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  • Acclaimed Flop: Critics gave So Long, My Love positive reviews (81 for the PS2 and 75 for the Wii port on Metacritic) and it won two "Editor's Choice" awards from RPGFan and IGN. Unfortunately, it became the lowest-selling installment of the Sakura Wars series, selling only 144,668 copies in Japan.
  • Acting for Two: In the English dub, Ichiro Ōgami and Michael Sunnyside are both played by Dave Wittenberg.
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  • Dueling Works: The worldwide release occurred around the same month as Final Fantasy XIII, another well-known JRPG.
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  • Franchise Killer: While it met a warm reception from critics and fans, the game's low sales along with its tie-in merchandise and the OVA New York, NY, as well as the failure of the "Sakura Wars World Project" as a whole, caused the main Sakura Wars franchise to run out of steam, 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 was also the very last main-series Sakura Wars game to have any involvement from scenario writer Satoru Akahori, character designers Kosuke Fujishima and Hidenori Matsubara and co-developer Red Entertainment. There wouldn't be another main series game published for 14 years. In the meantime, Sega bought the co-ownership rights from Red and by the time the the sixth game was Saved from Development Hell, Sega handled it solo.
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    • With the discontinuation of the PS2 and Wii, So Long, My Love has long since gone out of print and chances are that ordering used copies will be considerably expensive. This didn't stop Sega from including Gemini Sunrise in the Project X Zone series, however.
    • Onionbat (formerly DoubleJump Books) planned a strategy guide for the English PS2 and Wii release in 2010, but it was unaccounted for and was thought lost for good... until 2014, when they released it on digital outlets such as Amazon and iTunes.
    • The promotional videos that were featured on the Sega Channel were lost after the website shut down in 2010, so the best bet would be to watch on video-streaming services like Nico Nico Douga or YouTube, or even the promotional DVD that came with Episode 0.
  • Late Export for You: While it was originally released in Japan in July 2005, it didn't get an overseas release until March 2010note .
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  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": So Long, My Love's international release marked the first in-game appearances of Sakura Shinguji, Ichiro Ogami, Gemini Sunrise and Yuichi Kayama.
  • No Export for You: While the PlayStation 2 version got a North American release, it did not make its way into Europe.
  • No Port For You: The Wii port was exclusive to North America and PAL territories.
  • The Original Darrin: Dave Wittenberg returns as Ichiro Ogami after he was replaced by Daniel Katsük for the École de Paris OVAs.
  • 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.
  • 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, So Long, My Love was released in English in March 2010 courtesy of NIS America.
    • Gemini from So Long, My Love actually first appeared in Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, which is a prequel action game that has still not been localized.
  • Studio Hop: This time around, M.S.C. handled the 2D animation sequences.
  • 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 during 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 when Sega pulled the plug on the franchise.
  • You Sound Familiar:
    • Akiko Toda provided additional voices for Fall in Love, Maidens and In Hot Blood before she voiced Jing, one of the Harlem Centaurs, in So Long, My Love.
    • Masafumi Kimura voiced a few background characters in The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms and Carlos in So Long, My Love.
    • Naoya Uchida voiced Tetsuma Shinguji in the TV series and Michael Sunnyside in So Long, My Love.
    • Karen Strassman previously played Kasumi Fujii and Diana Caprice in the English dubs of Sakura Wars: The Movie and So Long, My Love, respectively.
    • Melissa Fahn voiced Orihime Soletta in both the English dubs of film and the Su-Mi-Re OVA as well as Rosita in So Long, My Love.
    • Philece Sampler provided the English voice for Tsubaki Takamura in the film before voicing Yumedono.

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