn down his post with the Imperial Combat Revue in the manga.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed outside of the games, but otherwise he's a bonafide ladies' man—able to charm his way into the hearts of each of his female teammates.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite appearing as the main protagonist of the first four games, his role in So Long, My Love is reduced substantially along with Sakura's.
  • Dual Wielding: His signature weapons are a pair of razor-sharp katanas.
  • Honor Before Reason: It's part of what makes him a hero, but he can sometimes take it so far that Maria even calls him out on it at one point.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the types of responses the player can make as Ogami. Which is lampshaded in Project X Zone when he gets into a conversation with Batsu.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: And wields two of them to boot!
  • Officer and a Gentleman: The man wears his uniform well alongside his various acts of heroism, gallantry, and overall reliability as both a leader and a human being.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: More like "Indoor Bath Peeping" in this case, but the same principle applies. Should the player choose, he can spy on any of the girls when the opportunity presents itself, on the excuse that "my body is moving on its own toward the baths..." (It rarely ends well.)
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Ogami thinks that his superiors in the academy gave him the Imperial Combat Revue 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'.
  • Spiky Hair: His hair style.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Ogami 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.
  • Those Two Guys: With Kayama when they were both officer cadets.
  • White Gloves: Wears them as part of his IJN uniform.
  • You Are in Command Now: He becomes the new commanding officer of the Imperial Combat Revue after Yoneda decides to retire following the events of Sakura Wars 4.

The Flower Division (Imperial Combat Revue)

    In General 

Formed in 1924 by Ikki Yoneda and Ayame Fujieda with Maria Tachibana as Captain, the Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division fights the demons that have been plaguing our world while performing stage plays. Even after Naval Ensign Ichiro Ogami replaced Maria as the captain, he and many of the heroes eventually triumph over the battles with the demons. Following the Great Demon War in 1930, the division was all but wiped out and their exploits have now become public.

  • Action Heroes: Ogami and Sakura are capable of wielding swords, while Maria is a sharpshooter, Sumire is a naginata expert and Kanna was a karate disciple in Okinawa.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The entire Flower Division was obliterated in the Great Demon War along with the Paris and New York Combat Revues, which was so devastating it damaged their theater operations.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After enduring many years of fighting the demons, they finally brought peace to Tokyo in Fall in Love, Maidens and Because You Were There. At least, that's what everyone thought before the first Shin Sakura Wars trailer...
  • True Companions: The Flower Division become very close friends, with Orihime and Leni joining in Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Despite tensions between the girls and Ogami, they are capable of helping each other out during battles.

    Sakura Shinguji 

Sakura Shinguji
Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Amber Quinn (English, Sakura Wars 1 OVA, as "Amber Allison"), Katherine Catmull (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Jenny Larson (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Wendee Lee (English, Sakura Wars V, Sakura Wars: The Movie, and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

The daughter of Kazuma and Wakana Shinguji, Sakura is a Country Mouse Samurai, a recruit in the Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division, and the main female lead of Sakura Wars 1-4.

  • Alliterative Name: Sakura Shinguji
  • Apologises a Lot: And has a tendency of being a bit extreme while doing so.
  • Back from the Dead: One of the stage play stories has Sakura die to save a woman and her child from a mad scientist's creation. It takes Iris's healing powers and the combined spiritual energy of the Flower Division to revive her.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let her cute and clumsy exterior fool you; she is a very capable swordswoman.
  • Book-Ends: In the first game, Ogami and Sakura first meet beneath a cherry blossom tree. Her ending in the fourth game takes place in the same spot.
  • Calling Your Attacks: HAJA KENSEI!!!! OUKA HOUSHIIIIIIN!!!
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: A samurai girl named "Sakura" who wears pink, is continually associated with the actual flower, and is a main Love Interest? Yup.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Ichiro whenever he talks to other girls.
  • Country Mouse: Sumire, most of the time, mocks her country roots for being the source of the division's problem in both the theater and in the field.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She has her moments, particularly whenever she tries to help out with theater preparations. She's nowhere near as bad as Erica, though.
  • Demoted to Extra: Like Ogami, she appears very briefly in the first chapter of So Long, My Love despite being one of the major characters for the first four games.
  • Fear of Thunder: She's scared to death of ever since she was a child.
  • First Girl Wins: If the player gets her ending.
  • Floral Theme Naming: ("Sakura" — cherry blossoms.)
  • Friend to All Children: Definitely seems to have a thing for kids.
  • Hair Decorations: Her red ribbon.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Can split water drops in half.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her most iconic look in the series is her pink kimono and red hakama.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice is the Arataka, her father's sword.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: When not in the field, she always wears a pink kimono.
  • Lady of War: When it counts, she is the most serious warrior of the Flower Brigade.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, she has become a legendary top star in the Imperial Combat Revue to the point where Sakura Amamiya tries to emulate her style.
  • Military Brat: Her father, Kazuma, was involved in the Imperial Japanese Army as an officer and was one of the many soldiers who died fighting Kouma forces in Tokyo.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: She gets these when she was mind-controlled by Aoi Satan.
  • Named Weapons: Her sword, Reiken-Arataka.
  • Nice Girl: Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies aside, she has a generous demeanor.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her outfit consists of a pink kimono.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Sumire's girly girl. Compared to her, Sakura is quite clumsy and a real country girl, and out of the whole Flower Brigade, she takes her role as a warrior the most seriously in combat.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: That said, pink is her theme color and features in many of her outfits, and she's also afraid of thunder and mice. Plus, she tends to be the leading lady whenever Sumire isn't.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Very much a warrior of justice.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Well, she is essentially the mascot for the entire series and pretty much the primary heroine in all medias of the series in which she is a major character (i.e. most of them). The title of the series is even, more or less, named after her.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Certainly looks the part. And acts the part.

    Sumire Kanzaki 

Sumire Kanzaki
Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (Japanese), Sascha Biesi (English, Sakura Wars 1 OVA), Lauren Zinn (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Leigh Anderson Fisher (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Michelle Ruff (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie), Christiana Yuuki (English, Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

A naginata expert, Sumire is the heiress of Kanzaki Heavy Industries which developed the kohbu armor, being the daughter of Shigeki and Hinako Kanzaki as well as the granddaughter of Tadayoshi Kanzaki. After the Flower Division's battle with Ōkubo Nagayasu, Sumire steps down as a member due to her failing spirit power and, following the Great Demon War in 1930, eventually becomes the Imperial Theater's general manager.

  • Beauty Mark: She has one next to her left eye.
  • Big Good: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, she's become the commander of the Imperial Combat Revue as well as the Imperial Theater's manager.
  • Blade on a Stick: She uses a naginata as her main weapon when in foot and in a Kohbu.
  • Break the Haughty: She experiences this in the TV series when she starts to feel threatened by Sakura's growing prominence within the Flower Division. She gets over it after reconciling with Shigeki.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sumire was Put on a Bus after retiring from the Imperial Combat Revue in the ~Su~Mi~Re~ OVA, but did later reappear in a few of the stage shows. She finally makes her return in Dramatic Dungeon and gets a more prominent role in Shin Sakura Wars as the Flower Division's commander.
  • Cultured Badass: She is a sophisticated heiress.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Sumire disagrees with the higher-ups about Sakura joining the Flower Division... at first.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Sumire" — Manchurian violets.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars she's taken to wearing a feathered stole.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Favors a purple kimono.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She's arrogant and conceited, but she does genuinely care about the rest of the team.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, she's completely faithful in restoring the Imperial Combat Revue to its former glory and plucks Kamiyama from the Navy because of his potential. Not to mention she's still involved with Kanzaki Heavy Industries.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her purple kimono robe.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her kimono sometimes looks like it's one deep breath away from a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although she can be a Rich Bitch, it becomes clear that she deeply cares about the team later on.
  • Lady of War: Graceful and very capable with her naginata.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Does this a couple of times.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: This is the cause of her tendencies to be such a jerk. Her father, Shigeki, and grandfather, Tadayoshi, were so absorbed into work that she was left emotionally scarred and doubtful about their love for her. Reversed later, when Shigeki 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.
    Sumire: It behooves you to remember that my name is SUMIRE!
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Her weapon of choice. During Shin Sakura Wars, she keeps it in her office.
  • Nice Job Breaking It Heroine: In the first game, she was unwilling to forgive Sakura after the latter's disastrous debut as the leading lady in Rose of Versailles led to the destruction of the Imperial Theater's stage.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: A VERY distinctive one.
  • Older and Wiser: She's mostly grown out of her haughtiness by the time of Shin Sakura Wars, though she still gives the aura of a top actress.
  • Playing a Tree: Sumire drew the short straw during casting on Shonen Red (Red Lad); she gets to play one of the Faceless Goons, who only says "Kiii!". Bitter? Oh, a tad...
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Shin Sakura Wars, Sumire has a very reasonable judgment and is willing to listen to Kamiyama and his teammates.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, she's largely retired from the front lines and is now the commander of the new Flower Division.
  • Rich Bitch: She was raised as a spoiled brat.
  • The Rival: With Glycine during the events of Sakura Wars 3.
  • Sole Survivor: With the Combat Revues of Tokyo, Paris, and New York having been wiped out in the Great Kouma War, Sumire is the only known survivor in Shin Sakura Wars due to having retired from active duty at the time.
  • Spoiled Brat: Quite the self-entitled heiress.
  • Team Prima Donna: Self-professed star of the Flower Division, both on stage and on the battlefield.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Sakura's tomboy. Sumire is known for being quite graceful, and her weapon of choice is the naginata, not to mention she's practically an Ojou.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the events of Shin Sakura Wars, Sumire has mellowed out with age, and is now a mostly polite but bold individual.
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Vapor Wear/Kimono Fanservice: Her kimono exposes her shoulders. When she becomes the new Commander of the Flower Division she covers them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kanna.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Part of her backstage outfit in the manga. Not Anachronism Stew, since early Hollywood musicals such as The Broadway Melody and 42nd Street both depicted this as fairly commonplace back in The Roaring '20s.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: Developed a fear of spiders after she was bitten by one in the gardens of the Kanzaki Estate when she was a little girl.
  • You Are in Command Now: By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, Sumire has taken Ogami's place as the commander of the Imperial Combat Revue.

