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"Transporting us to an age of romance in a flourish of sakura petals!"

"This is the moment our fates awaken!"
Sakura Amamiya

Shin Sakura Wars, also known as Project Sakura Wars (Working Title), is the sixth entry in Sega's venerated Sakura Wars series. It will be the second game in the series to receive an overseas release after Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, the first to be localized by Sega themselves, as well as the first true 3D game in the series. In addition to series creator Oji Hiroi once again returning as general producer, this game features a dream team of developers, including longtime music composer Kohei Tanaka, mechanical designer Mika Akitaka, writer Takaaki Suzuki, story composer Jiro Ishii, and character designer Tite Kubo. It is also the first game to be developed by Sega's Sonic Team (best known for their work on their flagship Sonic the Hedgehog series), the first to be released on the PlayStation 4, the first to use the Hedgehog Game Engine from the Sonic series, as well as the first not to be developed by Red Entertainment. It is also a Soft Reboot of the franchise.


Its story takes place in 1940, 12 years after So Long, My Love. In that time, the original Combat Revues in Tokyo, Paris, and New York have all been obliterated during the Great Demon War. With the demons finally eradicated and the formation of the new World Floral Revue, many cities now have revues of their own and the World Combat Revue War has been held every two years since 1936. With the Imperial Theater in Tokyo now on the verge of shutting down, Sumire Kanzaki (voiced by Michie Tomizawa) of the Imperial Combat Revue contacts Seijuro Kamiyama (Yohei Azakami), a young naval captain, to lead a team of actresses and soldiers from the new Floral Division—now consisting of new recruit Sakura Amamiya (Ayane Sakura), shrine maiden Hatsuho Shinonome (Maaya Uchida), Greek actress Anastasia Palma (Ayaka Fukuhara), ninja prodigy Azami Mochizuki (Hibiku Yamamura), and Luxembourgian noblewoman and reader Clarissa "Clarisse" Snowflake (Saori Hayami)—in an effort to regain the Revue's Glory Days.


The game is slated for release on the PS4 in the winter of 2019 for Japan, with a North American and European release following in the spring of 2020, followed by an Australasian release in the fall of 2020.

