Protagonists (Ichiro Ogami | Flower Division (Original Imperial Combat Revue) | Flower Division (Paris Combat Revue) | Star Division | Flower Division (New Imperial Combat Revue)) | Combat Revues (Original Imperial Combat Revue | Paris Combat Revue | New York Combat Revue | New Imperial Combat Revue | Other Combat Revues) | Civilians | Villains
Spoilers for all works, including Shin Sakura Wars, are unmarked.
Formed in 1922 by Ikki Yoneda and Ayame Fujieda, the Imperial Combat Revue fights the demons that have been plaguing our world while performing stage plays. Most of the heroes in the series have fought as members of the Revue's Flower Division, including naval ensign Ichiro Ogami, who replaced Maria Tachibana as Captain of the division in 1924. Despite the overwhelming odds, the Revue eventually triumphs over the battles with the demons.
With Yoneda's retirement in 1927, Ogami replaced him as the Revue's commander and the theater's general manager. Peace was finally brought to Tokyo in 1930 after the Great Demon War in 1930, but at the cost of the Flower Division sealing themselves in the Phantom Capital along with the Paris and New York revues. Former Flower Division member Sumire Kanzaki eventually replaced Ogami as the general manager. Nine years later, however, Sumire sensed that the demons were going to return to Tokyo and she reorganized the Combat Revue with a new Flower Division. In 1940, naval ensign Seijuro Kamiyama would become the captain of the Flower Division just as the demons were about to launch a full-scale assault on Tokyo during the World Combat Revue War.
Commander Ikki Yoneda
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 Flower Division and is responsible for its non-battle management such as logistics.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries this in both the TV series and Fall in Love, Maidens. It doesn't stick.
- 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."''
- Last of His Kind: As of the end of Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die, Yoneda seems to be the only remaining member of the IJA's original anti-demon squadron.
- 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.
Vice-Commander Ayame Fujieda
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.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After she dies at the end of the 1996 game, Ayame becomes Michael and flies up into the heavens.
- Cool Big Sis: To the Imperial Combat Revue, especially Ogami.
- Cunning Linguist: She's fluent in at least English, Japanese, Chinese, and French.
- Died Happily Ever After: After Ayame sacrifices herself to save her friends, she's quite content with dying and smiles as she ascends into the heavens as Michael.
- Evil Makeover: She becomes something of a literal devil woman after her FaceHeel Turn.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets at least one line of this sort in the TV series when Count Yoritsune Hanakouji insist that she comes with him so that other officials don't criticize him for the initial failure of the Flower Division when they fought Wakijis in the streets of Tokyo.
- FaceHeel Turn: In the first game after being implanted with a demon seed, she becomes the villainous Aya-me.
- Floral Theme Naming: Named after the Japanese iris.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She chooses a path that will likely lead to her own death in order to save Ogami and his allies from Satan's wrath.
- Heroic Willpower: Ayame's original personality shines through just before her death.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Her hair gets loosened up after her FaceHeel Turn.
- 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.
Captain/Commander Ichiro Ogami
- See his separate page.
Vice-Commander Kaede Fujieda
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.
- 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.
- See their separate page.
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. Hell 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.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Kayama makes his first appearance in Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die. On the other hand, he appears in the anime as a major character.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he saves Leni and Orihime from being killed when Paris was under attack.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He uses a katana as his main weapon when he frees Leni and Orihime in the events of Sakura Wars 3.
- 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 (Imperial Combat Revue)
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.
The Rose Division
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 male 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: In the film, they help the Flower Division fight off the demons and foil Brent's plans.
- Demoted to Extra: They're reduced from a prominent comic relief characters in Thou Shalt Not Die to a small but crucial role in the movie.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kikunojō Oka dresses up as the female.
- Large Ham: Yokihiko Ota can be quite dramatic, as demonstrated in his Big Damn Heroes scene in the movie."(Singing) LET'S GO TO THE GREAT IMPERIAL THEATER!"
- Plucky Comic Relief: Every scene featuring the division in Thou Shalt Not Die is for the game's slapstick comedy.
- Power Trio: Kotone as the squad leader, Kikunojō as the small dude, and Yokihiko as the big dude.