    Maria Tachibana 

Maria Tachibana
Voiced by: Urara Takano (Japanese), Catherine Berry (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs), Kelsey Kling (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Mari Devon (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "Jane Alan")

An ice-cold Russian gun expert, Maria is a combat veteran of the Russian Revolution and the initial captain of the Imperial Combat Revue.

During the civil war against the Bolsheviks, Maria was known in the White Russian movement as Kazuar.

  • Badass in Charge: Downplayed and simultaneously subverted. She's very badass on her own and can even lead a military team competently but is terrible at leading and training civilians with no experience. It's precisely why Ohgami replaced her as captain.
  • 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: She was an infamous sniper in the Russian Civil War.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Maria begins to warm up to the rest of the team after getting over her Heroic BSoD at the end of her chapter.
  • Floral Theme Naming: ("Tachibana" oranges.)
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Maria used to be a White Russian soldier and left for America to operate as a gangster when the military component of the movement was largely defeated by the Bolsheviks.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Due to her suffering a Heroic BSoD from her experiences during the Russian Revolution and following Civil War in 1917.
  • Hidden Buxom: She tends to wear clothing that hides her considerable bust size, but there are several instances where one can see that she's quite stacked.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She's a crack shot with her revolver.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As cold as she may be, she really does care about her comrades.
  • Lady of War: One who has fought in an actual war, at that.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Takes advantage of this by portraying male roles when needed in theater plays alongside Kanna.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: In one cutscene in Sakura Wars 1, Maria wakes up from a nightmare and invokes this trope.
  • Number Two: She becomes the vice-captain of the Flower Division after Ogami replaces her.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair always covers her left eye.
  • Professional Killer: After the Russian Civil War, she worked as a mafia hitwoman in America before being recruited into the Flower Division.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: She starts off as the Flower Division's team captain, but is quickly replaced by Ogami. In the OVA, she stepped down voluntarily, even citing her gender as a reason. In the TV series (and to a lesser degree, even the original game), she is much more resentful of Ogami'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: Maria uses an Enfield Number 2 Mark 1 revolver as her main weapon.
  • Second Love: She can possibly have this with Ogami if her route is pursued during the games. Her first love interest, Yuri, was killed during the Russian Revolution.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Maria 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)".
  • The Stoic: She's almost always calm and collected.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Justified that she lived in America as a mafia gangster after the conclusion of the Russian Civil War. Her VA, Urara Takano, can speak it fluently too.
  • Tomboy: The suit alone should tell you that she's not a Girly Girl by any means.

    Vicomtesse Iris Châteaubriand 

Vicomtesse Iris de Châteaubriand
Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara (Japanese), Jessica Schwartz (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs), Evita Arce / Larissa Wolcott (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Carrie Savage (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

The daughter of Robert and Marguerite Châteaubriand, Iris is a French telekinetic/telepath/teleporter.

  • 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 teddy bear Jean-Paul as a Security Blanket.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Shin Ai Yue Ni stage play has her gain the ability to revive the dead at the cost of her own life energy. Iris would have sacrificed herself to resurrect a recently slain Sakura until her teammates including Sumire agreed to share the burden using their own spirit powers.
  • Precocious Crush: Wants to marry Ogami when she grows up.
  • Psychic Powers: Due to her immense spiritual power level.
  • The Rival: With Coquelicot in the events of Sakura Wars 3.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Arguably, with Leni Milchstrasse.
  • She's All Grown Up: She's 15 by the time the events of Dramatic Dungeon starts.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Iris can even teleport her Kohbu around the battlefield.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version. It seems to be avoided in any of the English dubs (in which she says, "I", "me", instead of saying her name).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the games, she becomes more competent in straight combat. Even in the first game in her Crippling Overspecialization as Combat Medic, her powers become apparently more important as the game progresses and she becomes an important asset that the player does well to increase her capabilities.

    Kohran Li 

Li Kohran
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (Japanese), Boni Hester (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs), Samantha Inoue-Harte (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "Annie Pastrano")

Kohran is a Chinese Gadgeteer Genius Meganekko with a Kansai accent.

  • All-Loving Hero: She's kind and loving to man and machine alike.
  • Ash Face: Whenever her inventions explode in front of her, Kohran's face is filled with dust.
  • Badass Adorable: Kohran's a cute girl who pilots a kohbu bristling with rockets.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is practically the Koubu mechanic and also quite knowledgeable of other sciences.
  • Broken Pedestal: Kohran undergoes a crisis of faith when she discovers Shinnosuke Yamazaki, whom she has revered for years, has become the Big Bad.
  • Chinese Girl: She was born and initially raised in Beijing, China before Ayame made arrangements for her to move to Japan as part of a plan to be recruited into the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • The Engineer: She serves as the Flower Division's chief engineer, responsible for making repairs and improvements to the kohbu.
  • Explosive Overclocking: She can do absolutely miraculous things with an iron/coal/steam technology base, but almost everything she makes beyond simple utilitarian items blows up after one incredibly successful use. Or during that use.
  • Family Extermination: Her immediate family back in China was killed when armed bandits raided her hometown prior to being recruited formally into the division.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Li" uses the same character as the Japanese plum; "Kohran" — crimson orchid.
  • Genki Girl: A lighthearted girl who loves a good prank.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Known to speak with a Kansai accent since she spent most of her life in Japan's Kansai region away from China.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Her kohbu's main weapon is to fire several missiles at once.
  • Mad Bomber: A heroic example, to a certain extent.
  • Mad Scientist: Complete with her inventions having a tendency to explode.
  • Meganekko: She's never seen without her glasses.
  • Nice Girl: Don't assume that her obsession with machines makes her not care about other people.
  • Qipao: Always wears one as her main clothes.
  • She's Got Legs: As shown nicely by her qipao.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her empathy with her kohbu and its long-range compensates for her relatively low power level.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She believes in a world where man and machine may march forward to a future of friendship and prosperity.

    Kanna Kirishima 

Kanna Kirishima
Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka (Japanese), Sheila Gordon (English, Sakura Wars 1 OVA), Lane West (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Lee Eddy (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "Melissa Williamson")

Kanna is an Okinawan karate champion. Both a Boisterous Bruiser and a Gentle Giant.

  • Bifauxnen: Some might at first mistake her for a "he" instead of a "she".
  • Boobs of Steel: She's easily the most physically-oriented member of the Flower Division, and is also the bustiest among them (though this is relative to her overall body size).
  • Brooklyn Rage: She speaks with a heavy Brooklyn accent in the English dub of the TV series.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Or is it brown?
  • 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.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Visibly taller than her male commander, and taller than just about every woman in the series.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She totally didn't seem to mind Ogami walking into the showers when she's in it.
  • The Lad-ette: She has some rather crude language in the original Japanese (though she averts using masculine pronouns). She's given a heavy masculine-sounding Brooklyn accent in the TV series.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Kanna takes advantage of this trope by portraying male roles when needed in theater plays alongside Maria.
  • Martial Arts Headband: She's never seen without her white headband.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sumire. They may argue all the time, but Kanna is absolutely devastated when she hears that Sumire is going to retire from the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • 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).

    Orihime Soletta 

Orihime Soletta
Voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Jessica Smolins (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Melissa Fahn (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "Tina Dixon")

The daughter of Seiya Ogata and Carino Soletta, Orihime is a 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.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She certainly does have black hair.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Averted; Orihime speaks with a heavy accent, which is based on her Italian upbringing.
  • Broken Bird: Due to being abandoned by Ogata.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the movie after Orihime is ambushed by Patrick.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Italian, half-Japanese.
  • Cultured Badass: A well-versed actress with a taste for Italian traditions. After joining the Flower Division, she gradually becomes more open to Japanese culture.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is this when she got caught by Kaijin forces in Sakura Wars 3 and when she was caught and brainwashed by Patrick in the movie.
  • Does Not Like Men: Orihime hates Japanese men, due to her issues with her Disappeared Dad, Seiya Ogata. After Ogami helps her find Ogata and make peace with him, she gets better.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Happens to be an excellent pianist.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: After Leni's Eisenkleid is destroyed, Orihime tries to fire energy blasts at the Flower Division, but it destroys her Eisenkleid, breaking free of Patrick's control.
  • Meaningful Name: "Soletta" means lonely or miserable.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes from a noble family, and she is also abrasive, like Sumire.
  • Stellar Name "Orihime", the Japanese name of the star Vega. Orihime used to be part of the Star Division.
  • Tsundere: She has a very sharp temper, with Ogami initially bearing the brunt of most of it.

    Leni Milchstraße 

Leni Milchstraße
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura (Japanese), Kelley Huston (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Mona Marshall (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

Leni is a 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.

