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Trivia / Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love

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  • Acclaimed Flop: Despite its relatively low sales, the game still received generally positive reviews from critics, including an "Editor's Choice" award from IGN.
  • Acting for Two: In the English dub, Ichiro Ōgami and Michael Sunnyside are both played by Dave Wittenberg.
  • Channel Hop: This time around, M.S.C. handled the 2D animation sequences.
  • Franchise Killer: Despite its positive reception, the game's low sales, as well as its its tie-in merchandise and the OVA New York, NY all resulted in the Sakura Wars franchise being put on ice for 13 years, barring a handful of ongoing stage musicals, two pachinko games released in 2007 and 2009, the DS video game released in 2008, and two slot machine games released in 2011 and 2017; it ended up being the very last main-series Sakura Wars game to be jointly developed by Red Entertainment and Sega as the latter became the sole copyright owner by 2017. Then came Sega Fes 2018, where Sega announced that the next game in development was Shin Sakura Wars, a Soft Reboot of the franchise; one year later, Sega revealed that it would be released in Winter 2019 in Japan and in Spring 2020 elsewhere.
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  • Late Export for You: While it was originally released in Japan in July 2005, it didn't get an overseas release until March 2010note .
  • No Export for You: Finally averted in North America, as this is the first entry in the franchise to be localized into English, excluding the OVAs, TV series and the movie. Played straight with the PS2 version in Europe, as it was never released there.
  • The Other Darrin: Keith Silverstein replaced Steve Blum, who played Kayama in Bang Zoom's dub of the film.
  • Reality Subtext: According to Word of God, Gemini Sunrise was born in Texas, a part of the southern United States. Her English VA, Laura Bailey was born in Mississippi, also in the southern United States, and also lived in Texas. Bonus points for her being born on May 28, which makes her a Gemini.
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  • Refitted for Sequel: In the opening scene, Shinjiro arrives in New York City to lead the Flower Division, which was one of the scrapped concepts for Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens.
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  • Sequel First:
    • Against all odds, V was released in English in March 2010 courtesy of NIS America.
    • Gemini from V actually first appeared in Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, which is a prequel action game that has still not been localized.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, there were going to be eleven chapters. Tutankhamun was also considered to be a villain in the game and a storyline involving Cleopatra was also considered. However, they were nixed due to unavoidable circumstances in development. Fortunately, Tutankhamun would return in the New York, NY OVA.
    • Sega planned to release So Long, My Love under the "Sakura Wars World Project". Unfortunately, any future plans were scrapped in 2008.


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