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  • Cast the Expert: Ratchet Altair, an American stage actress/singer, is played by real-life actress/singer Akiko Kuno.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Curiously enough and unlike Tengai Makyou (who used many celebrities in the voice acting), there's only one voice actress who is not a bonafide professional one: Akiko Kuno (Ratchet Altair's VA), whose career as a professional theater actress and singer dates all the way back to 1972. Taking into account Ratchet is also a stage actress, Kuno's actually a natural fit for that role.
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    • Akiko Kuno was only 50 years old when she voiced the 20-year-old Ratchet Altair.
    • The same goes for Ratchet's English VA, Julie Ann Taylor, who was 36 when she played the character.
  • Doing It for the Art: Kohei Tanaka recorded the soundtrack at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, and the audience's applause was used for the film itself.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Sakura Shinguji speaks much worse English than her voice actress, Chisa Yokoyama, who actually took a 15-week English course in Australia back in 1994.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": This movie, at 2003, was the very first animated adaptation of the franchise dubbed in Spain, since the previous adaptations didn't get released there until 2006, when the OVAs were also brought to that country. This is in a very stark contrast with Latin America, when the TV series and OVAs were dubbed, but not the movie.
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  • The Other Darrin: None of the original English actors of the OVAs and TV series reprised their roles. The movie was recorded at Bang Zoom! Entertainment in Burbank, California, instead of Austin, Texas.
  • Playing Against Type: Mona Marshall voiced Reni (who is female) back when she was still primarily portraying young boys, though the character still does look like a young boy at first glance.
  • Production Posse: In addition to Mika Akitaka, Satoru Akahori, Kohei Tanaka and Oji Hiroi, the film features several regulars from the Sakura Wars series as well as Production I.G.
    • This was Mitsuru Hongo's first assignment with Production I.G as director, but he would also perform similar duties on IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix.
    • Toshihiko Nakajima, who played a member of the Elder's Institute, previously provided minor roles in the Sakura Wars TV series as well as playing the oyakata in the stage musicals.
    • In addition, Yuji Mitsuya, who voiced Musei Edogawa, also portrayed the character in the Arabia no Bara musical and Masque de Corbeau in Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?.
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    • Mechanical designer/storyboard artist/motion supervisor Atsushi Takeuchi storyboarded and directed the opening sequence in Is Paris Burning?. He was also involved in Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die.
    • Animation directors Mitsuru Ishihara and Kazuchika Kise previously worked on Is Paris Burning?, with Kise also contributing to Thou Shalt Not Die.
    • Most of the games' key and in-between animators from Production I.G also worked on the film.
    • In-between animation director Chieko Ichimanda was an in-between checker for the second, third and fourth games.
    • Sound effects artist Shizuo Kurahashi performed similar duties for the main games.
    • Art director Yusuke Takeda worked as a background artist for Thou Shalt Not Die and served as the art director for Is Paris Burning? and Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens.
    • 3D director/storyboard artist Tokumitsu Kifune previously worked on Thou Shalt Not Die and Is Paris Burning?, and would later go on to direct the 3D animation for Fall in Love, Maidens.
    • Editor Junichi Uematsu performed similar duties for Is Paris Burning? and Fall in Love, Maidens, while his assistant, Makiko Asano, also worked on Thou Shalt Not Die.
    • Prop designer/key animator Kanami Sekiguchi also performed key animation duties for Thou Shalt Not Die, Is Paris Burning? and Fall in Love, Maidens, and was an animation director for the TV series.
    • Special effects artist Masahiro Murakami would also perform similar duties for Thou Shalt Not Die, Is Paris Burning? and Fall in Love, Maidens.
  • Reality Subtext: Japan and America forming an alliance at the beginning of the film is a not-so-subtle commentary on how they became allies during the Meiji Restoration.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The concept where Maria Tachibana joined the Flower Division as its latest recruit from America following the Great Kanto Earthquake in Sakura Wars (1996) would later be reused in Sakura Wars: The Movie, with Ratchet Altair taking Maria's place.
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  • Role Reprise: Many of the original Japanese voice actors from the games returned to reprise their roles for the film. Not to mention Yuji Mitsuya returning as Musei Edogawa from the stage plays.
  • Star-Making Role: For Julie Ann Taylor in the English dub.
  • What Could Have Been: Oji Hiroi originally envisioned that the film would be similar to the FMV sequences in Is Paris Burning?, but Production I.G nixed it due to resource management becoming impractical.
  • Written by Cast Member: In the English dub, Wendee Lee is the ADR script writer, as well as Sakura Shinguji's voice actress.

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