  • Ballet: She's a rather exceptional dancer, according to supplementary materials.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Becomes this when she fights in her Eisenkleid against demon forces.
  • Big "NO!": Leni yells "No!" when she stops Ratchet from killing Orihime in the movie.
  • Bifauxnen: To the point where the game itself doesn't reveal her true gender until the second disk.
  • Bokukko: She addresses herself as boku.
  • Broken Bird: Due to being a Tyke-Bomb.
  • Character Development: Leni becomes friendlier with everyone in the Imperial Combat Revue over the course of Sakura Wars 2.
  • Damsel in Distress: Leni's this when she got caught by Kaijin forces in Is Paris Burning?.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks in large part to both Ogami and Iris.
  • Emotionless Girl: She starts off very cold and distant.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Enjoys being with the Imperial Combat Revue's dog, as seen in the movie.
  • Interface Spoiler: Averted. Chimes won't sound when you lose or gain her Relationship Values (which are only for the heroines before 3) until her Gender Reveal, hiding the fact that you can end up with her.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Leni takes advantage of this trope in stage plays alongside Maria and Kanna, and pulls it off so well that the entire Flower Division initially thinks she's actually a boy when she joins them.
  • Not So Stoic: Leni gets emotional when she and the rest of Flower Division end up having to fight a Brainwashed and Crazy Orihime in the movie.
    Leni: Orihime! Wake up, please! Come on!
  • The Quiet One: She's usually quiet.
  • Reading Lips: She helps the Paris Flower Division by watching the kaijin's conversation with binoculars.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Reni or Leni?
  • The Spock: She starts off solely focused on how to bring about an efficient victory, and is willing to risk the lives of others to do so.
  • Stellar Name: "Milchstrasse" — the Milky Way.
  • The Stoic: She has a very calm and logical demeanor.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Leni was part of a German program to create children with high spirit power.
  • Taking the Bullet: At the end of the film, Ratchet attempts to kill Orihime, but Leni gets in the way and her Eisenkleid gets destroyed.
  • Those Two Girls: When with Orihime or later Iris.

The Flower Division (Paris Combat Revue)

    In General 

    Erica Fontaine 

Erica Fontaine
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

Erica is a novitiate nun by day; cabaret dancer by night; mecha pilot in secret; cute, clumsy, and friendly 24/7. Was the first member of the Paris Combat Revue to be recruited by the Grand-Mère after she saw her spiritual powers at work. She's the main female lead of Sakura Wars 3.

  • Badass Adorable: She's cute and surprisingly handy with her submachine gun, despite her clumsiness.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She becomes absolutely furious with Ogami after the defeat of Calamar when he doesn't remember his promise to her.
    Erica: I fought wishing only to live in the city I love with the person I love! And despite that, to think you would forget!
  • The Captain: She becomes one in the Le Nouveau Paris OVA after Ogami left before Erica decides to step down.
  • Cat Girl: Her stage outfit at Chattes Noire is a cat outfit.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Whenever she sees someone in trouble, she always rushes over to help them the best she can. Though, this being Erica...
  • Church Militant: A variation; she's both a nun and a member of the Paris Combat Revue. The convent she belongs to is not a military organization in itself.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: So much that it's a known running gag whenever Erica is around.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When Erica was little, her spiritual powers accidentally activated. This killed her parents and a few bystanders nearby.
  • Destructive Savior: She tries to help people, but given her clumsiness, she tends to cause more problems than she solves.
  • The Ditz: She can be a bit airheaded and misinformed at times.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the opening sequence of the École de Paris OVA: the Grand Mere finds Erica in a church, praying for the prosperity and good fortune of everyone in the world, with a gigantic pair of angel wings extending from her back, that only disappear when Grand-Mère interrupts her. In under a minute, Erica then trips and falls right on top of her.
  • 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.
  • Floral Theme Naming: She's named after the "Erica" genus of heathers.
  • Friend to All Children: She can often be found playing games with kids in the park.
  • Genki Girl: Always upbeat and energetic, which is taken Up to Eleven with Erica's Good Morning Dance. Seriously, try to keep it out of your head after hearing it.
  • Guns Akimbo: And fitting her religious background, the guns are shaped like crosses.
  • I Call It "Vera": She carries two cross-shaped machine guns named "Raphael" and "Gabriel".
  • Idiot Ball: Sure, Erica, walk around with your machine gun while the police are on high alert. That won't get you in trouble or anything.
  • Irony: The fact that she was allowed to perform at the Les Chattes Noires as a known cabaret performer, or the fact that she wields a machine gun in battle, despite being a nun.
  • Kawaiiko: The most "cutesy" of the franchise's "main" girls.
  • Lethal Chef: She's so bad at cooking that it's one of the reasons why Leno asks Erica to leave the convent.
  • Love at First Sight: She admits this to Ogami if he chooses her as the vice-captain.
  • Nice Girl: Always bright and friendly to everyone she meets and is willing to lend a hand when necessary.
  • Not So Similar: To Sakura. While both girls share parallels with one another, they both have very contrasting traits: Erica is the first person to be recruited in the Paris Flower Division, has a fascination for Japanese culture, and is beloved by many in spite of her clumsy behavior. However, she tends to slack-off outside of battle, is rather indulgent with sweets, and tends to exaggerate said cheerfulness to compensate for her own inadequacy. Sakura, on the other hand, is the last member to join her respective squad, initially struggles to adapt to city life, and is mocked for her clumsiness. She, fortunately, makes up for it by diligently working on her swordsmanship and acting skills while steadily forming a sincere bond with everyone else. Even the way they behave towards Ogami is different; Erica is absolutely shameless of her love for Ogami whereas Sakura acts more self-conscious about it or gets jealous whenever he shows interest in another woman.
  • Nuns Are Mikos: She's a nun who has spiritual powers and fights demons.
  • Origin Story: The first episode of the École De Paris OVA shows how Erica was recruited into the Paris Combat Revue.
  • Secret Identity: Averted. She performs at the Les Chattes Noires as a dancer, but no one in the audience knows that she's really a novitiate nun in reality.
  • Sexual Euphemism: She dances for Ogami because Father Leno told her that "men and women dance in the morning" in the École de Paris OVA.
  • Sleepyhead: She's shown in the École de Paris OVA to fall asleep in strange places such as the backstage of Chattes Noire, the library, and even the briefing room.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Her weapons of choice are machine guns. Double-barreled machine guns.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's constantly upbeat and happy to cover up the depression she feels over her clumsiness.
  • Sweet Tooth: She is fond of eating sweets, especially when it comes to pudding.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Despite being a bit ditzy, Erica still does her job as a nun very well.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves pudding.

    Glycine Bleumer 

Glycine Bleumer
Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

The only heir of the Bleumer family in Paris, Glycine was the second member to be recruited into the Paris Combat Revue 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 finding out why he lost to her at the "Bluemer Test" and witnessing the depths of his dedication to defend Paris.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has a massive soft spot for cute animals, much to her embarrassment.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hates eating octopi due to being forced to eat an entire plate of it every year as part of Bleumer tradition.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The "Glycine" genus (formerly Wisteria; now, soybeans).
  • Lady of War: The most elegant of heavy hitters.
  • Morality Pet: Hanabi since the two are good friends back from their boarding school days.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Origin Story: The first episode of the École De Paris OVA shows how Glycine was recruited into the Paris Combat Revue.
  • The Ojou: Respected as the Bleumer heir.


Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Monica Rial (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

A young girl with origins from French-administered Annam in Southeast Asia, which is modern-day Vietnam, Coquelicot 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 Combat Revue. 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.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Possibly the most mature member of the team; definitely more so than Erica, anyways!
  • Bokukko: She addresses herself as boku.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her father was a Vietnamese plantation worker while her mother was a French heiress.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was orphaned at a young age in Annam. Things went From Bad to 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.
    • According to the novelization, Coquelicot was the result of an affair between a local worker and the daughter of a plantation owner. When her mother couldn't adapt to rural life after eloping, she returned to France and married another man. Her father died in the European War trying to find his wife, leaving Coquelicot to fend for herself.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She can be seen as a circus barker (without a bust shot portrait) in Chapter 1 before her official introduction in the next chapter.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Coquelicot" is the French word for corn poppies.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The reason why she travels to Paris is to get scraps of food for the animals in "Circle De Europe".
  • Love Martyr: While Coquelicot does find her mother in the official novel, she opts not to reveal herself after seeing the latter living happily with a new family.
  • Parental Abandonment: See Dark and Troubled Past for more details.
  • Precocious Crush: Like Iris, has one with Ogami during his stay in Paris. Iris doesn't take it that well when they meet up.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Downplayed. When she first steps in to calm down a horse that was running rampant, Ogami and Erica mistake her for a boy because she is wearing her hat (which conceals her Girlish Pigtails).
  • Secret Identity: Averted with her since she performs at the Les Chattes Noires with her real name.
  • Stepford Smiler: Would rather smile than share any sad feelings she has.
  • The Rival: To Iris for Ogami's affection when she meets her alongside Sakura and Sumire during the events of Sakura Wars 3.

    Lobelia Carlini 

Lobelia Carlini
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Ashley Moynihan (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

A thief of mixed Romanian-Italian descent, Lobelia is known as the "greatest villain of Paris", which earned 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.

