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Flower Division (Original Imperial Combat Revue)

A fighting squadron stationed at the Imperial Theater in Ginza, the Flower Division served as the main combat unit of Tokyo's Imperial Combat Revue. Initially under the command of Maria Tachibana, the division consisted of Sakura Shinguji, Sumire Kanzaki, Iris Châteaubriand, Kohran Li and Kanna Kirishima. By 1923, naval ensign Ichiro Ogami replaced Maria as captain. One year later, Leni Milchstraße and Orihime Soletta were recruited into the team. Following the battle with Okubo Nagayasu in 1926, Ogami succeeded Ikki Yoneda as commander. In 1930, the Flower Division fought in the Great Demon War and ultimately sealed themselves in Shadow Tokyo to thwart the demon invasion, leaving Sumire Kanzaki as the only surviving member of the team.

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    As a group 

  • 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.
  • Ballet: Just the second episode of the OVA shows this to be part of their training regiment, as Maria, Iris, and Kanna can attest to.
  • Barrier Maiden: During the Great Demon War, they were forced to seal themselves alongside the Paris and New York Combat Revues in order to keep the Demon Emperor in check. Even after a decade they're still holding him back. The exception was Sumire who was off the front lines by then.
  • Dwindling Party: At the end of Sakura Wars, every member, aside from Ogami and the top-ranking girl, is killed at the hands of Satan's henchmen. Fortunately, Michael revives them just in time for the Final Battle against Satan.
  • 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 Sakura Wars (2019) trailer premiered in April 2019...
  • Happy Ending Override: The backstory and plot of Sakura Wars (2019) reveal that the heroes 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example. In the backstory of the 2019 game, the division sealed themselves to stop the demons. Sumire was the only survivor of the event.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Maria, Leni and Kanna take advantage of this trope by playing male roles in stage plays. For Leni, she pulls it off so well that the entire Flower Division initially thinks she's actually a boy when she joins them.
  • Last Stand: During the Great Demon War in 1930, the Flower Division went for a last stand against the demons along with the Paris and New York revues. Eventually, the revues seal themselves and bring peace to Earth, at least for the next 10 years.
  • Living Legends: They are highly regarded heroes in the 2019 game.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Oji Hiroi based the Flower Division on the all-female Takarazuka and Shochiku revues.
  • Private Military Contractors: Functionally, they are this: a mercenary organization in disguise as an acting troupe.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Orihime and Leni make their first appearance in Thou Shalt Not Die.
  • 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.

    Ichiro Ogami 

Captain Ichiro Ogami

    Sakura Shinguji 

Sakura Shinguji

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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~)
Portrayed by: Chisa Yokoyama (stage plays)

The daughter of Kazuma and Wakana Shinguji, Sakura was born in Sendai on July 28, 1905. She is a Country Mouse Samurai, a recruit in the Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division, and the main female lead of the first two Sakura Wars games.


  • Alliterative Name: Sakura Shinguji
  • Ancestral Weapon: Her sword, Arataka, was originally owned by her father, Kazuma.
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Like Kazuma before her, Sakura becomes a swordswoman and joins a squadron to fight off the demons in Tokyo.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She primarily uses the Arataka, the katana originally owned by Kazuma Shinguji, as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Heroic Lineage: Her father Kazuma was a hero who served in the original anti-demon squadron.
  • Hime Cut: She has a long hairstyle typical of a Japanese swordswoman.
  • Honor Before Reason: She has a very strong sense of justice.
  • 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 originally owned by her father Kazuma Shinguji when she begins her journey to become a swordswoman and a member of the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • 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 the 2019 game, she has become a legendary top star in the Imperial Combat Revue to the point where Sakura Amamiya tries to emulate her style.
  • Limit Break: Vanquishing Blade - Cherry Blossom Smite: A Sword Beam attack that slices through multiple enemies in a straight line.
  • Master Swordswoman: She's known for her mastery of the katana, as demonstrated when she uses the Arataka to easily cut down a Wakiji in the Action Prologue to the 1996 game and later when she uses that sword to kill some of the demons.
  • 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 the demon 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 incorporates a pink kimono.
  • Protagonist Title: She is the eponymous protagonist of the first, second and fourth games, as well as the OVAs and movie.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: At the end of Sakura Wars (2019), Sakura uses her powers to revive the Flower Division members who were killed in the battle with Yaksha.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: She uses her father's katana, Arataka, as her main weapon.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's 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

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Click here to see Sumire circa 1940 
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~)
Portrayed by: Michie Tomizawa (stage plays), Moemi Katayama (Sakura Wars the Stage)

A naginata expert, Sumire is the heiress of Kanzaki Heavy Industries which developed the kobu armor, being the daughter of Shigeki and Hinako Kanzaki as well as the granddaughter of Tadayoshi Kanzaki. She was born on January 8, 1907 in Kanagawa. After the Flower Division's battle with Ōkubo Nagayasu, Sumire steps down as a member due to her failing spirit power. Following the Great Demon War in 1930, Sumire becomes the Imperial Theater's general manager and, after sensing the demons' inevitable return, forms a new Flower Division nine years later.


