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  • Adored by the Network: Sakura Wars is one of Sega's most popular franchises, to the point where it spanned quite a few OVA series, a TV series, a film, as well as several stage musicals.
  • All-Star Cast: Here are the main cast members of each game. See how many you instantly recognize:
  • Big Name Fan: Natsuki Takaya is a huge fan of the series. Oddly enough, TMS Entertainment, which was responsible for the animated cutscenes in the first game, would later go on to produce the 2019 adaptation of Takaya's Fruits Basket.
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  • The Cast Showoff: Though the Sakura Wars cast are generally voice actors who just happen to also be talented at singing, Shintaro Sonooka, who plays Kosuke Dan (the leader of the Dandy Gang) in the stage shows, is a known singer who has significant experience in stage musicals and it shows.
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    • The first two games were initially co-developed by Sega's CS2/AM7 R&D team. In 2000, Sega split off the in-house Consumer Software (CS) and Amusement Machine (AM) teams, and Overworks was formed; the team developed Is Paris Burning? and Fall in Love Maidens as well as the remake of the first game. Then, after the Sammy Corporation purchased Sega in 2004, Sega restructured the development teams once again; So Long, My Love was developed by their GE2 R&D team and Neverland developed the DS game. Finally, Shin Sakura Wars was developed by Sonic Team.
    • As for the games' 2D animation scenes, they were first animated by TMS Entertainment before switching to Production I.G, Domu, M.S.C. and Sanzigen Animation Studio. Interestingly enough, TMS would become a subsidiary of Sega's current owner, SegaSammy Holdings, in 2010.
    • Radix served as the main animation studio for the OVAs, but when the studio merged with Mobanimation to become Radix Mobanimation in 2006, AIC animated New York, NY.
    • The series was originally developed by Sega and Red Entertainment. However, in 2017, Sega became the sole copyright owner and thus gained all the rights to the series.
  • The Danza: Yantaro Nishimura and Beromucho Takeda from the live stage shows have their surnames derived from their actors Youichi Nishimura and Shigehiro "Velo" Takeda.
  • Dawson Casting: Theater plays only: Many of the actors are much older than the characters they're supposed to play. The most notorious examples are both Mayumi Tanaka (Kanna) and Kumiko Nishihara (Iris). Iris is supposed to be a little kid, but Nishihara is an adult woman and much taller than Mayumi Tanaka, who (in-universe) is supposed to be one of the tallest women of the games.
    • Subverted with Etsuko Kozakura (Coquelicot): Despite the fact she's also voicing and playing a little kid, she's as short as Tanaka and is able to look as closely like Coquelicot as she looks in the games.
  • Dueling Dubs: Considering that ADV, Funimation and Geneon had a hand in dubs for North America with different people playing different characters (This was cut down on in the wake of So Long, My Love with the Bang Zoom dub being used).
  • Fake Nationality: Many of the foreign characters such as Maria Tachibana, Soletta Orihime, Leni Milchstrasse and most of the New York Combat Revue are played by Japanese voice actors.
  • Franchise Killer: The Sakura Wars franchise almost got killed due to a combination of many factors, including:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Many works in the franchise have fallen out of print or become rare since its debut.
    • With ADV Films' license to the Sakura Wars anime expiring in 2007 as a result of its shutdown, their OVA releases have become hard to find. While its successor, Sentai Filmworks, doesn't seem to have any plans to release the OVAs, the TV series is still in circulation and is much easier to find since they acquired the license to it in 2009.
    • Funimation released the École de Paris and Su-Mi-Re OVAs in the early 2000s and they have since gone out of print. However, in 2013, Funimation licensed Sakura Wars: The Movie from Geneon, whose license to the film expired after it also shut down in 2007.
    • Several interactive games related to the series, such as those promoting the stage musicals as well as a radio drama and online games, became this trope, with no word on their status since the Turn of the Millennium.
    • Before launching the official Sakura Wars website in 2000, Sega already had official profiles of the original Sega Saturn releases of Sakura Wars and Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die. When Sega redesigned their official website in 2001, the content was not converted to Flash and was lost. There's little chance of finding some of the official material on Sega's pages for the SS releases, such as the promotional videos.
    • Even after Sega redesigned again in March 2019, the original video content that was on the Sega Channel wasn't converted when it was shut down in late 2010, so fans searching for the original promotional videos will be completely out of luck.
    • The Sakura Wars Online game was released in December 2001, at least eight months after Sega ceased production of the Dreamcast. Through Sega's Open Dice services, there were online voice actor events, gaming competitions, and special events like Valentine's Day or celebrating the players' birthdays. Open Dice shut down on November 30, 2005, making online play impossible.
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    • Ogami and Sakura make a bit appearance in the start of So Long, My Love (the only game released widely in the West). But they, alongside the rest of the Tokyo and Paris personnel (with a few exceptions like Jean Leo), made their first major Western appearance in various anime/OVA adaptations.
    • Sakura and Ogami, along with Sakura Wars 3 's leading lady Erica Fontaine, finally made a playable appearance outside of Japan in Project X Zone, alongside Sakura Wars 3 villain Ciseaux. Aya-me is a subversion: Ayame Fujieda did appear in some of the media that came to the west, but never as a villain.
  • No Export for You: For years, localization efforts for the first four games were not planned because Sega was uncertain that the series would find a large audience outside of Japan. However, the fifth game, So Long, My Love, became the first to be released overseas in 2010 by NIS America. Later on, Sega announced that they would localize Shin Sakura Wars for an international release in Spring 2020.
    • The first two games were available in PC for Russian-speaking countries/territories in the early 2000s.
    • All of the four games were released in Simplified Chinese.
  • The Other Darrin: Prevalent in the North American English dubs of the OVAs and the TV series. Although the production companies avoided this with the worldwide release of So Long, My Love.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: A non-lethal example for both the voice actress and character: Sakura Wars 4 marked the last appearance of Sumire Kanzaki, since Michie Tomizawa was set to retire. Instead of dying, Sumire was forced into retirement due to her being unable to maintain the spiritual energy levels needed to operate a Koubu.
  • Vaporware: Three titles under the "Sakura Wars World Project", which included an adventure game set in Tokyo, a prequel detailing the Kouma War, and a title set during the Sengoku era, were all canceled in 2008.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There have been quite a few canceled games since the fourth game. Gaming news sites reported that Sega had plans to export Sakura Wars outside of Asia under the "Sakura Wars World Project". So Long, My Love, Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, Sakura Wars Story: Mysterious Paris and the remake of the first game were released.
    • As part of the World Project, there were also plans for a Prequel game detailing the Kouma War, something that was touched upon in the games and given a Whole Episode Flashback in the anime adaptation. Unfortunately, it was canceled.
  • The Wiki Rule: There's a wiki dedicated to the series. You can find it here.


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