  • Anti-Hero: A first in the franchise. Lobelia's a known criminal in the French underworld.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The "Lobelia" and "Carlina" genuses.
  • The Gadfly: Sometimes likes to mess around with Ogami and Glycine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually becomes something of a genuine hero.
  • Irony: The fact that the Paris Combat Revue recruited her. Fortunately, Grand-Mère has backup plans at the ready in case Lobelia decides to strike on her own again and go rogue.
  • 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. It eventually becomes clear that her professed dislike for the rest of the team is just a facade to hide that she does actually care about them.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: She is sentenced to one thousand years of confinement for her numerous crimes, and she joins the Paris Flower Division under the condition that her sentence would be reduced (on the other hand, if she refuses to join, Grand-Mère has the right to kill her).
  • You Are Number 6: Her "I Am" Song, "192455631"note , sings about how her prisoner number is dehumanizing and deprives her of her hope.

    Hanabi Kitaoji 

Hanabi Kitaoji
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (Japanese), Elise Baughman (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

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 cemetery. Hanabi was the last girl to be recruited by Ogami into the Paris Combat Revue.

  • 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: 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 Wars 3, Hanabi was engaged to Frenchman named Philippe de Maleblanche, who died at sea when the ship he was on sank in 1925, during their wedding day nonetheless. Glycine was the one responsible for telling Ogami about this in Sakura Wars 3.
  • Death Seeker: Initially wants to die so she could be with her beloved Phillipe, who died in 1925. 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: The most traditionally feminine member of the team, but no less badass for it.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tatamize Jeune" means literally "Japanese girl" in French.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Ogami's spiritual power measurement device goes past the maximum reading after he falls in a river in front of her. He thinks it has broken.
  • 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".
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Her theme color is black, justified as she wears Widow's Weeds. However, it is implied that it used to be yellow before losing her fiancé. She starts to wear yellow again if the player gets her ending.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's more of one than any of the girls in the original game, possibly because she spent most of her life in France and learned the way a Japanese woman is supposed to act largely from books.

The Star Division

    In General 

    Shinjiro Taiga 

Shinjiro Taiga
Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

The nephew of Ichiro Ogami, Shinjiro is a young naval lieutenant who is selected to join the New York Combat Revue's Star Division. He's the main protagonist and hero of Sakura Wars V.

  • Almighty Janitor: Like his uncle, Shinjiro's cover outside of being the captain is just being an usher. This is justified, as he was never meant to be captain, at least until the end of the game.
  • Animal Motifs: His Supermoves are named after tigers.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Peppermint, his alter ego for stage performances. His disguise was so effective that it even threw the Big Bad of New York NY off track for a bit.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His mother's letters to Ogami in the PS2 version of the first game mention him several times.
  • Ensign Newbie: Much to the initial chagrin of the rest of the Star Division. He quickly proves his worth to them, though.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As usual, depends on how you play him.
  • Continuity Nod/Running Gag: See the bath peeping under Ichiro's entry? Shin can do the exact thing word for word. It doesn't always end how you would expect though...
    Shin: "My body is moving on its own toward the baths..."
    Shin: Kayama!?
  • Field Promotion: He becomes Captain after Ratchet's injury in his first mission.
  • Generation Xerox: Sort of. He's Ogami's nephew and follows in his footsteps when he joins the Imperial Japanese Navy. He also becomes the Rookie Red Ranger, Almighty Janitor for the New York Combat Revue.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His mecha is both speedy and durable, and even though it can only hit one enemy at a time it can heal several allies at the same time.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: He was an officer in the IJN prior to his relocation to take up a combat post with the New York Combat Revue.
  • Heroic Mime: In dating sim sections only like his uncle before him, though he still has dialogue and interactions.
  • Hope Bringer: This is why he was sent to New York.
  • Hot-Blooded: Well, he is a samurai... And you can make him act like one in V.
  • Indy Ploy: He comes up with really good ones over the course of the story, depending on your choices.
  • Informed Attractiveness: His Peppermint persona. It is fairly attractive, but his 'beauty' was exaggerated into Legendary level in the New York NY OVA.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the English dub, several characters refer to him primarily by nickname: Gemini calls him "Shiny", Rosita calls him "Shins", Cherry/Plum calls him "Tiger", and Sunnyside uses a different nickname every time they talk.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Anri thinks Shinjiro is one before things were cleared up.
  • The One Guy: Of the Star Division.
  • Precision F-Strike: He calls Sunnyside a bastard in chapter 7 after he told the girls, behind Shinjiro's back to sacrifice their life by using the Five-Ring mandala in order to stop Nobunaga
  • Rookie Red Ranger: He's promoted to Captain (in-training) after Ratchet gets injured.

    Gemini Sunrise 

Gemini Sunrise
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

Gemini is a very cheerful cowgirl who tends to be a bit clumsy and the main female lead of Sakura Wars V. Her master's last words bring her from Texas to New York with her fellow horse, Larry.

  • Almighty Janitor: Despite helping to save America in Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, she starts off as a janitor for the Little Lip Theater in Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, and doesn't even join the Star Division until more than halfway through the game.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: The primary love interest (and thus the most promoted character) in So Long, My Love is Gemini Sunrise - Texan samurai cowgirl. Though she is far from the only American character in the game as it is based on the New York branch.
  • Anti-Hero: As Geminine, she is a vigilante that hunts down criminals, but is a bit too ruthless in her methods. She is violent even against innocents, should they get in her way.
  • Big Brother 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, lend 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!
  • Bokukko: In the Japanese version, she uses the informal and masculine first-person pronoun "boku". Her twin sister/alter ego, Geminine, uses the more masculine and confrontational pronoun "ore".
  • Broken Bird: Geminine, due to her feelings on not being able to be born in a separate body, as well as on the death of her master.
  • Country Mouse: She is from the Texas countryside. Gemini has a characteristic accent, though Geminine does not.
  • 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: She keeps up the tradition established by Sakura and Erica.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In chapter 6, Geminine realizes how far she has fallen in her quest for revenge and makes peace with her sister, becoming more friendly to the rest of the Star Division as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: While Gemini fully averts this, her inner sister Geminine decides to take a rest at the end of chapter 6 and is never seen or heard from again.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When Geminine takes over Gemini, she speaks in a more ominous and lower tone, in contrast to Gemini's upbeat and somewhat higher voice.
  • Fiery Redhead: Especially when Geminine takes over. This isn't the first time Sanae Kobayashi voiced a redheaded character with two personalities (with one being very aggressive).
  • 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.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Geminine wants revenge on Ranmaru for killing her master Mifune.
  • I Call It "Vera": Her katana, known as "Red Sun".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her inner sister, Geminine, is cold and distant everyone around her, but after giving up on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she begins to care about both Gemini and Shinjiro.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Geminine fights criminals not because she believes it's the right thing to do, but because her bitterness over the murder of her beloved master left her bloodthirsty for revenge, which she vents out on those whom she perceives to be evil.
  • Meaningful Name: Born on June 21, making her a Gemini. And she has a split personality, her Superpowered Evil Side Geminine.
  • Morality Pet: Geminine sees her twin sister and Shinjiro as this after giving up on her revenge.
  • Official Couple: She's the canon love interest for Shin.
  • Out of Focus: Geminine is left exhausted after the end of chapter 6 and decides not to interfere with Gemini's life for a while. She is not even mentioned for the rest of the game.
  • 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. This is partially subverted, though, in that the truth turns out to be more complicated than a case of Gemini simply putting on a mask.
  • Plucky Girl: She has the odd moment of disillusionment, but she bounces back.
  • Red Herring: The game sets her up to be the masked vigilante. But as it turns out, the masked woman is actually Gemini's other personality, Geminine.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Geminine is primarily motivated by the thought of avenging her master's death.
  • Samurai Cowboy: Especially in Episode Zero, where she's fighting evil on horseback across the American landscape.
  • Shout-Out: Her name could be a subtle nod to the famous "Binary Sunset" scene in the Star Wars franchise.
  • Split Personality: Geminine, a violent (yet depressed) alter whom Gemini refers to as her "sister".
  • Stellar Name: In Greek mythology, the brothers Castor and Pollux share their immortality by becoming the constellation Gemini. This is reflected in how Geminine can only live by coexisting with Gemini inside the latter's body.
  • The Stoic: Geminine's traumatic childhood made her unable to display any emotions other than cold arrogance or the occasional blistering fury.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: After giving up on her revenge, Geminine becomes much softer and kinder towards Shinjiro and Gemini.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Gemini was supposed to have a twin sister, but instead they were both born as a single person with a vestigial heart. Attached to it is Geminine, best described as a Blood Knight out for revenge.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Both at once. Her "twin" Geminine is more masculine and aspires to samurai ideals, while Gemini herself aspires to girliness and decides that she can be both a classy lady and a Texas cowgirl, but later declares her intent to be a "real lady."
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about Gemini without mentioning a plot twist that occurs in her chapter.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Katana. She is seen with a revolver, but it is never used.
  • When She Smiles: Geminine smiles from her heart to heart with Gemini inside their minds. Notable in that this is the one instance in the game where Geminine displays signs of happiness.

