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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 Imperial Combat Revue.


  • 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.
  • 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 such as hand to hand combat.
  • 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!
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's a naval officer and swordsman who is capable of fighting the demons with the Flower Division.
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  • 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.
  • Ensign Newbie: Is more of this in the manga, not taking his position as ticket-clipper well until The Reveal.
  • 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.)
  • The Protagonist: Ogami is a central character for the first four games.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While he serves as The Protagonist of the first four games, he isn't the lead in the Alternate Timeline TV series, the canonical OVAs, the film or So Long, My Love. Shinjiro Taiga is the main protagonist of So Long, My Love while the film, TV series and OVAs primarily focus on the Flower Division.
  • 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:
    • After arriving in Tokyo at the beginning of Sakura Wars, Ogami becomes the Flower Division's captain.
    • He becomes the new commanding officer of the Imperial Combat Revue after Yoneda decides to retire following the events of Fall in Love, Maidens.


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