  • The Ace: By 1940, everyone has heard of the Imperial Theater's superstar Sumire Kanzaki. The other Combat Revues give her nothing but respect.
  • Beauty Mark: She has one next to her left eye.
  • Benevolent Boss: She cares very deeply about the new Flower Division once she becomes commander, often giving the emotional support and encouragement to the team.
  • Big Good: By the time of the 2019 game, 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 Kobu.
  • 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.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Due to the strain of fighting the demons, as well as her days as the test pilot for the original Kobu, Sumire's spiritual power waned considerably to the point that she could no longer pilot a Kobu.
  • 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 Sakura Wars (2019) as the Flower Division's commander.
  • Composite Character: In the 2019 game, she becomes a mix between previous commanders and, well... herself. Like previous Commanders, she acts as chief benefactor for her theater using her own resources to help maintain her team and serves as a mentor to her captains and troops. But her advice holds a lot of weight considering she's a veteran not just in battle, but on stage as well. And this being Sumire, she's not above using her own celebrity to her benefit and won't hesitate to take matters into her own hands however she can.
  • 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.
  • Feet-First Introduction: In the 2019 game, she's introduced like this when first meeting Kamiyama.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Sumire" — Manchurian violets.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: By the time of the 2019 game she's taken to wearing a feathered stole.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In the 2019 game, she serves as the Big Good but you still don't want to mess with her. She squelches the argument between Kamiyama and Yui over the incident near the women's baths and has the Mikasa open fire on Genan's fortress in the Imperial Stadium to stop the Final Boss.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Favors a purple kimono.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Regardless of whether or not Sumire and Ogami got together, losing him still greatly affects her as she still fondly talks about him and even compares Kamiyama to him if he gets her final scene.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She's arrogant and conceited, but she does genuinely care about the rest of the team. In the 2019 video game, her heart of gold is longer hidden.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: By the time of the 2019 game, 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. By the time she's in her thirties she's chosen to cover her shoulders.
  • 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. By the 2019 game, she has since grown out both of the "Jerk" and "Bitch" part, and is far nicer.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Her purple kimono often exposes her shoulders. When she becomes the new Commander of the Flower Division, she covers them.
  • Lady of War: Graceful and very capable with her naginata.
  • Last of Her Kind: As of the 2019 game, she's the only living member of not just the Imperial Combat Revue but any Combat Revue. The only reason she survived was due to being off the front lines.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Does this a couple of times.
  • Limit Break: Kanzaki Fujin Ryuu - Koucho no Mai (Kanzaki Wind God Technique - Dance of the Butterfly): a fiery naginata slash that burns through multiple enemies surrounding Sumire.
  • 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!
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Played with. In plays, Sumire often draws the short stick and plays haughty and evil villainess, if she's not Playing a Tree because she had the charisma to pull out the villain aura, especially her distinctive Noblewoman's Laugh. Sumire off stage can be a scathing and haughty lady due to her wealth and influence, but she's still a caring lady.
  • Mentor Archetype: She serves as Kamiyama's mentor upon his transfer to the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In Hizakura no Koro, Sumire has an uneasy feeling that the demons will return to cause chaos in Tokyo once more.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: Her weapon of choice. During the 2019 game, she keeps it in her office.
  • Nice Job Breaking It Heroine: In the first game and the manga, she was unwilling to forgive Sakura after the latter's disastrous debut as the leading lady in Ai Yue Ni 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 the 2019 game, though she still gives the aura of a top actress.
  • Old Hero, New Pals: She gets the most focus out of all the original Flower Division members in the 2019 game and is separated from her friends, who have been annihilated in the Great Demon War. Instead, she spends time with Seijuro Kamiyama and the members of the new Flower Division.
  • 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...
  • Purple Is Powerful: She wears purple clothes in all of her scenes and throughout the series, she proves to be a capable fighter as the rest of the Flower Division. She takes this one step further when she becomes the Imperial Combat Revue's new commander after the Great Demon War apparently annihilated the original revue.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Sakura Wars (2019), Sumire has a very reasonable judgment and is willing to listen to Kamiyama and his teammates. Obviously taking cues from Ogami on how to handle her own team.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of Sakura Wars (2019), 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. Thankfully she eventually grows out of this by the 2019 game.
  • The Rival: With Glycine during the events of Sakura Wars 3.
  • Sole Survivor: By the beginning of Sakura Wars (2019), she's the last survivor of the original Combat Revues who fought in the Demon War, since they sealed themselves to stop it.
  • Spoiled Brat: She's quite the self-entitled heiress during her service in the Flower Division.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Ten years after the Great Demon War, Sumire is still wearing her purple kimono.
  • Survivor Guilt: Since she lost her spiritual powers and was forced to retire before the Great Demon War, Sumire could do nothing to help or save her friends when they were wiped out. By the time of the 2019 game, she's still haunted by it.
    Sumire: "To leave me behind... is just unforgivable! Please... Wait! Wait!! I... I don't want to be left alone!!"
  • Team Prima Donna: She's a 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 the 2019 game, Sumire has mellowed out with age, and is now a mostly polite but proud individual.