    Sagitta Weinberg (Cheiron Archer) 

Sagitta Weinberg / Cheiron Archer
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Erin Fitzgerald (English)

Cheiron is 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, and after Chapter 2, she takes up riding her hog again.
  • Black and White Insanity: Due to certain problems in the past, she starts out as a Lawful Stupid. Grows out of this after chapter 2.
  • Catchphrase: "You are guilty!"
  • 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). She manages to combine this with being Hot-Blooded. The point where Shinjiro "breaks" her even has several sounds of ice.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: More than anyone else, she dislikes the thought of Shinjiro joining the New York Combat Revue. Well, until the aftermath of her mock trial with Steam Frontier and Shinjiro, at least...
  • 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 Wars 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), despite the fact that she's 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", which is actually accurate (at least, relative to the expected alternative).
  • 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.
    • The original Japanese fits too; "Sagitta" alludes to both the constellation Sagitta (the arrow), and the constellation and zodiac sign of Sagittarius (the archer). To top it off, Sagittarius is often depicted as a centaur, and the constellation itself is also occasionally conflated with Chiron's mythology (who is more properly represented by Centaurus).
  • My Greatest Failure: This occurs in 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 a 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".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She is horrible to Shinjiro during the start of the game, but quickly shows her softer side after their confrontation in chapter two.
  • 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: Funnily enough, Rosita is the one most likely to bring out her tsun side.

    Diana Caprice 

Diana Caprice
Voiced by: Kaya Matsutani (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

The niece of Michael Sunnyside, Diana is a young doctor who's as compassionate as a goddess. 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 "Rosita" Aries) 

Rikaritta "Rika" Aries / Rosarita "Rosita" Aries
Voiced by: Ayaka Saitou (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English)

Rosita is 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.

  • Stylistic Suck: Her speech and dub are just what you could expect from a foreign little girl.
  • Token Mini-Moe: For the Star Division, being the only child of the group.

    Subaru Kujō 

Subaru Kujo
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)

Subaru is a mysterious person whose 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 (and pretty much everything, really)

  • The Ace: Renowned as a genius who has never lost in any form of competition or combat.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Subaru doesn't identify as either male or female, and flatly refuses to bring their biological sex into the equation, no matter how curious their teammates may be.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Gradually warms up to the rest of the Star Division.
  • Flower Motifs: Their attack animations have flowers and petals everywhere. Their super attack on the ground is "Lunatic Bloom".
  • Gay Option: ...Maybe. Lampshaded in their 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: They're the official loner of the team, but in most cases, they'll be the first person who has any real time for Shinjiro (particularly in Cheiron's chapter).
  • Insufferable Genius: Tends to be very blunt with their assessments of people.
  • Meaningful Name: "Subaru" is the Japanese name for the Pleiades, a star cluster that's part of the constellation Taurus. Guess what their zodiac sign is?
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Their weapon of choice. Subaru uses it in the OVA and it cuts through metal.
  • The Power of Trust: In their chapter, states that they give Shinjiro "[her] ultimate trust".
  • The Smart Guy: The smartest member of the Star Division due to their ability to look at things analytically.
  • Stellar Name: See Meaningful Name.
  • The Stoic: Starts off very cold and distant to the rest of the Star Division.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Very much a technician, which sees them hit a brick wall with jazz and other music that needs to be "felt."
  • Third-Person Person: It's the way they get around having to state their 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 their 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 themself this, given Subaru's preoccupation for not leaving evidence of their 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...
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: In the English version, the term is "Yamato Maiden", but still counts.

    Ratchet Altair (Lachette) 

Ratchet Altair (Lachette)
Voiced by: Akiko Kuno (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)

Ratchet is the 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 Combat Revue 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, and you might not even notice it too much if you're not paying attention to her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In her route, she manages to pilot her STAR one last time near the end to help Shinjiro 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even after admitting her duplicity via ad-libs, the rest of the Flower Division willingly forgives Ratchet, further cementing her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Flechette Storm: In the film, her Eisenkleid can summon several exploding knives to kill off the demons, as demonstrated during the battle at the Imperial Theater.
  • Harem Nanny: Subverted in that she is a love interest herself. But only in the next playthrough.
  • 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, both on foot and in her mech. She uses this to take out a Douglas-Stewart soldier in the movie, and we see plenty more in V.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: She was sent to Berlin to establish a combat revue there during the events of the New York NY OVA.
  • 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 Ranmaru 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 library.
  • Retired Badass: Ratchet took the dissolution of the European Star Division the hardest and jumped at the chance to become a team leader again. The thought of becoming this trope once more crippled her self-esteem to the point that she secretly conspired with Brent to become the leading unit of the Japhkiels.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: In Sakura Wars: The Movie, Ratchet is seen wearing a striped white-blue dress. In So Long, My Love, she wears a blue suit to signify her status as the team's captain.
  • 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 So Long, My Love as "Ratchet". Sega and RED Entertainment also adheres to "Ratchet" as the proper translated name from Japanese.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: In the second half of the film, Ratchet is about to kill one of the Douglas-Stewart guards in the theater with her throwing knives, but Sakura stops her from doing so.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the events of the movie, she mellows considerably, with the results evident in V.
  • 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 the fight could end. She grows out of it by the beginning of V.
    Ratchet: I'm sorry, but, we must bring an end to this meaningless waste of time, Orihime.
    • The novelization expands on this even further: Ratchet has worked with Brent in a misguided attempt to secure her role as a protector of the weak.

The Flower Division (New Imperial Combat Revue)

    In General 
The aftermath of the Great Demon War in 1930 caused the original Flower Division to be obliterated and damaged their theater operations. A new Flower Division was formed by Sumire Kanzaki, one of the original members of the group. By 1940, Seijuro Kamiyama was selected to lead the team to regain their former glory by participating in the World Combat Revue War tournament.
  • Five-Token Band: The five heroines consist of three Japanese girls (Sakura Amamiya, Hatsuho Shinonome and Azami Mochizuki), a Luxembourgian girl (Clarissa Snowflake) and a dark-skinned Greek girl (Anastasia Palma).
  • Glory Days: Before the Great Demon War, they were already famous as a theater/fighting troupe. By the time of Shin Sakura Wars, ten years have passed and the division seeks to regain their glory through recruiting new actresses/fighters as well as participating in the World Combat Revue War competitions.
  • Happy Ending Override: The backstory and plot of Shin Sakura Wars reveal that the division ended up failing their goals after defeating the Hive of Darkness, the Black Demons, Douglas-Stewart and Nagayasu, with the Great Demon War ruining everyone's lives. Sumire Kanzaki replaces Ogami as the team's commander.

    Seijuro Kamiyama 

Seijuro Kamiyama
Voiced by: Yohei Azakami

The hero of Shin Sakura Wars. Originally the captain of a special service ship in the Imperial Navy, he now serves as the commander of the new generation of the Imperial Combat Revue.

  • Affectionate Nickname: The leaked French trailer shows that Sakura calls him "Sei-niisan" (Big Brother Sei).
  • Almighty Janitor: Like his contemporaries before him, Kamiyama not only serves as the Imperial Theater's usher, but also as its promoter.
  • The Captain: Before his current assignment, he served as a ship captain in the Navy.
  • Childhood Friends: He grew up with Sakura.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields two Japanese swords like his predecessor Ichiro Ogami.

    Sakura Amamiya 

Sakura Amamiya
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

A fan of the original Imperial Combat Revue's Sakura Shinguji, she joins in the reborn Revue to follow in her footsteps, believing wholeheartedly in their mission to protect Tokyo and the power of song and dance. She's the main female lead of Shin Sakura Wars.

  • Audience Surrogate: Mostly to the longtime fans and newcomers of the audience who related her dreams of helping the Flower Division regain their Glory Days, and who often came back to the Sakura Wars franchise, whereas other fans related to Clarissa Snowflake's pessimism about the franchise.
  • Childhood Friends: She's known Seijurou since they were kids, though he didn't recognize her until she brandished her broom at him. Also, considering what type of game this is...
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Just like her predecessors, she often trips over things.
  • Fangirl: She admires Sakura Shinguuji even before she joins the Revue.
  • Foil: She is this to Sakura Shinguuji who was a Country Mouse who knew little about the Imperial Combat Revue when joining and even less about acting, being more concerned with defending the city. Amamiya, on the other hand, worships Shinguuji and is as eager to become an actress as she is to defend Tokyo.
  • Hair Decorations: Like her predecessor and namesake, Sakura wears a pink ribbon on her head.
  • Iconic Outfit: She often wears a blue and pink kimono with a pink cherry blossom attached to it.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Not as much as her predecessor Shinguji, but there is pink in her garb and her Koubu is pink.
  • Sakura Girl: She is even voiced by someone with Sakura in their name!
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's the most stereotypically-Japanese out of the cast so far.

    Hatsuho Shinonome 

Hatsuho Shinonome
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida

A stereotypical Edo native and shrine maiden born in Tokyo's Shitamachi downtown district, she loves Shitamachi, festivals, and everyone in the district. Although initially brash and rude, she is highly reliable as well as an excellent mediator.

  • Boobs of Steel: Given that she's wielding that huge hammer and she's second only to Anastasia in bust size, she fits the trope.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes have the same burnt orange tint as her hair
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Her skin looks a tint darker despite her scene in the trailer taking place in a well-lit area.
  • Drop the Hammer: Concept art in Weekly Shonen Jump showed that she uses a MASSIVE hammer.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's depicted as rather loud and standoffish, but does mean well.
  • Foil: She is this trope to Kanna Kirishima. Both are Hot-Blooded redheads but Kanna was a martial artist from the distant Okinawa while Hatsuho grew up in Tokyo as a shrine maiden. Kanna is also friendly, but prone to fly off the handle quickly while Hatsuho is brusque, but ultimately tries to mediate with others. Even their weapons are different with Kanna preferring her bare fists while Hatsuho just smacks opponents with a hammer.
  • Sarashi: She wears this under her outfit, though it doesn't cover up her considerable cleavage.
  • Shrine Maiden: She even has a shimenawa rope she uses to roll up her sleeves.

