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Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die is the second installment in Sega's Sakura Wars series, the first game in the series to involve Production I.G and the last Sakura Wars game on the Sega Saturn. First released for the Saturn in 1998, it has since been ported to the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, as well as Windows computers from 2001 to 2007 and the PlayStation Portable in 2006 along with the first game.
One year after their battle with Aoi Satan and the Hive of Darkness, the Imperial Assault Force's Flower Division is called into action once again to fight the Black Demons, a new evil force that threatens Tokyo. Along the way, the Flower Division gains two new recruits, the Japanese-Italian Orihime Soletta, and the German Leni Milchstraße.
The game featured improved battle and dialogue functions, which expanded the CD-ROM disc size from two to three. It also introduced two modes for the LIPS system: Timing LIPS (in which an option is removed or added depending on the wait time) and Double LIPS (in which you have to do certain sequences within an extended time limit).
A direct sequel to the game was released in 2001, titled Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?. An OVA series, The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms, was released in 1999 and set in the interval between Sakura Wars and Thou Shalt Not Die.
Thou Shalt Not Die provides examples of:
- Actually a Doombot: In Chapter 10, Kyogoku's death during the failed coup on the Great Imperial Theatre actually turned out to be a body double so he can resurrect Musashi.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Imperial Japanese Army instigates an invasion of the Great Imperial Theatre in Chapter 8. Fortunately, the Flower Division thwarts their plans before the Theatre can be fully taken.
- And the Adventure Continues: The game ends with Ichiro Ogami being sent overseas to Paris to lead a new Flower Division there.
- Back for the Dead: Shinnosuke Yamazaki is revived at the beginning of the story, only to be defeated by the Flower Division and killed by the Demon King/Kazuma Shinguji in Chapter 1.
- Back from the Dead: As it turns out, the Demon King is actually a revived Kazuma Shinguji, Sakura's father.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: The one who ends up killing Shinnosuke Yamazaki in Chapter 1 is the Demon King/Kazuma Shinguji.
- Big Bad: This time around, Keigo Kyogoku is responsible for all of the danger in the game and the Flower Division stopping his plan is their main mission as a team.
- Canon Immigrant: Wakana Shinguji, Kazuma Shinguji, Tadayoshi Kanzaki and Shigeki Kanzaki from the first OVA all make brief appearances in this game.
- Darker and Edgier: The game's storyline has more darker elements as opposed to its predecessor, like including more tragic scenarios for the main characters.
- Does Not Like Men: Orihime understandably resents men ever since her father, Seiya Ogata, abandoned her to pursue his work as an artist. She gets over it by the time Ogami reunites her with Ogata after she finds out that Seiya had to leave her because her maternal grandfather disliked the idea of him marrying his mother.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Kyogoku's attempted coup was inspired by the February 26 Incident, in which the radical factions of the Imperial Japanese Army attempted to establish an ultranationalist military government on February 26, 1936, but failed three days later thanks to the efforts of the army, the Imperial Japanese Navy and the royal family.
- Downer Ending:
- Some of the levels can end in this manner if you fail your objectives. For example, chapter 7 may end with Ogami failing to defuse the bomb to save Orihime and Ogata, killing them; and chapter 11 may end with the Mikasa's engines being destroyed or Tsuchi-gumo jumping into the exhaust port to blow the ship up, both killing everyone instantly.
- Episode 10 ends with Kyogoku's resurrection of Musashi.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Shinnosuke Yamazaki is unceremoniously killed in one fell swoop by the Demon King after battling the Flower Division.
- Evil Old Folks: Mokujiki is 99 years old and works for the Black Demons.
- Family-Unfriendly Death:
- The Demon King runs his sword through Yamazaki, with the latter coughing up blood.
- Kyogoku gets killed by Ogami's sword, causing him to disintegrate into dust.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: During the final battle with the Demon King, Sakura tries to get him to remember that he's her father. It turns out to be successful when his mask is destroyed.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Shinnosuke Yamazaki is defeated by the Flower Division, he gets brutally stabbed in the back by the Demon King.
- It's a Wonderful Failure: Failing certain objectives during battles will show you the consequences of your actions:
- If you fail to save all seven engines on the Mikasa, the ship will be destroyed.
- If you don't stop Tsuchi-gumo in time, she will jump into the Mikasa's central vent.
- Killed Off for Real:
- Shinnosuke Yamazaki gets killed off by the Demon King at the end of the first chapter.
- At the end of the game, the Demon King (aka Kazuma Shinguji) dies for good when he takes the full force of Kyogoku's blast meant for Sakura.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Since Kyogoku's mecha, the Shinno, is directly connected to Musashi, the lair collapses when Kyogoku is killed by Ogami.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Shinnosuke Yamazaki is killed by the Demon King at the end of Chapter 1.
- Making a Splash: Suiko's main element is water.
- One-Hit Kill: If you take too long to kill Tsuchi-gumo in chapter 11, she will instantly jump into the Mikasa's central vent and kill you instantly along with everyone else.
- Papa Wolf: Despite serving as The Dragon, Kazuma Shinguji puts himself in harm's way at the end of the game when Kyogoku attempts to kill Sakura.
- Playing with Fire: Kasha can control fire to the point that he can destroy buildings.
- Ramming Always Works: Yoneda rams the Mikasa into Musashi so that the Imperial Combat Revue can infiltrate the lair and kill Kyogoku.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the game, Ōgami departs for Paris. See you when Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? comes out!
- The Stinger: In the post-credits stinger, Ōgami gets an assignment from Paris and departs to lead a new assault force there.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Shinnosuke Yamazaki/Aoi Satan, the main antagonist of the original game, is abruptly killed off by the Demon King in the first chapter.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kaede Fujieda stands in for her late sister, Ayame, as the assistant commander.
- Time-Limit Boss: Quite a few bosses have time limits that trigger an instant Game Over if you let the timer run out:
- If you don't defuse Kasha's bomb in time, Orihime and Ogata will be killed, forcing you to restart the level.
- If you take too long to kill Tsuchi-gumo aboard the Mikasa, she enters the central vent and kills everyone aboard instantly.
- Also, if all seven Mikasa engines get destroyed, the ship explodes and everyone dies.
- Time Skip: The game takes place one year after the events of the original game.
- Trash the Set: Ogami destroying Shinno and killing Kyogoku destroyed the supports holding the Musashi, causing it to collapse.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: During the Flower Division's vacation, Ogami is about to take a bath in the hot springs. When he sees Leni in the bath, it turns out that the latter is not a guy, but a girl. Cue an Oh, Crap! when Leni makes him aware of this.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Despite their valiant efforts in Chapter 10, the Flower Division is too late to stop Kyogokus resurrection of Musashi.