Previews: Announcement Trailer

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  • The '40s: The game takes place in 1940, 12 years after the events of So Long, My Love.
  • Actor Allusion: Yohei Azakami plays a swordsman and mecha pilot. He is also a naval officer, as do some of his characters in One Piece.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: In the announcement trailer that premiered at Sega Fes 2019, there is a scene where Kamiyama gives an affectionate pat on Sakura's head.
  • Alternate History: Skewing even further from real-world history, the Taisho Era has now extended into the 1940s. By extension, there are no signs of World War II and the Taisho emperor still reigns. Hiroi has previously mentioned that in the Sakura Wars universe, Japan is not under a pro-ultranationalist government.
  • Art Evolution: Director Tetsuya Otsubo confirmed that the appearances of Shin Sakura Wars have been updated to fit the better graphics on the PS4. The characters are also animated with full 3D models instead of the 2D animation models used in the previous games.
  • Artistic License – History: The Smartron has similar functions to a smartphone, including a digital screen and text messages. Modern-day smartphones were not invented until 1973.
  • Broken Masquerade: The Great Demon War blew up the Revues' cover and now they're public knowledge. Nothing Is the Same Anymore, indeed.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sumire Kanzaki returns to the mainline games after being absent from So Long, My Love. In the announcement trailer, Sumire is listed as the general manager of the Imperial Theater, and by extension, the commander of the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Call-Back:
    • Kamiyama arrives in Tokyo's Central Station via train at the beginning of the game, which references Sakura Shinguji's arrival in Tokyo in Sakura Wars, as well as Ichiro Ogami's own arrival in Paris in Is Paris Burning?.
    • If the Sega Fes 2019 announcement trailer is of any indication, Kamiyama's first confrontation with the demon after arriving in Tokyo mirrors Sakura's own battle with the Wakiji in Ueno Park at the beginning of Sakura Wars.
  • Casting Gag: Having Yōhei Azakami as the voice of naval officer Seijuro Kamiyama, recalls One Piece, where Azakami played several minor roles in the series, including naval officers.
  • Childhood Friends: The French trailer revealed that Sakura Amamiya and Seijuro Kamiyama have been friends ever since they were children.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Like the rest of the main games, Shin Sakura Wars features next episode previews.
    • Both the Eisenklied from Thou Shalt Not Die and the STAR unit from So Long, My Love appear in this game.
    • The Shogeimaru, which is the Imperial Combat Revue's airship, has a major role in the series as seen in the Sega Fes 2019 announcement trailer.
    • The bromide venues also make appearances in the game. This time, they have both outdoor and indoor vendors.
    • The Imperial Combat Revue wears a streamlined version of the battle uniforms used in the previous games.
    • Seijuro's spiricle armor, the Mugen, is colored white, just like his predecessors. Sakura's koubu, similarly, is colored pink like her predecessor and namesake.
    • The Shogeimaru shattering the glass wall in the trailer can remind some of So Long, My Love, in which the Ahab does the same thing by ramming into Azuchi Castle's barrier, which shatters like glass.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Imperial, Paris and New York Combat Revues versus the demons in the Great Demon War. Guess who wins? The losses hit the revues so hard that it damaged their theater operations afterward.
  • Dialogue Tree: The LIPS system returns, with the player given various choices on how to respond at key points throughout the story. Even an inaction is a valid option!
  • Distant Sequel: Shin Sakura Wars takes place 12 years after Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, by which time the Imperial, Paris and New York Combat Revues have been wiped out during the Great Demon War, an international federation of combat revues have established the World Combat Revue War tournaments, the previously Put on a Bus Sumire Kanzaki has taken Ichiro Ogami's place as the combat revue’s commander, and a new Flower Division has been established.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The game takes place in Tokyo, where characters are surrounded by the Imperial Theater and use the Shogeimaru, both lasting relics of the previous battles in Tokyo. This is symbolic of the legacy of the Sakura Wars series itself, despite ending over a decade ago; even Sakura Amamiya is clearly representative of the fans who kept coming back to the franchise. When Seijuro Kamiyama is selected to lead the Flower Division and fight the demons, this is symbolic of the series' resurrection.
    • Ever since the Great Demon War in 1930, the World Combat Revue Tournament has been held once every two years with various countries competing against each other. Sounds like a certain international sporting event.
  • Establishing Character Music: Keeping in line with the previous games, the female characters’ leitmotifs are heard the moment they are introduced.
  • Fictional Sport: The World Combat Revue War is an international sports festival where combat revues from many different countries, including the Imperial Combat Revue, compete in tournaments and performances every two years since 1936.
  • Happy Ending Override: Peace may have returned to Paris, Tokyo, and New York after the demons were defeated, but it was short-lived as the Combat Revues for their respective cities were utterly annihilated in 1930.
  • History Repeats: Once again, a Captain from the Japanese Imperial Navy is recruited to become the leader of a rag-tag team of actresses from the Imperial Combat Revue and they must fight the demons to save Tokyo.