    Azami Mochizuki 

Azami Mochizuki
Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura
The young scion of the Mochizuki ninja clan, she possesses a great talent for the martial arts and various forms of weaponry. She was brought up in a strict household, and thus places a great deal of importance on upholding the "108 Laws" of her clan.
  • 108: The Mochizuki clan has 108 laws, which Azami is dedicated to upholding.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the troupe at thirteen years old.
  • Flechette Storm: Being a member of her ninja clan, Azami can summon several kunai and throw it at the enemy.
  • Foil: She is this trope to Iris Châteaubriand who wasn't even a teenager when she joined. Iris was an Adorably Precocious Child and very cheery in spite of her isolated upbringing while Azami is more distant. Iris was also French while Azami is Japanese.
  • Knife Nut: Her preferred weapons are the kunai.
  • Ninja: Descended from a clan of ninja, she even uses kunai.

    Clarissa Snowflake 

Clarissa "Clarice" Snowflake
Voiced by: Saori Hayami

A scholar from Luxembourg, she is an avid and learned reader brimming with curiosity and a big heart. She is also the latest in her long line to possess the ability to harness the power of dark magic.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Everyone in the Flower Division often calls her "Clarice." Judging by a poster in the theater it's also used as her stage name.
  • Audience Surrogate: She is largely reflective of the people who have grown disillusioned with the series, especially after So Long, My Love. Her complaints and voicing criticism of the Imperial Combat Revue regarding her perception of unmotivated members as well as the revue's lower budget voiced many of their observations made about the game's Happy Ending Override.
  • Badass Bookworm: Loves reading. She can actually become so fixated that Seijurou yelling at the top of his lungs can't snap her out of it!
  • Broken Pedestal: The Imperial Combat Revue has become this trope to her. When meeting Kamiyama during her introduction, she makes several points to him and Sakura about how the revue is failing due to the Great Demon War damaging their theater operations.
  • Foil: She is this trope to Kohran Li. Both are foreigners who are also intellectuals, but Kohran was a Chinese engineer who was very casual and on-hand while Clarice is a Western scholar of magic and also of noble descent.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: She will sometimes lapse into her native Luxembourgish, such as when she encounters Kamiyama for the first time.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has brilliant blond hair and, despite becoming a melancholic girl, is described as a total sweetheart.
  • Nostalgia Filter: She laments that the members of the new combat revue are unable to reach their Glory Days to the point where she says that hiring a man as a captain is disastrous.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Has a surprisingly sharp tongue, even saying "Please go to Hell!"
  • Spell Book: Her family's magic is cast from books.

    Anastasia Palma 

Anastasia Palma
Voiced by: Ayaka Fukuhara

Born in Greece, she was a star on the stages of Europe. She transferred to the Imperial Combat Revue.

  • The Ace: She's the most experienced member of the current Flower Division, at least theatre-wise.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She has bronzed skin and platinum hair.
  • Foil: She is this trope to Maria Tachibana. Both are foreign women, but Maria was half-Japanese and half-Russian while Anastasia is Greek. Maria was also the most experienced from a combat perspective (having been a child soldier during the Russian Revolution) while Anastasia was a theater star. Maria was also very wholesome and reserved in her manner of dress while Anastasia is a full-blown Ms. Fanservice what with a Sexy Backless Outfit that even exposes Sideboob.
  • Gorgeous Greek: She actually hails from Greece.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's got the largest breasts of any character in the entire franchise, complete with her Sexy Backless Outfit and Sideboob.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Her outfit includes one.

Other Members of the Imperial Combat Revue

    Ikki Yoneda 

Ikki Yoneda
Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (Japanese), Bill McMillin (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs and Sakura Wars (TV)), Doug Stone (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~, as "David Orozco")

Yoneda is a retired General who works as both commander-in-chief for the Imperial Combat Revue and manager of the theater. He retires after the end of Sakura Wars 4.

  • The Alcoholic: He seems to never appear anywhere without sake bottle.
  • The Brigadier: He's a Lieutenant General in the IJA.
  • The Bus Came Back: He appeared in the events of Dramatic Dungeon, taking a support role.
  • Distressed Dude: In the movie, he was kidnapped by Patrick Hamilton and held hostage by Brent Furlong.
  • Four-Star Badass: Yoneda's not only a decorated war veteran with a strong resume in the field, but he's also the leader of the Hanagumi division and is responsible for its non-battle management such as logistics.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries this in both the TV series and the fourth game. It doesn't stick.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: He was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army before he took a covert post with the Imperial Combat Revue. 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 Ogami in a drunken 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 Wars 4.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this within the ranks of the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His sorrow and regretful attitude towards the blood spilled during his career pretty much is the cause of his drinking.
  • Sole Survivor: Yoneda's the only surviving members of the IJA's anti-Kouma squad sent to stop the Koumas when they surfaced in Japan in the Demon Wars.
  • Talk to the Fist: After Brent is killed, Yoneda punches Tanuma in the face.

    Ayame Fujieda 

Ayame Fujieda

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Amy L. Gambler (English, Sakura Wars 1 and 2 OVAs), Jessica Hedrick (Sakura Wars (TV)).

Yoneda's Number Two. She fought alongside Yoneda, Kazama Shinguji, and Shinnosuke Yamazaki in the Demon Wars 10 years before the event of the first game. She serves in the theater as a talent scout, which covers her actual role in the Imperial Combat Revue.

  • Number Two: She serves as Yoneda's right-hand woman, at least for the first game.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After she transforms into Michael, her actions in helping Ogami survive the events of the first game results in her death.
  • Saved by Canon: In The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms and the first episode of The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms, Ayame survive all of the battles and events that unfold due to the fact that she will die at the end of Sakura Wars.
  • Sexy Mentor: She serves as one to Ogami in the 1996 game, which leads to interesting and humorous reactions from the girls. Most notable of them is Sakura, who feels jealous when he's with her.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Ayame lives in the anime version since she wasn't turned by Satan.
  • Tragic Monster: She does not become evil willingly, thanks to Aoi Satan implanting a demon seed within her.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard not to talk about the character without mentioning a plot twist that occurs at the end of the game.

    Kaede Fujieda 

Kaede Fujieda
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Meredith May, (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Lia Sargent (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

Ayame's younger sister debuting in Sakura Wars 2, Kaede replaces her as the 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 Wars 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 an IJA officer at the Imperial Combat Revue'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 Combat Revue 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.
  • Number Two: She serves as Yoneda's right-hand woman in the Imperial Combat Revue
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Kaede is this alongside Yoneda in the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • 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.
  • Tap on the Head: Kaede knocks down an IJA officer with a karate chop to the neck after the Flower Division takes back the theater.
  • White Gloves: Sometimes wear them when she's in her IJA uniform in an Imperial Combat Revue operation.
  • You Are in Command Now: She served as assistant commander of the Imperial Combat Revue alongside Yoneda after the death of her older sister Ayame.

    Yuichi Kayama 

Yuichi Kayama
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), B. Michael Rains (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Steve Blum (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie, as "David Lucas"), Keith Silverstein (English, Sakura Wars V)

A friend of Ogami's from the naval academy debuting in Thou Shalt Not Die. 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.

In Sakura Wars V: So Long My Love, he helps Ogami's nephew, Shinjiro, adjust to life in New York. He 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: He uses a katana as his main weapon when frees Leni and Orihime in the events of Sakura Wars 3.
  • Katanas of the Rising Sun: Was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy before he took a covert post with the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Ninja: He 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.

    The Wind Division 

The Wind Division (Imperial Combat Revue)

Yuri voiced by: Yuki Masuda (Japanese), Elise Ivy (English, Sakura Wars OVA), Kelly Dealyn (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Elia Nichols (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Lynn Fischer (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie and Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)
Kasumi voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese), Jessica L. Wilson (English, Sakura Wars OVA), Meg Bauman (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA), Monica Bustamante (English, Sakura Wars (TV)), Karen Strassman (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie, as "Kristy Pape"), Mona Marshall (English, Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)
Tsubaki voiced by: Kyoko Hikami (Japanese), Shelby Johnson-Sapp (English, Sakura Wars 1 OVA), Cassie Fitzgerald (English, Sakura Wars 2 OVA and Sakura Wars (TV)), Philece Sampler (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie, as "Sue Beth Arden"), Sara Nicole (English, Sakura Taisen: ~Su~Mi~Re~)

Also called "The Three Girls of the Imperial Opera", they are in charge of transportation and behind-the-frontlines support for the Imperial Combat Revue. Their members are: Yuri Sakakibara, Kasumi Fujii, and Tsubaki Takamura.

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The Rose Division

Kotone voiced by: Kazuki Yao (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie)
Kikunojō voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese)
Yokihiko voiced by: Daisuke Gori (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English, Sakura Wars: The Movie, as "James Lyon")

A group of three highly effeminate males members of the army who are flamboyant and over-the-top, debuting in Sakura Wars 2 and provide the second game with a major source of comic relief. Their members are Kotone Seiryūin, Kikunojō Oka and Yokihiko Ōta

  • Big Damn Heroes: They help the Flower Division fight of the Kouma and foil Brent's plans.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kikunojō Oka dresses up as the female.
  • Large Ham: Yokihiko. It is demonstrated in his scene in the movie.
  • Power Trio: Kotone as the squad leader, Kikunojō as the small dude, and Yokihiko as the big dude.

