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The Star Division

Founded in 1928 by Michael Sunnyside, the New York Combat Revue is tasked with the protection of New York from demonic threats while maintaining a masquerade as a Broadway musical troupe. The Star Division, the main combat unit of the Revue, was originally led by Ratchet Altair, a former member of the Imperial Combat Revue before transferring to New York. Under her command were Cheiron Archer and Subaru Kujo, with Gemini Sunrise working as a janitor for the Little Lip Theater. Shinjiro Taiga, the nephew of the Imperial Combat Revue's commander Ichiro Ohgami, would later assume command of the Star Division after Ratchet was rendered unable to pilot her STAR. The team would be further bolstered by the joining of Rosita Aries and Diana Caprice, with Gemini being promoted to a full-fledged member of the Star Division not long after. Together, the Star Division would protect New York from the threat of Nobunaga Oda's invading demon army, then later, against the resurrected Pharaoh Tutankhamen. After repelling Nobunaga's invasion, Ratchet would leave to help establish a new Combat Revue in Germany.

During the Great Demon War of 1930, the New York Combat Revue sealed themselves to stop the Great Demon War.

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    In General 

  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example. In the backstory of Shin Sakura Wars, they sealed themselves to stop the demons, along with the Imperial and Paris Combat Revues.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Since their appearance in So Long, My Love, the characters have become immensely popular to the point that Gemini even makes an appearance in Project X Zone and its sequel.

    Shinjiro Taiga 

Shinjiro Taiga

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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.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Shinjiro is a naval lieutenant and swordsman, and fighting the demons along with his fellow comrades in the Star Division led to him becoming their captain.
  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: He can canonically fall in love with the girls on his team, as well as the agender Subaru (who he admits he finds equally attractive whether they appear masculine or feminine). There's also a lot of Ship Tease between him and Tutankhamen in New York NY, with Gemini even flat-out asking him if he fell for the pharaoh by the end.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Near the end of the game, Nobunaga preys on Shinjiro's insecurities to corrupt him, forcing the rest of the Star Division to battle their leader in a short boss fight.
  • 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: The player is given the choice to make Shinjiro act like this in certain cutscenes, most prominently the ones where he walks in on one of his team members getting out of the shower.
  • Continuity Nod: Shin's bath peeping dialogue mirrors Ichiro's 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.
  • Heroic Lineage: His uncle served as the captain and later commander of the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Heroic Mime: In dating sim sections only, like his uncle before him, though he still has dialogue and interactions.
  • Hope Bringer: He was sent to New York to boost the Star Division's morale. Subverted in that they were actually expecting Ichiro to be sent instead, thus his arrival actually ended up worsening the mood of his fellow members, at least until he proves his worth a few missions later.
  • Hot-Blooded: Depending on the player's choices, Shinjiro can take something as trivial as mopping the floor dead seriously.
  • 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: He calls Sunnyside a bastard in chapter 7 after he broke his promise not to tell the girls that stopping Nobunaga would require the Five-Ring mandala, a ritual that would take the life of one of them.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: He's promoted to Captain (in-training) after Ratchet gets injured.
  • Weapon of Choice: Both Shinjiro and his mecha fight using katanas.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Ratchet gets seriously injured during the Star Division's battle with Ranmaru at the Statue of Liberty, Shinjiro takes command of the Star Division as its new captain.

    Gemini Sunrise 

Gemini Sunrise

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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.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Even though she is the cover girl for the fifth game, she doesn't actually join the Star Division as a combatant until well over halfway through the game.
  • 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

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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!"
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While she wears an all-black business suit and a black battle uniform, Cheiron is still one of the good guys at the end of the day.
  • 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, Cheiron 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

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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.


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    Rikaritta Aries (Rosarita "Rosita" Aries) 

Rikaritta "Rika" Aries / Rosarita "Rosita" Aries

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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

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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.
  • Action Girl: Even disregarding their prowess operating the STAR unit, Subaru manages to beat Shinjiro in a one on one match, using only their fans to disarm him.
  • 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: They gradually warm up to the rest of the Star Division.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Not nearly to the same degree as Cheiron, but they are quite slow to fully trust Shinjiro.
  • Flower Motifs: Their attack animations have flowers and petals everywhere. Their super attack on the ground is "Lunatic Bloom".
  • Gay Option: Not exactly, given Subaru isn't a man and never claims to be, but their Coupling Attack is set up like an old-fashioned boys' love manga, clearly lampshading this trope.
  • 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: They tend 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. Naturally, that's what their zodiac sign is. It's also a unisex name in Japan, which further drives home how they don't identify as male or female.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Their weapon of choice. Subaru uses it in New York NY and it cuts through metal.
  • Power of the Void: Subaru claims their power comes from the void, which manifests as streams of purple energy that they channel with their fans.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Starts off very cold and distant to the rest of the Star Division. They turn out to be Not So Stoic once they find out that the rest of the Star Division is still alive during the battle against Tsugarubi, yelling at them for not letting them know they were safe.
  • 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. 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: They seem to be intent on making themself this, given Subaru's preoccupation for not leaving evidence of their existence behind.
  • Vague Age: They don'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)

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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.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Fighting the demons as a member of the Star Division in Europe and the Imperial Combat Revue in Tokyo led to her becoming the captain of the Star Division.
  • 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.
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