    Maria Tachibana 

Maria Tachibana

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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")
Portrayed by: Urara Takano (stage plays)

An ice-cold Russian-Japanese gun expert from Kiev, 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.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A decorated war veteran and markswoman, Maria is a capable leader of the Flower Division.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She wears an all-black ensemble and serves as the vice-captain of the Flower Division.
  • 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.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She fell into despair when she watched her captain die during the Russian Revolution.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Russian Émigré: Originally a soldier who fought and lost in the 1917 Russian Revolution, she fights on the side of good as the vice-captain of the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • 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.
  • Limit Break: Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) - A frosty projectile taking the form of a female ghost that places her target and any enemy nearby on ice.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: In chapter 3 of the original game, Maria wakes up from a nightmare about her experiences in the Russian Revolution 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 canonical 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 canonical 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.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Ogami leaves for Paris at the end of Thou Shalt Not Die, Maria temporarily reassumes her position as the Flower Division's captain.
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    Iris Châteaubriand 

Vicomtesse Iris de Châteaubriand

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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~)
Portrayed by: Kumiko Nishihara (stage plays)

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


  • Cheerful Child: Particularly in the games.
  • Companion Cube/Security Blanket: Her teddy bear, Jean-Paul.
  • Creepy Child: In the TV series. She cheers up later.
  • Cute Mute: In the TV series, Iris is usually silent, except when talking to her teddy bear, Jean-Paul.
  • Emotional Powers: Her powers can manifest when she's scared or angry, given her powers is what caused her to be confined to her bedroom before she joined the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Iris.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Jean-Paul, her stuffed bear, is her signature item. Her psionic ability to heal people even manifests with many copies of him suddenly surrounding the subject.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: When Iris gets recruited to join the Imperial Combat Revue, her isolation from the outside world due to her Psychic Powers have taken a toll on her mental state. By the time of the 1996 game, she finally hits her breaking point during her date with Ogami. The frustration she feels is what leads her to trigger the destruction of the movie theater she and Ogami are in.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde girl as the healer? You betcha! x2 considering her kobu is gold.
  • Healing Hands: Part of her psychic abilities, and she serves as the team's main battlefield medic.
  • Limit Break: Iris Marionette: Restores a significant amount of health to all allies nearby, though it does not work on Iris herself.
  • 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 Kobu 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 

Kohran Li

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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")
Portrayed by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (stage plays)

Kohran is a Chinese Gadgeteer Genius Meganekko from Beijing 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 kobu bristling with rockets.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is practically the Kobu 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 kobu.
  • 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.
  • Limit Break: Chibi-Robo: Kohran unleashes a swarm of self-destructing robot drones on a single enemy, inflicting heavy damage.
  • 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 kobu'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 kobu 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.
  • Wrench Wench: She is the division's personal version of Q and the designer of a lot of its gear. She really has no problem grabbing a toolbox and getting to work.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She gets traumatized at the sight of fire, having lost her family to one as a child.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.

    Kanna Kirishima 

Kanna Kirishima

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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")
Portrayed by: Mayumi Tanaka (stage plays)

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


  • Alliterative Name: Kanna Kirishima.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Kanna is a humongous martial artist who showcases a muscular build whenever she shows some skin and is capable of drop-kicking sharks. She is a potential love interest.
  • Badass Longcoat: Some incarnations of the franchise has her wearing this rather than her trademark karate gear.
  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Kanna's known to do this, and showcasing her large guns is one of the things that can (potentially) make Ichiro attracted to her.
  • Bifauxnen: Some might at first mistake her for a "he" instead of a "she", even moreso than Maria. It's reinforced with the fact that her Japanese voice actress are well known in voicing young and heroic boys and she didn't have to change her voice style much for the masculine Kanna.
  • 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 Kobu 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.
  • Limit Break: Super Rinpei: A powerful bare-handed strike to a single enemy, inflicting catastrophic damage.
  • 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 is snakes (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

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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")
Portrayed by: Maya Okamoto (stage plays)

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: She's half-Italian, half-Japanese.
  • Cultured Badass: She's 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 in chapter 7, she gets better.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Happens to be an excellent pianist.
  • Homing Lasers: Her mecha is equipped with these, making it ideal for clearing swarms of enemies.
  • Meaningful Name: "Soletta" means lonely or miserable.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes from a noble family, and she is also abrasive, like Sumire.
  • Something About a Rose: She's depicted with roses plenty of times, with some of her outfits having a rose motif.
  • 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.
  • You're Not My Father: Ashamed that Ogata abandoned her many years ago, she doesn't consider him her father. Well, until they reconcile in the aftermath of Kasha's attack at least...

    Leni Milchstraße 

Leni Milchstraße

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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~)
Portrayed by: Kazue Ikura (stage plays)

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.


    Ratchet Altair (Lachette) 

Ratchet Altair (Lachette)

See her entry on the Star Division page.


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