Other Members of the Paris Combat Revue

    Grand-Mère (Isabel Lilac) 

Grand-Mère (Isabel Lilac)

Voiced by: Keiko Aizawa (Japanese), Juli Erickson (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

The owner of Chattes Noires and head of the Paris Combat Revue. She is generally calm but possesses a sharp tongue. Also, she has a pet cat named Napoleon.

  • Berserk Button: She understandably gets enraged when her plans don't go according to plan.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She is known to prepare for every contingency during an operation.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Lilacs, obviously.
  • Harem Nanny: Being the one commanding the almost all-female Paris Combat Revue.
  • Punny Name: Her other moniker "Owner" phonetically resembles "Onna", the Japanese word for woman.

Norimichi Sakomizu

Voiced by: Shinshō Nakamaru (Japanese), Bill Flynn (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

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 Combat Revue. 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: He serves as the Japanese ambassador to France.
  • Cold Sniper: He's 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."
  • Red Baron: He was known as "Sakomizu the Steel Wall" to everyone in the Imperial Japanese military.
  • Retired Badass: He was a former officer in the IJN back in the day before he became an ambassador.

    Mell Raison 

Mell Raison

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (Japanese), Kate Oxley (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris, as "Kate Borneman")

A secretary of Grand-Mère who provides logistical support during battles. Mell is timid, yet serious and punctual.

  • Meaningful Name: Her last name stands for reason. Combine her first with Ci and you can read it as "Merci", which means "Thanks" in French.

    Ci Caprice 

Ci Caprice

Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), Luci Christian (English, Sakura Wars: École de Paris)

A secretary of Grand-Mère who provides logistical support during battles, Ci is easygoing and sociable.

  • Meaningful Name: Her last name stands for capriciousness. Combine her first with Mell and you can read it as "Merci", which means "Thanks" in French.
  • Sweet Tooth: Has a love for sweets like Erica and is a very talented pâtissière.

Other Members of the New York Combat Revue

    Michael Sunnyside 

Michael Sunnyside
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)

The commander of the New York Combat Revue and the owner of the Little Lip 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".
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Rich Idiot with No Day Job aside, he knows what he's doing.
  • The Captain: He is in charge of the New York Combat Revue.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: He's not shy to using Japanese phrases to help Shinjiro feel at home.
    • Or just as likely, because he's more than a little obsessed with Japanese culture himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Seemingly this when he tells Shinjiro that he needs to sacrifice one of the girls. This turns to be false since Michael was just testing Shinjiro. For that, you can put a sock in him.

    Plum Spaniel (Cherry Cocker) 

Plum Spaniel (Cherry Cocker)
Voiced by: Kaori Aso (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)

A waitress for the Little Lip Theater, Plum/Cherry is usually seen rollerskating around to deliver food and drinks to theater guests. 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: She 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.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys teasing Anri, all the way to the New York NY OVA.
  • Gag Boobs: In fact, taking a picture focusing on them earns some affection from her!
  • The Glomp: Does this to Anri in the New York NY OVA.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name is named after a fruit (Plum and Cherry) and her last name is based off a dog species (in this case, the American Cocker Spaniel).
  • 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: Does this as part of her job as a waitress at the Little Lip Theater.
  • She's Got Legs: Her legs get shown quite a lot due to her skirt.
  • Those Two Girls: She's seen together with Anri most of the time when she's not on duty at the theater.

    Anri Yoshino 

Anri Yoshino
Voiced by: Yoko Honna (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)

The vendor at the gift shop inside Little Lip 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 Little Lip Theater. In reality, Anri's assigned to work at the Rainbow Division whenever the Ahab is launched.

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

    Xingshi Wong 

Xingshi Wong

Voiced by: Tetsuo Goto (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

An old Chinese man who's employed as Sunnyside's personal assistant. He's also the New York Combat Revue's head mechanic.

  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Always comes in from nowhere with a polite greeting on his face.

Other Members of the New Imperial Combat Revue

    Kaoru Rindou 

Kaoru Rindou

Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa

Sumire's secretary, Kaoru often helps take care of the finances at the Imperial Theater as well as Kanzaki Heavy Industries. She also serves as a member of the new Imperial Combat Revue's Wind Division.

    Komachi Oba 

Komachi Oba

Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi

A fast-talking merchant from Osaka, Komachi is a young girl who takes Tsubaki's place as the gift shop vendor.


The Hive of Darkness

The main antagonists of the original Sakura Wars.
    In General 
  • Saved by Canon: In The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms, it's made clear that the group will survive the events of the OVA since they will fight with the Flower Division in the game.


Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (Japanese)

The leader of the Hive of Darkness and a demon general.

  • Adapted Out: While Tenkai is a major antagonist in the first game, he doesn't make an appearance in the anime.
  • Back from the Dead: He was revived by Aoi Satan shortly after he was killed in the Demon Wars.
  • Big Bad: He initially serves as the main antagonist, until he gets killed at the end of the first half.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Based on a historical Buddhist high priest.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Everything he did at the beginning of the series was allowed to happen by Aoi Satan.

The Lords of Death

Higher-Ups of the Hive of Darkness.
    In General 

    Black/Aoi Satan (Shinnosuke Yamazaki) 

Black/Aoi Satan (Shinnosuke Yamazaki)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese)

Tenkai's Lieutenant. His past life as Shinnosuke Yamazaki has personal ties with Yoneda and Ayame, since he was an original member of the Anti-Kouma Squad.

  • Back for the Dead: He was killed in the first game and reappears at the first boss in the second game, only to be killed by the Demon King.
  • Back from the Dead: After Yamazaki died in battle with the Kouma, he was revived by Satan.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the first game.

    Crimson Miroku 

Crimson Miroku
Voiced by: Yumi Hikita (Japanese)

The only female among the Lords of Death.

  • Lady of War: Her elegant appearance believes her power.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She first has 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 instability brought by her obsession with Sumire — the person who killed her.
  • Madness Mantra: Also, the second half of the TV series: "Sumire... Your life... I want your life...!"

    Silver Rasetsu 

Silver Rasetsu
Voiced by: Hideaki Ono (Japanese, 1996 game), Hisao Egawa (Japanese, In Hot Blood and TV series)

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.

    Jade Setsuna 

Jade Setsuna
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)

Setsuna appears as a male human 10-year old child. Cunning and manipulative, Setsuna targets his victims' weaknesses before he strikes. He is the older brother of Rasetsu.

Aoi Satan's Group

The main antagonists in the second half of the original Sakura Wars.

The Three Knights of Twilight

Aoi Satan's Lieutenants
    In General 


Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese)


Voiced by: Toru Okawa (Japanese)


Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)

The Black Demons

The main antagonists of Sakura Wars 2.
    In General 

    Keigo Kyogoku 

Keigo Kyogoku
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (Japanese)

A powerful general in the Imperial Army, Kyogoku is the true leader of the Black Demons. He is the main antagonist of Sakura Wars 2.

  • Alliterative Name: Keigo Kyogoku
  • Big Bad: The actual leader of the Black Demons and the main antagonist of the second game who works with the Demon King as a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Final Boss: After the Demon King/Kazuma is killed, Kyogoku becomes the final threat the Flower Division has to face in Sakura Wars 2.
  • Leitmotif: He has an ominous, dark theme which features a pipe organ and harpsichord.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kyogoku states his goal is to bring back the old Tokyo that existed in the 18th century. But given his willingness to commit genocide, have the army take over the theater, strike fear into the citizens by unsealing Musashi, and ultimately trying to overthrow the government, it seems that he's more interested in causing pain and suffering onto others.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: He usually wears a black cape over his green army uniform.

    Demon King 

Demon King/Kazuma Shinguji
Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (Japanese)

The supposed leader of the Black Demons. His past has very personal ties to Sakura Shinguji.

  • Back from the Dead: He was revived by Kyogoku before the events of Thou Shalt Not Die.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He is the man tapped by Kyogoku to lead the Black Demon Society.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He may have been defeated by Sakura, but all that's left is Kyogoku.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He saves Sakura at the cost of his own life at the end of Thou Shalt Not Die.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is actually Sakura's father, Kazuma, who died in the Demon Wars, and was resurrected by Kyogoku.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard not to talk about the character without mentioning a huge plot twist towards the end of the game, much less his relationship with Sakura.

The Five Black Demons

Kyogoku's of the Black Demons.
    In General 


Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese)

One of the Five Black Demons, his element is metal.


Voiced by: Joji Yanami (Japanese)

One of the Five Black Demons, his element is wood.


Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese)

One of the Five Black Demons, her element is earth.

  • Time-Limit Boss: In chapter 11, if you take too long to stop Tsuchigumo from going near the central vent, she will destroy the Mikasa and kill everyone on board.


Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese)

One of the Five Black Demons, his element is fire.


Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese)

One of the Five Black Demons, her element is water.

Villains in Sakura Wars 3


Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese)

The spirit of the city of Paris who serves as the main antagonist of Sakura Wars 3, Salu wishes to bring France back to its days before the Roman Empire conquered the country, in order to recreate Gaul (ancient France). Salu appears as a young girl with blonde hair dressed in a colorful jester's costume, with the left side of her face painted white.

  • Demonic Possession: She speaks to Ogami through the vice captain.
  • Final Boss: After Duke Calmar is killed, Salu becomes the last villain the Paris Combat Revue has to contend with.
  • Monster Clown: She dresses in a colorful jester's costume, with the left side of her face painted white.
  • Saved by Canon: In École de Paris, Salu has to survive the events of the OVA since she's destined to die at the Paris Combat Revue's hands in Is Paris Burning?.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled as Salut.