  • Meaningful Echo: The announcement trailer's "Transporting us to an age of romance in a flourish of sakura petals!" serves as an echo of the next episode previews in the original 1996 game, Thou Shalt Not Die as well as the first two OVAs.
  • Mini-Mecha: The steam-powered mechas of the series return, now known in English as "spiricle armor".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Sakura Amamiya's Koubu has the same cherry blossom pattern and color from Sakura Shinguji's own koubu in the first four games.
    • The mechanical armaments on the demons are similar to the armaments used by the Japhkiels in the movie and Sakura Wars V: Episode Zero, as well as the demons themselves in Thou Shalt Not Die.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the beginning of the story, the combat revues' exploits have become public knowledge because of the Great Demon War. Also, many of the original members of the combat revues have since been long gone, with the exception of Sumire Kanzaki.
  • Passing the Torch: If the Sega Fes 2019 announcement trailer is of any indication, Sumire Kanzaki acts as the main force for the passing the torch from the old guard to the new. Sumire serves as the mentor to the members of the Imperial Combat Revue, including Kamiyama.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Even though the Combat Revues in Tokyo, Paris and New York sacrificed themselves to end the demon wars, that doesn't mean the demons have truly died, as depicted in the trailer when Kamiyama encounters a demon for the first time in Central Station.
    • The original Combat Revues' battles during the Great Demon War becoming public knowledge in 1930 caused the organization of the World Floral Revue, with units based in several major cities, as well as the establishment of the biennial World Combat Revue War tournaments in 1936.
    • The Imperial, Paris and New York Combat Revues were all dealt a devastating blow during the demon cleansing war, crippling its theater operations and leaving the world in chaos. The demons are still a force to be reckoned with and the Imperial Theater has fallen into disrepair.
  • Rearrange the Song: The game's theme song is a new arrangement of the series's theme, "Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan!", this time with new lyrics.
  • Recurring Element: Several elements of the original games are given an updated version.
    • A new naval captain leading an all-female combat revue and wielding two swords, Seijuro Kamiyama to Ichiro Ogami and Shinjiro Taiga.
    • A clumsy swordswoman and new recruit in the combat revue, Sakura Amamiya to Sakura Shinguji, Erica Fontaine and Gemini Sunrise.
    • A hot-tempered powerhouse, Hatsuho Shinonome to Kanna Kirishima and Cheiron Archer.
    • A child prodigy, Azami Mochizuki to Iris Châteaubriand, Coquelicot, and Rosita Aries.
    • The mysterious and aloof woman, Anastasia Palma to Maria Tachibana, Lobelia Carlini, and Subaru Kujo.
    • A popular actress in the combat revue, (again) Anastasia Palma to Sumire Kanzaki and Ratchet Altair.
    • A commander and mentor of the combat revue in Sumire Kanzaki to Ikki Yoneda, Ichiro Ogami, Grand-Mère, Michael Sunnyside, and Ratchet Altair.
    • A blonde-haired noblewoman, Clarissa Snowflake to Iris Châteaubriand and Glycine Bleumer.
  • The Remnant: With the Imperial Combat Revue obliterated in the Great Demon War, Sumire Kanzaki is the only remaining member affiliated with the original team.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The game brings back Oji Hiroi as the general producer and lyricist, the Imperial Theater, spiricle armor, Mika Akitaka as the main mechanical designer, and the demons. Not to mention Kohei Tanaka once again composing the music.
  • Revival: Shin Sakura Wars picks up over one decade after where So Long, My Love left off, Passing the Torch from the original heroes to a new generation of actresses from the Imperial Combat Revue.
  • Schizo Tech: As usual, the game has a heavy emphasis on how advanced steam technology has become. Tokyo's Central Station has automated ticket booths and Kamiyama now carries around a Smartron, a steam-powered smartphone.
  • Shout-Out: According to producer Tetsu Katano, the event and dialogue scenes are shout-outs to Sega's own Yakuza franchise.
  • Soft Reboot: According to Tetsuya Otsubo, the game is a soft reboot of the main franchise given the development gap between So Long, My Love and this game.
  • Steam Punk: Continuing the tradition of the original games, Shin Sakura Wars takes place during the time where steam-powered engines and trains were common.
  • Suddenly Voiced: This is the first Sakura Wars game to feature a fully voiced male protagonist in the form of Seijuro Kamiyama, as opposed to his predecessors Ichiro Ogami and Shinjiro Taiga.
  • Super-Deformed: When the Smartron display is brought up in the game, super-deformed versions of a character's head may appear depending on the location.
  • Super Window Jump: In the announcement trailer, the Shogeimaru crashes through a glass window heralding its triumphant return.
  • Time Skip: As per the official press release, the game is set in 1940, twelve years after So Long, My Love. As such, the Imperial Theater is given an updated clock tower and the familiar Japanese flags, the spiricle armors are given an updated look, and so on.
  • Total Party Kill: In the backstory, the Great Demon War seemingly caused everyone from the Imperial, Paris and New York Combat Revues to sacrifice themselves, with the exception of the Sole Survivor Sumire Kanzaki.
  • Tournament Arc: According to Famitsu, the World Combat Revue is a sports tournament.

Alternative Title(s): Shin Sakura Taisen


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