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  • Approval of God: The franchise's founding father and other developers who worked on the games praised Shin Sakura Wars even after its announcement:
    • Oji Hiroi (the general producer and creator of the series) and Satoru Akahori (the scenario writer for the first four games), were very impressed with Sonic Team's work.
    • Naoki Morita, who designed the world settings for the first four games, commented on Twitter that he was excited about the game.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Tite Kubo jumped at the chance to be a part of the game after discussing with Sega.
  • B-Team Sequel: This is the first game in the main series not to involve Red Entertainment; instead, it was developed by Sega's Sonic Team in their first solo outing.
  • Content Leak:
    • Toshihiro Nagoshi, the director for the first announcement trailer, revealed on the April 2019 Sega Nama stream that because of his initial unfamiliarity with the Sakura Wars series, he was the one who accidentally revealed that Sumire Kanzaki will be featured in the game.
    • When Koch Media released the French trailer for the game, it was actually an earlier version which included a Christmas storyline as well as Kamiyama, Sakura and Clarisse discussing about the Flower Division's potential dissolution. They removed it not long after it was posted.
  • Channel Hop:
    • The first main Sakura Wars game to be developed by Sonic Team, after the first four games were developed by Sega's CS2 R&D/Overworks team and So Long, My Love was developed by the GE2 R&D team.
    • This is also the first Sakura Wars game for Sanzigen Animation Studio, which animated the FMV sequences.
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  • The Danza: Sakura Amamiya is voiced by Ayane Sakura. Granted, they're homophonous first and last names, but still.
  • Doing It for the Art: On composer Kohei Tanaka's official blog, he confirmed that the in-game music would be completely performed by a live orchestra as opposed to the synth elements in the first five games. He also confirmed that he wrote up to 100 songs.
  • Fan Nickname: Kizuna Ai for Sakura Amamiya due to their similar character designs.
  • Follow the Leader: The game's event scenes are inspired by those from Sega's own Yakuza series.
  • I Knew It!:
    • A few people guessed that the game would be released on the PlayStation 4 the moment Sega's job listings for the game were posted in June 2018.
    • Many fans suspected that Sumire Kanzaki was going to return as the Flower Division's commander.
    • When Yohei Azakami commented that Kamiyama was one of his biggest voice-over roles, many predicted that he would be a fully-voiced character, which was later confirmed in a Famitsu article containing the extended interview with the developers at Sega Fes 2019.
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  • Milestone Celebration: The international release of the game will take place in 2020, the year that marks Sega's 60th anniversary.
  • No Dub for You: According to Sega's official press release, the western release of the game will retain the original Japanese voice-overs with German, French, English and Spanish subtitles, in contrast to So Long, My Love, which had an English dub (with Japanese VO limited to PS2-exclusive launch edition copies).
  • No Export for You: A defied example. The western release of the game was announced very shortly after the game's debut trailer came out.
  • Production Posse:
    • In addition to the old guard of composer Kohei Tanaka, general producer Oji Hiroi, and mechanical designer Mika Akitaka, Tite Kubo brought along Masashi Kudo who translated his style to the Bleach anime in order to work on the 3D models for the characters.
    • Also, Shin Sakura Wars will feature several Sonic Team regulars who have worked on the Sonic the Hedgehog series, including producer Tetsu Katano.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Both Maaya Uchida (Hatsuho) and Hibiku Yamamura (Azami) are huge fans of the Sakura Wars series to the point where they even got to sing the series' first opening theme. Fittingly enough, they sang an updated version of said theme for the game.
  • Reality Subtext: Sakura Amamiya being a huge fan of Sakura Shinguji is a commentary on how the latter character was received in real life.
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  • Release Date Change: The game was originally planned to be released sometime before March 2019 and Sonic Team wanted to release the announcement trailer towards the end of 2018. However, Toshihiro Nagoshi decided against it because he wanted to revise the trailer in time for Sega Fes 2019, which led to the game being bumped to a Winter 2019 release.
  • Role Reprisal: After both her semi-retirement in 2001 and her character's retirement, Michie Tomizawa returns to voice Sumire Kanzaki.
  • Saved from Development Hell: A Sakura Wars game has been on and off in development ever since the last game, Dramatic Dungeon: Sakura Wars — Because You Were There, was released in 2008. Takaharu Terada, the current series director, offered yearly proposals for a new game but Sega repeatedly declined them and the game went into Development Hell. It wasn't until 2016 that development of Shin Sakura Wars finally began.
  • Sequel Gap: There was a nearly 15-year gap between the original release of So Long, My Love, the last official main series Sakura Wars title, and this game. Even if you count the Nintendo DS game, that's still nearly 11 years. Not to mention the lead voice actresses, as well as Yohei Azakami, were in their early-to-mid teens when the last game was released.
  • Those Two Actors:
  • Throw It In!: The team never intended for Kubo to design the characters' weapons, but he did it anyway. The team also took other creative suggestions from him.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • At one point, the game was also considered for release on the Xbox One, but the plans were scrapped.
    • Takaharu Terada once considered setting the game in Kyoto as well as in a future timeline.
  • Working Title: When the game was first announced, the English title was known as Project Sakura Wars.

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