The Paris Phantoms

The main antagonists of Sakura Wars 3.
    In General 

    Duke Calmar 

Duke Calmar
Voiced by: Toru Ohira (Japanese)

A fat, blue-skinned, squid-like humanoid and the leader of the Paris Phantoms. He's one of the main antagonists in Sakura Wars 3.

  • Disc-One Final Boss: He may have been defeated by the Flower Division. But all that remains is Salu.


Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese)

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 (Japanese)

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 worth 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 

Masque de Corbeau
Voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (Japanese)

A mysteriously dramatic and overly dramatic man dressed in elegant black clothing a crow-like helmet.

Villains in Sakura Wars 4

    Ōkubo Nagayasu 

Ōkubo Nagayasu
Voiced by: Ouji Hiroi (Japanese)

A mining magistrate during the reign of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Ōkubo wishes to conquer Tokyo in order to bring it back how it was during the Edo period. He's the main antagonist of Sakura Wars 4.

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the fourth game.

Villains in Sakura Wars 5

Nobunaga's Group

    Oda Nobunaga 

Oda Nobunaga
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese)

The mastermind behind the recent attacks on New York City and the main antagonist of Sakura Wars V.


Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)

One of the main antagonists in Sakura Wars V, who assumes the form of a green-haired bunny girl with a scythe. He's first fought in Chapter 1, trying to blow up Liberty Island.


Voiced by: Daisuke Egawa (Japanese), Paul St. Peter (English)

Another major villain trying to take over NY.


Voiced by: Masatoyo Tetsuno (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)

Yet another major villain that the New York Combat Revue must eliminate.


Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Melodee Spevack (English)

One of the villains trying to conquer NY, Kokuryuhime 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.

  • Knight Templar: Has a twisted sense of justice, but is nicknamed "The Selfish Queen". That fits the bill.


Voiced by: Sakiko Uran (Japanese), Philece Sampler (English)

Yet another major villain that the New York Combat Revue must eliminate.

Other Characters

    Kojiro Akechi 

Kojiro Akechi

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa

A private detective who heads to Paris and gets tangled with a case.

    Miki Akechi 

Miki Akechi

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

Kojiro's younger sister and a dancer in the Chattes Noir in Paris.

Sakura Wars V Characters



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.

Other Sakura Wars Characters

     Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Wars ~Kimi aru ga tame~ Characters 

Jeanne d'Arc (or Joan of Arc)

The Big Bad of the Nintendo DS game Dramatic Dungeon, 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

     OVA Characters 

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 SW3. He is the main antagonist of Sakura Wars: Le Nouveau Paris.


Britain's external intelligence organization, French-based MI6 agents were deployed after the events of Sakura Wars 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.

Futaba Taiga

Voiced by: Rumi Kasahara (Japanese)

Ichiro Ogami's older sister and Shinjiro's mother, Futaba is a highly skilled warrior in her own right.

  • Cool Big Sis: To Ichiro.
  • The Dreaded: Played for laughs; her mere presence terrifies Kayama, who's implied to still have nightmares about his days training under her.
  • Dual Wielding: Being the one who taught both Ichiro and Shinjiro how to fight with two swords at once.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's mentioned offhand in Sakura's ending in 4, Ichiro receives several letters from her in the PS2 version of the first game, and Shinjiro writes a number of letters to her in V, but she doesn't appear in person until the Utau Dai New York 2 stage play and the New York NY OVA.
  • The Gadfly: Very much enjoys teasing people.
  • The Ghost: She's only mentioned in So Long, My Love and the remake of the first Sakura Wars game, as well as Fall in Love, Maidens. Her first major appearance was in the second New York revue show, Utau Dai New York 2.
  • Master Swordsman: She trained Ichiro, Kayama, and Shinjiro in swordsmanship.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: To the point where everyone but Subaru is shocked when they find out she's Shinjiro's mother.
  • Open-Minded Parent: After seeing Shinjiro dressed up as Peppermint, she declares that she's fine with her son wanting to become a woman, and offers to help him become even more feminine. She already knows the true reason behind his cross-dressing and was just trolling him, but it's implied she'd be genuinely ok with her son being transgendered.
  • Promotion to Parent: She is implied to have been the one most responsible for raising Ichiro.
  • So Proud of You: To Shinjiro after he saves her life. Also played for laughs after she sees just how close he is to the rest of the Star Division.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Polite, adept at housework, and has a backbone of pure steel, though she's more overtly high-spirited than the usual examples (just enough to reveal where Ichiro and Shinjiro got their Hot-Blooded tendencies from).


Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese)

The Big Bad of the New York NY OVA.

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the New York NY OVA.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Inverted. He has some attraction toward Peppermint (Shinjiro in disguise) due to his similarity to his late wife. However, he doesn't show anger or shock when he finds out the truth. His response is completely calm. If anything, he comes to respect Shinjiro's ability to play the part.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Definitely comes across as a bit more sympathetic than the typical Sakura Wars antagonist.

     Sakura Wars: The Movie Characters 

Brent Furlong

Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English, as "Joseph McDougal")

The head of the American manufacturer Douglas-Stewart, he serves as the Big Bad of Sakura Wars: The Movie.

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite seeming that he is passionate about charity work, he is actually scheming to take over Tokyo.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Not seeing the Flower Division use the waterways to enter the Imperial Theater.
  • Character Death: He is killed the Imperial Assault Force at the end of the movie.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Those Japhkiels he's marketing? Actually demons.
  • The Evil Genius: Brent developed the Japhkiels and plans to use Douglas-Stewart to make the Imperial Combat Revue obsolete.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Brent merges with the combined Japhkiels into a giant demon that towers over the Imperial Combat Revue's koubus.
  • Evil Plan: He arranged for Douglas-Stewart to exploit the Japhkiels' capabilities of fighting the demons as well as the takeover of the Imperial Theater.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Kōichi Yamadera plays Brent with a deep voice, a warning that he's definitely up to no good.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He seems to be a friendly, charitable person. Too bad about his plot involving the demise of the Flower Division.
  • Final Boss: He becomes the last boss the Flower Division has to face in the film.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Brent's presence is felt in École de Paris, where Douglas-Stewart developed the Blanches to attack Paris.
  • Gratuitous English: In the film, some of Brent's dialogue is peppered with English, especially in the opening scenes. Averted in the English dub.
  • Leitmotif: A dark orchestral piece which is featured in most of his scenes, most prominently when he's discussing his plans with Patrick and when he transforms into his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the Army to order the Flower Division on indefinite standby.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plans to revolutionize the steam industry may be noble, but in fact he's only doing this to make the Flower Division obsolete and cause Tokyo to suffer.
  • One-Winged Angel: He ends up combining with his remaining Japhkiels at the end of the film.
  • Voice of the Legion: At the end of the film, talks as if it was many voices speaking at once after merging with the remaining Japhkiel.
  • War for Fun and Profit: His ultimate goal is to revolutionize the steam industry with Japhkiels, trademarked by Douglas-Stewart.

Patrick Hamilton

Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English, as "Edward Villa")

The Dragon to Brent Furlong in Sakura Wars: The Movie.

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero.
  • The Dragon: He serves as Brent's right-hand man in the film.
  • Gratuitous English: In the film, some of his dialogue is peppered with English, especially the opening scene. Averted in the English dub.
  • 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: Eventually. His appearance in Episode Zero suggests that he was able to use some of his black magic to survive the events of the movie, but Gemini apparently manages to kill him off for good.
  • Post-Final Boss: Patrick serves as the last antagonist when the Imperial Combat Revue kills Brent and Yoneda knocks out Tanuma at the end of the film. Maria uses a bullet filled with Kohran's spirit power to finally put him down.
  • 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, as "Ron Allen")

Tanuma is politician and member of the Elder's Institute from Sakura Wars: The Movie. He supported the use of Japhkiels from the Douglas-Stewart Corporation.

  • Dirty Coward: Tanuma would rather flee from anything if it's way over his head.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Tanuma gets decked by Yoneda after the Flower Division kills Brent.
  • Yes-Man: Pretty much agrees to anything from Brent/DS.

    Live Stage Characters 

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

Kosuke portrayed by: Shintarō Sonooka
Beromucho portrayed by: Shigehiro "Velo" Takeda
Yantaro Nishimura portrayed by: Youichi 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.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Dandy and Nishimura often wear suits to go with their gangster-esque image.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Takeda was born in Brazil.
  • Canon Foreigner: They were created specifically for the stage musicals starting with "Tsubasa" and have since become a staple in live performances as well as the second OVA.
  • Hot-Blooded: Nishimura has a temperamental personality.
  • The Klutz: Takeda is often prone to tripping over and falling down.
  • Man in White: Dandy frequently wears a white jacket and matching colored pants.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Dandy wears a multi-colored white suit while Yantaro wears a red suit.
  • The Trickster: Takeda can play tricks on others, especially the Flower Division.

Redberry Trump

Portrayed by: Shōko Komaki

A woman who is hired as a substitute for Plum/Cherry as the Little Lip Theater's waitress in the second New York Revue show.

    Sakura Wars: 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: She 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, Sakura Wars So Long My Love, Sakura Wars 2 Thou Shalt Not Die, Shin Sakura Wars, Sakura Wars The Movie, Sakura Wars 4 Fall In Love Maidens, Sakura Wars 1996, Sakura Wars 3 Is Paris Burning


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